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There's exciting news for Sussex endurance runners who would like the opportunity to represent the county in a 20 mile road race in March 2018.

Sussex AA have accepted an invitation to field teams in the Essex 20 mile road race over an undulating three-lap course around quiet country lanes of north east Essex, starting and finishing at Langham Village Hall, Langham, at 10:00am on Sunday 4th March 2018.

This could be an ideal competitive test for those with spring marathon plans? The counties taking part are Essex, Kent, Hertfordshire, Cambridge, Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Norfolk and Sussex. Teams are four to run with three to score for both men and women and team scores are based on the cumulative time for the first three runners over the line.

Standards are understandably quite high but a strong Sussex team would be in the mix for medals. As a guide we are initially looking for interest from Sussex qualified men who have run close to or quicker than one or more of the following in the previous 12 months - 1 hour 56 mins for 20 miles, 2 hours 38 mins for the marathon or 1 hour 16 mins for the half marathon. For Sussex qualified women wishing to be considered the times are: 2 hours 19 mins for 20 miles, 3 hours 07 mins for the marathon or 1 hour 29 mins for the half marathon.

Anyone who wishes to be considered should contact Tom Ulliott by Sunday 21st January, providing relevant information to support your application. An initial short-list of six for each race (women and men) will be drawn up from which the final four plus a non-travelling reserve for each race will be announced by 12th Feb.

PLEASE NOTE – this race is just six days before the national inter counties cross country at Loughborough so be sure you have fully considered this if you wish to be selected for both events.

Contact Tom by EMAIL.