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HJ NEWS! 15TH MAY 2022

HJ 10k – We Need Volunteers and Bakers!

Who among you lovely lot knows their way around the kitchen? The Horsham 10k is fast approaching on the 22nd of this month and we need volunteers to provide tasty treats for the refreshment stall. Cakes and biscuits are required in significant volume – apparently we usually shift 20-odd cakes. Maria Pettitt is overseeing this crucial part of the Horsham 10k experience and you can email her on to offer your services and let her know what you can provide. This is the first Horsham 10k for three years, so let’s get that table groaning under the weight of your HJ Bakes. 

And, of course, there are many other volunteer roles* to fill, so please get in touch if you are able to give time on the 22nd and let’s make it go with a bang. Not an actual explosion, though. That would be bad. 

Fees Please

It’s that time of year again when we have to remind all the membership fee stragglers to haul themselves over the line. Remember there are lots of lovely benefits to membership and if you prefer the stick to the carrot then please also remember that anyone who doesn’t pay their fees before the end of May will have to pay a rejoining fee on top!

Time Trials in Roost Hole

The next HJ 5k time trial events will be on Tuesdays June 14th, July 12th, and August 30th – all starting at 7pm. This fun summer event rewards the individuals who improve their time most dramatically from the first to the last of the 5k runs.

We had a great turn-out for the first events on May 10th. Here is a fantastic photo of all who took part. Our thanks to Lee for organising, and to his team of helpers (Julie, Clive and Izzi). Results can be found at

Note; HJ members can run all 4 Trials but only 3 count (the three that show most improvement). The winner is not necessarily the fastest runner but the person whose time over this distance has improved the most. So, if you missed the first one, fear not!


Also through the summer, and also on Tuesdays – although in this case on the third of each month – we will be starting club runs at the Duck Pond in Horsham Park rather than the Bridge leisure centre in BBH. There will be a warm-up session at each of these runs, starting at 6:45pm for all groups, ahead of the run starts at 7pm.

Routes are posted in advance on our members Facebook page ‘HJ Runs!’.

Don’t forget to check the club calendar for upcoming events:

Coach Fiona’s popular and varied sessions are also here:

New Committee Members

We’re delighted to welcome Marcus Leach to the HJ Committee as our new Social Secretary. Marcus will be taking over from Roger Johnson and our thanks to both of you for contributions past and upcoming. In addition we are lucky to have Susan Wilcox joining us as our second Welfare Officer. Welcome and thanks to Susan!

Beer Night

Speaking of socials, Mark Aylmore has provisionally arranged for an HJ evening at the fabulous Chapeau Brewery (Unit 8 Redkiln Cl, Horsham RH13 5QL) on Saturday 28th May, from 19:00. The brewery will be open for just our use, with draft and bottled beers, wine, local Horsham Gin from Cabin Pressure Spirits, and soft drinks.

There will also be food available (must be pre-booked), with a burger and a pint for £12 (Mick who runs Chapeau is a chef by trade, so the food is always good – and there will be veggie options too!). If you would like to come along, please email, and do so before the 20th if you want food. There will be a £5 deposit, non-refundable after the 20th, and the event will only go ahead if there is sufficient interest. 

First Aid Training

Recently some of our members attended a Heartstart First Aid course given by Horsham Community Responders. It covered vital CPR skills as well as how to handle some minor running injuries. Well done to Jane Footer, Karen England, John Berry, Jo Bull, Jacqui Williamson, Sue Hensman, Paul Morley, Jo Stone, Warren Marks, Andrew Wright, Sok Wah Lee, and Margreet Potter for taking part – and to Clive Walker for arranging. 

Sturdy Legs

We’ve all heard about people shaving seconds off their marathon times. But shaving beards off during a race? That’s what Chris Sturdy did during the Brighton Marathon this year, dropping into a barbers for some facial restyling and then getting back out on the road and completing the race. We’ll have to check his splits to see if the weight reduction and improved streamlining made things easier! Well done, Chris. 

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South Downs Way Relay

It’s coming up on May 28th and we have two full teams competing. An intense but thoroughly rewarding team event.  If you haven’t got anything else on, get up on the Downs and cheer on the runners. And then go to Chapeau for a beer!

Want to know about the ITB? It’s over to Tony at Hands On!

Hi everyone, in this edition I wanted to discuss something that often comes up with my previous topic of foam rolling, and that is the Iliotibial Band (ITB). Quite often I’m asked how to best stretch the ITB, should I use the foam roller, it feels tight etc. but I think we need to understand the ITB a bit more.

To enable us to do this we have to understand the anatomy of it. The ITB is a thick band of fascia formed proximally at the hip by the fascia of the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and the tensor faciae latae muscles. It runs down the lateral thigh and inserts into Gerdy’s tubercle on the Tibia. The ITB is primarily made up of collagen fibres which are aligned in a very organised vertical fashion to allow for better force absorption with weight bearing activities. There is a small amount of elastin fibres amongst the collagen which allows it to be slightly elastic helping it to act as a spring. However, this does not give it the ability to stretch like a muscle.

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So now we know what the ITB is we can understand what we can do to create a change to it. Can we stretch it……….no, will a foam roller do anything to it……….no, can it be tight……… BUT it doesn’t mean it won’t cause us some problems. The ITB is one of the most common running injuries we see. Due to the ITB insertion on Gerdy’s tubercle, it actually has no bony attachment along the femur. Therefore, it has the tendency to shift forwards and backwards as your knee flexes and extends. 

ITB syndrome is a common knee injury that usually presents with pain/tenderness on palpation of the lateral aspect of the knee. It is considered a non-traumatic overuse injury and is often associated with underlying weakness of hip abductor muscles.

So if you have some pain or tenderness to the outside of your knee with or after running and you feel your ITB is tight perhaps we need to try something other than stretching or foam rolling the ITB. It’s not to say that any stretching or foam rolling you may already do to the ITB is going to cause you problems because it absolutely won’t. It just means it’s probably not doing what you think it is!

What have you been up to?

There has been a lot of HJ travel lately, and here’s a quick round-up of some of your achievements, with thanks to Chris Yeomans for compiling the results. 

Well done to everyone who ran the Gatwick Half – the results will be in the next newsletter – but a shout out to Harry Wilcox who was the first HJ home. 

Caroline Bransden, Elisabeth Scott, and Viv Underhill ran the Vienna Half marathon. Well done, ladies!

Jason Walker ran the Limassol Marathon on March 20th in 4:02:04 (pacing). Unseasonably cool weather, but race day was a lovely sunny day with a cool breeze.

Paul Davis, Simon Perkins, Luke Minogue, Hadley O’Dwyer and Steve Wright ran the hot and hilly Dubrovnik Half on the early May bank holiday. 

Mel’s Milers 10k, which is one of this year’s challenge cup races, had a typically hefty turnout from HJ. Simon Perkins and Lea Quentin were first male and female joggers home. The race is on mixed terrain which is mostly off-road, taking in a lap of the school grounds before heading off to Southwater along the Downs Link, through the Country Park, and back along the Downs Link. There is only a short section through a residential area and three road crossings to disturb this. This is a friendly club run event ideal for first time runners, those marathon tapering or looking for a PB. Seventy nine Horsham Joggers completed the 10K and times Simon Perkins 37:00, Ryan Rothe 39:55, Harry Wilcox 41:28, Lea Quentin 42:06, Tom Robertson 42:09, David Malins 43:24, Nick Street 43:44, Simon Holmes 44:22, David Dawson 44:57, Mark Aylmore 45:13, Malcolm Footer 45:34, Lucinda Potten 45:44, Jonathan Fengaras 46:53, Christopher Lee 47:52, Andy Robins 47:59, Miranda Huisman 48:05, Joanna Stone 49:03, Ian Michell 49:09, Juliette Somers 49:15, Ian Dickinson 49:19, Penny Barron 49:52, Miranda Morley 49:59, John Dyckes 50:06, Victoria Robins 51:14, Tim Canham 51:31, Clive Walker 51:40, Geoff Fisher 52:02, Paul Morley 52:03, Warren Marks 52:04, Richard Harwood 52:19, Andrew Hartley 52:33, Allison Hartley 52:51, Richard Barron 53:25, Marcus Leach 53:29, Kirstie Hedger 54:03, Martine Burke 54:36, Mel Bullen 54:44, Richard Shergold 55:00, Matthew Horne 55:31, James Hawthorne 55:39, Stephen Wilson 57:50, Martin Allen 57:59, Vicky Holliday 58:24, Margreet Potter 58:35, Amanda Sullivan 59:15, Theresa Adams 59:21, Trevor Scott 59:27, Lisa Jestico 1:00:01, Lizzie Cotton 1:00:06, Louise Johnson 1:00:20, Mark Wilmot 1:00:33, Sue Newman 1:00:54, Peter Helliwell 1:01:25, Claire Miller 1:01:46, Rachel Morgan 1:01:55, Rebecca Harrison 1:02:02, Sally Malins 1:02:41, Hayley Reohorn 1:03:08, Stephanie Charman 1:03:19, Sarah Worrall, 1:03:24, Claire Butler 1:04:04, John Berry 1:04:45, Chris Garner 1:05:07, Clare Gray 1:05:09, Sok-Wah Lee 1:05:21, Christian Liberman 1:06:32, Samantha Edwards 1:09:36, Ian Hines 1:09:52, Jane Footer 1:10:33, Lorraine Hunter 1:12:06, Penelope Sanders 1:13:39, Catherine Vinall 1:14:57, Barnaby Smith 1:15:25, Sue Hensman 1:15:47, Coral Kennedy 1:16:10, Diane Berry 1:16:48, Heidi Chaney 1:17:29, Laura Sowton 1:17:37 & Michael Duplock 1:24:49

Manchester Marathon prides itself on welcoming all to take on their 26.2 mile challenge, from some superb elite runners, to those who thought completing a marathon would never be possible. Many regular runners find this the ideal event to get a personal best time, whilst everybody finds the incredible Mancunian support throughout the course unforgettable. Results Gary Tomlinson 2:38:15 & Jason walker 4:14:22 (4:15:00 pacer)

Sussex Relay M60 Team Dean Angell 11.35, Pete O’Connell 11.47 & Steve Wigmore 12.17

Brighton Marathon and 10k start in {Preston Park before snaking its way through the Brighton City Centre, along the glorious seafront and finishes on the iconic Madeira Drive in front of thousands of cheering spectators. Race Times for the Marathon Hadley O’Dwyer 3:24:56.1, Michael Dargue 3:24:56.1, Luke Minogue 3:28:03.7, Daniel Price 4:25:00.7, Richard Shergold 4:45:18.10, Michael Saunders 5:11:27.8 & Sue Zanin 5:01:09.4

10k Race times Neil Clarke 55:58.9, Barnaby Smith 1:13:56.4

SDW50 is a 50-mile foot race along the South Downs way National Trail, beginning in Worthing and Finishing in Eastbourne. Runners start by negotiating six miles of chalk footpaths and bridleways, climbing up to join the South Downs way at Chanctonbury Ring. The remainder of the course is identical to the final 44 miles of the SDW100 and remains on the SDW until the final turn off – bringing runners out to finish with a lap of the track at Eastbourne.

