VIDEO: Baker does it again - but Boutwood's out to get him
It was Chichester one-two in the 2017 renewal of the challenging race and Baker was a clear winner as he came home in 1hr 12min 46sec. But another Chichester athlete, Will Boutwood, was second - and is improving all the time. He aims to stop Baker making it seven from sevenÂ next year.'¨Baker was delighted to break the tape at the Chichester College finish line after a course that took in both city centre landmarks and Goodwood and Lavant countryside, including the steep climb up the Trundle Hill, and he told us: 'It was a pretty solid run really. I felet quite comfortable all the way really.'¨'I'm quite happy with my time. I was aiming for sub-74 minutes really so I'm well within that target.''¨Asked whether he had dreamed in 2012, when he won the first Chi half after it was revived, that he'd still be the winner five years later, he laughed: 'Yes! It's my kind of course.Â I train at Kingley Vale, West Marden and Stansted. I train on all the hills so it's my sort of terrain.'¨'I had people with me for the first mile and a half and pulled away at the top of Oaklands Park. The gap kept growing. I was checking my watch and trying to keep further ahead.Â '¨'There was really good support and the lead cyclist did a good job.''¨Baker said the race was one of his favourites in the calendar and added: 'It's one I target. I'll certainly be back next year.'
See a picture gallery from the race here Boutwood, a university student and grandson of one-time well-known Chichester dentist John Boutwood, said: “I’m really happy with second. I was third all the way round. I was slowly trying to catch James Ellis, who was second. “It was really good. The Trundle was a bit of a killer again but the downhill bit’s quite nice! “Give me one more year and I’ll have James! I did this race two years ago in about 1hr 29min so this is a big improvement. It’s about 30 seconds off my half marathon best. Last time I did a half was in February but it didn’t have a Trundle in it! “I really like the course. I’m from round here but I go to uni in London so I like coming back here to run. It’s a really nice area, especially up the Trundle. It’s one of my favourite places. The race has a really good atmosphere.”