Cross-country season ends with medals in sight for Chichester

THE final Sussex Cross Country League fixture of the season at Bexhill this Saturday brings a last-minute battle for team and individual medals.

After one of their best seasons for many years, Chichester’s athletes will be in with a chance of success in many of the age groups - but the margins look like being very tight.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the under-17 age group where the current standings show Chichester leading in both categories but by a single point in each, with virtually identical scores.

The women have scored an aggregate of 55 points over the three races so far with arch rivals Brighton & Hove on 56 while the men have 53, again pursued by Brighton on 54.

The individual competition in these two races will be no less intense with Rose Ellis knowing rival Sophie Markwick from Hastings is on her heels. Harry Leleu is also in with a shout of a medal with Brighton’s Stephen Ferroni also likely to feature.

Chichester’s senior men’s team are leading division three but cannot afford a slip-up at Bexhill, while the women are just outside the medals in fourth on 172 points - but with Brighton just four ahead in third and Worthing on 164 in the silver-medal position, it is all to play for.

Elsewhere the under-13 boys are in second place with a slender lead over third, while Chichester already know they will have two individual golds - with Jane Harrop and Rob Wiggins both having unassailable leads in their respective veteran age groups.

The action starts with two primary-school races at 11.30am while the league action kicks off with the under-13 girls at 12.30pm.