Team Silver for the U13 Boys and Vet Men at Goodwood

Thursday 7th October 2010

The relays at Goodwood (county championships) are keenly fought by all the key Sussex clubs. In this setting a medal of any kind is quite an achievement. The U13 boys, the vet40 men and senior women A teams did not disappoint with the first two winning team silver and the women team bronze.

Here are some comments from the day

Quenton Davis (U13 boys manager) writes:

I was always confident that we had three talented cross country runners inReuben, Matt and Archie but withallthree ofthem still only11 years old,I was careful not to get ahead of myself, especially as I knew Brightonand Hastings werelikely to fieldvery strongteams ofpredominantly 12 year old runners. Reuben,competing in his first county cross country eventran anoutstanding first leg to hand over to Matt in 2nd place.Matt, also a first timer,had dropped to fifth place by mid-way but showed outstanding courage and determination up the final hillto move back to 2nd place for thechange over to Archieon the final leg. By this time the strong Brighton team were well clearbut second place would be oursifArchiecouldfight off a strong challenge fromHastings.There was less thanfive metres between Archie andLuke Cooper fromHastings going into the woods section but in running the third fastest lap of the race, Archie pulledclearcoming out ofthe woods to take second place by a comfortable seven seconds.

Reuben Hoyte 2nd place in leg 10m 27s
Matt Berridge 2nd place in leg 11m 02s
Archie Davis2nd place in leg 10m 21s

The mens vets team (Garry Thayre, Daren Elliot, David Powell and Malcolm Hughes) ran consistently well for second spot with David running fastest lap for the team.

Josh Guilmant (who ran the fastest leg overall) writes of the senior men:

I think we came 6th … all the team ran well … James had an excellent run to hold 1st on leg 2 and Joe Frances on his first race in cross country was given the unenviable position of leading the race after mine and James legs … it was a little bit of a baptism of fire for him, Jake Elliott ran a solid last leg to hold the position

For the women, Erica Martin writes:

… we came 3rd (all the Kidger sisters as theywanted to run as a team) … I think our (B) team was 4th (me, Michelle, Liz D) but wasn't quite sure of whether the teams ahead were U17s. Not sure what the other women's team came (Vets)(Rachel, Liz H,Lesley)

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