Hunt on for Sussex cross-country venues

Athletics clubs and officials from across Sussex are in the process of trying to get the delayed cross country season under way.

Saturday, 7th November 2020, 9:00 am
When will cross-country be back in Sussex - and where? Picture: Kate Shemilt

A number of track meetings have been held, as well road races in secure locations and even a few off-road and multi-terrain events.

But return to cross country is proving to be more difficult because of the restrictions to the number of runners allowed to start together and the location and nature of many of the courses used across the county.

Planned races elsewhere in the south have had to be shelved for the time being because of the withdrawal of permission from landowners, although a smaller event was able to go ahead at Lloyd Park, Croydon, over one recent weekend.

There will be a further delay now the new national lockdown measures put a stop to all non-elite sport.

But Sussex clubs have been asked to try to find suitable locations with athletes and coaches eager to see a return to competition soon as possible.

Anyone who can offer a suitable venue for races to take place is asked to contact their local club in the first instance, a list of which can be found on the Sussex County AA website.

The new sporting shutdown will result in almost all organised local sport ceasing for the next month. But our newspapers' and websites' sport sections will still be here - so send any sports news, views, pictures or memories to [email protected]