Newsletter 4th January 2019

Sussex Masters’ XC Championships

The event details have just been published for the Sussex Masters’ XC Championships at Coombe Farm, Lancing, BN15 0RS on Saturday 19th January. A “must run” race for ladies and men aged at least 35 and 40 respectively on race day. This is an enjoyable, fun and friendly event suitable for all abilities. Whilst including an individual element the main emphasis is on the team events.


There will be three races as follows:


1:00 pm - V50 and V60 Men

1:40 pm - V35, V45 and V55 Women

2:25 pm - V40 Men.


It is pre-entry via the club with entries closing on Wednesday 16th January. Please tell John soonest that you wish to be added to the entry list by responding using the CONTACT US button on this website. To date the following are running for the club so many more runners required please:


MV50 – Tim Brown.

MV 60 – Kevin Lockyear, John Betts.

WV35 – Catherine Betts.

WV45 – Tracy Lockyear.

WV55 – Helen Dean, Sue Baker, Sue Barty.

MV40 – James Baker, Justin Eggins, John Peters.   


Physical Preparation Class

The next date for this Class led by Andy and Amanda is scheduled for Sunday 13th January at 11:00 am with the location at Jubilee Hall, New Park Road Centre. Charge is £1 each to cover cost of hall hire a one-hour session to include free parking. Bring own mat if you have one. To book your place email Amanda on amandagodfrey@btinternet.com.

Training/Activities for next 7 days.  

Monday 7th JanuaryFor all sessions meet in Clubroom 2, The Pavilion, Chichester College.

Foundation Group – Meet at 6:30 pm for a 6:45 pm start for a session led by Mark.  

Structured Threshold Run – Week 1 of a six-week course to get people running up to 10k confidently. Route details on Notice Board and explained each week. Meet at 6:30 pm for a 6:45 pm start for session led by Vicky and the team.  


Development Group – Meet at 6:30 pm for a prompt start. Session led by Amanda for a jog up to Oaklands Park for a 30 minute “Kenyan” hill session.

Stretch Class Week 1 of new course in the upstairs gym room at the Chichester College from 7:45 pm. Duration one hour.  


Tuesday 8th JanuaryMeet in Clubroom 2, The Pavilion, Chichester College.

Event Group - Meet 6:30 pm for prompt start for two x two-mile repeat with 5-minute jog in between.


Wednesday 9th January Meet in Clubroom 2, The Pavilion, Chichester College.

Development Group - Meet 6:30 pm for prompt start. Session is 600m x 5/8 circuits of Chichester College with 90/120 seconds static recovery. Led by Amanda

Thursday 10th January – see below.


Group run led by Vikki. Meet 6:30 pm at Tesco (Fishbourne) car park.  


Charity Trail Run – Message from Lucy Hilton

“A huge thank you to everyone that supported the trail run on 30th December. Between us we raised £301.27 in cash for Parkinson's UK, which is fantastic. In addition, a few people said they would like to donate on line. I will transfer the cash amount to my just giving site. This is the link for those that wanted it: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lucy-hilton8

Thank you again for showing up and for being so generous in your support. See you in late March when the trail runs start! Happy New Year.”

Excellent support by everyone and thanks to Lucy for organising this flour run.

Chichester (Goodwood) 10k – Message from Graham Jessop

“We already have over 1000 entries for the 10K road race on Sunday 3rd February so to avoid disappointment get your entries in soon and suggest within next week as race limit cannot be extended. 

The event requires some more volunteers, especially a recorder to work on the finish line with John Jones taking the times of the first 50 men and approximately 30 women. We also would like two or three people to work with me on the start and finish areas. In addition, if anyone is free on the Saturday afternoon between 3.30 and 5.30 pm volunteers are needed to hump barriers around to erect the finish area.”

If anyone can help, please contact Graham direct on grahamjessop@btinternet.com.


On the Sunday before Xmas Vicky Balandis went the 13.1 miles along the coastline between Portsmouth and Hayling and then the 13.1 miles back again in the annual Portsmouth Coastal Marathon event. Vicky finished in 456th place in a great time of 4.29.30.

The first match of the WSFRL 2019 season started on New Year’s Day with the Hangover 5 at Hill Barn, Worthing. The route is a lap of the Sports Field followed by a steady incline onto the Downs and a speedy downhill watching the golfers looking in the undergrowth for their “lost” balls! This “open” event attracted 466 runners. The club finished in 12th place with a total of 83 points. Our contingent (in WSFRL order) was Marcus Hammerton (93rd – 40.52), Helen Dean (103rd – 41.35), Nadia Anderson (137th – 43.49), Jan Hill (143rd – 44.08), Tom Blaylock (155th – 44.51), Tracy Lockyear (192nd – 47.58), Ellen Perry (199th – 48.17), Peter Shaw (244th – 51.01), Nicola Jolly (250th – 51.40), Leon Perry (261st – 53.07), Sue Baker (264th – 53.16), Peter Anderson (279th – 54.49), Amanda Godfrey (282nd – 55.07) and Sandra Nemorin-Noel (288th – 55.52).   

Miscellaneous Notices.

Subscriptions for 2019 are now due and can be paid via the online facility on the club’s website. Alternatively, a form is on the website that can be posted to or handed to John at training. Remember to enter races e.g. Chichester 10k as an affiliated runner you require a current England Athletics’ registration. If you require more information in this regard, please contact John. 

Thanks to Keith, Amanda and Peter for organising the Handicap on Thursday that still attracted a good turn-out. The results will be posted on FACEBOOK.  

Good luck to everyone running this weekend to include the 60 plus squad going over to Bexhill tomorrow (Saturday) for the Sussex XC Championships.