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Sussex to host national student cross-country championships

Stanmer Park, the setting for the 2015 BUCS Cross-Country Championships

Up to a thousand runners are expected to race at a national student athletics championships in Stanmer Park this month.

They will be taking part in the 2015 BUCS Cross Country Championships, which the University of Sussex is hosting for the very first time on Saturday 31 January.

A hot medal prospect will be John Pepper, a PGCE Secondary Education student at Sussex who came seventh in the 2014 English National Cross Country Championships and 20th in the 2014 London Marathon. John’s training is supported through a sports bursary from Sussexsport.

And the Athletics Society is urging other Sussex students to take part in the BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) event: “Tradition dictates the host university fills the races with as many of its own runners as possible, regardless of standard - so we want to see each race filled to the brim with navy- and red-clad Sussex racers! This opportunity won’t come around again soon, so give it a go if you're a keen runner!”

There will be three races: the long-distance 12k men’s race, which starts at 12 noon; the women’s event, beginning at 1pm and covering 6.4km; and finally, at 2pm, the men’s B race (in which most male runners will compete), over a distance of 8km.

For further information on racing, join the Athletic Society’s Facebook group for the event. Entries close on 15 January.

To volunteer to help at the event, sign up via the Students Union’ website or Facebook. Falmer Bar will provide a free hot meal and a hot drink to all volunteers.

And anyone is welcome to come along and cheer the Sussex racers as they aim to achieve their highest score yet in the competition.

Simon Tunley, Deputy Head of Sport at Sussex, says: “We are very lucky that the University campus borders a national park and therefore is a perfect location for such a prestigious event.

“We very much look forward to welcoming athletes from the many higher education institutions in the UK to Brighton for what should be a great day of racing.”

Peter Bovill, Chair of the Athletics and Cross Country Management Group for BUCS, the national governing body for sport in higher education, describes the course as “challenging and exciting”, and adds: “BUCS are pleased to be taking the event to the South of England for the first time.”

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Posted on behalf of: Sussexsport and USSU
Last updated: Monday, 5 January 2015

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