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hj News! – 9th FEBRUARY 2021

Taking it all in our stride

There was an interesting article in the press this week about how many people in the UK have turned to running to help them manage the frustrations and restrictions of lockdown. Research published by Macmillan Cancer Support showed that, since the pandemic began, some 7 million people across the UK have embraced running as a means of staying active and maintaining or boosting their mental health. Between March and June last year the Couch to 5k App was downloaded 858,000 times, which is almost double the figure for the same period the previous year. 

This is great to hear, and it certainly feels like there are more runners out there now than there used to be – even during January, when the new years’ resolutions tend to boost numbers anyway.

No doubt there are many Horsham Joggers out there for whom running has become even more important over the past year; whether for physical exercise, a taste of freedom, or the chance to see a friendly face. Certainly many of your updates to the Facebook members page seem to tell these types of stories. 

 

Some honourable mentions are due this month to, in no particular order:

Tanya Keeling, who has been a model of perseverance during January, logging three successive longest solo runs as well as some socially distanced jaunts with buddies. When we’re used to the camaraderie and support that comes from running in HJ groups, whether on Tuesday nights, at the track on Thursdays, or on the long Sunday training runs, running alone can be a tougher challenge. So, well done Tanya!

Chris Yeomans, who has been keeping the club’s monthly mileage up by logging some epic excursions. Since the beginning of January, Chris has done the Virtual Portsmouth Marathon, the Hercules Virtual Marathon, the Virtual Darkstar Marathon, the NHS Virtual Marathon, a 34-mile reverse Horsham Round, and the River Mole Marathon. Judging by the photos some of these have been at least partially aquatic events. And they’ve been interspersed with numerous shorter runs. Serious miles from Chris. 

Clive Walker, who completed the RED January challenge and raising money for Sport in Mind into the bargain. RED January challenges participants to exercise every day and Clive logged a run from the 1st to the 31st inclusive, without fail. That’s a superb achievement and a very worthy cause. 

 

HJ #RunAndTalk

Sport in Mind is a mental health charity which promotes the benefits of exercise to mental well being. You may be aware that HJ supports the fantastic Run and Talk initiative promoted by England Athletics and mental health charity Mind. Run and Talk aims to help improve mental health through running and by providing a supportive environment for all-comers. You can read a little more about it here.

We now have five mental health champions at the club, with existing champs Mark Aylmore, Roger Johnson, Ali Shears, and Geri Smith being joined this year by Mike Hibberd. Mike had this to say about joining the HJ Run and Talk team:

“Being able to talk freely, and to have someone listen without judgement, is something from which we can all derive great benefit when things get challenging. And there’s something about running together, side-by-side, which helps create a shared perspective. I’m looking forward to helping Mark and the team.”

 

Anyone for a LopersGroep? 

New HJ Chairman Paul Morley bossed his first committee session earlier this month, playing host to guest attendee David Maurice, who is the HJ contact for our twinning ‘arrangement’ with T.G. Lage in Germany and LopersGroep Deurne in Holland. (Loving the fact that the Dutch word for runners is ‘Lopers’.)

Prior to current events, David has visited our twins every year since 1988, along with other members of the club, taking part in various events (running and socials). Members of the Dutch and German clubs have also been to the UK on several occasions and usually do so to coincide with the Barns Green Half. As we are a new committee and not many of us were aware of the arrangement, it was really interesting to get some history on it and hopefully it’s something we can put some new life into when we can all travel more freely again. 

A screenshot of the committee meeting is below, taken just before it all went totally Handforth Parish Council. Mark was booted off for being at the football, and Steve’s teddy bear started screaming that everyone needed to read the standing orders. 



South Downs Way Relay – Saturday 5th June 2021

There’s not been a great deal of calendar-based excitement lately but there is still some optimism that the 2021 South Downs Way 100-mile Relay will go ahead this year on June 5th. 

If you’ve not done this, do give it consideration. It’s a long day and hard work but a tremendous team event. As HJ Relay organiser John Wilcox says, “it’s arguably the best ‘running’ day out of the year!”

John has put together a shout out for participants: 

Following the cancellation of 2020’s event the organisers of the relay are making plans to stage the 2021 event in the hope that it will be feasible. 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 approximately £35.00 to cover minibus and fuel costs. In addition to 12 runners we need drivers and navigators for each team.

Please note that the organisers are tightening up on the rule regarding the cut off time so this year all team members (as a condition of their inclusion) need to commit to pre-running all three of their legs. With a bit of organisation between the teams this is easy enough and means you get some good and very enjoyable training.

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: johnw@ohob.co.uk

Full details of the event can be found on the organisers website:  http://www.southdownsrelay.co.uk

Get in touch and get your name on the list, you won’t regret it!

 

In other calendar news, these races are all still officially going ahead for now…

March 20th South Downs Off Road Half Marathon

April 4th Goodwood 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, 20 mile, Full Marathon

May 1st – 3rd Mid Sussex Virtual Marathon & Half Marathon Weekend

May 1st Three Forts Marathon

May 9th Dunsfold Jigsaw Run 10k

 

Cheaper shoes

February 2021 https://www.sportsshoes.com/ HJ  club discount code is: JDKGW9

A minimum of £30 spend qualifies this 10% discount along with free standard delivery 

If you encounter issues with this discount code please contact sportsshoes customer service dept on: 01274 530 530 Mon-Fri 8am-4pm.

 

Charity places for Brighton Half

This just in from You Raise Me Up representative Lesley Powell-Cullingford.

You Raise Me Up is a charity set up by the family of Megan Brooks who died at Eastbourne Rugby Club in May 2011.

“Please could you share with your members that we have places in the Brighton Half Marathon – the general entry is now closed. It’s £25 to register with a free running vest and we ask that you to raise £300.

It costs the charity £300 to run its peer support groups for bereaved parents – they mean so much to them. So while setting and achieving your own personal goal you are also helping this very worthy cause.

All the details of these events and other fundraising opportunities on the website https://www.youraisemeup.co.uk/2021-events

Alternatively check out the charity’s Facebook page @youraisemeupcharity, Twitter @youraisemeupuk

For further information contact Lesley Powell-Cullingford – lesley@youraisemeup.co.uk

 

Message from the Committee

We are aware that runners have had a bit of bad publicity of late, with some unpleasant comments doing the rounds on social media, and we are keen to help put this right. Our club has a large membership, and plays an important part  in our local community, but could we be doing more? We have some ideas on this front, which we will publicise soon, but we would also love to hear from our members if any of you have suggestions of how our club can better support the Horsham community. Is there something you feel we could offer or get involved in? Could your workplace or organisation use our help? If so, please let us know by e-mailing info@horshamjoggers.co.uk, or by speaking to any one of the committee members. 

