Free Race Walking Training at Withdean Stadium, Brighton on Friday 25th April   

Learn to race walk and have the opportunity to compete. If you are 9 or over, come to Withdean Stadium in Brighton on Friday 25th April for a free coaching session with Peter Selby.  The session from 18:30 - 20:00 is open to members and non-members alike. Pete Selby is a qualified race walking coach and judge. He aims to increase participation in the sport and knowledge of the rules. 

Sussex has a proud tradition of International race walkers and Ian Richards, of Steyning is presently the O65 World record holder in the 3K. As with running, race walking takes place on both the track and the road and injured runners can sometimes continue race walking to maintain fitness. 

There will also be the chance to compete at K2 on Thursday 1st May, at an open meeting in a 1000m race walk at 8.30 pm. Age groups are from U13 to Vet and the race is free to encourage novices. See 

Further details from Peter Selby or 07721747999.

Run_England_image           Running Leaders Wanted - It Could be You!

Would you like to help others enjoy running and improve their fitness? Could you lead a group of beginner runners? Then get involved with Run Sussex and become a Run Leader!

Sussex Athletics Network with Run England in Sussex is offering discounted places on the Leadership in Running Fitness course – the first step in getting started.

Want to know more? Then please get in touch with Marion Hemsworth, Sussex Running Activator.


H: 01444 414475

M: 07759 543522

England Athletics Club Conferences

England Athletics are holding a series of Club Conferences over the next few weeks. These events are open to all club members - everyone is welcome. 

Topics under discussion will include Affiliation and Membership and England Athletics’ spending priorities, alongside sessions on issues relevant to this region. There will also be a demonstration of the England Athletics online portal for membership secretaries, athletes and volunteers and the opportunity to ask questions about how it works and how to make the most of its functions. 

Tony Shiret, Chair of the National Council, said: “The best ideas come from the clubs and their volunteers. The conferences and the consultation later in the year will put us in a stronger position because we can show that we have the backing of the sport. That is why a good turnout matters to the clubs.”

To register, email and state your name, club and your role within the club.

There are two South East conferences, with one of them at Crawley Town FC on Wednesday 30th April from 19:00 - 21:30. 

New Sussex Wheelchair Racing Opportunities

Are you inspired by Hannah Cockroft or David Weir? Sussex Athletics Network in partnership with Worthing District Harriers Inclusive Athletics are pleased to announce a second regular training day for would-be Wheelchair Racers. This new session, led by disability coach Claire Moyle and Julian Stevens, caters for all ages and levels - including complete beginners - who would like to try this exciting sport.  

This session is in addition to the Tuesday evening group at Worthing Leisure Centre (5:00-6:00pm), which has been running since January. Training begins on Saturday 26th April 2014 from 10:30am-11:30.
Please click here to see the wheelchair racing flier and contact Claire Moyle if interested - 
Tel:  07762 013949email or Julian Stevens on 01273 263104, email

Successful Sussex Squad Days 2013-14

On a beautiful Spring morning in March, 44 athletes, their coaches and parents arrived at Lewes AC for the last Sussex County Track & Field Squad Day.  In the first session at Horsham in November, athletes had been tested for explosive speed, strength and general fitness. Four months later they were retested to see how much they had improved over the winter period.   

The three previous session had covered strength and conditioning led by former GB international pole vaulter, Nick Buckfield, skills and drills run by Steve King and John Shepherd – a former GB long jumper - and a ‘Mix it Up’ session where the young athletes were encouraged to try out events in which they do not normally compete.

Sussex Athletics Network Squad Coordinator Fiona Newport said, "This winter we wanted to introduce the athletes to a wide range of activities other than their individual specialist event coaching sessions and over the four sessions we were able to do this. The athletes also enjoyed the Q&A sessions with top Sussex heptathlete, Jo Rowland, and parents had their own session at the start of the winter in which they could raise any issues about how to support their talented offspring."

'How to support your child through their athletic journey' led by Steve King. View presentation slides by clicking here  or by clicking here you can download the 'Long Term Athlete Development' leaflet by Mark Dayson.

Any questions regarding the Track & Field Squad Days should be directed to Fiona Newport at

Eighty-nine athletes in total attended the eight county Endurance Squad Days. Organised by Alan Swetman. These included sessions on planning and goal setting, sports psychology and injury prevention.  For more details contact Alan at .


Getting more people involved with Athletics

England Athletics has produced a series of posters, leaflets and resources to help clubs let parents, helpers, potential coaches and officials  know of what courses and opportunities are available - where and when. Full information is available at . Please see the website or contact Elspeth Turner for more information: 
Upcoming courses taking place locally are listed below.

Leadership in Running Fitness 26th April 2014:  
Norman Park Athletics Track, Norman Park, Hayes Lane, Bromley, London
Road Traffic Management Course (Endurance Officials) 26th April 2014: 
Surrey Sports Park, University of Surrey, Richard Meyjes Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7AD
Athletics Coach 10th-11th May 2014:
Aldershot Military Stadium, Queen's Avenue, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 2LJ
Coaching Assistant 26th-27th May 2014: 
University of Chichester, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 6PE
Athletics Coach - Assessment Day 28th June 2014:
Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre, Wickhurst Lane, Horsham, Sussex, RH12 3YS
Coach in Running Fitness - Assessment Day 28th June 2014:
Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre, Wickhurst Lane, Horsham, Sussex, RH12 3YS
Leadership in Running Fitness 13th July 2014:
The Triangle Leisure Centre, Triangle Way, Burgess Hill, RH15 8WA  

Sussex Parkruns

Clair Park, Haywards Heath is the latest venue to be added to the list of weekly parkruns in Sussex. It is jointly organised by Burgess Hill Runners and Haywards Heath Harriers, and to date it has been averaging 85 runners per week. Like all parkruns it is open to all and free to enter, but necessary to register in advance. More runners and volunteers are always welcome. Visit the parkrun website for more details :

Other parkruns in Sussex :

Brighton & Hove parkrun - venue : Hove Park, every Saturday 9:00am, web link :
Eastbourne parkrun - venue : Shinewater Park, every Saturday 9:00am, web link :
Crawley parkrun - venue : Tilgate Park, Crawley, every Saturday 9:00am, web link :

Preston parkrun - venue : Preston Park, Brighton, every Saturday 9:00am, weblink :

Chip Timing Research 

As chip timing becomes more widely available and more affordable for smaller races, the Network has researched the services and costs of five companies in and around Sussex. Whilst this is not intended as a recommendation, it does offer some guide as to what is on offer and the rough cost involved. Any feedback from Sussex clubs who have used these or other companies would be appreciated. Please click here to see the Chip Timing Document. Email with comments or feedback.

Sports Nutrition Presentation

At the first Sussex Squad Day in December Ed Baker from Performance Hertfordshire gave a fascinating talk on Sports Nutrition for

Power Athletes. The notes from this presentation are now available for viewing by clicking here.

SE Regional awards

Sussex Athletics Network was awarded Network of the Year at the South East Regional awards hosted by England Athletics. Network Chairman, Peter Masters, received the award at the presentation evening on 4th December at Guildford. Peter has been the driving force behind the Network since the first bid to obtain Network funding for Sussex through to the present day. The award recognises the efforts of Peter and the whole Network team in helping to develop athletics activities in the County over the past three and a half years.



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