Sussex Masters XC, Lancing, 18th January

Well done to our two club representatives Riz Maslen and Suzi Frost, who both acquitted themselves well in the Sussex Masters Cross Country championships at Lancing. The ladies race was a tough two lap affair over 4 miles, featuring a steep hill up to the Downs on each lap. Riz finished an excellent 4th in the F45 category, coming in just 33secs behind the bronze medal winner; and was 14th overall in the 74 strong field consisting of F35s, F45s and F55s. Suzi finished a creditable 65th, and will now be investing in some proper cross country shoes!
Riz: “It was a very hard course with a steep hill on each lap, and a real test for the legs. Thankfully the rain held off, but it was still very muddy underfoot. I felt that I paced the race pretty well, and had enough left at the end to put in a good sprint finish (those track sessions definitely pay off!). Thanks to Suzi for driving and being a great support in our two woman team!”
Suzi: “That was a really tough run although I enjoyed it. It was very slippery in places, and there were lots of tree roots lying in wait as well …. thankfully I didn’t emulate Kim’s triple salco at Bexhill Down though!”
Riz Maslen 14th (4th F45)  30.55           Suzi Frost  65th  39.14