Sussex Cross Country League action at Goodwood - picture special

The best cross-country runners from across Sussex descended on the country park at Goodwood for this season's opening county league fixture.

Hundreds braved the gloom and rain and - in places - slippery conditions underfoot - to vie for honours in races ranging from an under-11 invitation contest to the senior men's and women's races.

The start of the under-13 girls' race / Picture by Kate Shemilt

The start of the under-13 girls' race / Picture by Kate Shemilt

We'll have a full report of the day's action in the Observer, out on Thursday, but in the meantime, above is a slideshow of pictures from the day taken by Kate Shemilt.