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Medals for the Masters

The more senior athletes from Sussex were also in fine form at Horspath on Saturday when they picked up several individual and team medals at the South of England Master’s cross-country championships.

Masters age groups are in five year bandings but team events for this event are in ten year bandings and in the 40-49 Women’s group there was a double victory for Arena 80 with Julie Briggs winning the overall race, despite being in the W45 group, by a handsome margin clocking 21:43 to Epsom & Ewell’s Diana Norman’s, who is in the W40 group, 22:05.

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.

Sussex League titles still wide open

This current Sussex Cross Country League is boiling up to being the most interesting for many years with Saturday’s races producing another tranche of winners.

Normally after the first three of four races several athletes have already established themselves as League Champions but not so this year and decisions as to champions will not be decided until the Final races in February.

Added to this Brighton & Hove’s reign as senior team champions is in jeopardy after more than a decade and they are lying second on the current table to local rivals Brighton Phoenix.

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