Newsletter 12th July 2019

Your Races

Serpent Trail – Report by Jason Boswell

"This was my first attempt at anything more than marathon distance, and so way back in March the 100k felt like a ‘thing’ to focus my training on. The race started with a briefing at 5:00 am, a short bus journey to the start at Haslemere, and then we were off at 6:00 am. The Serpent Trail is a simply wonderful path through the greensand and heathland to the north of the South Downs, so when the body parts start to hurt and the mind starts to doubt, then a look around at the amazing places we get to run soon dispels the pain. Though leaving the half-way pit stop at Petworth was a real mental battle, and by the time I joined up with my pacer at 42 miles, Rick Pullen, I was very much in need of moral support. Running in the blazing sun and sand across Iping Common felt like I had been dropped into the Marathon Des Sables, but we kept up a good pace, picked off a few places, and come the last few miles all I could do was continually put one foot in front of the other. Getting to the finish was almost surreal; ‘relentless forward progress' as the Ultra adage goes…"

And from Andy Wingham

“After camping at Petersfield Rugby Club on Friday night the alarm went off at 4:00 am to get up and try and eat some breakfast, before the briefing at 5:00 am and the coach to Haslemere at 5.20 am. Starting just off the High Street we lined up in a field for the off at 6:00 am. it was hot then but nothing like it was later in the morning. The route runs east towards Liss, back towards Petworth, then behind the South Downs to Petersfield Rugby Club, with an 18-hour cut off for the 100km, 15 km more than I have run before. It just got hotter and hotter through the morning, drinking and trying to eat some food was hard work. The aid stations kept us going and you keep seeing the same people again and again on these long runs. I finally made it to Petersfield in 15hrs 29mins 21secs, 5hrs 44 behind the winner. I was 54th of 81 finishers and there were 12 DNFs.”

In the 100k also running was Dean Simmons who finished third in 11.21.57 and for the record Jason was 7th clocking 12.23.45. Awesome running by all three.

There was also a 50k that included Simon Dunne in 27th place with a time of 5.15.54, a half marathon that produced a 1.43.45 time in 4th from Jason Snow, whilst Rob Stapely went around the 10k route in 59.37 earning a 11th placement. Well done to these runners as well on very challenging courses in extreme hot conditions.   

Also, on Saturday 6th July James Baker won the Charmouth Challenge taking in the Golden Cap the highest point on the Jurassic coastline. This is eight miles with many uphill stretches only walkable save for the very few. James’ time was 52.13, whilst Catherine Betts was pleased to clock 1.50.43 in 286th place over such tough terrain.

We should mention that Martin Fryer was excluded from the Roundhill Romp results published last week. We think he must have taken Jill Renson’s number.

On Sunday 7th July two ladies from the club ran the Bewl Water 15. They report a hilly course, friendly marshals, plenty of water stations and very hot conditions. Wendy Whelan and Gillian Brown clocked excellent times of 2.50.08 and 3.01.09 respectively.  

The New Forest 10-mile race is a must each year for many and this year on Sunday 7th July the event attracted just over 800 runners. The finishers included from the club Keith Akerman (31st – 1.04.48), Vicky Balandis (157th – 1.20.37), Jo Prosser (181st – 1.21.56), Trevor Baker (244th – 1.25.30), Jo Brining (245th – 1.25.30), Jeremy Harrison (328th – 1.30.11), Jenette Whitfield (421st – 1.34.32), Lynette Woodward (515th – 1.40.42), Simon Thompson (523rd – 1.41.16), Clare Snow (623rd – 1.47.27) and Helen Wilkins (754th – 2.00.39). Well done all.      

Important Notices

Chichester Runners & AC are hosting their annual Southern Athletics League match this Saturday (13th) at the Down Grange Athletics track, Basingstoke RG22 5SN. We still need help from members in order to make the match go smoothly and full-fill the club's officiating duties. Volunteers will not be left in charge of an event as being under the supervision of a graded official from another club. The match starts at 12.00 pm and finishes at 4.30 pm so we would need helpers there by 11.00 am and people would be able to leave once their duties are over. No-one will be asked to help throughout the day and those wanting to compete will be able to, either as scoring members of the team or as non-scorers if we have more than two athletes in an event. At the moment we may need help with transport as this weekend when our usual minibus is not available. Please urgently contact Phil via either 01243 533784 or philbaker5@btinternet.com.

The next WSFRL match is this Sunday (14th) when Hove Hornets tempt you out onto their part of the South Downs. Too late to pre-enter but entries are available on the day. This fixture of the league is closely followed by Henfield Seven Stiles on Sunday 28th July and the Highdown Hike on Wednesday 7th August. To pre-enter for these two different but epic runs contact Peter Anderson via either nadandpeter@btinternet.com or 07786 036820 please.

Training/Activities for next 7 days.  

Monday 15th Julysee below.

Second session of three led by England Elite Coach Tom Craggs -  Meet at 6:15 pm outside the Rugby Club pavilion on the top part of Oaklands Park (car park entrance off Wellington Road). One and half hour session for Leaders and everyone within the club who competitively runs 10k or has the ambition to do so. The aim is to identify and implement training techniques to improve and current speed is not an issue as everyone welcome. Please can those attending the session wear some form of “Club” clothing.  

Stretch Class Ninth week of course in the upstairs gym room (Studio) at the Chichester College from 8:00 pm. Duration one hour.  

Tuesday 16th July see below.

Event 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). A tempo and hill session of 5 x 4 minutes with two minutes recovery, plus four x 30 seconds hills. Led by Keith.


Wednesday 17th July – see below.


Summer Trail laid by Andrew. Meet Walderton anytime between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm for a laid trail run. From the Northgate Roundabout take the B2178 (Funtington Road) and go through East Ashling and when reaching Funtington turn right just past the public house. Go down to the bottom and at T-junction turn right and after about a mile turn right signed Walderton & Stoughton. Within about 300m enter field on right at side of the first house for parking. Distance seven miles with a shorter option of 4.5 miles on offer by Andrew. All runners run at own risk and must report in and out to the Trail Organiser.


Excellent trail laid in glorious scenery from Dukes Road in very hot conditions last Wednesday. Thank you, Karen.


Thursday 18th July – see below.


Club run led by Vicky suitable for all abilities with meet 6:30 pm at Lavant Village Green with picnic afterwards and can everyone bring something please.


Track session at Bishop Luffa School starting at 6.30pm led by Amanda.


Good luck to everyone running this weekend to include the aforementioned SAL and WSFRL matches as well as those competing over the weekend in the Chichester Tri events. Do let John know about your race results please.