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Record Entries for Sussex Cross-country Relays

The postponed Sussex Cross Country Relays at Goodwood will be held on Saturday with record entries.

Pre-entries have exceeded 200 teams for the first time while another record is the number of Sussex clubs who have entered teams - 18 so far.

The two week delay in the start of the Cross-country season should mean that many of the athletes will be chaffing at their bits and we could be looking for the best Championship start to the season, albeit a couple of weeks late.

Under 11 Race At Goodwood

There will be an Under 11 2K fixture at 11.45am before the Goodwood Relays on Saturday, October 13th. It will either be run as 1 or 2 races depending on numbers. Entry £3 on the day.

Sussex Mental Health and Running Workshop

Following on from Mental Health awareness week (check www.RunandTalk.co.uk) for local run and talks, there are still places on the Sussex Mental Health and Running workshop aimed at run leaders, coaches or anyone interested. Please sign up asap to reserve your place. The workshop, aimed at promoting good mental health and how running can help, will take place on Saturday 20th October, 1 – 4pm, at Broadfield Primary Academy, Vulcan Close, Crawley RH11 9PD. What does good mental health mean? What sort of mental health issues might our runners have?

Another Gold Medal for Richards

On a very good day for racing Ian Richards of Steyning, after his 3 Golds in Malaga, easily retained his Sussex Men’s 10,000m race walking title at Broadbridge Heath on Saturday, in 55:18.8s. Although in a slower time than last year, after receiving a couple of warnings early on in the race, he finished well clear of fellow 70 year old Paul Gaston (Surrey Walking Club) who clocked 67:59.1s.

The weekend

The postponement of the Sussex Cross Country Relays at Goodwood on Saturday, the Relays will be held on 13th October, has left many Sussex athletes with an unexpected free Saturday.

For those seeking to run a little further than the 3/4km relay legs can however look to the annual Barns Green half-marathon which has again moved forward from its traditional October date.

There is also a 10km race at Barns Green.

This year Barns Green also incorporates the Sussex Half Marathon championship and the Half-marathon race will start at 10.00.

Crawley Girls take Bronze at The Palace

There were several Top Ten places for Sussex teams in the South of England Road Relay championships in rain and wind at the Crystal Place on Sunday, including a bronze medal for the Crawley U13 Girls team.

At the end of the afternoon both the Brighton & Hove and Brighton Phoenix teams qualified for a place in the English Road Relay championships Finals at Sutton Park next month.

Brighton & Hove finished 13th in 1:51:13 while the Phoenix team placed 22nd in 1:53:59.

Sussex X-Country Relays POSTPONED

Next Saturday’s “Sussex Cross-country” relays at Goodwood has been postponed because of the double booking at Goodwood.

It will now be held on Saturday 13th October instead of the first of this season’s Sussex Cross-country League events.

Efforts are being made to find an alternate date for a fourth League match this cross-country season and March 3rd has been suggested as a possible date if an organiser and venue can be found.

A decision will be made shortly.

Podium place for Eva at Bedford

Sussex Schools took one of its smallest teams in recent years to Bedford for the finals of the English Schools Combined Events and Race Walking Championships.

The best Sussex performance of the weekend was by race walker Eva Payton-White who won the battle for the bronze medal in the senior girls 5000m, in a personal best of 30:22.81. Unfortunately, in the senior boys race, Oli Hopkins (Sussex Downs), while chasing Hampshire’s Chris Snook, pushed a little too much and was disqualified.

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