Race Listing for Sussex

Date Event Location Results
29 Sep 2019 East Grinstead 10KImberhorne Upper School, East GrinsteadResults
17 Nov 2019 Brighton 10KMadeira Drive, BrightonResults
07 Dec 2019 Worthing Running Sisters Christmas Cracker Chase 5K & 10KWorthing Promenade, WorthingResults
08 Dec 2019 RNLI Reindeer Run Stansted ParkStansted Park, Stoughton
08 Dec 2019 Mince Pie Ten MilePeacehaven Leisure Centre, PeacehavenResults
14 Dec 2019 Santa Dash BrightonBrighton Seafront, Brighton
01 Jan 2020 Hangover 5 Mile Fun RunHillbarn Recration Ground, Worthing
26 Jan 2020 Dark Star River MarathonShoreham Sea Scout Hut, Shoreham
23 Feb 2020 The Gunpowder RunThe Abbey Green, BattleResults
01 Mar 2020 The Witterings 10K & 5K Beach RunWest Wittering, ChichesterResults
08 Mar 2020 Resolution Run 5K &10K WorthingMarine Crescent Green, The Sea Front, Worthing
29 Mar 2020 Mel's Milers Multi-Terrain 10KChrist's Hospital School, Horsham
05 Apr 2020 Tuff 20Brighton Marina Carpark, Brighton
05 Apr 2020 Blackdown Hill ChallengeThe Green, Fernhurst
03 May 2020 Run Wisborough 10K & 5KVillage Green, Wisborough
09 May 2020 Arun River MarathonThe Marina, Littlehampton
09 May 2020 Eastbourne Trackstar Marathon & Half MarathonEastbourne Sports Park, Eastbourne
10 May 2020 Seaford Half MarathonSalts Recreation Ground, Seaford
10 May 2020 Little Horsted Fun RunIsfield Playing Field, Wealden
17 May 2020 Horsham 10KHorsham Rugby Club, Horsham
17 May 2020 Muddy Dog Trek South DownsFirle Place, Lewes
17 May 2020 Hastings Runners 5 MileHastings Town Hall, Hastings
17 May 2020 Bognor Prom 10KWest Park, Bognor Regis
21 May 2020 Out of the Blue 10K & 5KAshburnham Place, Battle
23 May 2020 Mid Sussex East Grinstead 10 MileEast Grinstead RC, East Grinstead
24 May 2020 Mid Sussex Haywards Heath 10 MileVictoria Park, Haywards Heath
25 May 2020 Mid Sussex Burgess Hill 10KBurgess Hill Academy, Burgess Hill
31 May 2020 Focus 10KBorde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath
07 Jun 2020 Mud Monsters Run JuneEast Grinstead, East Grinstead
14 Jun 2020 High Weald Trail Half Marathon & 50K Ultra TrailChiddingly Primary School, Muddles Green
14 Jun 2020 Weald Challenge Trail Half MarathonMuddles Green, Wealden
14 Jun 2020 Eastbourne Golden Mile & 5KGrand Parade, Eastbourne
17 Jun 2020 Centurion Country 5Village Hall, Lavant
21 Jun 2020 Bates Green GallopBates Green Farm, Arlington
21 Jun 2020 Heathfield Midsummer 10KHeathfield & Waldron Rugby Club, Heathfield
21 Jun 2020 Madehurst South Downs 10K & 5KMadehurst Cricket Club, Arundel
26 Jun 2020 Robertsbridge Midsummer 10KRobertsbridge Cricket Club, Robertsbridge
03 Jul 2020 Oliver Curd Charity Fun Run / Walk 10kCrowhurst Park, Battle
05 Jul 2020 Brighton Trailblazer RunWoodingdean, Brighton
05 Jul 2020 Felpham FiveFelpham Foreshore, Bognor Regis
08 Jul 2020 Wakehurst Willow 8KWakehurst, Haywards Heath
10 Jul 2020 Rye Summer Classic Series 10K July RaceRye Nature Reserve, Rye
12 Jul 2020 Martello Half MarathonThe Salts Recreation Ground, Seaford
15 Jul 2020 Brighton Phoenix 10KHove Lawns, Brighton
17 Jul 2020 Rye Harbour Ekiden RelayRye Harbour Nature Reserve, Rye