Race Times Chris Yeomans 09:47:14, James Tombs 10:11:17, Ian Moore 10:43:27 & Paul Chantler 10:51:43

The Moyleman Marathon is a challenging South Downs run, around the beautiful and demanding hills that surround the town of Lewes. This is a run designed for those that love running and are experienced runners who want to experience all that the hills can throw at them…and throw it back with passion.

Results Dan Pettitt in 3rd place 03:12:38, Chris Yeomans 04:55:02, Alan Pettitt 05:37:11 & Nicola Smith 05:37:11

Yeovil Half Marathon starts in the town centre before heading along the entire length of Yeovil Country Park. The route then leaves the town on the western side to Montacute House, before returning on quiet country roads to the Town Centre finish in the Quedam Shopping Centre. Results Hadley O’Dwyer 01:28:22.

 Wolverhampton 10k is open to runners of all abilities whether it be your first 10k or your 50th, this fast route offers a perfect chance for a chip time, personal best with full road closures during the event. The start and finish is in the Molineux Stadium, the home of the Premier League football club Wolverhampton Wanderers. The remainder of the course will be on flat closed roads around Wolverhampton. Results David Malins 00:41:08 45th Overall

Wisborough Green 10k results will feature next month!

Event Calendar – Here’s what you can get yourself into!

May 22nd – Horsham 10k

May 28th – Arundel Half, 10k, 5k

May 28th – South Downs Way Relay (HJ has two full teams)

June 19th – Madehurst 5k and 10k

June 25th – WSFRL Downland Dash

June 26th – Denbies North Downs Half Marathon & 10K

July 6th – WSFRL Roundhill Romp

July 10th –  WSFRL Hornets’ Stinger

July 23rd –  Maverick Race East Sussex

July 24th – WSFRL Seven Stiles

July 28th – Run Reigate Trail Run

August 3rd – WSFRL Highdown Hike

August 10th –  WSFRL Windlesham House 4

August 21st – Henfield Half Marathon

August 28th – Arundel 10k

August 29th – Horsham Round

September 3rd – TRIBE x Maverick Run Free Marathon

September 4th ,-  WSFRL Fittleworth 5

September 11 – WSFRL Tilgate Forest

September 18 –  Run Reigate HM

September 25 – Barns Green Half Marathon and 10K

*Since writing, the club has made the following statement about our 10k race:

Rare opportunity …

Firstly, thank you to all Horsham Joggers that have kindly offered to volunteer at the Horsham 10k on 22nd May.  Without you we just can’t put the race on.  You should by now have received an email from the Race Team telling you where to be and when.  Thanks so much.

This year, however, we have a rare and unlikely to repeat opportunity for Horsham Joggers who are not marshaling to now run the Horsham 10k.

Please see the link below so sign up.

Let’s get the race fully booked and help to create a great atmosphere on race day.

And if you’re not volunteering, or now running, please come along (with a cake for our cake stand) to cheer everyone on.

See you there

Paul, Chairman


The Angels Have a Message for You

Guess what? There are now 546* members of the Horsham Joggers! 

But double guess what?! That’s not just any old number! According to a website I discovered by Googling the number 546, these digits have some serious significance. 

Apparently, the Angel Number 546 resonates with the attributes of personal freedom, making positive life choices and important changes – and to doing things your own way. It relates to personal willpower and effort, building solid foundations and working diligently towards achieving goals.

This is spooky, right? It could literally be describing Horsham Joggers!

But there’s more, the Angel Number 546 “is a message that indicates you can trust that all of your monetary and material needs will be met”!! The Angels have heard and will answer!!

So here’s the deal: Nobody leaves, and nobody joins, until we ALL have our monetary and material needs met. 

This proposal will be submitted to the Committee as an agenda item to be discussed at this year’s AGM, and I’m sure it will sail through. If you have an idea you wish to submit for the agenda  – even if it’s not as good as this one, and let’s face it, it won’t be  – you can do so by emailing Club Secretary Sok Wah at

The agenda will be published seven days before the AGM, which will start at 7pm on Friday April 8th, at Horsham Sports Club on Cricketfield Road. It should last about an hour and will be followed by a social to which all 546 of us are invited. 

JotY and VotY

Also at the AGM, the Jogger of the Year and Volunteer of the Year 2021 awards, as voted for by You The Members will be dished out. Any HJ member can nominate another member for either of these awards for 2022 and we’d like to encourage you to do so! If you know someone who has done something that you think deserves to be recognised, please email with their name, whether it is for the Jogger or Volunteer and the reason for your nomination. Thank you!

Track Down

Please be aware that the BBH track will be closed for repairs between March 30th and April 8th, meaning our sessions on Thursdays 31st March and 7th April will not be possible. However, we can still use The Tube, so look out for updates if you’re a keen Tracker. 

Membership Renewals

These are due on April 1st for anyone who joined before 2022. Just a heads up, let’s try and get that all done on time this year. As noted above, we are all going to be rich soon, so there should be no issues. 

[Please also note; EA affiliation will be increasing to £16 for 2022/23]

You’ve got to start somewhere

After last year’s well received experiment that saw us mixing up the starting points of the Tuesday night runs on an occasional basis, we will be bringing it back through the lighter evenings of spring and summer. Starting April 19th, and on the third Tuesday of every month thereafter until the autumn, the club runs will have optional alternative start points. Keep an eye on the socials to find out where the magical mystery tours will begin. 

Horsham 10k – 

Please read the following section in the style of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five performing their seminal hit The Message:

It’s the Horsham 10k / the club’s special day / we need you all to help us out in e-ver-y way / We wanna hear it real clear that you’re here to volunteer so keep ya peepers peeled for a short sur-vey / And before ya say, “hey when’s race day?” / it’s a Sunday – the 22nd of May / a-huh-huh-huh / It’s like a jungle sometimes, it makes me wonder how I keep from going under…


In West Sussex Run Run League news, an impressive 35 Horsham joggers participated in the inaugural Crawley Run Crew Run Your Heart Out race on February 13th at Tilgate park (team photo above).

As a result of some superb performances all round, Horsham Joggers are now second in the league. Special shout outs to Rachel Hamson, who was the first HJ lady over the line, and to Michael Daly who nailed third place overall! The team atmosphere and support were top notch, as you would expect. Keep an eye on the HJ website Member Zone for information about upcoming WSFRL events and get involved. 

Your News

We love to hear what you’ve been up to. If you would like us to include your updates in the newsletter, just email them to 

This just in from Caroline Bransden, who has been busy:

“On Saturday 19th February, in the wake of Storm Eunice my husband Mike (a Mel’s Miler) and I ran the RunThrough Greenwich Park 10k in the wind and driving rain. Despite the challenging conditions both Mike and I came first in our age groups. 

“The 10k or 5k course if you prefer a shorter distance, takes you around the beautiful Greenwich Park passing some of London’s favourite attractions, the Royal Observatory, the National Maritime Museum and the Old Royal Naval College. There is a lot to see including the incredible views across London. Running the 10k course means that you have to run up the hill to the Royal Observatory four times!”

Caroline  01:08:R42  Mike  0:47:25

On 30th January myself and Mike, Elisabeth Scott and Viv Underhill ran the EDP Medio Maratón de Sevilla 2022 – the Seville Half Marathon in Andalusia, Spain.

Seville was a great city to explore with plenty of tapas bars, a beautiful park, the Alcázar Palace and gardens and Cathedral, hidden patios decorated with patterned tiles and orange trees shedding their ripe Seville oranges everywhere.

The race course went over the river and then back through the best parts of the city. After the race we all booked into an Arabian Baths for a massage and soak in the warm pools which was wonderful.

Our official recorded times were:

Mike Bransden 01:41:05

Vivienne Underhill 02:29:49

Elisabeth Scott 02:31:12

Caroline Bransden 02:33:54 (2nd in age category).

Well done!

And there’s more:

Over to Chris Yeomans for the news…

The Steyning Stinger 20th Anniversary event was on 6th March and features a choice between a full marathon and a half. It’s a hilly cross-country run through the South Downs between Steyning, Storrington and Shoreham-by-sea and all runners receive a breakfast at the end. 

Race Times for the Full Marathon:

Charlie Carter 03:38:19, Matt Whyman 04:15:08, Chris Yeomans 04:38:10, Ian Dickinson 05:05:34, Nicola Smith 05:15:46, Brian Frost 05:15:47, and Alan Pettitt 05:27:04 

Half Marathon:

Stephen Wigmore 01:46:26, Phyl Weston 02:18:37, and Vicky Holliday 02:26:50

The 2022 Brighton Half Marathon was on 27th February. It’s one of the first major half marathons in the running calendar. The course is fast and flat and takes in many of Brighton’s iconic sights. Perfect for experienced runners, charity runners and anyone keen to run their first half marathon. 

Race chip times 

Paul Davis 01:25:57, Andrew Puttick 01:27:01, David Wilkinson 01:27:43, Brian Frost 01:42:07, Steve Tucker 01:46:22, Natasha Heasman 01:43:12, Daniel Price 01:46:37, John Dyckes 01:50:07, Joanna Stone 01:51:01, Phyl Weston 01:53:24, Graeme Hull 01:53:26, Richard Shergold 01:56:06, Alan Pettitt 02:05:12, Chantelle Shekyls 02:00:25, Margreet Potter 02:10:51, Lee McGeean 02:12:48, Tegan Page 02:13:17. Edita Wallace 02:16:18, Mike Fryer 02:27:17, Christel Helmer 02:27:38, Caroline Bransden 02:33:01, Samantha Edwards 02:31:44 & Sue Hensman

The Jigsaw 10k was on the 27th of February and involved two circuits of the iconic Top Gear racetrack offering a great opportunity to run a PB. 

