Running in Sussex 2015 - races, fun runs, shops, clubs and more

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Brighton Marathon - Credit: Archant

With the South Downs and the coast on our doorstep, Sussex is a runner’s paradise. Hazel Sillver presents a guide to the local running scene and some great races to enter this summer


12 April - Brighton Marathon & BM10K

This 26.2 miler is only five years old, but is fast becoming one of the UK’s best road events thanks to the enthusiastic crowds and sea views. There is also a 10k race that sets off before the marathon and finishes on the seafront. Top long distance runner Jo Pavey will start both races. |


10 May - Hastings Runners 5 Mile

Now in its 10th year, this great race follows a flat, scenic course along the town’s seafront. Every runner will receive a medal and an optional free massage. Proceeds go to St. Michael’s Hospice.

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11 June - Mid Summer 5, near Chichester

This flat five-miler, organised by the Chichester Runners & A.C., is open to all abilities and includes a lap of the Goodwood Motor Circuit. The entry fee includes a post-race burger.


5 July - The South Coast Half Marathon, 10K and 5K, Seaford

Breathe in the sea air on one of these coastal races in and around Seaford. All abilities are welcome to race along the flat course, which heads out along the esplanade and back again.



26 April - Bluebell 10K and 10M, near Arundel

This gorgeous off-road race meanders through the bluebell woods of the Angmering Park Estate. Choose between the 10k and 10m courses and refuel at The Fox pub afterwards.


3 May - Three Forts Challenge

You have two downland race options at the Three Forts: a marathon and a half marathon. The infamous Tough One entails 27 miles of mixed terrain and 3,450ft of uphill running, including the Devil’s Dyke, Chanctonbury Ring and Cissbury Ring.


24 May - Weald Challenge Trail Races, Chiddingly

Each of the Weald Challenge races (a half-marathon, marathon and 50k) start at Chiddingly (south of Uckfield) and follow the Wealdway and the Vanguard Way through fields and woodlands, and over hills.


20 June - South Downs Marathon, Marathon Relay and Half Marathon

This gorgeous downland marathon (and marathon relay) starts in Sussex, at Slindon College, and ends in Hampshire, at the Queen Elizabeth Country Park. There is also the option of a half marathon, which takes place in Hampshire.



25 May - Lindfield Village Run and Fun Run

The 10k Village Run is a traditional cross-country course through beautiful Sussex countryside. The shorter 5k Fun Run is aimed at families.


7 June - Mud Monsters Run, East Grinstead

A very, very muddy 5k, 10k or 20k course through fields and woods, and a mud-water obstacle course that includes swamps!


25 July - Big Fun Run Brighton

This family 5k through Hove Park is just one of 18 charity Big Fun Runs that will take place up and down the UK this summer.



Barefoot running, Brighton

Personal trainer Joe Addison offers one-to-one coaching to help you make the transition to barefoot running without putting yourself at risk of injury.


Off-road running, Uckfield

Want to try some off-road running? Stuart Mills offers one-to-one coaching in trail technique and navigation, and offers guided countryside runs.



Massage, Hove

Massage isn’t just pampering. By releasing tightness, it can prevent strain and injury, and assist in injury recovery. Amanda Oswald offers relaxing myofascial release and sports massage for runners.


Physiotherapy, Brighton and Storrington

Running niggles are often easily fixed by strengthening a weak area via physiotherapy exercises or altering one’s running gait. Both Tom Goom at the Physio Rooms in Brighton and Filipa Barnes at the Storrington Physiotherapy Clinic are recommended. |


Gait analysis, Hove

StrideUK offer Video Gait Analysis to help you finely tune your running technique. Find out if you’re a ‘head chaser’ (which means you run with your head stuck out like a duck) or a ‘hip chaser’ (which means you run with your pelvis jutting forward).


Alexander Technique for runners, Hove

The Alexander Technique (AT) reminds the body what free, natural movement is by removing tension. AT teacher Alan Mars (who has trained with marathon supremo and AT runner, Paul Collins) will show you how to apply the technique to running.



Tempo, Eastbourne

A great local shop that specialises in running and offers free gait analysis and training advice. Shop here for shoes and clothing by recommended brands such as Brooks, Mizuno, New Balance and Asics.


Up & Running, Horsham

Visit this Horsham outlet for a great range of running shoes by top brands, such as Salomon, Inov-8, Brooks and Saucony, clothing, accessories and gadgets, such as Garmin GPS watches and heart monitors.



Hastings Runners

This local club offers a huge amount of training opportunities, including daily summer runs, as well as races and social gatherings.


Hailsham Harriers

All ages and abilities are welcome to join the Harriers, who are passionate about the enjoyment of running, and offer lots of training sessions throughout the year.


Burgess Hill Runners

This friendly club meets regularly to run together and is open to those who just want to keep fit, as well as those who want to compete in major races.


Rye Runners

Friendly coach Sam Murphy leads this group on two runs every week, and welcomes runners of all levels to join in. The runs are usually interspersed with training, such as speed or hill work.


Worthing Striders

The Striders are a friendly bunch, and welcome runners of any ability. As well as organising and participating in races, the club trains together several times a week during the summer.



Parkrun hosts free timed 5K runs every Saturday at 9am at the following venues around Sussex:

• Brighton – Preston Park

• Bognor Regis – Hotham Park

• Hove – Hove Park

• Haywards Heath – Clair Park

• Eastbourne – Shinewater Park

• Crawley – Tilgate Park

• Horsham – Horsham Park

• Chichester – Oaklands Park

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