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Committee activity

A very small committee met on Wednesday and discussed the usual club finances and membership as well as the forthcoming Gun Powder Trot (WSRFL), quiz night, winter handicap/awards night, website updates and orders, coaching and volunteering. More on some of this later. We agreed to meet again on 29th November.

Open letter from the chairman


It’s true! Membership is at an all time high, our events are successful, we have a great new website and our runners are fab! But that is only half the story……

As we continue to grow so does the support structure required to underpin it and the fact is, we cannot continue in the current vain. There are 2 questions I would like you all to ask;

  • What has your club done for you this year?
  • What have you done for the club this year?

It would be good to think that the two are balanced. The club is not sustainable with just a few people doing all the work. I appreciate we all have busy lives but we need more helpers, more ideas, more enthusiasm!

Paul Aylett said earlier this year this would be his last year of being Race Director for the clubs 10K, this position is still vacant and the race is 7 months away. Also Victoria Saunders has indicated that this year will be her last year of organizing the club WSFRL fixture; The Gunpowder Trot. These are both important roles in the running of the club and they have to be filled for these events to take place. Also we are short of the 11 committee members we should have and out of 500+ members that is not good enough.

We need committed people to step up and assist the club as it moves forward. Lots of assistance and support will be given in the two race roles as both Paul and Victoria have assembled great teams of people around them. If you are interested in joining the committee why not come along to a meeting and see what it’s like? You don’t have to commit straight away!

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope those of you who can, will step forward.


The result round up

Another busy few weeks for team hj so we’ve compiled this from press reports by Phil and Paul Oakley over the last five weeks. Just CLICK HERE for the latest race result roundup.

hj Challenge Trophy races

With 3 out of the 4 races completed, we are all looking forward to the final race this season which is the WSFRL Steepdown Challenge on 29th October. Awards are presented for overall male and female winners as well as 5 year age categories (from senior to V70) at our “lavish” awards evening on 12th December at Horsham Cricket Club.

Gunpowder Trot – 5th November

It’s almost time for our 4.5 mile cross-country course on the Denne Park and Chesworth Farm estates. New for 2017; we will be holding a 1 mile junior race this year too. Also new for 2017; we will be using Horsham Cricket Club as our Race HQ. We now have enough volunteers to supervise and marshal the runners and (if you haven’t already had them?) instructions will be issued volunteers in the next few days. This is our home fun run and we need to welcome our guests and show them some proper hj hospitality so please support this event.


To Hannah and Jamie Carter who tied the knot on 16th September, James Munden who raised a fantastic £2700 for Chestnut Tree House by recently running a 24 hour Parkrun, John Wilcox who has completed 4 huge challenges in his 50th year and raised an incredible £5450 for Prostate Cancer UK and Emma Walters who recently completed her first ultra marathon (having never run more than a half marathon before!) and raised £2330 for CLIC Sargent. Congratulations to you all!

Annual hj quiz night – 17th November at 7pm

Question: What’s an awesome way to spend an evening? Answer: The Horsham Joggers quiz night at Horsham Cricket Club with quizzie rascal Jon Berrill! £18 per team payable on the night, maximum of six people per team (that’s just £3 per person!). Please send team entries to info@hj to reserve your place.

Social Curry Night

Our social butterfly, James Munden, has kindly agreed to organise an all you can eat curry night on 26th November at Darchini, London Road at 7pm. Please contact James directly via the Facebook event or email info@hj to reserve your place.

Winter handicap and Awards evening

This will be held on 12th December at the new home of Horsham Cricket Club and we need about 6 marshals to volunteer to help PLEEEEEASE! Runners should arrive at 6.45pm and give your average 5 or 10k time to us. We will put you in groups and if we’ve got our sums right, you will all finish together. The course will be similar to last time but will now start at the Blackbridge Lane/Worthing Road junction before taking you on two laps of Blackbridge Lane, Guildford Road and Hills Farm Lane then finishing back at the start point. Afterwards there will be sandwiches provided at the Cricket Club during the Annual Awards Presentation at 8.30pm. The bar will also be open so bring your pocket money! Parking is limited so please car share or park in other local roads then jog in as a warm up.

Gemma’s Downs Link adventure (in her own words)

2nd October was the Downslink Ultra.. 38 miles from Guildford to Shoreham. We believe it was the largest amount of Horsham Joggers entry this year with 8 entrants, Jason walker, Alan Pettitt, Matt Whyman, Emma Walters, Garry Dale, Chris Yeomans, Paul Burgess and Gemma Berrill. With the course record holder coming in 20 minutes behind his record time it shows just how tough it was on the day. With constant drizzle and tough head wind it made it a challenging race. Unfortunately Paul Burgess had to drop out, not wanting to risk injury with Amsterdam marathon just 2 weeks later (which he completed and enjoyed!). I nearly dropped out at mile 27 as the grim sweeper was in sight, but with my running buddy there to give me a hug and tell me to shift my butt I was on my way. Massive well done to first male hj home, Jason walker in 06:05:35 and to Emma Walters for completing her first ultra and first hj lady home in 7:04:55. The best thing about the event has to be the infamous homemade chilli (veggie option was available!) and well run organisation.

Dates for your diary

28th Oct – Beachy Head Marathon & 10k

29th Oct – Steepdown Challenge (WSFRL and hj challenge trophy)

29th Oct – Hove Prom 10k (SGP)

29th Oct – Crawley 10k

5th Nov – Gunpowder Trot (WSFRL)

11th Nov – Poppy Half Marathon, Bexhill

17th Nov – hj quiz night

18th Nov – Box Hill Tough 10

19th Nov – Brighton 10k

19th Nov – 10k for Kent/Surrey/Sussex Air Ambulance

26th Nov – Jigsaw Run 10k, Dunsfold

26th Nov – Greensand Way 15, Shalford

26th Nov – Curry night at Darchini

Don’t forget; if you’ve got something worthy of the newsletter please let us know! Email: info@hj


Committee activity

At our recent meeting we discussed the usual club finances and membership etc as well as the forthcoming SGM to allow incorporation as a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC), the forthcoming Gun Powder Trot (WSRFL), the recent Horsham Round and summer BBQ in Horsham Park, BG half marathon training, website updates and orders, coaching, volunteering and Twittens!. More on some of this later. We agreed to meet again on 18th October.

The result round up

We have now put together a separate document, compiled from race reports by Phil and Paul Oakley over the last six weeks, so you won’t miss a thing! Just CLICK HERE for the latest race result roundup.

Gunpowder Trot – 5th Nov

It’s that time of year where we ask our members to volunteer to help at the Gunpowder Trot on Sunday 5 November from 9.30am to 1pm. Last year, a massive 72 of you were involved in organising the event on the day, and we’ll need those numbers again this year, for our 4.5 mile cross-country course on the Denne Park and Chesworth Farm estates. New for 2017, we will be holding a 1 mile junior race this year too. Also new for 2017, we will be using Horsham Cricket Club as our Race HQ. We need volunteers to bake cakes as well as to help run the event on the day. We have a range of roles, including marshalling the course, stewarding around race HQ, manning the registration desk, and helping out with refreshments.  If you are able to volunteer either as a baker, or to undertake a role on the day, please fill in our Gunpowder Trot Form

Barn Green Half and 10k – 24th September

It’s just one week until BG half and 10k and team hj is again fielding a huge squad for both events as well as a few pacers too! We want to take a full team photo on the green at 9.30am sharp so please arrive in good time, don’t go to the toilet queue or run off around the field on your warm up! Just meet at the hj gazebo on the green and look out for the hj flags! After the races, we intend to stay behind for a BYO picnic (weather permitting) so why not join us and bring some post race rehydration too! 

