More than 50 Lewes Athletics Club runners turned out for the Cross Country League races at Bexhill at the weekend.
Again it was a winning weekend for the club with many team and individual first places and high scoring positions.
The senior men’s teams continued their winning ways with the A team again winning the second division of the league and now look guaranteed for promotion to the first division next season. If Lewes AC had been in division one this year then a team of the top six Lewes AC men would have come third at Bexhill, putting the team in second place overall. With more than 160 runners in the race, David Bradford’s 11th place was a great run, and Robbie James’ 14th place overall meant he secured first man over 40 prize.
Not to be outdone the B team, whilst coming third in the third division at Bexhill, are still in first place overall in their division with the C team in third position. In all Lewes AC fielded 22 runners in the Senior, Veteran and under 20 men’s race.
The women’s senior A team also came first in their division at Bexhill and are also first team overall after three matches.
In the women’s race Maddy Smith and Sally Norris came 11th and 14th respectively, with Maddy in her first cross country race of the season claiming the third U20 woman’s place.
Other Lewes AC runners were: Faith Daughtery (34th), Katherine Emery (40th), Evie Rothwell (42nd and 6th U17), Karin Divall (47th), Lizzie Keep (51st) Amy Davila (54th and 7th U17) and Andrea Ingram (70th).
In the U11 race Ben Walters provided the first winner of the day as did Aiden Briffett later in the U15 race. Aiden’s win helped the U15 boys secure third at Bexhill and cement their first position in the league with one more match to go. Aiden was well supported by Harry Strong (10th), Sam Jackson (13th), James Martin (14th) and Connor Sullivan (15th). Less well supported was Patrick McManus who ran a lonely race to finish 15th in the U17 men’s race.
In the U13 boys, Ben Martin had a great run to finish third to help the team to fourth place in the league with one race to go. Ben was well supported by Jasper Baker (12th), Alwyn Watson (31st), Jay Atkins (35th), and Lewis Dean (38th). The U13 girls finished fifth, with Grace Brock 15th, Rosie Gainsford 18th, Alessia Manco 19th and Ella Munday 24th. In the U15 girls, Ruby Whyte-Wilding, in her first cross country race for some time, had a great run to finish 10th with Nia Hall finishing just behind in 11th position.
At the other end of the age spectrum the men’s Lewes AC veteran A team came in fourth at Bexhill which meant that they dropped from first to second overall in the league. With one more match to go at Lancing there is clearly all to play for.
Finally a result from the other side of the world: Caitlin Lloyd, currently in New Zealand, ran a 5k last week and ran a personal best of 17.38.
Must be summer over there!