It was a blustery day for the Sussex teams at the Inter-counties Cross Country Championships at Prestwold Hall in Loughborough, on Saturday.
In what were completely different conditions to last year’s mud bath, four of our teams placed in the top 10 and there were some impressive individual performances.
One of these was Bodyworks athlete, Bethany Cook, who took the silver in the under 15 girls’ race, only 5 seconds behind the winner. She led her team to 12th place with Poppy Palmer-Malins (B&H) 80th, Olivia Toms (Chichester) 94th and Eadie Yelling (B&H) completing the scoring in 104th.
The day had begun with the boys’ U13 race where the Sussex team were 9th. Miles Waterworth (Crawley) continued his impressive cross country season in 19th place with Crawley’s Luke Newton (38th), Lewes’ Gabriel Penrose (78th) and Chichester’s Harvey McGuinness (84th) the other 3 scorers.
Brighton and Hove’s Tomer Tarragano led the U20 men’s team to a brilliant 6th place. Tarragano himself finished 16th, Joe Body (Hastings) 41st, Horsham Blue Star’s Luke Burgess 43rd and Horsham Blue Star’s Jacob Cann 60th.
In 2018, due to last minute drop outs Sussex didn’t complete a scoring six in the senior women’s race. This wasn’t the case this year with the team coming an excellent 10th. Nicole Taylor (Tonbridge) individually 15th and Worthing’s Leah Harris 39th. The other senior women athletes were Maisie Trafford (Arena 80) 91st, Martha Coyle (B&H) 126th, Jessica Prior 129th and Rachel Hillman (Hailsham) 131st.
Alex Richer (HBS), Harriet Bloor (Hailsham) 44th, Lois Dooley (B&H) 55th and Maggie King (Chichester) 80th all put in solid performances to achieve 9th in the U17 women’s race, with Richer leading the team home in a fantastic 18th place individually.
Brighton Phoenix athlete, Leo Brewer, looked strong in the U17 men’s race. He stomped in 14th and together with Ethan Fincham (Team Synergy) 55th, Atticus Mohapi-Dobouny (Lewes) 80th and Chichester’s Ned Potter 123rd, the team were 11th overall.
Brighton Phoenix athlete, Almi Nerurkar, bettered her 2018 place of 18th coming 14th this year. Along with Alice Cox-Rusbridge (62nd), Hayward Heath’s Darja Knotvara-Hanley (69) and Brighton Pheonix Amy Gamblin (131), the U20 women’s team were 12th.
Dulcie Yelling (B&H) in 34th led the U13 girls’ team to 25th. The other scoring athletes in this age group were Anna Fox (Crawley) 123rd, Rosie Gasson (B&H) 129th and Stephanie Shaw (Crawley) 158th. All four girls are first year in this age group.
Hastings’ Carlos Nieto-Parr was the first U15 Sussex boy in 40th. Nicholas Hollan-Ellidge (Crawley) 104th, Fenton Davoren (Lewes) 128th and Archie Rowles (B&H) 168th were the four scorers and the team placed 23rd.
The last event of the day was the senior men’s race. Lewes athlete, Tom Evans, put in an extremely impressive performance coming in 9th. Last year he finished 58th. Together with team mates Jack Leitch (Worthing), Harry Leleu (Chichester), Kevin Moore (B&H), Stephen Ferroni (B&H) and Howard Bristow (B&H), the Sussex team were 13th.
In total more than 2400 athletes competed in all races across the day with the biggest numbers, 313, in the under 15 boys and 309 in the Under 15 girls. Competition was very high and all Sussex athletes who turned up to run did the county proud.