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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?

herd of horses running in the hilly area, the summer season



What’s Your Running Spirit Animal?

What animal encompasses your passion and endurance for running? Is it a galloping animal that can’t be stopped or one that can be easily talked off the track? Take …

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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.

Lage 2 Lage 1

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

Mini Athletics Flyer

(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!

Horsham Joggers News – 5th March

A bumper newsletter for you this month – Enjoy! (Ed)


The next Course starts 15th March if anybody has friends who want to join please let them know. Also helpers are needed from this date onwards! Please contact James Munden –


Each year we provide help for the Sport relief event on Sunday 20th March. We need about 10 – 12 volunteers to help with marshalling the course in Horsham Park and to help with pre registration. Anyone able to help please email the HJ mailbox


Congratulations to hj members Janine Littler and Mick Duplock for winning awards during last years Sussex Grand Prix competition. Janine became 10th overall out of 490 women with an impressive 3916 points scored and picked up the award for 3rd in her age category! Mick also received an award for 2nd place in his age category so congratulations to the both of you.   For the past few years hj has done really well in this competition with individual and team prizes being collected by many members. Why not see if you can help “clean up” when the 17 race series kicks off at the Eastbourne Half Marathon tomorrow?


The next race in the WSFR league is the Lewes 10k on Monday 28th March. You can apply to Lewes AC for entry either on line on their website ( or download a copy of the application form and send by post with a stamped addressed envelope.


The Sussex Relays are always a fun day – they are on April 9th at Christs Hospital – there are many races for all ages so please everyone let me know if you want to compete , the usual teams m50s Steve Wigmore, Dean Angel and Pete O’Connell + w40s Ali Gormley Val Purnell and Janine Littler have already signed up. Please email or speak to me, Pete O’Connell on Thursday eves at track for any details


We need volunteers to help with the London Marathon.  Marshals are needed to help on the morning (April 24th) with pre start help for the competitors. It’s an early start, you need to be at Blackheath by 6.45am but lifts can be shared and as many members can testify it is a fantastic morning with guaranteed special memories of being involved in such a special event! Please email Phil Liberman (


7 people have expressed an interest in filling a minibus for Brighton Marathon (17th April) and 8 for London the following week. We are happy to provide this for a small contribution (about £8-£10 p/p tbc) as long as we can fill all 16 seats for each race. Therefore we now invite friends, family and other club members to join us. If you would like to be included, please email ASAP as seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Price includes early outbound travel to the starting areas and return from the finish area (if required) once all returnees have completed the race or been discharged by St Johns Ambulance! More details will be sent to those who want to join us. We are in need of a driver for the Brighton minibus – please email the HJ mailbox if you can help.


We are holding our AGM on Tuesday 26th April at Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre starting at 8.30 pm after club night. If there is anything you would like to raise at the meeting can you please send an email to the HJ mailbox (  and we will add it to the business items in AOB. Also if you would like to stand on the committee and help us with the running of the club then please contact any of the committee. There will be 2 items on the agenda which need your nominations – Jogger of the Year and Newcomer of the Year (i.e. anyone joining the club in 2015 who you think has made a contribution to the club) – send nominations to the HJ mailbox.


Although June seems a long way off, especially for those of you who are focusing on training for a spring marathon, it would be useful to get an idea of how many people would be interested in being part of a team in the 2016 SDW Relay. For those who haven’t experienced this excellent event before, it is an “invitation only” event for about 50 teams. Horsham Joggers have been invited once again to enter two teams (of six). As the name suggests 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 between 3 and 4 hours 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 strictly enforced 14 hour 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 (expect a 5:00am start and 10:30+pm return) it is a great day. 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 e-mail Tony Johnson: now! Full details of the event can be found on the organisers website: http://


The weekend of 9th/10th July sees our first ‘Run Away Weekend’. The concept was to find a location not too far away offering a parkrun with a local race the next day. This will be in the New Forest with the Brockenhurst parkrun on the Saturday morning and the New Forest 10 (miles) the following morning, also at Brockenhurst. Those wishing to go will be responsible for obtaining their entry to the New Forest 10 and finding accommodation. The NF10 starts at 11:15am so reachable on the morning from Horsham for a day trip but best to get there in plenty of time because of the traffic. There are also fun runs for all ages from 10am. For any further information or to let us know if you intend going please speak to Paul Chandler on a club night or email


This months link – Ways to Enjoy Long runs

Four Ways to Enjoy Long Runs

Four Ways to Enjoy Long Runs

Runners often have a love/hate relationship with the long run. We love the sense of accomplishment we feel when it’s over; we hate the anticipation of actually getting out there.

