This weeks report is brought to you by Paul Cousins.
' For the w/c 20 November 2023
Sussex Cross Country League - Ardingly
It was good to see Haywards Heath Harriers getting into the mix at Ardingly on Saturday the eleventh of November. The Harriers have yet again become involved with Sussex Athletics by holding one of the important cross country league races in the county.
The Ardingly Showground was the latest venue for the second round of the Sussex Cross Country League.
Haywards Heath Harriers co-organised this event along with Sussex Athletics. There was a great set-up team on the day, with most duties being covered by the Harriers along with help from other Sussex clubs including Burgess Hill Runners and Crawley Athletic Club in the running of the event.
On an undulation course by the South East of England showground and the conditions “good” for cross-country running (not muddy and no puddles) which the runners made good of the re-adjusted course of the previous year.
There was lots of good cross country running going on with the best of Sussex taking part across all ages from under elevens to the veteran age groups. The Harriers also getting their best runners out with many good performances on the day.
Harriers had a super turn-out with forty-seven harriers running and a super team effort helping out with the running of the event.
For the Harriers, there were ten youngsters, nine women and twenty-eight men who took part.
Results were as follows|:
U11 girls: 34th Layla Robinson 10.39.
U11 Boys: 46th Rohan Barnes 9.16; 52nd Joe Waller 9.40; 62nd Indigo Rhodes 12.25.
U13 Girls: 11th Elsie Williams 13.05; 37th Molly-Ann Clarke 15.50; 43rd Coco Rhodes 17.03.
13 Boys: 16th Ethan Rowen 12.02; 19th Charlie Waller 12.09.
U15 Girls: 38th Emily Hilton 19.54.
Senior Women: 42nd Rachael Overton 23.01; 53rd Siobhan Amer 23.32; 68th Lindsey Blain 24.53; 82nd Sam Ridley 25.40; 100th Jacqueline Barnes 27.45; 108th Shelagh Robinson 29.28; 111th Sarah Hamilton 30.21; 117th Caroline Mackey-Khursheed 30.59; 137th Carys Hind 35.30.
Senior Men: 19th James Skinner 28.43; 29th Jamie McDowell 29.38; 31st Jamie Topping 29.41; 36th Chris Turner 29.51; 49th Ian Kenton 31.06; 50th Marcus Kimmins 31.13; 56th Ollie Fyfe 31.38; 57th Michael Priest 31.41; 64th Russ Mullen 31.59; 70th Michael Burke 32.33; 72nd Tom Sommerfelt 32.36; 73rd James Moffat 32:43; 79th Andy Hind 33.18; 84th Matt King 33.47; 97th Greg Hilton 34.34; 98th Mark Green 34.37; 104th James Bennett 34.50; 105th Tim Miller 34.50; 106th Patrick Laurence 34.56; 110th Mark McLoughlin 35.15; 118th Simeon Wishlade 35.59; 131st Chris Faulkner 38.02; 134th Simon Robinson 38.12; 137th Andy Dray 38.40; 154th Tim Hicks 40.50; 163rd Mark Sykes 42.42; 165th Ian Dumbrell 43.38; 166th James Buckeridge 44.00.
The men’s A team finished fourth in Division one out of eight teams with two hundred and fourteen points, this time finishing twenty-eight two points behind their closest rivals, Lewes Athletic Club, who finished in third place.
The women’s A team finished in a superb sixth place (an improvement of seven places on Goodwood) in Division Two with one hundred and sixty-four points.
The next Sussex cross country league race is at Stanmer Park (Brighton) on the second of December. Again, it would be great for the club to get as many runners (young and old) out for the next race!
West Sussex Fun Run League – Gun Powder Trot! – 05/11/23
Haywards Heath Harriers took part in the penultimate race in the West Sussex Fun Run League season for 2023. The club finished tenth out of eighteen clubs at this event.
The Harrier’s results were:
10th Andy Hind 29.56; 34th Tim Miller 32.18; 35th Julian Boyer 32.20; 75th James Smyth 35.45; 103rd Eric Hepburn 37.18; 111th Richard Caddy 38.19; 115th Jayne Brewer 38.35; 130th Phil Scott 39.28; 152nd Bob Adams 40.54; 169th Mark Songi 42.42; 189th Mike Parish 45.44; 195th Sarah Hamilton 46.28; 203rd Marion Hemsworth 47.38; 240th Carys Hind 54.33; 245th Richard Bates 55.55; 254th Rupert Purchase 61.31.
West Sussex Fun Run League - Steepdown Challenge 29/10/23
At the final race of 2023 at the Steepdown Challenge at Lancing, the team finished in twelve place out of eighteen clubs.
25th Tim Miller 34.44; 35th Julian Boyer 35.45; 95th James Smyth 40.58; 119th Richard Caddy 43.06; 125th Phil Scott 43.32; 134th Mike Derrick 44.20; 174th Richard Jobling 49.21; 176th Sarah Hamilton 49.37; 181st Mike Parish 50.29; 241st Marion Hemsworth 68.51.