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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.

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 😉

HORSHAM JOGGERS NEWS – 24th October 2016

Another jam packed edition of the newsletter this time. We hope you enjoy the read and if you’d like to contribute any articles, please email them to info@hj. Thanks for reading!

HJ’s Gunpowder Trot (WSFRL) 6th Nov

Thank you to all those who have volunteered to help at the Gunpowder Trot.  We’ve received some great feedback about the new course from those of you who joined Fiona Clifton and Mark Smee yesterday for a trail run.  The course really shows Horsham in a fantastically scenic light, and it’s no push-over either!

Victoria Saunders, the race organiser will be emailing all volunteers this week to let you know your role and when/where to report on Sunday 6th November.  If you haven’t heard from Victoria by Friday 28th October, please e-mail or speak to Jenny Boyd at a club night.

We still have some roles to fill, so further volunteers are very much welcome.  Fill in the volunteer form here: Volunteer Form – Gunpowder Trot

Those of you who have volunteered to bake, please bring your baked goods to Race HQ, Normandy Centre, Denne Road, by 9am on the morning of 6 November.  Please make sure all items are labelled, and indicate whether they contain any allergens (nuts, dairy etc).  If you want your plate/ container back, please put your name on it. Please do not slice cakes, so we can cut cakes to consistent sizes on the day.  Jenny Boyd, our WSFRL rep has already had a message from another club saying they are looking forward to our cake offerings – we have a high reputation in the cake stakes to maintain, so thank you in advance to all our fantastic bakers!

HJ Hoodies

Order your HJ Hoodie now for Xmas delivery! The ordering window for HJ Hoodies is open again.  Orders have to be placed and paid for by 19th November, to receive your hoodie for Xmas.  The order form is accessible here:  Hoodie order form

HJ’s Legendary Quiz Night – 18th Nov

Eggheads, start brushing up your general knowledge as, following a slight hiatus from the calendar last year, the legendary quiz night is back on Friday 18th November (7pm for 7.30 start) with new quiz masters but a similar format. Entry is now open for teams of six (max 14 teams allowed) with at least one person in each team being an hj member. If you would like to enter a team or six, please email listing your team members and team name (if known) and pay the £3 per person entry fee (£18 per team) by bank transfer (sort code- 20-23-97 A/C-20523984 Ref- *your name* QUIZ) or by cash on the night if you prefer. You’ll receive an email confirmation and a number between 1 and 14 for your team which means you are in! It’s a great social event with a good few laughs and bit of competitive rivalry to boot! Prizes are awarded to 3rd, 2nd and 1st teams as well as the wooden spoon for the last team!

HJ Winter Handicap – 6th Dec

For those who have never run the handicap race before, it’s two laps (about 4.5 miles) 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!

Brighton and London Marathon club places

Speaking of the club ballot, if you’d like to be included, please email info@hj and tell us if you’ve met all the criteria included in this link: marathon-ballot-rules

BBHLC Track 5k for Heart UK

Sam has contacted us about her forthcoming run………………… I am the group exercise coordinator for Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre.  I am emailing to let you know that on Sunday 30th October we will be hosting a 5K run around our athletics track to music for the Heart UK charity.  The event will start at 9.30am with a group warm up  followed by the run. The entrance fee will be £5 per person with all of this going to the charity. We are looking to make this a fun friendly family event to raise some money for a worthy cause.  I feel sure that some of your members would fancy stretching their legs a little on a Sunday morning for a worthy cause! Can we count on a Horsham joggers turn out please? Look forward to hearing from you. Samantha Beckinsale 01403 211311 work phone number at Broadbridge Heath Leisure or 07814 541067

Riverside Walk Improvements

We’ve received this appeal from our friends at The Horsham Town Community Partnership…………

The Riverside Walk Project Team have applied to AVIVA for a grant to carry out more work on the route. To stand a chance of being awarded the grant they first need to win a voting competition and your help is needed. Please vote for this project to improve the quality of another section of the Riverside Walk. Also, will you please ask all colleagues, family and friends to add their votes? Thank you. David

