Newsletter 12th April 2019

Club Run

Exciting news our bid for “Club Run” has been successful. This means that the club will have an experienced coach, Tom Craggs, visiting us to run three 90-minute sessions over the summer months. The sessions will be pitched at competing club runners with the aim of supporting leaders, coaches and runners in working towards improving performance at an event distance e.g. 10k, half marathon etc. We do not have the dates as yet, but our aim is for them to be held on Monday evenings.

Training/Activities for next 7 days.  

Monday 15th Aprilsee below:

Foundation Group – Meet at 6:30 pm for a 6:45 pm start outside Rugby Club on the top part of Oaklands Park (car park entrance off Wellington Road). Week 3 of a six-week course commencing with a warm up in the park with dynamic stretches, followed by a 7k run to include a 2k jog warm-up, 2k at 10k pace, 2k at 5k pace and a 1k jog recovery. Led by Helen and the team.

Development Group – Meet at 6:30 pm for a prompt start by the pavilion for the cricket pitch on the top part of Oaklands Park (car parking off Wellington Road. It will be a jog to Graylingwell Park for a full lap and drills followed by a time trial measured at 1609m, plus a short pyramid session of 100m, 150m, 200m, 150m and 100m. The objective of the time trial is to focus on an even split or negative split for both halves of the distance. To follow, a pyramid session to focus on driving arms as working pace 8/9 of effort and important to take active recovery. Led by Amanda.  

Beginners’ GroupThird week of an eight-week course led by Vicky with a 6:30 pm meet outside the Rugby Club on the top part of Oaklands Park (car park entrance off Wellington Road).

Stretch Class Final week of 12-week course in the upstairs gym room at the Chichester College from 7:45 pm. Duration one hour. Please note that the next course will start on Monday 29th April and to sign up contact Graham Woodward please.    

Tuesday 16th April see below.

Event Group - Meet 6:30 pm outside Cricket Pavilion on the top part of Oaklands Park (car park entrance off Wellington Road) for a mixed pace session of 2 x 4 mins, 1 x 3 mins,  2 x 2 mins. Led by Keith.


Wednesday 17th April – see below.


Summer Trail Run:

Summer Trail Run laid by Tracy. Meet at Whiteways car park (TQ002109) anytime between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm for a laid trail run.


From Chichester take the A27 eastwards to Fontwell and then join the A29 (signed Slindon) and at the large roundabout at the top of Bury Hill bear left and car park on left just past the roundabout. Distance approximately 7 miles with likely a shorter distance on offer.


All runners run at own risk and must report in and out to the Trail Run Organiser. Remember the gates to the car park at Whiteways are closed at dusk so all latecomers should liaise with Tracy to avoid any “shut ins”.   


Many thanks to Alastair who laid a great trail last Wednesday around Selhurst Park. Including Alastair there was 80 in attendance at Droke.    


Thursday 18th April – see below.


Group run led by Vikki. Meet 6:30 pm at Lavant Village Green.  


Friday 19th April – see below.


Beginners’ Group (Week 3) – “Leader” led session at 6:30 pm with meet outside the Rugby Club on the top part of Oaklands Park (car park entrance off Wellington Road).


Summer Handicap

Despite the best efforts of the weather, the first of the club’s “Summer Handicaps” was a great success. There were 52 runners setting off from the Chichester Basin, the first brave souls in hail! (a note to those of you using timing apps, cover the screen when it hails!) The winner of the first event was Warwick Trumper, followed by Lisa Rutter with Helen Wilkins in third. The handicaps will become more accurate as we go from event to event, with anomalies ironed out, and more and more people setting times.

The club is planning to award prizes at the end of the summer, in addition to the monthly award. Firstly, for the overall points winner, based on the best four runs (15 points will be awarded for each entry, plus 50 points for first finisher down to one point for 50th and thereafter. Also, there will be an award for the best improver over the series.

If you wish to run the second “Summer Handicap” on Thursday 2nd May please email Peter Anderson via nadandpeter@btinternet.com. It is important to do so as Peter will email everyone with their own individual start time.



The streets of Manchester beckoned on Sunday 7th April for three members and they all did the club proud. Joe Corbett finished in an excellent third place in a time of 2.26.12 putting him very high up the club’s all-time rankings for the 26.2-mile distance. Sarah Morris was tantalising just 2.45 minutes outside a sub 3 and half hour run in 3334th place. Elena Harrington had a solid run finishing in a time of 5.16.09 (12,954th).  

Only six seconds separated Jo Brining and Trevor Baker in the Bournemouth Bay half marathon on Sunday 7th April with Jo clocking 1.53.37 in 379th place with Trevor in 380th.     


A reminder that the next WSFRL fixture is at Lewes on Easter Monday (22nd April) with the 10k race starting at 11:15 am from the Leisure Centre. As ever pre-enter with Peter Anderson via either nadandpeter@btinternet.com or 07786 036820 and by the end of this weekend please.

In May there are three WSFRL events, namely Portslade Hedgehoppers 5 (Sunday 12th May), Trundle View 5 (Wednesday 15th May and the club’s own race) and Beach Run at Littlehampton (Wednesday 22nd May).

Running in these events are part of the criteria for applying for a club place in the 2020 London Marathon. To check on the criteria go to the “Club Info” page on this website and scroll down to the paragraph on “London Marathon” and open the attachment.  

Sussex Half Marathon Championships

The British Airways Run Gatwick Half Marathon will host this year’s Sussex AA Half Marathon Championships on Sunday 12th May at Crawley. The flat and scenic course starting and finishing in Southgate Park present runners with an opportunity to run a fast time.

Enter via the race website https://www.rungatwick.com/ and all entrants will be automatically included in the Sussex County Championships if they indicate they are a member of an affiliated “Sussex Athletics” club. They must also hold a Sussex County qualification by either birth or residence (last nine months) in Sussex and wear a club vest.  

Sussex AA Half Marathon Championship medals will be presented to individuals, male and female in the age groups; seniors, 40-50 years, 50-60 years, 60-70 years and 70 years +. Team medals will be awarded to the first three male and female teams consisting of three runners.


A further reminder that entries are open for the 2019 Sussex Track and Field Championships, being held at the K2, Crawley, on Saturday 11th May and Sunday 12th May. Enter individually via  https://entries.opentrack.run/2019/sxaatf/ by Monday 29th April.

Good luck to everyone running this weekend to include on Saturday the SAL at Basingstoke and on Sunday anyone going to Brighton for the marathon or 10k.