Schools Update - Hastings Half

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England Schools have updated last weekend’s Championships and have placed Tom James, who lost his chip in the mud, in a fine 26th place in the junior (U15) boys’ race, the first of the Sussex runners to finish.

This was a cracking run for the County Schools champion who lives over the border in Surrey but goes to school at Hazelwick.

This also lifts the junior team up from 18th team to a splendid 10th team spot. It does not however affect the boy’s Aggregate result and they remain in a splendid fourth place in Division One.

Ironically although the girls actually scored less points than the boys in this competition the girls were placed in seventh team spot.

Another Sussex runner who was overlooked in the original results was Emma Gill, who probably ran her best race of the season to finish 134th in the senior race.

The English Schools and local organisers did a tremendous job to manage to get the Championships on at all in last weekend’s weather conditions while many major road races primarily the South of England 12 and women’s 4 stage relay championships at Milton Keynes were cancelled.

Crawley lost their first track meeting of the season which seemed pretty sensible as the K2 track is difficult to say the least with a vicious North East Wind for both athletes and particularly officials.

Both the Fleet and Reading Half-marathon and the Eastleigh 10k, which Sussex athletes frequently contest, were also optimistically postponed.

The Hasting Half-marathon did however go ahead and produced a Sussex winner, which is unusual for this race.

Former Hastings runner Adam Clark, who now runs for Aldershot, had a good battle with another former Hastings runner, Charlie Joslin Allen who is now with Tonbridge and no longer Sussex.

Clark however managed to draw clear for victory in 68:35 to 68:52.

In third place was current Hastings athlete Gary Foster, who a week back was battling through the mud at Loughborough for the Sussex team in the Inter-counties, who clocked 70:59 while in fourth place Max Dumbrell (Brighton Phoenix) clocked 71:01 all pretty good times in the cold and windy conditions.

Maria Heslop (Tonbridge) was thought to be the first woman finishing 23 overall in 81:28 while Sussex runners Stacey Clusker (Hastings), who was also running for Sussex at Loughborough, and Sue Fry (Hailsham) finished 34rd and 65th in 83:37 and 86:15 respectively.