The 2018 sporting year in pictures

It was a sporting year to savour across the Observer series patch.

Tuesday, 1st January 2019, 12:59 am
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 11:21 am
Sussex CCC sent a full squad to Chichester in September to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Priory Park being given to the city by the Duke of Richmond - it was a great day for cricket fans / Picture by Kate Shemilt
Sussex CCC sent a full squad to Chichester in September to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Priory Park being given to the city by the Duke of Richmond - it was a great day for cricket fans / Picture by Kate Shemilt

There was far too much top-class action to recall in detail on one page but I have attempted, in pictures, to at least bring back memories of some of the highlights. In football, Bognor had a tough year while Chichester City and Pagham continued to prosper; in rugby Chichester and Bognor had more ups and downs and continue to entertain. It’s been a vintage year for athletics, horse racing, golf and many other sports. I must thank every single person who sent in reports and pictures last year, and everyone whose sporting feats helped make up the coverage. It makes my job a pleasure. More of the same in 2019 please!

Frankie Dettori was in flying form at Glorious Goodwood in August / Picture by Malcolm Wells
The Stewards' Cup was as ever a great spectacle at the Qatar Goodwood Festival / Picture by Malcolm Wells
Coach Darin Killpartrick bid farewell to the Rocks at the end of the 17-18 season / Picture by Tommy McMillan
Chichester City FC won the RUR Cup in May / Picture by Tommy McMillan
Fontwell Park had a great year of jump racing - the sun shone for (most of) the Oktoberfest meeting / Picture by Malcolm Wells
Runners of all ages again enjoyed the Chichester Corporate Challenge series in February and March / Picture by Derek Martin
The Bognor Prom 10k attracted its usual huge turnout - here's the athletes warming up / Picture by Derek Martin
The Chichester Half Marathon benefitted from a sunny day and a large field of runners / Picture by Derek Martin
The Goodwood motor circuit is now proving a popular venue for the Chichester Priory 10k - here's the start line from February's event / Picture by Derek Martin
It was a good local cricket season for Observer-area sides - this is Middleton, who again flew the flag for the area in the Sussex Premier, and will do so again in 2019 / Picture by Derek Martin
The Cowdray Park polo season was another vintage one - here's Gold Cup winners El Remanso / Picture by Clive Bennett
On to rugby and West Sussex star Jess Breach broke into the England senior women's side, playing in her early games as though she was a seasoned international - the area is very proud of her / Picture by Getty for RFU Collection
Chichester RFC fans saw plenty of entertaining action at Oaklands Park as the side battled for honours in London one south / Picture by Kate Shemilt
Bognor RFC also had a good 2018, winning more than they lost and recording some massive wins in front of the Hampshire Avenue faithful / Picture by Kate Shemilt
Chichester Hockey Club's ladies' firsts were the toast of the city in the spring when they won promotion with five games to spare / Picture by Kate Shemilt
The outdoor bowls season was something to savour as the hot summer gave players maximum playing time - here's how Bognor BC lined for the season / Picture by Kate Shemilt
It was triathlon time in Chichester in June - here's some of the junior competitors wo starred on the first day of two of top-class action / Picture by Kate Shemilt
Goodwood country park was the venue for the Sussex cross-country relays in October, hosted superbly as ever by Chichester Runners / Picture by Kate Shemilt
England women's star Kelly Smith drew a crowd when she visited Butlin's in Bognor to coach youngsters / Picture by Kate Shemilt
We've seen Chichester City already in this review, lifting the RUR Cup, but what about our other local SCFL sides? Pagham had a good year, competing well in the premier division and in the cup competitions / Picture by Roger Smith
It was an up and down year for Midhurst FC in division one of the SCFL but there's a determination at the Rotherfield to make 2019 a successful one / Picture by Kate Shemilt
Bosham also had good spells and dips in form, but they end 2018 on a roll / Picture by Kate Shemilt
Selsey FC end 2018 going well in division one of the SCFL, with Daren Pearce moulding a good young team at the High Street Ground / Picture by Kate Shemilt
Sidlesham have adapted well to life in the SCFL division one after earning promotion from division two, with Steve Bailey now the man in charge / Picture by Kate Shemilt
Last but by no means least, another memorable and successful year for Chichester City Ladies had its highlight in February - when mighty Liverpool Ladies visited them in the FA Cup. Liverpool won but Chi Ladies gave them a run for their money / Picture by Tommy McMillan