Newsletter 11th January 2019

Training/Activities for next 7 days.  

Sunday 13th January

Physical Preparation Class – One-hour session led by Andy and Amanda starting at 11:00 am with the venue Jubilee Hall, New Road Park Centre. Cost £1. Numbers limited so essential you have pre-booked and to check availability contact Amanda direct please via amandagodfrey@btinternet.com.  

Monday 14th JanuaryFor all sessions meet in Clubroom 2, The Pavilion, Chichester College.

Foundation Group – Week 2 of a six-week course to increase distance confidently from 5k to 10k, primarily aimed for those just finishing the recent “Beginners’ Group. Route details on Notice Board and explained each week. Meet at 6:30 pm for a 6:45 pm start for the session led by Mark.  

Fartlek Based Run – Week 2 of a six-week course to improve speed with confidence. Route details on Notice Board and explained each week. Meet at 6:30 pm for a 6:45 pm start for the session led by Vicky and the team.  


Development Group – Meet at 6:30 pm for a prompt start. Session led by Amanda for a jog up to the City Centre for 400m intervals between North and East Street.

Stretch Class Week 2 of new course in the upstairs gym room at the Chichester College from 7:45 pm. Duration one hour.  


Tuesday 15th JanuaryMeet in Clubroom 2, The Pavilion, Chichester College.

Event Group - Meet 6:30 pm for prompt start for a continuous 30 minutes hilly loop with hard run up and down as recovery.


Wednesday 16th January Meet in Clubroom 2, The Pavilion, Chichester College.

Development Group - Meet 6:30 pm for prompt start for a jog up to Montague Road, Parklands for a continuous 25 minutes of 150m hill reps with jog down recovery. Led by Amanda

Thursday 17th January – see below.


Group run led by Vikki. Meet 6:30 pm at West Meads car park, Bognor Regis.  



Report from David Churcher: “Chichester Runners & AC`s young athlete Fleur Hollyer opened her 2019 winter season at the prestigious annual London Indoor Games held at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre in North London on Saturday 5th January. The event attracted athletes of all age groups from across the UK.

Having decided to focus solely on the sprints this year and competing in the U17 age group for the first time Fleur came very close to equalling her PB in the first round of the 60m with 8.46s. However, with a much more fluent drive out the blocks in round two, she set a great new PB of 8.41s agonisingly, just one-hundredths’ short of the National qualifying standard.

With a good lane draw in her first ever indoor 200m Fleur negotiated the tight bends of the indoor track very well, to record an excellent 27.84s, which is not far short of her outdoor PB, and augers well for the summer season.”

Report from Jenny Jakeman: “I competed in the “Fan Dance” 24km race in the Brecon Beacons on Saturday 5th January. I finished first lady in the “unweighted” category race.

The event started with a climb to the top of Pen Y Fan where you were greeted by thick frost and fog, followed by the decent of Jacobs Ladder. Dropping back out of the clouds then came 7km of rolling icy descents past spectacular views to the half way/turn around point. The race was an out and back style. The second half was much more challenging as you turned back around to reverse the course. There was much more climbing on the way back and the icy rocky terrain made it very strenuous on the legs. The steep icy scramble back up Jacobs Ladder was definitely the toughest part of the race but once at the top you were rewarded with a 4km decent to the finish line.

In whole the race was very enjoyable, and I was very surprised to come in as the first lady. XC should feel easy now!”

Miscellaneous Notices.

John will circulate the final arrangements for the Sussex Masters (Saturday 19th January at Lancing) on Tuesday next week. If you have requested to be in the team but do not receive such message, please contact John urgently. There is still time to join in the fun, but John needs to know by next Tuesday at latest please.

Your committee does ask that when running in events you wear proudly the Chichester Runners & AC club vest. This is in particular important in local events e.g. Chichester 10k.

Vicky has now booked the venue for the club’s Presentation Dinner. More information will be circulated in due course but please note your diaries for Saturday 11th May 2019 at the Crab & Apple.

Thanks to Jill and Peter the club related points system for the West Sussex Fun Run League will be amended for the 2019 series. In addition to the points achieved individually based on race position an additional 10 points will be added for every event entered. The objective is to award those who run a large number of such events but necessarily finishing that high up the field. The Fixture List for 2019 is now displayed on the WSFRL website.

The dates for the 28th Annual Corporate Challenge are Wednesday evenings on 27th February, 13th March and 27th March. The Entry Form and further details will shortly be placed on this website. Early entry would be very much appreciated and remember there may not be entries on the evening. 

Good luck to everyone running this weekend to include over the weekend the South of England Indoor Athletics’ Championships and on Sunday the Junior Sportshall League match at Horsham and the Stubbington Green 10k.