Chichester Runners News

Newsletter March 2021

We've great news to share this week - one of our country's finest endurance runners Tim Hutchings is our new Club Patron.

Tim has lived most of his life in Sussex, competed for Crawley AC and was the founder of the Brighton Marathon – now the second biggest marathon in the UK.

He competed in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles (finished 4th in the 5000m) and secured bronze medals in 1986 in both the Commonwealth Games (Edinburgh) and European Championships (Stuttgart) in the 5000m. He is still ranked 9th in the UK over 5000m.

In addition to his track exploits, Tim was one of Britain’s finest cross-country runners, becoming national champion in 1983 and 1986 over the gruelling 9 mile course as well as finishing second in the IAAF World cross country championships in 1984 and 1989.

More recently, Tim founded the Brighton Marathon in 2010, which has quickly become one of the most popular marathon events but his ‘day-job’ is TV commentary for athletics events including the Diamond League track and field events held around the world. Along with Steve Cram, Tim has become a contemporary voice of athletics which young and old will recognise.

Tim tells us that he is honoured to become our first ever club Patron as there is great energy within the club to develop young athletes and to provide facilities for now and the future which provide wellbeing for residents of Chichester. 

The club would like to thank David Knowles for getting in touch with Tim and suggesting the role. Excellent work!

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The Corporate Challenge - hold the dates for June

The Corporate Challenge is pencilled in for June - assuming all goes to plan with the lockdown restrictions being lifted. The dates are Wednesdays 23rd June, 7th July, 21st July

Training sessions and trail runs are back from next week

Both the juniors and seniors recommence training from next week in line with the partial lifting of lockdown restrictions from March 29. The club is following EA guidelines to construct the sessions.

Further info for senior sessions are via the Spond app.

Thanks to Peter Shaw and the trail run team for setting up their runs which start from next Wednesday. Details again are via Spond. 

EGM April 6

Zoom dial in details for the EGM will be shared ahead of the meeting and the draft constitution will be published on the club website. Thanks to John Betts and Rob Wiggins for their tireless efforts. The EGM will decide on whether the club should become a charity.

Membership subscriptions

A big thanks to everyone who has paid already - as members will recall the membership year was extended because of the lockdown and subs are due by April 1 (you don't have to wait!). The government restrictions have meant that we need to train more run leaders for the senior section (so that we can achieve the preferred ratio of runners to leaders). Many of our members have enjoyed the more personal training (when we have been allowed to do it!) so we think everyone will agree it's a great investment. Currently we have about half our senior members unpaid and there's a high ratio among the juniors too - so please help our membership secretaries by paying early if you can. It does help them a great deal. Note for seniors: we are over subscribed for training sessions and so from April 1 members who have renewed will obviously be given priority. So please don't delay!