 

And that’s about it for this month. 

Keep putting one foot in front of the other!

 


 

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HJ NEWS! – 12TH JANUARY 2021

2020: What a year. 2021: “Hold my beer.”

Happy New Year, people!

We’re not yet two weeks into 2021 and, well, let’s just say it’s hardly been a breath of fresh air. Unless, that is, you were lucky enough to be out running this past weekend, when the frost, mist, and sunshine combined to create some wonderful scenes on the trails around Horsham. It has to be one of the great consolations of being cast in Lockdown 3: Back in Training (Worst.Sequel.Ever.) that we in HJ have access to landscapes capable of truly lifting the spirits. 

In fact, your correspondent was out on the Downs Link earlier this month and happened to pass former HJ Chairman Phil Liberman heading in the opposite direction. I stopped and watched as he disappeared into the distance (which played havoc with my elapsed time on Strava). It was like the end of Shane. Or Pale Rider. Or The Littlest Hobo*. 

But unlike the left-behind characters in those screen classics, the good folks of Horsham Joggers need not worry how we’re going to manage without our heroic protagonist. 

Because we’ve got another one!

Indeed your HJ Committee, which met this past week, feels able to wish you a legit Happy New Year with the news that Mr Paul Morley has stepped forward to don the ceremonial garb of Horsham Joggers Chairperson, and we hope you will join us in offering Paul heartfelt thanks and every best wish as he takes office. 

Below you’ll find a Q&A with Paul, which will help you get to know him a little better. Some highlights include the fact that his club journey began four years ago with the HJ 5 to 10k, he’s got a running belt that sounds like it would put Batman to shame, and he works for a flight simulation training company in Burgess Hill. Good time to be in flight simulation, as it’s starting to feel actual flying might be a thing of the past.

It’s great to be able to deliver some good news. 

Next committee meeting is on February 3rd and, if you’d like any points raised on your behalf, just email info@horshamjoggers.co.uk.

 

What now, then?

Sadly, with reality biting like a Siberian wind – or, indeed, a Siberian Husky – there’s not much we can offer in the way of updates on official club activities. 

All club activities remain on hold, per the latest EA guidelines, but we will resume whatever we can, whenever we can. 

Looking a little further ahead, the decision has been taken not to stage the Horsham 10k in May. We hope to be able to put the event on later in the year but, facing so much uncertainty, it doesn’t make sense to commit time and money to required early planning. 

 

Virtual Insanity

That doesn’t mean we can’t find a way to keep ourselves entertained, however. As you’ll remember from last year, we found several fun ways to run virtually in groups, including the Run and Talk Rocks event, the Endure 24, and the more recent Run to Rome. 

If anyone among you has an idea for such an event to keep us ticking over for a few weeks – and is prepared to take on the admin and oversight – do let us know. Certainly the 2020 virtual events were enjoyed by many of our members.

 

New Shoes

Your January SportsShoes.com discount code: <edit> will be posted  on the HJ Runs Members Forum as soon as we receive it!

 

Upcoming Events

It feels somewhat futile to be typing this but there are still some events on the calendar. Whether they go ahead, of course, we shall have to wait and see. They include:

January 23rd Maverick West Sussex 2021 & PB 5K

January 24th Hastings Winter Cross Country Series – Race 3

February 14th Eastbourne 5 mile

February 21 Hastings Winter Cross Country Series – Race 4

March 7th Eastbourne Half Marathon

March 14th Dunsfold Jigsaw 10k

March 21 Hampton Court Palace Half Marathon & The Moyle Man

April 4th Goodwood 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, 20 mile, Full Marathon

 

Chairman Q&A

To end on some good news as we began, it is our pleasure to introduce you to your new Chairman, Paul Morley.

Name: Paul Morley

Occupation: I’m a Compliance Manager at a Flight Simulation training company in Burgess Hill.

Place of birth: Horsham

Children/family/pets: My wife Miranda who is also a Horsham Jogger. We have two daughters, aged 21 and 18. Explains my white hair. We have a dog, Alfie, who enjoys Park Run, sleeping and lots of cuddles.

Why Horsham Joggers: Miranda encouraged me to join and I’ve not looked back since.

Who do you run with: I run with other slower runners and recently I’ve enjoyed leading a Tuesday group.

How long have you been running: 4 years. I did the 5to10k Course with Horsham Joggers a few years ago and got hooked on running.

Biggest achievement so far: Completing the Great South 10 mile run in Portsmouth. Thousands of runners and brilliant atmosphere. Also, not ‘big’ but was pleased when I ran my 50th Park Run on my 50th birthday a couple of years ago.

Future goals and ambitions: My short term goal has to be to do my first Half Marathon, probably at Barns Green, hopefully in 2021. My ambition is to get a sub 30 minute Parkrun/5k. I’ve been close. Generally, now I am aiming to give my all to do the best job I can as Chairman of Horsham Joggers on behalf of all members of the club.

Favourite run/route: I’ve enjoyed doing the challenging and scenic WSFRL races. But generally, I just love running with the great people I’ve met through Horsham Joggers.

Favourite piece of running kit: My running belt. It has all the essentials and more; phone, safety pins, money, keys, park run bar code, blister plasters, a few jelly babies, …

Specialist subject on Mastermind: 80’s music.

Favourite after running treat: Apologies, not healthy but it has to be bacon roll (with ketchup) and a hot coffee.

Funniest running related story/event: The two of us innocently getting changed in a small car after a cold and very wet race at Seaford. The car was very steamed up and rocking.

Tell us something that we don’t know about you: I got my first tattoo just before my 50th birthday. Had been thinking about getting one for ages, and finally got up the nerve to do it.

Tips or suggestions for anyone thinking of starting to run with HJ: There is a place for you, whatever your ability. You’ll meet lots of great people and get the opportunity to run in some beautiful locations.

 

And Finally…

*Here’s a link to the theme from The LIttlest Hobo. It’s ok to cry.

 


HJ NEWS! – 11TH DECEMBER 2020

A jog is for life, not just for Christmas

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, we haven’t got a chairman*, and we can’t have that. 

So. Who among you out there in Joggerland has the vision, the community spirit, the love of the run and the all important lust for power required to lead this merry band into 2021?. To bring us – keep everything crossed – out of lockdown and blinking back into the light of something that looks like a proper running calendar. 

If you think you could give it a shot you’ll have the support and gratitude of club and committee and you’ll probably get in the local paper and stuff. Check out the job profile here.

And you can go here to meet the current committee members and find out all about the wonderful people you’d be working with. 

*obviously man or woman but ‘chairperson’ person didn’t scan properly! 