19 Jul 2020 Decoy Dash 5Sports Park, Eastbourne
01 Aug 2020 Twilight ChaseHarbour Sailing Club, Rye
07 Aug 2020 Rye Summer Classic Series 5K AugustNature Reserve, Rye
08 Aug 2020 13 The Hard WayUnderhill Lane, Clayton
16 Aug 2020 Henfield Half MarathonHenfield Leisure Centre, Henfield
23 Aug 2020 Rye 10 & 5 MilePeasmarsh, Nr RyeResults
29 Aug 2020 South Coast ChallengeSeafront, Eastbourne
30 Aug 2020 Newick Will Page 10KKing George V Playing Field, Newick
31 Aug 2020 Kings Head Canter 5KHigh Street, East Hoathly
04 Sep 2020 Rye Summer Classic Series 5K SeptemberRye Harbour, RyeResults
06 Sep 2020 BBB10KBattle Abbey, Battle
06 Sep 2020 K9 ChallengeStanmer Park, Brighton
13 Sep 2020 Rye Ancient Trails 15K & 30KRye Sports Centre, Rye
26 Sep 2020 Alfriston Fun Run & 10KWar Memorial Hall, Alfriston
27 Sep 2020 Tempo 10K of EastbourneThe Promenade, Eastbourne
27 Sep 2020 Bewl 15Uplands Sports Centre, Wadhurst
27 Sep 2020 Pulborough Vineyards Run SeptemberNutbourne Vineyards, Pulborough
03 Oct 2020 Tigger BouncathonAshdown Forest, Uckfield
04 Oct 2020 Chichester Half Marathon, 10 Mile & RelayChichester College, Chichester
04 Oct 2020 Hastings Seafront 10KHastings & St. Leonards Angling Association, HastingsResults
04 Oct 2020 Worthing 10KMarine Parade, Worthing
04 Oct 2020 Winnie The Pooh ChallengeAshdown Forest, Uckfield
04 Oct 2020 Lewes Downland 10 & 5 MileWallands Community Primary School, Lewes
04 Oct 2020 Heron Way PTA 10K Trail Run & Fun RunHeron Way School, Horsham
10 Oct 2020 Fortitude UltraPippingford Park, Uckfield
11 Oct 2020 BM10KPreston Park, Brighton
11 Oct 2020 RISE Heroes RunThe Promenade, Hove
11 Oct 2020 RISE 8K Undercliff Run for WomenSaltdean, Brighton
11 Oct 2020 Pulborough Vineyards Run OctoberNutbourne Vineyards, Pulborough
17 Oct 2020 Brighton Run2MusicMadeira Drive, Brighton
18 Oct 2020 Lancing College 10KLancing College, Lancing
18 Oct 2020 Hove Prom 10KHove Lagoon, Hove
18 Oct 2020 Beachy Head Marathon & 10KBede's School, EastbourneResults
25 Oct 2020 South Downs Way 50Hillbarn Recreation Ground, WorthingResults
25 Oct 2020 K2 Crawley 10KK2 Crawley, Crawley
01 Nov 2020 Beckley 10KBeckley, RyeResults
14 Nov 2020 PB 5K Winter Series Race 1South of England Showground, Haywards Heath
21 Nov 2020 Winter ChaseHarbour Sailing Club, Rye
22 Nov 2020 Hastings Winter Cross Country Series Race 1Pickham Farm, Watermill Lane, Hastings
29 Nov 2020 Crowborough 10KBeacon Community College, Crowborough
29 Nov 2020 Eastbourne 10KGrand Parade, Eastbourne
06 Dec 2020 Running Grand Prix Goodwood 5K, 10K, Half, 20 Mile & Marathon DecemberGoodwood Motor Circuit, ChichesterResults
06 Dec 2020 Downland Devil 9 MileCoombes Farm, Lancing
13 Dec 2020 PB 5K Winter Series Race 2South of England Showground, Haywards HeathResults
19 Dec 2020 Christmas Pudding DashPett Village Hall, HastingsResults
27 Dec 2020 Hastings Winter Cross Country Series Race 2Pickham Farm, Watermill Lane, Hastings
02 Jan 2021 PB 5K Winter Series Race 3South of England Showground, Haywards Heath
02 Jan 2021 PB 5K Winter Series Race 5South of England Showground, Haywards Heath
