This page has three sections events including link for results of past events, directions and details of scoring for the the cross country team and individual events
Due to ongoing covid restrictions the East Sussex Sunday Cross Country league is not putting on any races for the 20/21 season
|13 Oct 2019||Ashdown Forest
|10 Nov 2019||Blackcap Lewes
|15 Dec 2019||Newplace Park, Framfield|
|26 Jan 2020||Heathfield Park|
|08 Mar 2020||Pett, near Hastings
|05 Apr 2020||The Hub, Bodiam
Click here for East Sussex Sunday Cross Country League website
All events are about 5 miles long. All standards of runners are welcome. It is a lot of fun and you certainly
do not need to be a speed king to join in.
Please remember if you have registered in advance for all races you keep the same number for each race
remember to keep it at the end race and bring it with you to the next race.
Club vest or T shirt should be worn for these events. (see details below for more info)
LOCATIONS AND DIRECTIONS
Note there are 6 races each year selected from the locations below: not all courses are used in all years.
Abotts Wood signposted off the A22 betweem Hailsham and Polegate
Ashdown Forest: King Standing Car park. Go through Mareasfield heading toward Nutley. After Marsfield before the roundabout take the right hand turn B2026 for Duddleswell. The King Standing Car park is just after a cross roads on this road on the right.
Car parking is at County Hall car park, St Anne's Crescent, Lewes, BN7 1UE. It is a 10 minute walk from County Hall to the start which is at The Gallps, Lewes BN7 1LR (striclty no vehicle access to the start other than official cars). Nearest toilets are public conveniances next to the Black Horse pub BN7 1RS next to traffic lights between Western Road and St Anne's Crescent.new course details to follows
Bodiam the Hub: The Hub, Quarry Farm, Bodiam, Robertsbridge TN32 5RA. The Hub is well signposted from the road that runs through Bodiam - from the NORTH, follow signs to Bodiam and Bodiam Castle. Once in Bodiam go past the entrance to the castle on your left, go across the level crossing and 150m later turn right along the drive to the Hub; from the SOUTH, watch out for the turning to The Hub on your left about 400m before you reach the village and castle. National Trust members can park at Bodiam Castle then a short walk.
Heathfield Park: Cade Stree, Old Heathfield, TN21 8RJ. The entrance to Heathfield Park is on the small road just off the B2096 Battle Road. It is approximately 1.4 miles from Heathfield Town Centre. There is NO PARKING within Heathfield Park. Parking is on the small road immediately outside Heathfield Park, near the community college, on School Hill and Halley Road.
Pett Village Hall, Pett Road, Pett TN35 4HE: A259 to East of Hastings take, Pett road to right, Village Hall is next door to "The two Sawyers" Pub. Click for map
New Place Park: Pump Lane, Framfield, Nr Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 5RH Map
Snape Wood, Wadhurst:Free Parking and registration at Uplands Community School, TN5 6AZ (grid ref. 641317). Start is bottom of Washwell Lane: directions from car park - turn left by the White hart Pub and start is at the entrance to the first field on the right. Allow 10 minutes to the start.
Warren Hill:From Eastbourne – Take theA259 out of Eastbourne; up the hill, pass the golf course on the right and the road levels out. Take the first turning on the left onto B2103continue until you see the car park on the right side of the road. From Seaford//EastDean - Follow the A259 down into East Dean and up the hill the other side. At the top of the hill turn right onto the B2130: continue until you see the car park on the right.
Whitbread Hollow: West end of Eastbourne Seafront. There is a path to the left, heading in the direction of the sea, by the cafe, after St Bedes School at the end of the seafront which take you to the start.
DETAILS OF EVENTS AND SCORING
Senior races are all about 5 miles and start at 10.30 am. you can enter all 6 races in advance for £10 (£16 if not paid up member) or enter on the day £r per race (if you have not yet registered with the club there is an additional charge of £2). If entering on the day it is recommended you arrive by about 10.30 to allow time to register. If entered in advance a list is provided to tick your name (used to check all runners included on results on finishing)
All events include a junior races (Age 8 to 16) at 10.00 am which is about 1 to 1.25 miles lap with U11 and U13 running one lap and U15 and U17 two laps, there is no charge for juniors if they are registered with the club or £2 if not.
Uckfield Runners compete in the East Sussex Sunday Cross Country league as a combined team with Heathfield Road Runners. 16 runners are required for a full team, 10 men (incl 3 over 40, 2 over 50 (new from 18/19 previously 1), 1 over 60) and 6 ladies (from 18/19 previously 5), (incl 2 over 35 (from 18/19 previously 1), 1 over 45, 1 over 55), however a runner can be scored in a lower age group. You can have as many members running as you want and since cross country is a lot of fun we as a club like to see as many of our members as possible running these events.
There are also individual prizes (top 3) by age category based on your best 4 races (Men Senior man, V40, V45, V50, V55, V60, V65, V70, Ladies V35, V45, V50, V55, V60, V65) and for each of the junior categories (U11, U13, U15, U17).
