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  1. It was ‘welcome back’ to the cross country running season with the Sussex XC  Relays at Goodwood on Saturday 25th September. 

    In the true spirit of cross country,  the rain made an appearance making the hilly terrain challenging underfoot for the runners. 

    The Eastbourne Rover juniors put in impressive team performances amongst the larger rival clubs such as Crawley & Brighton & Hove.  The Eastbourne boys & girls under 13 teams clinched Sussex silver medals holding off attempts from Brighton & Hove. 

    Silver medalist Girls under 13 team of Katy Brown, Lexie McClean & Freda Pearce.

    Sussex Silver medalists in the  under 13’s boys team. Fin Lumber - Fry, Oscar Mizen & Ben Wright. 

    Freda Pearce charged through the course with the fastest under 13 girls lap time (2 seconds ahead of Bibi Webb of Crawley). 

    Fin Lumber - Fry had the 5th fastest individual lap in his under 13 age group. 

    In the V45 age category, Sue Fry, Liz Lumber & Anna Chaplain claimed the gold medal ahead of Arena 80. Anna put in a very strong run as her debut to the Sussex cross country events. 

    Liz Lumber claimed 1st fastest individual lap in the V55 age group. 

    Other fine performances came from the under 17 girls team of Eleanor Strevens, Eleanor McClean & Isabelle Chappell. 

    James Steven ran an impressive 7th quickest relay lap time in the under 17 boy category. His team mate  Ilya Korchev & Kaleb Berhane ran well in the under 15 age group finishing 16th & 20th. 

    Coaches Jenny Brown & Chris Voice were both pleased at their squads performances & are looking forward to the forthcoming cross country season.

    Eastbourne Rovers have room for new junior members in the squad especially for U11s (Year 5 and 6) and a U13 girls categories. Email in to

  2. Eastbourne Rovers athlete Cara Maker is proving that age is no barrier to co9ntinually improving performances and reaching the top of your field. Cara (V40) specialises in the horizontal jumps and sprints. She opened the season with 5m06 in the long jump which was impressive in itself, and has gradually added to this distance stretching out to a brilliant 5m34 in the Southern Vets League in Lewes. On that warm balmy evening she also produced a personal best in the triple jump with a massive 10.m44.

    At the beginning of the season Cara produced a wind assisted 13.1 in her 100m which took her to the top of the rankings in the UK. She has now shown there is more in her legs as she crossed the line in 12.9secs last weekend in the Inter County Match at Coventry where she represented Sussex. This is a brilliant achievement. 

    Cara is now ranked 1st in the UK in the over 40 categories for 100m, long jump and tiple jump!

    She is therefore looking forward to the British Championships in August.