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Horsham Joggers News – 29th Jan

QUIZ NIGHT – 20th February

It appears that the wrong email address for Andy Spriggs was published in the last newsletter so anyone wanting to enter a team for the quiz has not been able to contact Andy. The correct email address is

The date for the quiz is 20th February 2016 at 7.30 pm at Warnham Village Hall, Hollands Way, Warnham RH12 3RH. £10 per person to include supper (bring your own drinks). Maximum of 6 per team. Tickets from Andy Spriggs.

The Hampshire Hoppit – 19th June

This is a new trail race that has been announced this week (a marathon and half marathon) and it is being organised by Basingstoke and Mid Hants Athletics Club. The date is 19th June 2016. It is mostly off-road on the chalk downs of North Hampshire including Watership Down. It is over 9 months away, however it might be a good time to start planning into the race diaries.

The Start/Finish is at Kingsclere (8-miles from Basingstoke and Newbury). It is a single-lap, well-marked route, along scenic footpaths and trails. There is a website – – with further details and online entry.


So far 5 members have expressed an interest in supporting a club minibus to London therefore it will not be viable to run it unless more members join us. If you are running or supporting and want to help fill the final 11 seats available, please email

Brighton Marathon transport

One of our members, Caroline Lowe, has asked whether there is any transport organised by the club down to the Brighton Marathon. If several members are interested in this then she would look into hiring a minibus to just drop members off at the race (they would need to make their own way back). If anyone is interested in this can they please email the HJ mailbox –

Edwin Cooke

Pete O’Connell has passed on sad news that Edwin Cooke has died. He was a former member of the club and supreme runner (56.02 10miles, 1.16.09 half marathon as a 50 year old!!). Many of us remember him, he was a good friend of Val and me also living in Wisborough Green so we kept training together talking about his hey days.

Steve Wilson also knew him and added the following anecdote :- A great runner and very pleasant bloke. I remember when he joined joggers – I thought I had my age group all sown up then along he came – older than me and much faster! He was in a different league! I remember him pacing me round the Itchingfield time trial to my best time. I was gasping for breath and Edwin was chatting and encouraging me all the way! That’s two top class HJ’s who have been taken from us far too soon. Bill Clancy sadly passed away quite a few years ago. He ran brilliant times in the late eighties and early nineties – like Edwin he was extremely talented, yet very modest and helpful to the rest of us.

Horsham Joggers News – 13th Jan

Dates for the Diary
31st Jan – Worthing Splash Point 4 (WSFRL) – note online entry only – closing date 27th Jan
7th Feb – Chichester 10k – note closing date 22nd Jan
14th Feb – Worthing Half
20th Feb – Quiz
28th Feb – Brighton Half
6th Mar – Eastbourne Half (SGP race)
15th Mar – Learn to Run Course starts
28th Mar – Lewes Easter Monday Race (WSFRL)

At the recent committee meeting we agreed to keep the existing four events within the hj Challenge Trophy (Chichester 10k, Haywards Heath 10m, Barns Green Half and The Steepdown Challenge 5m) despite Chichester 10k losing it’s SGP status. The rational for this being that Chi10k is ideally placed within the spring marathon build up and is usually well attended by hj’s finest. Also, no other 10k events fit the calendar as well as Chi10k! ***PLEASE NOTE: Closing date for Chi10k is 22nd Jan 16 with NO ENTRY on the day!***

For those who aren’t familiar with the Challenge Trophy and want to take part; each year we select four events (10k, 10mile, half marathon and WSFRL) and those members who take part are automatically entered into our “internal club championship”. Prizes are awarded at our annual hj awards ceremony at the end of the year. Awards are given to the overall club winner (Shield and trophy) and each five year age category winner from Seniors to V70’s. So if you enter any of the selected races, you could win a trophy! Why not give it a go?

