Newsletter 8th February 2019

Emsworth to Basingstoke Team Relay

The “Emsworth to Basingstoke” is a relaxed team event that takes runners through some beautiful Hampshire countryside. Last year we entered a couple of teams and this year would like to repeat this or maybe better it!


Each runner does three legs totalling between 7 and 9 miles. There are no rules about how the legs are arranged so you can run all in one go!! There is already interest from last year’s runners who really enjoyed the day and the lead up to it with group recces.


This is a great way to meet other runners in the club and a fantastic team event. If you want to know more, please talk to Amanda Godfrey (amandagodfrey@btinternet.com) or Peter Anderson. More details also can be found on the event website www.emsworthrelay.org.uk.


Training/Activities for next 7 days.  

Monday 11th FebruaryFor all sessions meet in Clubroom 2, The Pavilion, Chichester College.

Foundation Group – Final week of six-week course to increase distance confidently from 5k to 10k, primarily aimed for those finishing the last “Beginners’ Group. Route details on Notice Board and explained each week. Meet at 6:30 pm for a 6:45 pm start for the session led by Mark.  

Fartlek Based Run – Final week of six-week course to improve speed with confidence. Route details on Notice Board and explained each week. Meet at 6:30 pm for a 6:45 pm start for the session led by Vicky and the team.  


Development Group – Meet at 6:30 pm for a prompt start. Session led by Amanda for a jog up to Oaklands Park for “just  a minute” hill session up the footpath. It is as the name suggests one-minute effort uphill and downhill recovery continuously for 25/30 minutes.

Tuesday 12th FebruaryMeet in Clubroom 2, The Pavilion, Chichester College.

Event Group - Meet 6:30 pm for 800m repeats with three minutes recovery. Session led by Keith.


Wednesday 13th February Meet in Clubroom 2, The Pavilion, Chichester College.

Development Group - Meet 6:30 pm for a jog up to The Cross for between 8 to 12 400m reps along North and East Street with a mix of 60/120 secs static recovery. Session led by Amanda.

Thursday 14th February – see below.


Group run led by Vikki. Meet 6:30 pm at venue to be circulated.  



Thankfully the bad weather in our area cleared to make ideal conditions for the Chichester Priory (Goodwood) 10k Road Race on Sunday 3rd February. Representation from the club exceeded 70 so with apologises (especially to the many with PBs’) we will not be naming everyone here.

In respect of teams Harry Leleu (recording 30.51 the second fastest 10k time in the club’s history), Chris Bird and Jo Corbett brilliantly secured first Men’s team despite fierce opposition from several clubs entering a number of regular sub-30-minute runners. Our Ladies team of Lucy Thraves, Alice Cox-Rusbridge and Helen Dean (whose time puts her fifth ranked V60 in the UK lists this year) being third Sussex team, whilst with Mike Houston the Men finished second Sussex team. Jon McElhill finished third in the Sussex V60 Men’s category. Overall an excellent morning of running and congratulations to the Event Team for putting on such a successful event.   

A number of the “Foundation” Group decided instead of a 10k to compete in the Portsmouth Coastal Half on Sunday 3rd February. Vicky Balandis led the team home in 220th place clocking 1.49.10 (a great PB we think) followed by Jo Brining (268th – 1.52.57), Trevor Baker (285th – 1.54.30), Emily Bye (287th – 1.54.34), Jane Taylor (397th – 2.03.21), Simon Thompson (492nd – 2.11.24), Sarah Freeman-Smith (613rd – 2.24.25), Helen Wilkins (614th – 2.24.26), Claire Solliss (623rd – 2.26.29), Clare Snow (652nd – 2.31.40), and Clare Boxall (690th – 2.46.39). 

Miscellaneous Notices.

A reminder that the third and final Sussex XC League match is at Little Common, Bexhill tomorrow (Saturday 9th February). It is turn up, enter on the day (£5) and then run. Check out the “Calendar” on this website for more details.

The next Physical Preparation Session at the New Park Centre is on Sunday 17th February. At time of publication there was a few spaces left so to avoid disappointment please contact Amanda direct via amandagodfrey@btinternet.com to check the position. A reminder that on the “Training Page” of this website is a document giving an idea of the content for this session.

The club’s next Quiz/Curry evening is on Friday 22nd February at The Pavilion, Chichester College starting at 7:15 pm. Entry is open to guests with price a modest £8 to include buffet, quiz, free raffle ticket and other goodies. Hot and cold drinks can be purchased from the bar but please do not bring your own as against the College’s bar licence. Please let John know numbers/names by responding via the CONTACT US button.  

A reminder that there is no “Monday” Stretch Class next week with re-resumption on Monday 18th February.

Good luck to everyone running this weekend to include the XC at Bexhill and on Sunday the Worthing half marathon.