Crawley AC runners make most of muddy conditions

Crawley AC runner Jade Doncaster on the way to winning a silver medal in the U15s race at the Sussex Cross Country Championships in Bexhill. SUS-150401-200044002
Crawley AC runner Jade Doncaster on the way to winning a silver medal in the U15s race at the Sussex Cross Country Championships in Bexhill. SUS-150401-200044002

Overnight rain which continued into the next day meant that the Sussex Cross-Country Championships at Bexhill was at best muddy and at its most extreme was an ankle deep stream of water.

So a really tough test of strength and stamina awaited the Crawley AC athletes.

Three athletes won individual medals.

Jade Dancaster won an excellent silver medal following her determined run for second place in the under-15 girls event held over 4,000m.

George Crocker won bronze with a fine run in the under-15 boys 4,500m event and bronze for Ben Golding in the 9km under-20 men’s race.

There were also two team medals.

The under-15 boys team of George Crocker, Tom Thayre and Sam Gadsdon were winners of the bronze medal as were the under-17 women’s team which consisted of Jasmine McMurray, Kennagh Marsh and Jessica Robinson.

With both the men’s and women’s team depleted of some of their stronger runners, the men did really well to finish eighth over the gruelling 12km race and the ladies finished 13th in their 6,400m event.

Second-claim Julie Briggs had yet another great run to finish fifth.

In contrast, at the opposite end of the age range, the Under-11 (non-championship) 1,600m event saw Dylan Hanslow record a Crawley victory.

Although the course was extremely muddy and the rain only briefly stopped, credit has to be given to all the athletes who competed in very difficult conditions.