Last year we didn’t run a minibus to London due to poor uptake over recent years. However, we did receive some feedback from London regulars who felt that this service should still be offered by hj. If you are running London in April and would benefit from transport to and from the event, please email info @hj to express an interest. If enough joggers get in touch and it becomes viable to fill 16 seats then we will review the decision whether to run the bus up town!

Sandra and Andy Spriggs are organizing a quiz for the Motor Neurone Disease Association with Alan Swetman as quiz master. This event has sold out in previous years and so tickets will be sold on a first come basis, so book early to avoid disappointment.

The date is 20th February 2016 at 7.30 pm at Warnham Village Hall, Hollands Way, Warnham RH12 3RH. £10 per person to include supper (bring your own drinks) Maximum of 6 per team. Tickets from Andy Spriggs : andyspriggs@tiscali

A donation will be made to St Catherine’s hospice.

The next Learn to Run course is due to start 15th March 2016. Flyer and booking form attached below.

Learn to run flyer Summer 2016
Booking form blank

We need volunteers for the learn to run course every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Anybody who would like to volunteer please send an email to

Run Away Weekend
The weekend of 9th/10th July sees our first ‘Run Away Weekend’. The concept was to find a location not too far away offering a parkrun with a local race the next day.

This will be in the New Forest with the Brockenhurst parkrun on the Saturday morning and the New Forest 10 (miles) the following morning, also at Brockenhurst.

Those wishing to go will be responsible for obtaining their entry to the New Forest 10 and finding accommodation. The NF10 starts at 11:15am so reachable on the morning from Horsham for a day trip but best to get there in plenty of time because of the traffic. There are also fun runs for all ages from 10am.

For any further information or to let us know if you intend going please speak to Paul Chandler on a club night or email

Brockenhurst Park Run
New Forest 10
New Forest Visitor Information

Race vests and t-shirts are available at Up & Running in Horsham. The race vests are £20, and the t-shirts £22. You’ll need to pay by cash or cheque. PLEASE NOTE: the race vests and t-shirts count as official club kit for races, and must be worn at any league or cross-country events in which you might earn points for Horsham Joggers – e.g. West Sussex Fun Run League or Sussex Grand Prix events. They’re pretty smart, so why not wear them for other events too, and spread the word about our club!

HJ Hoodies: you will shortly have the opportunity to order a new HJ hoody. Look out for the survey link on facebook soon. Orders must be placed and paid for by 14th February, and the goods should be available a few weeks later.

HJ caps and EventClips: caps are available to order at £12 from Fiona Clifton, and Paul Chandler has a stock of HJ event clips at £2.15.

Black track jackets: we still have several black HJ jackets available in sizes XL and XXL, at a special price of £15. Sizes S, M and L can be ordered for the full price of £25. See Fiona Clifton for details.

WSFRL: Worthing Lido 4
Our next WSFRL race is on Sunday 31st January. Because of the large numbers of runners entering this race, the organisers have said they may not be able to offer entries on the day. To avoid disappointment, please make sure you enter in advance – online entries only this year. The online entry form is available through the link below – remember to enter as a Horsham Jogger to get your reduced entry fee (£3 compared to the £7 full price).

Worthing Lido 4 Mile Fun Run

Horsham Joggers’ WSFRL race (the ‘new’ Valentine’s Run)
As we’ve mentioned in a previous newsletter, we will not be staging the Valentine’s Run this year as the Committee have decided to relocate the event to a course and HQ that can handle the ever increasing number of runners we are attracting. The committee was considering a new date either in March or the autumn and at the Committee meeting this week, we have now opted for the autumn. This will allow us to trial alternative courses, and plenty of time to get the necessary permissions from the council and relevant landowners.

We will keep you updated as dates and details firm up. We will of course also need a new name for the event, and will be asking for suggestions in due course.

As it’s the period of Marathon fever, thought these would be appropriate for this month’s newsletter.

