Newsletter 23rd November 2018

Quiz/Curry Evening

Please do let John have by replying via the CONTACT US button of this website numbers attending the club’s Quiz/Curry evening on Friday 30th November from 7:15 pm in The Pavilion at Chichester College as he needs to book food with the College. A reminder all welcome, with cost £8 to include the curry, free raffle ticket and brilliant prizes. 

Outdoor Physical Preparation Session: This session led by Andy and Amanda offering outdoor physical preparation for strength and core work is going ahead tomorrow morning (24th) at 10.30am. It will take place outside The Pavilion at Chichester College. The Pavilion (if open that early) will be booked by the Hockey Club so use instead the changing rooms and WCs’ in the Sports Hall. 

Christmas Drinks: The club is holding a drinks evening on Friday 14th December starting in The Foundry from 7:30 pm. 

The Run Company

A reminder that The Run Company in The Hornet, Chichester has kindly invited Chichester Runners the exclusive opportunity to enjoy 20% off everything in store on Thursday 29th November from 5.30pm. They will also be offering a guided 8km run starting at 6.30pm. You can enjoy the discounts available both before and after the run.

XC Training Group: Phil Baker is holding a training group for juniors and seniors at Oaklands Park on Saturdays at 2:00 pm on non-event days. The first such one-hour session will be tomorrow (24th) with meet at the seats by the path on the middle part of the park. If raining meet at “cricket” just down from the Rugby Club. This will be a hard session suitable for all standards with seniors most welcome to attend.   

Club “Three Peaks’ Thrash”. This is an unsupervised activity on Sunday 25th November, but you may be able to buddy up or just run alone as a personal challenge. Start at Northgate car park between 8:15 am and 9:00 am. See the relevant page on the link from “Our Races” on the club website for the route. The “Full Monty” is 11.5 miles but there are opportunities to shorten.


Training/Activities for next week.  

Monday 26th NovemberFor all sessions meet in Clubroom 2, The Pavilion, Chichester College.

Foundation Group – Meet at 6:30 pm for a 6:45 pm start. A variety of sessions on offer led by Vikki, Helen, Amanda and the team.  

Run Chichester Beginners’ Group – Week 5 led by Mark. Meet at 6:30 pm.  

Structured Threshold Run – Week 5. 6k run with route details on Notice Board and explained each week. Meet at 6:30 pm for a 6:45 pm start.  


Development Group – Meet at 6:30 pm for a prompt start. Session led by Amanda is a run of the “Handicap” route (in preparation for the 5th December) in groups with a sprint element included.

Stretch Class Week 10 in the upstairs gym room at the Chichester College from 7:45 pm. Duration one hour.  

Tuesday 27th NovemberMeet in Clubroom 2, The Pavilion, Chichester College.

Event Group - Meet 6:30 pm for prompt start for mile repeats @ 10k pace with three minutes recovery.


Wednesday 28th November For all sessions meet in Clubroom 2, The Pavilion, Chichester College.

Development Group - Meet 6:30 pm for prompt start. Session is a jog up to East Broyle for between 10/14 circuits of Wells Crescent with between 40/60 seconds static recovery. Session led by Amanda.

Run Chichester Beginners’ Group – Week 5, led by Mark. Meet at 6:30 pm. 


Thursday 29th NovemberGroup run led by Vikki. Meet 6:30 pm at West Meads, Bognor.  


Sussex XC League Sussex XC League

The Sussex XC League season continues at Lancing Manor (BN15 0PH) on Saturday 1st December. This event it is turn-up, register on the day and run with no need to pre-register. Entry cost is a very modest £5 for seniors, £4 for juniors from U13 to U20 and £3 for U11. All runners irrespective of race position gain points for the club and it is important for the standings to have full rather than part age related teams. Please do support the club irrespective of your pace, fitness and ability and continue from where we left off recently at Stanmer Park. 


12:00                Under 11 Girls                                               2.0 km (1.2 Miles)

12:10                Under 11 Boys                                               2.0 km (1.2 Miles)

12.30               Under 13 Girls                                                 3.0 km (1.8 miles)

12.45               Under 13 Boys                                                3.0 km (1.8 miles)

13.00               Under 15 Girls                                                4.0 km (2.5 miles)

13.20               Under 15 Boys                                                4.0 km (2.5 miles)

13.40               Under 17 Men                                                 5.0 km (3.0 miles)

14.05               Under 17, U20, Sen & Vet women                  5.0 km (3.0 miles)

14.35               Under 20, Sen & Vet Men                               8.0 km (5.0 miles)

This year there is no parking at North Lancing School, nor at the Miller & Carter public house. Parking is available at the Leisure Centre car park but limited and if you do use the surrounding residential areas both north and south of the A27 please do park considerably to ensure future permissions to utilise this important venue for XC running. Changing with showers (cost usually £2) and WCs’ will be available in the Leisure Centre.

