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OVER six events taking place across East Sussex through the winter Lewes AC emerged as the overall league winners. With events taking place from Eastbourne to Wadhurst, and 12 teams competing in all weathers, the cross country league presents a challenge to both runners and clubs alike. It is therefore a great achievement for Lewes AC to come out top at the end of the series.

The team and individual awards were made after the last event which took place at Snapes Wood at Wadhurst. With in excess of 30 awards being presented Lewes runners took a third of the individual awards together with the league team ward. Taking pride of place in the individual awards were the gold medal winners of John Lowden in the over 50 men category and Anita Amies in the women over 55 category. The silver medal winners were Mat Homewood (men over 40) Simon Thomas (men over 50) Bob Hughes (men over 60) Alf Pollard (men over 65) Maria Judd (women over 45). The club’s bronze medal winners were Mike Lane (men over 65) Sally Norris (senior women) and Catherine Swinson (women over 45).

In the last event at Snapes Wood, five miles across snowy fields and through and around a hilly wood, Lewes had 22 runners. First for Lewes in 12th position was Tim Calliafas in a time of 35.55. Others were: Colin Bennett (M40 16th 37.35); Mat Homewood (M40 23rd 38.34); Maria Judd (24th and first W45 38.40); Alan Jackson (M40 26th 38.54); Gerard Dummett (M40 -27th 38.59); Sally Norris (SW 34th and third SW 40.10); Tony Deacon (M50 38th 41.21); Simon Roberts (M50 39th 41.24); Catherine Swinson (W45 43rd and third W45 42.08); Chris Hunt (M40 45th 42.36); David Foster (M40 48th 42.46); Tim Monson (M50 51st 43.07); Bob Hughes (M60 55th 44.13); Karin Divall (F45 57th 44.31); Carol Waters (W45 60th 44.54); Beth Gasgoyne (SW 63rd 45.43); Mike lane (M65 67th 47.03); Colin Brown (SM 69th 48.23); Andrea Ingram (W45 72nd 49.31); Toby Wolpe (M50 74th 49.52) and Anita Amies (W55 79th 51.43).