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Help Sussex AA host the Southern XC Champs

Marshals and helpers are needed for the Southern Counties Cross Country Championships to be held at Stanmer Park on Saturday 27th January.

Arena AC’s Mark Stephenson is part of the small organising team has done a great job at starting to recruit marshals for the event but he needs more than he can recruit from one club.

Stewards are needed for the officials’ car park, programme selling and similar duties. One specific requirement is for a car park steward at Moulsecoomb School to look after mini-bus parking.

Baubles for Sussex Athletes at Lee Valley

Sussex athletes scooped up four gold medals in the SEAA Senior and U20 Indoor championships at Lee Valley over the weekend plus Crawley’s Surrey sprinter Nicolas Baker who won the senior 200 metres in 21.78s.

Elise Lovell (Havant) was the only Sussex senior winner with a splendid personal best of 6.08m in the long jump, a distance that would have been a new Sussex record had it been achieved outdoors.

SEAA Indoors -Sussex Schools Cross-country

The South East senior and under 20 Indoor championships are being held this weekend at Lee Valley and it is expected that many leading Sussex athletes will be lining up to compete.
It is not expected that these age groups will match the ten medals that the under 15/17s won last weekend but there should be a few.
Sussex Schools X.C. Champs
Looking forward to next Wednesday the Sussex Schools Cross-country championships will be held at Waterhall, Brighton.

Bryan Hawkins and Mark Burgess

It is with great regret that we have to announce the deaths of two stalwarts of Sussex athleties. International race walker Bryan Hawkins was based in Middlesex before moving to Sussex in the late fifties. He already had a stream of Middlesex walking titles, several Southern and an Inter-county crown as well as placing fifth in the European 10,000m track walking title at Berne in 1954. Once established as a Sussex walker with the then Brighton Athletic Club, he added many Sussex titles including the 2-mile track walking championship record.

Golds for Eames and Jerges at SEAA Champs

There was a clutch of medals, including two golds, for Sussex at the South of England Indoor championships at Lee Valley over the weekend. Primarily it was the Under 15 and Under 17 championships but the Senior and U20 1500 metres events were incorporated to reduce the time at next weekend’s senior and U20 championships at the same venue. The first gold medal came in the U20 championships on Saturday when Brighton & Hove’s Tom Eames, forsook his final chance of an under 17 title at the Sussex Cross-country championships at Bexhill by running in the U20 age group.

A Muddy Good Afternoon

“Mud Glorious Mud” welcomed the 500 runners who reported to Bexhill Down on Saturday for the first major cross-country event of the New Year, the Sussex Cross-country championships. Mud is a great leveller in cross-county events and although we did not see any surprise winners there were some unusual minor placings. The absence of several contenders through illness was obvious in several events. Both senior winners were heavily tipped before their races but they both produced intriguing battles.

Battles promised at Bexhill Championships

Traditionally the New Year starts with the Sussex Cross-Country championships and 2018 is no different except that the senior races look much more open than in recent years. More than 600 athletes are expect to congregate at Bexhill Down on Saturday for ten Sussex team and individual titles while two Under 11 races, at 11.00am are the warm-up acts. Rains over the last couple of weeks should assure runners that Bexhill will retain its reputation as the muddiest of the Sussex Cross-Country courses.

Boxing Day Races - SEAA Combined Events

Boxing Day Races - SEAA Combined Events

The racing season came to an end for the 2017 season with a fine battle at the Boxing Day races in Brighton’s Preston Park on a bright and breezy Boxing Day morning.

Home from his American University for Christmas Ian Crowe-Wright (Brighton & Hove) did battle with Phoenix’s Max Dumbrell, who has had a couple of third places in the recent Sussex Cross-country League events, and Max’s club mate Ian Leitch over the first of the four laps of this 4.5-mile event.

INTER-COUNTIES OPPORTUNITY FOR SUSSEX ENDURANCE RUNNERS

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.

Christmas Message from the President

As we approach the end of the year it is time to look back at 2017 and forward to 2018.

My impression has been that 2017 was a particularly good year for Sussex Athletics with a number of successes for individuals and teams at International, National and Inter-counties events across the age groups from Under 13 to Masters.

There has also been recognition of services to athletics in the County by England Athletics for starter Tony Roberts and the election to County Vice President of Mandy Collison and Maureen Stephens.

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