Please VOTE for Horsham Riverside Walk Improvements The next project of Horsham Town Community Partnership is to be work on an often muddy 650m length of the Riverside Walk, adjacent to Hills Farm Lane. Our application for £20,000 has been approved for consideration by the Aviva Community Fund but the next VITAL step is to gain online votes from supporters and users of the path. We need about 7,500 votes, by the 18th November. Please register and vote today, using this link to AVIVA We need not only your vote but votes from your family and friends, please. To vote, you first need to register; a simple 3-step process. You will be allocated 10 votes. We would like you to place them all to support this project, please. It should take only a few minutes of your time. After placing your votes, will you please –

  1. look through your address book and select those who you believe will help
  2. create emails with a personal message
  3. ask your contacts to vote using the link to the voting site
  4. Note: that you are able vote using each of the email addresses to which you have access

You should be able to forward or copy and paste this email. Then personalise it in the way you think best. Please note: It’s important that you copy the heading “Please VOTE for Horsham Riverside Walk Improvements and paste it into the ‘Subject’ line of your new outgoing email. (Just in case the link to vote goes ‘wonky’, here it is in full:)

Horsham 10k help

Following the announcement that we will be flying solo next year, we still need to put a new team together by the end of 2016 so if you are able to volunteer for some of the key roles like, Chief Marshal, Sector Marshal, Clerk of the Course, Road Restriction leader, Set up leader, Breakdown leader 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. Many thanks.

Dates for your diary

Sunday 30th Oct – Steepdown Challenge – WSFRL (final HJ Challenge trophy race for 2016!)

Sunday 6th Nov – Gunpowder Trot – WSFRL (HJ’s home fun run – Volunteers required!)

Friday 18th November – HJ Quiz night at Horsham Cricket Club 7pm for 7.30 start

Sunday 27th November – Crowborough 10k (SGP)

Saturday 3rd December – Women’s 5 and 10k Christmas Cracker, Worthing

Tuesday 6th December – Winter handicap and awards night

And finally!

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to our blind runner, Mick Duplock. As most of you know by now, Mick has had some pioneering surgery in the hope of restoring some of his eyesight. We wish you well over the coming weeks and months Mick and we look forward to running with you again soon!

Cheerio then!

HORSHAM JOGGERS NEWS – 18th September 2016

Lots to talk about this time but first and apology; if you receive this newsletter by email then you probably also received a random email about “Learn to Run” a few days ago. Sorry about this but the editor was meddling with the website controls and clicked the wrong bit to publish it to all you lovely people instead of just editing it for the future. Sorry about that. Learn to Run will be back next year.

Moving on then……………………

WSFRL block payment update

Following last month’s news that WSFRL races must now be pre-entered by hj block booking or individually on the day, there were inevitably a few teething problems and so we have streamlined the instructions as follows. Pre-entry to any future WSFRL race can be made in two ways;

1) Payment of £3 per race in cash to Jenny Boyd by the Tuesday evening before the race. You can pay for multiple future races in one go if you want to.


2) Payment of £3 by bank transfer to Horsham Joggers by the Tuesday evening before the race. Again you can pay for multiple future races in one go if you want to. This option requires you to enter our bank details (account no: 20523984 – sort code: 20-23-97) with your name and the race(s) that you are entering as the reference (for instance; Peter Perfect – Hickstead, Steepdown) followed by the amount (in this example, £6).

Please note that only a payment secures your place and it takes time for the volunteers to process these details and make the block booking before the race. Unfortunately we can’t accept late payments, emails or facebook messages pleading for a place. Latecomers will have to enter on the day (subject to availability) and pay the slightly higher entry fee.

Please note that our home WSFRL race is fast approaching (6th Nov) and we will soon be calling for volunteers to help out on the day.

Barns Green Half Marathon – 25th September

Our favourite, local half marathon is just one week away and again it promises to be well attended by team hj. The addition of a new 10k route this year is bound to draw in the crowds so make sure you arrive there in good time for the team photo at 9.45am at the hj gazebo on the field wearing your official race shirts/vests or hoodies.

