Hoyte retains title at Lancing

Caroline Hoyte from the Arena 80 club was the only runner to retain a title at the Sussex Masters cross-country championships at a dreary and damp Lancing Manor on Saturday.

Hoyte is the most prodigious Sussex cross-country runner having won more Sussex senior titles than any other athlete. Although she is now in the W45 age group, as last year, she won the Overall race at Lancing finishing more than one minute clear of W35 winner Alissa Ellis from Hailsham.

Sussex fight at Kingsmeadow

Despite the difficulties in finding team managers for the Annual South East Senior Inter-County match Noel Butler and Elise Lovell did manage to get a few athletes to Kingsmeadow on Sunday to fly the Sussex Flag.

It was very much a skeleton team that struggled into sixth place of the eight competing Counties but there were some outstanding performances by Sussex athletes.

Championships Review

After one of the more successful County Championships of recent years we finished with a total of ten Championship Best Performances, most of which I had noted in my reports of the weekend’s activities.

I did however miss a couple in the Under 15 girl’s age group.

Molly Swingler from Eastbourne bettered Louisa Saunders’ (Phoenix) 42.6 clocking of two years back in the 300m with 42.48s when winning her heat and she improved this to 42.28s in the final.


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