Boxing Day Races

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The oldest continuous Road Race to be held in Sussex will be held in Brighton’s Preston Park on Boxing Day.

Although not boasting more than 100 years of Racing like last Saturday’s South of Thames event the “Boxing Day race walk” was introduced by the Brighton Labour club in 1933 and has been held every year, apart from the War years.

The runs were introduced by the Brighton Athletic Club, in 1952 and has attracted, as do the walks athletes from all over Sussex and often competitors from Surrey and London and many athletes who just happen to be in the area for Christmas from all over the Country and overseas.

Hugh Foord was a frequent winner in the early days while Steve Ovett was another winner prior to his Olympic success while last Saturday’s South of Thames winner, Stephen Ferroni became the youngest ever winner of the 5-¼ mile when he was just 15 years old in 2012.

The races moved from the London/Lewes road course in the seventies to Preston Park.

Entries are on the day with the Walk staring at 10.30 and the run 10.50 with everything all over by noon.

Despite the Christmas period there is opportunity for athletes to keep racing up to the New Year with most of the Parkruns still being held on the Saturdays before and after Christmas day while the New Year start with a bang with the Sussex Cross-country championships on the first Saturday of 2019.