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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 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)

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.

Tony Johnson – 1960-2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VERY IMPORTANT INFO REGARDING THE NEW LEISURE CENTRE AT BBH!

After meeting the staff at “The Bridge” today these are the new arrangements going forward for assembly at the new leisure centre (this overrides anything mentioned in this weeks week@hj post on Facebook)
Tuesdays – if you walk as if going to the new reception area, entry via the bowling club car park, and follow the path round the back of the new building there is a paved area and a covered area where people can park bikes. We will meet there.

Thursdays – following the same route but this time all the way along to the entrance to the reception area but without entering, there is a small path on the left follow this down to the track.

Toilets are available to use in the cafe area of the centre on both nights, which are to the left of reception. Showering and changing facilities are ONLY available on Thursday evenings, to use please ask at reception.
I hope all this makes sense, spread the word. Thank you!
Phil

QUIZ NIGHT

Let’s get quizzical!

Yes you lovely people, it’s that time of year when we ask you to put on your general knowledge heads and join us for the legendary hj quiz night on Friday 16th November at Horsham Cricket and Sports Club, Cricket Field Road.

You can now register teams of maximum six players (min 2 hj members per team) with £18 per team payable on the night (that’s just £3 per person!)

Our new quiz master will be bringing 10 rounds of 10 questions on a wide range of subjects with a break half way through. The bar will be open for liquid refreshments but you can bring your own nibbles.

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

To register your team, please CONTACT US

Good luck!