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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.

Phil Baker - South of Thames Championship

Phil Baker

Sussex Cross-country secretary is making progress in the Sussex County Hospital following a serious cycling accident last week which involved an operation.

All Sussex cross-country runners will wish Phil a speedy and full recovery.

South of Thames

County women’s cross-country champion Nicole Taylor, from Crowborough, had a brilliant run at Aldershot on Saturday to finish second in the South of Thames Senior Team championship.

The Weekend and Christmas

The South of Thames “Senior” cross-country championship at Aldershot on Saturday will be the final major Cross-country race for 2017; at least as far as Sussex athletes are concerned.

Once a stepping stone to international competition it no longer holds that status but is still a good quality testing race.

A few years ago Horsham Blue Star and Worthing as well as Crawley and Brighton & Hove supported the race but this year it looks like Brighton & Hove and maybe Crawley will be travelling to Aldershot for the 7½ mile race.

Medals for the Masters

The more senior athletes from Sussex were also in fine form at Horspath on Saturday when they picked up several individual and team medals at the South of England Master’s cross-country championships.

Masters age groups are in five year bandings but team events for this event are in ten year bandings and in the 40-49 Women’s group there was a double victory for Arena 80 with Julie Briggs winning the overall race, despite being in the W45 group, by a handsome margin clocking 21:43 to Epsom & Ewell’s Diana Norman’s, who is in the W40 group, 22:05.

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