Sussex Schools and Sussex Masters Championships

February 14, 2013

Bexhill, Saturday 9th February 2013

The muddy course made life tough for athletes at Bexhill on Saturday but did not stop Nancy Jones, Pete Witcomb and the Over 60 men’s team from racing to victory in the rescheduled Sussex School’s and Sussex Masters Championships. B&H athletes brought home three bronze medals too after great efforts from Seniors Emma Dixon and Ian Crowe-Wright and Masters O45 Cathy Ulliott.


Pete – the day’s oldest champion coaches Nancy – the day’s youngest winner and he is a former pupil of her school – Dorothy Stringer. Pete was able to watch as Nancy dominated the Junior girl’s race leading from beginning to end with a winning margin of more than 30 seconds. In the same race Ella Witt powered her way into 4th place with a strong finish. Both will now represent Sussex at the English Schools Cross Country Championships in March, as will Intermediate athletes Esther Lutz-Davies (5th) and Josh Woods (4th) and Seniors Emma Dixon (3rd) and Ian Crowe–Wright (3rd) who were automatically selected after finishing in the top five.


After nine months out of action it was very encouraging to see Martha Coyle coming back to form. She put in a tremendous effort to finish in 6th place in the Inter girls’ race. Martha, Jack Witt (6th) and James Oliver (9th) are now keeping their fingers crossed for selection to the Sussex team as eight athletes can be chosen in each age group.

B&H Results below

Junior Girls
Nancy Jones             1st
Ella Witt                   4th   
Alice O’Kane             21st
Scarlet Springett       29th

Intermediate Girls
Esther Lutz Davies    5th
Martha Coyle            6th
Steffi Paraskevas       12th       

Senior Girls
Emma Dixon             3rd

Junior Boys
Oscar Smith              9th
Brodie Denholm        11th

Intermediate Boys
Josh Woods              4th   
Jack Witt                  6th
James Oliver             9th
Daniel Corbie            13th
Harry Sullivan-Jones  32nd

Senior Boys
Ian Crowe-Wright      3rd
Charlie Noakes          11th
Oliver Springett         12th
Martin Brooks            15th
Harvey Noakes          18th   
Josh Freed                24th   

Masters results

O35 Women
Jeanette Kenneally    14th
Claire Rank               22nd
Helen Fitzgerald        23rd

O45 Women
Cathy Ulliott            3rd

O40 Men
Keith Newton          5th
Paul Wells               7th
Steve Jones            35th
Mark Halls              39th

O50 Men
Tom Ulliott             17th

O60 Men – Team Winners
Pete Witcomb         1st
Barry Blackwell       5th
Paul Rockwood       8th