Newsletter 2nd May 2019

Training/Activities for next 7 days.  


Beginners’ Group (Week 6) – “Leader” led session at 6:30 pm with meet outside the Rugby Club on the top part of Oaklands Park (car park entrance off Wellington Road).

Tuesday 7th May see below.

Event Group - Meet 6:30 pm at Trundle Car Park (not Oaklands Park) for 5 x 3 minutes hill reps. Led by Keith.


Wednesday 8th May – see below.


Summer Trail Run:

Summer Trail Run laid by Mark. Meet outside the Stanstead Garden Centre (SU759102) anytime between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm for a laid trail run.


From Chichester at the Northgate roundabout take the B1278 (signed Funtington) and after going through Aldsworth take the sharp right hand turn signed Stanstead. After about a mile turn right into the driveway for Stanstead and Garden Centre is adjacent to the House. Do not park in the Garden Centre car park as gates close at 5:00 pm. Distance seven miles maximum with a shorter option of four miles offered by Mark. All runners run at own risk and must report in and out to the Trail Run Organiser.


Many thanks to Tony for laying an excellent trail this week around the delightful “Chidham” Peninsula.   


Thursday 9th May – see below.


Summer Handicap - Start time from 6:45 pm with the meet at the Chichester Canal Basin. Please refer to the information on the “Summer Training” page of the club’s website.


Those who have pre-booked (see note below) will receive a start time by email from Peter Anderson (nadandpeter@btinternet.com). If you are not one who have pre-booked by all means turn up and run but you will not be included in the “Handicap”.  Please respect other users on the course, especially when on the canal path that is also a cycleway.


Friday 10th May – see below.


Beginners’ Group (Week 6) – “Leader” led session at 6:30 pm with meet outside the Rugby Club on the top part of Oaklands Park (car park entrance off Wellington Road).


London Marathon

Report by Emily Bye: “I was lucky enough to get a club ballot place. It was chilly on the start line, but the temperature was perfect once started. The spectators were fantastic and really encouraging with lots of high fives and cheers, and an event recommended to anyone for their first marathon. I want to say a massive well done to the ladies I trained with, they all did amazingly well; Helen Wilkins, Jenette Whitfield, Jane Taylor, Amanda Trafford, Sara Wareham and Nadia Anderson. We all had huge support from the club that really helped, but a special thank you goes to Vicky Balandis who organised extra sessions and has been brilliant throughout. Thank you for the opportunity to run for the club.” Emily clocked an impressive 4.05.28.

Report by Mikey Neville: “Polly and I both ran. Despite different starting colours, after an 11-minute wait at mile 3, I managed to spot Polly and we ran the remaining 23.2 miles together. The plan was to get a “Good for Age” qualifying time and Polly ran the perfect race to finish in 3:40.47. The crowds were electric from start to finish and it was an extra special race for us as a couple as it marks exactly one-year cancer free for our beautiful daughter, Snowdrop.”

Report by Nicky Hill: The conditions were ideal and atmosphere absolutely amazing, helping me to get-round in a respectable 3:46.44, and making it my fastest “London” marathon time.”

Report by Martin Hill: “I was lucky enough to receive one of the clubs guaranteed places in the 2019 race that worked out really well as my wife, Nicky who is also a member and coaches the junior section, had somehow secured a place through the general ballot. Having have run many marathons and ultras in the past but have not closely followed the training plans. This time round for what was to be, my 5th London Marathon, I was determined to try and run more kilometres each week and increase the effectiveness of the different sessions. I selected the Runner’s World (RW) sub-3-hour plan because the last time I had run the race in 2007 I had run 3hrs 29 and wanted to run a decent PB. 

Training went well during the end of 2018, building a good base up to Christmas before starting the 16-week RW programme, running just over 1100km prior to the race. I was glad for the taper, as calf’s and back tightness had crept in but started the race in pretty good shape.

Race day was an almost perfect day, cool and light winds. I was pretty consistent up until 39km when some hamstring cramps slowed things a little, but I finished with an 18-minute PB of 3 hours 11 min.  We also raised just over £4000 for two charities supporting a very close friend of ours at the moment. The race has definitely renewed my love of running, with a sub-3-hour marathon a goal of the (near) future!”

