Grace Baker from Hastings inflicted the first defeat on Emma Macready (Worthing) by a Sussex runner this season when she chalked up an impressive victory in the third of this seasonís Sussex Cross-country League races at Lancing Manor on Saturday.
Conditions underfoot at the Lancing course were firm and fast but there is a substantial hill to be climbed from the Leisure Centre grounds to the Dew Pound and the consequential fast downhill dash back to the finish.
Baker has not really had the most sparkling start to this season but she gritted her teeth and was determined to keep close to the Worthing runner . She kept close to her prey all the way to the dew pond the it was the younger Hastings runner, who is still in the Under 20 age group, had the upper hand.
Her faster leg speed outweighed the strength of Macready and Baker was able to sweep clear to reach the finishing line nearly fifty yards to the good clocking 18:11 to the 18:19 that was clocked in second place by Macready.
With these two battling so hard veteran Caroline Hoyte (Arena 80), whose son Reuben finished third in the U15 race, did exceptionally well to keep ..
Tomorrow (Saturday) sees the third round of the Sussex Cross-country League at the Lancing Manor Leisure Centre.
The League racing will be preceded by a 1500 metre Under 11 (School Years 5/6) race at 12.00 noon.
The Under 13 Girls commence the League racing at 12.30 while the senior men set off ..
Pepper and Clark win first Harvey-Curtis Challenge.
Jon Pepper (Phoenix) and Fiona Clark (Arena 80) became the first winners of the Harvey Curtis Sussex Road Race Challenge titles.
This Challenge centres on just 4 of the Leading Sussex Road Races and runners need to run in three of the four races and must finish in the top 30 ..
County Cross-country League secretary, Phil Baker, has been reflecting on the record number of runners who completed the various events in last Saturday's event at Plumpton College.
Looking back at his record from the turn of the century Phil has come up with the following statistics.
Back in 2000 37 Under 13/U15 ..
More than five hundred runners completed the courses in the second of this season's Sussex Cross-country League events at Plumpton.
Underfoot conditions were much better than can normally be expected over this course at this time of the year and although a little crisp there were good racing conditions until the ..
Will Gray (Brighton & Hove City) and Charlie Grice (Phoenix) both gained top ten placings in the European Cross-country Trials at Sefton Park, Liverpool on Saturday and were the highest placed Sussex athletes in action at Liverpool.
Competing in the senior race Gray filled 22nd place in 30:10 and Grice was ..
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