A very wet Stanmer Park, Brighton was the venue for the second round of the Sussex Cross Country league. The conditions not only unpleasant for the competitors, but made it very hard for all the marshalls and officials, who spent several hours out in incessant rain.

Despite the conditions Blue Star athletes produced some excellent results. In the Under 15 Boys race, run over 4km Matty Smith, leading from the start, completely dominated the race to come home a comfortable winner in 14m14s, 15 seconds clear of the second placed runner, and with Jesse Mackarel 25th (16m29s) and Tom Clark 34th (17m39s) the team finished 5th on the day. The Senior Women’s race, run over 5km, saw a fine run by Annabel Morton, who was always challenging for the lead, but was just edged into second place over the latter part of the race, running 20m14s, just 13 seconds (behind the winner Lizzie Clarke from Hastings). Alex Richer had another good run to take sixth place overall 21m09s, but was the leading Under 17 finisher, and with Elspeth Turner finishing the first Over 50 in 15th position (21m40s) saw the team placed 8th.

The other good individual run came in the Under 13 Boys race, where Charlie Ferris, who has been running well all season, finished in 3rd place over the 3km course, running 11m47s, with Reuben Marsden also running well to take 14th place (12m16s) and Dominic Barber 37th (13m23s) the team finished in 5th place. In the Under 15 Girls race the team was led home by Sophie Morris in 13th place, where she ran 17m21s for the 4km race, and in the Under 17 Men’s race, run over 5km, Ashley Williams finished 11th in 19m17s.

The final event of the day was the Senior Men’s race, run over a testing 8km. The Blue Star team was led home by Jacob Cann, who had his best run of the winter so far, finishing in an excellent 16th position in 30m12s. He was followed home by Luke Burgess in 24th (31m22s), Luke Triccas in 37th (32m17s) and Bradley Burke in 39th (32m25s), which gave the team a 3rd place finish in Division 2 on the day and leaves them second overall.

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