Newsletter 11th October 2019

Marathon Reports

Berlin by Rick Pullen

“I would like to share my experience with the club having just completed the Berlin Marathon. This was my third marathon the first being last year’s Brighton followed in November by New York and who would have thought I get the bug to run even more!

My fellow runner Jason Boswell and I travelled to Berlin early on Saturday morning and met by the guys from ‘Running Crazy’ who took us to our hotel the ‘InterCity’ just a short walk to the start/finish line, which would save our legs both ways.

That evening there was a short run briefing to put us at ease of what to expect on race day; before most of us took a short train trip to a local Italian restaurant where we had pre-ordered (£25) a carb-loading two course meal with a drink that was just right to set me up for the next day.

Breakfast was plentiful in the hotel on race morning with lots of porridge and a great buffet selection again which was perfect. As we were so close to the start, we could leave the hotel having done the nervous ‘wees’ just 45 mins before the start and still have 25 mins for a warm-up. Malcolm escorted us via a short cut to the start and we were ready.

The weather was not great, in fact a chilly 8 degrees but bin-liners were supplied in the hotel if you wished. It was still damp from the earlier rain with more rain due from 11am.

Start time 9.25am. I noticed that by mile 2-3 it was surprisingly quiet with spectators but luckily it was not the same for the rest of the run. I kept to my race plan running at 7.30 per mile for most of the way, after 15 miles the rain came and made the course a little slippery especially at the drink’s stations. In fact, I should mention that the hand-out of bananas and electrolyte drinks most likely attributed to my PB here.

Three blue lines on the tarmac identified the course with lots of drain covers to watch out for and I had the 3.15 finish time ‘Pacer’ in my sight for ¾ of the race but my time slipped to a new PB of 3hrs 21min at the finish with Jason finishing in an excellent 3hrs 27min.

Hand out plastic sheets kept up dry until we picked up our ponchos and refreshment bag to replenish some energy before the very slow 10 min walk back to the hotel. Monday morning walking painfully slowly, we took in a tour of Berlin on ‘the hop on hop off’ bus saving our legs.

Would I do Berlin Marathon again? Unlikely-the course was bland, the atmosphere was not as memorable as the Brighton or New York; but I am really happy with my time and the handout bananas were fab-u-lous.”

Lock Ness by Sue Baker

“I flew to Inverness with Stephan (husband & non-runner) on Friday 4th October for the Loch Ness Marathon. After picking up my number on Saturday morning we drove our hire car along the route. A lovely sunny day and amazing scenery as expected. Stephan helpfully commented "its’ a long way!" Thanks, I thought.


Sunday morning dawned damp and dreary. I had a 20-minute walk to the coaches and buses waiting to take us to the start. There were runners from all over the country and well beyond. About 8.40 am we arrived, and it was still raining, quite windy and very exposed in the middle of nowhere. Did not bode well!

Then at 10:00 am as the bagpipers started the Proclaimers 500miles blasted over the sound system we were off. Once down into the cover of the trees the weather cleared, and it was fine. I enjoyed the whole run (maybe not the hill at mile19) and even though I did not get a sub 5 hrs I was happy with my time of 5.01.41. that was 28 mins better than my last marathon five years ago. I am already thinking of another one in five years! Loch Ness Marathon should be on every one’s to do list.” 

Excellent runs by Rick, Jason and Sue and thanks Rick and Sue for the great and inspiring reports.


Please note that there is a full report and a number of pictures of the Goodwood XC Relays on this website.

Well over 50 members from the club ran either the half, 10k or relay at the Children on the Edge Chichester Festival on Sunday 6th October. Overall 901 runners, started the race outside the College at 9:00 am on what turned out to be great morning for running, albeit quite slippery in places once up around the Trundle. We will not list everyone here as the results are published on the event website. Congratulations to all involved in the setting-up of this event including several from within the club. 

Training/Activities for next 7 days.  

Monday 14th Octobersee below.

Foundation Group – Meet at 6:30 pm for a 6:45 pm start in Clubroom 2 at The Pavilion, Chichester College. Led by Vicky and the team.

