Horsham Blue Star girls take team honours at Cross Country Championships

The Sussex Cross Country Championships were held at Bexhill and with the recent heavy rainfall were run in very testing conditions.

The Blue Star under-15 girls team led the way, as they have done all season, to take the team honours in their race.

The team were led home in fourth place by Laura Hawrych, with 17m 7s for the 4,000m course, closely followed by Bronwen Thomas, with an excellent sixth place just five seconds behind. Erin Bateman also impressed in eighth place in 17m 21s as the team scored 18 points to win the title from host club Hastings. Also in this race Caroline Wirth took 12th place in 17m 45s and Romy van der Veen 20th in 19m 54s.

In the under-20 Men’s race over 8,000m, Francis Scarr ran well to finish just outside the medals in fourth place in 35m 8s.

The under-13 girls race saw a fine run by Gabriella Eltham to take eighth place with 14m 6s for the 3,000m race. In the under-13 boys event, run over the same distance the team were led home by Joshua Barnett in 17th place (13m 53s), supported by Peter Thomas in 26th (14m 25s), Daniel Allam 31st (14m 47s) and Corey Farrell 37th (17m 3s) as the team took seventh place.

Chris Best was the leading Blue Star in the under-15 boys race in 14th place with 18m 22s for the 4,500m race, with Luke Triccas 20th (19m 19s), Dan Casey 23rd (19m 43s), Jamie Hughes 26th (20m 12s) and Chris Dunstan 27th (20m 23s) as the team finished sixth.

The senior women’s race, which incorporated the under-20 women’s race as well, was run over 6,400m and saw a fine run by Elspeth Turner to finish in 19th place (30m 25s). Amicia Lee was 36th (33m 39s) and Maisie Boast 50th (36m 48s), but finishing fifth in the under-20 race.

Blue Stars will be back at the same venue for the final Sussex Cross Country league fixture on March 1.

Other notable performances: Senior men’s race over 12,000: Andy Dunstan 49th (50m 31s), Chris Lee 79th (59m 44s).

Under-17 races over 5,000m: Nicole Allan 12th in the Women’s event (24m 50s), Jack Milnthorpe 20th place in the Men’s race (22m 1s).

The day started with a non championship race over 1,600m for the under-11s and Blue Star’s Oskar Crook (6m 50s) and Oliver Arnold (7m 18s) again showed their future potential by coming fourth and 13th respectively.