A good day at Goodwood for B&H athletes

September 27, 2021

For the first time since 2019, the Sussex Championship Relay races took place at Goodwood, on Saturday.

Conditions for running were excellent and the day was cooler than expected, although mist gave way to drizzle, then rain. Providing a perfect Autumnal setting, with leafy glades giving way to exposed heathland, the ground underfoot was firm and the course was superbly laid out and marshalled.

Our U13 Boys performed exceptionally well, delivering both gold and bronze medals.  The winning team – George G,  Raphael K and Saul B, opened up a huge gap in the region of two minutes  The silver medallists, Eastbourne Rovers, were just a few metres ahead of our B Team, Alex R, Matthew L and Sam O.  Raphael and George had the two fastest lap times in their age group.

The U13 Girls A team Lara C, Kira D and Julianna W secured Bronze in a well-contested race, won by Crawley.

The U15 Boys raced very well, although they faced stiff opposition and had team members missing, owing to illness. Tom M was racing for the first time in a while, owing to recovering from injury, but powered around as did new member, Sonny, who looked as though he was enjoying the race.

Similarly, the U15 Girls team was adversely affected by members scheduled to race, who were ill. They still managed to gain fourth place in a tough race.

In the U17 races the Girls team  of Eadie, Tilly and Sophie had a strong performance to take silver. The Boys team of  had to settle for 4th place but Henry Yelling had a strong run to record the third fastest lap.

Due to clashes with other races over the weekend the Senior mens team had to be non-scoring, finishing in 5th place.

In the Senior Ladies race we had two teams, both performing fantastically.  The A team of Paula (V45), Lydia and Linda (V50) taking the bronze medal, and Linda Schofield running an amazing 14:41 running the fastest lap in the 45-54 age group. Our B team of Emily, Gracie and Lara- all U20 athletes finished in 8th place.
The good news continued in the V35 to 44 age group where our ladies team  of Charlotte, Freya and Gill winning the bronze. Freya’s time being the 2nd fastest V35-44 on the day.
For the Vet men we were able to field a team in the V40-49 age group as well as in the V50-59 group.  Our V40 team of Craig, Louis, Chris and Howard had a great race, winning the team gold in a tough age group. Craig and Howard’s times were the 2nd and 3rd fastest V40 times recorded on the day.

Full results are on the Sussex AA website. View them here.

 Pictures by Jem Kelly