South Downs Relay
With the club located in the heart of the South Downs National Park it is to be expected that club members enjoy running across the Downs and the countryside. In particular the club enters teams in the 100 mile South Down relay that starts in Eastbourne and finishes in Winchester. With over 50 teams entering the event from across the region the club has been successful with teams winning in the veteran, senior men and senior women categories.
The Lewes Downland 10 mile and 5 mile races
In October of each year starting in 1984 the club organises its own Downland races across the Downs starting and finishing from the Landport Bottom just on the edge of Lewes.
The details of these events when available can be found on this web site on the ‘upcoming events’ page.
Masters Mantell Challenge
The Masters Mantell Challenge takes place during the evening around September time each year. It is a handicap race with the slowest runners starting at about 6.15pm and the fastest at about 6.45pm. The expected finish time for all runners is 7.15pm (just on sunset). It provides the opportunity for any Lewes AC member aged over 15 to enter and potentially to win the Masters Mantell trophy. Other awards are presented on an ‘age graded’ basis.
Starting times for each entrant are published a few days before the race. Once entered runners need to arrive at the starting area 15-30 minutes before their starting time to pick up their number. There is no entry fee.
The Trophy records the contribution made to the success of Lewes AC by the Chairman of the club Peter Masters. It is also in recognition of Tom Mantell, a Lewes athlete who made a significant contribution to athletics in Lewes during the 1880s.
Each competitor is given a handicap based on their recent performances in distance / middle-distance races. Runners will then be started at 10-second intervals based on their handicap, with the slowest runners starting first and the fastest last. If all goes well everyone gets to the end of the course at almost the same time and it is then a race to the finish. The first to cross the line wins the trophy.
The current course starts on Hawkenbury Way on the Nevill Estate, at the spot where it takes a right-angle turn. It goes up past the racecourse, Mount Harry and Black Cap, then turns by the gate beyond Black Cap, and returns over Black Cap and Mount Harry to finish in the meadow approximately 200m from the start. The course has been measured at 5.2 miles.
The Masters Mantell Trophy will be presented at the finish of the race, with the other awards being presented a little later at a gathering in the Black Horse Pub in Western Road, to which everyone is invited.
Other Trail and off road events
With trail and off road events becoming more popular the club and club members are continuing to take part in many events of this nature. Details when available can be found on the ‘upcoming events’ page of this web site.