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SEAA XC Champs, 28th January 2012, Brighton

On Saturday 28th January 2012 11 HAC athletes competed in The SEAA XC champs reports Martin Bateman.

Stamner Park on a South Downs hill outside Brighton was the venue and it provided a real test of strength and stamina over steep, but thankfully for a change in January, dry course for good fun racing. I would liken the course to our Ruislip course but on a much bigger scale. In the senior men’s race which was 1 short lap of about a kilometre plus 3 just under 5K each there was only a short section of flat terrain to relax a little before muscle burning big ascents and joint shaking descents on hard chalky earth.

Hopefully the SEAA will choose to return there in a few years because those that didn’t compete missed out on a good event and HAC was well down as a club based on the talent and numbers we have to offer. Well done to all our competitiors who can say they conquered Stanmer Park.

Full results here. Official photos here.

745 finishers

12100:57:07Martin Bateman
15000:58:07Daniel Thompson
20400:59:48Anupam Das
49201:10:16Steve Hirons
51201:10:57Andrew Malyan
60101:15:32John Bignell
60501:15:47Martin Searle
73301:35:51Alan Wells


U20w 6k race. 54 finishers

48169700:29:30Hannah Wells


U15B  4.5K race. 221 finishers

5800:16:29Sam Lloyd
14800:17:56Sanjiv Solanki