Looking for a PB at the BG 1/2 this year? Perhaps the table below will help you pace yourself? Just select a target finish time from 1:30:00 to 2:20:00 in the left hand column, make a note of the split times and check them against your watch as you pass each mile marker on the course. Obviously this is a theoretical, even pace and doesn’t allow for the terrain so you may want to bank some time on the downhill bits to spend on the uphill bits! Good Luck!!



These have now been updated for all 4 trials and can be found here: Time Trial Results

Thanks to John Dykes and his team for volunteering to put on this event.

Winter Headtorch Runs

Mike De Frateschi (Up & Running) is organising these trail runs again this year. Every Thursday at 7pm throughout the winter from various venues. They have effectively taken over from the Winter Pub Run’s so if you want to be notified of when and where to meet each week, please email to be included on the mailing list. Next week’s run will be from the Sussex Oak, Warnham.

Goodwood Cross Country relay – 1st October

The relays are held on Goodwood Race course (opposite the Grandstand) PO18 0PS. The course is on grassland and footpaths and if you are interested in joining a team please contact Pete O’Connell by email:

Facebook notifications

Facebook has become the main platform for hj communications recently and is a great way to share training information, reviews, photos, stories, opinion and banter. However, we are aware that it doesn’t appeal to all members as some of you don’t like the idea of having a Facebook profile. Well worry not! You can still keep up to date with hj’s most recent posts via our website. Just go to and you can view our recent posts on the right hand side of the pages. Enjoy!

Horsham 10k help

Well, after our recent appeal for help, one kind soul has stepped into the breach and taken up the Race Secretary role so massive thanks to Claire Miller for that. We still need to put a new team together by the end of 2016 so if you are able to volunteer for some of the key roles like, Chief Marshal, Sector Marshal, Clerk of the Course, Road Restriction leader, 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. Many thanks.

Twinning Association visit to LAGE – May 2017

If you are interested in this next year’s trip, please see the link below or speak to David Maurice.


Dates for your diary

Sunday 25th Sept – Barns Green 1/2m & 10k– SGP (and HJ Challenge trophy race)

Saturday 1st Oct – Sussex XC Relay Championship – Goodwood

Sunday 2nd Oct – Lewes 10m – SGP

Sunday 2nd Oct – Alf Shrub Memorial 5m

Sunday 9th Oct – Heron Way 10k

Sunday 9th Oct – Hickstead Gallop – WSFRL

Sunday 30th Oct – Steepdown Challenge – WSFRL (and HJ Challenge trophy race)


Sunday 6th Nov – Gunpowder Trot – WSFRL (HJ’s home fun run – Volunteers required!!)

Friday 18th November – HJ Quiz night at Horsham Cricket Club – *REVISED DATE*


London to Brighton cycle ride

On Sunday 11th Sept our blind runner, Mick Duplock, completed this gruelling tandem cycle ride. If you want to support his charity fundraising then please use the link within his cycling partners story below.


We had a great ride with wonderful weather.  On Saturday it rained most of the day, but Sunday was stunning – warm, sunny, dry and little wind.  We started early – left home at 6.15, and began cycling at 8. Lunch stop was at Turner’s Hill – good food, well organised.  Together, our sponsorship was about £375. Thank you so much for digging deep.  CVM are most appreciative ***LINK***  

Skyline with DoItForCharity, said that the whole event with 4000 cyclists, (ages about 12 to 80). Over 300 different charities were represented on the day and a staggering one million pounds raised so thank you.  That was the longest ride that Mick has ever done.  No punctures, no mechanicals; one near miss with a hedgerow after another cyclists was turning right onto a footpath. The toughest part of the ride was the 1 mile climb up Ditchling Beacon, which we did without walking, keeping going in 1st gear – we did wonder if we would make it. We saw and spoke to 5 other tandem pairs.  No other blind riders though.  


Evening all! Just a few bits of news this time so let’s get on with it shall we?

