The first of this season’s Sussex Cross Country league fixtures took place adjacent to Goodwood racecourse and saw over 600 runners compete across the various age groups. The Blue Stars best team performance came in the Under 15 Boys race run over a 4k course, where the team were led home in 7th place by Charlie Ferris who had a good run to finish in 15m03s, he was closely followed by Reuben Marsden who also ran well finishing in 10th place (15m27s) and with newcomer Alex Power running 16m06s to take 25th place, the team finished in an excellent 4th place of the 18 competing teams. Also in this age group Jesse Mackarel finished 27th (16m08s), Dominic Barber 32nd (16m43s), Ed Cox 39th (17m22s) and Ryan Rothe 42nd (17m43s).
There was another good team result in the Under 17 Men’s race, run over 5km, where Ash Williams ran well to finish in 8th place (17m17s), he was followed by Sam Richards who had a strong run to finish close behind in 12th place (17m42s) and with Tom Clark 25th (20m07s) and Charlie Beckley 26th (20m36s) the team finished in 5th position. The Senior Men’s race, where over 140 runners toed the line, saw Luke Burgess run well to finish in 8th place, running 26m30s for the 8km race, and with Harry Eaton finishing 19th (27m42s), Andy Dunstan in 54th (30m54s), closely followed by Dean Angell and Ryan Bowyer in 57th and 58th places and Pete O’Connell 67th the team took 7th place in Division 1. Elspeth Turner lead the Team home in the Senior Women’s race having a good run to finish in 13th place running 19m30s for the 5km race, with Lorraine Hayes finishing 59th (22m42s) and Miranda Huisman 69th (23m50s), the team took 7th place.
Laurie Mackarel was the first Blue Star to finish in the Under 13 Boys race, running 13m01s for the 3km race which saw him finish in 31st place, with Isaac Burt 36th (13m06s) and Tom Hays (13m08s) the team finished in 12th place. In the Under 13 Girls race, also run over 3km, Emma Harrison ran well to finish 28th (14m26s). She was closely followed by Emily Oliver in 32nd (14m41s) and with Alexander Pinder 41st (15m23s) and Lydia Barnett, despite two falls, finishing 42nd (15m30s) the team also finished in 12th place.
This was a promising start to the season with a large number of athletes competing for the first time especially in the younger age groups.