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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.

Sussex teams head to the Inter-counties

The leading Sussex cross-country athletes face their first major test of the season when they travel to Horspath, Oxford for the South of England Inter-county championships on Saturday.

All age groups will be involved except the Under 20 and Senior men but the South of England Masters Championships will also be held at Horspath and it is expected several Sussex Athletes will  be competing in those events.

Youngsters battle at Lancing Manor

It was a case of all change for the winners, in the Young Athletes races, at the third of this season's Sussex Cross-Country League matches at Lancing Manor on Saturday.

That is in all but the U13 Boy’s race where Crawley’s Nicholas Hollan-Ellidge notched up an impressive third successive win to make sure that he will be crowned League champion in February.

Great racing at Lancing

The slightly less cold temperatures for the Sussex Cross-country League races and the firm underfoot conditions made it almost perfect for an afternoon of Cross-country running at Lancing Manor on Saturday.

Total numbers were a little down on the Goodwood and Bexhill events particularly in the Young Athletes races but some may well be saving themselves for next weekend’s Inter-county races.

Sussex League at Lancing

With a little luck it will be dry and crisp at Lancing Manor on Saturday for the third of this season’s Sussex Cross-country League fixtures.

Parking is difficult at all Sussex venues, apart from Goodwood but Maureen Stephens has made provision at the Lancing venue and she has issued the following notice.

NO PARKING FOR  X/COUNTRY AT IMPULSE LEISURE CENTRE, LANCING MANOR.

Parking is available at North Lancing School, Mill Rd BN15 0PT 

(approx. 400m from The Manor ground)

New Opportunity for Under 15 Girls

Another door has opened for Under 15 girls with the introduction of a 300 metres race for this age group at the English Schools championships at Birmingham from next July.

This automatically triggers its introduction into the Sussex Schools championships which will be held at the K2 Stadium, Crawley next year on the 9th June.

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