Cook set the Sussex squad off to a fine start taking control of the U13 Girl’s race virtually from the start. This stylish youngster put more than fifty metres between herself and Anwen Thomas (Middlesex) for a wonderful victory. Her inspired running was not lost on the rest of the team and B&H’s Rebecca Losh had an excellent run to finish in 11th place and Erika Body backed up well in 23rd place while B&H’s Lacey Fowler completed the Sussex Scoring four in 37th place to give Sussex a fine fourth team spot behind Surrey, Kent and Middlesex. Ella Matthews had a great run in 42nd.
In the U15 Girls race Lois Dooley, in her first year, was 55th and in the boys race in the same age group Finn Halloren came 56th.
It was not until the end of the afternoon that the senior women’s team were able to top that team placing when, despite the absence of leading runners Emma Macready and Grace Baker they finished an excellent second behind Surrey. Making a fine return to form after four years of struggles through injury and studies B&H’s Emma Dixon ran one of her best ever races to lead the team home in a brilliant seventh place in 21:35s ahead of Nicole Taylor who ran well to finish 12th in 21:45s. Caroline Hoyte followed up her fine run in Stanmer Park to place 16th in 22:22s and Issy Coomber, who had and off form run, to close the team in 20th place in 22:36s.
Both the U17 teams placed seventh with Josh Eeles 13th, Will Broom 21st Tomer Tarragano 37th and Leo Stallard 46th making up the men’s scoring four and Olivia Lyon-Monk 29th, Naomi Fonteyn 30th, Grace Wills 38th and Abigail Hughes 44th scoring for the women’s team.
Brighton & Hove’s Howard Bristow ran a fine race for second place in the M40 10K race with a time of 31.31, Matthew Bristow was 24th and Louis Taub 30th. Adam Tribe was 10th in the V45 race and in the V50 race Paul Froud was 20th, Gary Christie 37th and Gary Timms 74th. Team Manager Tom Ulliott was 17th in the V60 competition and clubmate Peter Witcomb was 4th in the V65 Men’s race.
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