Newsletter 9th February 2018

Training/Activities over next week.  

Monday 12th February – Session led by Tom. Meet 6:30 pm at The Pavilion, Chichester College.

Monday 12th February – Cake Run Group led by Vikki. Meet at 6:30 pm for a 6:45 pm start at The Pavilion, Chichester College.


Monday 12th February – Week 5 of Run Chichester Beginner’s Group led by Mark. Meet 6:30 pm at The Pavilion, Chichester College.

Monday 12th February – Week 5 of Stretch Class Course led by Debz held in the Sports Hall (second floor) of Chichester College at 7:45 pm.


Tuesday 13th February – Training session led by Keith. Meet 6:30 pm at The Pavilion, Chichester College for 4 x 1K reps at 5k pace around Westgate Fields with 60 seconds recovery.


Wednesday 14th February – Week 5 of Run Chichester Beginner’s Group led by Mark. Meet 6:30 pm at The Pavilion, Chichester College.

Wednesday 14th February – Training session led by Amanda/Lorna. Meet 6:30 pm at The Pavilion, Chichester College for a jog up to Montague Road for 16 x 150m hill reps with downhill recovery.  


Thursday 15th February – Group run led by Vikki. Meet 6:30 pm at The Pavilion, Chichester College.



Eleven juniors from the club represented Sussex in the SE Schools XC Championships at Newbury in the rain and mud on Saturday 3rd February. It was very close thing to the medals for the Sussex squads with three fourths, one fifth and two seventh placed teams.

Olivia Wiseman finished in an excellent fourth place in the U17 Women’s race, whilst it was 8th for Will Broom in the U19s’. The others competing were Olivia Toms (12th – U15), Maggie King (60th – U17), Ned Potter (19th – U17), Alfie Spurle (66th – U17), Imogen Matthews (15th – U19), Alice Cox-Rusbridge (37th – U19), Beth Brown (65th – U19), Leo Stallard (22nd – U19) and Ben Morton (25th – U19). In addition, Liam Dunne representing Hampshire Schools finished in an excellent 9th place in the U17 race. Brilliant running by all.  

There was a happy atmosphere at Horsham for the final Sports Hall League match of the season last Sunday. Thanks to the “Hollyers” and other parents for managing these events since Xmas in the absence of Phil. The results are available to download from the Sussex Athletics website.  

The club had plenty of interest in the British Universities and Colleges Cross Country Championships at Hillingdon on Saturday 3rd February. It was in the women’s race where six of the club’s past juniors were in action in probably the highest quality field in the history of the event. The run of the day from a Chichester point of view came from Beth Garland, running for Leeds University, who confirmed her third place at the Sussex Championships in early January by finishing 34th in a race that boasted no less than 700 finishers. Tara Bage in the colours of UCL was just outside the top 100 in 101st followed by Chichester University No. 1 Alice Wright in 107th. There followed a trio of Charlotte Reading (Worcester), Hannah Croad (Reading) and Nicola Mead (Nottingham). In the men’s short race Chichester University’s Joe Godwood finished 183rd out of a quality field of 550 runners.

Fortunately, it was ideal conditions given it was the first Sunday in February for the 2000 runners who lined up for the Chichester 10k road race that starts and finishes at Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit. The organisers must be congratulated on the excellent management of this event and hopefully a large sum was raised for the Rotary Club to allocate to local causes.

Whilst mentioning fund-raising, we understand that around 140 competitors ran for Mel de Lacy’s “Let Me Be Me” that has raised just over £30k to date. A brilliant and fantastic achievement by Mel, her family and everyone involved with the campaign.    

There were well over 50 from the club running and we cannot mention everyone here. There were a number of PBs’ including a 34.17 from Mike Houston and congratulations to them. The club had nine sub-40 minutes runners led home by Harry Leleu in sixth place and agonisingly only three seconds from beating 32 minutes and surely for Harry only a matter of time before doing so. Rebecca Moore was fifth lady overall, whilst it was third place for V60 Helen Dean and Harry Sage had the honour of being the youngest competitor to finish the race. As always though everyone running are the winners and well done all.   

The results from the Winter Handicap Race 5 are now on the “Our Races” page of this website. The last one of the 2017/18 season will be on Thursday 1st March.    

Volunteers Required

The University of Chichester is looking to recruit participants to partake in their Sport Science Department’s exciting research into the effect of New Zealand Blackcurrant on intestinal permeability, intestinal epithelial injury, and inflammation during exertional heat stress. The key aims of this work is to see if supplementation with polyphenol containing New Zealand Blackcurrant can reduce the symptoms of GI distress when running in the heat.

Eligibility: Men aged between 18-40 years old and weigh between 68 kg and 85 kg who are recreationally active (performing moderate intensity exercise 3 days per week) and have a maximal aerobic capacity between 54 and 65 millilitres per kilogram of body mass (we assess this on visit 1). This would equate to a parkrun/5km time of between 17 and 22 minutes for men. Women aged 18-30 years old physically fit with a regular menstrual cycle.

Test visits: If you meet the criteria, you will be required to attend the Physiology Laboratories at University of Chichester on four occasions namely: 1 fitness assessment, 1 practice session, and 2 bouts of running in heat chamber for 60 minutes at a moderate intensity.

What’s in it for you: By taking part in this experiment you will receive a comprehensive and professional physiological assessment. A short report based on your fitness test results can be provided upon request and can be used to guide your training.

If you are interested in partaking in this study or if you would like to find out more or have any questions, please contact one of:

Ania Hiles- – a.hiles@chi.ac.uk. Dr Ben Lee – b.lee@chi.ac.uk (01243 816127).

Tess Flood – t.flood@chi.ac.uk.

Sundry Items

The West Sussex Fun Run League (WSFRL) are a series of 18 races over the year very suitable for all abilities and especially those fresh to competitive running. The distances range from 5k to 10k and are a complete mix of terrains and challenges. Everyone competing gains valuable points for the club and a good turn-out is essential to maximise our team position. A t-shirt is awarded to everyone who runs in every event, whilst the club operates an awards system. The Fixture List for 2018 is on the WSFRL website by following the Links Page with the first race on Easter Bank Holiday Monday (2nd April) at Lewes. Entry is very easy and the fee so modest.  

Entries are arriving for the Chichester Corporate Challenge Series of races being held on 21st February 7th March and 21st March (all Wednesdays). A reminder that the Entry Form is available via this website and please enter early to avoid disappointment. As always there will be plenty of duties to cover on the three evenings and all offers of help please to Phil by either 01243 533784 or philbaker5@btconnect.com.

This year there are changes to the Lingfield Dry Hill Races. Firstly, the date has been moved forward to Sunday 1st July with Race HQ and the Start/Finish at Lingfield College. Some re-routing has been needed for the 10-mile race and now includes a new section. The 5 mile "Gallop" will become a 10k and the overall event will be known as "The Lingfield 10s". Route maps will be appearing shortly on the Lingfield Running Club Website (www.LingfieldRunningClub.co.uk).

Good luck to everyone running this weekend to include the Sussex XC League match at Stanmer Park tomorrow. A good turn-out is needed for this race please as we are in a strong position in respect of all age categories. There will be no presentations with results posted on the Sussex Athletics website and medals distributed at the Sussex Road Relays on 8th April.