Chichester Runners News

Newsletter 3rd July 2015

Items: Trail Run, Training, Results, James Baker 601 Not Out

Trail Runs are back with Tracy laying the flour on the Downs above Amberley (TQ033126 - BN18 9) at High Titten on Wednesday 8th July. Start anytime between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm for either 7 or 5 miles of delight and please do not forget to book in and out. From Chichester take A27 towards Fontwell and then left onto A29. At Whiteways roundabout take the second exit onto B2139 (signed Storrington) and after Amberley Museum/Station take right hand turn into High Titten. Parking at top of the hill.   

Monday 6th July - Session led by Tom. Meet at 6:30 pm at Oaklands Park at the pavilion for cricket pitch on the top part of the park.

Monday 6th July - Cake Run Group led by Vicky with meet at Oaklands Park (top car park adjacent to the Rugby Club) at 6:30 pm for a 6:45 pm start.

Tuesday 7th July - Session led by Keith. Meet at 6:30 pm at Oaklands Park at the pavilion for cricket pitch on the top part of the park.  

Thursday 9th July - Cake Run Group led by Vicky.

Friday 10th July - Hill session led by Kevin at Fairmile Bottom. Meet at 6:30 pm with parking on the grass verge on right after the bends on A29 between Fontwell, Slindon and Whiteways.


The Summer XC at Queen Elizabeth Country Park on Wednesday 24th June was won by James Baker who covered the undulating paths of five miles in 27.59. Michael Moorcroft finished 43rd clocking 37.52, whilst Mark Jennings met the timekeeper in 55th place in a time of 38.49.There were 240 runners for this event. 

Lynette Woodward ran in the Petersfield Heath 5k run on Saturday 27th June. This was a small first time charity event with just over 70 runners. Lynette reports being a lovely course round a pond and an old golf course but unfortunately a number went wrong on the course and ran a longer distance. Lynette clocked 27:46 in the end in very warm conditions being fourth lady over the line in 16th place.

The “Hove Park” WSFRL fixture was held on Sunday 14th June being a 5k dash around this delightful park that brought together 432 runners. Our contingent was: James Baker (1st - 15.49), John Leonard (17th - 18.00), Nick Palmer (55th - 19.36), Sam Reading (76th - 20.18), Charlotte Reading (81st - 20.27), Dave Reading (135th - 21.45), Tony Cooley (139th - 21.50), Tracy Lockyear (173rd - 22.52), Tom Blaylock (185th - 23.18), Dave Barty (202nd - 23.42), Sue Barty (236th - 24.33), Jill Renson (259th - 25.32) and Sue Baker (305th - 26.58).    

Last Saturday (27th) it was the turn of Burgess Hill Runners to host a WSFRL fixture with their Downlands Dash. The club finished 12th team with 54 points. Our squad was: Derry Lozano-Hoyland (24th - 33.27), Nick Palmer (46th - 36.36), Tom Blaylock (59th - 38.37), Steve Searle (79th - 40.06), Amanda Godfrey (119th - 43.14), Jill Renson (153rd - 45.42), Peter Shaw (156th - 46.14), Emma Searle (190th - 50.20) and Sandra Nemorin-Noel (197th - 50.55).

Also last Saturday Mark Jennings did a lap of Bewl Water in an off-road half marathon. He clocked 1.48.05 in 10th place. 

James Baker 601 Not Out
Continuing what has been a truly remarkable career in athletics, James Baker has just won his 601st race in a span of just over 20 years. Not only has James managed to win races over a variety of terrains and distances but his powers of recovery in that time have been unsurpassed compared to any other athlete in the South and possibly in the UK as a whole. From 800m and event taking part in 4 x 400m relays in his earlier years, James these days concentrates more on longer events mainly over 10K through to 10 miles, half marathons and the occasional 15 or 20 miles and a few marathons. In all that time James has not neglected speed work and just three days ago could be seen doing a 100m repetition session on the University track in Chichester. James’ 601st win came as mentioned above in the Queen Elizabeth Summer 5 miles event in an undulating off road race, which he would probably class as his favourite terrain.