Ten Horsham Joggers competed, bagging the following race times:

Simon Perkins 00:37:18, Malcolm Footer 00:43:00, Jonathan Fengaras 00:44:12, Simon Holmes 00:45:24, Wendy Mason 00:58:33, Julie Gallagher 00:59:02, Anthony Mason 01:03:16, Jane Footer 01:06:08, Edna Clark 01:18:09 & Jane Adams 01:18:09

On February 13th Maldwyn Thornton & Nicolette Eyre competed in the Harrow Hill 10K. The route comprises of two laps sending runners up the notorious Football Lane then climbing to the High Street of Harrow-on-the-hill via Peterborough Road then keeping left encompassing London Road, Sudbury Hill, Sudbury Court Drive, Watford Road & Peterborough Road. Race times Maldwyn 00:53:46 and Nicolette 01:06:37

WSFRL Run your Heart out 8k on the 13th of February at K2 Leisure Centre is the second race in the series and thirty-four Horsham Joggers competed with the following race times. Michael Daly 29:13, Harry Wilcox 34:01, Luke Minogue 34:10, James Tombs 34:43, Thomas Robertson 36:01, Dave Dawson 36:41, Malcolm Footer 36:59, Chris Newberry 38:50, Rachel Hamson 38:56, Mark Aylmore 39:02, Michael Worall 39:05, Michael Catlow 39:43, Miranda Morley 42:24, Ian Dickinson 42:38, Martine Burke 44:56, Margaret Wadman 45:45, Iain Campbell 47:07, David Evans 49:46, Ian Wilcox 50:40, Viv Underhill 51:14, Sarah Worrall 51:15, Stephanie Charman 54:01, Caroline Bransden 54:48, Clare Dutfield 55:59, Julie Jochimsen 56:02, Louise Johnson 56:05, Jane Footer 57:43, Michelle Worsey 59:31, Ian Hines 59:54, Heidi Chaney 1:04:05, Edna Clark 01:04:10, Lorraine Hunter 1:04:10, Sue Hensman 1:05:42 & Jane Adams 1:05:42.

Slindon Slog on the 20th of February is a 10 mile trail run is set in stunning village of Slindon. Starting off at Slindon Pits the run route will take you up and into the mud pits for your first burst of mud, water, and sand. 2 laps of the pits to get you warmed up, the route will then lead you off into the woods for some scenic woodland trails for a good few miles. The route is an out and back with a visit to the ‘steps of doom’ . When you feel like your legs can’t take anymore, they finish you off with another lap of the pits followed by a run back down to the entrance of the pits where the finish line waiting for you, along with some refreshments, your medal and fresh fruit. Friends and Family are most welcome to stay and support you. You will be starting and finishing in the same place, so a perfect spot for your supporters to take pictures. Race Times Vivienne Underhill 02:13:31, Robert Jochimsen 02:09:36, Ian Wilcox 02:13:30, Richard Cherriman 02:07:09 & Vicky Holliday 02:58:52

Dark Star River Marathon 6th Feb, A 28.2 Trail Marathon up one side of the River Adur picking up a part of the Downslink past the Dark Star Brewery at Partridge Green and back down the other side with added rain, mud & head winds. Race times not yet published although Alan was the first Horsham Jogger home around 04:32:00 followed by Chris and then Brian, all within 5 mins.

Chichester 10K Sunday 6th Feb, this is one of the oldest and fastest running events in the country with new management and an existing new route twenty-one Horsham Joggers competed.

Net times Lewis Reeves 00:36:55, Simon Perkins 00:38:20, David Wilkinson 00:38:35, Andrew Puttick 00:39:26, Bryan Camfield, 00:39:37, Steve Wright 00:39:37, Raff Vitale 00:39:46, Finlay Burchett 00:41:28, Nick Street 00:43:05, Chris Newberry 00:44:00, John Crayford 00:44:29, Stephen Wilson 00:55:44, Sharon Burchett 00:56:04, Emma Hodges 01:00:21, Martine Burke 01:03:00, Ian Hines 01:11:20, Penelope Sanders 01:13:23, Julia Johnson 01:14:59, Mick Duplock 01:15:00, Roger Johnson 01:17:16 & Barnaby Smith 01:17:17

Thanks, Chris!

Research Request

Can you help PhD Student Greg Wright?

My name is Greg Wright, and I am a PhD student at the University of Brighton. I am writing this email to inform you of my latest research project: “Investigation of the effects of low energy availability (LEA) and Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) on the physical and mental health of adults and athletes”. Would you be able to share the following survey link with the members of your club?

This study will be assessing the eating behaviour, mood, energy intake, energy expenditure, and body composition of endurance athletes compared to other athletic populations and the public. This will be used to determine if endurance athletes are at risk for conditions known as low energy availability (LEA) and relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S). To briefly summarise, LEA arises from an individual having insufficient energy (calorie) intake to match their daily energy (calorie) needs. This could come from increasing their activity level, whilst not adjusting their calorie intake to match. LEA and RED-S are very serious issues. Endurance athletes are a very at-risk population due to high activity levels and a desire to reduce body mass. Despite these risks, limited research has been conducted using competitive athletes. 

Upcoming Events

Here’s what’s coming up in the next few months. Keep an eye on the calendar for more info 

Apr 1st – Membership Renewals Due

Apr 3rd  – Mel’s MIlers 10k (HJ Club Challenge race)

Apr 5th –  Run and Talk Tuesday

Apr 8th – HJ AGM

Apr 10th – Brighton Marathon and 10k

Apr 19th – Lewes Easter Monday WSFRL

Apr 24th – Worthing RunFest Half and 10k

Apr 30th – Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend

Apr 30th – East Grinstead 10 Mile (HJ Club Challenge race)

May 1st – Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend

May 2nd – Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend

May 5th – Run and Talk Tuesday

May 8th – Run Gatwick Half

May 8th – WSFRL Hedgehoppers 5

May 15th – Wisborough Green 10k

May 22nd – Horsham 10k

May 28th – Arundel Half, 10k, 5k

June 19th – Madehurst 5k and 10k

June 25th – WSFRL Downland Dash

June 26th – Denbies North Downs Half Marathon & 10K

*correct at time of writing!

Thanks as always to Mike Hibberd for another fantastic news round-up!


Happy New Ye… Wait, what?

January is already gone! How the flip did that happen?

How are all the new-year-new-you plans coming along? Did you do Dry January – the opposite of all that December drinking? Did you do Veganuary – the opposite of all that seasonal meat eating? Or did you do Satanuary – literally the opposite of Christmas? Whatever you chose to mix things up, hopefully it all worked out and you all Ranuary as far as you possibly could!

Anyway, you blink and it’s February. If that’s how quick months are going these days then we’d better look down the track and see what’s speeding towards us like Gary Tomlinson being chased by a dog and a wasp. 

First up, the Horsham 10k will take place on Saturday May 22nd. You know the drill: we need around 100 volunteers to make the event happen so the club respectfully requests that HJ-ers put their names forward to help out rather than enter the race itself. Unless of course you can win the race and then cut the timing tags off everyone else’s shoes. 

Information coming soon about volunteering, so keep the feelers out. 

But before that, Brighton Rocks…

There are club places available for Brighton Marathon and 10K on Sunday 10th April. If you would like to take part in either of the above events and have not yet secured a place, you can get a club entry place via Horsham Joggers. Please email by Friday 11th February and let her know:

First Name / Surname / Email address / Distance : Marathon or 10k

You will receive an invite directly from the organisers after 13th February to register online and pay the entry fees, which are £75 and £35 for the marathon and 10k respectively. You must complete your individual registration by 1st March 2022. For more information, please visit the Brighton Marathon website.

Let’s have a votey for the VotY (and the JotY)

Let’s get one thing straight: You are ALL stars. But tradition is tradition, and so it’s time once again to vote the HJ Jogger and Volunteer of the Year. 

For reasons pandemical we did not get to a 2020 award so we are combining ‘20 and ‘21 into a single bumper award, with winners to be feted at the AGM, which is on April 8th (and after which there will be a social – everybody welcome!). 

We need you to choose from the nominees at the links below. Joggers: Cast your votes! (Please note the survey closes on Feb 28th.)  JoTY  VoTY

You can submit nominations all year round via the club website, so any time you are inspired by one of your peers, let it be known so they can make the list for the 2022 award. 

Get the Benefits

Membership of Horsham Joggers comes with loads of extras like a first class flight. If you want discounts at local running stores, or with Hands on Sports Therapy (see below), or with running coach Lawrence Roy, who has been a big hit at the track sessions, just get yourself over here and see all the bonus goodies you get with your membership. 

South Downs Way Relay

This year the SDW Relay will take place on Saturday 28th May, to avoid clashing with the SDW 100, which runs in the opposite direction. And good job, too. One can only imagine the carnage if the two races were to collide. You can picture the drone footage: Ditchling Beacon strewn with the tough sinewy bodies of hardened distance runners. Dazed relay eventers staggering around Queen Elizabeth Country Park, waving batons at the public, whimpering gibberish. Actually, I think that did happen one year…

Anyway, over to the club’s SDWR event manager, John WIlcox. 

Arguably the best ‘running’ day out of the year!

We are looking for Horsham Joggers to take part in this “invitation only” event for about 55 teams. Horsham Joggers have been allocated two teams (of six).  This is a relay race over the 97 miles of the South Downs Way, starting at Beachy Head and finishing at Winchester. The teams consist of six runners who each run three non-consecutive legs of the relay. The distance of each leg is somewhere between 4 and 8 miles and you’ll have a good break between each of your 3 runs. Each runner will run somewhere between 15 – 18 miles over the course of the day, almost entirely off road. The teams travel between the start / finish points of each leg by minibus and you will have a driver and navigator looking after you. There is a time limit to complete the event, meaning that an average pace per mile of at least 8.5 minutes over hilly terrain is required (over the whole distance). Although it’s tough (it’s hilly!) and a long day, it is a truly great event with a lot of team spirit and camaraderie.  Everyone who has ever taken part, including the drivers and navigators, will confirm that the sense of achievement and fun had is immeasurable. The team entry fees are paid by the club, the cost per runner is approx £35.00 to cover minibus and fuel costs. In addition to 12 runners we need drivers and navigators for each team.

At this stage if you would like to take part (or even if you only think you might be interested in taking part) or want to know more please e-mail John Willcox:

Full details of the event can be found on the organisers website:  Get in touch and get your name on the list, you won’t regret it!

Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’…

It’s time for the latest from Tony at Hands On Sports Therapy (the H.O.S.T. with the most advice for Horsham Joggers). And this month he wants to give you the low-down on <winces>  Foam Rolling… It might surprise you…

Over to you, Tony. 

Hi everyone, so in this month’s newsletter I wanted to delve into the subject of Foam Rolling, or what some call Myofascial Release. It was a question that was brought up at the Injury talk I carried out to you at the end of October and wanted to give a more thorough answer.

