Newsletter 13th December 2019

Stretch Class

The current block of stretch classes finishes next Monday (16th). The good news is that Graham has arranged with Mel to run a further block of 14 weeks from Monday 6th January until Monday 6th of April in the Multi-Use Gym Studio of the Sports Centre at Chichester College at 7:45 pm with an upfront cost of £25. Please remember the class is open to everyone and please register your interest directly with Graham Woodward via gwoodward7@gmail.com.

Yoga Class

The club is continuing in 2020 with the one-hour “Yoga” classes led by Katie every Friday between 10th January and 21st February as follows:


Class 1: From 4:45 pm in the Multi-Use Gym Studio, Sports Centre, Chichester College. .


Class 2: Fridays at 7:00 pm at The Newell Centre, Riverside, Chichester, PO19 7LW (off St. Pancras).


The cost of the seven-week course will be only £20. Open to everyone and all interested (including those who already attend) please contact John by replying via the CONTACT US icon giving your preferred time(s) with spaces strictly allocated on a first come first served basis. 


Forthcoming XC Championships

A reminder please that we require names by next Wednesday (18th December) for entry in the South of England XC Championships at Parliament Hill Fields, Hampstead Heath on Saturday 25th January. In addition, for the Sussex XC Championships at Bexhill on Saturday 4th January when entries require to be in the 28th December. Just respond to John via the CONTACT US icon to join in the fun!

Chichester 10k

The club has been asked to provide volunteers on the day of the Chichester 10k on Sunday 2nd February 2020. The roles they are looking to fill are quite specific, as follows:

Pacers - 35mins, 40 mins, 45 mins, 50 mins, 55 mins and 60 mins. Pacers have to be able to run an evenly paced run and they must be able to comfortably run at quicker than the pace they are pacing at, say 30/45 secs per km. Each pacer will have a free entry to the race.

Winner minders - This role may be attractive to our junior members or those who like to mix with the elite! The role is to ensure that the winners are present for the prize giving and therefore need to be accompanied after they finish until the prize giving.

Clearing the circuit -  As many volunteers as possible are required after the race finishes to remove barriers etc around the circuit. These are not heavy so juniors can do this as well as seniors.

Anyone interested please either discuss with Amanda Godfrey or let John have your name and interested duty(s) and he will pass on your details. Please note that the Rotary Club distribute funds to local organisations who assist this event, and this is an ideal opportunity to potentially boost the “athletics training track” fund.


Aleksandra Vargin won Worthing’s Christmas Cracker 5k Chase along the Prom last Saturday 7th December with a time 21:16 and tells us she is well happy with the trophy. Excellent result Aleksandra and well done.

Peacehaven in early December is always the place to be if you like a tough multi-terrain 10 miler with wind, rain and mud! Two from the club who took up the challenge on Sunday 8th December with 500 other runners were Tony Cooley (83rd – 1.19.27) and Vicky Balandis (135th – 1.26.23).


Over 1100 runners competing in races from 5k to 50k distance descended on Goodwood on Sunday 8th December for multi-laps of the motor racing circuit. The results are not that easy to trawl but spotted were mother and son “Baker” with Sue clocking 55.14 in 124th place for the 10k, whilst James was second in the half marathon in a time of 1.11.58.

Training/Activities for next 8 days.  

Saturday 14th December – see below.

Interval hill work session for Juniors (U13 and above) right up to Seniors at Oaklands Park led by Phil Baker. Meet 2:00 pm at the benches by the path in the middle of the park. 

Club Xmas Drinks Evening at The Foundry, South Street, Chichester from 7:30 pm.

Sunday 15th December – see below.

Trail Run: Trail Run kindly managed laid by Jan Hill (07905 957698). Meet Charlton Saw-Mills (SU888128) anytime between 11:00 am and 11:30 am for a laid trail.

From Chichester take the road up to the Goodwood Horse Racecourse and at the top of Dog Kennel Hill turn right at the “Triangle” car park and follow track down to Charlton. At edge of village turn right with car parking around the green. Distances of around 10k and 5k on offer by Jan. Open to our “Summer Only” members and club member guests. All runners run at own risk and must report in and out to the Trail Organiser. Enjoy!

As a contingency in case of bad weather, check out the club’s website for any post as well as your email account before setting out.  

Monday 16th Decembersee 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. Led by Amanda/Marcus it is a one-mile time trial around the path in front of The Pavilion followed by short pyramids.       

Stretch Class Final 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 17th December see below.

Event Group - Meet at 6:30 pm for a prompt start in Clubroom 2 at The Pavilion, Chichester College for 6 x 200m (200m jog recovery) followed by 15 minutes at tempo pace. Session led by Keith.

Wednesday 18th December – see below.   

Development Group – Meet at 6:30 pm for a prompt start in Clubroom 2 at The Pavilion, Chichester College. Led by Amanda/Marcus with a jog up to Parklands School for a mixed 500m fartlek and shorter sprint session.     

Friday 20th December – see below.

Yoga Class led by Katie namely:


7:00 pm at the Newell Centre, Tozer Way, (off St Pancras) Chi, PO19 7LG.


Class managed by John (chichesterrunners@googlemail.com).

Saturday 21st December – see below.

Session for Juniors (U13 and above) right up to Seniors at Oaklands Park led by Phil Baker. Meet 11:00 am (Note new time) at the benches by the path in the middle of the park. 







If not one of the 180+ to date having done so, please do compete the club kit survey by next Monday please. The link is http://www.chichester-runners.org.uk/kit-poll.

Remember “Open Evening” on Monday 16th December to review plans for the Athletic Training Track project between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm, plus on Tuesday (17th) and Wednesday (18th) after training.  

At the N.E.C Birmingham over the weekend 25th/26th January is the National Running Show and there is an opportunity of a free pass. As well as the opportunity to meet the “Run to The Magic “team on stand I12, the pass will also include access to the Inspiration Stage with an incredible line-up of speakers including Linford Christie, Jo Pavey, Iwan Thomas, Susie Chan, Dean Karnazes, Kris Akabusi and Sally Gunnell. Other features throughout the weekend include Steve Cram’s Training Camp, The Ultra Zone with Netflix’s Lazarus Lake, Nutrition Advice, Run Clinic. Click on http://bit.ly/34vkwyx and enter code “great days” to claim a free ticket. Deadline 20th December 2019.

Volunteers are also wanted for the 30th running of The Grand Brighton Half Marathon 2020 being held on Sunday 23rd February. The organisers are getting together a group to help with course marshalling, finish line fulfilment, baggage and many others. If interested the link is: https://register.attendly.net/e/11532.


Good luck to everyone running over the next weekend to include on Sunday our juniors at their Sussex Sportshall match at Tanbridge School, Horsham. Do let John have a note of your race results please.