Phil Baker - South of Thames Championship

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Phil Baker

Sussex Cross-country secretary is making progress in the Sussex County Hospital following a serious cycling accident last week which involved an operation.

All Sussex cross-country runners will wish Phil a speedy and full recovery.

South of Thames

County women’s cross-country champion Nicole Taylor, from Crowborough, had a brilliant run at Aldershot on Saturday to finish second in the South of Thames Senior Team championship.

Taylor, who runs for the Tonbridge Club, ran well over the 7½-mile course, which is twice the distance women usually run over the Country to clock 43:14s to Belgrave winner Sophie Harris’s 42:31s.

On what was a pretty bleak day for Sussex teams the Brighton & Hove women’s did team did well after a Sussex League season where they have failed to shine. They just missed taking bronze medals by finishing fourth with 165 points to Kent’s winning total of 114.

Seventeen year old Emma Gill led the team home in 13th place with Paula Blackledge placing 21st and Phoebe Connolly 27th.

With six runners to score, normally only four runners score in women’s team races the scoring team was completed by Rosie Neill 30th, Cathy Ulliott, who was the second W50 in 32nd and Judith Carder who won the W60 title in 42nd.

Sussex athletes took the top two places in the M40 group with Neil Boniface (Crawley) the first M40 man to finish in 38:28 and Brighton & Hove’s Howard Bristow took second place in 39:15s.

They placed, overall, 11th and 19th respectively which is good placings in this event.

Unfortunately neither Brighton & Hove nor Crawley, who were led home by Paul Navesy in 23rd place, managed to complete a team.