Newsletter 5th April 2019

Training/Activities for next 7 days.  

Monday 8th Aprilsee 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). Week 2 of a six-week course commencing with a warm up in the park with dynamic stretches, followed by a 7k run to include a maximum of 12 x 10/20 seconds sprints followed by recovery during the run led by Vicki 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. Following warm-up drills it will be a “bus stop” session i.e. circuit of 250 m including a hill section working in groups of three with equal ability. Two of the group run together then after a circuit one drops off being replaced by the third member and so on for 30 minutes. If time (and perhaps energy) permits it will be followed by a fun relay of teams of four ending with the usual warm down and stretches. Led by Amanda.  

Beginners’ GroupSecond week of an eight-week course led by Vicky with a 6:30 pm meet outside the Rugby Club on the top part of Oaklands Park (car park entrance off Wellington Road).

Stretch Class Penultimate week of 12-week course in the upstairs gym room at the Chichester College from 7:45 pm. Duration one hour. Please note another course will start for the summer after the Easter break so do sign up with Graham Woodward please.    

Tuesday 9th April see below.

Event Group - Meet 6:30 pm outside Cricket Pavilion on the top part of Oaklands Park (car park entrance off Wellington Road) for a session of 12 x 60 seconds hill reps with 90 seconds recovery led by Keith.


Wednesday 10th April – see below.


Summer Trail Run: Due to the top car park for Selhurst Park being shut the meet for next week’s trail run is the bottom car park off Droke Lane (SU925127). Alastair will be laying a seven-mile trail with a shorter option of four miles. 

From the Northgate Roundabout take the A286 northwards to Singleton and at start of village turn right following the road signed Charlton and East Dean. Go straight through East Dean Village onto a single-track lane and after about one mile after passing a farm and some houses at a series of corners on the right is the entrance to the “Droke Lane” car park.


Alternatively take the A285 Petworth Road going through Halnaker and at the bottom off a steep hill at Upwaltham turn sharply left and follow the single-track lane for about a mile with the “Droke Lane” car park on the left. Enjoy!


Start anytime between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm with course laid by a mixture of flour dots and arrows. The Trail Organiser will describe the course and markings. Please remember all participants run at their own risk and everyone must please book in and book out.  


Many thanks to Dave who laid a great trail last Wednesday around Kingley Vale and thankfully the rain held off, albeit a bit cold at the top but still a marvellous view of the sea, IOW and surrounding countryside. It was also nice to see the blue bells just beginning to show in the woods at the end of the laid trail.


Thursday 11th April – see below.


Group run led by Vikki. Meet 6:30 pm at Bosham Co-op car park.  


Friday 12th April – see below.


Beginners’ Group (Week 2) – “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).



On Sunday 31st March a number from the club went over to Wickham in Hampshire for a 20 miler and a 10K. This was a 10k lap course that was initially billed as being fast and flat, then changed to undulating and finally to challenging. From those running the final description was apt but still for some became a good test for forthcoming marathons.

In the 20, Nadia Anderson led the club home in 43rd place clocking 2.57.31 with Vicki Balandis next only two seconds adrift whilst Tony Cooley kept it three in a row in 45th place in a time of 2.58.28. Next home was Emily Bye (47th – 3.00.01) followed by Amanda Trafford (70th – 3.15.17) and Helen Wilkins (115th – 4.12.14). Regretfully your editor could not locate the results for the 10k that included the Jeremy Harrison.


James Baker won the Queen Elizabeth Spring half marathon on Sunday 31st March clocking 1.18.52 for the hilly off-road course. Dan Busher finished 23rd clocking 1.45.45 with Asta Asaka in 43rd (1.53.11).       



Excellent first Summer Handicap last evening in windy and cold, but relatively dry, conditions enjoyed by 52 runners. Congratulations to Warwick for arriving home first and a big thank you to Peter, Amanda and Elizabeth for organising this event.

The first Southern Athletics League meeting for seniors, veterans, U20 and U17 men and women is at Basingstoke on Saturday 13th April. All welcome to join in the fun. Please contact Phil Baker for more details and to book your place via either philbaker5@btinternet.co.uk or 01243 533784.

We have been advised that for Chichester Runners there is an exclusive discount for the Children on the Edge Chichester Half Marathon on Sunday 6th October 2019. Members can get £2 off all three races (Half Marathon, Ten Miler and Half Marathon Relay) by using the code RUNCLUB19 before April 30th 2019. UK Athletics Affiliated runners also get a further £2 off.

The "Boxgrove 5k" charity and picturesque trail run returns again this year on Saturday 22nd June between 12:30 and 14:00 with timed interval starts. Check out website at https://www.boxgroverun.co.uk.

A reminder, entries are open for the 2019 Sussex Track and Field Championships, being held at the K2, Crawley, on Saturday 11th May and Sunday 12th May. Enter individually via  https://entries.opentrack.run/2019/sxaatf/ by Monday 29th April.

The next WSFRL fixture is at Lewes on Monday 22nd April with the 10k race starting at 11:15 am. As ever pre-enter with Peter Anderson via either nadandpeter@btinternet.com or 07786 036820.  In May, for your diaries please, there are three events in the WSFRL, namely 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).

Good luck to everyone running this weekend to include on Saturday the Sussex Road Relays.