At the last cross-country league race at Lancing on the 12th February, the Under 13 boys team who have been excellent all season took first place on the day and claimed silver team medal for the season.
With seven athletes in the team all performing well, the lads really showed the rest of us how its done. Team manager Quenton Davis puts it this way: 'I think a combination of up-and-coming talent & and our commitment to attendance in numbers saw us through'
Archie Davis was first home in third place just 23 seconds off the lead. Archie was unlucky to miss out on the individual medals by a whisker. Then we had Matt Berridge 7th, Reuben Hoyte 9th, Isaac Wright 12th, Will Russell 32nd and Josh White 40th. Joe Lillie was unlucky to have to withdraw with an injury.
U15 boys featured two ever-reliable athletes Sam Kitchen 9th and Luke Reynolds 21st and place sixth for the year.
There was no U17 boys team featuring at all in the results.
Charlotte Matthews ran well again for the U13s but without support the team was just 11th for the season. Jody Mann 6th, and Amber Muir 14th ran well for the under 15 girls but without a full team had to settle for 6th overall.
The senior women fielded just two runners, Liz Durman 15th and Megan Lillie (U17) 42nd. After poor representation all season they languish 5th in the second division.
The senior men again featured just two runners (James Miles an excellent 9th and Andrew Neighbour 69th) and had to depend on the vets for their scoring including 60+ runner Malcolm Kemp. They were inevitably well short of the medals in 5th place. The vet men have been reasonably represented during the season but were without their strongest team at Lancing. They held on to fifth place. Nigel Herron ran a terrific 34th and Malcolm Hughes 55th and Lance Bellers 67th were the other scorers.
We need to decide whether we want to succeed across the board in this competition next season and, if so, what can we learn from the U13 boys team?
Photos by Quenton Davis