24 hour Parkrun

hj committee member, James Munden, will be running a 24 hour Parkrun starting on Friday 29th September, finishing on Saturday 30th with (guess what!) a Parkrun! He aims to run at least 5km every hour and will have volunteer supporters running in shifts with him throughout the whole 24 hour period. A total distance of at least 120km! He will be fundraising for Chestnut Tree House (the Sussex Police charity for 2017) by selling cakes and collecting donations. To support his efforts, please come along to walk, jog, eat cake and cheers him on or visit:

Volunteer Opportunity: Horsham Cricket Club Fireworks event, Saturday 28th October

Horsham Cricket Club have kindly allowed us to use their club house as our Race HQ for the Gunpowder Trot this year, at a very favourable rate. In return, they have asked if we could provide some stewards for their well-known Fireworks event on the evening of Saturday 28 October.  As well as a spectacular fireworks display, there will be a live music, plus fairground entertainment and a variety of food outlets.  Volunteers from Horsham Joggers will be required to undertake basic stewarding duties in the car park and around the venue.  In return, volunteers will receive a free entry ticket for one guest, plus a food/drink voucher.  This is a great opportunity to attend this local popular event free of charge! E-mail info@hj if you are interested in volunteering for this event.

North Downs Way 100

Continuing the theme of nutty challenges, Graham Clarke recently completed the North Downs Way 100. A 100 mile trail event from Farnham to Ashford which he completed in 27 hours and 34 minutes. When asked about it he said; Only about 10 miles were really hard. I don’t know why but I enjoyed the rest. There’s a stretch that goes through Ranscombe farm and then out and along the massive motorway bridge. I was fine in Ranscombe farm, but my feet couldn’t handle the tarmac driveway coming out, then the bridge with countless Samaritans signs is a horrible place to be even when you’ve not done 70 miles! I got cold and sleepy, my feet hurt a lot and I was losing interest in moving; I just wanted a lie down. I stopped and sat on the floor to let my feet recover three or four times then popped some painkillers. The hill to the next aid station is constantly up for at least three miles. I had a rest and a bite to eat and the painkillers started to work then ran out of there and enjoyed the rest.

Boston Links

Keeping our links across the pond alive, Lawrence Roy recently visited The Boston Weekly Run Club to say hello in his “singlet”! If you are planning a trip to Boston on “vacation” or running the popular marathon, why not pop in and wish them all a very nice day!

Joggers for Grenfell

On 30th July, 14 hj members ran 24 minutes for Grenfell at Horsham Parkrun. A “virtual event” which allows individuals to enrol and run in their own time to raise funds for the Grenfell Tower disaster appeal. All finished and submitted their time in return for a beautiful medal. Congratulations team!

Sussex Cross Country Relays

GOODWOOD – 30th Sept. Pete O’Connell is once again looking to enter teams for this superb event which this year takes place the week after the BG1/2M. Details are listed HERE and if you are interested, contact Pete direct or email info@hj and we will put you in touch with Pete.

One-on-one assessment

Horsham Joggers can now offer one-to-one running assessment and provide coaching tips specific to your individual needs.  If you have any desire to improve your fitness, speed, gait or general ability, please email info@hj and Coach Claire will be in touch to discuss your needs and to book a session.

Group Leader Guides

Don’t forget, if you’ve ever fancied taking a group on a Tuesday evening but don’t know your way around, you can take a paper copy of any map with you from the file behind reception in BBHLC. There are also hundreds of routes available FREE to all current members online! Just email info@hj and we can send you the club login details for the Good Run Guide.


Yes, we had to Google it as well! These small footpaths, passageways and unidentified rights of way are known as Twittens and there are over 40 within Horsham which could be threatened with closure under the Deregulation act. The Horsham Society is fighting to keep these open but need evidence from those who have used them in the past 20 years. It’s a bit of a long winded affair but details can be found HERE or contact The Horsham Society if you want to get involved.

Dates for your diary

17th Sept – Tilgate Forest 5 (WSFRL)

24th Sept – Barns Green Half Marathon (SGP) **hj Challenge Trophy event**

24th Sept – Barns Green 10k

30th Sept – Sussex Cross Country Relays, Goodwood

1st Oct – Lewes Downland 10miles (SGP)

8th Oct – Hickstead Gallop (WSFRL)

8th Oct – Heron Way 10k

15th Oct – Bright 10 (Sussex Road Race Challenge)

**SAVE THE DATE** 5th Nov – Gunpowder Trot (WSFRL)








**Stop press!** Hold the front page! Just when we thought it was safe to publish the newsletter, earlier today our esteemed chairman only goes and completes a 100km walk from QE Country Park to Brighton race course on his 50th birthday! Accompanied by team mates Claire, Homer and Catherine, team “life begins at 50” completed the walk in a touch over 25 and a half hours. What a fantastic achievement Phil! Congratulations team!Committee activity

At our recent meeting we discussed the usual club finances and membership etc as well as changes to club rules to allow incorporation as a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC), The forthcoming Horsham Round and Gun Powder Trot organisation, the recent summer handicap in Horsham Park, half marathon training, website updates, volunteering etc. More on some of this later. We agreed to meet again on 13th September

The result round up

The feature is proving so popular and at this time of year, with so many races taking place, we have put together a separate document so you won’t miss a thing! Just CLICK HERE for the latest race result roundup.

The Horsham Round

Registration is now open for the annual Horsham Round and again we are pleased to invite other selected local clubs to enter a few teams. Full details are on this website under the “Events” tab so please register your team as soon as possible via the info@hj address. Subject to the good weather, we will also be holding our annual BYO summer BBQ/picnic from 2pm in the park by the conservatory cafe. We’ll supply the coals if you bring your own bangers! This is open to all members, family and friends, not just those taking part in The Round.

Get Running Graduation

Congratulations to our latest recruits who graduated to their first 5k run at Horsham Parkrun on 17th June. Leaders Kirsty and Saul were on hand to see them round with James giving encouragement on the sidelines. Well done everyone and we hope we can look forward to seeing you continue to prepare for your first 10k in a few months time?

MemberZone feedback

It’s been there for a few months now. Have you used it? Do you like it? Has it made things easier for you? Is there more that we need to do to make it better? We’d like to know what you think. Any feedback (good or bad) would be appreciated. Just email info@hj.

Good Run Guide

Did you know that hj have hundreds of local running routes, races routes, Horsham round legs etc saved on the Good Run Guide? Claire Burrows and Paul Oakley have kindly gone through them and collated them into “Road” and “Off Road” categories, listed them in order of miles or km’s and printed some into a file kept at BBHLC reception. So if you’ve ever fancied taking a group on a Tuesday evening but don’t know your way around, you can take a paper copy of any map with you from the file. They are also available FREE to all current members online! Just email info@hj and we can send you the club login details for the Good Run Guide.

