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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 hjruns@gmail.com

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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING OUR INSURANCE

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.

UPDATE ON THE CURRENT HEALTH SITUATION

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

hj News! – 1st March 2020

Committee activity

We met again on Wednesday 26th February with three guest members and discussed the usual club finances, kit orders, new members, social media stats as well as, committee vacancies, the member survey results, club rules, Jogger and Volunteer of the year nominees and the South Downs Way 100 mile Relay invitation. More on some of this later. We agreed to meet again on Wednesday 1st April and you are welcome to join us by arrangement.

A few words from Chairman Phil

Well it is less than 2 months to go now to our AGM and the end of 5 (mostly) enjoyable years as Chairman of this fabulous club. The inbox for offers of a new Chairperson is looking emptier than a hermits address book though!

Now before you stop reading this, please indulge me for a few minutes and read this little note as it is not just another request for someone to give some of their spare time for the club, but a wider note about sharing the love generally! People have said to me recently “you do such a good job, it would be hard to replace you..” and “ I wouldn’t know where to start…” so let me let you all in on a secret. When I was first approached by my predecessor Tony, I didn’t have a clue either and when he did a handover to me I felt like Homer Simpson staring intently at him hardly understanding a word he was saying! But I have made it work for me and I would like to think I have done an OK job.

The role itself, as the job spec we put in the newsletter last month says (Find it HERE) is not that involved, a normal week for me 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 Awards Evening and AGM and chair meetings, once every 6 weeks or so and take any actions that might arise out of it. But it is really about being a good people person and communicator.

So that’s the sales pitch for my role but there are other positions on the committee that need filling as well. A common question I have been asked on this is “if I do it, what would my role be?” Well, someone once said “if you have to question what your role would be as a volunteer, then you aren’t ready to volunteer”. By joining the committee you are making yourself available to give your fellow club members a voice initially and help out where needed. But as most roles do, it evolves over time into whatever you want it to be and as committee members who have joined over my tenure have found, the roles are there you just need to step up and volunteer for them.

We are a club that has just broken the 600 membership barrier for the first time and, as our recent survey showed, we have a lot of talented people out who are interested in helping. So, as my time is coming to an end, please consider stepping up and joining the committee or even consider being our new Chairman (or Chairwoman!). Over to you and thank you for reading this.

Phil.

The Results Round-up

A relatively quiet period for team hj but even this relentless stormy weather couldn’t put some off! Compiled mainly from the race reports by Chris Yeomans, your regular results fix of who has been doing what can be found HERE

Member Survey results

An incredible 278 members took the time to respond, which is a fantastic 56% response rate. Far greater than we expected! Huge thanks go to Margaret and Guy for setting this up and processing the data so far. Obviously with all that feedback, we need time to filter all the points made and form an action plan to address and implement where necessary. Those who have made individual comments, suggestions and offers of help should by now have received an acknowledgement by email. We will be back in touch with you soon to discuss how we intend to follow this up.

Injury Clinic Drop-in Clinic

Following the recent drop-in clinic, Tony at Hands On has kindly offered members another FREE 10-15 minute drop-in session between 5 and 7pm on Tuesday 10th March. So, 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 The Bridge reception staff that you are there to see Hands On and they will allow you through to the 1st floor treatment room. Dependent on numbers, you may need to wait for a bit before seeing Tony. Any subsequent follow-up treatment will also be discounted for club members. https://www.handsonsportstherapy.org/

Challenge Trophy/WSFRL update

Unfortunately, Crawley Run Crew had to postpone their 1st “Run Your Heart Out” 8k due to the weather. The new date for this club challenge event will be 29th March and we are aware that this clashes with some other local races. If you entered and can no longer attend this race, please let us know and we can carry your entry fee over to another WSFRL race later this year or arrange a refund. Entry to the revised race is now open again. Full details of 2020 fixtures can be found HERE and races are listed in chronological order on the MemberZone.

Sussex AA Christ’s Hospital Road Relays – 4th April

Team manager, Pete O’Connell is looking for team members to join him for this annual event. It’s great fun and not at all competitive (?!?) with a strong camaraderie between team members completing 2 miles each. If you want to join the fun, please contact Pete direct – purpledrummer@sky.com

South Downs Way 100 mile Relay

Horsham Joggers has again been lucky enough to receive an invitation to put forward two teams for this incredible event. The club covers the cost of team entry and team manager, John Wilcox has put together all the other details that you need to know HERE

Kit orders

Please note that any pending kit orders or new kit orders won’t be processed or delivered between 31st March and 21st April. Apologies for any inconvenience. Please plan ahead if you need kit during this time. We politely remind you that we are run by volunteers, not by Amazon!

Jogger and Volunteer of the Year nominees

In a change to recent years, your committee has selected names of those we feel should be nominated for JOY and VOY. However, you will still get the chance to vote for your favourite. Please look out for a link to Survey Monkey coming to you by email soon! Awards will be presented to our winners at the AGM in April.

