Sussex cross-country elite return to Goodwood

Chichester's women on their previous Goodwood outing    Picture by Louise Adams

Chichester's women on their previous Goodwood outing Picture by Louise Adams

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THE TOP cross-country runners from across the county will return to Goodwood Country Park today (Oct 18) following the successful Sussex relay championships at the end of September. This time it’s for first Sussex League fixture of the season.

With a number of course records being broken in the relays, it looks likely the coming season will be of high quality with Chichester hoping to repeat last season’s medal haul.

The action starts with an invitation under-11 race at midday, open to any Year 5 or Year 6 runner who wants to compete, even if they are not already in a club.

The main league action starts with the under-13 girls at 12.30pm, the first of five junior races. And the two senior events complete the programme with the senior women starting a 5km course at 2.05pm and the senior men competing over 8k at 2.35 pm.

In-form Rosie Ellis and Fay Cripps are likely to spearhead Chichester’s challenge in the women’s event in their aim to repeat the club’s best-ever finish as runners-up in division one.

The men’s team will be without James Baker but Harry Leleu and Josh James are coming into the under-20 ranks this year to strengthen the club’s bid for a return to division one having gained promotion into the second division last year after one season in division three.

Spectators are welcome.

PHIL BAKER