Newsletter 6th September 2019


On Bank Holiday Monday (26th August) Crawley AC held an Open Meeting that included the Sussex 10k Track Championships. James Baker won the title in a time of 33.36.29. Others running in the meeting were Liam Dunne (1st in the 800m clocking 2.04.64), Laila Hellyer (5th in the 800m) and Archie Sadler (10th in the 1500m).

The fifth and final race of the Lakeside 5k series was run on Wednesday 28th August. James Baker finished in fifth place (15.58) followed by Justin Eggins (46th – 18.15), Dan Busher (57th – 19.13), Stephen Davy (58th – 19.15), Jane Harrop (80th – 20.29), Aleksandra Vargin (97th – 22.02), Helen Dean (101st – 22.21), Kevin Williams (103rd – 22.33), Kim Nelson (105th – 22.54) and Sue Baker (116th – 25.54). Well done to everyone to include those who were age category and team series medalists.   

A joint squad of 38 juniors including 21 new to the club this year competed over last weekend in the U13 and U15 Sussex Track & Field Grand Final Championships. In both age groups our teams finished a very impressive third behind the strong Crawley and Brighton teams but ahead of eight others.

Chichester Runners & AC member Harry Leleu featured in the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final (U23 Elite Men’s Race) in Lausanne on Saturday 31st August finishing in a brilliant 17th place. 

The club had twenty-four runners in the latest WSFRL match at Fittleworth on Sunday 1st September excellently taking us to third team place with 109 points. Our contingent within a field of 323 runners was 1st James Baker, 33rd and first lady Rachel Dekker, 45th Jon Edgar with his first competitive run after a long injury lay-off, 52nd Richard Miles, 69th Aleksandra Vargin, 70th Tim Brown, 71st Tony Cooley, 79th Nadia Anderson, 87th James Dunne, 94th Marcus Hammerton, 123rd Tom Blaylock, 139th Elizabeth Robinson, 153rd Kevin Batt, 185th Nic Jolly, 192nd Sue Baker, 193rd Karen Miles, 196th Jeremy Harrison, 206th Harry Mitton, 221st Peter Dunne, 225th Catherine Betts, 232nd Elaine Cruttenden, 235th Peter Anderson, 236th Jill Renson and 278th Johanna Harrison. 

Meon Valley Trailblazer – Report by Jo Brining

“I did the Meon Valley Trailblazer on Sunday 1st September (also my birthday!) and completed the half, the 10k and the 5k with a chip time of 3 hours 43 and an actual run time of 3 hours 37!  Crossing the finish line to the tune of Stevie Wonders ‘Happy Birthday’ and the applause and cheer from my daughter Beth along with Helen Wilkins, Trevor Baker and Terry Goddard simply made my day!  Trevor and Terry also completed the half with a time of 1:57 I believe.

Needless to say, I am very happy with the result having completed my second Beginners Course in January 2018 and I cannot recommend the club highly enough and would really like to thank everyone for their guidance, advice, support and encouragement, all of which is totally invaluable.”

Chichester to Doha – Report by Phil Baker

“From our small beginnings in 1984, we have our first representative from Chichester Runners & AC to be selected for the World Athletics Championships. He is in the 72- athlete squad for Doha announced this week and included in the 4 x 400 metres relay squad following his transition from 200 to 400 this summer. Out of interest I have looked up his performances when he ran for the club in the Sussex U13 Final in September 2010 and he did not even win his events in the 75m and 150m finishing third on each occasion. He was at Westbourne House and then went on to Brighton College where unfortunately they introduced him to heavy weights too early meaning ruptures and a break from all sports aged 14/15. He is Toby Harries (not Harris) and has been based in Brighton for 8 years and has been under the guidance of Jon Bigg (Sally Gunnell's husband).

By a matter of coincidence in that very same Chichester U13 team in 2010 was Jess Breach who went on to gain international honours in Rugby Union as a flying winger. Also competing as U13's in 2010 were Charlotte Reading, Rose Ellis, Holly Beaton and Amy Brown, a talented group indeed and all who are still connected to the club.

Who of our current crop will be the next one to rise high?” 

Training/Activities for next 7 days.  

Monday 9th Septembersee 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). Led by Vicky 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). This session will be jointly led by Marcus and Tom and will be a “Tom Craggs” Medley namely warm up and drills, Parlauf over 300/400m x 4 laps each followed by 4 x 1 minute effort with 4 x 1 minute recovery and then 4 x1 minute effort with reduced recovery of 45, 30 and 15 seconds.

Beginners’ GroupFirst week of an eight-week course with a 6:00 pm meet outside the Rugby Club on the top part of Oaklands Park (car park entrance off Wellington Road). This course is being led by the Foundation Group Team with Vicky Balandis the contact (vickybal75@gmail.com)

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

 Tuesday 10th September see below.

Event Group - Meet 6:30 pm at Trundle Car Park (not Oaklands Park) for 5 x 3 minutes hill reps. Session led by Keith.

 Wednesday 11th September – see below.   

 Charity Summer Trail Run laid by John & Janice. Meet Goodwood Counters car park (SU899114) anytime between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm for a laid trail run (NOTE REVISED TIMES DUE TO EVENINGS DRAWING IN AND CAR PARK CLOSING AT DUSK). From Chichester take the road up to the Goodwood Horse Racecourse and turn right and after passing the course on left the car park is on right about 100 meters after the sharp bend. On offer distances of 7 and four miles. The first and last mile will be out and back so if returning with fading light runners should be better placed to recognise the route. Cakes and other goodies will be available post-race and there will be a box available to make voluntary contributions to St. Wilfrid’s Hospice please.

Many thanks to Guy O who laid the trail from Compton last Wednesday.   

Thursday 12th September – see below.

Club run led by Vicky suitable for all abilities with meet 6:30 pm in the car park for the West Wittering Memorial Hall. Everyone welcome.  

Friday 13th September – see below.

Yoga Classes First week of two separate six-week courses with one in the upstairs Multi Gym Studio at 5:00 pm and the second in the Sports Hall at 7:00 pm at Chichester College. Class managed by John (chichesterrunners@googlemail.com).


Please note that these classes are now fully subscribed.


Beginners’ Group – “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).

Important Notices:

Early warning notice that winter training starts at Chichester College on Monday 30th September. More details about the location and arrangements for new members will be circulated the week beforehand.

The Winter Handicap led by Vicki will commence on Thursday 3rd October from Chichester College. More details nearer the time but for a preview of the course go to: https://gb.mapometer.com/running/route_4956563.

Many thanks to the whole team, and especially Peter Anderson who managed the start times, for organising the series of the “Peter Robinson” Summer Handicap events. The final results will be published on FACEBOOK and this website in due course. Congratulations to Jill Renson the winner last evening.

Please note that the club’s AGM will be held on Monday 18th November 2019 at 8:00 pm after training in the Clubrooms at The Pavilion.

A short break until Sunday 22nd September for your next “WSFRL” fix with Tilgate Forest (Crawley) the venue followed by the Great Walstead 5 on Sunday 13th October. As always pre-enter via Peter Anderson on either nadandpeter@btinternet.com or 07786 036820.

Best wishes to everyone running over the next seven days to include Littlehampton 10k and the New Forest Marathon on Sunday.