Foam Rolling has become a popular intervention used in all sorts of sporting activities used to increase the efficiency of training or competition preparation as well as speed up post exercise recovery. BUT what does it really do and does it live up to the claims?

If we type Foam Rolling into google for a definition we may see something along the lines of “an application of pressure to eliminate scar tissue and soft tissue adhesions by freeing up your fascia”. 

Now imagine the family fortunes `X` when they get a question wrong! 

To try and answer this it’s best to explain briefly what fascia is. It’s a connective tissue that surrounds organs, blood vessels, bones, nerve fibres, muscles and individual muscle fibres. We have a superficial and a deep fascia.PDF] The fascia: the forgotten structure. | Semantic Scholar

If we have some adhesion or fibrosis between these layers applying pressure will unfortunately change nothing and just compresses them together. For release or breakdown of scar tissue both fascial layers need to be sliding in opposite directions. Something not possible from a Foam Roller.


What about trigger points then I hear some of you ask? Well, the current understanding of what trigger points are is that we don’t fully know! There is however a good chance that they are not taught bands that have been suggested in the past. So if we don’t fully know what trigger points are can we say a foam roller will `release` it? 

So, how does Foam Rolling really work then? The current “best guess” would be that it creates a painful stimulus that activates inhibition of pain from the nervous system. This will then create short term effects on performance, recovery and range of motion. There is however still no 100% answer as a lot of it is opinion based.

What does the science say?

Some recent studies have shown that the effects of Foam Rolling on performance and recovery are rather minor and partly negligible, but still a very slight, short term improvement. Another study showed Foam Rolling to have a positive effect in range of motion in healthy adults when compared to not doing anything. However when compared against stretching there was no superiority. 

When comparing Foam Rolling with built in vibration there was no difference in outcomes.

So, what can we take from all of this? In essence I think it’s fair to say that Foam Rolling probably isn’t doing all of the things we previously thought, breaking down scar tissue etc. BUT it does seem to give a very slight short term improvement and most importantly it isn’t causing you any harm. So, if you want to Foam Roll and you feel it gives you some benefit then keep doing it! Another thing to come from the recent research was how long we should be rolling for, aim for 90 seconds per muscle as a minimum but there is no upper limit however it won’t likely add any more advantage.

I hope that answers a few questions out there. Who’s for some Foam Rolling?!

[Well, not me, now. Ed]

What have you been up to?

Chris Yeomans has the news

Resolution Trail Race 9th January 2022 starting at Staunton Country Park, a large country park situated between the A3 and the A27. This amazing early season trail run has it all, spectacular tree lined trails, magnificent views of the open countryside, an ornamental lake, and ancient follies. The route offers a spectacular mix of trail running conditions including gravel paths, sturdy trails, and tree lined single track trails. There are two routes, and epic 15km and a 10 km standard route.

Claire Miller completed the 10k in 01:10:24 and Phil LIberman completed the 15k in 01:23:29

WSFRL Hangover 5 Results:

Race Results

Well done to all who took part.

First Horsham Jogger male: Gary Tomlinson 33.51 10th position overall

First Horsham Joggers female: Martine Burke 47.23 29th fastest female 142nd overall.

37 Horsham Joggers attended.

Next race is Crawley Run Crews at K2 on the 13th February. Good luck to those who managed to secure a place!

Don’t forget, if you’d like a race mention, please get in touch at

You are GOLD!

Sussex Masters Cross Country Saturday 22nd January, Pete O’Connell, Stephen Wigmore & Alan Pettitt won Gold in the V60 Team event which was a 8km cross country run

Help the House?

Crawley Open House, the residential homeless shelter in Three Bridges, is looking for runners to raise sponsorship at the Run Gatwick event. They have free places for fundraisers. Contact Ian Watkins if you’re interested.

UK Running Events

Are offering 10% off to the club. Discount code = HORSHAM10

Fancy running 100 miles in the Himalayas?

You can if you want to! 

Mel’s Milers 10k is back!

Find out more here:

The other HJ-ers are having a race…


In conjunction with Henfield Joggers

Sunday 21st August 2022

10.30am Start and Finish at Henfield Leisure Centre

Off road Half Marathon scenic course along riverbank and disused railway, flint paths & stiles, disabled and less abled athletes welcome if you feel the course is within your abilities please contact us before entering. Changing rooms, showers, toilets and free parking. There is also hot, cold drinks and food available on the day.

E-mail for more information

Upcoming Events

Feb 12th – Maverick West Sussex

Feb 12th – Alf Shrubb Memorial Open 5 Mile XC

Feb 13th – Crawley Run Crew 8k WSFRL

Feb 13th – Goodwood Run Festival

Feb 19th – Kelly’s Guildford 10k

Feb 20th – Run Reigate Trail 5k and 10k

Feb 27th – Brighton Half (HJ Club Challenge race)

Feb 27th – Jigsaw 10k Dunsfold

Mar 1st – Run and Talk Tuesday (after the club run)

Mar 2nd – HJ Committee Meeting

Mar 6th – Eastbourne Half

Mar 6th – Steyning Stinger Half and Marathon

Mar 6th – Surrey Half

Mar 20th – Hastings Half

Mar 20th – The Moyleman

Apr 1st – Membership Renewals Due

Apr 3rd  – Mel’s MIlers 10k (HJ Club Challenge race)

Apr 5th –  Run and Talk Tuesday

Apr 8th – HJ AGM & Social

Apr 10th – Brighton Marathon and 10k

Apr 19th – Lewes Easter Monday WSFRL

Apr 24th – Worthing RunFest Half and 10k

Apr 30th – Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend

Apr 30th – East Grinstead 10 Mile (HJ Club Challenge race)

May 1st – Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend

May 2nd – Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend

May 5th – Run and Talk Tuesday

May 8th – Run Gatwick Half

May 8th – WSFRL Hedgehoppers 5

May 15th – Wisborough Green 10k

May 22nd – Horsham 10k

May 28th – Arundel Half, 10k, 5

Huge thanks to Mike Hibberd for another fantastic news round-up!


Calling all Quizzee Rascals…

That’s right, it’s time again for the highlight of the club calendar, the legendary HJ quiz!

So, put on your general knowledge heads and join us on Friday 19th November at Horsham Sports Club, Cricket Field Road, for an evening of fun and questionable trivia.

You can now register teams of a maximum of 6 players (min 2 HJ members per team), with a cost of £6 per team payable on the night.

Our new quiz hosts will be bringing you 6 rounds of questions on a wide range of subjects.

The bar will be open for liquid refreshments, but you can bring your own nibbles (in previous years ‘nibbles’ has equated to full-on banquets!).

Doors open at 7pm and it’s eyes down at 7.30pm sharp!

Will you prove to be the weakest link, or perhaps a mastermind in the making? There’s only one way to find out, so register your team by contacting Julie at

We look forward to seeing you there!

HJ NEWS – 24th OCTOBER 2021

Get yer kit ON

The Hell’s Angels, the Bloods and Crips, the Yakuza. All well-known community organizations whose members make themselves easy to identify thanks to a particular dress code. And why should the Horsham Joggers be any different? We, too, should wear our badge with pride as we go about our gang club activities. Not leather jerkins and long beards, though. Not bandanas and checked shirts. And not forced amputation of little fingers (although the reduced weight could help you get that PB!). Instead why not get yourself over here and avail yourself of the new Horsham Joggers training kit. 

Long and short sleeve Ts in club – what is it, maroon? Burgundy? Merlot? – or some nice white shorts, waterproofs, the lot. You can get your initials on them for a small additional fee, too! What’s more, you can get your initials on them for FREE if your initials are HJ. 

Then everyone in town will be aware of your allegiance when you’re training and not just when you’re racing. And if you spot anyone around Horsham in CRC gear you can bust a cap on their ass give them a wave in acknowledgement of our friendly local rivalry. 

Suffer the little children

The Committee has decided after giving it much thought that the club will not at this time establish a juniors section for kids under the age of 18. Instead the club will look to link up with the Blue Star Harriers who have a great set-up for kids over the age of 10. However, members who would like to bring their kids along to runs or training sessions are welcome to do so (if indeed there are people who enjoy running to an unbroken looping soundtrack of “can we go HOME now?” – or maybe that’s just mine…).

Please just remember that children must be accompanied by (and are the responsibility of) a parent or guardian.

Track – just turn up!

No more booking needed. ‘Nuff said!

Your club needs YOU!

Ok, we need some of you wonderful people to put your names forward to help manage some club activities. We need volunteers to lead head torch trail runs (requirements: own torch, own head), marathon training runs in 2022 and, more immediately, to help with the HJ Winter Handicap on Tuesday November 9th. We need 12 volunteers for this last one, including 10 marshalls. 

We are also on the hunt for a new Club Treasurer, to help look after all our treasure*, as Ian Campell is standing down in April next year. Big thanks to Ian for all the hard work. 

Ian also deserves additional thanks for his organization of this year’s marathon training. Thanks, too, to our coaching trio of Lawrence Roy, Fiona Clifton, and our new run leader Jane Footer!

*The Committee regret that the club is unable to accept applications for the post of treasurer from anyone with a recent conviction for embezzlement. So much red tape. 

Tony Talk

It’s like a TED Talk but with Tony Schofield, from Hands On Sports Therapy. It’s happening on October 27th, it’s focused on preventing, managing, and treating common running injuries, there are just a few spaces left, and you can snap them up here.

Large Clock for Hire

Did you know that Horsham Joggers look after and manage the Sussex Athletics race clock? Well, now you do! It’s free of charge for official HJ events and can be hired out for any other external events throughout the region. Affiliated clubs within the network even get a reduced hire charge! For full details, please take a look at the website: 

Any old shoes?

If anyone has any old running shoes that are still in reasonable condition, TV’s Simon Perkins is still collecting for the Gatwick Refugee Detention Centre. They are desperate for more and are hugely grateful for the donations we’ve made so far. DM SP on FB if you have any sitting around that look too good to throw away! Loads more detail on the charity here: Thanks!!

Fundraising Score!

Word from the Riverside Walk Committee: We are pleased to announce that following last month’s Annual Riverside Walk, donations by walkers and supporters to Parkinson’s UK Horsham branch amounted to £2,860.37. Members of the Horsham branch of P UK have asked us to thank all who contributed.

Honourable Mentions

What a lot of running you’ve all been doing! Here are some shout-outs for some wonderful achievements from the HJ Fam.

