Chichester Runners News

Newsletter 25th September 2020


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To confirm the club will continue training for seniors and juniors with the current structure of groups not exceeding twelve people.

As a result of the new restrictions outlined by UK government on 22 September, England Athletics has confirmed that guidance for OUTDOOR club and group activity as well as all types of OUTDOOR competitions for athletics and running is not affected. However, guidance for INDOOR activity has been updated. Indoor activity for under 18s can take place with larger numbers in a Covid-19 secure environment. Indoor training for athletes over the age of 18 is restricted to groups of 6 (1 coach to 5 athletes).

Run Sessions 

We are moving to an online booking system for our run sessions that your leaders and coaches will advise when their sessions are live on the system. 

The current limitations of the system mean that you cannot cancel or correct a booking yourself so please take care to book the correct session. If you do need to cancel, then please contact your run leader who can do this. Also, the venue defaults to Chichester College, Avenue de Chartres as the winter venues will often change week to week (to avoid us training in the same areas), your run leader will advise where you should meet. We will increasingly use the system to keep this up to date.


The booking system will also be used for trail runs to help prevent everyone arriving at the same time. There are ten places on each of 6 x 10-minute blocks. This is an interim solution while we build a members-only section on our website.


Please note that whilst this is obvious do not join a training session if:

  • You are suffering from any Covid-19 related symptoms. 
  • You are awaiting a Covid-19 test result. 
  • You have had a positive Covid-19 test.
  • You have been asked to self-isolate by the Government “Track and Trace” service.
  • A member of your household or a close contact is awaiting a Covid-19 test result or is displaying symptoms. 

New Forest Half Marathon – Report from Jeremy Harrison

“This year’s New Forest Half Marathon was going to be different. It was not really In the New Forest being on the St Giles Estate north of Ringwood near to Wimborne and no spectators were allowed.

Tony Cooley and myself were there although Tony started before me at 12:15 pm and myself at 12:35 pm and, of course, Tony was much quicker at 1.54.44 and brilliantly won his age group! My time was 2.18.53.

Yes there were hills and elevation with my Garmin noting 170m! Despite all that it was a great well organised event in a warm 25 degrees. We were cheered on by 300 volunteers and had water and nutrition bars every 5k. The finish was pretty spectacular running down a long grass expanse to the main house and through the funnel for all the goodies! It was great to again get back to an organised event!”


Yoga classes continue this evening ( Friday 25th September) with classes for pre-booked members at 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm at The Newell Centre led by Katie Michael. It has been confirmed by Katie’s Governing Body, as well as the (Community) Centre, that the venue and size of classes continue to meet Government guidelines for Covid-19.

Good luck to all those who are running around the Goodwood Motor Circuit over the weekend. 

Please do let us have your results and any feed-back about this event.


Congratulations to Graham Jessop and Lorna Cowan who both achieved a 100% return to the Quiz circulated a fortnight ago. This week’s offering can be downloaded from the link above.  

John (Betts)

Secretary on behalf of the Committee