Newsletter 22nd November 2019

The Club Needs More Leaders

In order to keep offering the number of sessions each week that we currently do the club is in urgent need of more leaders. The next local courses (at Eastleigh) are on 2nd January, 8th March and 2nd May next year and the club will fund the course fees. Anyone interested please contact either Amanda or Vicky (just respond via the CONTACT us facility and John will pass on your name) and/or come to a session on Monday 2nd December at 7.30pm in the Clubroom at The Pavilion, Chichester College to find out more from Vicky and Amanda.

Sussex XC League – Match 3

It is back to Stanmer Park, Falmer, Brighton (BN1 9SE) for the next and third match of the Sussex XC League on Saturday 30th November. All details are on the Sussex Athletics website, but the timetable and entry arrangements remain as normal. Remember it is a reasonable walk from your cars to the park, plus it is entry on the day. A great venue and brilliant course so please can we continue to get a good turn-out at all levels.

Club Quiz/Curry Evening

A final reminder that the club’s next Quiz/Curry evening is Friday 29th November at The Pavilion, Chichester College starting at 7:15 pm for food with the first Q of the Quiz being asked at around 7:45 pm. Entry is open to guests with price a very modest £8 to include buffet, quiz, free raffle ticket and other goodies. Hot and cold drinks can be purchased from the bar but please do not bring your own as against the college’s bar licence. Do not worry if either alone or not having a team as this will be sorted out on the evening.

To date 51, so very close to our maximum numbers, are attending and therefore please do let John know further names by responding to this message today or tomorrow by the latest as he needs to book the food on Sunday (24th).   


An excellent number at the club’s AGM last Monday with nearly 50 in attendance. A big thank you to all those who stepped down from the committee this time and the club has thrived greatly under their stewardship. Your new chairman is Amanda Godfrey with the treasurer role being taken over by Laura Holder and with Jeremy Harrison, Jon McElhill and Andy Hall joining the committee.

To confirm members agreed to a small increase in subscription rates and that the athletics training track project should continue. A Steering Group was set-up to review the design of the club kit and associated matters, whilst Rob Wiggins was well deservedly awarded Honorary Life Membership.    


Conrad Meagher returned to competitive running on Sunday 17th November with a fine 7th place and a time of 28.07 for the Sutton Benger.

It was a good time of 36.39 for Justin Eggins in the Brighton 10k on Sunday 17th November.

There we understand a number of members running the Rewell Wood 5 on Saturday 9th November but regretfully we could not locate the results, sorry.  

On Saturday 16th November Wendy Whelan (2.59.48) Gill Brown (3.00.23) competed in the Maverick Kent Half Marathon. They report the heavy rain the night before was just right for a lovely woods and farmland trail race with a lot of slipping and sliding but a great route for a new race, well signed and they enjoyed it.

With grateful thanks to Vanessa, the club times for the Gosport Half Marathon last Sunday (17th November) were Vicky Balandis 1:44:52, Trevor Baker 1:52:34,  Terry Goddard 1:58:51, Jo Brining 1:58:53, Vanessa Anthony 2:09:17, Michelle Daniel 2:09:20, Simon Thompson 2:10:10, Ian Knight 2:14:31, Jane Taylor 2:21:00, Lucy Howard 2:25:22, Helen Wilkins 2:39:50 and Richard Woolston 2:48:26. Great running by all.

Castle Drogo 10 Miles – Report by Catherine Betts.

“It was a bright but cold day for this event in Devon on Sunday 17th November. The course is tough with narrow, rocky paths, steep hills (2110-foot elevation), lots of mud and amazing views. There is also a lovely couple of miles running beside the fast-flowing river.

At mile nine there was a very steep hill and just as I approached the summit a wild Dartmoor pony appeared and trotted very friendly like along beside me before disappearing into the bracken. The highlight of the event, apart from James (Baker) winning the race in just over an hour, was meeting up with the relocated Chichester Runners’ Angus Farrelly and Julie Stansfield and it was great to see them both fit and well”   

Training/Activities for next 7 days.  

Saturday 23rd November – see below.

Interval hill work session for Juniors (U13 and above) right up to Seniors at Oaklands Park led by Phil Baker. Meet 2:00 pm at the benches by the path in the middle of the park. 

Sunday 24th November – see below.

Trail Run: Trail Run kindly managed laid by Dave and Sue. Meet in main car park for Selhurst Woods (SU828119) anytime between 11:00 am and 11:30 am for a laid trail run.

From Chichester take the A285 (Petworth Road) going through Halnacker and at top of the hill about three miles further on turn left at Benges Corner with car park entrance about 300m on the right. Distance between 10k and 13k with a short cut(s) on offer. All runners run at own risk and must report in and out to the Trail Run Organiser please. Open to our “Summer Only” members and club member guests.  

As a contingency in case of bad weather, check out this website for any post as well as your email account before setting out.  

Sportshall Taster Session: At Bishop Luffa School from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm with session open to both club members and non-members and involve three age groups namely U11 (School Years 5 & 6); U13 (School Years 7 & 8) and U15 (School Years 9 & 10). Entry Fee £1 payable on the door. For more details contact Phil Baker on 01243 533784.  

Monday 25th Novembersee below.

Foundation Group – Meet at 6:30 pm for a 6:45 pm start in Clubroom 2 at The Pavilion, Chichester College. Led by Vicky and the team.

Development Group Meet at 6:30 pm for a prompt start in Clubroom 2 at The Pavilion, Chichester College. Led by Amanda it will be an 800m reps’ session at the college with walk recovery.  

Stretch Class Eleventh week of course in the upstairs Multi Use Gym Studio at the Chichester College from 7:45 pm. Duration one hour. Class managed by Graham Woodward (gwoodward7@gmail.com).

Tuesday 26th November see below.

Event Group - Meet at 6:30 pm for a prompt start in Clubroom 2 at The Pavilion, Chichester College for a mile repeats @ 10k pace with 3 minutes recoveries. Session led by Keith.

Wednesday 27th November – see below.   

Development Group – Meet at 6:30 pm for a prompt start in Clubroom 2 at The Pavilion, Chichester College for a jog up to East Street for two series of 6 x sprints with an 800m run at 10k pace in between. Session led by Amanda and please be aware of other users whilst using the city centre and surrounding roads.  







At the AGM Amanda Godfrey and Simon Thompson were the lucky recipients of a club place for the Virgin London Marathon 2020 and we wish them well in their preparation. The two reserves picked out of the hat were Emma Wickens and Jenette Whitfield. 

The popular multi terrain Mels Milers 10k based at Christ Hospital School is scheduled next year for Sunday 29th March. There is a limit of 400 and usually sells out fast. Online entry is already open www.sportsentresolutions.com/allraces/php.

Good luck to everyone running over the next weekend including on Sunday the Crowborough 10k.