New date for Firesite Dash in Lewes is a cracking idea

Underway - 60 runners head off on the 4.5 mile course. Photo by Roz Bassford-South. Visit for more pictures.
Underway - 60 runners head off on the 4.5 mile course. Photo by Roz Bassford-South. Visit for more pictures.

The organiser of the Firesite Dash said the New Year start for the event was popular with runners who enjoyed the chance to exercise after Christmas.

Organiser Fraser Addecott said as a result he was planning to stage the 4.5 mile race in January again.

Around 60 runners braved the cold but sunny conditions on Sunday January 4 to race around the six firesites of Lewes in a bid to raise money for South Street Bonfire Society.

The firesite dash is usually held a few weeks before the town’s big night on the Fifth, but this year the race had to be postponed when the organiser Fraser was in a traffic accident where he broke both his shoulders and two ribs, as well as smashing up his right knee badly.

Fraser said: “It went very well. Everyone was very positive about it and was saying it was a good time of year to have it to blow away the cobwebs.

“It was an improvement in terms of numbers, mainly due to the weather.”

The winner was Del Wallace from Brighton with a time of 28mins and 24 secs.

The fastest woman was Helen Sida from Lewes with 32mins and 16 secs.

It began at 11.30am on South Street’s firesite at the Railway Land in Lewes.

The runners then headed to the home of Cliffe Bonfire Society just off Ham Lane, then to Southover’s fire site.

It was then up to the prison to take in Nevill, Offham Road for Commercial Square and then over Wiley’s Bridge passing close to Waterloo’s home and finishing up at The Snowdrop in South Street, South’s Street’s headquarters.

Prizes were presented to the winning individuals and teams, as well as medals for the top three runners in the men’s and women’s categories.

There was also a raffle. Amongst the prizes were an off road adventure for four people, meal for two at the Snowdrop, meal for two at La Familigia, pottery from Baltica, wine and champagne.

Prize for best fancy dress went to Andy Masters.

There was also an inter-bonfire society team challenge.