Speaking of Leadership – LiRF Course

We’ve had some expressions of interest from members in taking the Leadership in Running Fitness course overseen by England Athletics. We understand EA will be scheduling new courses in 2021 once they’ve cleared the backlog of people whose courses were cancelled earlier this year (which are being run virtually). The club can offer funding for this course – just speak to any member of the committee or email us at info@horshamjoggers.co.uk if you’re interested – but we do ask you to consider how you might be able to put something back into the club once you’ve finished. That could be by leading group runs or by advancing to Coach in Running Fitness level and getting involved in track or other club coaching sessions. 

We made it to Rome, now it’s time to go home!

It is possible to identify positives from the crazy lockdown of 2020 and one of them has been the way the club has worked to stay connected and united even when the circumstances have not been entirely conducive. After the success of the Run and Talk Rocks initiative earlier this year we recently completed a three-team virtual run across Europe. Typically, given the competitive and enthusiastic nature of the membership, the whole thing went further than originally intended, ending up in Rome rather than Paris. (You lot don’t know when to stop!)

Between us we clocked up 5227 miles, which is a super achievement. And it would not have been possible without the tireless work of Iain Campbell as organiser and James Tombs backing him up. Well done and thanks to both of you! 

Perhaps fearing a Christmas break spent staring cross-eyed at spreadsheets, Iain recently issued a plaintive reminder that the game is now up. No more runs are being logged, so please stop posting them. 

Nothing more to see here. Arrivederci! 

A Time for Giving

Every year the club takes a share of the proceeds from its two main events, the Gunpowder Trot and the Horsham 10k, and makes donations to local charities. Obviously the events themselves were scuppered by the virus in 2020 but the charities need more help than ever during these strange times. So we’re pleased to announce that HJ has donated £600 each to Chestnut Tree House and West Sussex Mind, both of which do sterling work in our local community. 

The donation generated a warm and grateful response from Sarah Palmer at West Sussex Mind, who added the following comment and request:

“What you’re doing isn’t just about the donation, as I’m sure you’re aware. Promoting physical activity and interaction is a fantastic way to help people with their mental health.

“I’m currently working on a couple of activities for 2021, which may interest your club. The first, getting together a team to run the Worthing Seafront 10k in June 2021 (hopefully), is quite straightforward. But the other is the creation of a circular 70-mile walking/running/cycling route along the coast and through the South Downs National Park. The trail is to promote well-being and awareness, and I hope to launch it in the early spring”.

If anyone in Horsham Joggers would like to be involved in either of these activities, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, directly at sarah.palmer@westsussexmind.org

Which brings us on to… Run and Talk

One of the activities we are really keen to pick up in the new year is our Run and Talk initiative. The club’s mental health champions will be meeting during December to make plans for the new year. We are hoping to introduce some sessions for new runners, possibly in conjunction with local charities. Watch this space, and let us know if you’re interested in being involved. 

Resuming Normal(ish) Service

We’ve been working hard to bring back Tuesday and Thursday sessions and are pleased to announce that organised Tuesday Runs will recommence from next week 15th December, and track / HIIT / Fiona’s sessions from 17th December. Please see the announcement on our HJ Runs Facebook page for more details.

NO official club sessions from 23 December – 4th January
 

There have been some questions about the resumption of a Sunday running programme but, unfortunately, we do not have the resources to manage this at the moment. If you’re continuing to run in groups of your own please make sure you abide by all the social distancing rules and, of course, stay bright, visible, and safe. 

Save money on shoes!

Want a discount on shoes? Get one at sportshoes.com with this code! AKLLL4 (£30 spend or more)

Muddy Funsters

If you’re one of those people who likes running to be made more difficult for them, you might like to check out the Mud Monsters Run. The next local event is in East Grinstead in June but you can book now at  www.mudmonstersrun.co.uk. The organisers promise muddy fields, mud craters, muddy bogs and muddy surprises with over 135 obstacles. Don’t wear your Vaporflies. 

Are you a Maverick?

The good folks at Maverick Events are looking for volunteers for 2021. There are goodies and gratitude to be had, including a £60 Adidas TERREX voucher and free entry into a future Maverick race. Check out the details here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScyc4y1ymylBKCZoFfUaJpF0RO0ChmasH3d22FicA7fTWc0WA/viewform

Walking after Midnight

St Catherine’s Hospice is putting on its Midnight Walk on December 12th, postponed from June this year. There’s still time to register and get fundraising, opting to walk anywhere between 2 and 20 miles. Find out more here https://www.stch.org.uk/midnight-walk-2020/

Race result shout-outs!

There haven’t been too many races of late but HJ were represented recently at the Run Through Goodwood event. Pete O’Connell, running to the beat of his own drum as always, took first place in the M60 category with 39:15.  Michael Catlow (1:34:55) and Mark Aylmore (1:39:26) both recorded PB’s over the half marathon distance.

On 5th December a strong HJ contingent including Emma Comber, Susan and Ian Wilcox, Derek Buckman, Richard Cherriman, Rob Jochimsen & Penny Barron * braved the cold and the hills to take part in the Sussex Downs Trail Run at Plumpton.  Well done all of you. Results can be found here: https://resultsbase.net/event/5609/results

*apologies if anyone was missed, however there is no option to search the results by club.

Meanwhile, Geri Smith continues to wow us all with her capacity to eat up the miles. She recently ran a ton in five days to complete the OneCommunity Centurion 100-mile challenge. Hats off!

If you’re one of the lucky few to  have actually taken part in an event recently, please let us know so we can share your result here (the next newsletter will be going out in the second week of January).

Upcoming Events

12 DEC, SAT Maverick Race East Sussex

13 DEC, SUN PB 5k Ardingly

19 DEC, SAT Hastings 15th Christmas Pudding Dash

27 DEC, SUN Hastings Winter Cross Country Series – Race 2

And finally…

As 2020 comes to a close, the committee would like to thank all our members for their support, fantastic spirit and camaraderie, during what has been such a testing time everyone. Although we have been apart for much of the year, in many ways we have never been closer as a club.

Please take care of yourselves, continue to look out for each other, and we look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Wishing you and your families a lovely Christmas, and all the very best for 2021.

Digital Membership Renewals

A bit of good news in these weird times of social distancing! You can now renew your individual or family membership digitally via the MemberZone. This helps us to reduce processing time and the risk of sending germs through the post!

Simply login and visit the subscriptions page, proceed to checkout and hey presto, your digital membership “card” will be available to download there and then! It’s even available within the “my account” feature should you need it in the future.

This option is available NOW to all current members looking to renew for 2020/21. Unfortunately those who’ve already renewed within the last few weeks or have/will be sending a cheque or bank transfer will still be processed manually. Once purchased, EA affiliation will continued to be issued direct from UKA.

