Newsletter 4th October 2019


Many thanks to all those who supported the club last Saturday at Goodwood for the XC Relays either by helping or running and by many in dual roles. The results are on the Sussex Athletics website.

We want you again on Saturday 12th October please as the club hosts, again at Goodwood, the first match of the Sussex XC League. This time it is turn up and enter on the day. A great day out and XC, whilst challenging, really does improve both endurance and speed with every ability welcome as more runners means points for the club.

Please check out the X-Country page and Calendar on this website for the full event arrangements. If you have not already done so, please offer to help either by telling Phil Baker or responding via the Contact Us button.   

England Athletics

We have just been informed that the England Athletics affiliation and registration fees for 2020-21 will be as follows with EA comments:

“Club and member body affiliation fee will remain at £150 per club. We will next review this position in September 2020 ahead of 1st April 2021.

Athlete registration fee will increase by £1 to £16 per person. This fee has remained unchanged since 2017-18 and we feel that this increase, as the focus on this occasion, is the right one to make.”

Winchester Half – Report by Jo Brinning

“I had a feeling the Winchester Half would be a hilly but had no idea I would be climbing 1243ft, most of which was at the beginning!  Never before have I waited to start a race with a large umbrella, but I was very grateful to the infamous ‘Pop Up’ Trevor who is always so organised and provided shelter. As I went up the hills, the rains came down and were relentless for most of the run but nevertheless, another race finished in a time of 2:02 and whilst it was not a PB, not a bad time with a whopping climb and the battering rain!”


Thanks for the report Jo and well done in such conditions.


Training/Activities for next 7 days.  

Monday 7th Octobersee 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. A “Paarlauf” session in front of College led by Tom. This session is in pairs of equal ability with runner one running at 5k pace to meet partner who sets off and runner one jogs across the grass back to start. Continuous effort for 30 minutes.   

Beginners’ GroupFifth week of an eight-week course with a 6:30 pm in Clubroom 2 at The Pavilion, Chichester College. This course is being led by the Foundation Group Team with Vicky Balandis the contact (vickybal75@gmail.com)

Stretch Class Fifth week of 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 8th October see below.

Event Group - Meet at 6:30 pm for a prompt start in Clubroom 2 at The Pavilion, Chichester College. Session of 800m repeats with three minutes recovery led by Keith.

Wednesday 9th October – see below.   

Development Group – Meet at 6:30 pm for a prompt start in Clubroom 2 at The Pavilion, Chichester College. Session of a warm-up run to Little Breach and after drills continuous  effort for 25 minutes of uphill efforts and jog downhill recovery. Session led by Amanda.

Thursday 10th October – see below.

Club run led by Vicky suitable for all abilities with meet 6:30 pm outside The Pavilion at Chichester College.  

Friday 11th October – see below.

Beginners’ Group – “Leader” led session at 6:30 pm with meet outside The Pavilion, Chichester College.  

Yoga Classes Fourth week of two separate six-week courses at Chichester College led by Katie with the first at 5:00 pm in the upstairs Multi Use Gym Studio and the second at 7:00 pm in the Clubrooms at The Pavilion. Class managed by John (chichesterrunners@googlemail.com).


Next up in the WSFRL season is Great Walstead 5 on Sunday 13th October, the Steepdown Challenge on Sunday 27th October and the final match the Gunpowder Plot at Horsham on Sunday 3rd November. As always pre-enter via Peter Anderson on either nadandpeter@btinternet.com or 07786 036820.

Good luck to everyone running over the next seven days to include on Sunday the Chichester Half/10miler/Relays event and the Loch Ness & Jersey Marathons.