MemberZone profile

Did you know that you can access your own profile on the MZ? Just login as usual and then hover again over the MemberZone tab along the top menu and click on “my account”. Here you will find a list of all the orders you’ve placed, your personal details like name, address etc and you can also change your password as well! Enjoy! More features will be coming soon!

Race for life

In aid of Cancer Research UK, the annual Race for Life will take place in Horsham Park on Sunday 7th June 2020. Full details can be found HERE

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!

And finally…………………

After a good few years as your newsletter editor, Paul is standing down from the role after the April issue goes out. We are looking for someone to take this on and bring their personality to the role with a new, fresh approach! It involves monitoring weekly race reports, collecting material throughout the six week period, engaging with social media and “stealing” members photos! The committee can provide a summary of what needs to be included after their meeting and our website manager can post the content to our page in time for publication, with a link to the new post going to all by email. If you’ve got what it takes, please CONTACT US.

Dates for your diary

1st Mar – Eastbourne half marathon

1st Mar – Witterings 5 and 10k

1st Mar – Steyning Stinger half and marathon

7th Mar – Winter Nuts Challenge, Dorking

8th Mar – Surrey half marathon

15th Mar – Balcombe Bull Run

29th Mar – CRC Run Your Heart Out 8k (WSFRL & Challenge Trophy)

29th Mar – Mel’s Milers 10k, Christ’s Hospital

29th Mar – Hastings half marathon (SGP)

29th Mar – Cranleigh 15/21m

4th Apr – Sussex AA Road Relays, Christ’s Hospital

4th Apr – South Downs Way 50

5th Apr – Lancing 10k

 

HJ NEWS! – 12th January 2020

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

Committee activity

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

 The Results Round-up

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

Committee vacancies

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

Member Survey

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

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

Club Challenge Trophy races for 2020

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

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

10 mile Challenge – Haywards Heath 10 – 24th May

Half Marathon Challenge – Henfield Half – 16th Aug

10k Challenge – Littlehampton 10k – 6th Sept

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

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

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

Marathon Training volunteers

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

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

Gunpowder Trot Assistant

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

Brighton Marathon Places

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

Good news, race stories, new PB’s?

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

Dates for your diary

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

18th Jan – Fitstuff G3 Race 2, Newlands Corner

19th Jan – Winter Tanners 20, Leatherhead

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

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

28th Jan  – Injury drop in clinic

29th Jan – Member survey end date

1st Feb – Fitstuff G3 Race 3, Newlands Corner

2nd Feb – Chichester 10k

4th Feb – Time to Talk day

9th Feb – Worthing 10k and Half Marathon

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

23rd Feb – Brighton Half Marathon

 

HJ NEWS! – 24th November 2019

Committee activity

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

The Results Round-up

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

Annual winter handicap and awards presentation

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

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

Gunpowder Trot Review

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

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

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

Subsidised track use

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

Club vacancies

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

Marathon training organiser

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

Christmas Socials

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

Club kit

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

Good news, race stories, new PB’s?

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

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

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

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

Dates for your diary

24th Nov – Crowborough 10k (SGP)

24th Nov – Jigsaw 10k, Dunsfold

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

1st Dec – Downland Devil 9m, Lancing

3rd Dec – Annual winter handicap and Awards night

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

8th Dec – Mouth to Mouth marathon, Shoreham

8th Dec – Mince pie 10m Peacehaven

8th Dec – Hogs Back Road Race, Loseley Estate

8th Dec – Shere Trail Run

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

21st Dec – Christmas pudding dash, Pett nr Hastings

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

26th Dec – Turners Hill Boxing Day run

1st Jan – Hangover 5 (WSFRL)

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

VMLM club ballot

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

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

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

hj NEWS – 6th October 2019

Committee activity

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

The Results Round-up

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

35th Anniversary celebrations

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

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

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

Charity Donations

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

http://www.mndwestsussexnorth.com/

https://www.hopecharityproject.org/

#RunAndTalk events

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

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

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

Guest Speaker – An Evening with Phil Hewitt.

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

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

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

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

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

Race reports

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

Challenge Trophy Results

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

Possible Twinning Trip

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

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

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

Membership survey

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

Dates for your diary

6th Oct – Lewes Downland 10 (SGP)

6th Oct – Heron Way 10k

6th Oct – Bournemouth Half and Marathon

13th Oct – Great Walstead 5 (WSRFL)

19th Oct – SEAA x-country relays

20th Oct – Hove Prom 10k (SGP)

20th Oct – Worthing Seafront 10k

20th Oct – Great South Run 10m

20th Oct – Great Bottom 5, Arundel

25th Oct – hj quiz night

26th Oct – Beachy Head Marathon/10k

27th Oct – Crawley 10k

27th Oct – Steepdown Challenge (WSFRL)

3rd Nov – hj Gunpowder Trot (WSFRL)

9th Nov – Sussex x-country league, Lancing

10th Nov – Rewell Wood 5, Arundel

17th Nov – Brighton 10k

24th Nov – Crowborough 10k (SGP)

24th Nov – Jigsaw 10k, Dunsfold 

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