South of England Cross County Championships

West Suffolk traveled down to Brighton for the South of England Cross County Championships, on Saturday 27 January! The under 13 girls (aka the Wild Cats) ran a hilly 3k course. In that race Lila Battell finished 71st with a time of 12.12, second came Marni Sillitoe with a time of 12.28 which was quite an improvement from her previous races. Lorna Coull finished with a time of 12.44, quickly after this came Amelie Taylor finishing 133rd with a time of 12.52, which is an excellent achievement due to the fact that she was the youngest in the field! Molly Howell, who continues to improve, came 138th and continues to excel, her time was 12.58. Eva Marshall then finished the West Suffolk Wild Cats entrants in 13.15, with a finishing place of 160. This result doesn’t give a true example of her capabilities, as she is recovering from an illness.

Chloe Cavill headed the West Suffolk entrants under 15’s 4K, coming in 96th place and a time of 16.11 minutes. Rebecca Morley ran strongly finishing in 110th with a time of 16.22. Caitlin McKay finished in 207, 20.28, this was Caitlin’s first race and was battling difficulties with her hips. We expect her to improve greatly in her future races!

In the under 17 men’s race Cameron Ackroyd had the best result of the day from West Suffolk, coming home in 41st place and a time of 21.51 for a 6k race! Oscar Hedge finished in 147th and a time of 25.41 and the last in the trio was Callum Long, finishing close behind Oscar in 150th and a time of 25.47.

To conclude West Suffolk’s day out in Brighton James Preston ran a hard 8k finishing in the top 150, followed in by Adam Crawford concluding the results for West Suffolk!

Christine Anthony was due to compete in the senior women’s race but unfortunately had to pull out due to injury.

West Suffolk’s next outing will be at the English National Cross Country event at Parliament Hill, London.