Membership subscriptions

If you haven’t paid, your annual hj membership will expire tomorrow! Any members who have allowed their membership to elapse will need to reapply to join the club and pay a new member’s joining fee (£5) as well as the annual membership fee. Rights to the MemberZone will also be withdrawn for elapsed members.

Gunpowder Trot

Our very own WSFRL race, the Gunpowder Trot is coming up on 5th November and we still need to fill some key roles as part of the organising group:

  • Chief Steward
  • Start/Finish Supervisor
  • Junior race director
  • Supplies coordinator

Further roles such as marshalling will be advertised closer to the date. Please keep the date free as we need your support and it takes over 70 people to make this great event happen. Speak to a committee member or email info@hj to get involved.

UKA license numbers (message from Sussex Athletics secretary)

We have had many messages this year from athletes who do not know their England Athletics license number. Please could you forward this link to your mailing list or include it on your website so that they know how to find the information?

Highway Code Rules

Safety is our primary concern when organising club runs but there is always an element of common sense required when running on open roads. If you want to refresh your memory on the highway code rules for running on the road just CLICK HERE

Dates for your diary

2nd Aug – Highdown Hike (WSFRL)

13th Aug – Henfield Half Marathon

20th Aug – Hove Hornets Stinger (WSFRL)

27th Aug – Will Page 10k (SGP)

27th Aug – Arundel Castle 10k

28th Aug – Annual hj Horsham Round and Summer BBQ

3rd Sept – Fittleworth 5 (WSFRL)

10th Sept – Hellingly 10k (SGP)

10th Sept – Eridge Park 10k trail challenge

17th Sept – Tilgate Forest 5 (WSFRL)


Newsletter content

Ok, so sometimes we struggle to fill this page with “proper news”. If there is anything that you feel the membership needs to know; stories, features, articles, promotions – just let us know. The newsletter is published every six weeks, usually after the committee meet to discuss the content.






Ed – We’ve got so much to tell you so let’s get on with it eh!

Committee activity

At our recent meeting we discussed new members, club kit, community amateur sports club status, future events, Get Running graduation, volunteering, 10k round up and charity nominations. More on some of this later. We agreed to meet again on 26th July.

The Result Round Up

During the first bank holiday weekend we had an amazing turn out at the mid Sussex Weekend Marathon (too many to list here) with some members competing in all three events over three days to claim an incredible 4 piece medal! 10 miles on Saturday at East Grinstead, then 10 miles on Sunday (SGP and hj Challenge Trophy race) at Haywards Heath and finally a 10k at Burgess Hill. Horsham Joggers men’s team was the overall winner for the weekend races; team of David Jones, Duncan Meades and Matthew Mason. Also a special mention to young Alexa Wedesch Yokom, took part in all three Junior races over the marathon weekend. The 10 mile Challenge Trophy got the Lee-Wright treatment as Rich took the mens award (1.04.05) and wife Jess for the ladies (1.16.31). From the sublime to the ridiculous! Starting with the ridiculous! Early May also saw Horsham Joggers Ultra man Graham Clarke take on the challenge of the 3 forts marathon, a 30 mile very hilly race taking in Cissbury and Chanctonbury rings and Devil’s Dyke finishing in an excellent 4.48.05. Joggers were also travelling to far flung places as Finbarr Cotter competed in the Prague marathon (5.12) and Caroline Bransden and Viv Underhill in the Salzburg half marathon (2.13.59 & 2.14.54 respectively). 10 Joggers also competed at the West Sussex Fun Run league in the Hedgehoppers 5 at Portslade. In the SGP Shelly Garratt (38.41) Natasha Heasman (44.53) and Claire Burrows (51.09) took on the Hastings 5 mile road race. Then it was our day……Horsham 10K! The race was fully booked to the race limit of 500 and on a very hot day 439 runners completed the 2 lap course. Huge thanks go to Race Director Paul Aylett, Race Secretary Claire Miller and Paul’s super team of helpers for making it such a great day! Horsham Joggers came first in both team events thanks to Richard Lee Wright, Simon Perkins, Rob Simmons, Jessica Lee Wright, Emma Walters and Miranda Huisman. Following that Paul Yokom (1.25.33), Mick Duplock and Mike Saunders (1.52.29) went to the Rye 10 and a huge contingent of 42 contributed to a 300+ field at the second running of the Run Wisborough Green 10k with Paul Oakley storming home 3rd in 37.29. On the 2nd bank holiday weekend the scenic Sussex Weald and London 10K races took place with some fantastic results. Then 12 intrepid joggers took on the South Downs Way 100mile Relay on 3rd June under the superb organisation of John Wilcox (complete with clipboard!). Vets team of captain Fiona Clifton, Geoff Pepper, Alan MacLachlan, Crispin Scott, Alan Pettitt and  Brian Frost completed it in 14hrs and 14 mins while ladies team of captain Emma Comber, Jo Terry, Kate Short, Becky Rankin, Beck Elder and Shelly Garratt came in with 14hrs and 23mins on the clock. Congratulations to anyone who ran and represented the club during May and early June.

Summer Handicap 20th June

This coming week sees the new look summer handicap, on Tuesday 20th June, you can either assemble by the pond in Horsham park or jog down from BBHLC for 6.45pm. We will group you all in a similar way to the winter handicap based on your 5k time and then from 7.15 let off the groups to run the Horsham parkrun course, first over the line wins and will receive a trophy at awards night! If it’s a nice evening we can stay down for either a picnic or BBQ, hope to see lots of you there to support this new event! Free parking is available at Horsham Hospital after 6pm or within some local roads.

Runaway weekend

A group of runners are going to Brokenhurst to take part in the New Forest 10miler on Sunday 9th July ( and the entry closes on 30th June with no entry on the day. Entry is £15 with a UKA number. Why not make a weekend of it with a nearby Parkrun on the Saturday as well!

Barns Green Half Marathon Training

Our favourite local half marathon will take place on Sunday 24 September this year. As usual, we’ll be providing a structured training plan to help you prepare for the race. This year it’s a 13-week programme, with the first Tuesday session on 27th June and the first Sunday run on 2nd July. Click this link for details: Barns Green training Summer 2017

The plan is suitable for runners of all speeds and levels of experience who are already confident over 10k or more. So if you haven’t quite got up to 10k yet, please use the next couple of weeks to add that extra mile or so to your training distance. If you don’t feel confident over this sort of distance yet, you can still join the fun; come and have a word with Coach Fiona before the end of June to discuss an appropriate variations to the plan.

WSFRL Arunners Beach Run – Carb loading!

For those signed up to this race on 12th July, we will be taking orders for a fish and chip supper afterwards along the harbour wall. Just speak to Diane Berry who has kindly offered to take orders and coordinate with the chip shop before and after the race. Orders must be in before the end of Sunday 9th July with money payable on the day. If you can’t hook up with Diane then just email info@hj and we’ll put you in touch.

Ride London Cycle Event

Phil Liberman is looking for Volunteers to help at this year’s Ride London event on Sunday 30th July. You will be based at the Hub at Leatherhead from about 8-3.30pm. We will be helping give put drinks and food to the competitors and it is a really fun and buzzing day! T shirts, caps and merchandise will be provided and lunch is laid on too, plus it earns money for the club! If you are interested email info@hj.

