This page summarises the rules as regards entry and results: this is not a summary of the formal rules of the league.

Senior races (aged 17 and over: 10.30 am)

Senior races are all about 5 miles and start at 10.30 am.

You can either pay in advance  (only available to members of participating clubs who are England Athletics registered) for all races or enter on the day, there is no advance entry for individual events:

  • The charge for advance entry for six events is £10.00 (only available to members of participating clubs who are England Athletics registered).
  • To enter on the day there is a charge of £5.00 (plus additional charge of £2 for insurance if you are not registered with England Athletics).  You must join the queue to register 30 minutes before the start of your race, this is to prevent the race being delayed due to late arrivals. 

Advance entry must be paid at the date specified when entries open which is prior to the first race (a date is circularised to club representatives each year: which will be at least 1 week before the first event), please pay your cross country representative who will have a list to submit for advance payments.   You will be issued with a single number which you use at each event.  A form will be provided at the start of the event for you to tick to say you are running: this is so that the final results can be checked to the numbers of runners in the event: if possible provide your number to a single person from your club who can then tick off all runners.  If you are planning to compete in at least two events it is recommended you pay in advance to avoid the need to queue to enter at the start of each event.

If you are entering on the day, it is recommended you arrive by at least 45 minutes before your race start time to allow time to register: You must join the queue to register 30 minutes before the start of your race, this is to prevent the race being delayed due to late arrivals.   

If you drop out of the event can you please advise a marshal and if possible the marshals recording finishers.

Runners who are not members of participating clubs are welcome to our events.  Please note however that only members of Sussex based participating clubs can count for individual senior prizes or be included in a team result.  There is no additional charge for runners who are members or UKA affiliated clubs which are not participating clubs (except advance entry is available to members of participating clubs only) but there is an additional charge of £2 to cover insurance if you are not a member of a UKA affiliated club and age 13 or over at 31 August.

Individual prizes.
From 2021/22 season we are adopting the same age categories for men and women so for both the categories are 5 year brackets from at V35 to V70 (note first bracket is now V35 rather then V40 from 22/23)

For seniors there are individual prizes for first three men and ladies in each category based on the best 4 results from the 6 races (or 4 out of 5 if only 5 races held).   Only members of East Sussex based participating clubs qualify for individual awards  

For juniors an award is given to the first boy and girl in each age category (U11/U13/U15/U17).  Juniors do NOT need to be members of participating club to qualify for awards or be EA Registered.  If the first place in a category is not a member of an East Sussex based participating club a separate awards will also be given to the first place boy or girl who is a member of an East Sussex participating club provided there is a runner who qualifies.        

You must complete at least 4* events to qualify for an individual prize: this applies to both Seniors and Juniors.  

* If an event is cancelled the number of qualifying events may be reduced by agreement of the committee.  For eacmple if there are only 5 event the number of qualifying events may be reduced to 3.    

The team scare is based on the runners are each event so you can still contribute to you team whether you complete 4 races or not

Age categories for seniors are age as at date of first race, for Juniors at 31 August. 

For individual senior results men and ladies are scored separately, the first man scores 300 and the first lady 200 then count down but only including runners from participating clubs.

For junior races each gender/age category is scored separately

Senior event team results (minimum age 17 on 31 August prior to start of the season)
From 21/22 we have increased the team to 20 runners for a full team

from 21/22
from 21/22
Women previously 
Senior (from age 17) 4 2 4 2
V40 3 2 3 2
V50 3 2 2 1
V60 2 2 1 1
Total 12 8 10 6

A runner can be scored in a lower age group: 
1. example 1 if you had 3 senior men finish followed by 4 V40 men the 4th V40 man would count as a senior man (regardless of whether you had any senior men finishing later)  
2. example 2 if you had 3 senior men, followed by 2 V 40 then 4 V50 the 4th V50 would count as a senior man (regardless of whether any senior or V40 men finished later)

As with individuals awards age category is based on your age on the day of the first race.  

Up to 10 further runners (4 ladies and 6 men) count as scoring runners who can benefit your team by 'pushing back' other runners. You can have as many members running as you want, we like to see as many members as possible running these events whatever their standard.  

For team prizes the first runner scores 1 counting upwards but only including scoring runners (ie runners from participating clubs and up to 24 men and 16 ladies from each club).  If you have a runner missing from a category it is counted as last scoring runner plus 1. 

Junior races (Aged 8 to 16 9:50am/9:55am)

All events include a junior races (Age 8 to 16)

U15/U17 9.50 am 2 to 2.5 mile (often 2 laps of the U11/U13 course),
U11/U13 9:55 am 1 to 1.25 miles 

Can all Juniors be at the start line by 9:45am to hear any briefings but can the U11 and U13 runners please wait until the U15/U17 runners have started before line up on the start line.  

There is no charge for juniors if they are England Athletics affiliated: there is a charge of £2 for insurance if you are not a England Athletics affiliated and age 13 or over at 31 August.

There are trophies at the end of session for the first boy and girl by age category (U11, U13, U15, U17 based on age at 31 August) based on best 4 race positions.  The trophies are presented at the last race.

The minimum age of 8 is the age on the day of the race.  However age brackets are age at 31 August.  Where there are different distances for different age groups juniors should race the distance based on their age at 31 August: ie if you birthday is within the season and you were U13 at 31 August but become 13 during the season you still continue to race in the U13 race which is the shorter distance. 

Number placement
Please wear your number of the front of your t shirt or vest: this makes it easier for the finish team and means we can see it more clearly on the finish video and photos which are used to assist is resolving any queries.  

If you do not want to use pins on your club vest you can buy magnetic clips to hold the number in place.  If you are wearing a jacket over the number please unzip and open this at least 100 meters from the finish so you number is captured by the photos and camcorder.  Please do not use those waist belts you clip a number too, invariable the number blow up and you can only see the back of the number on the photos.