Bexhill was the venue for the second round of the Sussex Cross Country league and again saw a large number of Blue Stars competing. Once again the Senior Women’s team convincingly won the team event in Division 2.

Victorious Women’s team at Bexhill

Annabel Morton in full flight at Bexhill

Led home by Johanna Spannagl, who having contested the early lead, came home in fourth placerunning 19m08s. She was supported by Annabel Morton who took 8th place (19m53 s), and was the second Under 17 woman to finish and by Elspeth Turner who was the first Veteran Woman home, finishing ninth overall in 20m00s. The team scoring an impressive 21 points now lead Division 2 by over 60 points. In a field of 130 Daisy Burchfield ran well to take 59th place (23m10s)

The Under 17 Men’s race saw Luke Burgess have another good run to finish in 9th place, running 17m37s for the 5km race,

Luke Burgess in action at Bexhill

and with Jacob Cann 13th (18m02s) and Bradley Burke 16th (18m19s) the team finished third on the day but still maintain their second place overall in the league.

A big field of 63 lined up for the Under 15 Boys race and there was another good run from Ash Williams where he finished 4th running 13m13s for the 4km course and with Matty Smith in 14th (13m57s) and Sam Richards in 36th (15m09s) the team finished in 5th place.

The Under 13 Boys race, run over 3km, saw another large field of 65 face the starter, with Charlie Ferris the leading Blue Star, finishing in 18th place (12m21s), he was supported by Reuben Marsden and newcomer James Andrews, who had their own private battle finishing 28th and 29th respectively. This put the team in 9th place and has them lying 7th overall after the two matches. The Under 13 Girls race saw Sophie Morris have a really good run to finish in 15th place (13m42s) with Jasmine Tamblin 30th (14m39s).

The final race of the day for the Senior Men saw a field of over 150 compete. A spate of injuries and illnesses saw a depleted team face the starter for the 8km race. The team were led home by Luke Triccas in 63rd place (32m34s), closely followed by Andy Dunstan in 74th place (32m58s), with Bill Knight 99th in 34m25s. The team now lie in 8th place in Division 1. Earlier in the day an Under 11 Boys race run over 2km saw Fraser Williams finish in an excellent 9th place running 7m41s with club mate Isaac Burt 15th (8m02s).

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