The Chairman’s bit…….

As summer pushes on I would just like to personally thank everyone who continues to lead Tuesday groups. You help in ensuring that everyone especially new members do not get left behind is immeasurable.

I just wanted to brush up on a few housekeeping guidelines to taking a group, please bear in mind these are only suggestions and I do not want to put anyone off thinking of taking a group, but they will help to make your fellow runners feel more at ease!

  1. Make sure everyone knows the route.
  2. Nominate someone to be a back marker
  3. Check someone has a mobile phone in case of emergency.
  4. Regroup if possible during the run.
  5. When you finish ensure your back marker has returned.

Bank holiday Monday see’s the Horsham Round taking place so please get your teams together and send them in on the registration form to info@hj and don’t forget we will have a “bring your own food to cook” BBQ after!

September brings Horsham Parkrun’s 2nd anniversary on the 3rd and also for some hardy folk the Bacchus on the 11th! As this is a day of heavy drinking as well as running, the idea has been floated of hiring a coach. If you are interested please email info@hj or reply via social media.


WSFRL update

From September and beyond, all entries for WSFRL races will be made as a block club entry. Monies must be received four days before the race. This is in line with other clubs.

There are 5 races left in the calendar:

4th Sept  Fittleworth 5

11th Sept Tilgate Forest

9th Oct    Hickstead Gallop

30th Oct   Steepdown Challenge

6th Nov   Gun Powder Trot (Horsham Joggers)

Jenny Boyd will be taking monies for race entries, paid in advance. You can pay for all races, or individually if preferred; £3.00 per race.

6th Nov is Horsham Joggers “Gun Powder Trot”. Race members are requested to reserve this date to volunteer as marshals or helpers on the day.

HJ Merchandise: clearance sale

Are you in need of a t-shirt to cover yourself up with after a race? If you are a size Small, why not grab one of the remaining 25th anniversary t-shirts: they are good quality cotton in grey with a maroon HJ logo. Fiona will have them available for the next couple of weeks at a clearance price of £2. First come, first served.

Continuing the anniversary theme, there are 3 women’s black 30th anniversary technical t-shirts remaining: 1 in size 14, and 2 in size 16. The sizes come up a little small, so would be ideal for size 12 and 14 runners respectively.  Clearance price of £5 for a technical tee – get in!

We also have some of the black track jackets, 1 each in unisex sizes Small and Large, and several in both XL and XXL.  These are ideal for keeping yourself warm after after a summer run. Originally offered at £25, these will be for sale at £15.

This offer will run until the end of September, after which we will be donating the leftover garments to charity clothing banks. Please see Fiona at any Tuesday or Thursday session, and bring payment by cash or cheque.

Leadership in running fitness course (LIRF)

In October there will be another LIRF course run by England Athletics and open to all hj members who want to gain some training in leading others. The club is happy to fund this training for any members who intend to use it to lead a group or assist with learn to run course etc. For more details please click below:

England Athletics – LIRF

Drinking water at BBHLC

Following concerns from a few members about the availability of fresh water after long runs, the BBH Duty Manager has said that the drinking water tap is in the disabled toilet on the ground floor by the gents. So if members want to fill up water bottles then they can use this tap. If they just want a cup of water then there is a jug of cold water in the cafe area that people can use to fill up beakers. The duty manager said he would speak to the staff on duty on Sunday to make sure that they direct people to the ‘disabled’ toilet and not the ordinary toilet.

Dates for your diary

Will Page 10k (SGP) – Sunday 28th August

Horsham Round – 30 mile relay. Monday 29th August with BYO BBQ afterwards

Fittleworth 5 (WSFRL) – 4th September

Final Itchingfield time trial – 6th September at 7pm!

Hellingly 10k (SGP) – 11th September

Tilgate Forest 5 (WSFRL) – 11th September

*****Save the date – The legendary hj quiz night – 11th November (detail to follow)****

And finally – A Bit of Fun: What is your running spirit animal?!

What’s Your Running Spirit Animal?


