Chichester athletes are muddy marvels in Milland

Chichester’s endurance athletes have faced an additional challenge over the summer with off-road courses suffering with the extra obstacle of muddier conditions than normal.

Nowhere was this more evident that in the recent Milland half marathon, where slippery conditions caused a number to fall in the 300-strong field in the steep inclines and declines of the challenging course.

The Chichester Runners squad all completed the course in fine style with six of the ten athletes finishing inside the top 100.

Adrian Murphy was first home in 33rd place, closely followed by Terry Healy in 44th, Mark Jennings 45th, Nick Palmer 56th, Mike Moorcroft 61st and Jan Hill 87th. Just outside the top 100 were Dave Harris in 110th, Keith Akerman 125th, Flick Paton 138th, with Gary Tomsett completing the scoring in 233rd.

Opting for a shorter distance on the same day were 15 members who travelled to Crawley’s Tilgate Forest for the latest round in the West Sussex Fun Run League.

Over a course of just under five miles, John Leonard led the club home in a fine third place out of just under 250 competitors.

Other Chi finishers: Colin Harley 37th, Kevin Batt 70th, Nigel McNestrie 81st, Amanda Godfrey 96th, Mark Hazlewood in 117th, Jill Renson 122nd, Tony Cooley 123rd, Peter Shaw 124th, Jane Leonard 137th, Sue Baker 141st, Lois Jerry 166th, Dave Grunwell 181st, Emma Newberry 215th and Lynn Harley 216th.

PHIL BAKER