Get Running For 2017 Graduation

Congratulations to our latest recruits who graduated to their first 5k run yesterday at Horsham Parkrun! Leaders Kirsty and Saul were on hand to see them round with James giving encouragement on the side lines. Well done everyone and maybe we can look forward to seeing you prepare for your first 10k in a few months time?

Horsham 10k thanks

Once again the Horsham 10k proved its popularity with a full entry, fabulous feedback on social media and the newspapers and even sunshine! We send our sincere thanks to all the volunteers who came out to help especially the small organising committee charged with delivering a safe, fun and competitive day for all our guests. The provisional date for next year’s race is 20th May so if you think you have something to offer, why not put yourself forward as the new race director!


Everyone loves an offer and we don’t just have one but two for you all! Our friends at Hands On Sport Therapies at BBHLC are offering 5 half price massages to the first 5 people who put a 5* review either on Google or Facebook (if you have had a treatment from them)! Also; Alan Law from Alan Law Physiotherapy is coming to BBHLC on the 18th July from 8-9pm after our session to offer a free injury drop in clinic! So if you have any niggles or anything more serious or just want some good old fashioned self preservation advice, please come along! Both companies offer us a 10% on services and are local and Alan is giving his time free of charge for this clinic so please come along and support.

Membership subscriptions

If you haven’t already paid them, your annual hj subs are now well overdue and your membership will expire on 31st July. At just £10 for an individual and £20 for a family (2 adults and multiple U16’s living at the same address) it’s an absolute bargain! You are now able to pay these via the new MemberZone on the website. Just follow the link sent to all current members by email and login to enjoy our webshop. If you can’t login, please let us know via info@hj.

Not getting a link this newsletter by email?

You’ve paid your membership, we’ve enrolled you into the MemberZone but you didn’t get a link to our newsletter updates? There’s just one more thing you need to do; Go back to the home page, scroll to the bottom, enter your name and email address and click SUBSCRIBE and we promise not to overwhelm you with junk. Job done!

Discover the West Sussex Fun Run League

Are you still missing out on a great experience?  Our participation is way below other clubs so why not see the fabulous West Sussex countryside, and enjoy the companionship of your fellow joggers. Come and join us at West Sussex Fun Run League races. You will be able to add it to your list of achievements. Entry fee £3.00 in advance via the MemberZone, or see Jenny Boyd with cash. £5.00 to enter on the day (subject to availability). For forthcoming races see the dates for your diary section below.

Nominated Charities

Every year hj are privileged enough to tot up the proceeds from various events and try to give something back to local charities and good causes. This year we want to ask you for your nominations. So if you feel that there is another club or good cause which would benefit from a bit of financial help, why not tell us by emailing details to info@hj and the committee will discuss this when we meet in July.

Dates for your diary

20th June – hj summer handicap & BBQ, Horsham Park

24th June – Downland Dash (WSFRL)

25th June – Heathfield 10k (SGP)

2nd July – Bewl 15m (SGP)

5th July – Roundhill Romp (WSFRL)

11th July – Beat the Tide 10k **EVENT NOW FULL**

12th July – Phoenix 10k (SGP)

12th July – Arunners Beech Run (WSFRL)

19th July – Wakehurst Willow 8k **EVENT NOW FULL**

26th July – Bexhill 5k (SGP)

30th July – Seven Stiles (WSFRL)

***Save the date ***

28th Aug – Annual hj Horsham Round and Summer BBQ


We’re always looking for help with keeping the club on track (no pun intended!) so if you have time and skills to volunteer, please contact us at info@hj. Go on, we’re certain that you’ll love giving something back to the club once you dip your toes in the water. Our very own Gunpowder Trot is coming up on 5th November and we need to fill some key roles as part of the organising group:

  • Race Secretary
  • Chief Steward
  • Start/Finish Supervisor
  • Junior race director
  • Supplies coordinator

Further roles such as marshalling will be advertised closer to the date. Please keep the date free as we need your support and it takes over 70 people to make this great event happen. Speak to a committee member or email info@hj to get involved.

Bye for now 😉



Committee activity

At our recent meeting we welcomed two new members in Sharon Gibson and Gemma Berrill and discussed new joiners, club funds, club kit distribution, member zone orders, forthcoming events, BM/LM marathon – minibuses/pasta party/ballot rules, AGM matters, volunteering and the hj challenge trophy. We agreed to meet again on 14th June. More on some of this later.

The Chairman’s results round up

Saturday 1st April saw 5 teams take part in the Sussex road relays at Christ’s Hospital School, our senior men’s team (Richard Lee Wright, Matthew Anstee Brown, Harry Wilcox, Mal Thornton, Raff Vitale and Matt Mason) finished 16th with the Veterans team (Simon Perkins, Neil Boniface, Steve Wigmore and Pete O’Connell) getting a bronze medal! The Men’s 60’s (Keith Valentine, Steve Wilson and John Dykes) came 7th and the ladies V40’s (Janine Littler, Ali Gormley and Val Purnell) finished 12th with the V50’s (Miranda Huisman, Diane Ferguson and Lorraine Treadwell) a great 5th. On the same day Neil Boniface finished 2nd in the Paddock Wood Half Marathon in 1.08.48 with Finbarr Cotter and Andy Jefford finishing in 2.04.00 and 2.16.17 respectively.

Marathons then took precedence with over 50 HJ’s finishing in the Brighton marathon in very hot conditions and 16 completing the London 2 weeks later. Some great PB’s, first time marathons and new members all acquitted themselves admirably and a special mention to Matt Anstee Brown and Shelly Garratt who achieved “good for age” times for next year!

Parkrun produced 2 notable performances too with Neil running the fastest ever parkrun for a V40 (15.21) and Matt Mason first finishing in the Milan parkrun.

Val Purnell put in a tremendous performance at the British Masters 10K Championship at Gravesend Cyclopark. She finished an amazing 2nd overall and first in the Southern Veterans category taking a silver and gold medal respectively in a time of 48.55. That’s all folks!

Membership subscriptions

Don’t forget that, if you haven’t already paid them, your annual hj subs are now overdue! At just £10 for an individual and £20 for a family (2 adults and multiple U16’s living at the same address) it’s an absolute bargain! You are now able to pay these via the new MemberZone on the website. Just follow the link sent to all current members by email and login to enjoy our webshop. If you can’t login, please let us know via info@hj.

Horsham 10k update

We have a full adult entry for our home race on 21st May and more volunteers than you can shake a stick at! Thanks to everyone who has offered to help organise, marshal, meet and greet or bake! You really are what makes this club tick and what makes us Horsham’s friendly running club! Instructions will be sent out on Monday 15th giving details or your role, who to report to and at what time. U16 Junior entries are still available at £4 per runner.

Kit distribution

The new MemberZone is proving to be a phenomenal success with over 200 orders being processed since its launch! However, please remember that all orders are manually processed and the kit distributed by hand, by volunteers mainly on Tuesday club nights or at Parkrun. Please make yourself available to collect your order in person to save us time and you money!

Itchingfield Time Trials

The Itchingfield Time Trial takes place on the 2nd Tuesday in May, June, July and 1st Tuesday in September. The first three start at 7.30pm and the last one at 7pm. If you haven’t tried it before, please jog to the old Itchingfield Primary School as parking is limited, collect a number and pace yourself against an “undulating” 5k road route. Your aim is to improve your time over the 4 time trials with your best 3 times counting towards your total improvement. So if you miss one trial, all is not lost! It’s a great club event, whatever your ability. Prizes are awarded to the top lady and gent who improve their times at the “lavish” HJ awards night later in the year.

