Newsletter 6th December 2019

Forthcoming XC Championships

After last weekend with the third round of the Sussex XC League at Stanmer Park meaning a break until February our attention must turn to entering a number of Championship XC races. With these events it is entry via the club and all runners must have a current England Athletics registration.

First up is the Sussex XC Championships at Bexhill on Saturday 4th January. Details have now been published and entry is via an online system that will have to be concluded by your secretary on the 28th December.

The Sussex Masters’ Championships is on Saturday 18th January at Coombes Farm for ladies aged 35 and above and men aged 40 and above (on date of event). It is expected the closing date for entries (again online) will be around 8th January.

However, the most immediate event for entry is the South of England XC Championships at Parliament Hill Fields, Hampstead Heath (the home of XC running) on Saturday 25th January. Entry closes on 18th December. Remember it is 8k and 15k for the ladies and men respectively.  

Whilst the club is not proposing to send teams to Nottingham on Saturday 22nd February for the National XC Championships there may be a few members who wish to run. Again, it is entry via the club.   

Please tell John the events you wish to run in by replying by the Contact Us icon of this website. 

 England Athletics Registration

At this time of year many of you are entering events in the new year that require runners to have a current EA registration to take advantage of a discounted entry fee. One such race is the Chichester 10k on Sunday 2nd February as this event entry system has a direct link to the EA Portal. This principle also applies to the XC Championships referred to above.

The process is that an athlete asks their club with payment of the £16 and the club makes the registration. Your secretary will immediately email you to confirm and advise your unique reference number (URN). The fee is then forwarded to EA by the club and on receipt EA contacts the athlete direct to acknowledge registration and to ask them to check their online details.     

If anyone has any query in this regard, please contact John and he will be happy to provide more information. 



Valencia – Reports

1)    From Jeremy Harrison:

“The Chichester Runners contingent got together for pasta and the odd beer or wine the night before and followed by ice cream. It was dark when we left our Airbnb apartment to catch a free bus to the start, the sun rose at 8:05am to reveal a cloudless sky and temperature in the mid-teens. The 10K started simultaneously with the Marathon at 8:30am and over 6000 did the 10K. Johanna completed it in 1.16:22 and me in 56.49. The route was around the excellent science and play park, converted from an old riverbed that was diverted after a flood swamped the city.


We were amongst elites though with Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda completing the course in a world record 26.38. We celebrated with beers in the park and an excellent tapas and wine early evening. In fact, 32 tapas or pinchos as they measure consumption by cocktail sticks used! We would certainly do this again, albeit the 10K is being curtailed and replaced by a half marathon next year. Thanks to all the messages from the club and to Ellie who supported us on the day.”

2)    From Amanda Godfrey

“Valencia is a lovely city with beautiful buildings and a lovely beach. As we had beautiful weather it was a great place to hang out and eat ice cream with the other runners from Chichester who had ventured abroad.

The actual race is quite a serious one with a cut off time of 5.30 hours. There appeared to be a distinct lack of fun runners in fancy dress and toilets on route. Having said that there was a man who ran the whole race with a fresh pineapple balanced on his head who was appearing in many selfies!

I started at the back with Marcus in the last tranche of runners – John, Justin and Simon were all well ahead as they started nearly 30 minutes earlier. I decided as I was feeling okay, despite the lack of miles in my legs, to leave Marcus at 10 miles. He was suffering with a pain in his side (not me!!) and wanted to slow down and enjoy the experience.

I just wanted to get it over with and despite a very blistered toe I kept going as fast as my legs allowed! The course was a bit of a health and safety hazard as some of the bananas given out still had the skin on - once removed the skin was chucked on the ground along with the plastic bottle tops and sticky gel wrappers! Luckily, I stayed on my feet - just.

The course was flat and long, unless you took the best line (I ran 26.45 miles in total).  I ran most of it by myself but as I had my name on my Chichester vest got loads of support from UK spectators.

The finish is on the water and very pretty. I sunbathed at the end whilst waiting for Marcus and chatted to other runners who were all very friendly. I expect John and Simon took advantage of the draft beer, but I just had water!

I finished in a PB of 4.07.19 so was pleased with that and will aim for under four hours at London.  Marcus finished in 5.15.23 and can now say that he has run a marathon even if he finished behind a man with a pineapple on his head!”

Thanks for the reports Jeremy and Amanda. To clarify also in Spain last weekend but for the Valencia Marathon were Justin Eggins (2.52.36), Jon McElhill (3.21.13), and Simon Castry (3.44.06). Brilliant running by all.

