There were some truly great performances and results for Lewes Athletics Club runners and teams at the Sussex Cross Country Championships held at Stanmer Park.
With more than 400 runners in all age groups competing from the 38 eligible Sussex clubs, Lewes turned out 43 runners.
First off were the U13 age groups where the boys’ team came in with the Silver Medal. Ben Martin had a great run and lead for most of the race and was only just squeezed into forth place right at the end of the race.
Just behind Ben in fifth position was Jasper Baker who, with Jay Atkins, made up the Silver Medal winning team. Congratulations to Ben and Jasper after both qualified to represent Sussex at the National Inter County Race in Birmingham.
In the U13 girls’ race, Rosie Gainsford, the youngest Lewes AC runner, had a storming run to finish first Lewes finisher in 19th position, with Ella Fleming fast finishing in 31st position.
Another medal-winning team were the U15 boys who claimed Bronze. Leading the team was Aiden Briffett finishing in fifth; he was backed up by Sam Rogers in 13th and Harry Strong in 20th position.
Not to be undone on the medal winning front, the U17 women secured a Silver Medal. The medal-winning team was made up of Evie Rothwell in eighth position, Amy Davila in ninth and Emma Johnson in 13th place.
With the junior races taking place in the morning, it was the turn of the senior runners in the afternoon, with the senior men first off at 1.30pm.
There were some great Lewes performances in this race with the men’s team just missing out winning a medal by finishing in forth position.
This is the best result ever for Lewes in the Sussex Men’s Cross Country Championships where all 38 Sussex Clubs are able to take part. The result confirms the great improvements the senior side of the club has made over the last year or so.
With more than 130 one runners in the race, David Bradford’s finish in 13th position was a really great run. Next finisher for the team was Robbie James in 15th, followed by Josh Burgess in 31st. Making up the successful team were Matt Bradford (34th) Mike Ellicott (49th) and Andrew Masters (53rd). The senior women also had great individual runs as well as a top team result. First across the line for Lewes was Sally Norris (19th), followed by Maddie Smith (27th). Making up the four were Faith Daughtery (47th) and Karin Divall (48th).