Club Report for AGM

Chichester Runners & AC - Club Report 2018

2018 has been another successful year for Chichester Runners & AC. The committee has met six times and communicated via email on numerous occasions.

The membership levels remain constant and loyal with more numbers than ever taking part in any one of the several training sessions on offer during the week.

The year saw the introduction of two new events namely the winter and summer handicaps, the purpose being to estimate your time and judge your pacing in order to win one of the prizes on offer. We are delighted to say over 100 members took part in at least one of these events.

The club also held a spring dinner dance and awards ceremony in April, which was held at Croucher’s Hotel and was attended by 80 people. Following some very good food, awards were presented for cross country, WSFRL winners, Winter Handicap winners along with leader’s awards and a Chairmen’s Award was presented to Jill Renson for her outstanding contribution to the club both as a runner and organising the West Sussex Fun Run League for many years.

The club set out the following objectives for the year: 

1.    Conduct a member survey and act on the results. 

2.    Enhance interest in WSFRL.

3.    Extend the number of Trail runs.

4.    Increase the number of leaders. 

5.    Pursue track project within college grounds.

Club Survey

The club held a survey that was well received and had a response from 150 people. The overall results were that members enjoy the club’s newsletter and are more than happy with what is offered by the club. Based on the results the training offered by the club has had new descriptions created to make it easier for members to differentiate and attend the most appropriate session. Thanks to everyone who completed the survey and to Graham Woodward and Peter Anderson for compiling it.


A great year for the club this year saw a record 82 different runners compete in the different events with five having a 100% attendance record. As a club we had 40 runners tackle our home event “Trundle 10km”. The average number attending per race was 21 up from 13 last year. A resounding success story and a big thanks to Peter Anderson for taking on the role of team manager this year.

Summer Trial Runs

This year saw the trail runs extended from 19 to 25 trail runs following a decision to run them on evenings where other events were available. Attendance averaged 50 per run down very slightly from 2017 when 54 on average attended but taking WSFRL events into account in real terms attendance was higher.


A huge thank you must be extended to everyone involved in leading and coaching the numerous sessions the club offers for both juniors and seniors, as without them there is no club.  The juniors currently have a very good settled team of leaders and a few parent helpers, which is working extremely well. To ensure our runners progress and to remain safe especially with the amount of running done in and around the college on dark evenings please feel free to contact the club if you wish to help or become a leader.

Track Project

The track project has moved on during the year with a specification of a 300m oval track with a 60m sprint section currently being re-produced for Sport England approval that is vital prior to taking forward for local planning approval and grant applications.


Subject to a separate report from Phil Baker

2018 Events

January 2018 saw the continuation of the XC season with the club taking a combined team of 50 juniors and seniors to the County Championships held at Bexhill and 27 to the Sussex Masters held at Lancing where individual Bronze medals were won by Richard Miles and Helen Dean in their respective age categories. Other fine showings took place at The South of England Championships at Stanmer Park and the National Championships at Parliament Hill despite traffic issues for the latter event holding up the ladies’ team.

It has been fantastic to see so many people trying out cross country for the first time at a time when it is undergoing a resurgence at all levels and is a great day out for everyone regardless of how fast you might be. Team placings are so important and being the final member of the squad over the finish line to score is just as important as the first finisher.

February and March brought the trio of our traditional Corporate Challenge events around the city centre with record attendances over the three evenings resulting in some fantastic close racing and a huge financial boost for the club.  A big thank you must go out to Phil Baker and his team for another successful year.

February also saw the ever-popular Chichester 10km continue in its new home at Goodwood with 50 members enjoying near perfect weather even around the circuit.

April brings the Sussex Road Relays at Christs Hospital and two team silvers for the ladies’ seniors and V50’s and a bronze for the men’s V40’s.

May saw the Trundle 10 km in the WSFRL and 40 Chichester runners compete on a damp course but as always, a very rewarding night.

The Midsummer 5 was held in June on a fabulous evening with beer and burgers back on the menu for record sell out race and an incredible 82 members ran for the club!

Our “club” races would not go ahead without the brilliant team of volunteers who assist with these events. Thank you.

June also saw your chairman’s favourite event the South Downs Relay take place in which both teams did extremely well.

The summer continued with the club entering the Southern Athletics League at various locations from Swindon to Crawley with some standout performances from U17s’ and upwards. The club remains in Division 3 South West for next year. The juniors up to U17 had teams in both the Sussex Sports Hall and Sussex Track and Field Leagues.

The cross-country season has again started this last few weeks with the Sussex Relays at Goodwood being a resounding success with team medals, bronze for the V40 men, V60 men and senior ladies and silver for the V45 ladies and V55 ladies.

Just last weekend another large contingent went over to Stanmer Park in Brighton for the first Sussex XC League Match of the season.

Over the year the club has seen some fantastic individual performances with PB’s for 29 men and 19 for ladies in the 10km, 10 men and 5 ladies in the half marathon and 9 men and 7 ladies in the marathon. People have represented the club in such far flung places as New York, Budapest, Valencia and even Bognor Regis! We are so pleased to report that Andy Hall became National Masters’ Champion in the hammer.   

We hope to see this continue into 2019 and beyond and the club hopes to see everyone wearing the green and white of Chichester Runners & AC with pride wherever they may be running.

It is with great sadness we report that Dave Grunwell, Honorary Life Member, passed away in early November. 

As already mentioned none of this would be possible without the backing of a great committee, a team of coaches and leaders and countless volunteers who make everything work. Thank you all.

Keith Akerman, Chairman.

Chichester Runners & AC Committee

Circulated 13th November 2018