Newsletter 10th August 2018

Training/Activities over next week. 

Monday 13th August – Session led by Lorna. Meet 6:30 pm outside the “Cricket” pavilion on the top part of Oaklands Park.

Monday 13th August – Cake Run Group led by Vikki. Meet at 6:30 pm for a 6:45 pm start outside the “Rugby Club” pavilion on the top part of Oaklands Park.

Tuesday 14th August – Training session led by Keith. Meet 6:30 pm at the Cricket Pavilion, on the top part of Oaklands Park.

Wednesday 15th August – Summer Trail Run laid by Amanda with meet any time between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm at the West Wittering car park. From Chichester take the A286 southwards going through Donnington, Birdham and at mini roundabout bear right signed “Witterings”. Once you have reached West Wittering village look for Elms Lane on your left (signed Cricket Club) and the car park for the Village Hall is about 50 metres on the right.  Amanda is laying three flat trails that include the sand dunes at East Head of around 8.5, 6 and 4 miles respectively. WCs’ and changing available in the Village Hall. All runners run at own risk and must report in and out to the Trail Run Organiser. 

Thursday 16th August – Group run led by Vikki. Meet 6:30 pm at Chichester Marina car park. 

Thursday 16th August – Ad hoc track interval session led by Amanda. Meet 6:30 pm at Bishop Luffa School playing fields. 

A field of 420 runners braved the oxygen starved heights of Highdown for a 4.5 hike over the summit with panoramic views of Worthing and surrounding coastline. The club gained 100 points finishing in 9th place. Our contingent was Jason Snow, Emma Hughes, David Pike, Emma Wickens, Tim Brown, Mike Moorcroft, Jon McElhill, Nadia Anderson, Tony Cooley, Tom Blaylock, Rebecca Brown, Peter Anderson, Nicola Jolly, Sue Baker, Jill Renson, Martin Fryer, Ian Stevens, Amanda Godfrey and Sandra Nemorin-Noel. 

After beating the course record for the Upton (Poole) parkrun on the Saturday James Baker went further westwards on Sunday 5th August to run in the Totnes 10k. This is entirely off-road event attracting 515 runners with the core of the route following the banks of the River Dart. James won the race in a time of 35.19 improving on his time of 12 months ago. Catherine Betts in her first outing after an injury was happy with 71.17 in 333rd place. James then this Tuesday clocked 16.08 finishing fourth in the Run Exe Summer 5k series. 

It was a very successful running of the Goodwood Hill Challenge on Monday 6th August with record entry, new course record of 27.20 for the five-mile course, introduction of a junior event and over £2k raised for charity. The results do not show club affiliation so will not record the high number of members who run other than to congratulate Mike Houston for winning the event and with Seth Wise third.  

Please note that Junior training re-starts after a two week break at the Bishop Otter Campus on Monday 13th August.

Do contact Phil Baker (01243 533784) about either competing, helping or both at the Southern Athletics League match at Swindon on Saturday 18th August. A great day out and suitable for all experiences with free entry and transport provided by the club.

A reminder that entries are now open for the Sussex 10k Championships being held on Sunday 26th August at 5:00 pm, at the K2 Stadium, Crawley. The event is taking place at the end of Crawley's Tom Lintern Medal Meeting. Athletes can enter (Cost £5.50) via https://entries.opentrack.run/2018/sussex10k/ with closing date the 22nd August.

An inter counties representative match is being introduced at the Brighton 10k on Sunday 18th November where a Sussex AA team will be selected to compete against many of the neighbouring counties here in the South East. The plan is each county to field up to eight pre-nominated athletes, four of whom must be females and four males. If you are interested in having your name put forward, please contact John by replying to this message

It may be one of the hottest summers on record, but we are informed that registrations are already stacking up for the Seaford Striders’ Mince Pie 10-mile race on Sunday, 9th December 2018 with more than 100 registrations already received and is always sold out well in advance. Online entry: https://www.nice-work.org.uk/races/the-mince-pie-10-mile

Good luck to everyone running this week to include over the weekend the Southern Outdoor track & field Junior Championships at Lee valley and on Sunday the Henfield Half.