Cross-Country has a long tradition in Sussex with events dating back as far as the 1880s. In modern times the season is usually from October to March and there are currently two leagues in the County.
The Brooks Cross-Country League is organised by the County with four meetings a year that take place on Saturdays. Within this league there are age and gender graded distances of up to five miles. Clubs and individuals participate in a number of divisions within the league and can win both club and individual awards.
The East Sussex Sunday Cross Country League has six meetings a year with senior (over 17) races of around five miles. There are races with shorter distances for junior events. Club teams must consist of both men and women and include a range of ages. Individual age category and club awards are made at the end of the season.
The County also organises three other cross-country events – a club relay championship usually at the beginning of the season, the County championship (age and gender graded) usually just after Christmas and the Masters championship usually in January.
Cross-country in Sussex is thriving with record numbers competing in the league fixtures and in the Championships. There is a resurgence in the Sussex schools cross-country with competitions at primary and secondary levels.
Athletes are selected from the leagues and County championships to represent Sussex at inter-county and national cross-country events.