  • Some class Dad and Daughter action from Lee and Izzi Jestico at the Goodwood 5k. Young Izzi  was 1st junior, 6th female and 20th overall coming in at 25:02, while her Dad took second place with a sub-17!
  • Barnaby Smith has had a great few weeks, running his first two 10k races at Worthing and Littlehampton!
  • In September Pete O`Connell, Steve Wigmore, Dean Angell & Bryan Camfield won GOLD in the Sussex M50`s at the Goodwood relays. We salute you!
  • Joggers in this year’s delayed London Marathon achieved the following race times Natalie Charman 04:52:48, Karen England 05:13:31, TV’s Simon Perkins 03:04:08, Crispin Scott 03:36:56, Gary ‘Big Slice’ Tomlinson 02:50:04 & Jaqueline Williamson 05:08:10
  • On Sunday 10th October 34 Horsham Joggers competed in the Worthing 10k which is one of the largest mass participation running events in the South, welcoming runners of all abilities to a flat coastal route. Race times Lee Jestico (third place!) 00:34:55, Hadley O`Dwyer 00:38:03, Pete O`Connell 00:38:39, Andrew Puttick 00:39:05, Luke Minogue 00:39:28, Finlay Burchett, 00:39:37, Nick Street 00:40:52, Matt Cooper 00:42:58, Malcolm Footer 00:43:09, John Crayford 00:44:45, Steve Tucker 00:45:01, Mark Hawthorne 00:45:48, Miranda Huisman 00:45:54, Ian Bradbury 00:45:49, Gary Tomlinson 00:49:43, Daniel Price 00:49:36, Jo Tomlinson 00:49:43, Penny Barron 00:49:58, Richard Barron 00:53:18, Frankie Bailey 00:55:55, Emma Hodges 00:57:05, Geoff Fisher 00:57:59, Sharon Burchett 00:57:55, Gary Burchett 00:57:55, Ian Bunch 00:58:33, Sue Zanin 00:58:27, Chris Garner 01:00:00, Claire Butler 01:01:08, Natalie Reynolds 01:03:49, Jane Footer 01:04:39, James Munden 01:06:23, Ian Hines 01:12:20, Mick Duplock 01:18:23 & Crispin Scott 01:18:24
  • The Downslink Ultra on the 10th October was a 38 mile Ultra point to point race from St Martha’s Hill, Surrey to Shoreham- by-Sea, West Sussex using the Downslink footpath and bridleway. Nine Horsham Joggers completed: Charlie Carter 06:01:31, Dominic Wakefield 06:09:41, Russell Kemp 06:14:57, Chris Yeomans 06:26:30, Nick Broom 06:28:13. Tim Hampson, 07:31:43, Mark Gibson 07:33:14, Ian Moore 07:34:44 & Paul Chantler 07:45:22
  • Bacchus Half is an undulating (with one significant hill) and multi-terrain with a bias towards road. Half of the course is inside the beautiful Denbies Wine Estate, the other half passes through National Trust countryside and woodland  along the Pilgrims Way and North Downs Way. It is a demanding route but also a beautiful one offering breath-taking views over the Mole Valley, Ranmore Common and the North Downs. Linzi Williams 04:15:46, Helen Morgan 04:15:45 & Jo Bull 04:15:45
  • Caroline Bransden was representing for HJ at the Oxford Half this month with a time of 02:21:07.
  • We had a good crowd at the Great South Run,a flat 10-miler with over 16,000 runners in Portsmouth on Sunday 17th October. Raff Vitale 01:07:59, Michael Snook 01:10:56, Ben Casey 01:15:24, Mike Hibberd 01:15:24, Russ Kemp, 01:15:24, Guy Gilder 01:25:43, Nigel Blackbee 01:29:00, Vicky Holliday 01:29:16, Martyn Newton 01:29:18, Martin Allen 01:30:00, Matthew Horne, 01:33:04, Lee McGeean 01:35:14, Amanda Sullivan 01:39:57, Mark Wilmot 01:40:54,Natalie Charman 01:42:57, Sue Newman 01:43:12, John Berry 01:44:37, Natalie Buckman 01:53:47, Pat Radley 01:56:02, Tracey Martin 01:56:42, Ian dickson 01:58:02, Alison Boulton 02:05:30, Edna Clark 02:07:33, jane adams 02:07:37,

Claire Tilson 02:12:21, Michelle Worsey 02:12:21, Susie Milbank 02:13:27

  • Some great results from Brighton Half: Paul Davis 01:23:59, Rebecca Gattinesi 01:54:00, Richard Shergold 01:57:30, Andy Jefford, 02:25:01

Upcoming Events

And there’s more…

27 OCT 19:00 – 20:00

Hands On Sports Therapy – Tony Schofield talk – HJ event

3 NOV 19:00 – 21:00

HJ Committee Meeting


Maverick Frontier South Downs


Beckley 10K


HJ Winter Handicap

18:30 – 20:00

Horsham Sports Club

19 NOV

19:00 – 21:30

HJ Quiz Night

Horsham Sports Club

Huge thanks, as always, to Mike Hibberd for another entertaining news round-up!


Run and Talk – or Just Talk

I don’t know about you but, if I’m injured and out of action, I find it quite difficult to look at Strava, or the HJ Facebook page. The frustration at being unable to run is heightened by the sight of all those miles being logged by my fellow runners. This came up in discussion on Sunday just past when the HJ mental health champions met at Horsham Park as part of the ongoing effort to showcase the club as a welcome environment for everyone, regardless of ability. 

It’s fair to say that this hour-long experience forced us to confront any tendency to self-consciousness. When you’re doing drills that make you look like socially distanced morris dancers, and members of the public (and indeed members of Horsham Joggers) are pointing and staring at you in open puzzlement, you can’t let it bother you. 

Only one person who wasn’t already a member turned up, which was fewer than was hoped for but possibly more than expected. All power to the young lady, who joined in with a smile, and expressed genuine gratitude at the end of the session. Not long arrived in Horsham from Brazil she was looking for a way to meet people and get back into exercise. It was worth everyone being there to be able to extend a welcome. 

It prompted a chat about the social lifeline that running with a club can provide – and the fact that this lifeline is required even (and possibly especially) when people are injured and unable to participate. So it’s important to flag that the first Tuesday of every month, which is designated for a Run and Talk get-together at The Bridge leisure centre, is open to all members even if you’re sidelined for a while. 

Come down and have a warm drink anyway and chat to your fellow Joggers. Everyone knows what it’s like to be out of action. You can explain and complain, they can offer tea and sympathy.

We can call it a ‘Whingery Clinic’

Talk, Talk – Life’s What You Make It

We have two slightly more structured talking events coming up, while we’re about it.

On 27th October, and related to what we’ve just been discussing, Tony Schofield of Hands On Sports Therapy will be giving a talk on common running injuries, looking at both prevention and treatment. Look out for the details coming soon (and check out his article below…). 

The second talk might be subtitled ‘Butter Wouldn’t Melt’. Endurance athlete Nick Butter, who has become the first person to run a marathon in every country in the world – and there are 196 of them! – will be giving an exclusive talk to HJ members on Thursday October 7th. Nick is in the midst of his ‘Inspire Tour’ and can also share stories of another recent feat – completing 200 marathons in 128 days running round the coast of Britain.

To reserve your free place, use the booking link below.

Time: 18:15 for 18:30 start

Venue: Horsham Sports Club, Cricket Field Rd, Horsham RH12 1TE

First come first served and numbers will be limited.

Join The Guides

Now, here’s a worthwhile opportunity. England Athletics are delivering a number of Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running workshops across the country over the next three months, designed to enable people to support visually impaired (VI) runners by acting as a guide runner and promoting VI-friendly athletics and running opportunities. There is a cost associated, but it could be borne by the club if any members are interested. While there are currently no courses scheduled locally the club may also consider paying travel and accommodation costs, depending on demand. 

A Bridge Too Far

It has been noted that some members would like to see a little more variety in terms of club run starting times and locations. So on the third Tuesday of every month the Run Leaders are going to post their planned sessions to the Facebook group and on other social sites. Session details will include pace, start-time, and meeting point. It is possible that mixing things up in this way will reveal where all the Run Leaders live. 

Well I’ll be dog gone

We have had some enquiries recently about bringing dogs and buggies (presumably containing children, but possibly also containing dogs) along to organized HJ events. Sadly we are not able to accommodate this, unless specifically stated (for example, if an event were designated ‘canine cross’). 

This is partly due to insurance reasons and partly to do with the fact that we are trying to mitigate against some frustrating Google search confusion with Horsham Doggers – an unrelated organization but one which, somewhat unhelpfully, is also understood to convene occasionally at The Bridge car park. 

It’s time for Swiss (Ball) Tony!

Thanks once again to Tony at Hands on Sports Therapy (based at The Bridge) for supplying another excellent piece on running health!

Hi everyone, in my first post last time around I briefly spoke about how we can pick up niggles and injuries and the relationship between `Load` and `Capacity`. One of the ways to help reduce this was to go through some simple strengthening exercises.

Strengthening is such an important part in anyone’s training, it has the potential

to reduce your injury risk by correcting muscle imbalances and improving muscle

activation, as well as increasing the efficiency of your running biomechanics which

results in improved running performance.

Now, quite often when I advise someone to go through some strengthening they

immediately think they’re going to have to join a gym or go out and buy some

special equipment. But this simply isn’t the case, you just need a bit of guidance.

So how often should we be doing something? I would say if you can manage to

find 30 minutes 2-3 times a week it’s a great starting point and you will see some

positive benefits. For those runners out there that run 5-6 times a week I often get

asked how can they fit these extra sessions in? Even if you can find time for one

session each week it’s better than not doing anything at all. Now, this may be

controversial for some but if you are still struggling to fit a strength session in, then

in my opinion, you will get more benefit from dropping a run to put that strength

session in!

Here are my best exercises for runners.

1. Calf Raise

You can progress this by completing single leg rather than both at the same time. You can also do this with a slight bend to the knee to engage your Soleus muscle.If you wanted to add some further load then hold onto something or put a rucksack on with a few heavy books in, anything really to make yourself heavier! calf-raises-1.jpg

2. Single Leg Bridge

Ensure you squeeze your buttocks throughout the movement and push through your heel to lift up. If this is a struggle then complete initially on both feet and work up to a single leg movement. To get your Core muscles working try folding your arms across your chest rather than on the floor as shown in the picture.skimble-workout-trainer-exercise-one-leg-floor-bridge-bent-2_iphone.jpg

3. Bird Dog

Tighten up your abdominals for this one and try to keep the body as still as you can not allowing the balance to sway left and right. If you master this then try to make small circles with yourBird-Dog_Exercise.jpg

hands and feet while in the outstretched position.

