Club Youngsters Shine At The Second Sussex XC League Match 

November 16, 2023

By Team Manager Jay Potton

Our athletes once again showcased their prowess across all age groups, conquering soft and, at times, boggy terrain due to weeks of relentless rain. Long grass in some areas posed a challenge, snagging on spikes as our athletes powered through. Spike-length tactics were debated, and various combinations were tried out.

The camaraderie and team spirit were heartening, with athletes of all age groups exchanging tips and chatting freely. Perhaps witnessing coaches and parents collaborating to set up the big tent served as inspiration. Thanks to everyone involved in transporting the tent to and from the venue.

Provisional results can be accessed on the Sussex Athletics website:

On the day, the u13G team secured 3rd place, the u13B teams claimed 1st and 6th, the u15G teams landed in 2nd and 8th places, the u15B teams secured 1st and 10th, the 17W team achieved 4th place, and the u17M teams claimed 1st, 3rd, 10th, and 13th.

Notable individual performances included Taylor securing 1st place, Oliver G in 2nd, Rosie crossing the line 3rd, and Finlay securing 2nd place in their respective races. At the season’s halfway point, assuming the provisional results remain unchanged, our lead teams are in favourable positions in the league, supported by strong performances from B and C teams.

  • u13G = 3rd (8pts behind Crawley and 17pts ahead of HY)
  • u13B = 1st (8pts ahead of Eastbourne)
  • u15G = 2nd (24pts behind Eastbourne and 24pts ahead of Crawley (with the B team first amongst the B teams and 7th overall)
  • u15B = 4th (14pts behind Chichester and 18pts ahead of Brighton Phoenix)
  • u17W = 5th (4pts behind Chichester and 9pts ahead of Brighton Phoenix)
  • u17M A = 1st (48pts ahead of BHAC B team)
  • u17M B = 2nd (1pt ahead of Eastbourne (with the C Team in 9th)

The second league match is now behind us, and on my drive home, two main thoughts lingered in my mind: ‘sprint finishes’ and ‘nutrition.’ It was a sight to behold as our athletes engaged in fierce sprint duels over the last 200 meters, capping off a gruelling journey through muddy fields and hills. Witnessing their final kicks as they crested the hill for the downhill stretch filled us with pride and a touch of awe. Additionally, a gentle reminder to all our athletes – nutrition matters! Quantity, quality, and timing of food, especially on and just before race days, play a crucial role in supporting your hard work and ensuring peak performance.

Lastly, a call for help! The Cross-Country League match on December 3rd at Stanmer Park is BHAC’s responsibility. We need volunteers for various roles, including marshals, registration desk attendants, and setup. Without sufficient volunteers, we cannot safely run the event. Please contact Peter Witcomb to offer any help, no matter how much time you can spare.