I know many of you look for fun runs and similar events when you're on holiday - and with Christmas approaching naturally some of them will be Santa-themed and great fun for all the family. It's always a little surreal for me, because every year without fail I forget when our local Santa dash takes place, and am then surprised to meet a huge number of Santas of all shapes and sizes queuing for lunch at my local cafe. Clearly Santa has a good nose for the best local food.
In December I would imagine some of the more rural runs turn into mud races, but then the sport of mud racing is also popular so no problem there, then. From local farmland and stretches of the beautiful South Downs to town parks and street races, you'll have plenty to choose from in Sussex. You'll also be spoilt for choice when it comes to lovely pubs and healthy eating places to relax afterwards, and the best cosy cottages
to put your feet up by the woodburner in the healthy glow of a run completed (or simply to relax while someone else in your party does the active bits).
The popular Mince Pie 10-Mile at Peacehaven is full for this year, and you may be a bit late for the Downland Devil, so how about booking early for next time? But there are still plenty of races and distances to choose from in December and January - including a Christmas Pudding Dash and, inevitably, a Hangover Five on New Year's Day. Why not work up to the Sussex Masters Cross-country championships or, in February, the Chichester 10k or Worthing Half Marathon?
Whether you're a serious runner or in it for the fun, Sussex races have something for everyone. I'll be cheering you on from my desk.