Tale of two cities (and one town) for Chichester athletes

Chichester had entrants in Portsmouth's coastal half marathon  Picture by Malcolm Wells 14538
Chichester had entrants in Portsmouth's coastal half marathon Picture by Malcolm Wells 14538
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Three in-form Chichester athletes went to Winchester to join a field of nearly 500 for the city’s 10k.

The usual course had to be changed because of severe flooding but conditions on the day were dry but a bit breezy.

Chichester Runners and AC ace James Baker won the race in a time of 32min 54sec, while Fay Cripps was second lady and first masters 35 finisher in a time of 40.28 - with their club-mate Carol Palmer first in the masters 60 class in 348th position clocking 55.58.

At the Portsmouth coastal half marathon, also last Sunday, it was extremely windy - especially over the last few miles - but thankfully dry.

Nonetheless there was a good turnout with 761 finishers that included Chichester’s Stefano Cerea (85th, 1.40.29), second over-60 Jan Hill (221st, 1.49.09) and Helen Boarer (568th, 2.11.58).

On the same day, in a small but select field of 93 runners in the nine-mile Henfield off-road event, John Betts was Chichester’s sole representative.

This was another event with a changed course following flooding and runners had to miss out the usual muddy section along the River Adur.

This made the course less challenging underfoot save for the last mile that caught out a lot of runners who had previously tried to keep their shoes dry and mud-free.

The main factor was the strong wind, especially on the outward stretch. Betts finished in 35th place with a time of 71.30.