Report from Mike Houston 

“So pleased and proud last Saturday (17th) to be selected to represent Scotland at the 2018 British Masters Cross Country Championships in Swansea. I finished 23rd in a time of 26:51 and third V35 Scot to cross the line in a very strong field. A brilliant experience and perhaps put Chichester on the map to a few unaware of its existence north of the border!”

Well done Mike. As mentioned at the AGM Mike is stepping down after five years with parkrun, including the setting-up of Chichester and latterly as Ambassador for the area. A great big thank you to Mike for all his hard work, diligence and motivation with parkrun that has become a complete boom to running worldwide and of course locally. Mike’s last parkrun as Event Director is Saturday 1st December and we hope you will support him by attending with hopefully dressing in a blue/white theme.  

Report from Kevin Lockyear

“A small group travelled down to Devon last weekend to see ex-Chi runner Angus Farrelly and his wife Michele and to also run the Drogo Castle 10-mile trail race.

The morning promised to be a nice day and it did not disappoint.  A field of 489 runners started on a slight uphill road that turned down into a steady two-mile slope into the moor valley. With a slight bottleneck we crossed a wooden bridge over the river with a 1.5-mile flat trail along the river side then into a rise of about 800ft over a mile (most of us had to walk this stage) took us to near the top followed by an undulating course up to mile 6, then a sharp decent to the river again.

We gained some respite here along the flat trail with stunning scenery to admire, then at mile 8.5 we crossed another bridge back to the other side and immediately negotiated a very sharply rising and narrow trail back to the top and arrived at the side of the Castle and the finish. Total ascent, was about 2100ft and we all agreed it was one of the very best 10 milers we have ever done, Thank you South West Road Runners. I also met up with an old running mate Howard Bidmead who ran with the club 20 years ago but now is a member of Honiton Runners.

I finished in 202nd place in 1hr 37min being second V60. Angus finished in 263rd place in 1hr 43min with Tracy Lockyear finished in 271st place (1hr 44min), Sue Barty finished in 329th place (1hr 49min) and Dave Barty who decided that 10 miles was not enough and tacked on another two miles for good measure came 475th in 2hrs 28min.”

Southern Athletics League

The SAL fixtures for next season have now been finalised and the fixture list has been very kind to the club as not having to visit Exeter, Plymouth or Newquay and Par, all of whom are in our Division. We have been allocated a home match on Saturday 13th July. Unfortunately, Mountbatten Track in Portsmouth is booked on that weekend for a charity event, but Phil has managed to book Down Grange, Basingstoke.

The fixture list is as follows:

Saturday April 13th - Basingstoke;

Sunday 19th May - Winchester;

Saturday 15th June - Portsmouth;

Saturday 13th July – Basingstoke (Host Match);

Saturday 17th August - Swindon.    


The Brighton 10k welcomed a large field of runners on a bright but cold Sunday morning on the 18th November including from the club Emma Hughes (393rd – 42.40), Jo Brining (1005th – 50.56) and V70 Trevor Baker (1030th – 51.25).

It was also a bright morning at Gosport, albeit from reports very cold, for their long-standing Gosport Half Marathon. Again, a large field was in attendance and course record of 67.33 to enter the history books. For the club James Baker finished fifth (1.13.12) followed home by Justin Eggins (66th – 1.21.26), Jason Snow (205th – 1.28.55), Dan Busher (387th – 1.36.45), Sarah Morris (396th – 1.36.45), Clare Snow (1557th – 2.34.45) and Richard Woolston (1574th – 2.38.13).  

Miscellaneous Notices.

The lucky two drawn out of the hat for the London Marathon 2019 club places were Emily Bye and Martin Hill. We wish them well with their preparations. Reserves in order of priority are Kevin Williams, Greg Maynard, Clare Snow, Ben Ritchie and Seth Wise.

A reminder that the club has up to ten guaranteed places for the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 14th April 2019. The entry fee is £75. Now open to everyone with allocation on a “first come first served” basis. 

Please note that from Sunday 25th November Chichester junior parkrun is temporarily relocating until early new year to The Prebendal School playing fields. Their playing fields are in the Avenue De Chartres opposite the multi-story car park. Toilets are available at this car park with free parking before 10:00 am available at the Westgate (PO19 1RJ). To access the field, use the gate on the north-west corner and please avoid clambering over the fences as a short cut. There is no on-site parking. The route will be three laps.

At Bishop Luffa School on Sundays 25th November and 9th December between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm (doors open at 1:30 pm) there are trials for Sports Hall events for our U11, U13 and U15 juniors. These are great and fun spectacles and well worth a watch if you are free either or both afternoons. Do speak with Phil Baker if you have any eligible age children who wish to give it go or free to help.

Good luck to everyone running this weekend and do let John have a note of your runs please.