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Sixth Birthday for Brighton & Hove Parkrun3rd Nov 2013
Sixth Birthday for Brighton & Hove Parkrun | Click to enlargeThe "Park Runs" that has done so much to encourage so many non-runners to have just a 5km jog once a week has attracted hundred of thousands of participants throughout the country every Saturday at 9.00.
The oldest of these races in Sussex the "Brighton & Hove Parkrun" in Hove Park celebrated its sixth anniversary with a field of 405 participants completing the course on Saturday.
Even the most extremes of weather has not forced a cancellation of this run during its six years.
With the much younger Preston Park run attracting 184, 305 completing the distance at Crawley, 94 at Haywards Heath and 156 at Eastbourne more than 1200 runners were prepared to turn up at 9.00 on a Saturday morning for ....

Withdean Re-opend26th Oct 2013
Withdean Re-opend | Click to enlargeAfter four months of re surfacing and marking the Withdean Stadium was re-opend on Saturday.
The improvements had been made possible by a grant for Sport England as part of the "Olympic Legacy".
The Mayor of Brighton Cllr. Denise Cobb thanked Sports England and the patience of the local athletic clubs who had been without a track for training since early July.
Olympic 400m hurdles champion Sally Gunnell M.B.E, cut the tape to re-open the track with fellow Olympian Chris Carter and up and coming stars Seb Rodger, who went to this years World Championships as a 400m hurdler, England Schools senior 400 metre champion Holly Turner and National 800m U17 800m champion Spencer Thomas were also on hand for support.
Once the tape ....

Pepper time not to be sneezed at25th Oct 2013
Pepper time not to be sneezed at | Click to enlargeCompeting a little closer to home than the Sussex walkers, but still some 3,000 miles from home Jon Pepper (Phoenix) became only fifth Sussex runner ever to break 2hr 20min. for the marathon when he placed 12th in the Toronto Waterfront marathon.
Pepper was the second British runner to complete the race in 2:19:10 just nine seconds behind James Kelly (Belgrave).
Silver for Richards in Brazil
There was a silver medal in Brazil for Ian Richards (Steyning) to add to his World Masters “Gold” earlier in the week.
Competing in the M65-69 10,000 metres race Richard could not contain the Australian “Super-Vet” Andrew Jamieson, who he had beaten over 5,000m for the Gold medal earlier in the week and had to settle for silver ....

Withdean Re Opening24th Oct 2013
The Withdean Stadium athletics track will be re-opened on Saturday with a Family Fun Day.
There will be a series of One Lap or One Mile runs after former Olympic 400m hurdles champion Sally Gunnell M.B.E has cut the tape at 1.00pm.
There will also be the opportunity for long jump coaching on the top plateau and "Howler throwing" from 1.30pm.
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A wonderful day for Worthing at Goodwood22nd Oct 2013
A wonderful day for Worthing at Goodwood | Click to enlargeIt was a brilliant day for the Worthing senior athletes at the first of this season's Sussex League Cross-country events on Goodwood Downs on Saturday.
They provided the winner of both the Men's and Women's senior races as well as taking the Men's team title for the first time for at least a decade and were only prevented, by just one point by Brighton & Hove, of making a clean sweep of the senior titles.
It was Kevin Mason who topped the afternoon's racing with a narrow victory over Ross Skelton (Hastings) after a closely fought five mile battle finishing just twenty yards clear and clocking 25:32 to 25:36 with fellow Worthing runner John Morrey slipping away in the closing stages to ....

World Title and Record for Ian Richards22nd Oct 2013
World Title and Record for Ian Richards | Click to enlargeThere was a Gold medal and a World record for Steyning's Ian Richards in the World Masters Championships at Porto Alegre in Brazil.
Competing in the 65-69 age group 5,000m the Steyning walker faced the unbeatable Australian Andrew Jamieson, who had not been beaten in"Masters" competitions since 1999 and is the holder of eight World Masters records.
Undaunted however Richards took the initiative from the start and in what proved to be a duel they were locked together throughout the first half of the race before he gradually eased clear of the Australian to eventually win by 32 seconds in a new World Record time of 24:13.10s.
Earlier in the year Richards had broken the World 65-69 30km record.

Great Day for Sussex at Sutton Park13th Oct 2013
Great Day for Sussex at Sutton Park | Click to enlargeA brilliant opening leg from Will Gray and a fine 14th team spot for Phoenix highlighted a successful English 6-stage Road Relay championship at Sutton Park on Sunday.
Running for the Brighton & Hove City team it is believed Gray created Sussex history as he became the first ever Sussex runner to lead the National Road Relay Championships.
He had a great battle with Stephen Mitchell (Bristol) handing over to Kevin Rojas in first place, albeit by one second in 17:17.
Gray's time was to prove the fifth fastest lap of the day.
Former South of England senior cross-country champion, Ben Tickner, who is currently working abroad and flew in specially for this race, was not far behind in 17:22 which was the ....

Phoenix and Brighton & Hove at Sutton Park12th Oct 2013
Both the Phoenix and Brighton & Hove City Clubs will be taking competitive teams to the National six-stage Road Relay championships at Sutton Park on Saturday.
Former Southern Cross-country champion Ben Tickner is flying back from abroad to compete while County Champion Jon Pepper and Charlie Grice, one of the top British 1500 metre runners will be lining up for the Phoenix squad.
Will Gray, Kevin Rojas and Howard Bristow will head up the “City” team and much will depend on the strength of the other members of the teams as to who will take Sussex honours but as reigning County Senior champions it should be Phoenix.
A top twenty placing will be a pretty good result for either team.

Officials Secretary vacancy9th Oct 2013
A vacancy exists within Sussex Athletics for a volunteer to carry out the role of Officials Secretary. Duties to include recruiting Sussex officials to help at County events, and liaising with event organisers to supply a list of available officials. Please contact Dawn if interested, or for more information via email at

Hastings fifth at Wormwood Scrubs.7th Oct 2013
It was the Hastings youngsters who kept the Sussex Flag Flying at the South of England Cross-country relay championships at Wormwood Scrubs at the weekend.
The best results came in the U15 boy’s event when the Hastings trio finished in fifth spot after Dylan Leisinger had finished first on the opening leg with the second fastest lap of the day in 6:30. Matt Herring dropped to second on the second leg in 7:01 and Joe Body dropped another three places on the final leg in 6:58.
The U13 boys team of George Pool, who finished third on the opening leg in the days sixth fastest time of 7:18, Liam Coleman moved up to second in 7:41 and D.Bolton dropped six places on ....

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