Lewes AC wins medals at the 2018 Sussex Cross Country Championships
On a cold and windy day at Bexhill Lewes AC runners took on not only the muddy ground but the might of all the Sussex clubs and came away with a medal haul of 4 team medals and two individual medals.
The prestigious individual gold medal and title of County Cross Country Champion went to Tom Evans from Lewes AC. Leading the 7.5 mile race from start to finish Tom lead the Lewes AC men’s team to the bronze medal behind Brighton Phoenix A and Crawley A. The team were Tom Evans (1st); Ben Savill (8th); Matt Bradford (21st); Lewis Sida (25); David Bradford (37) and Chris Gilbert (42nd)
The Lewes AC B team finished a very creditable 8th position with Will Monnington (47th); Chris Coffey (50th); Tim Calliafas (51st); Patrick McManus (54th); Lee Woodgate (55th) and Ben Peplar (60th)
Again it was the Lewes AC women’s team that out shone the men by winning the team gold medal by over 11 points from Hastings AC and Brighton & Hove AC. In the tightly competed race Izzy Coomber led the team to their gold medal by finishing in 7th place. The winning team included Caitlin Lloyd (9th); Amy Davilia (24th) and Helen Sida (26th): The Lewes AC women’s B team were placed in 6th place with the scoring team being Rachel Phelps (30th); Megan Taylor (31st); Sarah Godley (39th) and Sally Norris (43rd)
Not to be outdone in the medal stakes the under 13 girls team collected a team bronze in their race. First for the team was Freya Hinds in 8th position followed by Charlotte Sida in 10th and Beatrice Ingles in 15th place. This bronze team medal for Charlotte meant that with her parents the Sida family of Charlotte, Lewis and Helen all left with a medal each. The girls under 13 B team finished in 7th place and included Edith Courage (21st); Megan Harding (24th) and Mia Kirby (27th)
Just missing the team bronze medal by one point were the boys under 13team. With 42 points they were pipped to the bronze medal by the Crawley AC team that scored 41 points. The Lewes AC team that just missed out were Gabriel Penrose (4th); Stan Pendered (13th) and Henri Bedwell (25th)
Competing in the Sussex County Championships for the first time Barney Hastings won an individual silver medal in the boys under 11event. Also winning silver were the under 20 men who won the team silver medal. The closely packed team were Jasper Baker (9th); Charles Taylor (10th) and James Martin (11th)