If you are a member of Uckfield runners and have not tried cross country, why not come along and give it a try, if you are not a member but fancy getting a bit muddy, our contact details are given below.
Graham's guide to off road Shoes
For the early season you will be fine with road shoes (Snape in Oct unlikely to be muddy and Black cap and Warren Hill are chalk downland courses which are free downland) but with the later season woodland and farm courses off road shoes will be of real benefit to give better traction.
If you are buying off road shoes useful to know what to look for.
There are three types of off road shoe
- Trail shoes: like a road shoe with a more aggressive sole. Trail shoes covers a whole range of shoes:
- those with a more road like sole are good for gravelly tracks, grass, chalk downland paths, light mud, runs which are mix of road and off road (40% road 60% off road type run) but not good for heavy mud.
- some trail shoes have a studded/lugged type sole which will cope with mud and are like a Cross Country trainer: like a cross country trainer they are not so good on the road and road running will wear down the studs.
- Cross country trainers/fell shoes: Will often be sold as fell shoes (or trail shoes), we don't have many fell runs down south but good for cross country. They have a studded/lugged sole, less cushioning, will give traction in heavy mud. Can do limited running on roads (10% road 90% off road) but wears down the studs.
- Cross country spike: Specialist shoe for racing. Good for heavy mud, mud does not stick to sole. One area they really excel in is if the ground is frozen, but not suitable for road (other than to cross a farm road).
With trail shoes/Cross country trainers/fell shoes it is the type of sole that counts: it used to be that shoes with a studded sole would be called a cross country trainer or fell shoes and trail shoes had more road like sole but Cross country trainer and trail shoe tend to be used interchangeable so the same shoe may be referred to as both and a trail shoe and a cross country trainer.
I have all three but in the picture from left, blue shoes are Walsh PB cross country/fell shoe (studded sole: this is what you are looking for in a cross country trainer), next two are Inov 8 Mudroc and Adidas Supernova, both trail shoes but the Mudroc really falls between the other two: thus can cope with heavier mud than the Adidas but not as good as the Walsh but can cope with more road than the Walsh but not as well as the Adidas.
If you are going to go for one off road shoe and you want to do cross country (and you should want to do cross country it is a lot of fun) I would recommend a cross country/fell shoe with a studded sole. You can use this for racing and training and it will be good if you want to run in Buxted Park or Ashdown Forest in the winter: personally I think it is great to still be able to get off road in the winter at the weekends. You will no longer fear mud, mud will be your friend.
Trail shoes are good but where you can run in a trail shoe you can run in a road shoe, the trail shoe just gives you a little more confidence if there is some light mud or gravel. If you go into most sports shops and ask for an off road shoe you will be offered a trail shoe.
Cross country trainer/Fell shoes are specialist so you may need to go to a specialist running shop or buy online, even a specialist running shop but you may still try to offer you a trail shoe with a road type sole (there are more trail shoes with this type of sole than cross country trainers): If you are making a special trip you may want to phone first and say you are looking for a cross country shoe with a studded type sole such as an Inov8 Mudclaw or Walsh PB what do you have. It can be difficult to find suitable shoes in bargain shops like Sports Direct: although you may find some Karrimer Sabre for about £40-£45: sold as a trail shoe but has a studded type sole (there is also the Karrimer Rapid Trail but that has a more road like sole so not what you want for mud). SportsShoes.com sometimes have some bargains: eg they had Asics Gelfulirunnigade 2 for women for £24.99: a trail shoe with a studded type sole, again it is online so you cannot try before you buy.
As a specialist shoe there are a limited number of brands including Walsh (PB), Inov8 (Mudclaw or Xtalon), Adidas (Terex skychaser), Salomon (Speedcross): you can pick up a pair for £55 to £90: you can pay a lot more but I don't recommend it (the Walsh PB tends to be one of the cheaper ones). If you are looking for a bargain also check out More Mile Cheviot, they are competively priced at £20 to £30, (I have a pair, compared to the other brands they are a bit heavier but they do have good grip), however they are only available online, unless you go to Sheffield so you cannot try before you buy. And again you may pick up a Karrimer Sabre for £40 to £45. If you struggle to find any of the above available they are available online, again you cannot try before you buy.
Cross country spikes (these are different to track spikes) are bit cheaper (You should be able to get a pair for £30 to £45) and easier to find, an if you ask for spikes they won't try to sell you road sole type trail shoes: but they are really limited to racing unless you drive to say Ashdown Forest, and not suitable for all courses (Heathfield Park and Snape have some gravel paths).
The shoes pictured are just examples so you can see the different type of sole, don't buy a Walsh just because that is the one pictured, what counts is what shoe is comfortable for you. Note that cushioning is less of a consideration for a cross country shoe as you are going to be using it on predominantly soft ground.