Well it’s been a while since we issued a newsletter so we best crack on then……………….


Hands on Sports Therapy – Tony Schofield took his first session with us last Tuesday and we hope you enjoyed it! He is offering some great deals on treatments and massages, check them out here!the-therapy-club/l01ba

Horsham parkrun turns 100! – On Saturday 16th July our local parkrun hosts its 100th event! Where has the time gone! Anyway the theme is “100 not out” so the order of the day is a cricket or all white theme! We love to see as many of you as possible so be by the pond 8.50am for a 9am start! Also afterwards we will be hosting (weather permitting) a picnic brunch with a few games, bring your own food and drink it should be a beautiful morning.

Ride London – For the third year there is an opportunity for HJ members to be involved with this event on Sunday 31st July . We man one of the drink stations in the Leith hill area. Due to road restrictions we need to be in place early (7am ish) and will be free to go by about 2pm. Kit and lunch are provided and I guarantee it is an event not to be missed. More specific timings and locations will follow. If you are interested email and mark your email “Ride London” and we will pass it on. Or have a word with me (Phil Liberman) at club or parkrun!

Race attire – We now have our lovely race t shirts which have made a great new addition to our club clothing line! Could we please respectfully ask that if you are entering a club event or have entered a race through the club name you wear ether the club race vest or t shirt and not learn to run t shirts, 30th anniversary t shirts etc we are rightfully proud of our club and in return we want to show it off to the world in the most professional way! Thank you

Horsham Round – This fabulous 29mile relay event will once again be starting from Horsham Park Bandstand and will include some selected local teams by invitation only. We’ll be taking team registration forms soon so if you can put together a team, watch this space and Facebook for details of how to register.

WSFRL entries – As from September, entry to WSFRL races will only be available en mass via your club rep (Jenny Boyd). This is to allow the league to simplify the registration admin and keep costs low. Most league clubs already operate this group entry system with hj bucking the trend! So from September onwards, if you want to enter up to two days before the race, please ensure you let Jenny know and more importantly PAY YOUR MONEY as we cannot sub anyone for the entry fee on a “I’ll pay you later” basis.


Steyning Round Hill Romp (West Sussex Fun Run League)Wednesday 6th July 2016 (Beer and BBQ Afterwards)

New Forest – 10 miles (Runaway weekend). Sunday 10th July

Phoenix 10k (SGP) –Wednesday 13th July

Horsham Riverside Walk – 13 miles. Saturday 16th July (see: horshamtowncommunitypartnership)

Seven Styles Fun Run – 4 miles (West Sussex Fun Run League)Sunday 24th July

Bexhill 5k (SGP) – Wednesday 27th July

Highdown Hike – 3.6 miles (West Sussex Fun Run League)Wednesday 3rd August

Hove Hornets Stinger – 9.5 miles (West Sussex Fun Run League)Sunday 21st August

Will Page 10k (SGP) – Sunday 28th August

Horsham Round – 30 mile relay. Monday 29th August with BYO BBQ afterwards


Orders for the HJ hoodie have now been taken are will be processed for manufacturing. If you haven’t paid by the deadline date (30th June), you won’t be getting your hoodie. Harsh but fair!


We are lucky enough to be surrounded by beautiful tracks and trails, none more so than the High Weald Landscape Trail and St Leonards Forest. The scenery is breath taking and the opportunity to seek solitude during a solo run or chat with friends on a group run is second to none. However, we have been contacted by the land owners and local farmers and asked to remind our members that they must stick to the designated rights of way and not deviate onto private land which is marked as such. The future of our events and other local races (Heron Way 10k for instance) relies on the good will of the land owners and we need to maintain this relationship.


Horsham Joggers and Mel’s Milers triumph in Lage!

