Newsletter 2nd August 2019

Club of the Year

We are so pleased to be report that Chichester Runners & AC has been short-listed by the SE Volunteer Awards Panel of England Athletics for “Club of the Year”. The Awards Ceremony is on 1st October when four committee members will be attending to represent the club. This is a great achievement to be recognised in this way and we trust that members appreciate the club’s focus on developing potential, providing a wide range of activity suitable for all abilities and our links with the college with all aspects of the club managed by a team of volunteers. It is worth pointing out that well over 70 seniors were at training last Monday evening and over 60 regularly attending the Summer Trails.      


On Sunday 28th July a squad of twenty-one went to Henfield for the “Seven Stiles” now a misnomer given the loss of all but one of them. It was an excellent 5th place with a total of 111 points. Our contingent was Emma Wickens, Sarah Morris, Tim Brown, Aleksandra Vargin, Tony Cooley, Nadia Anderson, Jo Prosser, Kevin Williams, Elizabeth Robinson, Amanda Godfrey, Ellen Perry, Tracy Lockyear, Jeremy Harrison, Sue Baker, Peter Anderson, Peter Shaw, Jill Renson, Sandra Balcombe, Gary Tompsett, Leon Perry and Johanna Harrison. Brilliant running by everyone. 

The Fixture List continues with the Highdown Hike on Wednesday 7th August, Windlesham House 4 on Sunday 25th August and the very popular Fittleworth 5 (their cakes are excellent) on Sunday 1st September. As ever to pre-enter for WSFRL matches, contact Peter Anderson via either nadandpeter@btinternet.com or 07786 036820 please. Remember entry fee is only £3.

Chichester 10k

The 2020 race is to be held on Sunday 2nd February with the base at Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit. Entry now open via www.chichester10k.com/.


We must mention that well over 60 juniors have represented the club over the last two weeks at two Youth Development League meetings and two Sussex League meetings. Check out the websites for the results please.

On Sunday 21st July Justin Eggins clocked 38.18 for the Run London Victoria Park 10k.

Wednesday 24th July was the fourth round of the Lakeside 5k series. James Baker finished second in 16.06 followed home by Helen Dean (58th – 22.28), Kevin Williams (65th – 23.33) and Sue Baker (81st – 26.18). 

Training/Activities for next 7 days.  

Monday 5th Augustsee 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) for a “Duke of York” hill session led by Tom.

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

Remember Tom Craggs is taking the sole “Monday” session on 12th August.

Tuesday 6th August 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 200’s with 200m jog recovery. Led by Keith.


Wednesday 7th August – see below.   


Summer Trail laid by Tom. Meet Graffham Recreational Ground (SU931777) anytime between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm for a laid trail. From Chichester take the A286 (Midhurst Road) and after going through Lavant, West Dean and Singleton and just after leaving Cocking turn right (signed Heyshott) and follow the road for about three miles to Graffham (avoid the Selham turn) and once in village turn right down track marked Recreational Ground. Distance seven miles maximum with a shorter option of around four and half  miles offered by Tom. All runners run at own risk and must report in and out to the Trail Organiser. 


Many thanks to Kevin for laying a great trail from Chilgrove last Wednesday. Please note change of venue on 21st August to Arundel Park (not now Boxgrove) from the original calendar. 


Thursday 8th August – see below.


Club run led by Vicky suitable for all abilities with meet 6:30 pm (venue to be circulated by Vicky.


Track session at Bishop Luffa School starting at 6.30pm led by Amanda. The session will consist of reps of 150, 200, 250 and 300m and 800m as a pyramid at pace 7/8 with recovery a mix of jog at 3/4 pace or static.



Tomorrow (3rd) is Chichester parkrun’s 5th birthday and as a means of celebrating they are asking for donations to the local foodbank. The food bank not only requires food but can also include items like toothpaste and other essentials. Let’s have a good turn-out to celebrate this special occasion to include please all those who attended the Chichester parkrun No. 1.

Thank you to Peter A, Amanda, Elizabeth, Peter D, Dave, Claire and Michelle for doing the honours for the 39 who ran the Summer Handicap No. 5 last evening. Congratulations to Julie Maltby who finished first. The results are on FACEBOOK and this website (Summer Training Page).

The sixth and final Summer Handicap for 2019 is scheduled for Thursday 5th September. We are also pleased to announce that Vicky has kindly agreed to lead on the Winter Handicap runs.   

Entries to the 2019 Sussex Combined Events Champs, 3K Walks Champs and Steeplechase Champs are now open. These events will be taking place across Saturday 7th September and Sunday 8th September at the Sutton Arena, Carshalton, Surrey. More information can be found at www.sussexathletics.net. Entry via  https://entries.opentrack.run/2019/sussexcomb/ by 1st September.

Best wishes to everyone running over the next 7 days to include on Sunday the Harting Trail 10m and on Wednesday the above-mentioned Highdown Hike. 

Do let John know about your race results please.