Girls Cross Country Report November 2008
Written by Ann Titheradge   
Tuesday, 02 December 2008 23:31
This year the girls Cross Country Team has been outstanding with all the girls running brilliantly.  The under 13 teams have had success at Goodwood in the cross country relays winning a bronze medal, they gained first team place at the Phoenix Races and are currently lying second in the league after two races. 

Cross Country Relays at Goodwood

Four under 13s (Laura Smith, Holly Turner, Ella Spurgeon and Esther Lutz Davies) and four under 15s (Jordan Page, Ellie Woolcott, Rachel Titheradge and Melissa Donaldson) turned out for the relays at Goodwood.  Laura, Esther and Melissa all running their first cross country.  Despite the wet miserable conditions the girls put in some great performances.  The under 13 team of Laura, Holly and Ella came 3rd and won a bronze medal while the under 15 team came 9th.

League Race 1 at Goodwood

In the first league race the under 15 team was depleted due to half term activities with just Melissa Donaldson representing the club.  Seven girls ran in the under 13s with Laura, Holly, Ella and Esther being joined by three girls new to cross country Steffi Paraskevas, Beth Faulkner and Ella Faulkner .  The girls all ran brilliantly with all the girls in the top two thirds of the field and Laura showing outstanding form to be the first Brighton girl back.

8 Laura  Smith
10 Holly Turner
12 Ella Spurgeon
16 Beth Faulkner

Phoenix Races at Preston Park

Eight under 13 girls ran in the Preston Park Races, the first time for many years that there has been an under 13 Brighton girls team.  Again some excellent individual results and a fantastic team effort with the team of Laura, Ella and Steffi winning first place and a medal.

6 Laura Smith
8 Ella Spurgeon
10 Steffi Paraskevas
11 Holly Turner

League Race 2 at Plumpton

In cold conditions seven runners turned up at Plumpton.  Mud was the order of the day.  One of our girls loosing her shoe in the mud just walking the course.  One falling during the race and finishing covered in black mud! Despite the conditions the girls produced some outstanding results.  In the under 13s all five girls finished within eleven places of each other, with Holly producing an outstanding run to be the first Brighton girl.  In the league our under 13 first team are in 2nd position and our second team in 5th position. 

7 Holly Turner
8 Laura Smith
13 Ella Spurgeon

Rachel Titheradge and Ellie Woolcott represented the club in the under 15s with Rachel finishing in 13th.

This is the most encouraging season for Brighton’s girls cross country for a long time with so many under 13s running and all running near the top half of the field.  It is a delight to watch them run all apparently enjoying the wet, mud and cold.  Thanks to the coaches Peter and John for their dedication in supporting these runners and encouraging these girls to take part.

Ann Titheradge and Judith Wolcott
Girls Team Managers

Crowborough 10K
Tuesday, 02 December 2008 07:59
2nd and 3rd places for James Tomlinson and Louis Taub in the Crowborough 10K [Results]
Sussex Cross Country League - Plumpton College
Tuesday, 25 November 2008 20:04

A win for James McCarthy, the U17 Men, and the Senior Men at the 2nd round of the Brooks Sussex Cross Country League at Plumpton.

A link to the race reports on Sussex Athletics 

A link to the race results on Sussex Athletics


Brooks Brighton 10K
Thursday, 13 November 2008 21:32

Brighton 10K Results

Sussex Athletics race report

Gallery of Photos

Brooks Brighton 10K Website

Brooks Brighton 10K Start 2008

British & Irish Masters Cross Country Champs
Monday, 17 November 2008 18:24

2nd place for Nigel Gates, representing England at the British & Irish Masters CC Champs in Swansea (Saturday 14th Nov. 2008), with the English team taking the first 3 places in the v55s race.  Sussex Athletics Write Up

National Cross Country Relays - Mansfield
Written by Matt Bristow   
Sunday, 02 November 2008 07:56

Brighton and Hove City AC were the only Sussex club to travel to the National Cross Country relays in Mansfield. It was a cold and windy day but the ground underfoot was firm and the rain held off until after the event had finished. Each team of four runners was required to run 5k (2 laps) of parkland and wooded stretches.

Andrew Donno ran the crowded first leg and was forced to get his elbows out and chop his stride as he battled for room amongst the 151 other runners. With the first lap complete Andy was able to find some space and pushed on to bring Brighton back in 78th position in 16:56.

Chris Thomson took over on second leg, it was a good run from Chris who picked people off all the way around his leg and with 16:53 brought Brighton back in 58th.

Matt Bristow took over from Chris on the third leg and went out in a small group of runners, towards the end of the first lap he was tucking in behind a small group of runners to try and stay out of the wind. A solid second lap led to a total time of 17:36, Brighton were now 60th.

Jason Benniman completed the team with a leg of 19:13. Jason has been suffering with illness since competing in the World Duatlon Championships in Italy and by his own admission had a lot of fitness to gain. Nevertheless Jason ran a hard final leg and brought the team back in 69th position.

It was a good day out in Mansfield despite the cold and the consensus was that it was worth the trip. For a full set of results please see the link from the English Cross Country Association website.

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