Bexhill was the venue for the last of this winter’s Sussex Cross Country league fixtures, where the overall league winners and individual winners was decided. Dry but windy conditions faced the athletes, with Blue Star athletes performing well.
The Senior Men’s race run over a testing 8km course saw Luke Burgess lead the team home in 9th position in 28m36s, and he was closely followed by Jacob Cann in 11th (28m50s) and with Josh Barnett 20th (29m47s) and Luke Triccas 24th (30m18s) the team ran out easy winners on the day and secured first position in Division 2, which means they gain promotion for next season. The B team, led home by Jonathan Arnold in 47th (32m30s), with Ryan Bowyer 66th (34m43s), David Maclean 75th (35m33s) and Neil Cann 85th (37m47s) finished in 3rd place on the day in Division 3 and finish 2nd overall, and they too will get promoted.
The 5km Senior Women’s race saw Alex Richer finish in an excellent third place, running 20m18s , but she was the leading Under 17 Woman on the day and won the league individual title with three wins from the 3 races. Matty Smith again dominated the Under 15 Boys race taking the lead early on he finished in an excellent 15m00s for the 4km race. Sam Richards had a good run to take 12th place (16m19s) and with Jesse Mackarel 25th (17m52s) the team finished 3rd on the day and fourth overall in the league. In the Under 13 Boys race, run over 3km, saw Charlie Ferris have another good run to come home in 4th place (11m46s) and take fourth place overall in the league and with Ryan Rothe 29th (13m19s) and Dominic Barber 33rd (13m30s) the team finished 7th on the day but maintained their 5th place in the league. While in the Under 13 Girls race, run over the same distance, the first Blue Star home was Phoebe Penston in 31st (15m10s), with Emma Harrison 39th (16m33s). In the Under 17 Men’s race, run over 5km, Ash Williams finished 7th in 18m07s
In the Under 11 Boys race Micah Turfrey, having his first race for the Club, finished in 19th position, with Thomas Wood 24th and Tom Hays 31st.