Final Cross-country event.

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The accent is still with the Schools athletes this weekend when the final Cross-country fixture of the season takes place at the Priory Grounds, Reigate.

Further away however Sussex will be represented at the SIAB International at Port Talbot when Bethany Cook (Moira House), who finished second in the English Schools Junior race last weekend, is included in the England Schools team. England usually dominates at this event so it is possible for the Eastbourne youngster to get another medal.

Varndean’s Thomas Eames, who finished tenth in the Intermediate, is on standby as a reserve and hoping for a last minute call.

At Reigate in the South East Schools Year 7 and 8 Inter-counties Sussex will be strongly represented in each of the four races and were she not in Wales Cook would have been expected to notched up a victory.

Injuries mean that neither the Brighton & Hove nor the Brighton Phoenix clubs will be represented at the South of England 12 Stage relay at Gravesend on Sunday

Hastings Half-marathon.

A strong wind at St Leonards slowed times in this year’s Hastings Half-marathon on Sunday.

The field also lacked the quality of runners of recent years and the race was won by Ben Fish from Blackburn in 60:52. Indeed his time was the only time that would have qualified for a place in last year’s Top Ten Sussex rankings had he hailed from Sussex.

Rhys Boorman (Hastings) improved his third placing of last year to finish second in 74:49 ahead of Alex Money from Orpington who clocked 75:43.

Sue Fry from Hailsham was the second woman to complete the course clocking 88:32 behind Sara Gruber (Invicta), who recorded 86:34.