If you have any problems with the new system, please CONTACT US.

UPDATE ON THE CURRENT HEALTH SITUATION

After consulting with information from the Government and also discussions with the committee, it has been decided to indefinitely postpone all club activities with immediate effect. This also means that the AGM will also be put back to a later date this year.
The club will effectively be put into a state of “deep freeze” until further notice. This is a very sad situation and we do it reluctantly in light of all the good our sport does for both physical and mental health but we have to follow national guidelines.
 
On the positive side though, we would love you all to share pictures and comments from any runs you do during this period so we can all keep in contact and fill the world of at least our social media with good and happy news!
 
We will endeavour to keep you updated on any more news.
 
Take care of yourselves and look out for each other where possible.
 
Phil Liberman (HJ Chairman)

HJ NEWS! – 12th January 2020

Ed – Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful festive season and have set some new running goals for 2020? We have some exciting news to bring you so lets get cracking…………………….

Committee activity

We met again on Wednesday 8th January with two guest members and discussed the usual club finances, kit, new members, forthcoming event etc as well as the member survey, challenge trophy series, committee vacancies, twinning and injury clinics! More on some of this later. We agreed to meet again on 26th February 2020 and you are welcome to join us by arrangement.

 The Results Round-up

A shorter round-up this time, what with the run up to Christmas festivities. This is compiled mainly from the race reports by Chris Yeomans, your regular results fix of who has been doing what is HERE!

Committee vacancies

At the next AGM, we already know that four of your committee members will stand down after many years of service to the club. Chairman Phil, Secretary Sue and committee members Fiona and Paul are all vacating their seats. So, we have vacancies on the committee and if you want to give back to the club in anyway, please let us know. The club constitution stipulates that we require a Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer along with up to 8 other members to form a maximum committee of 11. With our new treasurer in place and a new secretary already shadowing Sue on the run up to the AGM, the key role to fill is that of Chairperson. Phil has kindly summarised what this involves HERE! Volunteering provides an opportunity for your voice to be heard and for your ideas and input to influence the direction of the club in the future. Please CONTACT US if you feel you have what it takes or if you want more details.

Member Survey

Barring a few ping backs, all members should now be in receipt of our 2020 member survey, hosted by Survey Monkey. Take a look in your inbox and spam folder and, if you haven’t had it please CONTACT US. Your feed back is important to us and can influence the direction of the club and future initiatives. Please take a few minutes to complete it before the 29th January end date. Just answer the first question and it will take you through to the complete survey.

New WSFRL raceCrawley Run Crew are the latest club to add to the fixtures list this year. The “Run Your Heart Out” 8k is due to be held on 16th Feb and will start and finish at K2, using the paths and trails around Tilgate Forest and Park. Advance club entry is £3 (juniors go for free) and entry on the day is £7 (subject to availability). Take a look HERE for race details and enter in advance via the MemberZone before 29th January cut off!

Club Challenge Trophy races for 2020

The committee has made some changes this year in order to increase member participation and mix up the potential winners a bit. The rules remain the same and more information can be found HERE. But remember; results are taken from your GUN TIME and you MUST be wearing an official club race vest or t-shirt to qualify for an award (both available from the MemberZone)!

WSFRL Challenge – CRC “Run Your Heart Out” 8k – 16th Feb

10 mile Challenge – Haywards Heath 10 – 24th May

Half Marathon Challenge – Henfield Half – 16th Aug

10k Challenge – Littlehampton 10k – 6th Sept

Injury Drop-in ClinicHands On Sports Therapy are based at The Bridge and Tony has kindly offered members a FREE 10-15 minute drop-in session between 5 and 7pm on Tuesday 28th January. If you are upping your training miles in preparation for a marathon or have been ignoring a niggle for a while, why not pop in before your run with the club for some free help and advice. There’s no need to book. Just tell reception staff that you are there to see Hands On and they will allow you through to the 1st floor treatment room. Dependent on numbers, you may need to wait for a bit before seeing Tony. Any subsequent follow-up treatment will also be discounted for club members. https://www.handsonsportstherapy.org/

#RunAndTalk eventsContinuing the theme of our popular post-run event in December, our next RunAndTalk evening will be on 4th February, where we will be recognising Time to Talk Day, and again we invite everyone to join us in the bridge cafe for tea / coffee and a catch-up after the regular Tuesday evening club run. This is an informal event, open to all, so please pop in and say hello!

We are also pleased to welcome Roger Johnson, who has joined our team of Mental Health Champions. Please check out our web page HERE for more information, and keep an eye out for upcoming events.

Marathon Training volunteers

James is doing a fantastic job with organising the volunteers to provide a route and water stops each week, but he needs to fill 4 more slots for the 8am Sunday training plan. If you can volunteer, please take a look at the rota HERE and let James know which date you can cover. munden888@yahoo.co.uk

Twinning UpdateTG Lage, our twinned club in Germany, hosted AdventLauf before Christmas and a few members of Horsham Joggers made the trip to take part. Read all about it HERE

Gunpowder Trot Assistant

We may be 10 months away from the next GT event but run director, Margaret is already looking for a 2nd in command to help her this year. You would be involved in shadowing the event preparations and delivery of another fabulous run in November 2020. If you want to get involved, please CONTACT US.

Brighton Marathon Places

The club still has some places available for the Brighton Marathon on 19th April. If you want to use one, please CONTACT US.

Good news, race stories, new PB’s?

We are still looking for new material for the newsletter or to shout about your achievements in the local press. If you have something to tell us about your weekend running achievements there are numerous options – EMAIL US or MESSAGE US or POST IT TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE – So, don’t be shy. We all want to share in your success!

Dates for your diary

18th Jan – Sussex Master X-country champs, Lancing

18th Jan – Fitstuff G3 Race 2, Newlands Corner

19th Jan – Winter Tanners 20, Leatherhead

25th Jan – Run through Lee Valley Velopark, QE Park

25th Jan – Maverick Terrex Original 8, 15, 23k, Amberley Museum

28th Jan  – Injury drop in clinic

29th Jan – Member survey end date

1st Feb – Fitstuff G3 Race 3, Newlands Corner

2nd Feb – Chichester 10k

4th Feb – Time to Talk day

9th Feb – Worthing 10k and Half Marathon

16th Feb – Run Your Heart Out 8k (WSFRL & Challenge Trophy race)

23rd Feb – Brighton Half Marathon

 

HJ NEWS! – 24th November 2019

Committee activity

We met again on Wednesday 20th November and discussed the usual club matters as well as #RunAndTalk events, Awards night, Gunpowder Trot review, member survey and woolly hats!  More on some of this later. We agreed to meet again on 8th January 2020 and you are welcome to join us by arrangement.