23 Jan 2021 Maverick Adidas Terrex Original West SussexAmberley Museum, Arundel
23 Jan 2021 PB 5K Winter Series Race 4South of England Showground, Haywards Heath
24 Jan 2021 Hastings Winter Cross Country Series Race 3Pickham Farm, Watermill Lane, Hastings
07 Feb 2021 Chichester 10K At GoodwoodGoodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester
14 Feb 2021 Eastbourne 5Sovereign Water Works, Eastbourne
14 Feb 2021 Worthing Half MarathonSeafront, Worthing
14 Feb 2021 Running Grand Prix Goodwood 5K, 10K, Half, 20 Mile & Marathon FebruaryGoodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester
21 Feb 2021 Hastings Winter Cross Country Series Race 4Pickham Farm, Watermill Lane, Hastings
07 Mar 2021 Steyning Stinger Marathon & Half MarathonSteyning Grammar School, Steyning
07 Mar 2021 Eastbourne Half MarathonPrinces Park, Eastbourne
20 Mar 2021 Endurancelife SussexBirling Gap, Eastbourne
21 Mar 2021 Moyleman MarathonWallands Community Primary School, Lewes
21 Mar 2021 Hastings Half Marathon & Mini RunSt. Leonards on Sea, Hastings
04 Apr 2021 Running Grand Prix Goodwood 5K, 10K, Half, 20M & Marathon AprilGoodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester
25 Apr 2021 Goodwood Festival of RunningGoodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester
25 Apr 2021 Angmering Bluebell Run 10K & 10MAngmering Park Estate, Patching
02 May 2021 Three Forts Marathon & Half MarathonHill Barn Lane, Worthing
09 May 2021 British Airways Run Gatwick Half Marathon, 5K & Family RunSouthgate Park, Crawley
26 May 2021 Bexhill 5K MaySeafront, Bexhill on Sea
30 May 2021 UK Ultra South Downs 100KTown Centre, Arundel
30 May 2021 South Downs 100KArundel Football Club, Arundel
06 Jun 2021 Mud Monsters RunStuart Way, East Grinstead
13 Jun 2021 Weald Challenge 50K Ultra Trail & Half MarathonMuddles Green, Wealden
27 Jun 2021 Brighton Half MarathonMadeira Drive, Brighton
30 Jun 2021 Bexhill 5K JuneSeafront, Bexhill on Sea
04 Jul 2021 Running GP Goodwood 5K, 10K, Half 20 Mile & Marathon JulyGoodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester
16 Jul 2021 5.30 BrightonNew Road, Brighton
28 Jul 2021 Bexhill 5K JulySeafront, Bexhill on Sea
22 Aug 2021 South Coast Half Marathon, 10K & 5K Family Fun RunTown Centre, Seaford
29 Aug 2021 Arundel Castle 10KTown Centre, Arundel
05 Sep 2021 Mud Monsters Family Fun RunStuart Way, East Grinstead
12 Sep 2021 Brighton MarathonPreston Park, Brighton
26 Sep 2021 Running Grand Prix Goodwood 5K, 10K, Half, 20 Mile & Marathon SeptemberGoodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester
26 Sep 2021 Barns Green Half MarathonVillage Hall, Barns Green
26 Sep 2021 Barns Green 10KVillage Hall, Barns Green
09 Oct 2021 Spartan Races South East WeekendPippingford Park, Nutley
10 Oct 2021 Spartan Trail Half Marathon and 10K South EastPippingford Park, Nutley
17 Oct 2021 Worthing Seafront 10KBeach House (next to Splashpoint), Worthing
24 Oct 2021 Lancing 10KSeafront, Lancing
13 Nov 2021 Poppy Half Marathon, 10K & 5KPolegrove Park, Bexhill on Sea
12 Dec 2021 Maverick Adidas Terrex Original East SussexUniversity of Sussex, Brighton

