King’s Head Canter from Chiddingly to East Hoathly is real community event

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A fun run that has turned into a much-loved village tradition attracted top class athletes - and pensioners keen to keep fit.

The King’s Head Canter held on Bank Holiday Monday routes runners the five kilometres from Chiddingly to the King’s Head pub in East Hoathly.

Picture by Jim HoldenKings Head Canter 26/08/13Over 200 hundred runners turned out at East Hoathly today for the Kings Head Canter - a race between village pubs of Chiddingly (Six Bells) to the Kings Head in East Hoathly near Lewes.'RUnning for sight - the TEam Canter for Sight David Bradford <bradfordd@hotmail.co.uk>'information and result conact Stuart Mills 01825 840653

Picture by Jim HoldenKings Head Canter 26/08/13Over 200 hundred runners turned out at East Hoathly today for the Kings Head Canter - a race between village pubs of Chiddingly (Six Bells) to the Kings Head in East Hoathly near Lewes.'RUnning for sight - the TEam Canter for Sight David Bradford <bradfordd@hotmail.co.uk>'information and result conact Stuart Mills 01825 840653

A major attraction is the free drink offered to all competitors who arrive at the pub - whatever time they get there.

There were 244 finishers inlcuding Rosemary Akehurst, 80 who finished her 15th Canter in a time of 59 minutes.

Organiser Stuart Miller said: “This is a unique event. It’s really fast with experienced athletes competing for honours but also attracts village people, some of whom only run this race once a year.

“I came across one runner whose only practice was the night before!”

He said it is a real community event and helps raise money towards the East Hoathly Carnival night - itself a charity fundraiser.