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Boxing Day Races

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.

Sussex results at South of Thames since 1888


Saturday’s team victory by Brighton & Hove in the South of Thames Senior cross country championship is believed to be only the fourth Sussex win since the race was started in 1888.

Teams from Eastbourne, Hastings and the then Brighton & County Harriers were involved from the start and the first victory was in 1902 when the County Harriers took the title with 138 points.

Such was the quality of this race that it was nearly seventy years before there was another victory when Brighton & Hove, in 1971 scored just 77 points.

Sussex Masters nominated for World Awards

Sussex Masters, race walker Ian Richards (Steyning) and Combined eventer Brian Slaughter (Eastbourne) have been nominated by the British Masters Athletic Federation for the World Masters Athletics Annual Awards.

This is a result of their multi British Titles and Records this year along with European and World Championship Medals both indoor and out.

The awards are due to be announced before the end of the year.


Triumphant double for Brighton & Hove at South of Thames -UPDATE

It was a triumphant and historic day for Brighton and Hove athletes when they won both individual and team titles at the South of Thames Senior 7-½ mile cross country championship at Beckenham Palace Park.

Stephen Ferroni turned in a cracking run to become the first Sussex winner since Crawley’s Kevin Holland won the title in 2002 and led his team to the first Sussex team victory since they won the title in 1980.

Southern Masters - Alf Palmer Walks

There was success for Sussex Masters athletes at Horspath on Saturday.  Despite the rain of the previous week the ground was surprisingly firm.  In a departure from last year's flattish course, this year there was a different course with several undulations to make for a more testing race

The women raced 6k.  Arena's Julie Briggs was 2nd overall and took gold for 1st W45 in 24:16, Arena's Dani Tarleton took W45 bronze with 25:17.  Six seconds behind her Arena's Tara Shanahan took 4th W45 slot. Even although all three runners are over 45 they took W40 team Gold for Arena.   

Victory for Bethany in Oxford

A successful defence of her title by Bethany Cook and a third team spot by the U17 women’s team highlighted the Sussex efforts at the South of England Inter-counties cross-country championships at Horspath, Oxford on Saturday.

Competing in the U15 age group Cook employed her usual tactics dominating the race from the start and steaming well clear of Essex runner Abigail Ives clocking 14:54 to 15:13.

Cross-country Inter-Counties

The South of England Inter-county cross-country championships will be held at Horspath, Oxford on Saturday in conjunction with the Masters cross country championships and Sussex will be well represented in most events.

The senior and U20 teams are looking a little thin and the seniors are not expecting to repeat their second team placing of last year.

Tough conditions for Sussex League

Despite the late switch of venues for the second of this season’s Sussex Cross-country League events to Stanmer Park and the inclement weather, numbers held up well and over six hundred runners raced on Saturday.

Sussex League at Stanmer and Parking

The second of this season’s Sussex Cross-country League races has now switched to Stanmer Park following the withdrawal of facilities at Lancing Manor because of ground conditions.

Parking is not available in the Park apart from Officials but is available at Bennetts Car Park, the Amex Stadium, Brighton BN1 9BL.

Note - this is different to the car park used at the first XC meeting and is accessed from the Amex Stadium.