Chichester Runners News

Newsletter 11th September 2020

We are pleased to report that England Athletics have confirmed club and group activity, as well as competitions for athletics and running, will not be affected by the new restrictions on the number of people allowed to meet up. 

Accordingly, the club will continue training for seniors and juniors with the current structure of groups not exceeding twelve people. However, due to maximum numbers being reached your committee at their meeting last Monday agreed the following principles to ensure everyone who wishes to can access a training group.  

Run leaders and coaches will ask runners to identify their preferred session (if they take part in more than one session a week). This will be their “A” session that will be protected as best we reasonably can. Their other session will be their “B” choice and as such, they may be asked to forfeit it in the event that we need a space for another paid up member who has not got a session.

Maximum of two sessions per week.

The club will also review whether to discourage or stop late replacements.

Thank you to Dave and Sue Barty for laying a trail from Selhurst Park last Sunday. We are aiming to hold trails fortnightly and Peter Shaw is in the progress of getting together a schedule. If anyone wishes to volunteer to lay a trail, please let John know. Peter, himself, will lay a trail from Goodwood Counters on Sunday 20th September and full details to be published next week.

Yoga classes restart this evening ( Friday 11th September) with classes for pre-booked members at 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm at The Newell Centre led by Katie Michael. Katie has sent me the following publication from the "Yoga Alliance Professionals" website: 

After reviewing the information released by the UK government, we are pleased to confirm that the 6- person limit for social gatherings in England does not apply to organised indoor and outdoor sports, physical activity, and exercise classes in Covid-Secure venues. This includes gyms, leisure centres and community halls that have met the government health and safety guidelines and have a Covid-19 risk assessment in place.

The Newell Centre has a Covid secure risk assessment in place that Katie has signed. She will ensure groups of more than six do not enter the centre together and that two metres distance is maintained between attendees and herself.

The club received this week the sad news that Martin Etchells the former treasurer of Sussex Athletics has died after a long illness. Martin was helpful to Chichester Runners and assisted greatly at events. A card has been sent on behalf of the club to his wife Di.

Report from Helen Dean

“Last Tuesday I attended the 3rd Worthing Harriers' athletics meeting as their official 'Starter'. What a breath of fresh air and a return to some kind of normality!  Against all the odds, Worthing managed to satisfy UKA Covid requirements and stage three high-quality meetings, with some superb performances by athletes who travelled from far and wide to test out their 'lockdown' training, such was the appetite for competition!  

Although initially struggling to get used to the electronic gun , the atmosphere was buzzing with excitement and I felt privileged to be part of these three events. Lets’ hope other clubs follow their lead!”


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.

January 2010 to January 2011.

10th April 2010. Sussex Road Relays. Christ’s Hospital.

Men Over 50.

Chi Runners “A” Team, 2nd (8th successive year of winning a team medal): David Dorning, Rob Wiggins, David Worcester.

                      “B” Team, 6th: Alastair Kennaugh, Jan Hill, Tom Blaylock.

Men Over 60.

Chi Runners Team, 4th: John Betts, Terry Slade, Martin Miller.

5th June 2010. South Downs 100 Mile Relay.

Chi Runners Veterans (Over 40): Winners (out of 60 teams) of the Cooper Cup (for the fastest team adjusted for age and gender): David Dorning, Rob Wiggins, Tom Blaylock, David Worcester (all over 55), Chris Jack, Jim Garland.

Ladies 3rd (20th in Cooper Cup): Tracy Jayant, Polly Mosley, Lucy Brooks, Angela Carpenter, Katherine Bond, Maria Wright.

Men, 24th in Cooper Cup: Philip Court, Simon Burgan, Jan Hill, Tony Cooley, Chris Benham, Terry Slade (68).

22nd January 2011. Sussex Masters Cross Country Championships. Lancing. Carried over from December when snow caused a postponement.

38 participants from Chi Runners with Chi Runners Winners of the County Team Shield.

Men Over 40, 2nd: Jim Garland, Chris Jack, Tony Roddis, Lee Neumann.

Men Over 50.

“A” Team, 1st: David Dorning, Rob Wiggins, David Worcester.

“B” Team, 5th: Tom Blaylock, Chris Benham, Kevin Lockyear.

“C” Team, 6th: Dave Reading, Colin Harley, Terry Healey.

Reserve: Alastair Kennaugh.

Men Over 60.

“A” Team, 4th: Terry Slade, John Betts, Dave Betts.

“B” Team: 7th: Peter Shaw, John Holloway, Dave Grunwell.

Reserve: Steve Hasler.

Ladies Over 35.

“A” Team, 3rd: Angela Carpenter, Helen Pattinson, Katherine Bond.

“B” Team, 5th: Trudi Cunningham, Rachel McKinney, Shan Langley.

“C” Team, 7th: Eva Mikuska, Alison Defries, Debbie Lord.

Ladies Over 45.

“A” Team, 3rd: Amanda Godfrey, Tracy Jayant, Jane Leonard.

“B” Team, 7th: Sue Barty, Sarah Richardson, Carol Palmer.

Reserve: Lynn Harley.


Regretfully due to a lack of time there is no quiz this week. Normal business will resume next week including feed-back from last week’s quiz.

Best wishes

John (Betts)

Secretary on behalf of the Committee