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Newsletter 7th February 2020

Goodwood Chichester Priory 10k

Thank You from Graham Jessop – “Just finalised the race results so now settling down to do some thank you notes. The Chichester Runners’ contribution last Sunday was amazing, and the Rotary Club is extremely grateful to the committee for its support and all the club members involved in a variety of roles over the weekend.

I hope everyone enjoyed the day. I think the pacemakers were a great success and the arrangements for the presentation worked like a dream with winners of the open race getting away so quickly. Thank you to all those who helped with the setting up the course and dismantling, plus those who helped with the race administration and in the finish area. I am afraid there are just too many for me to write to individually so please forgive me in that respect but again a huge thank you to all.” 

Thanks very much Graham and extremely well done to you and the Event Team on once again putting on such a great event. The results are published on the Event website and the list of our runners out of the 1500 plus field is too long to mention but following our policy of recording times provided by runners then we should mention Harry Sage (39.59), Jeremy Harrison (52.49), Wendy Whelan (1.00.28) and Jackie Sage (1.04.00).

Brighton Marathon

For those of you not getting a Brighton Marathon place we have just been informed that Sussex Clubs have been allocated ten places each for this event scheduled for Sunday 19th April. The process is that the club provides the names and then the individual is contacted to enter online and pay. The process must be fully completed by 1st March. Anyone interested please tell John by responding via the CONTACT US facility soonest please with places allocated on a “first come first served” basis. This event is one of the qualifiers for the England Veteran’s Marathon teams.

Chichester Corporate Challenge

A reminder that entry is open for the CCC three series event starting on Wednesday 26th February 2020. For full details follow the link on the Home Page of this website.

As always, this event cannot proceed without our brilliant band of volunteers. This year Helen Wilkins is co-ordinating the list so if you can assist on the evening (perhaps the junior events if you are running) please tell Helen or just respond via the CONTACT US facility and your name will be passed on. Thanks so much to all those who have already volunteered to date, but we need more please.

Watford Half Marathon — report by John Miles

“I was persuaded by a friend who lives in North London and belongs to a local Tri Club, to enter the Watford Half organised by Watford Harriers. She said it was hilly but scenic. I thought it could not be worse than the Chi Half so gave it go. The organisation was superb and everyone very friendly. The race started and finished in Cassiobury Park and after a short distance through residential roads the course heads out into the countryside. It is generally uphill in the first half and then downhill. I determined to stay with the 1:45 pacer as I thought this would be a good pace for my Brighton Marathon training and I thought I could always speed up on the downhill second half if all went well. After a few miles I realised that 'hilly' meant continuous ups and downs and staying with the pacer was quite a struggle. At about 7 miles she said it was all downhill from here on apart from a small rise to the finish. After another 3 or 4 hills I asked her if there were any more: 'Oh no' she said; this was greeted by a chorus of laughter from the runners nearby, and too right the hills just kept coming!  At the end I did manage to get a bit ahead of the pacer clocking 1:44.29 in 411th place overall and fourth V60.  I was initially quite pleased with this, as I am within a few months of being in the next age category then I discovered that the first V70 was three minutes quicker. I felt worse after this tough race than after the London Marathon last year, but we then went for an excellent Thai meal and a beer at a local pub as a 'recovery'. The only downer of the weekend was England losing to France that necessitated a second beer! Anyway, I flew the flag for Chichester and would definitely recommend it as an event.”

Training/Activities for next 8 days.  

Friday 7th February – see below.

A day-time session led by Jon. Meet 10:30 am at Rugby Club Pavilion, Oaklands Park. Session to include matched ability relays and an 800m time trial.  

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.

Monday 10th February – see below.

Beginners’ GroupFourth session of eight-week course starting at 6:30 pm with meet 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).

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. After a jog up to Oaklands Park it will be “Just a Minute” hill session led by Tom/Lynette.

Stretch Class Sixth 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 11th February – see below.

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

Wednesday 12th February – see below:

Development Group – Meet at 6:30 pm for a prompt start in Clubroom 2 at The Pavilion, Chichester College. It will be a jog up to the city centre for a maximum of six circuits of the CCC route with first and last as a jog and middle circuits as a tempo run. Session led by Amanda/Marcus.

Thursday 13th February – see below:

Group run led by Vicky. Meet in the Tesco (Fishbourne) car park. All welcome.

Friday 14th February – see below.

A day-time session led by Jon. Meet 10:30 am at Rugby Club Pavilion, Oaklands Park.

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).

 

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

 PS:

The next WSFRL match is on Sunday 16th February with an 8k run around Tilgate Park, Crawley entitled “Run Your Heart Out”. The meet is the K2 Leisure Centre (RH11 9BQ). Pre-enter via Peter Anderson on either nadandpeter@btinternet.com or 07786 036820.

The next club Quiz/Curry evening is on Friday 28th February and do let John (just respond via the CONTACT US facility) have the names of those attending please. Everyone welcome including guests and do not worry if not part of a team as this will be sorted out on the evening. Cost overall to include a free raffle ticket is £8 payable on the evening. 

A gentle reminder please to those who have not yet renewed their subscription for 2020. The best way is by card via the payment link on the Home Page of this website but if you prefer to pay by alternative method please contact John for details. 

Good luck to everyone running over the weekend and in particular to all those using the A27 to Bexhill tomorrow for the final Sussex League XC fixture of the season. Remember it is entry individually on the day. Also, best wishes to our juniors on Sunday at Horsham for a Sports Hall fixture. 

Just in case the news has not filtered through to those entered, the Worthing Run Fest on Sunday has been cancelled due to the predicted bad weather.   

Thank you to the team for organising last evening the Winter Handicap for thirty plus participants on a cold but dry evening. As usual the timings will be posted in due course on both FACEBOOK and the club’s website.

FROM CHICHESTER RUNNERS & AC COMMITTEE.

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