Newsletter 14th June 2019

Training/Activities for next 7 days.  

Monday 17th Junesee 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). Second week of six weeks undertaking various training activities within the park. 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). Session is a “pitch” fartlek after warm-up and drills. On bottom part of park run along edge at 4/5 pace. Turn left on diagonal and effort 8/9. Turn left recovery 4/5. Keep turning left with all efforts on diagonal at 8/9. Continuous for 30 minutes. Focus on keeping even pace on effort and not flagging. Recovery important. Afterwards fun relays and warm down stretches. Led by Mike and Tom.  

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

Tuesday 18th June 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 mixed-paced session of 2 x 4 minutes, 1 x 3 minutes, 2 x 2 minutes.


Wednesday 19th June – see below.


NO SESSION DUE TO THE CENTURION COUNTRY 5. Still time to enter online and remember no entries on the day. 

Thursday 20th June – see below.


Club run led by Vicky suitable for all abilities. Meet 6:30 pm in the public car park for the  Chichester Marina (off the A286 Birdham Road).

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

Club Run

Great evening last Monday with Tom Craggs leading a session for over 50 members. The second of the three sessions being led by Tom is on Monday 15th July. For those attending and for everyone else a copy of a very helpful description of the sessions is on the “Training” page of this website.  



Report from Trevor Baker “As Jo Brining and I set out from Chichester at 7.00 am on Saturday 8th June to travel to Dorney Lakes near Windsor it was raining and very windy, not good weather for racing! On arrival the rain had stopped but the wind had increased to 18mph, looking at the 2012 Olympic Lake in stretched out front of us we realised just how long and exposed it was. In addition, there was only lake, lake and more lake to view in the 4 x 3+ mile laps. However, on the plus side the whole course was completely flat. We had decided to try and run it at our joint ‘Easy’ training pace following Vikki’s/Running World’s Half Marathon pace training calculations so @ 10min miles giving us an overall time of 2hrs 11mins. Whilst we tried to keep to the plan, we had to battle with the strong head wind for 2 1/2 miles then recover our strength for one mile before the next slightly boring lake lap. We finished together at 2hrs 4 mins wind zapped, hot and faster than we had planned, I suppose that’s what training is all about, finding out what happens when.........

After a good feed and drink we felt quite pleased with our joint effort even though our times were circa 15 mins more than our PB’s for that distance. Finally, a sincere thanks to all the club members who supported us, without that support it would been even harder!”

Excellent running in very difficult conditions by Jo and Trevor and thanks Trevor for the report. Also running this race was Nicola Jolly who clocked a very impressive 1.53.  

It was much calmer on Sunday (10th) for John Betts who took the opportunity of being in Berkshire to run the Wargrave 5. There were just under 300 runners for this lovely local community event around the undulating traffic-free lanes of Wargrave with the start and finish on the cricket field. With a target of a sub-45 minutes John was very pleased to clock 42.39 his fastest time for this distance for several years. 

On Wednesday evening (12th) 295 runners lined up in wet conditions for the annual Hayling Billy 5 that is out and back along the old railway track. Ben Ritchie (20th – 32.52) led the club home followed by Helen Dean (48th & 1st V60 – 36.28), David Knowles (50th – 36.36), Vikki Balandis (62nd – 37.56), Kevin Williams (72nd – 38.37), Warwick Trumper (74th & 1st Junior – 38.42), Ellen Perry (78th – 39.11), Lynette Woodward (105th – 42.49), Jeremy Harrison (121st – 44.18), Simon Thompson (154th – 47.55), Lis Peskett (155th – 48.00), Johanna Harrison (172nd – 49.15) and Leon Perry (263rd – 58.56). 




Thanks to Stephen for laying the trail (excellently working in an option of four) from Birdham last Wednesday in very wet conditions. The next trail will on Wednesday 26th June when Gary will take us around Pagham Harbour with again no hills!


“Summer Handicap” Event 4 is on Thursday 27th June (week earlier than initially planned) with meet from 6:30 pm at The Canal Basin (by the Richmond Arms). If you wish to have a timed run 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. Alternatively, just turn up and run the route but it may not be practical to include you in the recorded timings.  


The next three WSFRL matches are this Sunday (16th) at Hove Park, on Saturday 22nd June (Downland Devil at Burgess Hill) and on Wednesday 3rd July (Steyning Roundhill Romp). As always, pre-enter with Peter Anderson via either nadandpeter@btinternet.com or 07786 036820 please.

A reminder that the next Southern Athletics League fixture for seniors, veterans, U20 and U17 men and women is tomorrow (15th June) at Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth. It is still not too late to contact Phil Baker for more details and to book your place via either philbaker5@btinternet.co.uk or 01243 533784.

The Harting Trail Race is a well-established multi terrain,10-miler, starting and finishing at South Harting, near Petersfield and organised by Liss Runners. It is a picturesque route over the South Downs and the event has a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Further details are available at www.liss-runners.org.uk/races/harting-trail-race.

Good luck to everyone running this weekend to include on the aforementioned SAL match on Saturday and the WSFRL fixture on Sunday, plus the Madehurst 5k/10k on Sunday.