Chichester Runners ready to mark 30 years of action

The juniors have grown to become an important part of Chichester Runners
The juniors have grown to become an important part of Chichester Runners

Planning is almost complete for events to mark the 30th anniversary of Chichester Runners.

Their three decades will be celebrated this weekend (September 13-14) with a programme of activities that is open to past members and their families as well as present-day club athletes and helpers.

Saturday starts with the Chichester parkrun in Oaklands Park at 9am.

From the first year of the club in 1984, Oaklands Park has been a focal point of training sessions and has been the venue of many races including the West Sussex West schools’ cross-country championships for 15 years.

Saturday afternoon (2pm-4pm) sees the action concentrate on the all-weather J-track at Chichester University, where there will be an opportunity to race over 100m as well as trying your hand at long jump, high jump, shot and javelin, or take advantage of coaching in other events.

The club’s focus on track and field athletics only began in 1994, some ten years after their formation, when a senior men’s team was entered in the Southern Men’s League for the first time.

Starting at the bottom in division eight, six promotions in seven years followed with a fine blend of experienced seniors and promising juniors. A separate women’s team and a junior team were introduced in 1998 and in 2010, the men’s and women’s teams amalgamated into the newly-formed Southern Athletics League.

Saturday evening (7pm) sees the main social event of the weekend, a hog roast and entertainment at Lavant Village Hall – tickets are still available.

On Sunday (10am) there will be a mass run/walk from Lavant Green to the top of the Trundle, which will roughly trace the route of one of the club’s long-standing races, the Trundle Hill 10k, now in its 25th year.

Lavant Green has been the starting and finishing point for the ever-popular Midsummer 5 road race which in its early days took the runners in front of Goodwood House but in recent years has instead included a lap of the Goodwood motor circuit.

Sunday lunch will be at Lavant Hall, with the weekend finishing off with more light hearted games on the green.

The club would be delighted to hear from ex-members who want to come along. Contact secretary Phil Baker on 01243 533784 or