Development Group Meet at 6:30 pm for a prompt start in Clubroom 2 at The Pavilion, Chichester College. This session led by Amanda and Marcus will include the monthly mile time trial in front of the College followed by short pyramids of between 100m and 200m.    

Beginners’ GroupSixth week of an eight-week course with a 6:30 pm in Clubroom 2 at The Pavilion, Chichester College. This course is being led by the Foundation Group Team with Vicky Balandis the contact (vickybal75@gmail.com)

Stretch Class Sixth week of course in the upstairs Multi Use Gym Studio at the Chichester College from 7:45 pm. Duration one hour. Class managed by Graham Woodward (gwoodward7@gmail.com).

Tuesday 15th October see below.

Event Group - Meet at 6:30 pm for a prompt start in Clubroom 2 at The Pavilion, Chichester College for a Kenyan Hill session led by Keith.

Wednesday 16th October – see below.   

Development Group – Meet at 6:30 pm for a prompt start in Clubroom 2 at The Pavilion, Chichester College for the club’s version of “Tom Craggs” Session 3 on path outside The Pavilion. It is two sets of 4 x 80 seconds running with a descending recovery period run at 3k/5k pace followed by five-minute run at 10k pace. Session led by Marcus.

Thursday 17th October – see below.

Club run led by Vicky suitable for all abilities with meet 6:30 pm in the Tesco (Fishbourne) car park.  

Friday 18th October – see below.

Beginners’ Group – “Leader” led session at 6:30 pm with meet outside The Pavilion, Chichester College. 

Yoga Classes Fifth week of two separate six-week courses at Chichester College led by Katie with the first at 5:00 pm (attend at 4:45 pm please) in the upstairs Multi Use Gym Studio and the second at 7:00 pm in the Clubrooms at The Pavilion. Class managed by John (chichesterrunners@googlemail.com).


After being nominated the Club is very proud to announce being runners up in the category of the South East Region of England Athletics Club of the Year only losing out by a small margin to a club in Kent that is working with disabled athletes. David Worcester, Amanda Godfrey, Vicky Balandis and Peter Anderson attended the prize giving evening and accepted the certificate on behalf of the club.

The Club has grown significantly over the past few years and offers training four nights a week, plus varied other activities to all abilities from aged 10 to many in their 70s’. The Cub Committee would like to thank all the committed volunteer coaches and leaders without whom the club could not run. They would also like to thank their members who make it such a great club.

The club is short of marshals tomorrow at Goodwood for the Sussex XC League. Seniors who are running please arrive early (first race at 12 noon) to assist with the junior races and Phil is short of four marshals to assist during the whole event. Please confirm by responding via the CONTACT US button  (even if you have already said you would be able to marshal) and John will pass on your name to Phil. 

An application has been submitted to the Great South Run Organisers for the club to have use of the VIP area. Once a response has been received, hopefully confirming we have been successful, John will  circulate the arrangements to those who have responded asking for a place. If we receive our requested number, there remains five places outstanding available on a “first come first served” basis.          

One for the ladies as Worthing Running Sisters are holding their annual women only Christmas Cracker Chase on Saturday 7th December 2019. The course is flat, out and back along Worthing seafront and there are options of approximately 5k and 10k so will suit all abilities. There will be trophies for the first three finishers in both events and a memento and Christmas cracker to all finishers. It is a fun event, so runners are invited to wear seasonally appropriate attire if they so wish!

The WSFRL season begins to draw to a conclusion after this Sunday with the Steepdown Challenge on Sunday 27th October and the final match the Gunpowder Plot at Horsham on Sunday 3rd November. As always pre-enter via Peter Anderson on either nadandpeter@btinternet.com or 07786 036820.

Good luck to everyone running over the next weekend to include tomorrow’s Sussex XC League (just turn-up and enter on the day with full details on this website) and WSFRL (13th) fixtures, plus also on Sunday the Denmead 10k.

Do let John have a note of your race results.