Come October, mud and medals beckon. Phoenix fields strong teams, open to all abilities, in all age groups from the Under 11s to Over 60s, and regularly gets among the honours in a season packed with exciting racing.
Phoenix takes part in the Cross Country races below amongst others
This historically is the biggest and oldest championship in the county dating back to 1925 and is seen as the pinnacle in the Sussex calendar.
In 2016 Phoenix's Finn McNally and Jon Pepper claimed first and second places in the Senior Men's event and there were many other fine individual perfomrances as well as team silver medals for our Senior Men and U13 Girls. Meanwhile at the separate masters event our over 40's and over 60's won team medals.
A four-race series for all age groups , competing against clubs from all over the county. Races for 2016/17 include Goodwood, Lancing, Stanmer and Hickstead
This event takes place in the first week in October over the picturesque Goodwood course. It is great race to test early season form or if new to cross country get a taste for it over the shorter course.
In 2016 Phoenix fielded no less than 17 teams, with six of them claiming medals.
These are two of the biggest races available on the Cross Country seen and are a must to take part in whatever your age or ability. Most famous of all is the Parliament Hill course that takes place on Hampstead Heath, London. To truly say you have run cross country means you have to take part in one of these classic races, there really is nothing else like it.
In 2016 Phoenix’s Ross Skelton was the highest ranked senior athlete from Sussex, in 41st place out of the 1700 runners at the National Championship.
The inter counties is the season ending finale to the cross country season and includes the world trials selection race. To run this race you have to be selected to run for Sussex though competing and placing well in the Sussex Cross Country Championship or showing good current season form to the team manger. We have had in the past athletes selected from the Inter Counties going on to run for Great Britain at the World Cross Country Championships.In 2016 Bobby Searle won her first County vest at this event.
And in December 2015 eight of our Juniors represented Sussex at the SEAA Inter Counties Championships.
We organise club events to promote the fun of running and the social side of the club throughout the year, these events take place in the beautiful National Park of the South Downs so we can take advantage of being located in such a great area for running, these include:
Summer Fun Events - Held on the South Downs on the last Thursday evening of each of May, June, July and August. June is our traditional club race the "Blackcap handicap" held over a 5 miles course (Ditchling Beacon to Blackcap and back). The other three will vary but in the past have included
"Meet Me At The Juggs, The Snake Downhill Mile, and Jack & Jill Up & Down”. All are followed by our monthly social in a local pub. Watch the website/forum/email for details of the Summer Fun Events, or if you have an idea for a new one please get in touch with Liz Halliday (contact details can be found on the contacts page), we are always happy to try something new.
Winter Fun Events - Watch the website/Facebook/email for more details.