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English cross-country championships
Sat 19 Feb 2011
44th 00:38:27 Josh Guilmant Phoenix AC
Sussex XC league (4) Lancing
Sat 12 Feb 2011
At the last cross-country league race at Lancing on the 12th February, the Under 13 boys team who have been excellent all season took first place on the day and claimed silver team medal for the season.
With seven athletes in the team all performing well, the lads really showed the rest of us how its done. Team manager Quenton Davis puts it this way: 'I think a combination of up-and-coming talent & and our commitment to attendance in numbers saw us through'
Archie Davis was first home in third place just 23 seconds off the lead. Archie was unlucky to miss out on the individual medals by a whisker. Then we had Matt Berridge 7th, Reuben Hoyte 9th, Isaac Wright 12th, Will Russell 32nd and Josh White 40th. Joe Lillie was unlucky to have to withdraw with an injury.
U15 boys featured two ever-reliable athletes Sam Kitchen 9th and Luke Reynolds 21st and place sixth for the year.
There was no U17 boys team featuring at all in the results.
Charlotte Matthews ran well again for the U13s but without support the team was just 11th for the season. Jody Mann 6th, and Amber Muir 14th ran well for the under 15 girls but without a full team had to settle for 6th overall.
The senior women fielded just two runners, Liz Durman 15th and Megan Lillie (U17) 42nd. After poor representation all season they languish 5th in the second division.
The senior men again featured just two runners (James Miles an excellent 9th and Andrew Neighbour 69th) and had to depend on the vets for their scoring including 60+ runner Malcolm Kemp. They were inevitably well short of the medals in 5th place. The vet men have been reasonably represented during the season but were without their strongest team at Lancing. They held on to fifth place. Nigel Herron ran a terrific 34th and Malcolm Hughes 55th and Lance Bellers 67th were the other scorers.
We need to decide whether we want to succeed across the board in this competition next season and, if so, what can we learn from the U13 boys team?
Chichester Priory 10k
Sun 6 Feb 2011
The first of this season's Sussex Grand Prix Races (and also Sussex 10K Challenge) this is a fast and flat course, but overcast and windy conditions were not ideal. There were 1610 finishers with the race won in 30:04 (Benjamin Noad, Highgate Harriers).
Phoenix results (chip times):
Josh Guilmant (31:23) 10th
James Miles (33:52) 38th
Bruce Faulkner (36:01) 77th
Andrew Haig (40:14) 184th
Terry Avey (40:46) 196th
Andrew Seivewright – second claim (43:46) 332nd
Sonal Chaudhary (48:11) 659th
Deborah Evers (51:51) 905th
Ananda Mello-Costa (59:21) 1330th
Phoenix men (Josh, James, Bruce) were third in the team competition.
South of England XC Champs Parliament Hill Fields
Sat 29 Jan 2011
It's tough at this level, so some good performances here, especially by Archie in the U13 boys race. Figures in brackets give size of field/winning time.
U13 boys Archie Davis 32nd 12:29 (224/11:19)
Sen women Liz Durman 83rd 35:23 Erica Martin 90th 35:46 Sonal Chaudhary
331st 46:11 (381/29.47)
Sen men Dave Carter 106th 55:31 Andrew Neighbour 521st 1:08:04 (885/48:23)
Next year this fixture will be at Stanmer Park. Maybe we can look forward to a better turnout and, who knows, some teams!
Sussex masters XC Champs
Sat 22 Jan 2011
Team silver for the over 60s (Andrew Haig, Terry Avey, Malcolm Kemp with Rik Taub in support) and team bronze for the over 40s (Bruce Warren, David Powell, Nigel Herron, Bruce Faulkner with Malcolm Hughes, John Marinko and Ro Harrington in support). Fine runs by Phil Hampshire and Brian Friend in the over 50s.
Sussex Schools XC Champs
Sat 22 Jan 2011
Phoenix athletes were prominent among the medals
SENIOR BOYS. Charlie Grice (Cardinal Newman) silver.