A squad of 41 (including one U11 athlete) went over to Stanmer Park on Saturday 30th November for the third match of the Sussex XC League. Our only top three finishers were in the U13 boy’s race with Joshua Dunne in third place leading home the team also finishing third. Nevertheless, a brilliant turn out with all our runners giving their all on the challenging course. The full results are on the Sussex Athletics website and a full report is on the Home page of this website.

On Sunday 1st December Rob Stapley appears to have been our sole representation in the challenging nine-mile off-road Downland Devil clocking an excellent 1.13.26 by being the 51st runner across the finishing line.

Also, on Sunday 1st December we had three members running in the evergreen Victory 5 (sell out again this year) namely James baker (11th & 1st V40 – 26.21), Helen Dean (285th & 2nd V60 – 35.41) and Sue baker (498th & 3rd V60 – 41.44). Great running by all three.   

Training/Activities for next 8 days.  

Saturday 7th December – see below.

Interval hill work session for Juniors (U13 and above) right up to Seniors at Oaklands Park led by Phil Baker. Meet 2:00 pm at the benches by the path in the middle of the park. 

Sunday 8th December – see below.

Sportshall Taster Session: At Bishop Luffa School from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm with session open to both club members and non-members and involve three age groups namely U11 (School Years 5 & 6); U13 (School Years 7 & 8) and U15 (School Years 9 & 10). Entry Fee £1 payable on the door. For more details contact Phil Baker on 01243 533784.  

Monday 9th Decembersee 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. Led by Tom it will be a jog up to the city centre for 5/6 laps of the CCC course (start outside the Assembly Rooms at 6:40 pm) with first and last laps at jog pace and with middle laps as a tempo run. Please respect other users of the city centre during this session.       

Stretch Class Thirteenth 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 10th December see below.

Event Group - Meet at 6:30 pm for a prompt start in Clubroom 2 at The Pavilion, Chichester College for a Kenyan Hill session ( 2 x 15 minutes). Session led by Keith.

Wednesday 11th December – see below.   

Development Group – Meet at 6:30 pm for a prompt start in Clubroom 2 at The Pavilion, Chichester College. Led by Tom it will be a run up to Oaklands Park (6:40 pm) for a “Just a Minute” hill session.     

Thursday 12th December – see below.

Group run led by Vicky. Meet in Museum car park, Mill Road, Arundel at slightly later time of 7:00 pm for a Christmas lights run. Drinks in the Swan Public House afterwards.

Friday 13th December – 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).

Saturday 14th December – see below.

Interval hill work session for Juniors (U13 and above) right up to Seniors at Oaklands Park led by Phil Baker. Meet 2:00 pm at the benches by the path in the middle of the park. 

Club Xmas Drinks Evening at The Foundry, South Street, Chichester from 7:30 pm. 

Sunday 15th December – see below.

Trail Run: Trail Run kindly managed laid by Jan Hill (07905 957698). Meet Charlton Saw-Mills (SU888128) anytime between 11:00 am and 11:30 am for a laid trail.

From Chichester take the road up to the Goodwood Horse Racecourse and at the top of Dog Kennel Hill turn right at the “Triangle” car park and follow track down to Charlton. At edge of village turn right with car parking around the green. Distances of around 10k and 5k on offer by Jan. Open to our “Summer Only” members and club member guests. All runners run at own risk and must report in and out to the Trail Organiser. Enjoy!

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.  





Excellent turn out for the club quiz last Friday with 70 in attendance. Congratulations to Vicky, Simon, Ian, Warwick and their two guests for just being ahead of the closely chasing pack of eleven other teams. The next Quiz/Curry evening has been fixed for Friday 28th February 2020.

Many thanks to Vicky, Helen and Michelle for managing the Winter Handicap last Wednesday. The times will be published on both Facebook and this website in due course.

Advance notice that the club’s first day time training session will take place on Thursday 2nd January 2020 with a 10:00 am meet outside the Rugby Club on the top part of Oaklands park for 300m reps. Led by Amanda and all welcome.

The very popular 16-mile off-road “Coombe Gibbet” organised by Overton Harriers starts at 14.00 on Sunday 5th April 2020 from Combe Gibbet and finishes in Overton. Your race entry includes a bus ride from Overton to the start (departing at 12.45), the transportation of your kit back to the finish where shower and changing facilities are available, all road crossings professionally traffic managed and a souvenir finishers medal. Remember this event often gets sold out quite quickly with online entry via the Overton Harriers website.   

Good luck to everyone running over the next weekend to include on Sunday the Portsmouth RNLI 10k in Southsea. Do let John have a note of your race results please.