Discover the West Sussex Fun Run League

Are you missing out on a great experience?  See our fabulous West Sussex countryside, and enjoy the companionship of your fellow runners. Why not come and join us at West Sussex Fun Run League races. You will be able to add it to your list of achievements. Entry fee £3.00 in advance via the MemberZone, or see Jenny Boyd with cash. £5.00 to enter on the day. For forthcoming races see the dates for your diary section below.

 Marathon Entry by club Ballot

Following the recent spring marathons we added a couple of rules regarding places issued to members via the club ballot. These take effect immediately so if you are planning to enter the ballot in December, make sure you will qualify by doing your volunteering stint beforehand. LM and BM rules 2017 v2


Ed – We’ve received the following message from Korina……

The Art of Running

The Physio Therapy Centre, Haywards Heath June 4th 2017 1.30-5pm

This course is an opportunity to learn how to improve your running technique with internationally acclaimed Level 4 running coach Malcolm Balk

In 1991 he brought running and the Alexander Technique together when he developed the Art of Running workshops which have been enjoyed by runners all over the world. The workshops teach better use and awareness of the body and mind which leads to less injury and a more enjoyable and successful running experience. He is the author of two books: Master the Art of Running

and Master the Art of Working Out For details visit –


Ed – David has contacted us with the following messages……………

Fancy an outdoor gym in Horsham Park?

Horsham District Council has received a grant for the installation of outdoor gym equipment in Horsham Park. The equipment is intended for use by adults of all abilities and fitness levels. We would like to ensure that the equipment purchased is equipment the community will use and its design and location reflects the community’s opinion as far as possible. We would like as many people as possible to complete the survey so we can consider the answers and suggestions during our planning process. Here is the link to the survey about installing outdoor gym equipment in Horsham park. Please feel free to pass it on for others to complete.

Riverside Walk 2017

You are invited to join Horsham’s 4th Annual Riverside Walk on Saturday 15th July 2017 starting at 10.00 am from the Rugby Club, Hammerpond Road. The complete route is 13 miles but for walkers/joggers with less time or energy, a free, pick-up minibus will be at various locations to take them back to the start. We are walking the route in a clockwise direction. Cold drinks: Chesworth Farm – from 10.40 to 11.15 am. Lunch: Warnham NR – from 12.00 to 2.00 pm. New House Farm café – from 14.15 to 15.30 pm. This year we are asking walkers to consider obtaining sponsorship in aid of Action Medical Research but this is not obligatory and you may like to raise funds in the same way but for another charity. More information on our website

R.S.V.P. or 07780 701184. Contact Action Medical Research for a Sponsorship Pack (or donate on the day). or call 07821 117881

Dates for your diary

7th May – Portslade Hedgehoppers 5 (WSFRL) ***EVENT FULL***

7th May – Hastings Runners 5 mile (SGP)

7th May – Run Wisborough 5 & 10k

9th May – 1st Itchingfield time trial

17th May – Trundle Hill Run (WSRFL)

21st May – HORSHAM 10K (SGP) ***10K FULL – Junior places available***

24th May – Highdown Hike 3.5miles (WSFRL)

28th May – Rye 10miles (SGP)

4th June – Worthing 10k (SGP)

11th June – Hove Park 5k (WSFRL)

13th June – 2nd Itchingfield time trial

***Save the date ***

28th Aug – Annual hj Horsham Round and Summer BBQ

Well that’s it for now. Enjoy the late spring warmth and sunshine 😉


Spring is finally here and we can start to look forward to running in some warmth and sunshine; bring it on! In this issue we have news on the new hj website, the latest race results and achievements as well as events and activities to get you going into the great outdoors.

Membership subscriptions

Don’t forget that your annual hj subs are now due to bring them in line with the UKA affiliation subs. At just £10 for an individual and £20 for a family (2 adults and multiple U16’s living at the same address) it’s an absolute bargain! You are now able to pay these via the new Member Zone on the website. Just follow the link sent to all current members by email and login to enjoy our web shop. If you can’t login, please let us know via info@hj and we’ll sort it out.

Marathon Minibuses

We’ve had a few members interested the Brighton and London marathon minibuses (9th and 23rd April respectively) and one kind volunteer to drive the bus to Brighton and back so we now just need a driver for London! You must have category D1 on your licence and will then be insured to drive. We aim to take the stress out of getting runners there and back for a small donation of about £8. Please email info@hj to express an interest. Buses take 13 passengers and we still need 4 more passengers for Brighton and 6 more for London to fill them both up and make this worthwhile. If you’ve asked for a place on the Brighton bus, details will be emailed to you this week regarding timings.

New Learn to Run course

The next course starts 11th April. Please let your friends know who want to run and follow this link for details.

Website? What website?

After an “interesting” conversation during a group run recently, it seems that some members still don’t know that the hj website is here to provide information, links, documents and payment facilities for all club matters. The chat then moved on to committee matters and it appears that not all members know who is on the committee to represent you! Well, while you are reading this, why not also look up the committee profiles? Just hover over “About Us”, click -> “hj committee” and find out who to speak to get your views across.

Latest Race Results and Achievements

A race round up of some of the highlights from the month of March……

On the 6th Kirsty Anstee Brown ran the Cambridge half marathon smashing her personal best to set a mark of 1.50.30 with husband Matty finishing in 1.18.27.

On the 13th at the local Surrey half marathon just turned 50 birthday boy Mikey O’Grady stormed to an impressive finish in 1.34.09 with a large contingent of Joggers also completing the hilly course. On the track Pete O’Connell took a very fine 4th place in the British Indoor Masters 3K at the famous Lee Valley Stadium in 10.50.

The following weekend half marathons were still taking centre stage as Horsham Joggers continued their marathon build up to Brighton and London in April. At Reading Rob Simmons finished in 1.25.42 followed by Stuart Carruthers 1.41.37 Paul Arnold 2.14.10 Lou Johnson 2.05.43 Sally Arnold 2.28.47 Sue Hensman 2.28.54 Ashley Wilkinson 2.35.41 & Deb Weller 2.36.13. At Hastings in very windy conditions it was Stuart Adesilu beating the elements in 1.34.21 Rob Crocker 1.37.25 Raff Vitale 1.38.28 Paul Aylett 1.40.47 Alan Pettitt 1.44.07 Paul Yokom 1.47.28 Janine Littler 1.50.11 Jane Addams 2.53.40 Victoria Saunders 2.57.26 Jenny Boyd 2.58.56. Smaller contingents visited the Hampton Court, Fleet and Badger half marathons, Neil Clarke 2.01.15 Kevin Elvidge 2.28.00 Phyl Weston 1.48.18 Heidi Chaney 2.41.55 Mal Thornton 1.34.54 Mark Gibson 1.40.28 and Beck Elder 1.55.58 all putting in fine performances.

On the same day Neil Boniface continued his superb start to life in the V40 category with a 1st place finish and 6th overall at the hotly contested Eastleigh 10K in 31.36!

