Newsletter 22nd May 2020


What a great turn out last Saturday (16th May) with over 90 runners involved with seventeen teams and a large sum raised for St. Wilfrid’s Hospice, thank you. See below in respect of a fun event for club members over the weekend 30th/31st May and a new feature of publishing local routes.

Your committee will be meeting in early June via ZOOM and hopefully the Government by then may have allowed a further relaxation of the lockdown. To date England Athletics understandably have not given a date for any return to club activity but have given guidance in respect of “one to one” training as well as to the safe protocol for opening athletic stadia.

The link to Will’s weekly training schedule is above.

Club Team Marathon

For those who have not done so but wish to donate to St. Wilfrid’s Hospice (do mention the Chi Run 26.2 Challenge) a link to make a payment is via:


Next Virtual Club Night

Tuesday 26th May. Click here to join England Athletics for a Q & A with Abigail Irozuru.

Weekend 30th/31st May

The main challenge for this weekend is for the whole club to go out individually for a run of any distance, at any location, at anytime and at any pace but most importantly to just enjoy the experience.

In addition, if up for some creative thinking why not produce a Fun Run Map picture of your run. A further challenge is to include in your run as many roads/streets/closes/lanes etc that start with the letters “CHI RUN” but no duplicates.

By all means do submit your map pictures and routes including road names, as well as post on Facebook.  


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.

Chichester Runners & AC, June to December 2000.

During this period, I was only in the country for part of each weekend.

Track and Field Athletics was a strong feature with Chi Runners Senior Men’s Track Awards being:

100 metres, Tigre Kushamba, 10.9 seconds.

200 metres, Rory Wybro, 22.4 seconds.

3000 metre Steeplechase, James Baker, 9.42 minutes.

400 metres Hurdles, Kevin Wilson, 58.7 seconds.

Triple Jump, Shane Mott, 13.94 metres.

Pole Vault, Mark Boerder, 3.60 metres.

Javelin, Janeck Maciejewski, 48.18 metres.

15th June, Dutch 12 Hour Relay.

Men’s A team, 1st: Tony Cooley, Mike Cooper, David Dorning, Mark Ellard, Kevin Lockyear, David Pothecary.

Men’s B team: Dave Barclay, Pete Colgate, Chris Merrien, Paul Mortimer, Jim Vogt.

Ladies Team, 3rd: Barbara Lockyear, Louise Parker, Joyce Porrett, Jill Renson, Jan Vogt, Renee Santema.

2nd July, “Hares Reflecting Tortoises” (West Dean).

7 Chi Runners Men in top 10.

James Baker, Keith Toop, David Dorning, David Worcester, Chris Merrien, Joe Russell-Wells, Mark Ellard.

Jill Renson – 1st Senior Lady.

5th July, WSFR League, Round Hill Romp.

1st James Baker, 8th David Dorning, 26th Mark Ellard, 28th Chris Merrien, 70th Alastair Kennaugh, 74th Tony Hancock, 78th Dave Pothecary, 126th Jill Renson, 128th Kevin Lockyear, 208th Philip Peters, 218th David Barclay, 299th David Barty.

3rd September.

Chichester Runners beat 10 other clubs to win the Under 13 Boys/Girls Summer League.

24th September. WSFRL. Stansted Slog.

Chi Runners played host to 17 Dutch runners from HAAG Atletiek.

8th October. Covers Challenge Cup Race.

Over several years this race, of just less than 10 miles, was held across a mix of terrains around the Witterings and Itchenor to raise funds for St. Wilfrid’s Hospice.

22 Chi Runners Men and 8 Chi Runners Ladies took part.

Men: 1st James Baker, 7th and 1st Vet David Worcester, 9th Rob Wiggins, 10th Russell Crimes, 12th David Pothecary, 29th Mike Cooper, 45th Phil Bevan, 48th Alan Rowley, 61st Edward Askew, 76th Paul Stross, 83rd Peter Robinson, 86th Kevin Lockyear.

Ladies: 1st Kim Nelson, 4th Louise Parker, 5th Renee Santema, 6th Amanda Godfrey (Havant AC), 23RD Francine Hedley-Goddard, 30th Barbara Lockyear.

25th November. Sussex Cross Country League.

Chi Runners had 14 men running. This was more than any of the other 14 teams.

Men’s  A team (2nd) : James Baker, Gary Wright, David Dorning, David Worcester, Chris Benham, Tom Blaylock.

Men’s B team (8th) : Chris Merrien, Tony Cooley, Rob Wiggins, Richard Bartholemew, Philip Peters, David Carter.

Reserves: Jim Vogt, Ray Adams.

2nd December. Sussex Veterans Cross Country Championships, Bexhill.

Chichester Runners 3rd: David Dorning, David Worcester, Chris Benham, Rob Wiggins.

3rd December. Sportshall Athletics.

A joint venture agreement between Chichester Runner & AC and the Westgate Leisure Centre gave rise to Sportshall Athletics.

Local Routes

As mentioned above we plan to publish over the next few weeks some routes in the locality for you to try. The intention is that members try them and report back on their rating. Hopefully, others will contribute to this feature (Vicky has agreed to produce one from her area for next week) with their own favourite routes.

The first one is five miles and takes in some pleasant scenery around West Stoke, Lavant and Summersdale, including a few inclines to keep everyone honest. Generally, very few people about and apart from one 20m stretch it is easy to keep social distancing.

Map below supported by this narrative of the route - Start at bottom of Norwich Road on the East Broyle Estate (on-street parking available) at back of the Nuffield Hospital. Go up Norwich Road keeping on the right and at main road cross over and turn right up the path along Old Broyle Road crossing the bridge (above Centurion Way) and after 600m on sharp left-hand bend take right fork into West Stoke Road. At bottom dogleg across the junction and up the short incline and at top turn right onto footpath. At end go straight across road and join another footpath that brings you out to a crossing of the Centurion Way. Cross over through two gates to main A286 Midhurst Road. Turn left and at mini roundabout enter Football Field exiting at far side by side of gate and go down path through the car park for Lavant Village Hall, run along the side of green and exit at far end (Sheepwash/Pook Lanes junction) and run across bridge up past the church and turn right around the car park for the pub and proceed down Lower Road. At bottom turn left, cross over the road onto the path and then turn right through a gate across the fields to “Fordwater”. Turn right up the road and at top take first right (Fordwater Lane), cross junction into The Avenue, at A286 turn left and follow path down to Wellington Court Care Home (5 miles). Cross over the road, go down the twitten by side of Nuffield Hospital to return into Norwich Road. 

If anyone wishes to cut-down the distance when reaching the crossing of Centurion Way turn right and exit Centurion way at Brandy Hole into Bristol Gardens, turn left into Worcester Road and then left again into Norwich Road (about three miles).       




No one managed 100% in last week’s quiz but well done to all those who submitted their answers with the best of the bunch being Sue Barty, Lorna Cowan, Graham Jessop, Lis & Sanchia and the “Worcesters”. This week is a real mix to test your patience, as above, and I am expecting several 40/40 returns.


Best wishes 

John (Betts)

Secretary on behalf of the Committee