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Hastings Cross Country Athletes Enjoy Their Day at the Parliament Hill Grounds


Two Hastings AC coaches represented Great Britain in Portugal at the European Indoor Championships last week.

Steve Baldock, the club’s sprint coach, narrowly missed the M50 800m final by a thousandth of a second in a photo finish against someone who won bronze (2.09.68).

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Field coach Wayne Martin was sixth in the M60 pole vault of 17.

Evelyn Moynihan of Hastings AC on Parliament Hill

Meanwhile, ten athletes from Hastings Athletic Club enjoyed a fantastic day at the iconic National Cross Country Championship on Parliament Hill over the weekend.

Two female athletes placed well in the top 100 and one in the 100th, which is known to be a feat in itself considering the huge number of participants.

Once again the club enjoyed a show of quality rather than quantity, with strong performances.

Nikolaj Kennett of Hastings AC at the Nationals

Eileen Beach had another impressive performance in the senior women’s race, finishing 41st out of 1010.

Rae Le Fay was 85th out of nearly 400 registered U15 girls, placing her in the top 25%.

An athlete known to love the hills, she reportedly said it was the most enjoyable course this cross-country season.

HY runners on Parliament Hill

Evelyn Moynihan was not far from the top 100 in the U15 boys, placing 118 of the 550 boys who entered, still placing him near the top 25%.

James Crombie finished 100th in the junior men.

Sean Parker Harding was 687th in the top 32% and Nickolaj Kennett 972, 46% out of a staggering 2,087 finishers who all thundered like a runaway train, which was quite a sight.

Jenna Levett had a great day in the senior women’s race with a respectable 335th, in the top 33% of the top 1,010 runners and Amy Rodway 434th, in the top 40%.

The two girls commented on the excellent team spirit and the good atmosphere of the event.

Kaitlyn O’Reilly also had a strong run in the women’s U17 race, finishing 221st in the first race of the day.

Dylan Jannetta had a great day at the Brighton Half Marathon enjoying the sunshine but not the 16mph headwind, clocking a respectable 1.23:51.

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HY riders were out in force for the showpiece cross-country season finale on Parliament Hill.

Recognized within the sports community as the spiritual home of cross country, Parliament Hill did not disappoint as it hosted the national finals.

With a steep start of around 400m and three laps of a course laden with deep mud, Parliament Hill is something for true enthusiasts, and everyone who attended raved about the event. exceptional.

Of the 12 HY runners who participated, 11 completed the course.

They were five junior runners, two senior ladies and four senior men.

Completing their runs, in order of appearance were: Meghan Hopkins Parry and Sophia Collins (U13 girls) Zion Okojie (U13 boys), Callum Puxty (U17 boys), Reece Lincoln (U20 men), Fiona Norman Brown and Deborah Read (the two senior women) Dan Isted, Jamie Webb, Tom Brampton and John Badrock (all senior men).

Badrock was thrilled with his decision to race, saying, “I’ve been racing with HY for almost a year.

“It’s been a fantastic year, but today was the best day yet, competing in the national cross country finals against the best racers in the country.

“It was brutal, muddy, hilly and weirdly enjoyable. I’m so glad I did this race at my age and ran really well.

“Next for me is the Hastings Half Marathon, where I’m aiming for under 1:50.”

HY Runners Head Coach Terry Skelton congratulated those who participated on Parliament Hill.

“This race is by far my favorite cross-county event, and for those who couldn’t make it, they really didn’t know what they were missing,” he said.

“We always went strong and 12 riders, that’s a really good turnout, and they all performed well.

“It was an opportunity to race against the best in the country.

“Our hearts go out to Sam Brown who lost both his shoes in the mud in the first half mile, and with 3,800 runners all on the same path he had no chance of finding them and had to retire. He was by no means the only person this was happening to Parliament Hill takes no prisoners.

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