Monday 28th January 2019
Runners at this year's Sussex Masters Cross Country Championships got to try out a new course as the event was held for the first time at Coombes Farm, Lancing. The course got some favourable reviews from those who ran:
"I personally much preferred the course at Coombes Farm and this is from an out and out road runner! It started with a challenging hill which eventually flattened out and lead to a fantastic trot across the downs. Once the initial hill was over the course was gently undulating and was very run-able. The long downhill at the end of the lap was much needed and very enjoyable." Erica M
"Sweeping grass hills with great open views. Some taxing climbs then ending in a swooping valley bottom downhill run with the finish long in view. Rather spectacular." Andrew H
"Nice to be out in country rather than in a park and had Lovely open views over the downs (obviously only noticed whilst warming up) and certainly didn't miss that long track up hill in Lancing!!" Amelia C
"I noticed the first letters of the surnames of our 7-strong male V50 team spelt out the words TWAS GBH. But it wasn't really that bad! Admittedly the day was on the cold and windy side but the rain held off and for my money it was a great new course, hilly but plenty of grass and relatively few overly muddy or stony bits. Good for spectators too, a 2-lap course with start and finish in a hollow so you could watch the runners climb up out of it at the start of each lap, travel along the ridge round the rim (great views for the runners there if they had the energy to look around) and then race down a grassy slope to the finishing line." Paul W
Well done to Paul Whelpton & Erica Martin - 3rd M60 & M35, and to our M60 (actually 60/70!) men who won silver, and our M40 men who ran phenomenally well to hold off a strong challenge from Brighton & Hove and retain the team title.