4. Crab Walk

Sit yourself down into a ¼ squat position but don’t let the knees come forwards, instead stick your bum back. While maintaining this position step as wide as you can to one side. Make sure you don’t scuff or slide your feet when steeping and try to maintain that squat position. You’ll definitely feel it in the glutes!Blog_Resistance_Bands_Walk.jpg

5. Resisted Hip Extension

Bend the knee on the standing leg a little more than is shown on the picture. The moving leg

should be extended backwards but also out to the side, at a 45 degree angle.

6. Goblet Squat

Keep your weight to your mid foot or heel rather than on the ball of your foot. Try to sit down onto an imaginary chair without allowing your knees to come too far forward and maintaining an upright body position. You don’t need a dumbbell/kettlebell, you can use a bag of spuds or similar!goblet-squat.jpg

7. Single Leg Squat with Isometric Hip Abduction

Ready to work hard on this one?! With the ball placed in position gently apply pressure with your bent leg into the ball, this creates an isometric contraction and you should feel it in the outer Glute. Once you feel this sit down on the standing leg maintaining weight through the heel not allowing your knee to travel too far forward. Also make sure your standing leg doesn’t drop inwards. Single+leg+ball+squats+.jpeg

The above exercises are my personal favourites that I give out as rehab to help runners strengthen. They’re not a one size fits all so if you give these a try and – if you feel any issues – then stop and get in touch. If you’re struggling with pain or injury prior to doing any of these then please don’t attempt these in the hope it will make you better, get things looked at properly by a professional. I would always recommend starting the exercises with 6 repetitions over 2 sets and gradually build up to a maximum of 10-12 reps x 3 sets.

Give them a go and let me know what you think.

Thanks for reading,


Hands On Sports Therapy


Thanks as always to Chris for compiling the results. Please note it was not possible to sort the Brighton Half and Marathon results according to club so we could not be sure to identify everyone. So congratulations to everyone who took part in Brighton – particularly in the longer race which, technically, surely qualified as an Ultra Marathon this year. Let’s hope they have enough money in the pot for a new trundle wheel. 

  • 14 Horsham Joggers attended the Littlehampton 10k in early September. Starting along the promenade the run takes in central Littlehampton and residential Rustington before a stunning seafront finish near the iconic East Beach Cafe. Chip Times: Stephen Entecott 00:52:33, Barnaby Smith 01:29:41, Jane Footer 01:07:36, Warren Marks 00:50:03, Kath Barnes 01:03:52, Penny Sanders , Lee Jestico 00:36: 05, Lisa Jestico 00:57:29, Debby Scull 01:22:48, Ian Hines 01:27:22, Andrew Puttick 00:39:53, Michelle Hepple-Haines 00:50:05 , Emma Chapman 00:58:46 & Tracey Jones 01:08:48
  •  12 Horsham Joggers attended the Arundel 10k run. Starting in Arundel Park, the route enters the grounds of Arundel Castle via the St Marys Gate and then exits over the drawbridge into the park for the finish and combines a mixture of tarmac and grass track. Runners chip times David Jones 00:42:39, Louise Johnson 01:00:47, Lorraine Hunter 01:04:27, Chris Wigby 00:44:11, Alan Pettitt 00:48:53, Sue Hensman 01:09:48, Andy Jefford 01:01:58, Christine Velarde 01:10:58, Claire Tilson 01:12:49, Karl Anderson 01:03:26, Linda Morris 01:44:44 & Jane Adams 01:16:31
  • James Tombs and Chris Yeomans attended Marks 200th Marathon on the Highdown hill by Sussex Trail events to complete 10 loops with over 3000 ft of elevation. Watch times: James Tombs 04:09:34 & Chris Yeomans 04:31:37.
  • The Rye Ancient Trails race took place on Sunday, September 12th 2021. This scenic and challenging 30km multi-terrain race starts and finishes in the medieval town of Rye, East Sussex. The single-lap route winds its way through ancient woodland, orchards and farmland on trails, footpaths and quiet country lanes, linking the Norman churches of Rye, Iden, Beckley, Northiam and Peasmarsh – a true steeplechase! 30k: Ian Wilcox 03:47:57 & Rob Jochimsen 03:55:57. 15:k Julie Jochimsen 01:50:13

ED Whilst we try to include as many of you as possible in the results round-up, we will not always capture everyone. If you would like a mention, or know someone who should be recognised for their running achievements, please do let us know!

Also, huge thanks to Roger Johnson for organising a fantastic Horsham Round on August Bank Holiday Monday, and well done to everyone who ran or supported. It was great to see so many HJers together in one place again! We hope you enjoyed the day, and the fantastic food afterwards.



HJ Committee Meeting


Chichester Half Marathon

Heron Way 10k

London Marathon

South of England Athletic Association AGM (papers available, contact club)


1800 – 1900 

England Athletics pre-AGM Board webinar

Details here


Brighton Half Marathon

Guildford 10k

Downslink Ultra


Great South Run


England Athletics AGM

ED: in the last newsletter you would have hopefully read about our inaugural Tony Johnson Award, which was presented to Steve Wright after his efforts for Team HJ during the South Downs Way Relay back in July.

Steve was honoured to receive the award and to keep Tony’s memory alive at an event that he loved.

Steve is pictured below with team captain Paul Davis.

Big thanks also to Paul Aylett for his superb craftsmanship in making the fantastic trophy.

Thank you as always to Mike Hibberd for another great news round-up!

If there is anything you would like featured in the next newsletter, or a special mention for someone, please drop us a line!


Uh-oh… It’s Friday the 13th!!

Clandestine meetings. Arcane rituals. The blooding of tender new recruits. All on the most cursed of nights. That’s right, it’s the Horsham Joggers Annual General Meeting! New disciples Julie Jochimsen and Lee Jestico, plus incoming Overlord Paul Morley, will enjoy their initiation ceremonies. Meanwhile Stephen Entecott and Margaret Wadman will be released from their bonds with thanks for all their hard work and bid never to speak of the macabre events to which they have borne witness.  

Afterwards there will be a human sacrifice social event at Horsham Cricket Club, which starts at 8pm. You don’t have to go to the AGM to attend the social, and capacity is limited to 100 people. You’re encouraged to bring a plus one if you’d like and it’s a great chance to meet the new chairman and get him to buy you a drink! Please let us know if you would like to attend!

We Shall Endure

There is more than a hint of masochism to running as an activity of leisure. For some reason we enjoy making ourselves wince and suffer. There are times when it seems we measure our pleasure in units of pain. And times, too, when the enjoyment exists almost entirely in the experience of having finished. Wasn’t that just the most fun, we tell ourselves as we pay the physio or hobble up a flight of stairs. 

There must have been some deep digging by the HJ representatives taking part in the rescheduled Endure 24 event in July. Two teams of six competed in the event which requires participants to take turns to run a five mile loop constantly for 24 hours. 

The ‘Run Now, Beers Later’ team, featuring Hadley O’Dwyer, Luke Minogue, Harry Wilcox, Trevor Barret, Simon Mills, and Tom Rob logged a whopping 185 miles, bagging fourth place overall in the process. Meanwhile the ‘Not Enough E’s’ team (naming explanation required…) of Philip Liberman, Claire Miller, Thomas Jack Ikin, Ryan Moorey, Richard Speller, and Michael Saunders covered a highly impressive 140 miles. 

In a similar vein we had a team at the South Downs Way Relay, the 100 mile race where teams of six run three legs apiece across the somewhat undulating footpath. On that one I can speak from experience. It’s brutal. Dom Wakefield, Paul Davis, Russ Kemp, Derry Jarvis, Andrew Wright, and Steve Wright completed the course in 13 hours and two seconds, which is great running. 

Congratulations to all of you. 

And the winner is…

And on the subject of those who shall endure, the SDW Relay was chosen by the club as the focus of the inaugural Tony Johnson memorial award. The award, hand crafted by our own Paul Aylett in Tony’s memory, is to be presented to the team member who demonstrates standout performance, determination, and perseverance – all attributes that Tony possessed in spades and demonstrated countless times on the Downs. 

In an event that requires these characteristics from all participants it will always be a tough call. This year the award went to Steve Wright, who put in some fantastic times. Congratulations, Steve, on being the first recipient of this special award.

In the heat of the night

Staying with the South Downs, Chris Yeomans and Alan Pettitt went out under the stars in the Midnight Marathon. The race starts at Queen Elizabeth Country Park and wends its way across the Downs with a full moon and clear night affording beautiful views of the surrounding villages and a stream of twinkling head torches. Chris finished in 04:48:41 and Alan in 05:31:12. Well done chaps.

Additionally, Alan completed the Serpent Trail 100k in 14:16:32, taking first place in his age group. Good man. 

And there’s more

On 10th July Victoria Saunders completed the Race to the Stones 50K, her first 50k and thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the fantastic scenery on the Berkshire/Oxfordshire Ridgeway trail. Race time 07:49:49.

On the same day six Horsham Joggers competed in the Humanity Direct Chiltern Challenge, a 50km looped route covering some of the best of the Chilterns countryside. Race times Matt Whyman 05:51:16, Alan Pettitt 05:51:17, Brian Frost 06:03:30, Helen Woods 06:43:54, Emma Whyman 07:48:20 & Ethel Whyman 07:48:23.

Twenty Horsham Joggers competed in the Run Wisborough 10k & 5k event at Wisborough Green. For the 5K we had Dean Angell 00:19:04 4th place, Jo Tomlinson 00:26:34, Andy Jefford 00:30:20, Ian Bunch 00:31:22, Jane Footer 00:32:08, Lorraine Hunter 00:32:29, Diane Berry 00:32:29, Libby Allen 00:33:32, Coral Kennedy 00:35:43 & Margaret Wadman 00:36:31

For the 10k we had Gary Tomlinson 00:36:57 4th place, Andrew Puttick 00:41:53, David Malins 00:43:20, Gareth Sear 00:43:55, Michael Catlow, 00:44:06, Harry Wilcox 00:44:17, Andi Marfleet 00:44:59, Simon Holmes 00:47:24, Bharat Pancal 00:47:46 & Rachel Hamson 00:47:51.

Summer Handicap

Well done to the 60 HJers who took and big thanks to Phil and his helpers for organising a great evening. It was fantastic to have so many members back together again after so long.

It was really close near the end as the stagger unwound, with Anita Mazlo crossing the line to become our new champ followed by Jo Tomlinson and Rob Shapland. Well done to all who participated, helped or watched.

Healing Hands

Now, remember those people we have to go and see when we’ve been enjoying ourselves too much? Here’s the first of a new regular item from one of them. Over to you, Tony:

Hello everyone! For those fortunate enough to not have needed to come and see

me, my name is Tony. I own and operate Hands On Sports Therapy & Injury Clinic

based out of The Bridge Leisure Centre in Broadbridge Heath. 