Finally, last weekend at the local Mel’s Milers 10K at Christ Hospital school Simon Perkins stormed home 4th out of a field of 348 in 37.31 with Pete O’Connell 38.19 Lucinda Potten 42.50 Johanna Terry 44.18 Laurence Carpenter 44.24 Phil Liberman 45.04 Guy Gilder 46.15 Paul Windust 46.53 Miranda Huisman 47.39 Tom Gaule 48.29 Jim Hawthorne 49.03 Clive Walker 49.06 Simon Holmes 49.10 Geoff Fisher 49.39 Rebecca Ramsey 49.50 Matt Senior 50.42 Kevin Croker 51.13 Ian Nicholson 53.14 Aaron Baker 53.55 Jo Hopkins 53.56 Fiona Dalrymple-Hay 54.29 Paul Arnold 57.29 Richard Barron 58.01 Danielle Moore 58.08 Steph Charman 62.47 Richard Mullans 67.15 Carol Brown 68.03 Edna Clark 68.14 and Susie Millbank 71.13.

Congratulations also goes to Jane Addams, Victoria Saunders and Jenny Boyd have completed Brighton, Bath and Hastings half-marathons over 3 weeks.

Well done to everyone who raced in March, more next month.


Horsham 10k volunteers

We are fast approaching that time when we need your help to deliver our home race on 21st May. It takes over 80 people to set up, bake cakes, marshal, hand out medals and even take chips off the runners shoes! If you can help in anyway, please email info@hj and we’ll be in touch. If you are considering running our 10k, please, please, please make sure that you offer your help before entering.

Also, we are still after a drone to provide some aerial footage of our race. If you have one or you know someone who does, we’d love to hear from you so that we can discuss filming and/or photos on the day of the race. Obviously the operator will need all the relevant permissions etc and most importantly, insurance to fly it above the runners on the rugby fields. Just email info@hj with your details.

Motor Neurone Disease Association and Horsham Junior Parkrun say “Thank you”

We have had a big thank you from Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Horsham Junior Parkrun for our donation to them from the money we raised at the Horsham 10k and Gunpowder Trot in 2016. Well done all who helped make the events a great success!

Dates for your diary

Horsham Joggers Annual General Meeting 25th April 2017 at 8.30pm in the BBHLC bar.

WSFRL races coming up:

Lewes 10k @ 11:15am Easter Monday 17/04/17

Portslade Hedgehoppers 5 mile @ 11:00am Sunday 07/05/17

Trundle Hill Chichester 10K @ 19:30pm Wednesday 17/05/17

Highdown Hike 3.5miles @ 19:30pm Wednesday 24/05/17

Race Fees: Adult £3.00, Junior £1.00 in advance. Payment can be made through the Member Zone on the HJ website or cash direct to Jenny Boyd WSFRL Rep. Entries must be received 5 days before the race day.

Sussex Grand Prix dates coming up:

Haywards Heath 10m – Sunday 30th April

Hastings 5 Mile – Sunday 7th May

Horsham 10k – Sunday 21st May

Rye 10m – Sunday 28th May

Summer Pub runs

Summer’s here and the summer pub runs kick off on the 27th April. Go along and join in, you really don’t know what you’re missing, trail running at its very best. Click HERE for the 2017 summer pub run schedule. The runs and walks follow footpaths, bridleways, byways and permissive paths through our wonderful countryside, through woods, across fields, over hills and beside rivers and canals. The runs are usually between 6 and 7 miles. We hope to have two groups one faster than the other; both groups follow a pre-marked route on maps provided by the route organiser, we have not lost anybody yet!

Itchingfield Time Trials

John Dykes has kindly agreed to put these on again this year. The time trials are a fun club event for all club members over the summer period. They take place on the second Tuesday in the month (except Sept) on club night and start from BBH leisure centre with a warm up jog to the old Itchingfield Primary School. The ITT offer you the chance to see how your performance improves (or not) over the summer and the most improved man and woman will win an award!Dates are below:

9th May 7.30pm

13th June 7.30pm

11th July 7.30pm

5th Sept 7.00pm (Note earlier start time due to less daylight hours)

Please see the new website for further details

Vitality London 10k places with Action Medical Research

The date for the Vitality 10K has been set for 29th May 2017 and members, you can get a discounted place with Action Medical Research

For only a £25 registration fee and with no fundraising commitment, Action Medical Research ask you to raise what you can to support their charity. They will even throw in a free running vest for each runner to write their own messages on. (The standard entry fee is £30, or £28 for club members.)

And the great news is that you can still register your club name and appear on the results for the club. So it’s win – win!

Club members can register for their £25 place using this link:

New Trail Running Club in Chichester

A new trail running club in Chichester will be organising regular monthly trail runs and welcome runners of all abilities to join them. It’s free and their runs are delivered by Salomon trained instructors. With runs organised right across West Sussex Karibu hope you might like to run with them as an alternative run to shake up your training and meet new local runners.

To get on their mailing list visit their website (, hit the Join Us button, select the appropriate fitness level and they will email runs suitable. They also have a Facebook page for updates.

That’s it for now folks! Keep on jogging.


Committee activity

At the recent committee meeting we discussed the usual new membership and club accounts as well as club kit, website updates, new and improved Learn to Run course, club training, up and coming events including the Horsham 10k and encouraging more people to help with various club tasks. We agreed to meet again on 29th March. More on some of this later.

The Chairman’s bit

How many people does it take to “run” a running club? Fear not, I am not about to take up a career in stand up comedy! But the answer is more than you might think…..

As the Club grows so does the list of things that need doing to keep the club running to the high standard it does currently. So I would like to appeal to any of you who may have some time to offer your particular skill set to Horsham Joggers. The jobs, some of which are illustrated below range from the very small to single one off projects to being a fully fledged committee member (which actually only involves a meeting every 6 weeks, with as many or as few jobs in between as you can commit to!) or maybe even taking up the Chairman’s job in the future! If you are interested please email info@hj or speak to one of the committee members anytime and thank you in advance for your support.

Free talk on Marathon Training

ED – We’ve received this message from Anna at Cranfold Physical Therapy Unit……..

We are very lucky to have Chris Finill who lives locally to us in Cranleigh to come and give a free talk on Wednesday 1st March. Chris has competed in every London Marathon and will be sharing his experience, and giving out some useful advice and tips.  Physiotherapist Wendy Anne Harrison will also be giving some advice on stretches and warm up. I have added a poster below as I thought that some of your members may be interested in attending.  This talk is free but you will need to book your place. Kind regards, Anna

South Downs Way 100 mile Relay –  Saturday 3rd June

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 50 teams. Horsham Joggers have been invited once again to enter 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. Each team consists 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 team travel between the start/finish points of each leg by minibus. There is a time limit to complete the event, meaning that an average pace per mile of just over 8.5 minutes is required (over the whole distance). In the past we have had teams consisting of a good mix of different paced runners, with some running faster and some slower than the 8.5 m/m average required. Although a fairly tough (it’s hilly!) long day, it is a great event with a lot of team spirit and camaraderie.  Having done it twice I, and I’m sure everyone else who has ever taken part, will confirm that the sense of achievement and fun had is immeasurable. Entry cost is subsidised by the club, the cost per runner is expected to be £25.00 to cover minibus and fuel costs. In addition to 12 runners there are vacancies for a minibus driver and a navigator 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!