The Results Round-up

So much to talk about this time! Compiled mainly from the race reports by Chris Yeomans, your regular results fix of who has been doing what is HERE 

Annual winter handicap and awards presentation

To be held at 7pm at Horsham Cricket and Sports Club on Tuesday 3rd December, this event takes over from the usual group running from The Bridge. All are welcome and if you give your average 5 or 10k time to us, we will put you into groups which leave Blackbridge Lane at timed intervals on a 4.5mile route. The idea is that everyone finishes at about the same time with some surprising winners in the past! After this we will return to the warmth of the club house for the annual awards ceremony at 8.30pm. As well as making donations to our nominated charity representatives and the all-important marathon ballot draw, this is your chance to congratulate our Challenge Trophy, WSFRL 10, SGP 6, Time Trial and summer/winter handicap winners. All are welcome and there will be free sandwiches and the bar will be open to buy your own drinks!

Quiz night review 13 teams attended the annual quiz night, under the expert eye of quizmaster Martyn Newton and his assistant Iain Campbell. Held at Horsham Cricket and Sports Club on Friday 25th October, “Cirque du Sore Legs” came first with “Only 60 Days to Christmas” receiving the wooden spoon! It’s always a great night with the biggest fun coming from the “who brought the best snacks” competition!

Gunpowder Trot Review

Team hj’s volunteers turned out in force for our home WSFRL race on 3rd November. A huge thank you to all who helped, but especially to Rob, Derek and Richard who went above and beyond the call of duty by clearing a fallen tree from the course before 7.30am! We really can’t do it without you! All WSFRL clubs participated with the largest team of 59 from Hove Hornets. We had 488 seniors and 30 juniors entered into both races and the tea and cakes helped to raise funds for our nominated charities. Congratulations must go to Margaret and her core team for putting on another great event.

#RunAndTalk eventsWe had a phenomenal response to the free talk buy author and marathon runner Phil Hewitt on Thursday 21st November. Phil talked with passion and emotion about his story and how running helps him to cope with the stress and anxiety which came with it. “Outrunning The Demons” is available in all good book shops (ISBN: 9781472956514).

Our next runandtalk event will be a social on 17th December. Everyone is invited to join us in the bridge cafe after the Christmas lights club run for tea / coffee and a mince pie. This is open to all, so please pop in to warm up and say hello!

Subsidised track use

With your annual subs, the club makes a block booking with The Bridge for you to use the running track between 6.30 and 7.30pm every Thursday. However, this is a subsidised benefit and we do ask members to contribute just £2 to the “honesty pot” left under the benches by our coach(s). In recent months, takings have led us to believe that perhaps not everyone is being 100% honest so please pay what is due.

Club vacancies

As we approach the end of the year, our thoughts turn to 2020 and the next AGM. We already know that there will be vacancies on the committee so if you want to give back to the club in anyway, please let us know. A full list of vacancies will be published in January. One role in particular that we need to fill early in the new year will be a new membership secretary. Sue has completed this for many years alongside her general club secretary role but feels it is now time to step back a bit and let someone else take over. Full training and hand over would be given and you would need a basic knowledge of Excel, email, online banking etc. Time commitment can vary with renewal time at the end of March requiring maybe daily input to avoid it mounting up. Please CONTACT US for more details.

Marathon training organiser

As well as the above, we need someone to step up and arrange the Spring Marathon Training programme starting on Sunday 29th December. It’s not as onerous as it sounds because we have a well trodden plan (pardon the pun!) but it would suit itself to someone planning to take part in the actual training programme and involves being there on 29th Dec and making a list of those prepared to organise a weekly route with light refreshments half way (or more) and to ensure everyone makes if back safely. As the overall organiser you would prepare and circulate the rota and ensure that routes/refreshments are shared with the next person on the list. Please  CONTACT US to find out more.

Christmas Socials

We’ve had a few questions from members regarding a Christmas get together and, with our main annual social event now being the Horsham Round in August, we are more than happy for individuals to arrange their own smaller Christmas get togethers at venues of their choice. Opening up a social event to over 550 members at this time of the year comes with its own challenges and we feel that smaller, self-funded groups making their own arrangements to fit their budget is the best way to go forward.

Club kit

With Christmas just around the corner, you may want to buy a new hoodie, cap, number clips or race top (or at least drop a hint to your friends and family!). Kit manager, Steve is waiting for your orders via the MemberZone and still has 1x medium, 1x large commemorative T-shirts from this year’s Horsham Round. £10 – cash only.

Good news, race stories, new PB’s?

We are always looking for new material for the newsletter or to shout about your achievements in the local press. If you have something to tell us about your weekend running achievements there are numerous options – EMAIL US or MESSAGE US or POST IT TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE – So, don’t be shy. We all want to share in your success!

And finally……………….Woolly Hats! Martine has the following message for you…………

This image shows hand-knitted Horsham Joggers hats. So far, we have sold several to those members who have asked for them and have placed an order. They cost £7.50*, are knitted by HJ member Karen Wigmore with the proceeds going to Sussex Air Ambulance. They are one size and are all made to order. It would be great to get a few orders in the run up to Christmas and it’s a great cause too for hj members to support! I look forward to hearing from you, Martine (martine.burke@gmail.com)

*NOTE: these are only available by contacting Martine and aren’t on the MemberZone

Dates for your diary

24th Nov – Crowborough 10k (SGP)

24th Nov – Jigsaw 10k, Dunsfold

30th Nov – Sussex X-country league, Stanmer Park

1st Dec – Downland Devil 9m, Lancing

3rd Dec – Annual winter handicap and Awards night

7th Dec – Worthing Christmas Cracker 5 and 10k (women only)

8th Dec – Mouth to Mouth marathon, Shoreham

8th Dec – Mince pie 10m Peacehaven

8th Dec – Hogs Back Road Race, Loseley Estate

8th Dec – Shere Trail Run

17th Dec – hj Xmas lights run with #RunAndTalk social after

21st Dec – Christmas pudding dash, Pett nr Hastings

25th Dec – Christmas Day (just in case you forget!)

26th Dec – Turners Hill Boxing Day run

1st Jan – Hangover 5 (WSFRL)

4th Jan – Sussex AA X-country champs, Bexhill

VMLM club ballot

Have you been rejected from the Virgin Money London Marathon ballot? Don’t despair! There is still a lifeline to taking part in next year’s event. We have 3 places available but you have to meet the following criteria:

  • Places no.1 & 2 (club allocation) – Entrants must fulfil the club rules which can be found HERE
  • Place no.3 (Volunteering) – Entrants need to have volunteered at either VMLM in 2019 or Ride London in the last 2 years and also have been rejected through the ballot this year.

