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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Gunpowder Trot, Sunday 6 November

We are hosting our West Sussex Fun Run League event, the Gunpowder Trot, on Sunday 6 November at 10am.

We need lots of fantastic HJ members to make sure the event is a success.  From baking in advance, to roles on the day of the race, there are lots of tasks to be done, and many hands make light work!

If you want to volunteer to bake and/or to help on the day, please fill in the following link:  Gunpowder Trot Volunteer Form Survey

Filling in this form ensures we collect all the information we need from you in one go, and makes it easy to contact you to follow up in due course.

Because this is a new course, we will be organising a club run before the event so that members can familiarise themselves with the course. Details will be advertised on Facebook and at club nights in due course. 

Following feedback from volunteers after the Valentine’s Run last year, we will also be organising a preparatory briefing session for marshals the week before the race. We will contact volunteers in due course with details of this session.

The course is around 4.5 miles long, cross-country on public footpaths across Chesworth Farm and the Denne Park estate. Race HQ is at the Normandy Centre in Denne Road, with parking in town centre carparks. The start is accessed by foot from Denne Road, over the railway footbridge opposite the cricket club. The course is harking back to a cross-country course the club used to use some years ago.

We have chosen to move the race to this new location, because of traffic and safety concerns we were experiencing on the old course. The new route is completely off road which will make it much safer for runners and volunteers alike.

Thank you in advance for volunteering to help us with this exciting new event,

Victoria Saunders
Gunpowder Trot Organiser

Brighton Marathon Places

In recognition that entries to the 2016 Brighton Marathon filled very quickly, England Athletics has agreed with the organisers of the Brighton Marathon for places to be made available to Sussex clubs. It will apply only to Sussex Clubs who are members of both the Sussex Athletics Network and England Athletics, and places will be allocated on the club’s England Athletics voting rights. Horsham Joggers have been allocated 3 places in the Brighton Marathon.
The only criteria for these places is an up-to-date membership of Horsham Joggers and Affiliation Membership to England Athletics. If you are interested in getting one of these places can you email Sue Simmons ( as soon as possible. If more than 3 members apply then there will be a ballot at the Christmas Party on Friday 18th December.
PS Christmas Party tickets can be obtained from James Munden ( £10 each or pay money into the HJ account (20-23-97 20523984) with name and reference – let James know if you pay into the account so he can add you to the list.

Marathon Training Schedule 2016

Here is the 2016 Marathon Training Schedule and race calendar which is due to commence on the 27th December 2015. Perfect time to overcome all those Christmas festivities!

Water, “nibbles” and directions will be available on the day and, where possible links to Good Run Guide will be posted on Facebook a few days before if you want to swot up! Please arrive in time for the pre-run briefing (8.50am) as the runners will leave at 9am sharp!

We are looking for help with organising these runs. Please get in touch with us at if you are able to help to organise one of the weekly Sunday runs starting at Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre car park at 9am. If you are lucky enough to be awarded a place via the club ballot, it is conditional that you organise at least one training run. Routes and maps can be provided by hj.

marathon training schedule 2016



Brighton Half Training Plan

This is an extended training plan designed for runners doing a spring half marathon, and who are building up to the distance from a starting point of 5-6 miles.

The plan consists of a schedule of long Sunday runs to help you build up your mileage and give you confidence over increasing distances. The long Sunday runs are about covering the distance and time on your feet. You should be at an effort level of 5-6 out of 10, and able to sustain a conversation. The schedule for Sunday runs is in the attached document, showing the distance to run each Sunday and the suggested route. All runs start and finish at Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre. Follow the links to the Good Run Guide to find printable route maps.

In addition, you should ideally run twice more during the week:

• On Tuesdays, join your normal HJ group for a run
• On Thursdays, join one of the HJ “effort” sessions (eg. track, intervals or hill training) – this is the evening to push yourself a little bit outside your comfort zone.

Brighton Half Training Plan

Saturday 25 July: Horsham Joggers Support the Annual Horsham Riverside Walk

The Annual Horsham Riverside Walk is welcoming runners as well as walkers this year, and there is already a keen group of Joggers planning on running the 13 mile circuit on Saturday 25 July. It would be great to have a strong turnout by Club members to show our support for the regeneration of this valuable local resource.
The official mass start for runners is at 0945am from Horsham Rugby Club (Hammerpond Road, RH13 6PJ), with the mass start for walkers following at 10am. There will be a lot of local media there for the mass start, and it would be great to get a good group of Joggers in club vests in the official photos!
If you can’t make the 0945am start, don’t worry – you can still join in! You are welcome to run the route at any time during the day, joining at any point, for as much or as little of the route as you fancy. There will be stewards around the course until 6pm, particularly to assist with road crossings, and there are a number of refreshment stops including at Chesworth Farm and Warnham Nature Reserve.  There will also be a minibus service running throughout the day to ferry participants back to the Rugby Club car park from various points on the course.  The route will be run in a clockwise direction ie. Rugby Club – Chesworth Farm – St Mary’s – Hills Farm Road – Guildford Road – Warnham Road – Pondtail Road – North Heath Lane – Holbrook – Owlbeech – Rugby Club.
For those of you running Horsham parkrun, you don’t have to miss out on the fun!  It’s only a short jog from Horsham Park to join the Riverside Walk at Pondtail Road, and turn your parkrun into a longer more scenic route!