Newsletter 24th May 2019

Training/Activities for next 7 days.  

Monday 27th MayNo training as Bank Holiday.

Tuesday 28th May 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 8 x 400m with 200m jog recovery.


Wednesday 29th May – see below.


Summer Trail Run laid by Amanda. Meet East Dean Village Hall car park anytime between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm for a laid trail run. From Chichester take the A286 (Midhurst Road) and at Singleton turn right in the village signed Charlton/East Dean. After just under three miles you enter East Dean Village and bear-left with the car park about 300m on the left. There is also on-street parking but please respect the local residents. Distance seven miles maximum with a shorter option of four miles. All runners run at own risk and must report in and out to the Trail Run Organiser.


Many thanks to Mike for laying the trail this Wednesday from Lavington Common.


Thursday 30th May – see below.


Club run led by Vicky suitable for all abilities. Meet 6:30 pm in car park at The Fishbourne Centre off Blackboys Lane, Fishbourne.



The weekend started with four teams on Saturday (18th) from the club taking on the Emsworth to Basingstoke Charity Run. It was we understand a great day of running in delightful scenery but over challenging terrain. Congratulations to all runners and for being a part of an event raising large sums for local charities. The results are hard to fathom but it appears we had the first ladies’ team home.


Vicky Balandis had the run of her life to date with a brilliant 3.47.48 in 42nd place and first V35 last Sunday (19th) in the Worcester Marathon, especially as being on a hilly course. Simon Thompson was in support clocking 5.23.34.


Harry Sage was second in the Clanfield Challenge 5k on Sunday 19th May in a time of 19.09.


Clare Boxall completed the Southwick 10k last Sunday (19th May) in a time of 1.14.37. Well done Clare.


John Betts ran his first 10k for over two years on Sunday 19th May and was pleased to finish an undulating road race with some steep inclines at Binfield, near Bracknell, on Sunday 19th May in a time of 56.57 and surprisingly being first V70 past the post. A well organised local community event in delightful scenery attracting nearly 700 runners.   


There were 56 identified from the club running in the Bognor Prom 10k on Sunday 19th May. Well done to everyone with the senior men taking three of the top four places namely James Baker, Will Boutwood and Mike Houston. It was first age category wins for Jane Harrop (V50) and Trevor Baker (V70). Excellent running by everyone.    


Numbers from the club down for the Lakeside 5k on Wednesday 22nd May won by James Baker in a time of 16.07 followed home by U15 Fionn O’Murchu (19th – 18.31), Jane Harrop (37th – 20.15) and Sue Baker (76th – 26.17).


A squad of thirty went over to Littlehampton on Wednesday 22nd May for the annual run along the beach. An excellent result for the club with fifth place accumulating 116 points for the WSFRL team table.      


Future Events


In addition to some local events published below remember entry is now open for the club’s new venture the Centurion Country 5 to replace the Midsummer 5 on Wednesday 19th June at 7:30pm. As always, this event includes a burger/drink in the entry fee that we have kept again at a very modest at £12. Online entry and full details on this website.

On Sunday 2nd June at Ditcham Park School is the Run Ditcham a family friendly event comprising distances of 1k/5k/10k. Link to entry page:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/run-ditcham-5k-10k-and-the-dragonflies-dash-tickets-59494250906. As being the day after the SDR it is a good chance to loosen up some tired legs!   

In the delightful village of Madehurst on Sunday 16th June is the holding their first 5k and 10k event on the beautiful South Downs. Funds raised will benefit the children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House. Entries via www.nice-work.org.uk/races/madehurst.

Another local event is the "Boxgrove 5k" charity trail run being held on Saturday 22nd June between 12:30 and 14:00 with timed interval starts. Check out web site for details:  https://www.boxgroverun.co.uk.




The University of Chichester is conducting a study into the relationship between 2 km run time, multistage shuttle fitness test performance and VO2max. This could also be seen as great opportunity to receive a free VO2max test and training advice. Participation requires attending three testing visits (approx. 1.5 hours each) on three separate days. They are interested in recruiting male and female participants aged between 18 – 45. To discuss contact Josh Osofa via j.osofo@chi.ac.uk or 01243 793573.


Good luck to everyone running this weekend to include on Sunday our UAG squad in their second-round match of the Youth Development League at Winchester.