Newsletter 19th June 2020


Another week, another Newsletter and hopefully we are on the homeward stretch to more  normality for us all.

Junior training re-started last Wednesday with over 50 in attendance, and at least another 10 on a waiting list, using the Bishop Otter Campus of the University of Chichester. A great job achieved by all the leaders excellently led by Andy Hall in getting together a safe package for everyone. Clearly the session was well received by the juniors and their parents as Andy has had many messages of appreciation for his hard work with the support of the leaders. Thank you all.  

A Few of the Messages

The girls loved it, thank you.

Sam was thrilled to be back training.

From a parent’s perspective it was fantastic to see the kids training again in a really safe way.

It was clear how much effort and thought had gone into planning the session.

Ollie enthused non-stop all the way home about the session.

Led by Jon McElhill and Vicky Balandis arrangements have been made to re-start senior training from Monday 22nd June. The leader of each “Training Bubble” (there are 12 such groups) will be in contact direct with their group about the meet times and location. 

Please remember to adhere to Government advice and ensure proper social distancing measures are fully followed. Rob Wiggins has issued guidance to the Group Leaders in case of any medical emergencies.

Remember those of you who meet-up in informal groups for say a run do so outside the auspices of England Athletics and the club. It would be extremely helpful if those not involved in the forthcoming group activity to avoid please Oaklands Park on Monday and Tuesday evenings, plus Friday mornings, thank you.   

Will’s weekly training schedule is posted above. This weekend’s challenge is a 3k time trial. Please post your runs on the club’s Facebook page. 

Excellent Offer from Richard Miles

“Currently with all the issues around distancing I am working with my cycling club (BRCC) to launch a ‘Back-to-Racing-Programme’ in July and I wondered if something that might interest members of Chi Runners? The offer is a 4-week programme that gets people to a level where they can participate in some short distance races. I know a few people who run also have an interest in cycling or multisport and therefore are offering the package beyond the cycling club.

We have organised events in the past for people who want to ‘come and try’ so the whole thing would be open to everyone over the age of 18 (we do not have the youth safeguarding expertise in the club but could accommodate parents if they also participated and looked after their youngsters). We can also accommodate any type of bike (hybrid, mtb etc but no e-bikes!). The only thing we insist on is a hard-shell helmet to be worn and a working rear light.

Essentially it would be 3 weeks of structured training followed by a week of up to 4 races. Sessions are on the cards for Monday evenings, Thursday evenings, Saturday Morning and Sunday Morning. For Non-Members of BRCC we would charge £40 for the 4-week course including entry to all the races. This also includes third party insurance for the races. If during or after the course someone decides to take up membership with BRCC we would offer them free membership for 2020 and 2021 (worth £40 so essentially a full refund and free races!).

This is an exclusive offer to members of Chi Runners so if anyone is interested and would like more information they should contact me on accelerate@sablemiles.co.uk.”

Virtual 5k Run

Many of you took to the streets, byways, and paths around Chi, plus Witterings, Apuldram, Selsey, Birdham, Itchenor, Bognor Regis, Hotham Park, Lavant just to mention a few  locations, last weekend for a virtual 5k run. Those participating included Liz Wingham (31.49), Andy Wingham (22.31), Peter Anderson (24.52), Helen Wilkins/Vicky Balandis (36.44), Andrew Whitfield (22.55), John Betts (25.32), Janice Betts (44.33), Sasha Vargin (21.26), Laura Holder (28.55), Mary McCutchen (24.07), Trevor Baker (26.44), Sue Barty (27.30), Joely Wharton (35.10), Will Boutwood (16.48), Marcus Hammerton (21.50), Kevin Batt (28.26), Jon McElhill (23.16) & Johanna Harrison (46.03). Well done everyone and thanks for sharing your times. 


I have had a long, intermittent, association with Chichester Runners & AC and thought that I would share some of the history and achievements of the Club (in my time), with you.

I hope to revive memories of older members and inform newer members.

January to June 2003.

My recounting of some elements of this period need to be accompanied by a “health warning” as I have been more focused on myself than normal for which, I apologise! During these months, I returned permanently to the UK, turned 50, entered my first marathon (Edinburgh) for 12 years and put myself through a demanding training and competitive regime.

4th January 2003. Sussex Cross Country Championships. Bexhill.

Chichester Runners won the inaugural team shield, ahead of Phoenix and Brighton, to become the top-ranking club in Sussex.

-          U13, 15 and 17 Girls teams all took 2nd place. Charlotte Browning won the U15 title.

-          U13 Boys team was 3rd; U15 Boys team was 6th and U17 Boys team was 1st.

-          Ladies Team (4 to score) were 5th. Linda Spencer, Helen Pattinson, Sue Allen, Jill Renson.

