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
|09 Oct 2016||Snape Wood, Woodhurst|
|13 Nov 2016||Whitbread Hollow, Eastbourne|
|18 Dec 2016||New Place Farm Nr Framfield (to be confirmed) (we host this event)|
|15 Jan 2017||King Standing,Ashdown Forest (to be confirmed)
|12 Feb 2017||Heathfield Park (new course this year)
|12 Mar 2017||Pett|
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.
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
Plumpton College: Plumpton College, Ditchling Road, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3AE
New Place Farm: 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 11 am. you can enter all 6 races in advance for £12 (note you must be a registered club member): overall saving but also avoids need to queue at each race, recommended if you expect to do at least 4 races) or enter on the day £3 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 10.30 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. 15 runners are required for a full team, 10 men (incl 3 over 40, 1 over 50, 1 over 60) and 5 ladies (incl 1 over 35, 1 over 45, 1 over 55), however a runner can be scored in a lower age group. However 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 chalk downland courses you will be fine with road shoes 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. 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). Not good for heavy mud.
- Cross country trainers/fell shoes: Will often be sold as fell shoes, we don't have many fell runs down south but good for cross country. Studded 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.
I have all three but in the picture from left, blue shoes are Walsh PB cross country/fell shoe (studded sole), 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 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, gravel. If you go into most sports shops and ask for an off road shoe you will be offered a trail shoe. Cross country Fell shoes are specialist you need to go to a specialist running shop: you are unlikely to find any cheap in Sports Direct: shame I like a bargain. As a specialist shoe there are a limited number of brands, Walsh (PB), Inov 8 (Mudclaw), Adidas (Swoop), Salomon (Speedcross), there may be others but that is the main ones. If you are looking for a bargain also check out More Mile Cheviot, they are new to the market and competively priced at £20 to £30: however I have only seen them online so you cannot try before you buy. The shoes pictured are just examples of the 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 fell shoe (unless you actually intend to use it for fell running), as you are going to be using it on predominantly soft ground.
For further details: East Sussex Sunday Cross Country League