For a long time now we have had a link with Horsham Joggers offering a discount on our services and support to the club whenever required. I have recently been asked by your

committee to contribute a regular slot in your newsletter with a view to give some helpful advice and tips on all things injury related. If there were any particular subject areas you would like me to address or if you have any burning questions that I can answer then please drop me an email,

So, I thought for my first entry I would address one of the main reasons why you

pick up all those little annoying niggles. If not dealt with they can then develop into injuries that potentially could stop you from your normal exercise regime. Now, unless you have tripped, slipped or done something else to yourself, one of the main reasons for picking up a niggle is the good old `too much, too soon` scenario. 

We’ve all been there! This seems particularly relevant as COVID restrictions are easing and you are allowed to get back to some of your normal activities so you;ve got a little bit carried away! It would LoadVsCapacity.jpgalso be very relevant to all of those who have been working from since early 2020, as it’s not just about doing too much but also not doing enough! 

I like to describe this to my patients in a simple bar chart. On one side we have the amount of work you are asking your body to perform (eg running frequency, distance, gym sessions etc) and on the other how much your body can cope with. To keep it simple, let’s call this Load Vs Capacity. We ideally

want these two bars to be relatively close together.

When you increase your training volume, let’s say you’re training for a big race, you want to increase the load gradually so it gives your body time to adapt and then increase your capacity.

I’m sure you have all heard about the 10% rule when increasing distance? If you increase LoadVsCapacity1.jpgyour load quite dramatically without giving your body a chance to adapt, for example if you suddenly increase your running distance from 10 miles to 20 miles, then you can create an increased risk of over loading your soft tissues (muscles, tendons etc) and picking up any niggles or injury.

LoadVsCapacity2.jpgHowever, the same is also true if you are not as active as you have been in the past then your capacity can go down. As mentioned before this would be particularly relevant for those working from home and finding they are being a lot more sedentary than when they travelled into the office. This can also be the case if you are recovering from another injury or a period of being unwell, your capacity will drop creating a larger distance on the Load Vs Capacity and increasing your risk or picking something up.

So, what can you do to maintain this similar Load Vs Capacity?

  • Ensure that any increase to your training volume is gradual so you give your

body a chance to adapt and tolerate the increased load.

  • Be mindful that when coming back from a period of being unwell or if you

have taken a break that you can’t go back to where you left things


  • Start to go through some simple strength based exercises as this will help

to increase the body’s capacity to tolerate load changes.

  • Make sure you’re allowing time to recover following intense training.

If you have any specific questions or thoughts on this then just get in touch.

Thanks for reading,

Tony, Hands On Sports Therapy.

Horsham Round & Social

Another HJ classic is slated for the August bank holiday weekend. So if you want to get a team together, or even run it on your own, then please let Roger Johnson know at

Pacers needed for Barns Green

The search is still on for pacers at the Barns Green Half and 10k. For the 10k pacers are needed for 45 mins, 50 mins, 55 mins and 60 mins. For the half, 1:30 and 1:35. If you’re interested, get in touch with Jason Walker at 

Upcoming Events


19:00 – 20:00



David Lloyd Ultra & Relay


19:00 – 21:00

HJ Committee Meeting


Horsham Round


Sussex Affiliation Due


Littlehampton 10k


Horsham Riverside Walk


Brighton Marathon

Huge thanks to Mike Hibberd for another great round-up. Remember, if there’s anything you would like us to feature in HJ News, please drop us a line!

Notice of the club AGM

The 2021 Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday 13th August at Horsham Cricket Club at 19:00. 

It is expected to last for approximately 1 hour, following which there will be a chance to socialise. 

Recognising that some members may not feel comfortable in a large group setting, you will also be able to join the AGM by Zoom.

If you have any issues you want to raise at the AGM, please email the Club Secretary:

Seven days ahead of the AGM date, the Zoom meeting details and agenda listing the business matters to be covered at the meeting will be shared with all members.


We have assessed the practicalities of providing a Zoom meeting with good quality audio but this is difficult in a large room setting and it is unlikely that we will be able to do this.

However, the AGM minutes and any reports from the meeting will be published on the AGM Details page as soon as possible after the meeting.


Codes of Conduct

As “breaking social distancing guidelines” looks set to replace “Netflix and chill” in the Officially Ordered Euphemism Rankings (“oo-er” for short) it seems an opportune moment to turn to matters of public conduct. 

Not for Horsham Joggers the murk and sleaze of Whitehall. Not for us the chumocracy, entitlement, and favours of our Old Etonian masters. We strive for better. (Although a 50% discount at Wakefield’s the Jewellers wouldn’t go amiss. Just sayin’.) 

Anyway, as we look to uphold the highest standards of behaviour, we are in need of someone to oversee our activities. The club needs a Welfare Officer, who would be responsible for ensuring that Horsham Joggers is operating within the England Athletics Safeguarding Code of Conduct. It’s an important role and, if you want to know what the Code looks like, you can read about it here.  

Training and support will be provided to whoever fills the role and you should get in touch at if you would like to put yourself forward. 

Delay of the Land

Now it wouldn’t be a Horsham Joggers newsletter these days without news of another delay to resumption of full activities. Following the latest guidance we are now looking at bringing the Tuesday night club runs back into service on July 20th. This is a provisional date, of course, and is dependent on further updates from Sajid Javid, who has timed his arrival at DHSC to absolute perfection to become the person who gets to lift the restrictions. No doubt he is busy putting Post-It notes over all the cameras in his office right now. 

A Star is Born

Now, while some people get unwittingly caught on camera, some people were just plain born to it. Our own Mark Aylmore was recently on Horsham TV (yes! It’s a thing) talking about the work of the HJ Mental Health Champions and the #RunAndTalk initiative. At the end of May we spent a Saturday morning in the park to promote the initiative, and it was great to see so many HJs stopping by to lend their support. Meanwhile, Mark took to the airwaves to explain it all to a wider audience. You can watch it here.

Please don’t be put off by the description of the show as: “It’s all about jogging, talking, drinking and getting naked this week on Horsham.TV”. That is absolutely not what happens during Mark’s interview. But don’t let that stop you watching it. 

Summer Handicap

A provisional date of July 27th has been set for the Summer Handicap. Phil Liberman has stepped up to organise the event and he’ll get by with a little help from his friends. So if you’re interested in lending a hand to make this great event happen, drop us a line. 

Horsham Round & Social

Another HJ classic is slated for the August bank holiday weekend. So if you want to get a team together, or even run it on your own, then please let Roger Johnson know at

Pacers needed for Barns Green

If you’re interested, get in touch at 

It all works out in the long run

There’s been a lot of crazy distance running since last we published, so here’s a bit of a round up:

Three Horsham Joggers competed in the Sussex Trail Events Marathon Madness it’s an opportunity to run 5 in 5 or 3 in 3 marathons in the evening with a Half Marathon option, 3 footpath and 2 trail

Chris Yeomans competed in the 5 in 5 marathons starting on Monday 21st and ending on Friday 25th with Matt Whyman and Emma Walters in the 3 in 3 Half Marathons.

Day One:  Worthing Promenade Marathon starting at Splash point and running the Worthing parkrun route, r3.28 miles west along the promenade and back 8 times.

Chris Yeomans 04:11:05

Day Two: Goring Marathon starting at Sea Lane café, Marine Crescent, runners will head east towards Worthing and return 10 times

Chris Yeomans 04:24:51

Day Three: Highdown Hill Trail Marathon starting from the Highdown Hill car park and use a circular route around the hill 10 times

Chris Yeomans 05:03:18, Half Marathon Matt Whyman 02:03:33, Emma Walters 02:06:24

Day Four: The River Arun Marathon starting from the Shoreham toll bridge up the river and back down the downslink.

Chris Yeomans 04:29:15, Half Marathon Matt Whyman 01:54:56, Emma Walters 01:54:55

Day Five Widewater Marathon starting at the car park the runners will head towards the Lancing Green beach and then return 8 times.

Chris Yeomans 04:12:03, Half Marathon Matt Whyman 01:50:19 Emma Walters 01:51:01

On Saturday 29th May 10 Horsham Joggers competed in the Devils Lite – a “there and back” ultra-marathon starting and finishing at Steyning Grammar School. The route heads east through the stunning South Downs National Park to Clayton Village Hall and then turns back west.

James Tombs 05:40:15, Chris Yeomans 05:57:38, Emma Waters 06:03:47, Ian Moore 3rd in best of age 06:18:28, Philip Liberman 06:41:17, Andy Robins 07:28:34, Victoria Robins 07:28:37, Paul Burgess 07:58:39, Theresa Adams 09:20:09 & Jacqui Williamson 09:20:11

Michael Saunders competed in the London to Brighton 100km challenge which started at the Old deer park in Richmond-Upon-Thames, then headed over the North Downs with wonderful Surrey & Sussex countryside to half way at Turners Hill. The route heads over the South Downs before the welcome sight of the Brighton coastline comes into view. Michael’s race time was 21:40:17

On the 22nd May James Tombs competed in the North Downs Way. The race begins in Farnham at the western end of the North Downs, travelling past Puttenham and Guildford following the North Downs Way National Trail. The course then continues on to Ranmore Common before the steepest climb of the race up to the top of Box Hill. Then trail then drops down the other side and back up to Reigate Hill, on through Merstham to Oxted and a further 8 miles to Knockholt Pound and the 50 mile finish. James came in at 08:45:01.

On the 23rd May four Horsham Joggers competed in The Three Forts Challenge, known as “The Tough One”. The Three Forts Marathon (approximately 27.2 miles) includes a total of c. 3450 ft of climb with stiles and rough tracks underfoot. The route runs northwards from Hill Barn to Cissbury Ring, then eastwards towards Coombs then to Botolphs and the River Adur crossing. The route then goes to Devil’s Dyke and back to the River Adur. It continues on the South Downs Way to Chanctonbury Ring, where it swings south-west to Findon Park Farm. It stays on public bridleways to Cissbury Ring and back to Hill Barn. Marathon Finish times Chris Yeomans 05:01:17 & Rob Jochimsen 05:40:22, Half Marathon Finish Times Euan Ramage 01:58:10 & Elisabeth Scott 02:14:47

(ED: Anyone else starting to think that Chris Yeomans needs his own newsletter?!)

Race to the King is an award winning historical trail which starts from Goodwood racecourse then winds along the spectacular South Downs Way, ending on the steps of Winchester Cathedral, one of the most historical significant buildings in Britain and the claimed burial ground of twelve English Kings. A number of Horsham Joggers competed in the non-stop event, covering a distance of 53.6 miles: Dom Wakefield 09:43:21, Paul Davis 10:11:13, Geri Smith 11:27:02, Ethel Whyman 13:04:30 & Robert Swan 16:55:04. And we had three in the Sunday event, a distance of 30.2 miles: Simon Rhodes 06:29:20, Andy Robins 06:29:22 & Victoria Robins.

