Newsletter 31st May 2019

Centurion Country 5

There is now less than three weeks to the club’s new exciting venture the Centurion Country 5 on Wednesday 19th June at 7:30pm. As always, this event includes a burger/drink in the entry fee that we have kept again at a very modest at £12. Online entry and full details on this website and we cannot guarantee that there will be entries on the evening. If you are not proposing to run, we do need help on the evening please. Do let John know you can help by responding using the CONTACT US button please. 


Training/Activities for next 7 days.  

Monday 3rd Junesee below.

Foundation Group – Meet at 6:30 pm for a 6:45 pm start outside Rugby Club on the top part of Oaklands Park (car park entrance off Wellington Road). This week the group will start six weeks of various training activities within the park. Led by Vicky and the team.

Development Group Meet at 6:30 pm for a prompt start by the pavilion for the cricket pitch on the top part of Oaklands Park (car parking off Wellington Road). It will be a jog to Graylingwell Park for a full lap and drills followed by a time trial measured at 1609m, plus a short pyramid session of 100m, 150m, 200m, 150m and 100m. The objective of the time trial is to focus on an even split or negative split for both halves of the distance. To follow, a pyramid session to focus on driving arms as working pace 8/9 of effort and important to take active recovery. Led by Amanda.  

Stretch Class Third week of course in the upstairs gym room at the Chichester College from 8:00 pm. Duration one hour.     

Tuesday 4th June see below.

Event Group - Meet at 6:30 pm for a prompt start by the pavilion for the cricket pitch on the top part of Oaklands Park (car parking off Wellington Road). A session of 200m’s with 200m jog recovery.


Wednesday 5th June – see below.


Summer Trail Run laid by David and Sue. Meet Forestry Commission car park for Eartham Woods (SU939129) anytime between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm for a laid trail run. From Chichester take the A285 (Petworth Road) after going through Halnaker two miles further on take the sharp right turn (signed Eartham) car park 300m down the hill on left. Distance approximately 7 miles with shorter and/or combination of distances on offer. All runners run at own risk and must report in and out to the Trail Run Organiser.


Many thanks to Amanda for laying the trail this Wednesday from East Dean in such awful weather. However, it was strangely mystical, but spooky, on the Downs in the clouds!    


Thursday 6th June – see below.

“Summer Handicap” Event 3 with meet from 6:45 pm at The Canal Basin (by the Richmond Arms). If you wish to have a timed run please email Peter Anderson via nadandpeter@btinternet.com. It is important to do so as Peter will email everyone with their own individual start time. Alternatively, just turn up and run the route but it may not be practical to include you in the recorded timings.  



Helen Dean was asked to run in for England in Masters’ Road Race Championships  incorporated within the Great Birmingham 10k last Sunday. Her report is below:


'Having just returned from running the Masters' 10k event in Birmingham, John has asked me to pen a few words about the experience.  I was incredibly nervous and despite weeks of hard training, my heart sank as I realised that my age group was one of the biggest.  All the ladies looked much fitter and stronger than me and they also seemed to know each other from previous Masters' events, so were familiar with where to line up etc.  The route was bleak to say the least - out and back along a dual carriageway incorporating several 'undulations' and dark, dirty under-passes.  The only highlight was the first 100m down quite a steep slippery hill which I literally sprinted due to being pushed and shoved from behind! Despite giving it my all, I was initially disappointed with my time until I realised that virtually everyone else was 2-3 minutes off pace, so I felt a bit better. It was an amazing experience with highs and lows throughout, one which I will never forget and which I consider was a real privilege to be part of.  Frankly, without the coaching/support of Keith Akerman and the Tuesday 'event' group, I would never have had the confidence to do it, so a huge thank you to them.  And now?  Well, those who know me may not be surprised to hear that I'm just glad to get back to normal training and local races!

PS.  I neither know nor met Jo Corbett (Chi Runners) on the day but understand that he ran extremely well.'  


Brilliant run by Helen finishing third V60 lady in a time of 46.45 and “Yes” Jo also ran very well excellently finishing in seventh place clocking an impressive 32.18. 


Jo and Jeremy Harrison trekked to London on Monday 27th May for the London Vitality 10k and despite the hot weather and loads of runners they did extremely well with times of 1.08.55 and  56.10 respectively. Also running in the London Vitality 10k were Chris Bird (115th – 32.35), Richard Holder (1394th – 41.20), Emily Bye (5886th – 51.49), Terence Goddard (9221st – 57.15), Philip Faulkner (11458th – 1.00.41), Clare Snow (12435th – 1.02.22), Laura Holder (12730th – 1.02.55) and Sandra Pidwell (18487th 1.22.13).  



A reminder that elite coach Tom Craggs will be taking the training session on Monday 10th June.


The next two WSFRL matches are on Sunday 16th June (Hove Park) and on Saturday 22nd June (Burgess Hill). Pre-enter with Peter Anderson via either nadandpeter@btinternet.com or 07786 036820 please.

The third Southern Athletics League fixture this season for seniors, veterans, U20 and U17 men and women is at Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth on Saturday 15th June. Everyone  welcome, as the more who compete the large  the points haul for the club. Please contact Phil Baker for more details and to book your place via either philbaker5@btinternet.co.uk or 01243 533784.

The Martello Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, 30th June starting in Seaford, East Sussex at 9.30am.  It is a trail run on the beautiful South Downs, where your ability as a runner will be tested on this scenic route. To register click https://www.nice-work.org.uk/races/MartelloHalf/2019.

Good luck to everyone running this weekend to include on Saturday our two teams in the South Downs Way Relay and on Sunday the Sussex Masters Track & Field Championships, Horsham 10k, Dorking 10m/10k and the Run Ditcham 5k/10k.