Report by Nadia Anderson: “My Marathon debut started two years ago, when I managed to obtain a club place, however due to ill health, just weeks before the event, I had to withdraw, and the club kindly agreed to a deferment until 2019. This gave me more time to prepare and start the hard work that I needed to do. I have been so lucky to have trained with some really experienced runners and of course have had my secret weapon my hubby who has supported me throughout this journey. It has been a year of undertaking a great training calendar, which the club has supported and put on, including the cross country, trails, development training and entering many different races. I thoroughly enjoyed the marathon and it lived up to all the expectations I was promised by so many. I took all the wonderful words of advice around London on Sunday and felt really blessed to be part of such a great inspiring club made up of truly supportive friends and peers.
All I really wanted to say was a huge thank you for this great experience, I would recommend anyone who has not completed a marathon to enter. My time was 3:57:48.”

Report by Simon Thraves: This was my seventh London Marathon and my third since turning 55. I should have ‘retired’ in my 30s, but I swear the event just gets better and better each year. I am not a fan of the distance, but the incredible atmosphere at London is addictive. I clocked 3.33.58.”

Report from John Miles: “I was very pleased to have met my target of sub 3:30 with an official time of 3:29:24 being 15th out of 290 in my age group (65-69). I raised money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice and will be writing a report for them that can be accessed via


Report by Mike Houston – 2.48.21, not my best but not my worst. Pleased to finish and proud to be seen by some wearing the “Chichester colours” on TV!

Also running were Kerrie McGreal (6.34.38), Ashley Pledger (4.45.13), Jane Taylor (4.51.16), Amanda Trafford (4.17.06), Sara Wareham (4.50.42), Jenette Whitfield (4.34.23) and Helen Wilkins (5.43.17). Sadly, Tony Cooley had to drop out around the 22-mile distance. Brilliant by everyone.

Boston Marathon – Report by Jon McElhill

“Boston was the hardest, most horrible and most exhilarating marathon I have ever done. On paper a downhill course should be easier, but it really was not. Over 26 miles of some minor uphill but predominantly downhill, your quads and glutes really suffer. The weather was odd/horrible with thunderstorms to soak us before the race started followed by blue skies and hot sun for the race. About 30 minutes after I finished the storms came back and soaked us again (which meant I walked to the T subway shivering yet sunburnt!). 

But the most amazing thing was the support along the linear course, it was fantastic in a bonkers kind of way and phenomenal along the whole route (my wife Sarah got to the 20 mile mark - I did think I might be hallucinating as she seemed to be near a unicorn and a panda both with cowbells and a boom box). 

Wearing my club vest, I had a lot of shout outs for “Chichester” pronounced in myriad ways  along with cheers for Winchester and Rochester (clearly unicorns and pandas can struggle with reading and shaking cowbells at the same time). 

Amazing experience. I was marginally outside the top 10% for my age group that I am very happy with, though the time was well outside my plan (an automated report from the race placed me in both the top 10% and also top 15% but by my maths it’s just outside the former).” 


A reminder if you wish to run the afore-mentioned “Summer Handicap” please email Peter Anderson via nadandpeter@btinternet.com.soonest and soonest and by end of this weekend at very latest.

A reminder that the next WSFRL fixtures are Portslade Hedgehoppers 5 (Sunday 12th May), Trundle View 5 (Wednesday 15th May and the club’s own race) and Beach Run at Littlehampton (Wednesday 22nd May). As ever pre-enter with Peter Anderson via either nadandpeter@btinternet.com or 07786 036820 please.

If you are not running in the club event on Wednesday 15th May (there will be no “trail run”) and can assist, please tell Jill Renson or just reply to this message and John will pass on your name.

The Lingfield Running Club is holding 10 mile or 10k races on Sunday 30th June 2019 at 9:30 am. Both races are over multi-terrain and through beautiful rural Surrey countryside. The 10k is hilly and challenging while the 10 mile has a few more hills and is slightly more challenging! The race HQ will be based at Lingfield College RH7 6PN where refreshments will be available. Details can be found on our club website https://lingfieldrunningclub.co.uk/lingfield-10s/.

Good luck to everyone running this weekend to include our “senior” juniors on Sunday in their first YDL meet of the season.