Chichester Challenge hailed as a success

The storm clouds gather as the 2351 Bognor Regis Air Cadet Squadron march on. C111162-1
The storm clouds gather as the 2351 Bognor Regis Air Cadet Squadron march on. C111162-1

There were perfect conditions as runners, walkers and mountain bikers of all ages got off to a flying start for the annual Chichester Challenge.

With around 800 people taking to the countryside around Goodwood estate, the turnout was one of the best in recent years.

Runners and mountain bikers were issued with computer chips so they could be timed around the course.

A total of 14 charities were represented at the event, and money will also go to St Wilfrid’s Hospice and Children On The Edge.

Rotarian Doug Price, of Chichester Priory Rotary Club, which organises the event said: “There were lots of smiling, happy faces – and some very sore feet – as they all came back.

“I think the big highlight was for the 42-kilometre walk and run.

“It was an 8am start and it was the biggest field of starters we have ever had and that was an amazing sight to see them taking off, and seeing the mountain bikers go off is always a spectacular sight, all in their colourful outfits and helmets.”

On behalf of Chichester Priory Rotary Club, he thanked a wide range of people including members of the Chichester and Chichester Harbour Rotary clubs and Rotoract, Chichester 4x4 which marked out the course and manned the checkpoints, St John Ambulance, the Goodwood Estate, the Forestry Commission and other landowners whose land the course passed through and Lavant Memorial Hall for allowing people to use their facilities and the green.