Runners from 12 clubs brave windy Firle Beacon - Focus on Lewes Athletics Club

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Seventy runners from 12 clubs across Sussex braved windy conditions at Firle Beacon in the third of the East Sussex Sunday Cross Country League races.

Lewes AC turned out 32 runners in total and was successful in getting nine runners finishing in the top 20 in the race.

Winning the race and also first man over 40 was Lewes runner Robbie James, who finished the tough five-miles in a time of 30min 28sec. Close behind was another Lewes man, David Bradford, in 30.35.

It was said Robbie just managed to sneak ahead of David when running across the turnip field and held onto his lead to the finish.

Seven Lewes members finished one behind each other in 13th to 19th.

First was Pablo Ibarcuren (34.33), then John Lowden also first man home over 50 (34.34), then Tim Calliafas (34.45), Chris Gilbert (34.51), Andrew Masters (35.46), Colin Bennett (35.52) and Mauro Lazzati (36.04)

Sally Norris was the first of the Lewes women, finishing 42nd overall but fourth women in a time of 38.58. Second Lewes woman and ninth woman in the race was Katherine Emery in 40.42 followed by Karin Divall (43.21) Stephanie Crispin (47.19) Andrew Ingram (47.36) Anita Amies (2nd women over 55, 49.55) Bev Sheridan (52.31) and Charlotte Chapman (52.42)

Lewes was first in the race with 575 points. The win gives them a clear lead in the League after three races, with three more races to be held.