B&H athletes brilliant at Bexhill in County XC Champs

January 12, 2023

Report of the younger age groups by Pete Witcomb

Again, there were many outstanding individual and team results at the Sussex cross country championships at a muddy and windy Bexhill common. We won four team titles and had three individual winners. There was also a 3rd team place, and three of our ‘B’ teams came away with medals. For good measure, there were two silver and two individual bronze medallists, and a total of 31 medals came back to Brighton in the younger age groups. We had great depth and excellent support across all of our teams.

In the U13 girls race, Juliana C. led the team home in 9th place, and with Gracie 11th and Elodie 16th, the team won bronze medals just one point behind the silver medallists. The ‘B’ team came sixth with Mia P. 20th, Kira 22nd, Evie 27th, Seren 28th and Mia D. 34th.

In the U13 boys race, George was our first winner from teammate Oliver, and with Joaquin 11th having his best run, the team were easy winners. The ‘B’ team, with Seb 19th, Louis 20th and Ben 31st, came sixth, and our ‘C’ team of Dominic 36th, James 45th and Jude 46th was 12th.

In the U15 girls race, Lara had her best run this season to lead the team home in 13th, and with Naomi 25th, Leily 28th and Angelina 30th, the team came seventh.

Finlay continued his fine form in the U15 boys race, winning his fourth race, and with Tom M in 3rd and the consistent Tom B in 8th, the team again were easy winners by 30 points. There was a close battle for the 2nd team with Freddie 11th, James 13th and Oliver 18th scoring the same points as the 3rd team and on countback with our 3rd scorer Oliver just ahead of the 3rd team’s scorer the ‘B’ team won the silver medals.

In the U17 women’s race, Rosie came 2nd just ahead of Dulcie in the 3rd and with Xanthe in 10th, the team were clear winners. The ‘B’ team, led home by Nicole in 12th, Mae 15th and Eva 16th, won the bronze medals (U17 W pictured above).

In the U17 men’s race, Brighton produced nearly half the field, and with Alex having an excellent run in 1st place, Charlie 5th and Jude 6th they were again clear team winners. The ‘B’ team, with Rowan in 7th, Jonathan 8th and Fionn 12th, won the bronze medal. Great backup with Rory just outside the medals in 13th, and with Reuben W. 20th, Ruben Di Carlo 21st and Reuben Omran 24th, the ‘C’ team came fifth.

Well done to Jesse in 6th and Eli in 17th in the U11 boy’s race.


The older age groups were all well represented. The U20 men’s A team of Matt Grindrod (2nd), Henry Yelling (5th) and Dante Oprandi (9th) collected the silver team medal and were backed up by Otis Farmer (11th) and Kit Monti (13th).

The U20 woman ran with the seniors Ciaria Muzio was 2nd U20 home and Allanah Clayton 7th.

The Senior Men came a very close to taking the title, just one point behind the winners, but had to settle for silver. The Team consisted of Ian Crowe-Wright (4th), James Turner (9th), Craig Halsey (13th), James Dicks (15th), Sam Wilkson (17th) and Howard Bristow (24th). They were backed up by Timmy Geddin (36th) and Liam Hurley (76th). The only senior woman on the day was Kathleen Law who has put in some great performances this year and on this occasion finished 9th!

See the full results HERE.

A full report of the day can be found on the Sussex Athletics website.