13 Rules to follow for marathon training:
13 rules for marathon training

How to run your first marathon:
How to run your first marathon

Marathon training – treatment offer
Suzanna Frisby, Horsham Jogger and local osteopath, is making the attached treatment offer available to Horsham Joggers training for a marathon.

marathon offer

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Horsham Joggers News – 5th Dec


5th Dec – Worthing Christmas Cracker
8th Dec – Handicap and Awards Night
18th Dec – Joggers Party – email James Munden re tickets (
22nd Dec – Santa Run
27th Dec Marathon training starts
1st Jan – WSFRL Hangover 5

New Wednesday 8pm run

If you struggle to make a 7pm start or just want to get in an extra run, come and try our new Wednesday night sessions! Leaving at 8pm from Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre, we won’t be going far but will instead focus on sprints and hills to build cardiovascular fitness and strength. All abilities welcome. Any questions? Email Catherine on

Marathon Training

The schedule is attached below. We still need volunteers to help with these – please email James Munden (see email above) if you can help.

marathon training 2015

Learn to Run

The next Learn to Run course is due to start 15th March 2016. Flyer and booking form attached below.

Learn2Run Flyer 2016
Booking form blank

We need volunteers for the learn to run course every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Anybody who would like to volunteer can log in to drop box with login details below and then put name down. This should make it a bit easier.

Login email – password – werunfaster

Quiz – Saturday 20th February 2016

Alan Swetman is organising a quiz on Saturday 20th February 2016 at the Barn in The Causeway. This is an event that Horsham Joggers are invited to enter teams and as it is open to everyone you will need to get your team entered as quickly as possible as numbers are limited. Proceeds raised will go towards the Motor Neurone Disease Association. If interested in entering a team please email Andy Spriggs (

Henfield 9 mile run – Sunday 7th February 2016

This is being run in conjunction with Henfield Joggers to raise funds for the Henfield Leisure Centre. It is an off road nine mile scenic course along riverbank and disused railway, flint paths & stiles disabled and less abled athletes welcome if you feel the course is within your abilities please contact us before entering, There will be Changing Rooms, showers and parking, toilets and medals to all finishers. Closing date for entries 1st February 2016. See attached entry form.


Race Vests and Race T-shirts

These are now available in Mike’s shop (Up and Running. Queen St, Horsham) – £20 for the race vest and £22 for the race t-shirt (see attached picture). Remember that if you are competing for the club in any of the SGP or WSFRL races then you should wear official club kit (i.e. race vest or t-shirt) in order to qualify for points for the club.

HJ Running Vest

Other kit

The Eventclips have proved very popular and our initial order of 50 packs have already sold out. Another 50 have been ordered and will be with us in a few days.

A total of 70 HJ hoodies have been purchased by members and those not yet collected will be available on 8th December at 6:30pm before the Winter Handicap and 8:00pm before the Awards event.

We have looked into providing hoodies in Junior sizes. These will be burgundy and over the head style (i.e. not zipped). The writing etc would of course be proportionally smaller. Would anyone interested in these (i.e. for xmas presents) please get in touch with me on a club night with details of age and chest measurement. Please get any orders in ASAP for pre-xmas delivery. Prices will be published on facebook when available.

X- Country Championships

Brooks Sussex Cross Country Championships – Saturday 9th Jan 2016 – Little Common, Bexhill

1st race 11.15am u.11’s 1 mile
Senior men 1.30pm 12K
Senior women 2.25pm 4 miles

There are plenty of other races these are just the highlights – all other details on the sussex web site

Sussex Masters Cross Country Championships – 23rd Jan 2016 – Lancing Manor

m50s, m60’s 8k 1pm
w35,45,55, 4 miles 1.40pm
m40s 6 miles 2.10pm

any other questions I’m usually at track on Thursday or feel free to email me The standards are high but there are team awards as well as individuals. Can I set a deadline for Friday 18th December to get the forms in, thanks Captain Pete.

Raff’s Handy Hints

10 things that runners should never do

Horsham Lions Club Swimarathon – Sunday 13th March 2016

Taking part is very easy; there is no entry fee. You will need a team of up to six swimmers plus an adult non-swimming team captain. All ages can take part, from eight to 70 inclusive.

The first member of a team swims one length of the pool and then relaxes while the other members of the team each swim a length of 25 metres in turn. The first swimmer then swims again and so on for 55 minutes.

Enter your team today by e-mailing Lion Tom Osborne or ring 01403 241167 for an Entry Form and Information Pack. Alternatively you may visit: Horsham Lions Website.

