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.

Arena 80 eighth at Gravesend

The Arena 80 women team were the only Sussex team to complete their event at the South of England 12/6-stage Road Relays at the Cyclopark at Gravesend at the weekend.

The women’s event, which used to be four short legs, has to been increased to four by 4km and two by 6km in recent years and the Arena 80 squad did exceptionally well to finish in eighth place.

Team manager Caroline Wood said “It was quite a tough undulating course but the strong north east wind always seemed to be in your face on the uphill stretches”.

Old Timers still winning Gold for Sussex

It is not only the school athletes of Sussex who have been achieving success at National level of late but at the other end of the age groups Sussex Masters have been flying the flag over the past couple of weekends.

At the BMAF indoor championships at Lee Valley Steyning walkers Ian Richards and Ron Penfold from Steyning continue to stamp their authority on the opposition.

Richards, now getting back to his true form following injury, won the M65 3000m event in  14:53.81s while moving on a decade Penfold took the M75 title in 9:13.27s.

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