Eastbourne Rovers’ runners helped Sussex to unprecented success at the English Schools’ Cross Country Championships which were staged in Derby.
Daniel Stidder and Mylene Schuwey helped the county to win team titles at the prestigious championships at Catton Hall.
Fourteen-year-old Stidder competed in the junior under-15 race and was the fifth scoring Sussex runner finishing a very creditable 118th from a field of 340.
With the eight Sussex runners packing well in muddy, wet and windy conditions over the 4.5km course, the county won the trophy for the first county to finish with all of their squad.
Stidder had qualified to represent Sussex after finishing sixth at the schools’ county championships in Bexhill earlier this year.
A pupil at Heathfield Community College, his father Sean said he was very proud of his son.
“This was one of the most demanding and testing courses I have seen,” he said. “It was extremely muddy, the wind was pretty severe and the hills were so difficult to run up.
“But this was a great result for Daniel bearing in mind the level of competition. There were only 38 seconds separating him and the top 50, it was that close.”
Swiss student Schuwey, 17, who also trains with Eastbourne Rovers, finished 96th in the senior girls’ race for under-19s. She was Sussex’s fifth scorer and her run comes on the back of a string of good performances in the East Sussex Cross Country League this winter.
The under-19 girls won the team trophy, as did the under-17 boys from the 40 counties who contested the races - the best haul Sussex has had since the championships began 50 years ago.