INTERMEDIATE BOYS. Jake Elliot (Blatchington Mill) gold, Will Durkin (Ardingly) silver.
JUNIOR BOYS. Billy White (Patcham) gold
SENIOR GIRLS. Beth Kidger (Sussex Downs College) bronze.
There were plenty of other excellent performances by Phoenix youngsters.
Rock n Roll Arizona – Phoenix marathon
Sun 16 Jan 2011
Brian Friend kicked off the Phoenix marathon season with an excellent run at this (30,000 runner) event.
He set a target of 3:15 so his 3:14:44 is as close as dammit! This gave him 261st place with a remarkable AG 3rd.
Well done Brian. We have to get him back now to head the O50 team in the masters XC champs next weekend.
Sussex XC league (3) Bexhill
Sat 15 Jan 2011
It's the boys teams that are still keeping the Phoenix flag flying. The U13 boys fielded 5 runners with Archie Davis (3rd), Reuben Hoyte (4th), Isaac Wright (9th) running exceptionally well, with Joe Lillie and Will Russell in support. Winners on the day, the team have now moved into bronze position overall. The U15 boys have jumped from 7th to 4th overall with excellent runs from Billy White (3rd), Sam Kitchen (14th) and Luke Reynolds (21st). Thats where it stops with the under 17 boys without a team and no longer featuring in the tables.
Well done to Charlotte Matthews, Elorah Mann (U13G), Jodie Mann, Amber Muir (U15G) for strong performances. Its always going to be difficult to trouble the medals without full scoring teams. The U15s, though, have moved up from 9th to 8th place.
Then – oh dear – the senior turnout was dire. The women first. TheU17 runner Megan Lillie, was the ONLY Phoenix runner. She ran brilliantly for 30th place but in division 2, the women's team has now plunged from third to fifth position overall.
The men too were unable to provide a complete scoring team with James Miles (an excellent 9th) the only senior runner. As ever it was down to the four vets who turned up to provide a measure of respectability. Bruce Warren (33rd), Nigel Herron (48th) and Malcolm Hughes (69th) ran well, with O65 runner Andrew Haig (91st) unexpectedly having to contribute to the scoring. Inevitably the seniors have slipped from third to 4th overall but with 34 points separating them from bronze could still get among the medals at Lancing. The vets have slipped a place to 5th but it's very tight with just 11 points separating them from bronze-placed Arena 80.
THIS FROM U13 BOYS MANAGER QUENTON DAVIS:
…the U13 Boys now lie in bronze position in the team event overall. Statistically, we have not yet fielded our strongest 3 runners in any of the first 3 matches. Brighton & Hove have pretty much run away with the gold medal but Chichester, currently in 2nd place, are now only 15 points ahead of the Phoenix Boys. After the great performances on Saturday at Bexhill, we took the team event over Chichester by 12 points. With Archie Davis now looking like he is back to full fitness and the other boys all improving with every match, particularly Reuben, Matt Berridge and Isaac Wright, if we manage to field our strongest teams at Lancing, it may all get very interesting indeed. Whatever the outcome, this has been an outstanding cross country season for the Phoenix U13 Boys, who are pretty much all in their first season and with the exception of Will Russell, all eligible to compete in this age group again.
Sussex x-Country Champs
Sat 8 Jan 2011
Phoenix were able to field runners in all categories (39 in total) but success came almost exclusively from the boys and junior men. Congratulations to individual medal winners Billy White (gold), Charlie Grice (gold), Jake Elliot (silver), Max Pickard (silver) and Finn McNally (bronze). Team successes: U17B gold, JM silver, U13B bronze and U15B bronze.
Senior men were just 5 points off the medals in fourth place and the senior women came 5th
Mince Pie 10M
Sun 12 Dec 2010
A great showing by Daryll Hards for second place on this tough 10 miler.
2nd Daryll Hards 1:00:23
54th Terry Avey 1:16:20
60th Matt Plass 1:17:01
103rd Peter Hards 1:23:06
123rd Will Flewett 1:25:27
159th Elana Moore 1:29:50
325th Paul Thomas 2:29:14