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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


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 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.



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 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

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!

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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 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

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

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:

*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.

Committee changes

The Horsham Joggers committee is delighted to welcome Paul Morley as the new Chairperson with immediate effect. We look forward to working with Paul under his stewardship and maintain the strong progression and standing of our club. You can read more about Paul (and all the other members too!) on our HJ Committee page

Further, due to other commitments Kate Short has decided to stand down from the committee with immediate effect. We thank Kate for her services to the committee over the last few months during these unprecedented times.

Your club needs you!

Your club is again reaching out to the membership and asking for anyone who is interested in becoming chairperson.

For the ‘job spec’ please see below.

The role itself is not overly involved.  A ‘normal’ week for the chairperson (pre-COVID) is: The Week@ on social media on a Sunday, then imparting most of that on Tuesday at the club and then it’s just anything else that may come up!  You would host the annual Awards Evening and AGM, and chair the committee meetings once every 5 weeks or so dealing with any allocated actions that might arise out of it.  Largely however, it is really about being a good people person and communicator.  The committee is super supportive of each other and there to willingly share the load.

By joining the committee as the chairperson, you are making yourself available to give your fellow club members a voice, providing leadership, and supporting the club in its direction and decision making to ensure that the club can run effectively for the good of the membership, regardless of circumstance.

Please consider stepping up and being our new Chairperson.  If you wish to express an interest in this role please speak to one of the committee members (see below) or email:

Your current committee members:

  • Andy Robins
  • Baz Panchal
  • Clive Walker
  • Diane Berry
  • Iain Campbell
  • Kate Short
  • Margaret Wadman
  • Mark Aylmore
  • Roger Johnson
  • Sok Wah Lee
  • Stephen Entecott

We thank you for reading this and your time in considering our request.

HJ Chairperson Job Spec:

  • The role of the Club Chairperson is to co-ordinate the management of the club for the benefit of its members.
  • Working closely with the other committee members, helping to support club initiatives and co-ordinating club evenings and events.
  • Liaise with external bodies when needed.
  • Adhere to any related GDPR data and privacy principles.
  • Promote and respect any health and safety matters relating to the club members.
  • You need to be a good people person, able to relate to all age groups and sections of the club, and deal diplomatically with any problems that arise.
  • Committee Meetings/AGM –
    • Chair meetings every 4 to 6 weeks and host annual events such as the AGM and Awards Night, liaising with the other officers of the club to ensure all information and equipment is available.
    • Make sure any necessary decisions are taken with a vote and if equal, the Chairman has the casting vote.
    • Take any owned actions out of the meeting and ensure they are carried out.
    • Present an overview of the club year at the AGM.
    • Present any cup or awards at club events.

Other responsibilities –

  • To be visible to club members by attending regularly at club sessions
  • Deliver the Tuesday evening club run news update
  • If needed, mediate any membership interpersonal key concerns

2020 Club AGM

Club AGM Wednesday 30th September

As we hinted at last week, due to the change of rules regarding the current pandemic the AGM WILL still take place on the above date but will be entirely on Zoom starting at 7.30pm.  Everyone will be sent links to join the Zoom meeting nearer the day.

The full agenda for the event can be found here – Horsham-Joggers-AGM-30th-September-2020

Please be aware that the following additional rule will be added to the club marathon ballot rules

  • Any successful recipients of a place via the Club LM ballot cannot reapply for a place within 3 years.

Update on potential return to club sessions, Horsham Round & AGM

Your club committee met last week in Horsham park (socially distanced of course!) to discuss the above topics. We have started to form a plan but there is still a lot to do and we need you to help us.
Firstly, we are looking at restarting Tuesday sessions but to do this within the current guidelines we will need more group leaders.
The good news is that we are open to potential leaders having the following choices,

  1. Flexible distances/start locations/start times (preferably Tuesday between 6-8pm)
  2. Having a say over group size (within current guidelines)
A Booking Coordinator will be taking charge of most aspects assembling the group lists and then passing them to the group leaders. So if you are interested please let us know on our new dedicated email

If you have taken a group before or through lockdown, we urge you to come forward and offer your services, as while you and your groups have been able to continue with a sense of normality, some of our members have been training alone and are desperate to get back to some group training. We are an all inclusive club and we really want to get everyone back together and feeling connected again, so your help would be really appreciated.

We also discussed the Horsham Round and will have more news on this soon.

Finally, we discussed the AGM as we need to have one at some point. We are looking at September/October and if by this point we can have a physical one then we will, if not it will be on Zoom or a similar medium. Now is also a good time to say that with the committee departures we are looking for 4 new committee members! So if you are interested in putting your name forward use the email address mentioned earlier. We need some new blood and this is your chance to help shape this fabulous club we all love in its future plans.

Thanks for reading this and please volunteer to help if you can, in these difficult times we can all make a difference by helping and supporting each other.

Phil (Club Chairman)

2020/21 Membership Fees

During this unprecedented time we have had a couple of questions about the above. Memberships that start for all on the 1st April are now due as are EA affiliation fees. We have no remit over the EA and we feel that at £10 per year our membership represents good value, so we will not be offering partial refunds during this time or the opportunity to pay a pro rata amount once the club resumes activities. Hopefully everyone will be in agreement with this and if anyone has any views please can they contact info@ and not comment on social media.
We do appreciate these are uncertain times and some of you may have financial concerns so we will say that subs can be paid up to the end of July without incurring the rejoining fee.
Stay safe and we hope we can all be running together again soon.


Firstly, we hope you are all well and coping the best you can with the current isolation and social distancing guidelines.
We just wanted to inform you that during the time that the club activities are suspended, we have not renewed our Personal Accident Insurance.
We understand that this will not effect any one as we are not doing anything together as a club but we deemed it diligent to inform you just the same.
As soon as the club becomes active again we will update you on this.
Stay safe and hope to see you all again very soon.

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.


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.

#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.

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