If you are interested and can provide evidence to support your claim to any of the 3 places available, please CONTACT US to register your entry to our ballot. Names will be drawn from a hat at the annual awards ceremony which is planned for Tuesday 3rd December 2019.

hj NEWS – 6th October 2019

Committee activity

We met again on Wednesday 2nd October and discussed the usual club matters as well as Quiz night, Gun Powder Trot prep, #RunAndTalk events, website updates and a member survey.  More on some of this later. We agreed to meet again on 20th November and you are welcome to join us by arrangement.

The Results Round-up

Some incredible achievements to read about. Compiled mainly from the race reports by Chris Yeomans, your regular results fix of who has been doing what, where, when and why is HERE!

35th Anniversary celebrations

Over 150 people attended the anniversary celebrations in the park after the annual Horsham Round on bank holiday Monday 26th August. We had free fish & chips, commemorative t-shirts and a special cake! Phil said a few words and we thanked the teams from guest clubs for attending. The weather was a bit warm and so we lazed around under the trees behind Horsham Bowl and some even drank beer! A fab day was had by all!

Quiz night – 25th OctoberSlightly earlier than usual due to venue availability so you best start brushing up on your knowledge of all things film, history, sports, music and more as it’s nearly time for the annual Horsham Joggers quiz again! Under the expert eye of quizmaster, Martyn Newton, it will take place at Horsham Cricket and Sports Club on Friday 25th October. Please arrive at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Maximum 13 teams are required and entry costs £18. There will be a maximum of six players with at least two hj members in each team. You can now register and pay for your team via the MemberZone. There will be 9 rounds in total with a break halfway through. The bar will be open all night for you to buy drinks but feel free to bring your own nibbles to eat at your table. Good luck!

Gunpowder TrotPlans are now in the final stages, and we are fast approaching our own WSFRL fixture on Sunday 3rd November 2019. Margaret now has enough volunteers and job allocations will be sent out over the next few weeks to those who completed the Survey Monkey link. If you’ve offered to volunteer, PLEASE save the date and try not to make any changes before the event as it takes countless hours to pull this all together. Entry is open via the MemberZone for those not wanting to volunteer.

Charity Donations

In addition to funding the recent celebrations, we are delighted to be able to give two charitable donations of £600 each this year to the West Sussex North Branch of MDNA (Motor Neurone Disease Association) and The Hope Charity. MND is a cause close to hj’s heart having lost two bright lights recently to this awful disease and The Hope Charity is a local organisation run by people who are personally touched by a young person struggling with their emotional well-being. They provide a much-needed resource for children aged 10-18 and their families, who are experiencing the trauma of mental health issues in our society today. We hope to welcome charity representatives to our annual awards ceremony in December in order to present the donations.

http://www.mndwestsussexnorth.com/

https://www.hopecharityproject.org/

#RunAndTalk events

 As mentioned in previous newsletters, we will be starting to incorporate RunAndTalk events within our Tuesday evening programme (initially once a month) – details of these will be posted on our usual social media platforms.

As an introduction to this, your Mental Health Champions, Mark and Geri, will be available for an informal chat at The Bridge Café on Tuesday 8th October following the regular club run. Please pop in if you’d like to find out more, share ideas, or just to say hello!

Don’t forget we’ve added some additional pages to our website with lots of useful information. Do have a look and let us know what you think – we’d also love to hear from anyone who is interested in getting involved.

Guest Speaker – An Evening with Phil Hewitt.

In tandem with RunAndTalk, we are excited to be joined by Sussex Newspapers Group Arts Editor and marathon runner Phil Hewitt to talk about his new book, Outrunning The Demons (Bloomsbury, 2019), which celebrates the massive mental health benefits of running. Phil will be speaking at The Bridge Leisure Centre, Broadbridge Heath, on Thursday 21st November (8pm).
As Phil says: “Running can take us to fantastic places. Just as importantly, it can also bring us back from terrible ones. For people in times of crisis, trauma and physical or mental illness – when normality collapses – running can put things back together again”.

Phil will talk of his own experience, after being mugged – stabbed, punched, kicked and effectively left for dead in Cape Town 3 years ago, and how he put himself back together again by getting back to his first love, running….

The book also includes interviews with 34 people from around the world who, as he says, have been to hell and discovered that the surest, safest, quickest way back was to run. He interviewed people caught up in 9/11 and the Boston Marathon bombing; people who have lost loved ones to murder and natural causes; people who have suffered addiction, alcoholism, anxiety, depression, violent and sexual assault; and sheer bad luck.

The result is a remarkable collection of stories about hope and survival – a genuinely uplifting celebration of the strength of the human spirit and all the good that is unleashed simply through running.

This will be a free event for members, but due to limited spaces you will need to book your place by contacting Mark Aylmore at HJRunAndTalk@gmail.com

Race reports

Chris Yeomans is still kindly producing the weekly report for the local press but ideally, we’d like this to be a shared role with another willing volunteer. It involves scanning the race calendar, results pages, social media etc on a Sunday or Monday and sending a brief summary (with a photo or two) to the local newspapers. If you can help, please CONTACT US

Challenge Trophy Results

All four CT races have now been run and Steve Wilson is pulling together the results ready for the awards presentation. Having done this for a few years, Steve will be taking a break next year and handing the reins over the Miranda Huisman. We thanks Steve for his help and diligence in completing this tricky role.

Possible Twinning Trip

We are looking to organise a trip to our twinned club in Germany next year! Our links with TG Lage have been in place for many years and it would be nice to go to visit one of their biggest events of the year after they visited us during Barns Green last year. The Hörster Waldlauf takes place on Saturday May 9th next year and is a festival of running comprising of a Half Marathon, 10 and 5K as well as child’s races over 1.2 and 400m all taking part in the beautiful Teutoburger Forest. We are checking for interest initially so here is the proposed itinerary:

  • We would organise transport on the Friday to the airport (probably Heathrow, Stanstead or Luton), participants would need to book their own flights and hopefully we can match it up so we can either be on the same flight or within a short space of each other.
  • We would then organise transport at the other end to Lage (approx 90 minutes).
  • TG Lage have a large sports complex with facilities, but the sleeping arrangements would probably be a dormitory style. They would also be happy to give us a B&B arrangement.
  • We would then return by the same arrangements on the Sunday.

