Women’s cross country
After race 2 of the Sussex cross country league the Arena women are having a strong start to the season in both the senior races and the VET’s races. Our senior team have moved up from 2nd place to 1st place after race 2 with the Vet’s consolidating pole position.
The pick of the runs came from Maisy Trafford who kept a cool calm and relaxed head on her to take 3rd spot as she overtook the Horsham runner in the closing stages of the race to take a very good 3rd place in a time of 19.00 dead.
Our 2nd Arena home came from the ever present stalwart that is Tara Shanahan. Tara was 15th overall but placed as a 2nd place VET in a time of 20.46.
Completing the trio as third lady home was Katherine O’Hara who was almost in doubt at one point as to whether she could race this one. However race it she did and coming home in 32nd overall but 6th in the VET’s race.
It was great to see some of the new faces to Arena coming out for this and getting a flavour of the XC league races so big shout out to Katy Wright, Cat Silvester and Fiona Bugler on their XC debuts.
Men’s cross country
The men’s A team came 6th in Division 1 on the day, which means that after 2 events we remain a solid 5th. The B team came 5th in Div 3, and are now 7th after 2 events.
The first of the Arena men home came from Alex Jago and nice to see him do what he has been threatening to do for a while and put in a superb effort at this race. Alex was 34th home in a time of 30.50. Alex took some notable scalps so he should be pleased on a job well done out there.
Second man home for Arena came from Gary McKivett, 37th in a time of 30.57 and right behind Alex. Again nice to see Gary making in-roads with his running having been out for quite a while with injury.
The third man home for Arena came from Timmy Gedin in 41st place in a time of 31.11. A really solid performance from all of our men and consolidating mid table is a real boost going into race 3.
A great start for all of our athletes who have taken part over the 2 races. There is certainly no lack of enthusiasm from our teams and the camaraderie amongst bot the men and the women really s second to none. If you have had a chance to flavour this yet then put yourself forward for the next race on Saturday December 2nd at Lancing.
The women’s race starts at 14:05 and is 5k with the men starting at 14.35 over 8k. It’s at Lancing Manor Leisure Centre (BN15 0PH). Please speak to our Captains Dani Tarleton and Dan Vaughan if you are interested in this.
Full results can be found here: http://www.sussexathletics.net/2017
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