Newsletter 17th May 2019

Club Presentation Evening

Great evening last Saturday (11th May) at the club’s Presentation Evening and many thanks to Vicky for organising this event. Awards were presented as follows and congratulations to all the recipients for their well-deserved recognition:


Club Member of the Year – Amanda Godfrey.

Chairman’s Award – Helen Dean.

Coaches’ Awards: Richard Holder, Trevor Baker & Jon McElhill.

WSFRL Awards: Women 1) Emma Hughes, 2) Nadia Anderson, 3) Amanda Godfrey.

1)                              Men 1) Tim Brown, 2) Jason Snow, 3) David Pike.


Thank you from Amanda Godfrey

“Firstly, to highlight that over £300 was raised at the dinner towards the “Emsworth to Basingstoke” Relay charities. Thank you to all who supported the raffle and the auction for the “Run Fest” weekend pass.

Secondly a sincere thank you to all club members that voted for me. I am very touched, and it is great working with such great individuals who make coaching so enjoyable.”


Message from Trevor Baker

“I started my running journey in my late sixties by part jogging/walking the Bognor parkrun, after circa 50 Saturday mornings I managed to do the full 5k (non-stop) in about 28 mins, but a bit out of breath!  I was then persuaded by my son to join Chichester Runners & AC club just over two years ago. From Week 1 to date the leaders/coaches have provided me with first class support and encouragement at every meeting.

The club events provide social interaction and encourages runners to get involved even more. There is no age or ability issue (as I am now approaching my 71st year!). At last week’s club dinner, I was presented with a ‘Coach’ award for which I am extremely humbled and very honoured. The trophy has pride of place at my home.

I am so happy to be part of this great club which has thoroughly supported me and many others. I am now approaching my 100th parkrun (now in Chichester) and still enjoying training and racing 5k’s, 10k’s, 10-milers and half marathon’s and I might even do a full marathon next year! So sincere thanks to the committee, leaders and members for all you do for ‘our’ great club.”


Thank you, Trevor for taking the time to write this inspiring piece and you have now put in print your “full marathon” objective. Enjoy your 100th parkrun. 


Training/Activities for next 7 days.  

Monday 20th Maysee 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). This week the group will be integrated into the Beginner’s Group session. 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). It will be a jog to the green at East Broyle (off Norwich Road) for a series of hill circuits. Led by Lorna.  

Beginners’ GroupFinal 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). Good luck to all who attempt their objective of running continuously for thirty minutes and we hope many of the group will continue with the club thereafter. 

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

Tuesday 21st May 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 session of medium hills of 8 x 400m intervals with jog recovery. Led by Keith.


Wednesday 22nd May – see below.


Summer Trail Run laid by Mike. Meet Lavington Common (SU951188) anytime between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm for a laid trail run. From Chichester take the A285 (Petworth Road) and after Duncton (take care on the steep hill and bends near Seaford College) on the mid-part of the long straight turn left (signed Graffham) and National Trust car park is about one mile on the right. Distance seven miles maximum with a shorter option of four miles. All runners run at own risk and must report in and out to the Trail Run Organiser. Enjoy!


Thursday 23rd May – see below.


Club run led by Vicky suitable for all abilities. Meet 6:30 pm in car park for the large Co-op stores at Bosham (left off the “Bosham” roundabout on the A259).


Friday 24th May – see below.


Beginners’ Group (Final Session) – “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).



There were a host of medals for club members who competed in the Sussex Track & Field Athletics Championships at the K2 over last weekend. There is a full report as a blog on this website. Congratulations to all medal winners and well done to everyone who competed in the name of the club in these prestigious and high-quality championships.


It was PB’s and first sub-20 minutes 5ks for the “Holder” father and son team at the Run Gatwick 5k on Sunday 12th May with 15-year-old Bradley clocking 19.40 and Dad Richard just one second behind. Excellent running by both.


A team of fourteen braved the longish jog onto the Downs above Portslade for the latest round of the WSFRL on Sunday 12th May. It was seventh place with 83 points within the overall field of 292 runners. Our contingent was: 55th Marcus Hammerton, 63rd Tim Brown, 64th Emma Wickens, 78th Tony Cooley, 92nd Nadia Anderson, 122nd Tom Blaylock, 123rd Amanda Godfrey, 125th Elizabeth Robinson, 134th Will Stisted, 175th Sue Baker, 184th Jeremy Harrison, 197th Peter Anderson, 222nd Sandra Balcome and 223rd Jill Renson.


The Fishbourne Flat 5 attracted and not surprisingly being so local on a lovely route around the estuary a good turn-out from the club on Sunday 12th May. James Baker won the race in a time of 28.24 followed by 3rd James Ellis, 4th Mikey Neville, 7th Ben Ritchie, 14th David Knight, 15th Paul Stallard, 18th Andrew Wingham, 20th Ethan Hill, 21st Martin Hill, 23rd Julian Moore, 24th David Nash, 42nd Ellen Perry, 44th Nick Taylor, 47th Peter Carver, 54th Ian Robertson, 63rd Lynette Woodward, 78th Martin Fryer, 79th Liz Wingham, 91st Kerry Newman, 107th Leon Perry and 111th Jo Dipple.  


On Tuesday 14th May James Baker won Race 2 of the Gosport 5k Summer series in a time of 16.04.


Well done to Jill Renson and the team for organising the club event at Goodwood on Wednesday 15th May that attracted 368 runners. The Provisional Results are on this website on the “Club Races” page that indicated a turn-out of 39 from Chichester Runners & AC culminating in first team overall with 118 points and including first male (James Baker and race winner) and first women (Fay Cripps). 



The next Southern Athletics League meeting for seniors, veterans, U20 and U17 men and women is at Winchester this Sunday (19th May). All welcome to compete and please contact Phil Baker for more details and to book your place via either philbaker5@btinternet.co.uk or 01243 533784.

There are now only about 30 hours left to enter the Surrey and Sussex Masters County Championships, which are at the Weir Archer Athletics Stadium, Kingsmeadow, 422a Kingston Road, Kingston, Surrey KT1 3PB on Sunday 2nd June 2019. Entries are £7 per event and close at 12 noon on 18th May 2019 with NO LATE ENTRIES or ENTRIES ON THE DAY. More information can be found on the Sussex AA website http://www.sussexathletics.net/events-information with entries via https://entries.opentrack.run/2019/masterscounty/ 


Good luck to everyone running this weekend to include on Saturday our teams in the Emsworth to Basingstoke Relay Challenge, our “junior” juniors in their YDL meeting also at Winchester and on Sunday the aforementioned SAL meeting and those running the Bognor Prom as well as the Clanfield Challenge, plus on Wednesday (22nd May) the WSFRL fixture along the beach at Littlehampton and last minute pre-entries to Peter Anderson please or enter on the evening and the second race of the Lakeside 5k series. A very busy schedule of running!