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Mountain Runner makes a molehill out of Lancing Manor

Crisp, sunny conditions greeted runners in the third instalment of this season’s Brooks Sussex League XC at Lancing Manor. International Mountain Runner Chris Smith dominated the men’s race, repeating his victory from last year. Smith, representing his new Second Claim club, Haywards Heath Harriers, got in front and was clear of the pack after a few hundred metres. The lead continued to grow and the peloton soon knew they were in a battle for Silver. 

Titles at Stake at Lancing

The third of this season’s Sussex Cross-country League events are being held at Lancing Manor on Saturday and although the final league champions, of the season, will not be decided until February no less than five titles could be tied up this weekend. 
Individual League titles are based on the best three runs while the team titles are based on all four fixtures. 
 

Rojas and Moore crowned Sussex Road Race champions by David Bradford

Heading into the final race of the 2014 Harvey Curtis Sussex Road Race Challenge (SRRC), the Brighton 10k, the outcome of the men’s contest was almost too close to call — with Neil Boniface (Horsham Joggers) leading by just one point ahead of Kevin Rojas (Brighton & Hove City AC). The week before, as a dress rehearsal, the pair had gone head-to-head over 5k around Hove Park — and it was Boniface who showed slightly keener form, with a swift 15:15, four seconds ahead Rojas. 

Gray makes the great Britain team

Following his fine run in the European Trials Cross-country race at Liverpool on Saturday Brighton & Hove’s Will Gray has bee selected to represent Great Britain in the European Championships in Bulgaria later this month. 

Twenty one year old Gray, who is currently at Birmingham University, was runner up in the Sussex Senior cross-country championship back in January and was the fastest senior steeplechaser in Sussex, had finished sixth in last weekend’s races has been nominated in the U23 team. 

AGM and Cross Country Championships News

Following the AGM on Wednesday, the list of the Officers of the SSAA for 2014/15 and contact details are available on the SSAA Information page. 

Details of the Cross Country dates for 2015 and the prospectus for the Championships at Waterhall on 14 January are available on the Championships page.

AGM

The Agenda for the 2014 AGM of the Sussex Schools AA, together with the minutes of the 2013 meeting are now available on the SSAA Information Page. 

Representatives from all schools in the County of Sussex are welcome to attend, and to have their say on the organisation of schools athletics in Sussex. New and old friends and supporters will be most welcome.

President Honoured

Congratulations to our President, Reg Hook, who has been named as Volunteer of the Year at the Brighton & Hove City Sports Awards. Reg was awarded the accolade for his outstanding dedication and support of local athletics for more than 50 years. He dedicates much of his time behind the scenes to ensure others can enjoy a sport they love. Reg has been a committee member of the Sussex Schools Athletics Association for more than 50 years and President for 25 years.

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