Newsletter 28th February 2020

Brighton Half Marathon – Report from Jon McElhill

“A hardy group of Chichester Runners took on the perils of Brighton’s windiest ever half marathon last weekend (Sunday 23rd February). Battling gales and gusts up to 50mph, nine club members completed the course, despite the ferocious south westerly. This made for an extremely tough middle section and for those with energy left, a flying final 5km along the seafront.

First Chi Runner home, in 16th place, was James Baker (1:14:43) with Keith Akerman in 137th (1:25:37), Seth Wise 170th (1:26:50) and Richard Holder 241st (a storming PB of 1:28:40). Jon McElhill breezed home to take second place in VM60 (465th overall in 1:35:08). Colin Enticknap was next (669th, 1:37:49) followed home by Ian Robertson (1.46.51) with Clare Snow our only female runner (2:12:30) and Richard Woolston our final brave soul (2:40:43).”

Thanks for the report Jon and extremely well done by all.

National XC Championships – Report from Jim Garland

“A great time was had, despite some of the stickiest mud I have encountered on a XC course for the 2020 National XC Championships in Nottingham on Saturday 22nd February. Fortunately, there was also plenty of firm ground in the stunning setting of Wollaton Hall, and the rain held off for the whole afternoon. Beth had a great run in the Senior Women's race, coming 35th out of 911 finishers, whilst I was a more sedate 989th out of 1710 finishers. Highly recommended for its unique atmosphere and camaraderie, whether an elite runner or Joe Jogger.” Thanks for the report Jim and congratulations to you both for brilliant runs.     

England Athletics Indoor Championships – Report from David Churcher

“Young athlete Fleur Hollyer (U17) concluded her successful 2020 Indoor season with a great personal best 60m performances (improvement from 8.28 at Sutton a week ago) in the England Athletics Indoor Championships in Sheffield on Saturday 22nd February 2020.

Drawn in an unfavourable outside lane, she produced probably her finest start of her athletic career to date. With a dynamic five stride drive phase, followed by her now familiar strong pick-up phase, she held her form to finish fifth in 8.22sec.” Brilliant run Fleur and now the preparation starts for the forthcoming outdoor season.   

Chichester Corporate & Schools Championships

We were blessed with excellent conditions last Wednesday for the first event of the Corporate/Schools Challenge series with over 800 runners across all races.

Many thanks to Phil, Mark, Jill, Helen and all the team who arranged the event and to the many of you who assisted so brilliantly on the evening. Will those who brought along friends, relatives and youngsters to help pass on our grateful thanks for their assistance. The only drawback for your outstanding support is a request for a repeat performance please on Wednesday 11th March.

Runners please remember to retain your number and anyone who ran the “B” race in under 18 minutes must run next time in the “A” race. The provisional results are already published on this website.


Future Events

Run Hartfield includes a half, 10k, plus junior events is scheduled for Sunday 5th April with the base Town Croft, Hartfield, TN7 4AD. This is very much a community event set in stunning scenery using only footpaths and tracks with the half going over Pooh Bridge in the Ashdown Forest and through “100-acre” Wood. For further details and registration click on www.hartfieldonline.com.


Also, on Sunday 5th April and closer to home is an Easter Family Fun Day in Priory Park, Chichester between 10:30 am and 5:00 pm organised by the Rotary Club of Chichester Harbour. There will be an egg hunt, rides, games, alpacas, demonstrations and many more attractions. This event is aimed for children aged between 3 and 13.


The annual Moonlight Walk in aid of St. Wilfrid’s Hospice is lined up for Saturday 2nd May (and for many into Sunday) starting at 10:00 pm. For details please search stwh.co.uk/moonlight.

Training/Activities for next 7 days.  

Sunday 1st March – see below.

Trail Run: Trail kindly laid by Jeremy. Meet in the car park of Tinwood Vineyard Estate anytime between 11:00 am and 11:30 am.

From the Chichester Retail Park go eastwards along the A27 and after the reservoir on the left take the slip road signed A285 Petworth. After about a mile after the Anglesea Arms on the right (now closed) turn right into the Tinwood Vineyard. After about 1/2 mile turn right into their car park.

Jeremy and Johanna will lay a trail with 6K or 10K options, including a run around Halnaker Windmill and “an out and back extension”. Expect slippery conditions! All participants run at own risk and must report in and out to the Trail Organiser. After the run all are welcome to try a glass of Tinwood (extra cost) and/or a cheeseboard. Enjoy!

Many thanks to Tom and Amanda for laying a trail from Bury last Sunday on what was a very wet, windy and muddy morning but enjoyed by over 30 participants.

Monday 2nd March – see below.

Beginners’ GroupFifth session of eight-week course starting at 6:30 pm with meet in Clubroom 2 at The Pavilion, Chichester College. This course is being led by the Foundation Group Team with Vicky Balandis the contact (vickybal75@gmail.com).

Foundation Group – Meet at 6:30 pm for a 6:45 pm start in Clubroom 2 at The Pavilion, Chichester College. Led by Vicky and the team.

Development Group Meet at 6:30 pm for a prompt start in Clubroom 2 at The Pavilion, Chichester College. It will be 400m reps with effort on three sides of the path outside the Pavilion and jog on the fourth. Led by Tom.

Stretch Class Seventh week of course in the upstairs Multi Use Gym Studio at the Chichester College from 7:45 pm. Duration one hour. Class managed by Graham Woodward (gwoodward7@gmail.com).

Tuesday 3rd March – see below.

Event Group - Meet at 6:30 pm for a prompt start in Clubroom 2 at The Pavilion, Chichester College. It will be 30 minutes tempo hilly loop session. Led by Keith.

Wednesday 4th March – see below.

Development Group – Meet at 6:30 pm for a prompt start in Clubroom 2 at The Pavilion, Chichester College. It will be a “Tom Craggs” session on path outside the Pavilion to include descending recovery periods. Session led by Amanda & Marcus.

Thursday 5th March – see below:

Club Winter Handicap Event No. 5. Meet from 6:00 pm outside the main entrance of Chichester College with start time between 6:15 pm and 6:45 pm. The course of 3.42 miles can be found on the club’s website on the “Winter Training” page. Remember you will be asked for your estimated time and please no time pieces. Event kindly managed by the Foundation Group. 

Friday 6th March – see below.

Day-time session - Led by Jon. Meet 10:30 am at Rugby Club Pavilion, Oaklands Park.

Beginners’ Group – “Leader” led session at 6:30 pm with meet outside The Pavilion, Chichester College. 

Good luck to everyone running over the weekend to include on Saturday the Chidham 15k and on Sunday the West Wittering 10k. Do let John have a note of your race results please.