There is a possibility that some of us could be put up by TG Lage families if anyone was interested. It would be an adventure and we are sure a great event! We are going to gauge any interest and then maybe organise a meeting to discuss it further, so if it sounds like your thing please CONTACT US

Membership survey

Our membership currently stands at 560 and so it’s becoming more and more difficult to ask each member for their views on the club and what they want to get from it. So we are putting together our very first membership survey which will go out in the New Year and we need some help. If you have market research type skills and would like to help put this together, please CONTACT US

Dates for your diary

6th Oct – Lewes Downland 10 (SGP)

6th Oct – Heron Way 10k

6th Oct – Bournemouth Half and Marathon

13th Oct – Great Walstead 5 (WSRFL)

19th Oct – SEAA x-country relays

20th Oct – Hove Prom 10k (SGP)

20th Oct – Worthing Seafront 10k

20th Oct – Great South Run 10m

20th Oct – Great Bottom 5, Arundel

25th Oct – hj quiz night

26th Oct – Beachy Head Marathon/10k

27th Oct – Crawley 10k

27th Oct – Steepdown Challenge (WSFRL)

3rd Nov – hj Gunpowder Trot (WSFRL)

9th Nov – Sussex x-country league, Lancing

10th Nov – Rewell Wood 5, Arundel

17th Nov – Brighton 10k

24th Nov – Crowborough 10k (SGP)

24th Nov – Jigsaw 10k, Dunsfold 

Don’t forget; if you’ve got something worthy of the newsletter then please let us know!

 

 

 

hj NEWS – 25th August 2019

Committee activity

We met again on Wednesday 21st August and discussed club finances, membership, MemberZone orders and social media hits as well as Survey Monkey, #RunAndTalk, mental health champions, charity donations, Horsham Round 35th celebrations and Gunpowder Trot preparations. More on some of this later. We agreed to meet again on 2nd October and you are welcome to join us by arrangement.

Tony Johnson

Hopefully you have all seen our recent tribute to Tony who sadly lost his fight with Motor Neurone Disease on 20th July. A celebration of Tony’s life was held on 6th August and was well attended by past and current hj members. The committee have been discussing ways to honour Tony’s memory at the event which he grew to love the most during his running journey – The South Downs Way Relay. Over the coming weeks we will be thinking of a fitting tribute and discussing options with Tony’s wife Julia.

The Results Round-up

So who has been where in the past six weeks? Compiled mainly of race reports by Chris Yeomans, your regular results fix is HERE!

Horsham Round – Bank Holiday Monday

 

 

 

21 team entries have pouring in, the t-shirt orders have arrived, the food is ordered for those who asked for it and we’ve even arranged good weather! This year’s Horsham Round and 35th Anniversary celebration is set to be a fantastic day and you are welcome to join us in the park from 2.30pm to see the teams home. Team captains will now have instructions and maps to follow and will have agreed their start time with James. Remember, it’s a self-navigated 29 mile route as a relay team or in pairs as a minimum. Runners are responsible for your own safety, food, water, sunscreen, support crew, mobile contact etc for the whole run! T-shirt orders can be collected at the finish and, for those who have ordered food, you will be provided with a meal voucher to exchange for your selected food choice at the mobile catering van between 2.30 and 4.30pm. All being well, it will be parked adjacent to Park House, North Street (the old HDC headquarters), a short walk from the park. We look forward to seeing you!

#RunAndTalk

We are delighted to welcome our two new mental health champions and to be firmly involved in England Athletics #RunAndTalk initiative. Mark Aylmore and Geri Smith have been working very hard over the past few months and have put together some fantastic pages and content on our website (https://www.horshamjoggers.co.uk/about-runandtalk/). There’s lots of interesting fact sheets and advice. Take a look, see what you think and drop them a line to let them know via their contact page. In the coming months Mark and Geri will be holding regular #RunAndTalk events. Details of these will soon be added to the web pages and promoted via the newsletter and our social media platforms.

 

 

 

Barns Green Pacer required

This year we will be providing all the pacers for the Barns Green Half Marathon. However, organiser Jason Walker is missing a 1hour 30minute pacer to complete his team. If you can run like clockwork at this pace, please contact Jason (jason.walker1@hotmail.com). Pacers get free entry and a pacer bib to wear.

Gunpowder Trot

Plans are well advanced, and we are fast approaching our own WSFRL fixture on Sunday 3rd November 2019 but we are already receiving entries from members who haven’t offered to volunteer first! As always, we rely on many volunteers on the day so please, please, please remember to offer your help BEFORE thinking about entering the race.

Group Leaders

We’ve had a couple of new leaders join us, but we still need more to help us provide a better spread of smaller, more evenly paced groups. We can provide guidance and route maps for you so that you can step up and lead regularly or in the event of a shortage on the night. Have a word with your group leader and they can help you to help us!

Race reports

Chris Yeomans is kindly producing the weekly report for the local press but ideally, we’d like this to be a shared role with another willing volunteer. It involves scanning the race calendar, results pages, social media etc on a Sunday or Monday and sending a brief summary (with a photo or two) to the local newspapers. If you can help, please CONTACT US

Ride London Ballot winner

Ian Bradbury rode the Prudential Ride London this year after winning his place in the ballot last winter. He said I took part in the Prudential Ride London & Surrey 100 today using the Horsham Joggers ballot entry.  I had a fantastic day and really enjoyed it.  Thank you!  I did pretty well as well – 5h14m, average speed of 18.8 mph”.

Dates for your diary

26th Aug – Horsham Round/35th Anniversary picnic

1st Sept – Fittleworth 5 (WSFRL)

3rd Sept – 4th Itchingfield Time Trial (7pm!)

8th Sept – Hellingly 10k (SGP)

8th Sept – Bacchus Half Marathon

8th Sept – Littlehampton 10k (5-10k group graduation)

14th Sept – Rewell Wood Running festival, Arundel

15th Sept – Richmond Half Marathon

22nd Sept – Tilgate Forest 5 (WSFRL)

28th Sept – SXCC relays, Goodwood

29th Sept – Barns Green Half Marathon

6th Oct – Lewes Downland 10 (SGP)

6th Oct – Heron Way 10k

6th Oct – Bournemouth Half and Marathon

 

Don’t forget; if you’ve got something worthy of the newsletter then please let us know!

 

Tony Johnson – 1960-2019

Horsham Joggers lost a dear friend on 20th July. Tony was a key part of the club from the early 2000’s until 2016 when he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease which, ultimately stopped him from running. To say his time at the club was integral to the current success would be an understatement and we all owe a huge debt of gratitude to him for his leadership, straight talking, dogged determination and useful inventions.

Tony grew up in Reigate and attended Reigate Grammar School before turning his hand to joinery. He joined Horsham Joggers in 2004, shortly after meeting Julia and by 2008 they were married with both standing on the committee and helping to shape the club’s future as well as organising the much-loved Valentine’s Run from 2008 to 13, social events and even the flagging Alf Shrubb memorial race.