About the area

Pell Hell Mud Runners

The scene is extremely varied with big clubs and big races - both London and Brighton marathons have a huge impact; to small groups and modest events that offer a friendly local dimension.

Firstly we look at the races. Brighton is a real race hotspot - Tim Hutchings launched Brighton marathon in 2010, now it is an annual sell-out with 10,000 entrants. Brighton half marathon is one of many popular 13.1 mile events - others are Eastbourne and Hastings - scheduled ahead of the big April marathon dates while the Worthing 20 is an important prep run.

Not that racing in Sussex is all about long distances; parkrun - the free weekly 5k event - has a big following in Brighton, Eastbourne and Crawley with its low-key approach. The Rye Summer Classic - three Friday evening 10ks, and the recently-introduced Pebbledash runs - two laps of a fast out-and-back route from Hove Prom to Hove Lagoon - add depth to the programme.

As does the club-based competitions like the prestigious Sussex Grand Prix and the West Sussex Fun Run League. The Fun League has 17 races held at regular intervals throughout the year, starting at different locations in the county from the Lewes Leisure Centre in the east to the village of Lavant, near Chichester in the west.

Scenic Sussex has dozens of other events staged throughout the year - which you can check out in our Race Listings.

There's a lot happening at the grassroots level too. Run England is currently looking to expand its network of groups in both East and West Sussex and this is a great way for people who want to improve their fitness and have a bit of fun to get involved in running.

There's a great mix: cross-country - East Sussex Sunday League offers open downland to very muddy woodland courses, all abilities welcome; the classic South Downs relay - a 100mile team relay from Beachy Head to Winchester; a flourishing hash house culture - refined drinkers with a running problem; and a good women's scene - races like the 8K Undercliff Run for Women and clubs like Brighton & Hove Womens RC. This colourful jigsaw all comes together to create a multi-dimensional running scene where there's a place for everyone.

Running clubs in Sussex

Club Focus: Wadhurst Runners

Wadhurst Runners may be a small club but they've earned the right to mix it with the big boys, we caught up with the club recently for a quick chat about what makes the club special,

When did it all begin?

In 1999 when some local enthusiasts decided that the East Sussex town of Wadhurst could do with a friendly running club to call its own.

Who were the originals?

We've still got five members who joined up in '99 - Sarah Wrenn, Roger Smith, Robin Heale, Kevin Parkinson and Albert Kemp.

The core of a lean, mean running machine?

That's maybe gilding the lily, Albert was a new runner and Sarah hadn't actually run before.

Humble beginnings?

Very! But it's all so different today! Well, we've added a few members - over 50 on the books now. Still relatively small but we punch above our weight.

How so?

Well in the Sussex Grand Prix 2013 - it's the Diamond League of the south coast - we finished runners-up in both the men's and women's contests.

But the Grand Prix includes titans like Seaford Striders & Haywards Heath Harriers!


Respect to the Waddies!

We've certainly created a great club spirit, despite limited membership and commuters who struggle to attend midweek sessions.

So how do members maintain competitive fitness?

We're lucky that there are lots of great woodland and parkland routes around the town for longer runs. Although new member Matt Seabrook who works away from home and struggles to maintain a regular regime compensates with hard-core 'skipping'. He's encouraged a few others to take skipping up as their cross-training of choice.

Races organised by Wadhurst Runners?

The Bewl 15 which now attracts over 800 entries starts the second-half of the Sussex Grand Prix and is regularly acknowledged as the best 15 mile race in the country. Very scenic and well organised.

We've also heard reports of a new race - the fiendish Little Pell Hell Mud Run?

We staged it for the first time last November. Runners loved a tough course - serious obstacles, crawling under nets, wading through a pond and using ropes to handle steep sections into and out of muddy big dips.

The club on tour?

It's Paris for the marathon in 2013 after an eventful recent trip to Chester for their 26.2 mile event. Waddie bands have also turned up in Norway for the Tromso Midnight Sun marathon, and for the Himilayan 100 mile stage race. Amsterdam and Bruges are other recent ports of call.

Other international aspects of the club?

Committed club man Reg Magar is Nepalese. Reg is also noted for a cavalier approach to race directions and tends to follow a route of his own; a recent winner of the 'Heck are we' cup.

Tell us about other award winners?

Need to mention Neil Walbridge, a very talented triathlete who picked up the 'Busfare Home Cup' after finishing behind 65+ chairman Albert Kemp in the Worthing 20. Neil claimed that cycling the 50 miles from Wadhurst pre-race and arriving just a few minutes before the start had meant a poor showing in the 20 miler. Club officials thought that was a feeble excuse!

Tell us about the ladies?

Well Sarah Wrenn, remember our non-running original member, completed her first half marathon in 2001 and the big one in Paris two years later - she's still going strong. Newish girl Hannah Swaffer is also making a big impact; she joined us as a beginner but has made great progress and finished her first marathon - London 2012.

Want to know more? Visit their website.

Running Services in Sussex

Runners in Sussex are well served by a strong network of professionals catering for runners who are suffering from injury, have biomechanical problems or simply want to maintain maximum fitness. These can include physiotherapy, sports massage, podiatry, nutrition and personal training.

Horsham Physiotherapy is an example of a place runners can go to keep them on top form.

