Ten miler entrants will experience the joys of running through the city and climbing two thirds of the Trundle, with all the splendid views of the Solent, but without the challenge of the final climb to the summit.
DATE: Sunday 8th October 2017
DISTANCE: 10 miles (approx)
PRICE: £27 (£25 for UK Athletics Affiliated runners)
RACE VILLAGE OPEN: 8.00AM
START TIME: 9.00AM
START LINE: Chichester College
CAR PARKING: Available at the College from 7.30AM
AGE LIMIT: Suitable for ages 16+ on the 1st October 2017 (Under 18s have the consent of a parent or guardian)
MILE 1 - 5 (Chichester to Lavant)
The course leaves in an easterly direction from the College towards the Westgate Roundabout and onto West Street, In just under half a mile the Cathedral can be seen on your right and the City Cross on your left. Into East Street and then to the East Walls of the City where the course turns north and the first mile mark.
The course then winds round the eastern side of Priory Park over Oaklands Way and past the Tennis courts into Oaklands Park, with a gentle uphill half a mile to the Rugby Club to the first water station.
The course then passes through Summersdale with the flint walls of the former Royal Military Police Barracks on your left. Just after the 2 mile marker the course goes down Fordwater Lane out into the country.
For three quarters of a mile the course uses public footpaths crossing the River Lavant into East Lavant village, which is at approx mile 3. Most of this part of the course is fairly flat, climbing no more than 40 metres in total. The course emerges by the local stables from where it leaves the tarmac road to wind its way up Chalk Pit Lane.
The early part of the lane is mainly flint and flat but then the course starts to climb and becomes chalky, eroded in parts. The next mile is a fairly tough climb rising by about 100 metres. From 4.5 to 5 miles the climb is gentler, and offers stunning views of the South Downs.
MILE 5 - 10 (Lavant - Chichester)
At 5 miles you can give yourself a pat on the back – you are halfway! With the hardest bit behind you, take a drink and prepare yourself to return to Chichester. A left turn (don't follow the half marathoners who are climbing the Trundle!) takes you to footpath in front of the large flint house, take the left hand fork along the side of the field on your left hand side. At the end of the field pass through a gate and take a steep descent down the grassy bank to the Lavant Valley below. Then take a hard left onto the Lavant Valley footpath re-joining the half marathon course.
The runners then take to sand packed track for about a mile arriving into the residential area of Mid Lavant. This part of the course is fairly level as is the next section through the houses where there is the next water station.
The course then joins Centurion way which is followed for nearly three miles back into the City of Chichester. Here runners will find a corridor of support posters put together by local children. There is another water station at the beginning of Centurion way and then the ten milers DO NOT do the loop around the field. This part of the course is fully tarmacked with a fall of some 50 metres over its entire length. The views vary from open fields, sporadic housing to more densely residential developments until one reaches Bishop Luffa School at just over 9 miles. It is then just a short distance to the finish in the rear of the College car park for a well – earned rest and some much needed refreshments.