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Officials beat the weather conditions at Hickstead

John Gill and his Haywards Heath Highwaymen, along with the other County officials were the real heroes of the Sussex Cross-country League races at Hickstead on Saturday.

Last minute problems with the condition of the course meant last minute alterations to the course and in a different field.

This plus snow flurries for most the afternoon were not the best conditions to complete this season’s League season but the conditions did not seem to deter the athletes and there were good numbers in each of the seven races.

McNally flies at Goodwood

It was first blood to Finn McNally over the new course at the Chichester 10km road race on Sunday.

After many years, as the Chichester Priory 10k, in the historic town the race had been switched to a new course at Goodwood Aerodrome and there did not seem to be as many West of England and non-Sussex athletes in action at the event this year.

However the Brighton Phoenix athlete took care of those that were on show and chalked up an impressive seventy metre victory over Southampton’s Alex Wall-Clark in 30:46 to 31:01.

Bethany is South of England Champion

Yet another brilliant run from twelve year old Bethany Cook earnt her the South of England U13 title at Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday, the only Sussex individual medal in these championships this year.

Cook, who has been unbeaten this season, faced the strongest challenge she has faced from Ellie Shaw from Wimborne but she still had more than ten metres in hand as she crossed the finishing line in 11:36.

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