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Horsham Joggers News – 1st Nov

HJ Christmas Party
The Horsham Joggers Xmas party will be Friday 18th December in HAODS house this is opposite the table tennis room in BBH Sports centre. It will be bring your own Booze and we will supply food (& maybe some wine if we have money left!). We will have a DJ for some light music at first and then some dancing. There is also a quieter seating area. Numbers are limited so get your tickets from James Munden £10 each or pay money into the HJ account ( 20-23-97 20523984) with name as reference. Let me know if pay into account so can add you to list.

Thanks and look forward to a fun night!

Marathon training
Marathon training Sunday long runs will start on 27th December 2015 and details will be on facebook nearer the time. We need all who take part to volunteer to provide the run and water/snack stops. Any questions please speak with James Munden.

Club Kit and Merchandise
A new batch of race vests will be arriving at Up and Running in the next week or so. We are expecting the new race t-shirts to arrive at the end of the following week (13/14 November). We had hoped that they would be available sooner, but unfortunately there has been a delay with the order. Probably best to give Mike at the shop a call to check that stock has arrived before you make a special journey (01403 268688).

Hoodies: thank you to the 66 people who have paid in advance for their hoodies. The order has now been placed, and the finished items will be with us in good time for Christmas. More news once we have a firm delivery date. We’ll do another order in the New Year. In the meantime, if you have any comments about the online ordering and payment system, please speak to Fiona or Victoria.

Event clips: don’t forget that we have special HJ-branded event clips available, to make your race numbers look smart! A pack of 4 costs £2.15. See Paul Chandler for further information – or to acquire a pack (or two).

Notes from the committee
After the usual reports from treasurer and membership secretaries, Phil gave us an update on the proposed plans for the leisure centre at BBH. Essentially, whilst nothing has been agreed yet, it looks like a brand new leisure centre will be built next to the existing one, with the track being left where it is, at least for the medium term. The plan at the moment is for the old centre to remain open until the new one is built circa end of 2017. Tony Johnson is still heavily involved and fighting our corner. Other items discussed were the upcoming social events including the awards night and handicap and the Christmas party, tickets will be on sale shortly from James Munden. The other big item for discussion was our WSFRL race, the valentines run. Due to a big increase in numbers last year, the existing venue and route are no longer suitable. A new route is being sought so watch this space.

Worthing Christmas Cracker – Saturday 5th December 10:00am
The Christmas Cracker Chase is an annual women only fun run. It comprises a 5km and 10km event, along Worthing seafront, normally held on the first Saturday in December. The event starts at the Lido and is an out and back course. It is totally flat and traffic free on a variety of surfaces, sea views all the way! We like to think it is a fun, friendly event and would encourage participants to enter into the Christmas spirit and wear something festive. We aim to donate a good proportion of the proceeds to a charitable cause each year.

Trip to Lage
Following on from the update in the last newsletter, our Twinning Co-ordinator Dave Maurice has provided some tips on organising a trip to Lage.

HJ have a long standing relationship with TG Lage, the local sports club of our twin town. Since then there have been many visits in both directions and as a result strong friendships have been built between the two sporting clubs. So you can be sure that anyone from HJ wishing to visit Lage will receive a warm welcome, especially as the majority of the German club members speak at least some English.

However, if you are considering a visit, the first thing to bear in mind is that Lage is not easily accessible for a short visit. The nearest airports are Munster, Paderborn or Hanover but they are all around 60 miles from Lage, so car rental would be essential. It is worth checking flight availability to these locations as, since the British Government closed the Army bases in the area, there is less demand for air transport.

If you are planning a visit by car using either the ferry or Channel Tunnel, one should be looking at 5 days as a minimum. It takes the best part of a day for the journey in each direction. I always go from Thursday to Monday and use the ferry from Dover to Dunkirk. This is the most economical way to get there, costing approximately £88 return for a car and four passengers. If there are enough of you a mini bus may be a better option. In the past we have hired the Forest and Slinfold community Mini Bus.

There are many places of interest within a 10 mile radius of Lage so taking your car enables you to get more from your visit. In August you have the town festival at the same time you have the Shutzenguild Fest, which is a shooting/hunting festival involving much eating, drinking and merry making.

