Saturdays South of England Cross Country Championships this year took place at Stanmer Park in Brighton. Conditions under foot were firm, if hilly, and 9mm spikes seemed to be the consensus. Heavy overnight rain had served well to break any ice and frost hardness to the course, but had also drained well on the chalk soil. The sun shone the entire time, and once out of the wind I even noticed a few picnic blankets and food being eaten on the slopes. In January. So in summary the conditions were there for the fast ones who could do a bit of uphill and downhill, but not ideal for the mud skaters who technically always do better at the Parliament hill course.
Sundays Canterbury 10 took place in far more conducive weather this year - with light and dry conditions - with the U20 mens SEAA XC champ from Saturday cruising around for a massive win at the 10miles on the Sunday !
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SEAA Cross Country XC Championships 2015
Races - Heads up - don't get caught out !
Half Marathon Events selling out fast:
26th of April - http://bit.ly/Southampton-Half
8th March - http://bit.ly/Surrey-Half-Marathon-entry
15th March - http://bit.ly/riverthameshalf
There is a great report (albeit with a local angle) from the Sussex Athletics Association here: http://www.sussexathletics.org.uk/news.php?id=1689 describing amongst others Ben Tickner's win and the margins involved, as well as the excellent work in the U20 and Senior Womens races by Grace and Emma respectively.
|Close racing at the top of the hill|
|confident descent off the top|
|The world of pain train in the senior womens race|
|The view back to the team camp and the amex stadium|
|Chichester points back up to the top of the hill he's just left|
|and back down again|
|Tonbridge driving along the slopes|
|For the U20 womens win|
|Sunlight dazzles of the watches on the bright day's racing|
|Can you kick it ? Ben Tickner wins from 800m Ugandan Olympic 1:52 Paskar Owor, and Jon Pepper taking third in the background for the finish of the day.|
|Training run warm down from Saturday - for the win #859 in 52:03 Abel Tsegay|
|Tina Oldershaw hit 1:02:48 to win the women's race|
|Sarah, The Grubernator - for 1:06:02|
|Lee Simpson sprinted in for a tight 1:07:04|
Next weekend we are at the Watford Half Marathon (entries closed), on their new course (to avoid the shallow flooding) and the Events to Live Bookham 10k - a fantastic run into the north downs north of Dorking - which will still go ahead if the tracks are a bit puddly and muddy (entries still open for that one).
Until next time, hope you don't get caught in the snow !