Horsham Joggers & Mel’s Milers were represented at the 45th International Horsterberg Volkslauf series of races In Horsham’s German twin town, Lage. Carol Hoare And Amanda Reilly of Horsham Joggers participated in the 10k event and on an extremely warm morning over an undulating course through forest, returned excellent times of  1hour 3mins  and 1hour 10mins respectively resulting in their leading the field in their respective age groups. Mel’s Milers Colin Shaw took part in the half marathon coming home in a time of 2hours 5 mins to take the honours in the M70 age group. As is customary, the host club T G Lage warmly welcomed the Horsham party & entertained them over the weekend with sightseeing visits, parties & barbecues.

If you’d like to go next year, please see attachment below for a visit to Lage in May 2017. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. David Maurice

letter re visit to Lage May 2017 _1_


I am running an athletics course for young children over the summer. I am doing it with Mel from Mel’s Milers at the BBH track. Could you possibly send out this flier to Horsham Joggers? Thanks, Sam Lloyd-Smith

(Consider it done Sam! – Ed)

HORSHAM 10K – 2017

I know, I know, it’s ages until the next one but there will be some key changes to next years race, including Horsham Joggers taking on the entire event after many years in association with The Lions Club. This will open up some key roles which will need to be filled by the end of this year so that we can share the responsibility among the team leaders. If you have ever wanted to get involved and organise a section for the day, please email Some of the roles to be filled will include; Race Secretary, Chief Marshal, Clerk of the Course, Road Restriction team leader, Sector Marshals, Break Down team leader etc. Thanks, Paul Aylett

As Looney Tunes used to say; That’s all folks! – Ed


So much to tell you about, we can hardly contain ourselves! Let’s get started………………


These will be starting on Thursday 21st April when the run will be from The Lintot in Southwater starting at 7.00pm (see list below). For newcomers these runs are based on pubs in the Sussex area and are cross country routes that bring you back to the pub. There are routes set up for runners and walkers and they usually last about an hour. Runs are typically 6 to 7 miles long and walks around 3 to 4 miles. Attached is a list of the summer runs and if you need any further information contact Peter Dudman 01403 252319.

Pub Run Programme 2016 v3


If you expressed an interest in joining the club transport to VLM then you should now have an email from organiser, Paul Aylett. The bus is now full but we are making a reserve list should anyone drop out at the last minute. Just email info@horshamjoggers to be added to the list.


This year we have booked the Broadbridge Heath Café to hold the AGM. The Bar will be open and Phil will be giving a presentation of the club’s successes and events over the last year. Included will be the announcement of Jogger of the Year and Newcomer of the Year (the Serena Clements award). Please come along and enjoy the all new format for this traditional hj event!


This great local race is always popular with hj’s and this year the organisers are appealing for help and volunteer marshals etc. Please email info@hj if you can help and we’ll put you in touch with the right people.


John Dykes has once again kindly agreed to organise this series of time trials and they are open to all abilities. You can jog from BBHLC to the old primary school at Itchingfield, take a number and pace yourself against a 5k, two lap, hilly course finishing back at the start then jog back as a warm down. Ideally you will look to improve your time over the 4 trials, with your best 3 times counting towards your overall improvement. The most improved runners will win a fabulous award at the end of the season. Future trial dates are 14th June at 7:30pm, 12th July at 7:30pm and 6th Sept at 7:00pm


Is now full! Sorry if you missed the boat but maybe you can join in next year?

HORSHAM 10K – 15th MAY at 11:00am

May is (unbelievably!) just around the corner and we are building up steam for probably the best 10k race in Horsham on that day! We rely on volunteers to make our home race a success, so if you are a volunteer veteran or a newbie who wants to get involved for the first time, why not email info@horshamjoggers and offer your support. Watch this space or Facebook and Twitter for more details! After the race everyone is welcome to come along to enjoy a picnic at the rugby ground – bring your own food and drink and mix with all the race goers celebrating their success.   BBHLC UPDATE In March, Mr Chowen took time out from his busy schedule and wrote to us to give the following update on the BBHLC affair:

We have just appointed the design team for the new Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre and it’s our ambition that the new centre purpose built to meet future needs, designed with all the new twenty first century facilities will not only match current usage but far exceed them.

