Crew Challenges by our Race & Events Director Bill

Remember to follow Bill’s guide

  • Fuel up and stay hydrated
  • Wear your CRC kit
  • Have fun!
  • Post race photo on our social media pages with medal

Run Leader Bill Bedford has been busy selecting events for the Crew and here is his pick of events for March 2017.

The events marked ** in the list below are the all-important West Sussex Fun Run League fixtures so be sure to get your entries in early


**11th June: Hove Park WSFRL 5K & Children’s events – **

The Arena 80 Hove Park fun runs are a series of friendly junior and senior events held on traffic free paths in Hove Park, Old Shoreham Road, Hove. The runs include the West Sussex Fun Run League (WSFRL) 5k for over 15’s as well as shorter distances appropriate for younger children to participate in. All finishers of the junior events will also receive a medal.

11th June: Whiteley Village Races, Surrey –

2017 sees the return of these racesin conjunction with celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the first resident moving in. Set in the beautiful and tranquil 230 acre grounds of the Whiteley Village in Surrey, The Whiteley Village Races offer events for all of the family. On offer are the choice of a 5km or 10km Off-Road Running event with chip timing, and a 1km Junior Fun Run. In addition, there is the 5km Alms Obstacle Challenge, an Off-Road route broken up by 7 or 8 Challenging Obstacles. Enter as an individual, or in teams of 2 or 4. To avoid congestion on the obstacles, competitors will be set off at timed intervals. Why not do the Obstacle Race in Fancy Dress?

16th June: GoGirl Brighton & Hove 5k –

A unique, Women-Only, early evening 5K and beach party. goGIRL Brighton & Hove is back and promises to be bigger and better. Set against the spectacular backdrop of Brighton & Hove seafront, sign up now and enjoy a competitive, fast, fun run with like-minded ladies, enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, bags of entertainment and of course the best view on the south coast!

17th June: South Downs Trail Marathon, Queen Elizabeth Country Park –

The South Downs Marathon and Marathon Relay have become classics on the Trail Running calendar – which is not surprising when you look at the fantastic scenery on the route. In addition there is a half marathon as well, giving a wide range of options and turning the day into a festival of running. With spectators and participants staying all day and enjoying picnics on the grass at the finish under Buster Hill this really does feel like a festival. Checkout the website for details of the various race options on offer.

17th June – Parkinson’s UK Muddy Mission, Dorking, Surrey – muddy-mission

Clamber, climb and crawl your way over walls, down slides, across cargo nets and through miles of MUD! Whether you tackle it as a team or go solo, this mission will show what you’re really made of! Muddy Mission is held on the Nuts Challenge military assault course – one of the biggest and most well-known obstacle courses in Europe. A new 10km distance is available for this year, which means you can get even muddier!

**24th June: Downland Dash WSFRL, Downlands Community School, Dale Avenue, Hassocks, BN6 8LP (limited parking on site) –**

Multi terrain flat course – fields, footpaths and woods – around 5 miles. Minimum age 14. Toilets, changing rooms and refreshments. Medals for Junior race finishers. Runners have free entrance to the School Fayre, others accompanying and attending Fayre pay £1.

24th June – Race to the King Ultramarathon, South Downs Way –

For the more hard-core distance runners only this one. A double marathon to honour the ancient Kings. Walk, jog or run 53 miles along the breath-taking South Downs Way to the magnificent finish on the sites of Winchester Cathedral the burial place of the first Kings & Queens of England. Explore one of the UKs finest National Parks being inspired every step of the way by inspiring views on either side across the Weald of Southern England and the shimmering expanse of the English Channel. Non-stop and two day packages available.

25th June: Trionium Midsummer Munro Half Marathon, Box Hill, Surrey –

A ‘gratuitously difficult’ half marathon with height gain/loss of 3000 feet – equivalent to a Scottish Munro – an ‘ultra-half’ run for very hearty man fellows and lady fellows, mostly on rough tracks, and including superb views over the North Downs, the Mole Gap, Denbies Vineyard, and Dorking.

25th June: Heathfield Mid Summer 10k, Heathfield, East Sussex –

The race forms part of the Sussex Grand Prix and benefits from excellent facilities and an ideal location. The route follows country lanes around the villages of Cross in Hand and Waldron in Sussex. Some would describe the course as undulating for the first half and uphill for the second! The field is made up of all standards from fun-runners & joggers to top club runners

28th June: Hard as Snails, Shalford Park, Shalford Road, Guildford GU4 8AA –

This event is a 10k or 5k cross-country run on a single 10k loop with a cut back for those completing 5k. This epic course takes in the Pilgrims’ Way over the North Downs in central Surrey. You’ll encounter rolling hills, lofty summits and low off-road tracks weaving through the woodland. There’s also a mini 2km route for kids! You’ll feel leaves crunching underfoot, the wind in your hair as you bound across beautiful countryside. This is an awesome venue for one of the finest cross-country events on the calendar. Enter early to avoid disappointment – you’ll need to be hardassnails! Runners (5 and 10km) – 19:00; 2km Kids Race 18:30 This event has an overall rating of 93% on Runners World.

2nd July: The 18th Bewl 15, Uplands Community College, Wadhurst, East Sussex. TN5 6AZ –

This is the 18th running of this popular 15 mile event organised by Wadhurst Runners. Consistently voted one of the UK’s best races. A challenging multi terrain race run around Bewl Water and throught the lanes surrounding the reservoir, the course is challenging but immensely satisfying. In addition to a bespoke medal, commemorative t-shirt and home-made cakes at the finish, you’ll be supported by the local brass band. Other facilities include supervised entertainment for the youngsters, a breakfast barbecue and much more. Early booking recommended. This list is confined to events taking place in Surrey & Sussex. If you wish to explore races further afield you can obtain details of events across the South of England via the Run ABC South Free Guide – available at parkrun or local specialist running retailers.

Happy Running All!