Newsletter 29th June 2018

Training/Activities over next week. 

Monday 2nd July – Session led by Tom/Amanda. Meet 6:30 pm outside the “Cricket” pavilion on the top part of Oaklands Park.

Monday 2nd July – Cake Run Group led by Vikki. Meet at 6:30 pm for a 6:45 pm start outside the “Rugby Club” pavilion on the top part of Oaklands Park.

Monday 2nd July – Week 10 of Stretch Class with Debz at 7:45 pm in the Fitness Room on second floor of the Sport’s Hall at Chichester College. 

Monday 2nd July – Week 5 of Run England Beginners’ Group led by Mark. Meet at 6:30 pm outside the “Rugby Club” pavilion on the top part of Oaklands Park.

Tuesday 3rd July – Training session led by Keith. Meet 6:30 pm at the Cricket Pavilion, on the top part of Oaklands Park.

Wednesday 4th July – Week 5 of Run England Beginners’ Group led by Mark. Meet at 6:30 pm outside the “Rugby Club” pavilion on the top part of Oaklands Park.

Wednesday 4th July – Summer Trail Run laid by Ian. Meet Sutton Common (SU989174) anytime between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm for a laid trail run. From Chichester take the A285 (Petworth Road) and after going through Duncton at the end of the long straight turn right (signed Burton Mill). After about one mile go straight across and then in another half mile at fork in road turn right into the car park. Distance seven miles with a shorter option of about 4.5 miles offered by Ian. All runners run at own risk and must report in and out to the Trail Run Organiser. 

Thanks to Gary for laying the trail(s) last Wednesday around the delightful Pagham Harbour area enjoyed by thirty-nine.

Thursday 5th July – Club Summer Handicap Event No. 3. Meet from 6:00 pm at The Fishbourne Centre off Blackboy Lane, Fishbourne with start time between 6:15 pm and 7:00 pm. The route of 3.87 miles can be reviewed on the Club Races page of the website. No timepieces to be worn please.

Results Round-Up
We start with Ian Robertson’s epic 100 mile run along the South Downs Way from Winchester to Eastbourne on Saturday 9th June. Ian completed the event in 19 hours 15 minutes and 24 seconds. 

Some of you supported the Boxgrove Charity 5k Run on Saturday 16th June and we hope you enjoyed the run.

Also, on Saturday 16th June over 900 runners lined up at Slindon College for a go on the South Downs Way. In the marathon Annaliese Shaw with a welcome return to competitive running finished in 81st place with a time of 4.18.34 followed home in 170th position by Andy Wingham (4.48.07). It was 5th, 6th and 7th place for Mikey Neville (1.27.37), James Ellis (1.28.00) and Simon Dunne (1.28.53) respectively in the half whilst for the 10k distance Neil Simpson gained a 41st place clocking 54.03.  

Whilst no trains were running there were plenty of puffing souls on Wednesday 13th June for the always popular 5-mile Hayling Billy on Hayling Island. The field of 298 contatined from the club 53rd Karen Knowles, 77th Ellen Perry, 131st Elaine Cruttenden and 190th Lis Peskett.

It was the beach for 138 runners on Sunday 17th June for the “Felpham 5” that included 28th Kevin Williams, 44th Ellen Perry, 75th Martin Fryer, 86th Gillian Brown, 89th Lynette Woodward and 96th Jeremy Harrison.     

It was gold for Andy Hall in the hammer at the South of England Senior Masters’ Championships last weekend. 
Due to its cancellation in March due to poor weather the Eastleigh 10 Road Race was re-scheduled for Sunday 17th June. James Baker finished in tenth place (33.03) followed home by Jason Snow (204th – 39.57), Ashely Pledger (997th – 53.21) and Greg Maynard (1614th – 63.04).  

After beating the course record for the Moors Valley parkrun (15.50) James Baker then went a little way down the road to run in the Ferndown 10k road race on Saturday 23rd June. Despite James keeping on course several runners behind him were misdirected and ran about 500m less but he still managed to win the event in a time of 32.40.

The mid-day sun was beating down on the 321 finishers for the latest WSFRL match at Burgess Hill on Saturday 23rd June. This event known as the Downland Dash was extended this year to nearly five miles and is run on a mix of trails, tracks and road. The contingent from the club gained 79 points in ninth team place and comprised of 63rd Emma Hughes, 65th David Pike, 66th Marcus Hammerton, 91st Jon McElhill, 110th Tome Blaylock, 114th Nadia Anderson, 125th Elizabeth Robinson, 131st Amanda Godfrey, 
185th Peter Anderson and 102nd Jill Renson.

The Summer XC on Wednesday 27th June is a challenging 5-mile event around the undulating tracks of Queen Elizabeth Country Park. The event was tried by 227 that included Michael Moorcroft (69th – 39.16), Marcus Hammerton (84th – 40.35), Mark Jennings (102nd – 42.43) and Kevin Batt (108th – 43.17).

The third match of the Lakeside 5k series was held on Wednesday 27th June with less than 100 runners presumably because of other events around the area. James Baker (15.48) finished third followed in fourth by Chris Bird (16.09) with Justin Eggins 24th (18.46), Stephen Davy 30th (18.57), Jane Harrop 39th (20.28) and Helen Dean 60th (22.58). Both ladies came first in their respective age group category.        

Why not give the Roundhill Romp at Steyning on Wednesday 4th July a go? All you need to do is contact Peter Anderson and he will do the rest. His contact details are telephone 07786 036820 or email nadandpeter@btinternet.com. The gala of running starts at 7:00 pm with a one-mile junior race. For your diaries the following WSFRL dates are 29th July (Henfield) and 1st August (Highdown Hike).

The iconic Chichester Half Marathon (with 10 mile and relay options) on a mix of road, track and cycle path takes place on Sunday 7th October 2018 at 9:00 am. Entry now open and can be accessed via  Enter Half Marathon.

Good luck to everyone running this week to include on Sunday our juniors at Southampton for a Youth Development League (UAG) match and the above-mentioned WSFRL fixture.