Youngsters battle at Lancing Manor

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It was a case of all change for the winners, in the Young Athletes races, at the third of this season's Sussex Cross-Country League matches at Lancing Manor on Saturday.

That is in all but the U13 Boy’s race where Crawley’s Nicholas Hollan-Ellidge notched up an impressive third successive win to make sure that he will be crowned League champion in February.

Hollan-Ellidge steamed away from his rivals from the start, as he had done in the previous two races, and he never looked like being caught crossing the finishing line in 10:33s well clear of Henry Yelling (Brighton & Hove) who was comfortable in second spot in 10:50s while Cullum Puxty (Hastings) clocked 10:59s. In the team event the Crawley club scored 23 points to Brighton & Hove’s 25.

Elinor Strevens from Eastbourne was the third different winner of the U13 Girl’s race with a positive run in 11:53s, with Eadie Yelling (Brighton & Hove) matching her twin brother’s second place in his race in 12:01s and club mate Rosie Gasson clocking 12:06s for third. Brighton & Hove took the team event from Crawley with 11 points to 28.                                               .

The U15 Girls race saw Alice Wright (Brighton Phoenix), who had placed second in the season’s first race at Goodwood, come through strongly over the second half of the course to win in 16:12s from Lois Dooley (Brighton & Hove) 16:18s and Eloise Key (Bodyworks) 16:20s. Scoring 15 points Brighton & Hove took the team event from Brighton Phoenix who scored 20 points.                                                                                                      

The closest finish of the afternoon came in the U15  Boys race when a neck and neck dash for the finish saw Liam Dunne (Chichester) just get the nod from Atticus Mohapi-Dobuny (Lewes) in 16.08s to 16.09s with Worthing’s Ethan Ward taking third place in 16:31s and Crawley took the team event with 20 points to Hastings’s 32.

George Pool from Hastings, who had finished a close third in the “Cross Challenge” at Liverpool the previous weekend led from the gun to win the U17 race in 16:13s from Will Broom (Chichester) in 16:27s and Leo Brewer (Phoenix) 16:39s with Chichester taking the team race with 17 points to Brighton & Hove’s 26 points.

In the senior races Lewes won the Women’s team event with 46 points to Hailsham’s 71 and Arena 80’s 72, while Brighton & Hove took the Men’s team race with 52 points to Haywards Heath’s 102 and 114 for Lewes.

The Veteran’s races saw Julie Briggs (Arena 80) first home and also leading her team to victory while James Skinner (Haywards Heath) led the Veteran men home and like Julie also led his team to victory.

Full results are on the results pages.