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Inter County success for Sussex

A well supported Inter-County race was incorporated into the Brighton & Hove City 10km road race on Sunday which proved successful for Sussex.

For this, the inaugural year there were 8 county teams who accepted the invitation to take part including ourselves here in Sussex, plus a non-scoring B team from Sussex, so 9 teams in total but only 8 of these scoring in the match.  Counties taking part being Sussex, Essex, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and Kent. 

Double Victory for Sussex

Sussex runners were first across the line in both the men’s and women’s races at the 35th annual Brighton & Hove City 10km road race in fairly good conditions on Sunday morning.

Adam Clarke from Hastings, who was running for Aldershot in the Open race had a good battle with another Hastings runner, Ross Skelton, who runs for Brighton Phoenix and Southampton’s Jonny Roberts.

Inter Counties at Brighton & Hove 10k

There will be an extra element to this weekend’s Brighton & Hove City 10km Road race from and to the Madeira Drive at Brighton.

Organised by the Brighton & Hove Athletic Club this is usually one of the top 10ks held in Sussex during the year and it is essentially a competitive race rather than the usual Charity or Commercial runs. A talented field of 2,500 runners has been received and forecast conditions are good albeit a light NE wind over the second half of the race.

Statement from Phil Baker

" League Secretary Phil Baker would like to express his thanks to race organisers Peter Witcomb and Kate Matthews and their team of officials and marshals who contributed to such a great day's racing on Saturday.

Stanmer Park has long been regarded as the home of Sussex cross country running and Saturday's fixture confirmed this as a fine venue with record fields in many of the age groups including well over 200 in the men's race and over 150 in the women's race for the first time.

Record Fields at Sussex League

A brilliant day’s racing for the first of this season’s Sussex Cross-country League events in Stanmer Park on Saturday saw record numbers eager to do battle with the elements, which were in the event rather mild.

The rain stayed away for the four hour duration of the racing and there was just enough suspicion of mud to make the athletes sure that they were starting another Cross country season, albeit belatedly.

Enjoy the Glory of Stanmer Park. CHANGED PARKING DETAILS.

The first of this season’s Sussex Cross-country League events will be held at Brighton’s Stanmer Park on Saturday.

Until recent years the first League event was always held at Stanmer when the athletes could frequently enjoy the glorious autumnal colours though the first races were held in October. Many of the leaves will have been shed over the past few days but there will still be much to enjoy as well as the racing.

Parking arrangements at the AMEX stadium for the Sussex League XC fixture

There will be special parking arrangements for the first of this season Sussex cross-county League races at Stanmer Park this coming Saturday 10th November, with the first League races at 12:20 though Under 11 races will be held at Midday.

Car parking is very limited and is ONLY for the officials and marshals and if you have a club tent to put up.

Sussex AA has  booked The Bridge car park (BN19PW)from 10.00am to 4.00pm for all athletes and spectators. 

Local Races at Risk - HELP NEEDED URGENTLY

The county needs more officials otherwise races will be under threat. In Sussex we have a great selection of endurance events: 

• Road: 5k, 10k, 10m, half and full marathons 

• Cross country

• Multi-terrain

• XC and Road Relays.

Sussex best for Phoenix at West London

Brighton Phoenix set a Sussex best at the South of England cross-country relay championships at Wormwood Scrubs on Saturday with a fine fifth place.

Sussex participation in this event has never been very strong and for many years no Sussex club has travelled to the event.

Phoenix, who missed the County event the previous weekend, made an excellent showing at the West London course.

Good spread of Title winners at Goodwood.

A course record for Eastbourne’s Eleanor Strevens plus good racing weather and record entries highlighted the afternoon when the Sussex cross-country relays were held on the Downs at Goodwood on Saturday.

More than two hundred teams contested the afternoon’s event totalling over 700 runners and no less than nine different clubs won titles, but only Arena 80 (3), Brighton & Hove (3) and Crawley (2) won more than one title.