Sussex Road Relay’s @ Christ Hospital – April 1st 2017

This year the Sussex Road Relay’s at Christ Hospital will be taking place on Saturday April 1st. If you would like to participate as part of a team please contact Pete O’Connell and he will provide you with further details of entry requirements and placing you into a team. Email address is as follows:

Website updates

The updated website is almost ready to go live with the addition of our new “Member Zone”! In the very near future, all current members will be receiving an email which will contain details of how to log in to the new Member Zone. Here you’ll be able to purchase club kit, pay your annual hj and UKA subscriptions as well as club entry to all WSFRL races up to 5 days prior to the race and all via your PayPal account. Please keep an eye on your inbox (and junk box) for more details, go to our website, click “Member Zone” and enter the information on the email. We hope to have this all working by 12th March at the latest.

Membership subscriptions

Don’t forget that your annual subs are now due on 1st April to bring them in line with the UKA affiliation subs. You’ll be able to pay these via the new Member Zone on the website. Also, the date for our annual AGM has been confirmed as Tuesday 25th April. More on this next month.

We need your NOMS!

With the AGM just around the corner, now is the time to cast your votes for Jogger of the Year (JOY), Newcomer of the Year (NOY) and new for 2017; Volunteer of the Year (VOY)! So if you know anyone who you’d like to nominate for these awards, please email info@hj with a reason why you feel they deserve it. The committee will meet again on 29th March to shortlist the noms and select worthy winners.

Get Running for 2017!

The new name for our highly successful Learn to Run course and James, Kirsty, Saul and Claire have kindly volunteered to coach our new recruits from zero to 5k over 10 weeks followed by a new 5 to 10k improvers group after that. Sessions begin on Tuesday 11th April at 7pm and continue every Tuesday/Thursday evening at the club and Saturday morning (yes you read it correctly!) in Horsham Park at 8am so volunteers can still get a Parkrun in afterwards. The cost is £50 for the first 10 weeks and this includes an official HJ T-shirt, joining fee and annual membership. For more info or to express an interest, please email info@hj.

Marathon Minibuses

Yes, it’s that time again when we need to know if there is enough demand for a club minibus to either the Brighton or London marathon. For a small donation of about £8 (TBC) we can take the stress out of getting there and back. Please email info@hj to express an interest in this and we’ll tot up the numbers. Buses take between 14 to 16 passengers and are only viable if we can fill them up!

Post Marathon Pasta Party

This will be on Friday 28th April at 19:45hrs – Location and details TBC soon.  If you are interested please email James Munden

Challenge Trophy update

Congratulations to all who competed in the first Challenge Trophy race this season at Chichester earlier this month and especially to first hj Male, Neil Boniface and first hj female, Lucinda Potten. Full results for the other 5 year age categories will be revealed at the awards presentation later this year. The next Challenge Trophy race is the Haywards Heath 10 mile on Sunday 30th April.

Horsham 10k photos

Calling all dronies! Do you have a drone or do you know someone who does? We’d love to hear from you so that we can discuss aerial filming and photos on the day of the race (21st May 2017). Obviously the operator will need all the relevant permissions etc and most importantly, insurance to fly it above the runners on the rugby fields. Just email info@hj with your details.

Dates for your diary

Sunday 5th March – Eastbourne Half Marathon (SGP)

Sunday 5th March – Steyning Stinger Marathon and Half Marathon

Sunday 12th March – West Worthing 5 & 10k

Sunday 19th March – Hastings Half Marathon (SGP)

Sunday 29th March – Mel’s Milers 10k

Saturday 1st April – Sussex Road Relay Champs, Christ’s Hospital

Sunday 9th April – Brighton 10k and Marathon

Tuesday 11th April – “Get Running for 2017” course starts

Monday 17th April – Lewes Easter Monday races (WSFRL)

***Save the dates***

AGM – Tuesday 25th April

Pasta party – Friday 28th April


That’s all folks!


Happy New Year folks and a big welcome to our new members and subscribers! What do you mean; you’d forgotten all about the festive season as soon as the credit card bill landed? Summer is coming so look on the bright side!

Committee activity

At the meeting on Wednesday 11th Jan we discussed the usual matters arising, club accounts, membership etc and also website updates, social events, club donations and challenge trophy age categories. More on all of this below…………

Spring marathon training

This is now three weeks in and already up to 13 miles. Numbers are huge each week and we even ran out of jelly babies! If you are participating, make sure that you arrive in good time for the pre-run briefing as we leave at 9am sharp! Please congregate on the pavement to keep the car park access clear and don’t use the surroundings as a toilet! Wear hi-viz clothing and prepare for all eventualities by taking layers to put on if you get cold (you may be comfortable in your vest at the start but what if there’s a medical emergency or RTA to deal with along the way?). Raff is still collecting a list of volunteers to organise the routes and water stops. Remember these are self guided training runs, with maps and instructions. Please reccy the route or stick with others if you don’t know where to go. The fully updated schedule is here:

HJ Challenge Trophy changes for 2017

Following last month’s announcement that the Challenge Trophy awards would be streamlined to 10 year age categories we received lots of feedback highlighting how this would impact individuals who are nearing the top end of their age bracket and how competing with runners who may be 8 or 9 years their junior would affect them. As a result, the committee has agreed to retain the 5 year age categories for Challenge Trophy awards (SGP and WSRFL will still become 10’s). The first event is the Chichester 10k on 5th Feb. We also felt that the awards evening was such a success in December that this should become a focal point for club funding instead of a typical Christmas party.

Club Social Scene

With over 500 members and such a diverse mix of individuals, finding the right blend of organised club social events has proved tricky recently, what with the ever changing club dynamic and the age range that we have to provide for. However, this seems to be evolving into a self-managed thing recently where small groups put on get togethers instead. We had a few small groups attending Christmas meals, others celebrating New Year together and recently a group social evening with drinks and games at the Shelly Arms pub in Broadbridge Heath. We feel this demonstrates how running unites people, not just pounding the pavement together but in a social way and are keen to see this develop further, so if you have something going on with your club buddies and would like to us promote it, just post to Facebook or email to info@hj and we’ll see if we can help.

Summer “party”

Following on from the social events theme, we were so pleased with the success of the post Horsham Round BBQ last August that we would like to expand on it instead of a traditional Christmas party (the awards night can substitute this). So please save the date; August Bank Holiday will continue to see the running of the Horsham Round and we will step up the after-BBQ into a bigger gathering for all members whether running The Round or not. More details to follow closer to the time.

Club Kit

All hoodies ordered before Christmas have now been delivered and you all look great in them! Official club vests and T-shirts are still available from Mike at Up & Running in Horsham. Please remember that you will need to be wearing them in a race to qualify for points and prizes.

Website updates

We’ve been working feverishly over recent months to develop the website into something a bit more user friendly and suitable for E-commerce so that payments can be made for subs, kit, races and socials etc. We currently have an updated website on trial and hope to be able to “go live” in the near future so watch this space and your inbox for details of how to login to our new “Member Zone”! Also new for 2017 are profile pages for each committee member (well those who have sent them in so far!) which make for a bit of light reading 😉

Club donations

With some profits from last year we have been fortunate enough to make two donations this month; £300 goes to Horsham Junior Parkrun to help them set up their regular weekly timed run and another £300 to the West Sussex North branch of the MND Association in support of our long term member, Andy Spriggs who suffers with the disease.

