The Horsham Round – Every Bank Holiday Monday in August
29 mile scenic team relay first run by Horsham Joggers in 1994.
The Horsham Round is a fun, free, team relay event. The course is around 29 miles in total, divided into 7 stages of between 3 and 5 miles each. The event starts and finishes in Horsham Park with a social family picnic and BBQ afterwards.
The route is mainly off-road and includes parts of the Horsham Riverside Walk along the River Arun, a section of the Downslink, as well as footpaths and bridleways through woodland, farmland, countryside and pretty villages around Horsham. There are some short sections run on public roads, but these are kept to a minimum.
The aim of the Round is for all teams to finish at the same time, 2.30pm. Teams will be asked to estimate their total finishing time when they register, and runners will set off in finish time order. Team members split the 7 stages between themselves, and we encourage all team members to run the last part of the last stage together, so they cross the finish line together.
After the run, there is a bring-your-own family picnic and BBQ in Horsham Park for all runners, supporters and their families. Bring your own food (we will provide BBQs to cook on), or purchase refreshments from a variety of food outlets in the park. For those with energy left after the Round, there will be games for children of all ages. There is also a children’s playground, maze and pond to enjoy in Horsham Park.
Parking is charged at £1.50 for the day as it is a Bank Holiday (Horsham Hospital is FREE!). Details of all car parks near Horsham Park can be found here: Horsham town centre parking
The event is free for members of Horsham Joggers, and to other selected local teams by invitation only. If your club is interested in entering a team, please email your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can register a team of any size from one person upwards. In the past teams have averaged around 7 or 8 members, although there is no limit to the size of the team, or to the number of runners on each of the 7 stages. The only stipulation is that each team will cover the full 7 stage route in the correct order with each team member running at least one stage. We encourage all team members to run the last stage, or the last part of it, together, so you all cross the finish line together.
There are no marshals, signage or refreshment stations on the route. In the interests of safety, and to assist with map reading, we suggest that at least two runners from each team run each stage. Teams normally have a support vehicle and driver to shuttle runners between stages. We will provide details of the drop-off / pick-up points in our team information pack. Teams will need to organise their own drinks and snacks, although water will be available at the start/finish.
A map of the complete Horsham Round route, individual stages and support vehicle driving directions can be found here: Good Run Guide route details
FAQ’s – You may be thinking “I’ve never done anything like this, what’s it all about?”. Here are a few FAQ’s to help you: Horsham Round FAQ’s – 2016