Places are still up for grabs for the Alf Shrubb Memorial Five Mile race to be held next Sunday in Slinfold.
The race is now in its third year and has attracted fields of more than 100 runners. Set-up by Cliff Comber in the wake of Shrubb’s induction in the UK Athletics hall of fame, the race takes in five miles of varied terrain through fields and farm tracks - including two styles to negotiate - around the village Shrubb grew up in more than a century ago.
This year’s race, at 11am on Sunday, October 7, has stiff competition from the Lewes Downland Ten Miles race, part of the Sussex Grand Prix series. But it has still attracted some high class runners, including Nathan Shrubb, the winner of the inaugural race in 2010, who is also a distant relative of multiple world record holder Alf.
Leading Sussex runner James Baker, from Chichester, is another of the big names expected to be challenging for honours at the head of the field.
And organiser Cliff said the cross country challenge is a fitting way to remember possibly Horsham’s greatest sporting icon.
“When you see the history of his achievements, it’s not just the sport, it’s his life story,” Cliff said.
“He was obviously a very interesting man and I don’t think we should let this piece of history go by the board.
“We do not have that many famous people from the Horsham District and he is one that could easily be forgotten.”
A children’s race will be held again this year before the main event, at approximately 10.30am.
Entry costs £8 (£10 on the day) and £1 for the children’s race, and the event is limited to 200 runners. All finishers receive a medal, and category winners receive a replica of Alf’s 1902 world three mile record medal. Entry forms can be downloaded at www.sussexraces.co.uk