Newsletter 27th December 2019

Sussex Cross Country Championships

Entries via the club close for the Sussex XC Championships tomorrow (28th). The event is at Little Common, Bexhill on Saturday 4th January with the U20/Senior Men starting at 1:30 pm with the ladies hearing the gun at 2:15 pm. To date the following have been entered:

U20 Men: Harry Sage, Leo Stallard, Brodie Keates.

Senior Men: Tom Le Lievre, James Baker, Paul Stallard, Will Boutwood, Steve Davy, Mike Moorcroft.

Senior Women: Sue Baker, Wendy Whelan, Helen Dean.

This is to date a very low turnout and we expect there are others wishing to run. Forget about Facebook or phoning a friend just respond via the CONTACT US facility so that John can enter you.      

Portsmouth Coastal Run Fest

Last Sunday 22nd December twenty-seven from the club challenged themselves from half marathon to Ultra (50k) along the coastline from Southsea to around various parts Hayling Island and, of course, back. It was mercifully dry but in places the runners encountered a strong headwind and shingle but to compensate some lovely scenic views and for at least Andy W a free pint afterwards. Many of our runners remarked on the very plus point of having their own club “Cheer Squad”

Ultra: Ivan Prince (60th – 4.44.32), Vicky Balandis (106th – 5.03.46).

Marathon: Andy Wingham (417th – 4.28.29), Jo Prosser (453rd – 4.34.28), Emily Bye (515th – 4.43.09), Terence Goddard (517th – 4.43.41), Jo Brining (518th – 4.43.42), Trevor Baker (576th & 1st V70 = 4.54.18), Sarah Freeman-Smith (842nd – 6.20.06) and Helen Wilkins (848th – 7.09.48).  

Half Marathon: Martin Hill (42nd – 1.38.00), Rob Stapely (49th – 1.39.39), Emma Wickens (65th – 1.43.12), Nicky Hill (77th – 1.44.59), Katherine Bond (101st – 1.48.33), Tony Cooley (109th – 1.49.16), Mary McCutchan (114th – 1.50.20), Jeremy Harrison (282nd – 2.09.01), Marcus Hammerton (291st – 2.09.45), Stacy Killon (293rd – 2.09.45), Lynette Woodward (352nd – 2.16.03), Jayne MacDonald (357th – 2.16.44), Sandra Balcombe (399th – 2.21.00), Liz Wingham (432nd – 2.24.55), Eleanor Harrison (468th – 2.32.58), Johanna Harrison (511th – 2.40.19) and Richard Woolston (513th – 2.41.10).

Excellent running by  everyone.  

Training/Activities for next 8 days.  

Saturday 28th December – see below.

Session for Juniors (U13 and above) right up to Seniors at Oaklands Park led by Phil Baker. Meet 11:00 am at the benches by the path in the middle of the park. 

Sunday 29th December – see below:

Trail Run: Trail kindly laid by Tony. Meet Stoughton Woods Forestry Commission car park (SU815127) anytime between 11:00 am and 11:30 am.

From the Northgate Roundabout take the B1278 (Funtington Road) and go through East Ashling and when reaching Funtington turn right just past the public house. Go down to the bottom and at T-junction turn right and after about a mile turn right signed Walderton & Stoughton. Once past through both villages at the sharp left-hand bend the Forestry Commission car park is on the right.

Distances 10k, 6.5k and if anyone does not want to run up a steep hill near the end 5.5k. The last one is along the road to the car park instead of up and down big hills. All participants run at own risk and must report in and out to the Trail Organiser. Enjoy!

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

Monday 30th December – see below.

Session for Juniors (U13 and above) right up to Seniors at Oaklands Park led by Phil Baker. Meet 11:00 am at the benches by the path in the middle of the park. 

Development Group led by Tom with a 6:30 pm meet at Montague Road (off the green at top of Sherbourne Road) for a hill session. Please note the College is closed.

Wednesday 1st January – see below:

The WSFRL match (“Hangover 5”) based at Hill Barn, North Worthing. Pre-enter via Peter Anderson on either nadandpeter@btinternet.com or 07786 036820.

Thursday 2nd January – see below:

A day-time session led by Amanda being pyramids of 200m, 300m and 400m with jog recovery back to starting point. Meet 10:00 am at Oaklands Park by Rugby Club.

Session for Juniors (U13 and above) right up to Seniors at Oaklands Park led by Phil Baker. Meet 11:00 am at the benches by the path in the middle of the park. 

Club Winter Handicap Event No. 3. Meet from 6:00 pm outside the main entrance of Chichester College with start time between 6:15 pm and 7:00 pm. The course of 3.42 miles can be found on the club’s website on the “Winter Training” page. Remember you will be asked for your estimated time and please no time pieces. Event kindly managed by the Foundation Group. 


Remember the additional parkrun at Oaklands Park (9:00 am) on New Year’s Day.

Please note that there are some spare places on the Yoga courses. If you are unsure about them, why not come along for a taster session. Contact John (just respond via the CONTACT US facility) for more information.

Entries are now open for the Sussex Indoor Champs, which are taking place on February 15th and 16th February, 2020, at the  David Weir Leisure Centre, Middleton Road, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 1SL. Entries (individually and not by the club) are £6.50 per event online via https://data.opentrack.run/x/2020/GBR/sussexindoors/

Good luck to everyone running over the next weekend to include today (27th) the “Pub to Pub” at Horndean and the above mentioned WSFRL match next Wednesday. Do let John have a note of your race results please.   

Happy New Year to all.