 Horsham Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic
Clinic 1 Holbrook Surgery, Bartholomew Way, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 5JL
Clinic 2 The Village Surgery, 71 Station Road, Southwater, West Sussex, RH13 9HQ
Tel. 01403 738868
The Horsham Physiotherapy Approach At Horsham Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic we aim to use the latest evidence to provide our patients with the best available treatment. All our physiotherapists have over 10 years experience and we work in partnership with our patients to tailor treatment to their specific needs and minimise the impact of their injury on their activities. The emphasis is on restoring normal movement and function as quickly as possible, as well as preventing recurrence. Where a break from training cannot be avoided, we endeavour to maintain fitness levels by recommending alternative exercises. We are always happy to talk to patients on the phone before they make an appointment if they are unsure whether or not physiotherapy will help them.

Other services in Sussex

Physiotherapists in West Sussex

Physiotherapists in East Sussex

Podiatrists in East Sussex

Podiatrists in West Sussex

Coaching Services in East Sussex

If you offer a serivce to runners in Kent and would like to be included on this page, please contact us.

Running groups in Sussex

Run England Logo

The Run England project is about getting people to try jogging for the first time or to build on earlier experiences and run more regularly with friends or family. There's no competitive element, though some might want to try a parkrun or local 10k later.

There are many different models of Run England groups and no hard and fast rules around their structure - they come in all shapes and sizes with one common theme - to enjoy running! In Sussex a number of clubs have introduced beginner sections, recognising that some people are put off by a competitive environment (though this is rarely the case).

Run England groups can be based at the workplace. One local council in West Sussex has introduced two beginner groups for employees and the initiative is backed by the company's Wellbeing team who see the advantages of a healthy workforce.

Other groups meet at local leisure centres which tend to provide changing facilities and post-effort coffee - both important in their own way! For example, leader Matt works at a Freedom Leisure Centre in Hailsham. He organises a group from the centre with members who now enter local races. Matt has set up his own Facebook page to encourage runners to share tips, information, plus words of encouragement.

Another group in Cooksbridge meet at the local primary school where parents run after dropping their children off. The leader is a mum herself and wants to get other parents to enjoy running as much as she does.

Marion Hemsworth is the running activator for Sussex and also organises two groups for beginners with a friend in Haywards Heath. She is keen for more people to train as leaders and set up their own groups. She told us: "There are many parts of Sussex where groups could be set up. Local clubs are great for those who want to compete or have been running for years but Run England is about getting people started with no pressure on time or distance, just enjoyment and feeling strong and healthy."

Contact Marion for more information on how you can train to become a leader via the County discount scheme.

Go to the Run England website for more information.

Run Chichester Group

Focus On: Run Chichester

The Run Chichester group could be described as part of the Olympic legacy as it was while watching last year's sports jamboree that local man Rob Wiggins was inspired to start a beginners group in his home town. Rob had been a member of Chichester Runners for 16 years and enjoyed both running and coaching, now he felt it was time to put something back.

The new Run England group was formed in association with the club - they provided website information, access to other potential coaches and a progress route for group graduates. In return they felt that they might recruit some new members. The action started on Tuesday 6 November at the Westgate Centre when a full complement of 16 beginners started the course that promised to take those with no running background from zero to 30 minutes continuous running in just 8 weeks.

Rob Wiggins quickly had to come to terms with the fact that his group, although all beginners, were at different stages of fitness and likely to process at varying rates. He takes up the story: "The group who turned up on the first night was diverse; mostly women but all ages and varied backgrounds. The plan was to base our sessions at the playing fields adjacent to the centre and that meant we could let members develop at their own individual pace.

"We started with the standard run-walk-run programme that gently progressed so that member ran for longer with less walking each week. All goals were measured in time not distance as younger, fitter members could cover greater distances in the same time-frame and it was vital that all beginners had a goal that was realistic.

"Confidence is the key factor. Lots of the new recruits were very uncertain about their own capability, and myself and the other coaches from Chichester Runners who had completed the Leadership in Running Fitness course found that much of early work was in creating self-belief.

"All of the group had committed to doing three runs per week, Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Westgate Centre and another session on their own. I kept in touch by email to encourage everyone and would chat at the meet evenings to make sure everyone had 'done their homework'!

"For our 'graduation' long run we headed to West Wittering beach; a landmark occasion as all members ran for 35 minutes non-stop. When they had started out on their journey some had struggled to run for just one minute.

"At the end of the 8 week programme, some of the group decided to join Chichester Runners, others kept things ticking over before returning to the second programme that started in February. The returners were a great influence on the new intake - keen to help them settle and enjoy the experience."