Dates for your diary

Saturday 21st January – Sussex Masters XC Champs, Lancing

Sunday 5th February – Chichester 10k (HJ Challenge Trophy event)

Sunday 12th February – Worthing Half Marathon


That’s it for now. Cheerio!


It’s Christmas! We hope you enjoy the read and if you’d like to contribute any articles, please email them to info@hj. Thanks for reading!

Committee activity

At the meeting on Wednesday 30th Nov we discussed the usual matters arising, club accounts, new club vest supplier, website development, up and coming events (including the forthcoming awards night presentation), spring marathon training, proposed changes to the club challenge trophy awards and SGP/WSFRL 8’s for 2017, learn to run, Gunpowder Trot, Horsham 10k, quiz night, member involvement in the club and agreed to meet again on 11th January. More on some of this below……………….

HJ Winter Handicap – 6th Dec

For those who have never run the handicap race before, it’s two laps (about 4.5 miles in total) starting at BBHLC and then around Hills Farm, Blackbridge and Guildford Roads with start times staggered to suit your 5 or 10k time so the steady runners leave first and the whippets leave last! If we get our timings right, everybody will finish at the same time!

Awards Night and pre-Christmas social evening – 6th Dec

Following the handicap race we will be holding the annual awards presentation and a pre-Christmas drink in the bar. Why pre-Christmas you may cry? Well, it’s a busy time of the year for most and, with venues getting rather pricey with questionable service(!), we intend to arrange something a little bit special for you in the New Year instead of the traditional Christmas party! Better value, better attendance and hopefully better for everyone! Awards will presented for the four Challenge Trophy events, Itchingfield time trial, SGP and WSFRL 8’s, winter handicap and all important draw for Brighton and London marathon places via the club ballot!

HJ Hoodies

Orders has been placed for those who paid up by the cut off date and will be available before Christmas.

Gunpowder Trot – Thanks and Feedback

A huge thanks to everyone involved in putting on the Gunpowder Trot last month. We have had some fantastic feedback from several clubs, for example, this from Henfield Joggers:

“I just wanted to drop you a quick email to say what a fantastic event it was this morning. Lovely course, nice variety to it and a nice mix of scenery, hills and flat. Great marshalling all the way from coming into Horsham and the car parks and around the course – very encouraging and very clear with directions. Then fantastic cake to finish! A big thumbs up all round from all at Henfield.”

It’s great to know that runners enjoyed the event, but we want to know about the experiene of our volunteers too. Please take a few minutes to complete our volunteer survey at: . We are keen to know about any suggestions you have for improving the event next year.

West Sussex Fun Run League Stats

127 Horsham Joggers took part in the 17 races throughout the 2016 season and 2 members completed all 17! 1 member completed 16 races, 6 completed 11 races, 5 completed 10 races, 5 completed 9 races and 30 completed 8. So after all that, we finished 7th in the League. Interestingly, the average number of Horsham Joggers per race was 26 compared to Burgess Hill Runners with 61, Saint & Sinners 42, Hove Hornets 31 and Portslade Hedgehoppers with 29 per race.

So it’s all to play for in 2017 and the league starts again on Sunday 1st January with the aptly named “Hanover 5”! All entries are £3 and need to be made via league rep, Jenny Boyd or by bank transfer to the HJ account by Friday 23rd December and there will be no late registrations after 11:00am on the day, as they want to get both races started on time.

Spring marathon training

Coach Fiona has kindly re-jigged the schedule which will start on Monday 2nd January (yes, it’s a bank holiday!) with 10miles up the beautiful mount Langhurst and back. Raff will be collecting a list of volunteers to organise the routes and water stops. The full schedule is here: hj-marathon-plan-2017

Santa Run at Brinsbury College

ED – Abbie has been in touch and asked us to share this………………………


My name is Abbie, I work for a charity based in West Sussex called Building Heroes. I am organising a Santa run event on the 17th December 2016 at Chichester college, Brinsbury campus to raise funds for our courses. It is a 5k course with an optional mini mile for children. Alongside the run on the 17th, I am arranging a Christmas market to help increase funds and awareness. The market is fun for all ages, with over 40 stalls and food and drink. Building Heroes was formed in 2013 to help military veterans transition into civilian life. We do this by, offering veterans a free 5-week residential property maintenance course. This year we established our training partnership with Chichester college who deliver our course. Since then we have trained over 50 veterans. Throughout the programme we work with the veterans to identify an appropriate career path for them whether it’s employment, self- employment or further training. Please could you let your members know about the event. You can sign up via –

Race vests and T-shirts

We are expecting a new batch from Simitar Sports any day now but current stock is still available from Up & Running in Horsham for the meagre sum of £20 and £22 respectively. But why bother? Well, aside from looking like part of team hj at all events, you do stand a chance of disqualification or missing out on team medals if you are not bedecked with hj kit in a championship or league event. Unfortunately this happened to one member at the recent Barn Green Half who could have walked away with a team medal from Sussex AA had they been wearing official club kit!

HJ Challenge Trophy changes for 2017

The four races will remain the same as this year – Chichester 10k (Feb – new course!), Haywards Heath 10 miles (May), Barns Green Half (Sept) and Steepdown Challenge (Oct) but the committee felt that these races are now so successfully attended that we will be awarding trophies for each 10 year age category (not 5 years as before) from senior male/female to V70. Also the SGP 8 and WSRFL 8 awards will now become 10’s just to give you even more effort before grabbing a gong!

Founder members

Three of Horsham Joggers founder members celebrated their 70th birthdays this year. Although they no longer take part in running events they are still very active. Pictured are: Sandra Curtis, Dave Maurice & Shirley Hamilton


Horsham 10k help

Yep, this article is still here because only a few kind souls have stepped up to the plate and, following the announcement that we will be flying solo next year, we still need to put a new team together so if you are able to volunteer for some of the key roles like, Chief Marshal, Sector Marshal, Clerk of the Course, Set up leader, Breakdown leader etc etc, then please email us at info@hj. There are small tasks and large tasks to be coordinated in the New Year so any offers of help will be appreciated. With a membership of over 500, we must be able to find another half a dozen people to help with this, surely?

Dates for your diary

Tuesday 6th December – Winter handicap and awards night

Saturday 17th December – Building Heroes 5km charity fun

Tuesday 20th December – “Ho Ho” run (including a visit to the local Christmas light displays)

Monday 2nd January – Spring Marathon Training starts!

So that’s it for another year. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and healthy New Year! Cheerio 😉


England Athletics registered athletes can now apply for a guaranteed entry into the 2017 Brighton Marathon. Entries are limited per club according to the number of first claim registered members. If any affiliated club member is interested in applying for one of these places please email the club mailbox The club has been allocated 6 places (calculated on the affiliated membership) and if there are more than 6 applicants a ballot will be held with the usual club rules applying.
Entry into the Brighton Marathon costs £69.50 and entries must be applied for through the club secretary. Only requests to enter from club secretaries will be accepted.
British elite athlete and Masters opportunities information is available here:
England Athletics Club entries are available until February 20th, 2017.
Race packs will need to be collected by the runner or a friend / member of family from the Brighton Marathon Exhibition held on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th April.