Alf Shrubb run returns after success of last year

wsct- alfred shrubb memorial race at slinfold sunday 24/10/10
wsct- alfred shrubb memorial race at slinfold sunday 24/10/10

FOLLOWING the success of last year’s Alfred Shrubb 5-mile Cross Country Race, the event will be repeated this year on Sunday October 23 at Slinfold Cricket Club.

The senior race takes place at 11am and this year prior to that there will be a children’s race of approximately half a mile, starting at 10.15am.

The entry fee for the children’s race is £1 and each child and adult competitor will receive a medal for their efforts.

This year’s event is organised by Horsham Joggers and it is hoped that many local residents and their children will support this event in memory of Alfred Shrubb, who was born in Slinfold in 1879. Between 1903 and 1904 he held many world records ranging from 2,000 yards to 11 miles and most of these were not beaten for many years and as a result he was known the world over.

Organisers are hoping for a big turnout to celebrate a true local hero who they say must not be forgotten, and efforts are being made to arrange a fitting memorial for him.

Last year’s winner, Nathan Shrubb, who is a distant relative of the great runner has again entered for this year’s event. It is also anticipated that a top Canadian marathon runner may also compete.

Refreshments will be available and the Horsham Museum will be allowing the display of some of his memorabilia.

Also the author of his biography ‘The Little Wonder’ will be competing and the book will be on sale.

Entry forms can be obtained from the Sussex races website or from Up and Running Sports Shop, 20 Queens Street, Horsham. Entries on the day will be accepted until 10.30am.

Coincidentally tonight (Thursday September 29) at 6.30pm BBC2 are screening a program called ‘The Reel History of Britain’ showing Alf Shrubb racing in 1901.