The 29th Chichester 10K on Sunday (2 February) was held in damp, overcast conditions but the performances of the leading athletes lit up the home straight at the famous Goodwood Motor Circuit in Sussex. Race winner Nick Goolab (Belgrave Harriers, 29:01) – pictured above after winning Brighton Marathon 10K last April – led five more men who also finished inside last year's course record of 29:32 by William Mycroft, of Enfield & Haringey AC.
The 2020 UK rankings for 10K were comprehensively re-written as Goolab fought hard for his victory from Ben Bradley (Aldershot, Farnham & District, 29:11 PB); Owen Hind (Kent AC, 29:11 PB); Charlie Hulson (Liverpool, 29:14); Ross Skelton (Hastings, 29:18 PB) and Jake Shelley (Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers, 29:21 PB).
The race is promoted annually by the Rotary Club of Chichester Priory
and the course finishes in front of the main grandstand on Pits Straight after a final 4K circuit of the smooth tarmac race track. The start is at the motor circuit entrance in Claypit Lane and the route includes a loop on undulating country roads, along historic Roman road Stane Street, through Strettington.
The women's race saw Steph Twell's course record (33:17) put under pressure early on as Dani Nimmock (33:58) eased to victory over her City of Norwich team-mate Sarah Astin (34:14), Southampton's Laura Brenton (34:17 PB) and Naomi Mitchell (Reading, 34:20 PB).
More than 300 runners beat 40 minutes and 1,519 finished inside 90 minutes on chip timing.
This race included the final trial for the England Masters team to face Celtic Masters in an international challenge in the Great Bristol 10K on 3 May 2020. The top three finishers in each five-year age band from 35 to over 85 were expected to be selected to represent England.
Leading male contenders for selection included age-group winners like M40 Neil Boniface (Crawley, 30:38); M60 Paul Mingay (Colchester Harriers, 35:19) and M70 Jim Brown (Woking, 43:05). The outstanding women Masters included South London Harriers' April James-Welsh (W40, 37:23) and Susan MacDonald (W50, 38:46) plus W55 Caroline Wood (Arena 80, 41:09).
Photo courtesy Brighton Marathon on Twitter