Pat is first winner of inaugural Masters Mantell Challenge

Masters Mantell Challenge
Masters Mantell Challenge

Pat Cook is the first winner of the inaugural Masters Mantell Challenge a new event put on for Lewes AC members.

Run over 5.4 miles of the Sussex Downs, each runner has a staggered start time with the slower runners starting before the faster runners.

The aim of the event is to give every runner an equal opportunity to win the Masters Mantell Trophy.

More than 40 club members took part with start times spread over 40 minutes from the first runner to the last.

There were some very close finishes but Pat Cook, having started first, hung onto her lead and came in as the winner.

The fastest time over the course was Josh Burgess in 34 minutes 05 seconds but even Josh, as winner of the National and European Prison Service Cross Country Championships, couldn’t catch Pat.

The photograph, right, shows Pat receiving the trophy from Peter Masters, the club chairman.

The group photograph below is of all the club runners who took part.

At the last under 13 league match of the season at Eastbourne, the Lewes AC team came a very credible second behind a strong Brighton and Hove team.

This was also the position of the Lewes team at the end of all three League matches.

Brighton scoring 15 points to the 13 scored by Lewes, followed by Phoenix with nine points, Eastbourne with five and Hastings with three.

Although the under 13 team finished second on the night there were some great individual performances, with Ben Martin winning his 600m event in 1 minute 41.1 seconds which is also a new Lewes AC club record.

Joey Webbon came second in the race with a personal best time of 1 minute 50.6 secs.

Also breaking their personal best times in the 600m race were Grace Brock, with 1 minutes 56 seconds, and Ella Fleming, with 2 minutes 04 seconds.

Also in personal best and club record form was Emma Roberson running the 800m at the Cheltenham open graded meeting in a time of 2 minutes 18 seconds.

This is the fastest time by a Lewes AC woman.

At the last match of the season at the Erith Stadium the under 17 and under 20 Team Sussex Team – which has members from East Grinstead and Haywards Heath as well as Lewes AC – secured a solid third position in the League.

Winning the league was Crawley AC with 27 points followed by Ashford with 24 points and Team Sussex with 21 points.

Other league positions were: Horsham, with 14 points; Medway, with 11 points; Bexley, with 11 points and Invicta East Kent, with four points.

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Pat Cook, first ever winner of the Masters Mantell Challenge, with club chairman Peter Masters.