The track and field section of Chichester Runners face their earliest-ever start to their league campaign by travelling to Bracknell on Saturday (April 20) for the opening fixture in the Southern Athletics League.
Fortunately, team captain James Baker will be able to lead from the front as he decided against a spring marathon this year to concentrate on his track speed over 1,500m, 5,000m and steeplechase.
This will be the club’s 20th season in league athletics and Baker has been ever-present during that time, having missed only a handful of matches since making his debut as a 17-year-old in 1994.
Saturday’s squad will comprise a mixture of experienced seniors and younger athletes including a number of the club’s promising juniors who were not even born in 1994 but will challenge the seniors for places in the team.
English schools representatives Isobel Brown and Ollie Smith will join forces with decathlete Charlie Roe during the season together with thrower Tim Brown and Chichester’s crop of middle-distance athletes.
Taking advantage of the new facilities at Chichester University, including the recently-laid all-weather ‘J’ track, the club are inviting new members to join them, especially athletes involved in other sports during the winter.
Those interested are invited to contact club secretary Phil Baker on firstname.lastname@example.org
Training is currently on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6.30 to 7.30pm at the university and extra sessions are likely to be added during the season.