The first of this season’s cross-country events was held at Whitbread Hollow in Eastbourne with a three-lap tough course on tracks near Hollywell.
This event, which forms part of the East Sussex Sunday League, saw 175 runners competing and Hailsham Harriers provided some great competition with 24 of their runners scoring good points.
First home for Harriers was Gary Judges, who provided another impressive run to finish sixth in a race won by Daniel Anderson, of Hastings AC, in 28min45sec.
Support was provided by Paul Standen-Payne in 19th and Ciaran Bregazzi in 29th with many other Harriers finishing in the top 50.
In the combined ladies’ race, an excellent performance was provided by Sue Fry, who won the race and was also placed 33rd overall with superb support from Jo Curran, who was second lady and 35th overall.
The testing tracks on this course were dry and the weather conditions were chilly early on but ideal for this type of event.
Hailsham Harriers’ positions: 6th Gary Judges 29m41s, 19th Paul Standen-Payne 32m08s, 29th Ciaran Bregazzi 33m01s, 33rd and First Lady Sue Fry 33m38s, 35th and Second Lady Jo Curran 33m55s, 36th Rob Chrystie 34m01s, 40th Alan Thornton 34m38s, 41st Dave Coulson 34m42s, 44th Andy Payne 35m03s, 46th Martin Bell 35m11s, 48th Andy Ruffell 35m22s, 57th Adam Davies 35m51s, 58th Liz Lumber 35m58s 62nd Juliette Sukoco 36m08s, 77th Mark Gilbert 37m44s, 92nd Shaun Webster 39m15s, 98th Johanna Dowle 40m07s, 118th Rob Crouch 42m35s, 120th Peter Drake 42m56s, 122nd Jackie Lane 43m02s, 128th Sam Alvarez 43m47s, 129th Brian Winn 43m47s, 133rd Geoff Depper 44m23s, 174th Leslie Underdown 60m16s.
On the same day a group of young Harriers with their mentors travelled to Hicksted to take part in the Hickstead Gallop races. Some fine runs saw Freddie LLoyd Boys U 9 in the 800m finish in 9th place with 3m31s. In the Girls U11 Harriet Bloor in the 1000m came 8th with 5m24s and Joseph LLoyd Boys U11 also 1000m came 15th in 5m04s. These were great performances in early competition for them. In the Adult race with 235 runners Olivia Webb triumphed with a ladies win and 31st overall on a muddy course in 33m49s and Julie Chicken came home 115th (17th Lady) in 40m05s.