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Olympian at Steyning-London Games

Double Hungarian Olympian Gyula Dudas made his debut on the Sussex Race walking scene at the weekend when he finished second in the Steyning Athletic Club’s “Open” 15km road walk.

Dudas who raced in both the 2000 and 2004 Olympics has been living in Brighton for the past decade and his walking has been restricted to training and walking the Brighton Marathon for the past two years.

He met his match however in the person of super vet Ian Richards M65 who has been ruling the roost in Sussex for several years.

Gold and Silver for Sussex runners in Stanmer Park

There were several fine performances by the Sussex Young Athletes at the South of England Championships including gold and a silver medal and several Top 10 individual placings as well as some Top 10 team places.

They certainly had the best of the conditions at Stanmer Park and avoided the rains that affected the senior races and, of course, it was the early races that churned up the ground to make the terrain quite testing for the later races.

Pre-paid parking SOLD OUT at The Amex for the Southern Cross Country Champs

The South of England officials breathed a sigh of relief when the Albion were drawn away in this weekend’s F.A cup,  as it meant there would be parking at the Amex stadium for the SEAA Cross Country championships after all.

It was a risky decision, made in December, to bring the championships to Stanmer Park again this coming Saturday as there was a chance that there would not be any parking locally. Entries for the championships, one of the most important races of the winter,  closed in December, before the F.A. cup venue was confirmed.


Sussex has come up trumps with volunteers for the SEAA XC Champs. However, there are  two positions to fill as car park attendants. One is at the Amex Stadium and the other is at Moulsecoomb Primary School,The Highway, Brighton BN2 4PA. The first is part of a team; Moulescoomb is a single person job seeing in 20 minibuses.

In view of the importance of these two positions, the urgency of the situation and the lack of further volunteers the SEAA is prepared to make a contribution to anyone who would help out.

The duties:-

Hoyte retains title at Lancing

Caroline Hoyte from the Arena 80 club was the only runner to retain a title at the Sussex Masters cross-country championships at a dreary and damp Lancing Manor on Saturday.

Hoyte is the most prodigious Sussex cross-country runner having won more Sussex senior titles than any other athlete. Although she is now in the W45 age group, as last year, she won the Overall race at Lancing finishing more than one minute clear of W35 winner Alissa Ellis from Hailsham.

Great Battles for Sussex Schools Cross-country titles

Twelve months back the almost certain winner of the Sussex Schools Inter (U17) boys cross-country championship was sent off course and he finished up with the bronze, instead of a gold, medal

On Wednesday at the Waterhall course in Brighton Thomas Eames (BHASVIC) now in the senior age group put everything to right as he proved a convincing winner of the Senior (U19) title in his first attempt in 24:26s, his third impressive victory on ten days.

Battles for the Masters at Lancing Monor

After the exploits of the younger elements at the Sussex Schools cross-country championships on Wednesday it is the turn of parents and grandparents on Saturday when the Sussex Masters Championships are held at Lancing Manor.

Starting at 1.00 with the Men’s M50 and M60 championships this is followed by the Women’s race which includes all three age groups.

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.