Hundreds of youngsters braved the mud and near freezing temperatures in the annual West Sussex West Schools Cross Country Championships.
Held at Bishop Luffa School, Chichester, the hosts dominated, recording a clean sweep of individual and team titles. All four races were of a high standard, with many competitors certain to feature strongly in the main Sussex Schools Championships at Waterhall, Brighton, in January, with an eye on selection for the English Schools event later in the season.
First up was the junior girls’ race, which was dominated by the school’s Buckler twins, with Isobel coming out on top, 11 seconds in front of Eva.
In the junior boys’ race, Luffa’s Harvey McGuiness just got the better of Fionn O’Murchu of St Philip Howard.
In the senior and intermediate combined girls it was a newcomer to the Sussex Schools’ scene, Ellie Farrow, who was a clear winner of the senior race. She was followed by Alice Cox-Rusbridge and Alice Ward to make it a clean sweep for the hosts.
In the intermediate race, Luffa’s Olivia Toms made a valiant effort to chase Ellie Farrow for much of the race and did well to finish second.
The senior and intermediate boys race started off at a furious pace, with Bishop Luffa seniors Leo Stallard and Ned Potter determined to make it a true test of stamina. The pair ran within a few strides of each other until the start of the final lap when Leo gradually increased the pace and took top spot by 20 seconds.
There was an equally fine battle for the top intermediate spot with Luffa’s James Gardam just getting the better of Ethan Ward from Felpham by a mere two seconds.
–Bognor Tone Zone runners kept up their fine running record with a number of faces chalked off this week.
Four club members flew the flag for the club at the Southampton Common 10k.
Jack Penfold finished 10th in a time of 39:19, followed by his father, Glenn, who sneaked under the 50 minute barrier for the second weekend running.
Third home for the club was Jo Penfold, with a time of 1:06 at her first ever 10k, hot on her heels was Juliette just behind.