Newsletter 3rd January 2020


On 27th December a smaller than normal field of runners took to the quiet undulating roads around Horndean for the annual 7.3 mile “Pub to Pub”. James Baker won the race in a time of 39.54 followed home by Mary McCutchon 33rd – 57.47), Sue Baker (50th – 66.10), Marcus Hammerton (61st – 72.52) and Stacey Killon (64th – 73.57). 

A fantastic number of runners from the club went over to High Barn, Worthing on New Year’s Day for the 2020 WSFRL season opener the aptly named “Hangover 5”. Time prevents us listing the twenty-eight who braved with 450 others the muddy and slippery slopes that earned the club a brilliant fourth place with 113 points. 

Sussex Masters Cross Championships

A reminder that we are now formulating the Entry List for the Sussex XC Masters at Coombes, Lancing on Saturday 18th January 2020. The club requires a lot more interest please so that we can get out teams for all age categories. Please let John know you can run, everyone welcome, by responding using the CONTACT US facility.     

Training/Activities for next 10 days.  

Friday 3rd 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 11:00 am at Oaklands Park by Rugby Club.

Monday 6th January – see below.

Foundation Group – Meet at 6:30 pm for a 6:45 pm start in Clubroom 2 at The Pavilion, Chichester College. Led by Vicky and the team.

Development Group Meet at 6:30 pm for a prompt start in Clubroom 2 at The Pavilion, Chichester College. It will be a jog up to Oaklands Park for “Just a Minute Hill” session i.e. Fast uphill for one minute and 90 seconds downhill recovery. Led by Amanda. 

Stretch Class Opening week of new course in the upstairs Multi Use Gym Studio at the Chichester College from 7:45 pm. Duration one hour. Class managed by Graham Woodward (gwoodward7@gmail.com).

Tuesday 7th January – see below.

Event Group - Meet at 6:30 pm for a prompt start in Clubroom 2 at The Pavilion, Chichester College. Session led by Keith.

Wednesday 8th January – see below:

Development Group – Meet at 6:30 pm for a prompt start in Clubroom 2 at The Pavilion, Chichester College. Session led by Amanda is 400m reps in groups of equal ability around the College with 30/45 seconds effort above 5k pace and walk recovery.  . 

Thursday 9th January – see below:

Group run led by Vicky. Meet at the Chichester Basin at 6:30 pm. All welcome.

Friday 10th January – see below.

Yoga Classes led by Katie namely:


5:00 pm (attend at 4:45 pm please) in the upstairs Multi Use Gym Studio, Chichester College, and


7:00 pm at the Newell Centre, Tozer Way, (off St Pancras) Chi, PO19 7LG.


Classes managed by John (chichesterrunners@googlemail.com).

Sunday 12th January – see below:

Trail Run: Trail laid by Karen. Meet Dukes Road, Slindon (SU951074) anytime between 11:00 am and 11:30 am.

From Chichester take the A27 eastwards and on dual carriageway between the two roundabouts at Fontwell take the sharp left turn into Dukes Road with the entrance to the National Trust car park about 300m on the right. Distance seven miles maximum with a shorter option of four and half miles offered by Karen. All runners run at own risk and must report in and out to the Trail Run Organiser.

Many thanks to Tony for laying the trail last Sunday on a glorious morning around Stoughton Woods that attracted a brilliant turn-out of 66 runners and walkers.

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.  


There are still some spare places on the Yoga and Stretch classes starting next week  If you are unsure about them, why not come along for a taster session. 

Due to the inclusion of an extra WSFRL fixture unknown to the Trail Run Organising Team when scheduling the Winter Programme, the event allocated to the 16th February has been cancelled. Unfortunately, it has not been practical to re-arrange the date and our apologises for any inconvenience caused but it is club policy that trail runs will not be held on WSFRL event days.   

Please widely publish the new Beginners’ Group starting on Monday 20th January 2020.

Many thanks to Vicky, Helen and Jo who managed the Handicap run last evening with thirty attempting to get rid of their Xmas period excesses! The timings will be published on Facebook and the club’s website in due course.

Good luck to everyone running over the weekend to include tomorrow the squad of 50 plus going to Bexhill for the Sussex XC Championships. Do let John have a note of your race results please.