When Gordon Reay stood down as chairman in April 2011, there was only really one choice to replace him and Tony duly stepped up with Julia very much in the wings supporting him. Some say that Gordon could see into the future as by October 2011 the club’s future was plunged into doubt when Horsham District Council announced the closure of Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre, without re-providing for the many clubs and community members who used it.

But what they hadn’t banked on was the outpouring of objection and groundswell of public opinion, mainly lead by Tony. He stood up to the authorities, formed a Joint User Group and called our club to arms, in order to overturn HDC’s decision. We marched on the council offices with our homemade placards, demonstrated in the town centre at the weekend collecting petition signatures and even ran a continuous relay from the town to the leisure centre, all to raise awareness of the plight of our club, as well as others.

He won a Community “Good Sport” Award in November 2012 for his work fighting the closure but in typically modest fashion he told the local press “I feel like a bit of a fraud, it’s such a strange feeling, thank you”, later adding on our social media page “Although I received the award, it’s for all of the hard work put in by everyone who fought to keep the track and leisure centre”.

The work that Tony put into saving our meeting place went deeper than just the visible activity. He spent countless hours writing emails, researching the legal and moral objections and meeting users and councillors alike. By 2015 the council had reversed their decision and agreed to re-provide a new leisure centre (albeit smaller and for less user groups) and by October 2018 it was opened to the public; a ceremony which Tony attended. But, he had to have the last word; writing to the West Sussex County Times the following week and reminding the champagne quaffing councillors that it was the user groups and members of the public who should be thanked for re-providing a much loved public resource.

So, if you’ve been to The Bridge and used the new facilities, it’s fair to say that it probably wouldn’t be there without Tony’s tenacity and drive for justice.

Although not really becoming a runner until he met Julia, it’s fair to say that he was extremely competent and competitive. His 15 marathons, countless half marathons, 10k’s, Sussex Grand Prix races, Christ Hospital relays and even his one parkrun at Horsham’s inaugural event speak for themselves. Anyone who can run 5k around our lovely park in 19 minutes and 35 seconds deserves respect! His style was unique; often seen bouncing around Horsham with both feet off the ground! All arms and legs but fast never-the-less.

By far the best event in Tony’s opinion was the South Downs Way 100 mile Relay. An invitation only event that Horsham Joggers took part in many years ago. He contacted the organisers and got hj back on the invitation list. Then, having done so well in 2012, we were invited to enter a 2nd team in 2013 and it has since become one of the highlights of the hj calendar. Tony competed in the event from 2012 to 16 and always said it was one the best days of running he could ever have. The Downs had a special place in Tony’s life.

He stood down as Horsham Joggers Chairman and honorary member in April 2015 and leaves wife, Julia. Son, Jamie. Two sisters and one brother and will be very much missed by everyone who knew him. His funeral will take place on Tuesday 6th August at 3.40pm at Worthing Crematorium, BN14 0RG with a celebration of his life continuing afterwards at Long Furlong Barn, Clapham, BN13 3XN.

hj NEWS – 14th JULY

Committee activity

We met again on Wednesday 10th July and discussed club finances, membership, MemberZone orders and social media as well as the Horsham 10k review, Run & Talk mental health champions, charity donations, Horsham Round 35th celebrations and Gunpowder Trot preparations. More on some of this later. We agreed to meet again on 21st August and you are welcome to join us by arrangement!

The Results Round-up

Compiled mainly of race reports by Chris Yeomans and other contributors, your six-weekly fix of who has done what, when and how is HERE 

Meeting place at The Bridge

Now that the new facility is fully open, we will be moving our meeting point from the rear undercroft to the main entrance area under the gym from Tuesday 16th July. This will provide a better focal point for new arrivals, instead of having to walk around the back to find us. Please don’t block the main entrance area!

The Andy Spriggs Running Spirit award

Following the untimely passing of our dear friend Andy Spriggs in December 2017, we honour his memory each year with the Running Spirit Award. This is awarded at the Horsham 10k to someone who demonstrates exceptional generosity, courage, stoicism, passion, perseverance or sportsmanship. This year the award went to Martyn Greaves, who is a regular at the 10k and parkrun. Martyn finished the race in 73:42 and came 396th. We caught up with him at Cranleigh parkrun to present the award.

Horsham Round – Bank Holiday Monday

Entry for teams is now open and, as this is our 35th anniversary year, the annual Horsham Round on will be something special! A chance to celebrate 35 years of the club with guest teams joining us from other local clubs as well. To commemorate the occasion, we have commissioned a special t-shirt and are pleased to offer this to all members who want one for the subsidised price of just £10! Made from lime green technical hi-viz fabric with black hj and Horsham Round logos, these are now available to order from the MemberZone for a limited period and will be distributed on the day. T-SHIRT ORDERS MUST BE IN BY 31st JULY!

As well as this, we will be having the usual gathering in Horsham Park from 2pm onwards so that everyone can join us for a social picnic and we will even be providing FREE FOOD to those who pre-order it! We need to confirm numbers and print enough vouchers to exchange for your free meal so, we are asking members to pre-order t-shirts and food options via the MemberZone and we will let the t-shirt and mobile fish & chip suppliers know in advance. Guest teams will be contacted directly to confirm numbers for both t-shirts and food. We look forward to seeing as many people as possible in the park, whether you are running The Round or not.

Group Leaders

If you train with us on a Tuesday evening, you may have noticed a shortage of group leaders recently. This has been due to injury, other event clashes and other volunteering commitments from the “usual” group leaders. To help us provide a better spread of smaller, more evenly paced groups, we need more volunteers to step up and lead a group. We can provide guidance and route maps for you so that you can step up and lead regularly or in the event of a shortage on the night. Have a word with your group leader and they can help you to help us!

Gunpowder Trot

Our 2nd club event of 2019 will the “Gunpowder Trot” on Sunday 3rd November 2019. This is a 4.5-mile Fun Run around Denne Park and Chesworth Farm and is part of the West Sussex Fun Run League and we are delighted to welcome Horsham Co-Working on board as our new sponsor! As always, we rely on many volunteers on the day so please, please, please remember to offer your help BEFORE thinking about entering the race.

Dates for your diary

14th July – Hornets’ Stinger (WSFRL)

14th July – Beat the Tide Worthing

17th July – Wakehurst Willow

27th July – Lunar Tic night marathon

28th July – Seven Stiles (WSFRL)

31st July – Bexhill 5k (SGP)

7th Aug – Highdown Hike (WSFRL)

10th Aug – 13 The Hard Way

18th Aug – Henfield Half

25th Aug – Will Page 10k Newick

25th Aug – Windlesham House 4 (WSFRL)

26th Aug – Horsham Round/35th Anniversary picnic

 

Don’t forget; if you’ve got something worthy of the newsletter then please let us know!