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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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - PARKING SECURED FOR CHANGE OF VENUE

Parking has been secured following the change of venue to this Saturday's second Sussex AA Cross Country League Fixture. It was announced yesterday, that due to circumstances beyond control, the December 1 fixture will now be held at Stanmer Park, Brighton, and not Lancing Manor as was originally planned. It is with regret that this is the same location as the first fixture, but the organisers felt this was a better option rather than cancel the event altogether. Athletes and spectators will be able to park in the Bennetts Car Park at The Amex Stadium, Brighton, BN1 9BL.

Ray Roseman -first Sussex Four-minute miler

It is with great regret that we have to report the death Ray Roseman, the first Sussex Four-minute Miler, at the age of 79 in Bangkok.
It was in 1969 that Roseman, who had pacemaked many top British middle distance runners to their “Four Minutes” at last broke through the magic barrier.
Roseman joined South London Harriers when at school at Selsden in South London and remained with them first claim for most of his career. although, living in Hove. He also became a member of the Brighton & Hove Club and supported Sussex championships right from his early years.

Sussex League at Lancing Manor

The next Sussex AA Cross Country League Fixture will take place on Saturday, December 1, at Lancing Manor. It would be great if we could match the record number of entries we had at the first fixture, held at Stanmer Park, so spread the word among your club members.

For this event to go ahead smoothly, we are again looking for support with marshalling on the day. If anyone can spare an hour or two, please contact Maureen Stephen, event organiser, directly

maureenstephens44@gmail.com

Inter County success for Sussex

A well supported Inter-County race was incorporated into the Brighton & Hove City 10km road race on Sunday which proved successful for Sussex.

For this, the inaugural year there were 8 county teams who accepted the invitation to take part including ourselves here in Sussex, plus a non-scoring B team from Sussex, so 9 teams in total but only 8 of these scoring in the match.  Counties taking part being Sussex, Essex, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and Kent. 

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