25 Hastings Runners were in action on Sunday to mark the start of the 2019/20 East Sussex Sunday X-Country League at Ashdown Forest.
Recent rain had left the course very muddy underfoot and combined with some gruelling hills, it was a real test of stamina for all involved.
Despite a huge field of 369 runners, Matt Edmonds marked his X-Country debut with a superb performance to take 1st place overall in a time of 30 minutes and 51 seconds.
There were strong performances from Darren Barzee (34:30) and Martin Noakes (35:39) who both finished inside the Top 25.
Jane Coles was the first female Hastings Runner across the line in a time of 42:24.
The club finished in 6th place in the team standings for the race.
Manami Cheves recorded her Half Marathon PB for the second time in recent months. A strong display saw her complete the Oxford course in 1 hour and 54 minutes.
Dan Snellgrove competed in the Henley Half Marathon and finished in a time of 1 hour 31 minutes.
Representing the club as far afield as Munich was Kieran Price, also tacking a half marathon, finishing in 1 hour 35 minutes.
Results for the Ashdown Forest X-Country is as follows: