Phoenix takes a full part in the extensive road running programme within the county and beyond and has a fine record of championship and league successes in recent years.
Phoenix takes part in the Road Races below amongst others
Throughout the year some 10 road races take place across Sussex, from 5K to 20M, and are designated ‘Grand Prix’ status. All these races are contested by the local clubs, with the philosophy behind it that by supporting each other’s races we are able to improve the competition in the county. Phoenix are the current Grand Prix Champions. We host the Phoenix 10k on Hove seafront, a midweek evening race in July as part of this series. You can score points as an individual and for the inter-club competition based on your six best races. For further details see Sussex Grand Prix or contact our Grand Prix Rep Lance Bellers (see Contacts Page).
Keep an eye on the fixtures list and club emails since these events are often linked in with the above races.
There are four premier relays that as a club we regularly compete in. All have a very different atmosphere, and are well worth doing to savour the history of the event as well as being some of the most fun events on the calendar. Please keep an eye on the club emails about upcoming races:
The club hosts the Phoenix 10K in mid July on a Wednesday evening. Currently the race also serves as the Sussex County 10K Championships. This is our flagship club race and many of our members either marshal or run it themselves. As an amateur athletics club any funds raised go back into club to help with the development of our young and old athletes alike. Phoenix believe that it is important to be an integral part of the community and as such part of the funds raised go to our partner charity, the Brighton-based Clocktower Sanctuary. www.theclocktowersanctuary.org.uk/
The course is an out-and-back, fast course; the race runs west towards Shoreham on the promenade. After Hove Lagoon, the course meets Basin Road South. Following Shoreham Docks the race turns at Carats Café at 5km returning to the finish at Hove Lawns. Fast times are capable on this course as it is flat and relatively straight.
The current couse record of 30:05 was set in 2014 by Phoenix's Ben Tickner.
This is an extensive programme of more informal races, from 5K to 10K spread throughout the year; these events are a great introduction into running if you are a beginner. Many of us have joined fun run clubs as second claim members (particularly Southwick Strollers and Portslade Hedgehoppers)
Every Saturday at 9am there are free 5k park runs in Hove Park and Preston Park and on Hove Promenade. Many of our runners, of all ages and standards, take part in these runs throughout the year to measure their fitness or try and set a new PB. We also organise a mass Phoenix turnout at one or other of the parkruns every few months. The Parkrun website lists all you will need to know about the events, just remember to register the night before if it’s your first time. The events are open to juniors and ideal for anyone new to running, or new to racing, but caution should be taken so that younger athletes do not overexpose themselves to excessive distances.
Currently (Spring 2018) Phoenix runners fill over half the places in the top ten in the all-time rankings at the three largest local parkruns, with Finn McNally, Robbie Fitzgibbon and Charlie Grice holding the course records. Phoenix runners ranging from under 14 to Over 70 also hold many age category records.
Although there are age limits for races over 10k (usually16 or 17) many of the races mentioned here either have age-group races or a ‘junior’ race over a shorter distance.
I coach athletes from 9 years-old all the way up to the seniors and vets. Mostly on Wednesday nights but have been seen out and about coaching on other days of the week too. When I'm not injured I enjoy training and racing anything from 5k to marathon. I also like riding my bike. Rule 5.