-          Men’s Team (6 to score) were 4th. James Baker, Keith Toop, Gary Wright, David Dorning, Andy Nicholson, David Worcester. Also running: Mark Warrington, Rob Wiggins, Chris Merrien, Tony Cooley, Alastair Kennaugh.

9th February 2003. Chichester 10km (12th).

Chichester Runners won the team prize through James Baker, Gary Wright, and David Worcester.

40 runners from the Club (a snapshot follows), with 12 running sub 40 minutes.

1st David Wardle (London Irish), 31.04.

9th James Baker, 32.39.

12th Gary Wright, 33.04.

25th David Worcester, 34.34.

40th David Dorning, 35.13.

64th Linda Spencer, 36.16.

74th Mark Warrington, 36.38.

81st Jonathan Worcester, 36.50.

93rd Richard Moore, 37.29.

109th Tony Cooley, 38.09.

114th Mike Cooper, 38.17.

149th Ray Allen, 38.59.

159th Terry Wright, 39.29.

201st Alastair Kennaugh, 40.32.

211th Tony Hancock, 40.45.

245th Colin Harley, 41.35.

250th Brian Turner, 41.41.

280th Philip Peters, 42.10.

460th Esher Weiss, 46.22.

531st David Barclay, 47.29.

576th Sue Allen, 47.38.

695th Jill Renson, 50.58.

720th Ana Neumann, 51.44.

721st Peter Shaw, 52.16.

846th Tracy Jayant, 54.21.

860th Sue Barty, 54.44.

989th Rosie Turner, 59.04.

1096th Lynn Harley, 67.44.

1100th Francine Hedley-Goddard, 69.49.

29th March 2003. Sussex Road Relays. Christ’s Hospital.

Veteran Men, Over 50. Team 1st in a new course record.

-          Individual times: 2nd David Dorning, 3rd David Worcester, 5th Rob Wiggins.

Senior Men, Team 2nd. James Baker, Tom Bilham, Joe Foreshew, Connor McClarnon, Jonathan Worcester, Keith Toop.

Over 60’s Men, Team 3rd: Terry Slade (fastest individual time), Ed Askew, Peter Robinson.

Ladies Team, 7th. Tracy Slade, Heather Longland, Jenni Harley.

U13 Boys, 2nd; U13 Girl’s 3rd; U15 Boys, 6th; U15 Girl’s 1st.

2nd April 2003. Corporate Challenge. Race 3.

87 ran the “A” race and 168 the “B” race. Race 2 had had 88 and 178 runners, respectively.

25 runners ran under 16 minutes including at least 13 Chi Runners, amongst them being: James Baker, Tom Bilham, Keith Toop, David Dorning, Mark Warrington, David Worcester, Jonathan Worcester, and Tony Cooley.

18th May 2003. Jersey Half Marathon.

293 finishers on a demanding course.

David Worcester 2nd Overall, 1.17.08.

1st Over 50 and 1st Over 40.

4th June 2003. D-Day 10km. Portsmouth.

Chichester Runners Team 1st .

2nd James Baker, 32.02; 9th Gary Wright, 34.06; 1st Over 50 David Worcester, 35.55.

6th June 2003. South Downs Relay.

Men’s Veteran’s Team, 1st. Time of 10 hours 51 minutes and a winning margin of 1 hour 10 minutes! 4th Overall: David Dorning, David Worcester, Rob Wiggins, Keith Toop, Tony Cooley, Richard Moore.

Combined Team: Helen Pattinson, Kim Nelson, Kevin Lockyear, Colin Harley, Tom Blaylock, Terry Slade.

15th June 2003. Edinburgh Marathon.

4200 entries for the last year as Europe’s hilliest capital city marathon before the steep climb from Meadowbank Stadium up “Arthur’s Seat” was removed to enable faster times!

David Worcester, 1st Over 50 and 1st Over 40. 11th Overall. 2 hours 50 minutes 7 seconds.

Apologies for the subjectivity of some of this week’s “archives” but, by way of some defence, I always wore my Chichester Runners & AC vest!

More important though, than these and other individual successes in the first half of 2003, was my teaming up with two also recently turned 50-year olds i.e. David Dorning and Rob Wiggins. We had run many team events together but now, at 50, the team size was reduced to three. The three of us, having won our first Over 50-event at Christ’s Hospital in a course record time, went on to win many more team medals. Looking back on our companionship and what we achieved (Tom Blaylock christening us as the “Dream Team”), is a source of irreplaceable pride for which unreserved thanks go to Chichester Runners & AC!


No 100 percenters last week with again Lorna Cowan coming out on top (come on everyone to topple her from the top) but only just above the Worcester Duo and Graham Jessop, with the latter we are pleased to announce recovering slowly by surely from his recent illness. Next week the quiz is a mixed bag of 40 questions, see attachment posted above. 



Best wishes

John (Betts)

Secretary on behalf of the Committee