Newsletter 7th August 2020


We continue with the training groups for both seniors and juniors next week. Please ensure you tell your Group Leader if you cannot attend a particular session.

Will’s weekly training schedule will be posted in due course on the club’s Facebook page.

This weekend no particular challenge other than just to get out and have a run of some sort.

Report from David Churcher

“Chichester Runners & AC`s athlete Fleur Hollyer (U17) competed in the 100m at the truncated annual London Inter-Club Challenge held at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre in North London, which this year, was open to a limited number of individual athletes.

Having managed to continue training at home and in local parkland throughout the Covid-19 lockdown, it was a welcome first opportunity to compete.

Amid stringent Covid-19 safety procedures, which were strictly implemented, and included only one person (coach/ parent/guest) per athlete being permitted in the stadium – individual allotted time slots, to enter the arena, register, use a designated warm-up area, Race, warm down, and then leave the stadium - all backed up with “Test and Trace” measures in place.

With the 100m races restricted to four athletes – it was with her familiar dynamic five stride drive out the blocks, coupled with a good pick-up phase, she took 2nd place in a new personal best time of 13.14sec into a minus 0.1mps wind.

She intends to return to the same venue later this month for the 200m in Round 2 of the Challenge.”

Thanks for the report David and brilliant that competitive track & field back.   


I have had a long, intermittent, association with Chichester Runners & AC and thought that I would share some of the history of the Club (in my time), with you. I hope to revive memories of older members and inform newer members.

July to December 2006.

23rd September 2006. South of England Road Relays. Aldershot.

The Chi Runners Over 50’s team of Rob Wiggins, Chris Benham, David Dorning and David Worcester, were agonisingly close to a medal taking 4th place (28 teams). This was the highest ever placing by a Chi Runners team, covering all age categories, in this event. The Chi Runners Over 50’s team were the best of the Sussex teams (Phoenix, in 10th, were the 2nd Sussex team) and, individually, David Worcester ran the fastest final leg and David Dorning had the third fastest 3rd leg.

30th September 2006. Goodwood Cross Country Relays.

Senior Men, 3rd: James Baker, Joe Foreshaw, Aaron Hancock, David Bourne.

Veterans Men, A team, 2nd: Gary Wright, David Worcester, David Dorning, Andy Nicholson.

                        B team, 6th: Tom Blaylock, Tony Cooley, Alastair Kennaugh, Rob Wiggins.

At this time there was no Over 50 event, so six over 50’s occupied the eight Over 40 positions. Had there been an Over 50 event Chi Runners (three per team) may have been 1st and 2nd!

Senior Women, 10th: Lauren Kennaugh, Jill Renson, Lynn Harley.

1st October 2006. Witterings (Covers Challenge) Cross Country.

1st James Baker, 52.44.

7th Jo Corbett , 59.10.

9th David Worcester (1st Over 50), 59.26.

16th James Pennicott, 1.01.41.

18th Mike Cooper, 1.01.51.

20th Rob Wiggins, 1.01.52.

23rd Chris Benham, 1.02.58.

28th Martin Miller, 1.05.22.

35th Nick Casburn, 1.06.28.

47th Colin Harley, 1.08.59.

59th Andrew Moore, 1.10.32.

67th Philip Peters, 1.12.41.

68th Derek Pennicott, 1.12.41.

103rd Russell Crimes, 1.17.23.

107th Sarah Burholt, 1.17.52.

121st Katie Michael, 1.20.41.

122nd Alison Bamford, 1.20.42.

128th Alan Rowley, 1.21.32.

158th John Betts, 1.27.26.

167th Nigel Penfold, 1.28.34.

213th Chris Swinburn, 1.35.44.

216th Lorraine Griffiths, 1.35.51.

14th October 2006. Sussex Cross Country League. Goodwood.

Men. 1st James Baker,18th Gary Wright, 24th Andy Nicholson, 35th David Dorning, 37th David Worcester, 39th Aaron Hancock, 46th Rob Wiggins, 48th Ahmed Robea, 70th Martin Miller, 84th Alastair Kennaugh, 85th Philip Peters, 93rd James Ponte, 95th Andrew Moore, 101st Colin Harley.

150 finishers. Chi Runners “A” team 4th. (Baker, Wright, Nicholson, Dorning, Worcester, Hancock).

22nd October 2006. Abingdon Marathon.

1100 Starters.

27th David Worcester (1st Southern Counties Over 50, 2nd British Masters Over 50), 2.53.07.

150th James Pennicott, 3.18.19.

262nd, Tony Hancock, 3.32.04.

328th Melvyn Bird, 3.40.54.

473rd Sue Barty, 3.59.41.

482nd Deborah Haddon, 4.01.59.

After about 18 miles the course looped around for about six miles and as I exited the loop Sue was entering it. During the few seconds that our paths crossed we were able to exchange greetings and encouragement which, certainly for me, was better than any energy bar! Thank you, Sue!

10th December 2006. Sussex Masters Cross Country Championships. Horsham.

Men Over 50.

Chi Runners “A” Team, 2nd: David Dorning, Rob Wiggins, David Worcester.

Chi Runners “B” Team, 5th: Chris Benham, Alastair Kennaugh, John Betts.

Men Over 60.

Chi Runners, 2nd: Terry Slade, Ray Allen, David Grunwell.


Chi Runners (sorry, position unknown): Jane Leonard, Tracy Jayant, Jill Renson.

The training session shown last week was 2017. This week’s pic confirms that sometimes it can be  rather tricky and overly exciting when volunteering as a marshal!  


Apologises to Lorna Cowan, Graham Jessop, Liz & Sanchia, Lis Peskett and Sue Barty for the Quizmaster docking each of you one-point but better luck next time. Well done to everyone who submitted their response. This week a mixed bag to while away a few minutes of your time, the attachment above refers.   

Run of the Week

This week is a 7 miler up towards the Trundle and returning via the water meadows at Lavant.

Park in the car park for the Rugby Club off Wellington Road. Start by exiting car park, turn right and then left into Summersdale Road. At fork bear right into Fordwater Lane. At bottom of the slope take the footpath on left and follow the path through the fields (one gate), over the metal bridge and up to the road. Turn left and then after 150m turn right up Lower Road.

Once Lower Road ends bear right and in a few metres, turn left onto the track that goes up towards the Trundle. At top of this track turn left running past the house on right and take the left-hand footpath down the hill, through a gate and continue down the infamous green slope.

At bottom turn left and follow the footpath along the water meadows that eventually comes out to Sheepwash Lane and the Lavant Village Green. Cross over the green to the car park for the Village Hall. Go up the path for 20m and drop down towards the road (Pook Lane). Cross over the road onto the footpath that goes behind some houses, cross over their service road, and continue along footpath until coming out into Summersdale (The Drive). 

Go ahead down The Drive that leads into Summersdale Road and back to Wellington Road. 

Best wishes

John (Betts)

Secretary on behalf of the Committee