Newsletter 26th January 2018

Training/Activities over next week.  

It is imperative that everyone attending a club training session wears high-viz/reflective clothing and the Leaders reserve the right to exclude anyone not meeting this requirement. This includes those with head torches as your back also requires to be clearly visible to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike.

Also, please be aware and respectful of pedestrians and other users of the pathway, especially when running in groups. Thank you all for your support in this regard.   

Sunday 28th January - 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 29th January – Session led by Tom. Meet 6:30 pm at The Pavilion, Chichester College.


Monday 29th January – Cake Run Group led by Vikki. Meet at 6:30 pm for a 6:45 pm start at The Pavilion, Chichester College.


Monday 29th January – Week 3 of Run Chichester Beginner’s Group led by Mark. Meet 6:30 pm at The Pavilion, Chichester College.

Monday 29th January – Week 3 of current Stretch Class Course led by Debz held in the Sports Hall (second floor) of Chichester College at 7:45 pm.


Tuesday 30th January – Training session led by Keith. Meet 6:30 pm at The Pavilion, Chichester College for a jog up to the “Barracks” for a fartlek.


Wednesday 31st January – Week 3 of Run Chichester Beginner’s Group led by Mark. Meet 6:30 pm at The Pavilion, Chichester College.

Wednesday 31st January – Training session led by Amanda/Lorna. Meet 6:30 pm at The Pavilion, Chichester College for a jog up to Little Breach for 5 x 500m hill reps with jog back recovery.  


Thursday 1st February – Club Handicap Event No. 5. Meet from 6:00 pm at The Pavilion, Chichester College with start time between 6:15 pm and 7:00 pm. Again, refer to the club’s website for full details and confirmation of the course. 


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


Sussex Masters

In very challenging and tricky conditions 27 veterans braved the hills of Lancing Manor and kept going despite several spectacular falls. Whilst not an epic year for our medal haul there was still brilliant bronze medals for Helen Dean (V55), Richard Miles in the V60 category and our V55 Ladies’ team comprising Helen, Sandra Nemorin-Noel, Sue Baker and Liz Wingham.

The event started with the joint Men’s V50 and V60 race over 5 miles with one short and two long laps. John Bullard led home the V50s followed by Dee Caldwell, Tim Brown, Andy Wingham and Peter Anderson for an eighth team placement. It was fourth and fifth place teams for the six-man V60 squad with Tom Blaylock, Jan Hill, John Miles, John Betts and Peter Shaw joining Richard Miles at the finish line and just out of the medals.

The Ladies were next up with two long laps that is basically all the way up to the Dew Pond and then down through the woods over very slippery and treacherous running surfaces. In addition to the already referred to successful V55 team Julia Hammond and Catherine Betts competed in the V35 age category, whilst Nadia Anderson and Elizabeth Robinson were our sole representatives in the V45s’. Unfortunately, a couple of drop-outs due to illness prevented full-teams in either age category. 

The afternoon finished with the V40 Men who endured three long laps over by then an extremely muddy course. Our two teams of Charles Rodmell, finishing an excellent fifth place, Simon Dunne, Justin Eggins, Keith Akerman, Stephen Davy, Jason Boswell, Matt de Lacy and Gary Williams ended tantalising outside the medals in fourth and fifth places.

A thoroughly enjoyable event with a great team spirit and camaraderie. Bring on 2019!   

Sundry Items

As mentioned last week the Chichester Corporate Challenge Series of races are on 21st February 7th March and 21st March (all Wednesdays). A reminder that the Entry Form is available on this website and please enter early to avoid disappointment. As always there will be plenty of duties to cover on the three evenings and all offers of help to Phil by either 01243 533786 or philbaker5@btconnect.com please.


A certificated first aid course has been arranged to run on two consecutive Tuesday evenings on 13th and 20th March from 6:00 until 9:00 pm in the club room at the Chichester College Sports Pavilion. This course is for all coaches, leaders and parents who are responsible or help with any of our junior or senior groups. It will cover emergency first aid. All participants will be issued with a certificate valid for 3 years. All coaches and leaders are expected to have a valid first aid certificate so if you have not got a certificate or the one you have is running out in the next 12 months please register for the course as the club will not run another in the current year. The course is free for club members. Please email to Rob Wiggins at runchichester@outlook.com to reserve a place on the course. You must be able to attend both nights of the course.

Good luck to everyone running this weekend to especially include the large squad of juniors and seniors going to Stanmer Park tomorrow for the SEAA XC Championships.