Newsletter 25th May 2018

Trundle Run

An excellent evening on Wednesday (23rd) with 481 runners enjoying the delights of the Trundle. There was also 26 in the junior race. Thankfully we missed any significant rain and conditions were ideal (apart from a water hazard!) for the 10k out and back scenic race route.

In the WSFRL team event the club finished first gathering a massive 128 points. On the evening there were 56 runners and 40 helpers from the club. The results are now on this website). A special thank you must go to Jill and Tony for managing this event. 

Training/Activities over next week.  

Sunday 27th May - Club “Three Peaks’ Thrash”. Meet at Northgate car park with start time between 8:15 am and 9:00 am. See the relevant page on the link from “Our Races” on the club website for more details and route. All welcome.


Monday 28thNO sessions as Bank Holiday.


Tuesday 29th MayTraining session led by Keith. Meet 6:30 pm at the Cricket Pavilion, on the top part of Oaklands Park.


Wednesday 30th May Summer Trail Run laid by Mike. Meet Lavington Common (SU951188) anytime between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm for a laid trail run. From Chichester take the A285 (Petworth Road) and after Duncton (take care on the steep hill and bends near Seaford College) on the mid-part of the long straight turn left (signed Graffham) and National Trust car park is about one mile on the right. Distance seven miles maximum with a shorter option of four miles offered by Mike. All runners run at own risk and must report in and out to the Trail Run Organiser.  


Thursday 31st MayNO evening run.


Thursday 31st May – Ad hoc training session led by Amanda. Meet 6:30 pm at the Cricket Pavilion, on the top part of Oaklands Park.


Please note that all training sessions are inclusive to all and members are welcome to change back and forth between groups.


Emsworth to Basingstoke Relay – Report from Peter Anderson

“Early in the year Amanda Godfrey asked for recruits to run the Emsworth to Basingstoke Relay, a 70km race of 18 legs. Very quickly there was enough interest to field two teams. We were strongly encouraged to recce our legs beforehand and that proved to be sage advice.

On the 8th April six of us spent the day checking out as much of route as possible. To be honest the omens were not looking great, the ground was still sodden, from the winter rain and we were sodden from that day’s miserable weather, each one of us managed to miss turnings and add extra distance to our legs! Surely things could only get better? They did, over the next few weeks everyone had checked over their legs at least once and the weather had improved markedly.

By the day of the race two teams had been finalised as Amanda Godfrey, Nadia Anderson, Elizabeth Robinson, Julia Hammond, Persephone Hagan and Kim Nelson running as the Chichester Cowslips (Ladies) and Gary Williams, Tom Blaylock, Hilary Brown, Rebecca Mia Brown, Richard Ayling and Peter Anderson running as the Chichester Chameleons (mixed). Unfortunately, Tom had picked up a chest infection a week or so before, but he is not a man to let the team down and, resisting the temptation to spend the day with Meghan Markle and a medicinal dram, he joined us at the start line.

The weather was glorious as we left Emsworth at 9:36 a m. It did not seem long before the two teams, pretty much neck and neck, were out in the open countryside north of Rowlands Castle. Leg 9 provided the most interest, the respective runners Amanda and Gary bizarrely had to start their leg running through a village fete and past a tribute band! It was not quite as incongruous as the speedboat gate crashing the wedding in Live and Let Die, but it was close. (Young readers may wish to note Live and Let Die was a popular voodoo spy film from the 1970's). That leg was probably the most challenging and would include a waterfall and spectacular view.

We then carried winding our way through the stunning Hampshire countryside, popping in and out of pretty country villages. Although the ladies team always had the edge, our paths always crossed at each of the checkpoints. The final leg brought us the Cliddeston Village Hall outside Basingstoke, with our teams, the Cowslips and Chameleons finishing 6th and 8th respectively out of 15.

It was a truly fantastic day in great company, we got to enjoy the best of the Hampshire countryside, some taxing hills, fantastic camaraderie and great sportsmanship from the rival teams. We all would really recommend it and hopefully we will be able to field three teams next year.”


Twenty-nine represented the club at the WSFRL event at Littlehampton on Wednesday 16th May. The results for The Beach Run can be accessed via the WSFRL website. Their efforts amassed 120 points earning a third team spot. Four juniors namely Nicole Boltwood, Laila Hellyer, Lillie Hellyer and Digby Fulford ran in the junior race.

Again, the club was well represented at the Bognor Prom 10k on Sunday 20th May with two seniors James Baker and Mike Houston in the top three, with several winning their age category and seven with a sub-40-minute time. Please refer to the event website for the full list of at least 57 from the club but special mention should be made of two club members.

Firstly, those who know Daniel McGreal will be thrilled to hear he ran his first race without support and clocked a fantastic 43.46. The other mention is Sarah Freeman-Smith who bizarrely clocked to the exact second the same time as 2017. Brilliant running by everyone.

The 20k Clanfield Challenge on Sunday 20th May attracted Keith Akerman and Ben Ritchie who finished this off-roader in 1.32.14 (14th) and 1.39.44 (26th) respectively. In the 5k the “Sage” family featured with Harry 4th (20.210, Sam 76th (32.19) and Jackie 139th (37.27).       

The second of the Lakeside 5k clashed with The Trundle and as such the field was less than 100 for the first time for many years. It included Jane Harrop (19.49), Ian Shaw (21.45), Helen Dean (22.19), Andrew Harrop (24.46) and Sue Baker (27.41).


Please do widely circulate the date of the next Beginners’ Group. Mark Ring is again managing this course that starts on Monday 4th June at Oaklands Park.

Last year’s Ageas Bowl five miler has been elevated to a 10k and is being staged on Sunday 30th September. Details and entry via www.runningmania.co.uk/ageasbowl10k/.

Good luck to everyone running this week to include our juniors at Withdean in a Youth Development League Meeting (Sunday) and next Thursday those going over to Midhurst for a 5/10k race around the Ruins.