Knotkova-Hanley puts in an impressive display at Seven Stiles

Darja Knotkova-Hanley took second spot in the senior ladies' race
Darja Knotkova-Hanley took second spot in the senior ladies' race

The outstanding Haywards Heath Harriers performance of the weekend went to Darja Knotkova-Hanley.

The Harrier youngster was the second female across the line in the Seven Stiles Fun Run League race last weekend.

The West Sussex Fun Run League features events over varying distances at locations across the county led by local running clubs.

Last weekend it was the turn of the Henfield Jogger’s who hosted their four-mile Seven Stiles race following flat country footpaths, the disused railway line and seven stiles along the river, from where it gets its name.

Conditions were awful with heavy rain and mud making it tough going but Knotkova-Hanley clocked a brilliant time of 28:26, also giving her top points for the club.

First runner home for the Harriers and seemingly not held up by the stiles or the weather was Paul Cousins in 24:12 and fourth position overall.

Also scoring top points were Barry Tullett in 25:52 and Abigail Redd in 31:30.

In the one-mile junior race, Alfie Ledger was sixth in 5:44 and Millie Ledger was fourth girl in 6:37.

Full results Senior: 26:06 Jack Chivers; 27:36 Julian Boyer; 29:57 Rod Catton; 30:32 TJ Watson; 30:33 Bryan Tiller; 31:30 Abigail Redd; 32:25 Carl Bicknell; 33:27 Mark Skyes; 33:48 Holly Glaister; 34:24 Natalie Chivers; 35:14 Marion Hemsworth; 35:36 Sue Ledger-Catton; 38:26 Richard Bates. Junior - Louis Henry 6:39.

In Saturday’s second anniversary Clair Parkrun, Phil Radford returned with victory and a stunning new personal best of 17:17 on this hilly course. Louise Toomey was second lady in 22:58.

Another exciting evening of athletics saw the Haywards Heath Harriers competing in the third round of the Sussex under-13 League in Horsham earlier this month.

There were some very good individual performances, and despite many of the team being away on holiday, those who did compete performed well.

Despite awful conditions, Haywards Heath Harriers had a good turnout of boys competing in the third round of the Sussex under-15 League on last Friday at Broadbridge Heath Leisure centre.

They gained 56 of the 63 points achieved by the team For the girls, Knotkova-Hanley ran a tactical 1500m to come from behind to finish second and there were also second places for Tristan Coe (80m hurdles ) and Daniel Blain (1500m B string race).

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