Well done to all of you crazy people!!

Upcoming Events

If you would like to participate in either the Brighton Marathon or the 10k as a Horsham Jogger, please email the following asap:

  • Firstname and surname
  • the distance that you would like to run (marathon or 10k) and 
  • your email address (if different to the one you are using)

Please note that if we have more interests than the 10 club places available for each of the events, then the committee will prioritize those who have volunteered in the past and a ballot will be drawn from the remaining applicants for the unallocated places. 

If you are successful in obtaining a club place, you must enter as a Horsham Jogger, and wear an HJ vest / t-shirt as you will be representing the club.  You will be sent a link by the event organiser to register and pay directly to them.  The price is £75 for the marathon and £35 for the 10k.

To be eligible for the ballot mentioned above, for either of the events on 12 September, you must meet the following criteria: 

  • You are a first claim member – that means that HJ is the only (or the first) club you registered with
  • You have been a continuous paid-up member of HJ for at least a year at the time of the 


Focus 10k at Borde Hill

Wisborough Green 10k and 5k

10 JUL

Maverick East Sussex Races 2021

18 JUL

Caterham Rotary Half Marathon & 10k

21 JUL 19:00 – 21:00

HJ Committee Meeting

24 JUL

South Downs Way 100 Relay

Horsham parkrun restarts (hopefully)

27 JUL, TUE Evening

HJ Summer Handicap

Our thanks, as always, to Mike Hibberd for another fantastic news round-up!

HJ News – 19th MAY 2021

Round, Round, Get Around

Nothing says Bank Holiday weekend like the Horsham Round (apart, perhaps, from pouring rain). The Round is back again in 2021, and we are targeting BH Monday – August 30th. To keep things manageable this year we are going to limit entries to HJ members, and we hope to be able to open it up to other clubs again in 2022. 

It’s a great team event (you’ll need to appoint a captain to liaise with the organisation team) and, of course you can do it solo if you fancy. 

As we’ve done in previous years (and restrictions permitting) we’d like to have an informal social in the park afterwards, so plan to stick around and perhaps bring some refreshments. 

There may be a shout going out for volunteers to recce the legs ahead of the event, just to make sure that our course instructions are up to date. Keep your eyes peeled if you’re interested!

As noted, you can’t do the Round if you’re not an HJ member. There are apparently 123 of you who have not yet renewed your membership. Please be aware that, from June 1st, renewal will once again incur an additional joining fee. 

Also planned for some time in July or August – date to be decided – is the annual Summer Handicap. More to follow…

Walk the walk

Back for 2021 as well is the annual Riverside Walk, planned for September 11th. It’s a 13-mile route, there’s no charge, it’s just for fun, and it’s open to walkers and runners of all ages.

Find out more about it here:

But we can’t have it all

While the Round looks to be going ahead, we’re sad to say that we will be unable to stage the Horsham 10k this year. A big disappointment but let’s look forward to bringing it back with a bang in 2022 (provisional date is 22nd May 2022).

Tuesdays and Thursdays

It’s great to see so many of you getting back into our Tuesday evening runs, and we’re loving all the pictures you’re posting to the forum. While group leaders have the option now to increase their group size to a maximum of 12 joggers if they feel comfortable doing so, we must continue using the booking system until at least June 21st, when hopefully restrictions will be lifted as planned and we can get back to normal the following day. A lot of hard work continues in the background to enable this system to work as well as it does, so thanks to all involved. 

The Thursday Track and HIIT sessions have been a great success since returning and we’re delighted to see people trying it out for the first time. It really is for everyone. Thanks to Lawrence Roy who has kindly been offering his services to run a coaching session at the track, alongside the regular club session. We are working hard to cover all bases and ensure there is something for everyone. The committee are also looking to add to the leaders and coaches among our membership.

RunAndTalk – Mark’s going on the TV!

We will be introducing monthly RunAndTalk Tuesday groups shortly, with the option for a chat and a tea or coffee afterwards for anyone who is interested. This is not only for members, so if you know anyone who might like to try it, please mention it to them.

The HJ Mental Health Champions will be holding a small event in the park to promote RunAndTalk on May 29th (from 10am). We have no idea what to expect! In addition, Mark Aylmore is being interviewed for Horsham TV to talk about the initiative. He’s busted out the Just For Men!

Friends with Benefits

No – not like that! We’re talking about all the friendly benefits you get from being a Horsham Jogger. There’s a section on the website now which details them, including a discount with Hands On Sports Therapy at The Bridge in BBH. 

What have you all been up to?

You’ve been out racing, that’s what! 

On Sunday 9th May 26 Horsham Joggers competed in the Jigsaw Run 10k, a fantastic opportunity to run along the main runway, perimeter road and track at Dunsfold Park near Cranleigh in Surrey home of Top Gear. Results as follows: 

Gary Tomlinson 00:35:23, Matt Mason 00:39:08, Trevor Barrett 00:40:01, Hadley O’Dwyer 00:40:55, Luke Minogue 00:41:12, Stuart Adesilu 00:41:21, Simon Perkins 00:41:49, Andrew Puttick 00:41:55. Michael Snook 00:42:39, Tom Robertson 00:42:45, Lea Quentin 00:42:46, Ian Dickinson 00:44:45, Jonathon Fengaras 00:46:54, Miranda Huisman 00:47:00, Baz Panchal 00:47:42, Stephen Tucker 00:48:17, Mark Hawthorne 00:49:02, Matthew Senior 00:50:27, Christopher Lee 00:50:51, Tony Hogben 00:51:03, James Hawthorne 00:55:01, Neil Clarke 00:55:02, Wendy Mason 00:56:19, Margreet Potter 00:59:19, Clare Gray 01:06:05 & Jane Footer 01:10:06

Preferring a slightly longer distance, Matt Whyman completed the Thames Way 100 Centurion this month, and he had this to say about it:

“Typically, the dry weather that marked much of spring broke on the morning of the 2021 Thames Path 100. This is a one hundred mile ultramarathon along the winding riverbank from London to Oxford. I crossed the starting mat in the pouring rain at 8.00am, trying not to think of the enormity of the undertaking ahead. With a 28hr time limit, and steep cut offs at each checkpoint, I joined 250 fellow runners on a unique journey through town and country with the waterway as a constant companion. 

“Endurance runs are always an adventure. Running through day and night, in the company of fellow competitors who become friends and even brothers in arms, it’s both a mental and physical challenge. There are high points and deep lows, but just a question of listening to your body, reminding yourself you’ve done all the preparation and then placing process over outcome every step of the way. 

“Ultras seem like a solitary sport but it isn’t possible without a support team. My wife and daughter worked tirelessly, moving from one crew point to the next to make sure I was fuelled and hydrated. At 75 miles, around 2am, HJ’s Emma Walters took up pacing duties. I didn’t think I was capable of a sub-24hr finish, which is the benchmark in 100 mile ultras, but she pushed me through those final hours to make it over the line in time. There, I was presented with the coveted buckle by another HJer, Steve Rooke, who was volunteering to earn his place for next year’s race. Run strong, Steve! It’s an unforgettable experience.”

Anyone else feel like a lie down after reading that?

Meanwhile, Claire Miller and Philip Liberman competed in the Brutal 5k on Saturday 15th May. The start and finish are on a slope in front of Holywell House, a beautiful setting in the Meon Valley, but it soon takes a turn for the worse. There’s mud, there’s waist-deep wading through water, there’s short, sharp hills, but they nailed it! Claire Miller 46:10 & Philip Liberman 46:08 (whatever happened to “after you, darling”?!).

Chris Yeomans combined long distances with short spaces, by competing in the Eastbourne Trackstar Marathon on Saturday 15th May, a challenging but fun (says Chris!) marathon on a standard 400m athletics track. That’s 105.5 laps – and if you lose count you have to start again!* Despite a first half marked by torrential rain and a second half battling a horrific head wind, Chris breezed in sub-four at 03:59:27.

Great work, everyone, and keep your chat and tales of track and trails coming in. 

*(not true)

Stay Safe

Now, do you run with a phone in case of emergency? Do you have ICE contacts loaded? It’s a good idea, especially if you’re heading out on the trails or the lanes. And if you don’t fancy that there are some other options you might want to consider like road tags which you can attach to your watch. A few ideas include the Sidekick ID For Fitbit + Garmin, ICE ID MyID Sleeve & IcetagsLUX ID Tag for Sport Watch.

Upcoming Events


Three Forts Marathon


HJ RunAndTalk in the Park

Devils Lite Ultra – Free Event – Steyning


Horsham – Brighton Run To The Sea Ultra


HJ Committee Meeting


Madehurst South Downs 5k and 10k


Brighton Half Marathon

North Downs Half Marathon & 10K – Denbies


South Downs Way 100 Relay


Focus 10k at Borde Hill

Wisborough Green 10k and 5k

Note – the Brighton events are now closed to general entries.  However, there is still an opportunity for you to enter as part of the club entry. If you would like to participate in either the Brighton Marathon or the 10k as a Horsham Jogger, please email the following before June 30th:

  • Firstname and surname
  • the distance that you would like to run (marathon or 10k) and 
  • your email address (if different to the one you are using)

Please note that if we have more interests than the 10 club places available for each of the events, then the committee will prioritize those who have volunteered in the past and a ballot will be drawn from the remaining applicants for the unallocated places. 

If you are successful in obtaining a club place, you must enter as a Horsham Jogger, and wear an HJ vest / t-shirt as you will be representing the club.  You will be sent a link by the event organiser to register and pay directly to them.  The price is £75 for the marathon and £35 for the 10k.

To be eligible for the ballot mentioned above, for either of the events on 12 September, you must meet the following criteria: 

  • You are a first claim member – that means that HJ is the only (or the first) club you registered with
  • You have been a continuous paid-up member of HJ for at least a year at the time of the application

And finally

A word from Emma Page of East Grinstead Runners, who are holding their popular annual River Relay event on Sunday, 5th September.

It’s a baton relay race run over five stages totalling 26 miles from Boveney to Kingston-upon-Thames, with all of the surplus funds received returned as payments to charities selected by the winning teams.

We will be in touch over the summer with more details and entry forms – but in the meantime please do save the date if you would be interested in entering a team or two or five!

The HJ Committee will next be meeting on Wednesday 16th June. If you have and questions or anything you would like us to discuss, please let us know.

Our thanks to Mike Hibberd for another great news round-up!