Wednesday 5th April 2017
Sussex AA road Relays at Christ's Hospital school would not have happened this year without the efforts of Bruce & Ruth Warren & Steve Hardman and their army of volunteers.
Set in the beautiful surrounds of this historic school, nestled in the Downs, this is a truly inspiring race; with one course for Junior athletes and one for Seniors where else could you sprint along side Olympic and British athletes (All Phoenix members of course!)?
With some 214 teams entered it is, therefore, big news that the Phoenix Senior women's team of Beth Kidger, Sophie Mansfield and Naomi Fonteyn won for the first time ever. Beth and Naomi ran the fastest legs in their category (Senior and U17) whilst Sophie was third fastest Senior woman.
Well done also to Maia Hardman for running the fastest U16 girls lap. The U15 girls team of Maia, Rachel Berry and Milly Dickinson finished second overall.
With 6 women's and 2 girls teams entered this year the Phoenix women's resurgence continues!
The Senior men's A team of Max Packard, Spencer Thomas, Charlie Grice, Jon Pepper, Josh Guilmant and Billy White took gold for the 7th year running with Charlie Grice and Spencer Thomas ran 1st & 2nd legs fastest legs. The senior men's B team of Dan Strider, Pat Acaye, Declan Neary, Sean Parker-Harding, James Miles and Oliver Johnson finished third as did the O60 Vet men's team of Malcolm Kemp, Andrew Haig and Paul Whelpton, with Paul taking second fastest lap - not bad for a team with an average of age of 69!
Thanks also to Colin Simpson, Lance Bellers, Matt Greenall, Jon Pepper, Jacqueline Swift and Bobby Searle for team captain duties, especially as not all of you could run.