Sussex CCC sent a full squad to Chichester in September to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Priory Park being given to the city by the Duke of Richmond - it was a great day for cricket fans / Picture by Kate Shemilt

The 2018 sporting year in pictures

It was a sporting year to savour across the Observer series patch.

There was far too much top-class action to recall in detail on one page but I have attempted, in pictures, to at least bring back memories of some of the highlights. In football, Bognor had a tough year while Chichester City and Pagham continued to prosper; in rugby Chichester and Bognor had more ups and downs and continue to entertain. It’s been a vintage year for athletics, horse racing, golf and many other sports. I must thank every single person who sent in reports and pictures last year, and everyone whose sporting feats helped make up the coverage. It makes my job a pleasure. More of the same in 2019 please!

Fontwell Park had a great year of jump racing - the sun shone for (most of) the Oktoberfest meeting / Picture by Malcolm Wells
Fontwell Park had a great year of jump racing - the sun shone for (most of) the Oktoberfest meeting / Picture by Malcolm Wells
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Runners of all ages again enjoyed the Chichester Corporate Challenge series in February and March / Picture by Derek Martin
Runners of all ages again enjoyed the Chichester Corporate Challenge series in February and March / Picture by Derek Martin
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The Bognor Prom 10k attracted its usual huge turnout - here's the athletes warming up / Picture by Derek Martin
The Bognor Prom 10k attracted its usual huge turnout - here's the athletes warming up / Picture by Derek Martin
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The Chichester Half Marathon benefitted from a sunny day and a large field of runners / Picture by Derek Martin
The Chichester Half Marathon benefitted from a sunny day and a large field of runners / Picture by Derek Martin
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