Newsletter 13th September 2019

Goodwood XC Relays

The XC season starts on Saturday 28th September 2019 with the club hosting the Open Goodwood Relays that incorporates the Sussex Championships. The timetable is as follows:

12:00pm     U13 BOYS & U13 GIRLS               [3 x 2800m approx.]                   

                      Medals: 1st 3 teams and 3 fastest individuals – Boys and Girls

12:45pm     U15 BOYS & U15 GIRLS               [3 x 2800m approx.]

                   Medals: 1st 3 teams and 3 fastest individuals – Boys and Girls

1:30pm      SENIOR WOMEN (including Veterans and U17) [3 x 4000m approx.]

                   Medals: 1st 3 teams overall, 1st 3 Veterans teams v35;  v45; v55; 1st  3 U17 teams

                   3 fastest laps in seniors & U17 + fastest lap V35, V45, V55, V65

2:30pm      SENIOR MEN (including Veterans and U17)

                   [4 x 4000m approx. Sen and Vet V40 +V50 3 x 4000 V60][3 x 4000 U17]

                   Medals: 1st 3 teams overall, 1st  3 Veterans teams v40; V50; V60; 1st 3 U17 teams

                   3 fastest laps in seniors & U17 + fastest lap V40, V50, V60, V70.

The club will select teams on the day from those who have pre-registered. To book your place please tell John by replying via the CONTACT US facility of this website. Everyone will get a run and why not give it a go even if you are new to XC. It is a great team event in lovely scenery. Entry fee is £4 payable on the day. The club as ever requires help on the day from 8:00 am when the course is laid, and tents erected, through to officiating and marshalling the races. Please offer to help even if you are intending to run.    


“Time to Talk” Run

A “Time to Talk” run is being held on Thursday 26th September at 11:00 am in Oaklands Park. Distance of between one mile to three miles on offer with afterwards a chance to chat over a coffee at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Please would members pass the word around for this important event and for more details as the club’s point of contact email Amanda Godfrey on amandagodfrey@btinternet.com. Thank you.

Officials Courses

Sussex AA is running a series of Officials Courses throughout the day of Sunday 29th September 2019 at Wave Leisure, Lewes. The club will support anyone who is interested in attending. The courses on offer are as follows:

Level 1 Field                               11am-3.30pm

Level 1 Track                               11am-1.30pm

level 1 Timekeeping                  11am-2pm

Level 1 Starter                            11am-2pm

Level 1 Endurance                     11am-2pm

Level 1 Risk Assessment           2.30pm-5.30pm

Bookings for these can be online via England Athletics webpage  https://www.englandathletics.org/officiating/officiating-journey/.


Report from Jo Prosser:I ran the Great North Run on Sunday 8th September for the first time. I forgot what my estimated time, but my bib number was 39007 and I was near the back. There was a lot of people in front of me and it was very daunting! I managed to finish in 1:56 and my overall position was 8845 and although disappointed it was a great experience. The crowd was great, and I will definitely sign up for next year.”

Thanks Jo and extremely well done. Also running in the GNR was Hugh Davies.  

Report by David Churcher: “Two Chichester Runners & AC athletes competed at the Sussex Combined Events Championships on 7th/8th September held at a sunny, but windy Sutton Athletics Centre each giving an excellent account of themselves. Having focussed this season solely on Sprints, first year U17 Fleur Hollyer although experienced in Pentathlons made a late decision to the challenge of her first Heptathlon, and in doing so, packed training for seven events into just under four weeks.  

Tackling the 80mHurdles, her stride pattern had to change from 3 to 5 after hurdle three, but nevertheless looked very smooth in a respectable time of 15.04sec, the 1.33m High Jump was just short of her PB, and the much improved Shot Putt technique brought a 6.53m PB. She finished the first day with a good 200m into a fiercely strong headwind.

The second day went a little astray with Long Jump runway problems giving away at least 35cm, and her Javelin slightly down on training performances but she finished with a superbly well-judged and executed 800m in a PB time of 2min 40.80sec. Fleur took the silver medal with a PB points total of 2916 that is enough for national ranking, and a benchmark for any future competitions.     

