Lewes Athletic Club enjoyed a record turnout on Saturday at the first race in the Brooks Sussex Cross-Country League, at Goodwood, with 26 adult athletes taking part.
In the men’s race, which was won by Hastings AC’s Adam Clarke in 24min 52sec, the Lewes A-team was led home by Josh Burgess who, after a steady start, worked his way through the field superbly, finishing fourth, in 26:31.
The second Lewes man across the line was David Bradford (12th, 27:38); third was Robbie James (16th, 28:13) and the team was rounded out by Matt Suter (19th, 28:33).
With all four inside the top 20 overall, the A-team finished top of Division 2 by an astonishing 157-point margin. Such was the strength in depth that the club’s B and C teams finished first and second respectively in Division 3 – and Lewes also topped the veterans’ contest.
The Lewes B-team comprised Matt Bradford (23rd, 28:54), Pablo Ibarguren (31st, 29:21); Alan Velecky (38th, 29:51) and Andrew Masters (48th, 30:36).
Making up the C-team were Chris Gilbert (49th, 30:40); Ben Pepler (51st, 30:48); Tim Calliafas (56th, 31:04) and Allan Jackson (65th, 31:35).
In the women’s race, which was won by Hastings AC’s Angel Collins in 18min 10sec, the top Lewes finisher was Sally Norris, who finished 17th in 17:02.
Three runners make up each team in the women’s competition, and Sally’s A-team comrades were Karin Divall (46th, 21:52) and Faith Daughtery (49th, 22:05), placing the team fourth in the Division 2 table.
Last week’s report on the East Sussex Cross-Country League Race 1 at Whitbread Hollow, Eastbourne, stated that Lewes AC won the event.
This was based on provisional results, which turned out to be incorrect.
Lewes AC actually finished second, with 703 points, 22 points behind the league leaders Hailsham Harriers.