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Lewes AC success at the start of the cross country season

With two cross country events taking place at the same weekend Lewes AC runners started the season well. The first of six Sunday Cross Country League events was at Snape Wood at Wadhurst where the Lewes AC mixed team of 16 won the event with 1073 points. With fourteen teams in the league this was a stunning result for the club for the first league race of the season.

In a field of over 300 runners Richard Robinson led the Lewes AC team by finishing first from the competing clubs. Close behind in 8th and 9th positions overall were Darryl Webb and Charlie Critchley. Finishing as the first man aged over 50 was Jonathon Burrell in 14th place. Making up the men’s team places were Adam Vaughan (17th); Mike Green (23rd); John Dryden (32nd); Andrew McLennan (42nd) David Prince-Isles( 62nd); David Foster (112th)

Leading the women’s side of the mixed team was Emma Rollings who finished in 80th position overall. Supporting Emma were Jo Miles (134th); Karin Divall (151st); Kitty Taylor (155th); Emma Gardener (160th) and Beth Hancock (177th)

The above runners made up the scoring team of sixteen. There were other Lewes AC runners who competed in the race and by finishing in front of runners from other teams contributed to the club’s success. These were Ed Wheeler (71st); Marcus AcCinnell (125th); Hugh St John (162nd); Bob Hughes (171st); Liam Collington (180th) and Julie Deakin (212nd)

On the Saturday another band of intrepid Lewes AC cross country runners took part in the Sussex County Cross Country Relay Championships at Goodwood. Here again there was great result for the Lewes Club with the senior men’s team winning the Silver Medal just behind a strong Brighton team. Patrick Hough led the team to the silver medal position with the second fastest lap time of 12.10 only just 3 seconds slower that the fastest lap. The other medal winning team members and their times were Josh Burgess (13.07) Callum Upton (12.49) and Matt Bradford (13.01)

The senior men’s B team was placed 18th out of the 28 competing teams. The team and their times were Patrick McMannus (14.20); Chris Gilbert (14.07); Alex Thomson (15.28) and Charles Taylor (14.29)

Showing that the Lewes club has strength in depth the Under 13 boys’ team also won a silver medal in the Championships. The team was Finlay Stonehouse; Gabriel Penrose and Louis Goodwin. Finishing in 8th position from the 22 competing teams the Lewes AC B team of Archie Guppy, Rory Braund and Harvey Perry finished in 8th place.