Ashdown Forest Cross Country

Ashdown Forest prompted the start of the wonderful East Sussex Cross Country League on Sunday October 13th.

An incredible team of 27 Harriers (including two juniors) braved some wet, autumnal conditions to represent the club and face the challenging, muddy conditions around the forest.  For some Harriers this was their first experience of competing in a cross country race and everyone should be so proud of their achievements.  You did the club proud.

Kicking of the muddy action were the junior events where two Harriers took part in the Under 11’s Girls and Boys races.  Martha Wynn and George Bailey showed true harrier spirit in the mile long undulating course.  Martha ran in a time of 9:21 for the girls and George in a time of 8:55 for the boys.  Super well done to you both

In the adult race this was a two lap course totalling 5 hilly, incredibly muddy miles. Luckily the rain held off for the race and our two team captains Martin Bell and Alissa Ellis were the first two Harriers home for the mens and ladies.

Full results are:

Martin Bell (13th) 34:21, Paul Henderson (26th) 35:27, Alissa Ellis (56th) 38:17, Gareth Taplin (58th) 38:18, Carl Barton (71st) 38:49, Lisa Goldsmith (75th) 39:13, Mark Pope (113th) 41:31, Tom Bailey (124th) 42:15, Paul Howell (128th) 42:22, Dave Mercer (130th) 42:25, Helen O’Sullivan (133rd) 42:30, Nigel Duckworth (140th) 43:04, Graham Purdye (152nd) 43:54, Matthew Wynn (171st)  44:49, Peter Drake (180th) 45:17, Cat Bounds (183rd) 45:30 Gary Smiff (202nd) 47:11, Julie Chicken (223rd) 48:03, Hannah Deubert (248th) 50:19, Sarah Wooler 261st) 51:29, Lisa Philips (299th) 55:24, Norman Harris (318th) 58:03, Karen Hoskin (319th) 58:17, Julie Lewis- Clements (337th) 61:58, Fran Doe (361st)  67:35

Full results are also available at

Well done to everyone that ran.  The cross country races are like no other race in the calendar and a true black and red team spirit was evident here on Sunday.  We hope to see as many Harriers as possible at the next fixture on December 10th at Black Cap Lewes.  Currently after the first fixture the Hailsham Harriers stand in the 3rd team position. Lets aim for pole position.

Also please don’t forget the Saturday Sussex League where we would love to see as many Men and Ladies as possible.  Next fixture is November 9th at Lancing.  Please see the club captains if you would like to run.