Bexhill Down was the venue for this year’s Sussex County Cross Country Championships. Ideal conditions meant that strong fields contested all of the different age group races. The Blue Stars best result came in the Under 17 Women’s race run over 5km saw Alex Richer, who has been running well all season, dominate her race. Taking the lead from the start she steadily pulled away from the rest of the field to come home an easy winner in 19m30s, over half a minute ahead of her nearest rival. In the Under 20 Men’s race, run over 7.5km, Jacob Cann and Bradley Burke were soon to the fore, with Luke Burgess and Luke Triccas close behind. On the final half of the race Burgess caught his teammates to finish 5th in 24m50s, with Cann 6th (24m59s), Burke 9th (25m40s) and Luke Triccas 12th (26m19s). The team were just edged into silver medal positions by the team from Brighton.
Sophie Morris had another good run in the Under 15 Girls race, run over 4km, where she finished 10th in 18m08s and in the Senior Women’s race of 6.4km Elspeth Turner finished in an excellent 8th place. Sam Richards had a good run in the Under 15 Boys race to finish 18th, running 16m34s for the 4km race, and with Jesse Mackarel 30th (17m15s) and Charlie Beckley 40th (18m36s) the team took 10th place. In the Under 13 races both run over 3km, Charlie Ferris was the first Blue star finisher in 23rd place (12m37s), with Ryan Rothe 34th (13m01s) and James Andrews 46th (13m35s). The team finished 10th. Honey Thomson led the Girls team home in 47th position (15m04s). Jonathan Arnold was the first Blue Star finisher in the Senior Men’s race, run over 12km, finishing 51st (47m38s).
At the Surrey Cross Country Championships, held at Lloyd Park Croydon, Annabel Morton had a very good run in the Under 20 Women’s race, where she took the silver medal, running 21m31s for the 5.7k race. In the Under 15 Boys race, Matty Smith, whilst lying in third place took a heavy fall close to the finish, but recovered to finish in a creditable 8th place, running 13m39s for the 4k race.