The old centre much loved by some is very space hungry with many awkward nooks and crannies. While the new centre should be very efficient and more economical. We have agreed to retain the running track but will be look for a new site with ancillary facilities.  The new centre will incorporate most of the usage of the current Tube but more effectively, however there will be a loss of the very specialist usage including indoor high jumping.   The cost of retaining was felt not a good use of precious resources but this is always open to interpretation.  In the end we felt that supporting sport at a participation and foundation level rather than high performance, while always supportive, needs regional and national support/money which during four years of discussion has not been forthcoming.

However we are keeping an open mind during design to further support athletics as much as possible. Finally we are working very closely with all the clubs and users in this process. Thanks for your interest.

Kind regards, Jonathan Chowen.

If you’d like to let Mr Chowen know how you feel about it, why not email him direct at:



SGP – Sunday 1st May 10:30 – Haywards Heath 10m, Victoria Park, RH16 4LU (Part of the mid-Sussex marathon weekend)

WSFRL – Sunday 8th May, 11:00 – Hedgehoppers 5m, Portslade Community College Sports Centre, Chalky Road, BN41 2WS

SGP – Sunday 8th May, 10:30 – Hastings Runners 5m, Town Hall, Hastings

SGP – Sunday 15th May, 11:00 – hj10k! Horsham Rugby Club, RH12 5BL

WSFRL – Wednesday 18th May, 19:30 – Trundle Hill 10k, Lavant Village Hall, Pook Lane, East Lavant PO18 0AH

SGP – Sunday 29th May, 10:00 – Rye 10m, Main street, Peasmarsh, TN31 6YD

(Fantastic value! all WSFRL races cost £3 in advance, or £5 on the day to HJ members.)


The weekend of 9th/10th July sees our first ‘Run Away Weekend’, in the New Forest with the Brockenhurst parkrun on the Saturday morning and the New Forest 10 (miles) the following morning. Entries for the New Forest 10 are now open:  . Advance entry costs £13 for EA affiliated runners (no entry on the day). There are a range of junior fun runs too. There is plenty of accommodation around the New Forest area from Premier Inn (Lymington Hordle – 19 mins drive from Brockenhurst) and Travelodge (Stoney Cross Lyndhurst – 16 mins drive) to more traditional B&B, guest houses and self-catering.

Some members will staying at Long Meadow Campsite right next door to the race HQ: ,  New Park Farm, Brockenhurst, SO42 7QH Tel: 01590 622489. For any further information or to let us know if you intend going please email

EQUINOX 24:  Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire, 17&18 September

Last year, Horsham Joggers had a relay team and one solo runner at this 24 hour event.  A few Joggers have already entered the 2016 event, and it would be great to see more of us attending this event, where clubs from all over the country take part. The Equinox24 is a 24 hour mixed terrain race around a 10k loop in the spectacular grounds of Belvoir Castle. The event is open to all abilities: whether entering to run solo or in a team of 2-8. Last year saw teams of walkers as well as runners, and the whole spectrum from people who had just started running to those at the top of amateur ultra competition. You set the pace yourself, doing as much or as little as you want. There is free camping from Friday for competitors and spectators, and there was an incredibly supportive and friendly, festival-like atmosphere last year.  More information is available from or speak to Committee members Victoria Saunders or Jenny Boyd.


Members will recall that the Committee has been looking for an alternative venue/ course for the Club’s Valentine’s Run, our West Sussex Fun Run League event.  Runner numbers for this event mean that we have now outgrown the old HQ in Southwater, and the course has been posing increased safety risks due to both pressure of numbers, and increased traffic on the on-road sections. We are pleased to confirm that we will be running an alternative event, the Gunpowder Trot, on Sunday 6th November. This will see us reverting to the Chesworth Farm/ Denne Hill area, where the club used to stage cross-country events in the past. More details will follow in future newsletters, but we would be grateful if members could save this date, as we will need lots of volunteers to host a great race.


Ever wondered why we use a devil logo on club merchandise? Have a look here: to get the complete low down!

That’s it for now so Run like the Devil!