Burgess Hill Runners well-represented around the South

Katia Hannah and Emma Fernandez sharing the ladies title.

Katia Hannah and Emma Fernandez sharing the ladies title.

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Burgess Hill Runners were well represented around the South again this weekend.

On Saturday the club managed a good turnout at Goodwood for the Sussex Cross Country League with a full ladies team and both an ‘A’ and ‘B’ mens team which is something they’ve not always been able to fulfil. Unfortunately official results hadn’t been published in time for this report, however, Sharona Harrington led the ladies in on the 3 mile course in approximately 22 minutes followed by Janet Clapton, Emma Leeson and Naomi Gollow. Darryl Webb led the men’s A Team home on the 5 mile course in 34th place followed by Paul Sargent, Neil Grigg and Jason Collett whilst Ian Jones led the B Team home followed by James Sorbie, Stuart Condie and John Palmer. Also on Saturday, the ever speedy James Collins took part in the first Parkrun at Harcout Hill in Oxford and made his mark with a time of 18:08 and Steve Roberts was manning an aid station at the Winter 100 mile race and, whilst not running, spent 16 hours helping the runners - an endurance effort in itself!

On Sunday the club turned out in force for the last WSFRL race of the season at Lancing, the aptly named “Steepdown Challenge”. Going into the last race the BHR ladies league title was still neck and neck between running buddies Katia Hannah and Emma Fernandez. In order to share their great achievements they opted to sportingly cross the line together and were presented with the league trophy to share. Leading the men home and continuing his great running form was Alan Fry in 33:56. The women were led home by Liz Carter (40:23) who has also been putting in fantastic league performances. The club finished 9th on the day and have provisionally finished in an excellent 3rd place for the season. Meanwhile, intrepid long distance runner Jan Lavis was pleased with a superb time of 3:37:13 at the Abingdon Marathon, just short of a marathon PB but finishing an excellent 2nd place in the veteran ladies 45-55 category.