Goodwood XC Realys

Chichester had one of their most successful days ever in the Sussex Cross Country Relay Championships held at Goodwood Country Park on Saturday 28th September 2019, emerging with no less than six team medals and seven athletes with top three fastest lap times across a wide range of age groups.

Junior Races


First to race were the U13’s with Chichester having their best turnout for many years fielding four full teams of U13 boys and three girls’ teams. It was the girls who came away with the medals with Lillie Hellyer, Anya Barrett and Laila Hellyer earning well deserved third place team. There was also a top 10 scoring place for the B team of Carrie Anelay, Poppy King and Millie Isitt.

For the boys, Josh Dunne produced a storming opening leg for the A team with a time of 10.03, good enough for second fastest lap overall with Henry Court and Noah Campbell running good legs to bring the team home in 7th. Chichester had two more teams in the top 10 with the B team of Stanley Wilkes, Will Bailey and Alessandro Schmitt in 9th while one place behind were Sam Cato, Josh Eaton and Digby Fulford. The D team of Charlie Banham, Ollie Meaby and Seb Fenmor Collins were 14th with reserve Adam Mainwaring also posting a good time.


There was a good overall standard in both the boys and girls U15 races with both Chichester teams finishing in the top 7 and not far from the medallists. Joe McLarnon produced the fastest junior lap with a 9.46 opening leg and with good support from Gabe White and Hal Edgar, the trio finished just over a minute behind the medals with reserve Luke Cobden gaining useful experience. 

For the girls Cerys Dickinson ran a strong opening leg with support from Tamsin Anelay, Gemma Appleton and reserve Izzy Isitt to finish 6th team.

Senior & Veteran Women

With all age groups running together in the senior women’s race, it gave an opportunity for Chichester’s U17’s to race against the seniors which they did with good effect with Nicole Boltwood, Maggie King and Amelia Bromell plus reserve Rose Potter finishing in 5th place and beating many of the senior teams in the process.

Chichester’s senior team of Sarah Morris, Sophie Wright and Catherine Betts finished 9th in their age group but were beaten home by the U17’s plus two medal winning veteran teams. It was in fact the club’s over 35 A teams who were the first to finish with Fay Cripps, Sarah Fenmor Collins and Alexandra Vargin picking up team bronze after Fay Cripps had run a storming opening leg for the 2nd fastest of the day. In the same age group Vicky Balandis, Julia Hammond and Nicola Jolly brought the B team home in 6th while not far behind in 8th were the C team of Elaine Cruttenden, and two over 55’s Sandra Nemorin-Noel and Wendy Whelan.

The over 45’s were just outside the medals in 4th thanks to Sandra Balcombe, Nadia Anderson and Emma Wickens while it was in the over 55 age group that Chichester had their only outright team win of the day with a gold medal performance from Jane Harrop, Amanda Godfrey and Helen Dean with Jane Harrop a full two minutes faster than anyone else for fastest lap while Helen Dean snatched the second fastest from the clutches of the usually all-conquering Arena 80 team.

Senior & Veteran Men

Chichester’s senior men’s A fielded a completely new quartet from the previous year and produced a fine all-round performance to finish a close 2nd behind reigning champions, Brighton & Hove and with more than 3 minutes to spare over 3rd placed Worthing Harriers. Ned Potter gave them a fine start with the 3rd fastest overall time on leg one and with good support from Ben Morton, veteran James Baker and Conrad Meagher, they finished in one of the club’s fastest times on record in 51 minutes 40. For the B team, Liam Dunne ran the 2nd fastest U17 leg to open and with support from Ben Collins, Archie Sadler and Harry Sage, they finished in 4th. For the C team seniors Billy Simmonds and Rob Stapely were joined by over 50’s Jeremy Harrison and Peter Anderson to finish a creditable 10th.

There was success in the veteran age groups with the over 40 team of John Peters, Gary Williams, Nick Fenmor Collins and Aaron Baker finishing 5th while all the other three teams brought home medals. The over 50’s of Tim Brown, Andy Wingham, Wim Amir and Paul Stallard won silver as did the over 60 A team of Richard Miles, Tony Cooley and Tom Blaylock while the over 60 B team followed the A team home in bronze thanks to the efforts of Richard Ayling, Peter Dunne and Trevor Baker. 

Richard Miles was awarded second fastest over 60 lap and the day was capped for Chichester with James Baker’s run for the senior team the fastest over 40 lap of the day by over half a minute.