Fionn O`Murchu having moved up an age group from last year, and unfortunately with limited recent training, still won the bronze medal in the U15 Boys Pentathlon with marks of 4.11m LJ, 16.78sec, 80m Hurdles and 8.38m Shot. Fionn High Jumped 1.34m before finishing with a 2min 25.41sec 800m, to amass 1546 points.”

Excellent performances by both Fleur and Fionn and thanks the report David.

Hal Edgar brilliantly won the Junior Race at the Fittleworth WSFRL on Sunday 1st September.              

The undulating paths of the New Forest was the scene for a multi-event of distances on Sunday 8th September. Vicky Balandis ran the marathon and clocked a very impressive 3.49.04 finishing in 183rd place. In the half Richard Moore finished in 417th place (1.49.00) followed home by Jeremy Harrison (932nd – 2.04.18), Wendy Whelan (1250th - 2.15.02), Clare Snow (1317th – 2.16.26) and Peter Anderson (1497th – 2.22.42). The club also had representation in the 10k with Emma Wickens first V40 home in a time of 44.33 with Rob Stapely (47.31), Ellen Perry (52.59) Leon Perry (1.01.44) and Johanna Harrison (1.09.47) also saying hello to the finish line after impressive runs.

The “Littlehampton” Chestnut Tree House 10k and 5k results did not show clubs so we can only publish those who identified their times. In the 10k, Seth Wise (21st – 38.17) and Kim Nelson (118th – 45.21) ran whilst in the 5k we are so pleased to report that this race was won by our Chairman, Keith Akerman, in a time of 18.52. Harry Sage was third (20.09) with Alice Cox-Rusbridge (4th but first lady – 20.28), Warwick Trumper (10th – 23.23), Elaine Cruttendon (35th – 29.32) and Jacke Sage (54th – 32.10) joining the fun at the finish line. 

If anyone is missed out from these results, please do let John know as well as your other race results. 

Training/Activities for next 7 days.  

Monday 16th Septembersee 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). Led by Vicky 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). This session led by Amanda will include a timed “mile time trial” around Graylingwell.

Beginners’ GroupSecond week of an eight-week course with a 6:30 pm meet outside the Rugby Club on the top part of Oaklands Park (car park entrance off Wellington Road). This course is being led by the Foundation Group Team with Vicky Balandis the contact (vickybal75@gmail.com)

Stretch Class Second week of new course in the upstairs gym room (Studio) at the Chichester College from 7:45 pm. Duration one hour. Class managed by Graham Woodward (gwoodward7@gmail.com).

Tuesday 17th September 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). It will be a tempo and hill session  (5 x 4 mins with two-minute recovery plus 4 x 30 seconds hills).

Wednesday 18th September – see below.   

Trail Run managed by John. Meet in Sheepwash Lane, Lavant (road off the green on the opposite side to the Village Hall) anytime between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm for an unmarked run up towards or to the top of the Trundle. Directions will be given for the potential of three routes from three (flat) to six miles (hilly) and John will have maps available for those unsure of the area. Please do book in and out as normal. 

Due to the huge generosity of those running the trail last Wednesday the brilliant sum of £300 (including gift aid) was collected for St. Wilfrid’s Hospice. Thank you.   

Thursday 19th September – see below.

Club run led by Vicky suitable for all abilities with meet 6:30 pm in the lower car park for the Trundle.  

Friday 20th September – see below.

Beginners’ Group – “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).


Next up in the WSFRL stakes is the delightful run around Tilgate Forest (Crawley) on Sunday 22nd September followed by the Great Walstead 5 on Sunday 13th October and the Steepdown Challenge on Sunday 27th October. As always pre-enter via Peter Anderson on either nadandpeter@btinternet.com or 07786 036820.

Best wishes to everyone running over the next seven days to include Harry Leleu in Valencia for the European Tri Championships and on Sunday those taking on the Butser Hill Challenge.