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Chi second in XC standings

Chichester Athletics will be looking to follow up a strong start to the Sussex Cross Country League season when match two of four takes place this weekend.


Taking place at Lancing Manor Leisure Centre, hundreds of runners from across the county will gather for the event tomorrow (Saturday).


The event starts with the U11 girls at 12 noon with the ladies hearing the gun at 2.05 pm and the men at 2.35 pm.


Chi will be looking to take a strong team to the event and follow up on the good showing at the opener last month in Goodwood.


The 70-strong Runners squad gave a good account of themselves in all age groups with the best team results coming from the veteran women and the senior men who both lie in second place at this early stage of the season.


The senior men are currently second in the standings after finishing runners-up to reigning champions Brighton & Hove in Division One.


Ned Potter led the squad home in an excellent 5th place and 2nd U20 to finish.


Evergreen James Baker ploughed his way through the field after a steady start to maintain his remarkable run going back 20 years.


His ninth place was the 54th time in succession that the 42-year old has finished in the top 10 in a Sussex league race, a sequence which he started in 2000.


Tom Le Lievre was not far behind in 26th, followed in by Conrad Meagher, 27th, and veteran John Peters in 30th.


In the women’s race, Chi have maintained their Division 1 status for nearly a decade. The 2019 class did not disappoint, with the Chichester Half Marathon winner Fay Cripps leading the club home in a fine 14th place.


Next home was over 55 Jane Harrop who, along with Cripps and Emily Alden, ensured they sit in second place behind Arena 80 after the first race.
the U17 team are just outside the medals in fourth.

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