Rob Wiggins concluded: "One incident sticks in my mind. We had a woman who joined because she wanted to go out running with her children, juniors at Chichester Runners. Soon after she completed the 8 week programme, she turned up on a Tuesday night with a big grin reporting that she had been out with her 14 year old daughter and it was the teenager who had wanted to stop for a rest. That made me smile too."

Find out more about the Run Chichester website.

Leisure facilities in Sussex

Runners need a place to go to improve their running and have the opportunity to cross-train. There are numerous leisure centres in Sussex, of which Worthing Leisure Centre is one. It has a range of facilities for runners and is profiled in our fact box.

Worthing Leisure Centre
Address Shaftesbury Ave, Worthing, BN12 4ET
Opening Hours 9am-11pm, Monday-Sunday
01903 502237
Facilities Available Astroturf, Fitness Suite, Grass Football & Rugby Pitches, Indoor Climbing Wall, Sauna, Spa Pool, Steam Room, Sports Hall, Studio, Track & Field, Weights Room.
Activities Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Bowls, Climbing, Football, Rugby, Squash, Table Tennis, Trampolining, Volleyball.
Services Coffee Shop, Sports Bar, Children's Play Centre, Function Room, Mirage Beauty Treatments, Sports Massage and Osteopath.
Classes Aerobics, Body Attack, Body Balance, Body Combat, Body Conditioning, Circuit Training, Body Pump, Boxercise, Core Stability, Legs, Bums and Tums, Pilates, Popmo, Salsa Aerobics, Stretch and Tone, Spinning, Weigh4ward, Yoga, 50-plus classes and Phoenix club classes.
Club based at the facility Worthing and District Harriers, Worthing Leisure Centre Running Club.

Worthing Leisure Centre hosts a variety of local and regional competitions: Athletics, Basketball, Dance, Judo, Karate, Wrestling and other sports.

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Brighton and Hove

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Mid Sussex


Sussex Retailer Network

Up and Running Horsham

Sussex is well served by an excellent network of specialist running retailers. There is a real concentration around Brighton with Runners Need and Sweatshop both operating active branches in the south coast city. Those stores plus Jog Shop on George St and SheActive on North St will have benefitted from the dramatic success of both Brighton half and full marathons and in turn have been able to support a great selection of clothing and equipment on their premises.

SheActive serves a female clientele and while stocking lots of major brands also keeps the Stella McCartney range and Zoca, labels created with women in mind and offering style, comfort and performance. Great too for sports bras and all the little things women might need - the 'Shewee' looks as if it might be a handy extra in your bum bag!

In nearby Hove, you'll find the succinctly named Run Hove; and just across the county border its partner store Run West Worthing. The rest of East Sussex is less well-served; Herbert Sports in suburban East Grinstead is a popular destination, however what is lacking in quantity is more than compensated by quality in the shape of Mike de Frateschi at Up&Running in Horsham.

A couple of years back we profiled Mike and his store and reported: Mike is a retailer who means business; he converted his long-term running hobby into a successful business that has thrived since it opened in 2003. Mike reckons that the store's hard-won success is down to two main factors:

"Factor 1 - there was a real opportunity in this part of West Sussex for a specialist running shop with a contemporary feel. Before we opened runners had to make use of one of the general sports stores in the town or visit one of the traditional shops elsewhere in the county - neither was ideal. So there was the proverbial gap in the market.

"Factor 2 - my experience of running locally with Horsham Joggers for over 20 years was key. I knew what runners in the area were looking for, and not just the elite few that claim all the prizes at the local events but the recreational runner who maybe enter a couple of races a year or are just happy to head out for 4 or 5 miles twice a week.

"Working under the 'Up & Running' umbrella was significant too. Although I had worked in advertising previously and felt that I had a good commercial awareness it was reassuring to know that I would have the support of a team that were successfully operating over 20 stores around the country. That initial backing in terms of creating a business plan, arranging the layout of the premises, advice and purchasing of stock, staff training and marketing meant that I didn't have to make too many mistakes in the early stages."

We caught up again with Mike recently and he was in buoyant mood: "The economy may have been flat over the last few years but the running scene continues to go from strength to strength. One area that has seen considerable growth recently is off-road running. Off road used to be an acquired taste but with the South Downs and the Surrey Hills so close at hand, more and more runners are hitting the trails. That's reflected in the range of trail shoes we have in stock - more than 20 individual models. Salomon is always popular and the Brooks Cascadia and Adrenaline GTX have a big following."

To find a specialist running retailer in Sussex visit our retailers page.