Lage is a small town with just a couple of B&B’s. There are, however a couple of very nice guest houses in the village of Horster around 4 km from Lage. In Lage I have stayed in The Alte Residenz Hotel Garni. It is a simple hotel probably of two stars but it is clean and the rooms are simple but adequate. They serve an excellent breakfast and are very friendly – Alte Residenz Hotel. It is in a convenient location and the prices are good, see web page.

Other accommodation nearby is:
Hoersterkrug Tel. 0049 52328894 double room with breakfast 70 Euros. (4 days Min stay).
Hiddentrup this is an old converted farm house and ideal venue for a group who want to look after themselves. 5 persons 65 Euros.

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Horsham Joggers News – 11th Oct

HJ kit

The Horsham Joggers hoody is available for order. Sizes are as follows: S (38.5” chest), M (42.5”), L (46.5”) and XL (50.5”). Place your order via this link HJ hoody and we’ll send you an invoice. Please make your payment by 11th October if you wish to be included in our first order. The hoodies will be available within 3-4 weeks, so you’ll be marvellous in maroon in time for Christmas! Keep an eye on the facebook page for more details.

The new race t-shirts are on order, and we’re waiting for the delivery date to be confirmed. As soon as Up&Running get them in we’ll let you know.

We also have HJ running caps available, one size @ £12. Let Fiona Clifton now if you would like one of these – we have one in stock at the moment, and more can easily be ordered.

First Aid course

Marion Hemsworth (the Sussex Running Activator) is offering a basic first aid course to anyone interested for only £15 per person, including certification. This is primarily targeted at run leaders, and would also be useful for anyone who regularly marshals at running events. The course lasts three hours and is limited to 12 participants. Date and venue to be confirmed. If you are interested in attending, please contact or speak to Fiona Clifton.

The Winter Handicap / Awards Night / Marathon Draw – Tuesday 8th December

The handicap run starts and finishes at BBH leisure centre and is 2 laps of a circuit that includes Hills Farm Lane, Blackbridge Lane and the Guildford Road. Open to all level of runner the faster runners are given a time penalty so that the slower runners have a headstart. The idea is for the faster runners to catch up with the slower runners before they get to the finish. If the calculations are right everyone should be finishing more or less at the same time. If interested in taking part please email the HJ mailbox ( with an estimate of your 10k time so that the organisers can calculate the handicap. Alternatively just turn up on the night and enter but remember the first runner will be setting off at 7.30pm.

After the handicap we have an Awards Night in the BBH bar area. Awards given out will include the Time Trials winners, Challenge trophy winners (in each of the categories), SGP and WSFRL winners. There will be sandwiches available.

There will also be a draw for the London Marathon and Brighton Marathon club places. Each year the club is allocated places in these races. If you want your name to be included in this draw then please email the HJ mailbox ( Criteria for these places are:-

• Minimum of 1 year membership with the club
• 4 SGP or WSFR races run during 2015
• Help with 2 HJ events

BBH update

Last Thursday our chairman Phil Liberman attended the BBH Users group AGM, this is the main group involved in keeping the pressure on the council for an adequate replacement to the leisure centre (and track) when it is finally demolished. Our previous Chairman Tony Johnson is Deputy Chairman and continues to do a brilliant job on behalf of us all. The proposed plans are now on display in the centre and also through the link at the bottom of this post. If you feel you want to comment please email the council! This proposal affects not just the track users but could affect where we meet on a Tuesday in the future.

BBH Leisure Centre

Christmas Santa Dash – Tuesday 22nd December

A special Santa Running Route has been planned for club night on Tuesday before Christmas. The route will take you round all the houses with Christmas lights on them and to make the run festive we would like everyone to dress in red with reflective bits so that Rudolph doesn’t run you over. We have free Santa Hats to give out on the night and the best Santa look alike will win a prize.

Charity donations update

So far we have given £600 to Springboard, which was the £500 from the 10k/Valentine’s Run race profits plus £100 towards use of their minibus during the South Downs Way relay. We have also agreed to give £500 to First Responders and a cheque is due to be presented shortly.


Final Club Challenge of 2015 – WSFRL Steepdown Challenge, 18th October

The Club Challenge Trophy is a competition to see who is the fastest in the club within age categories over various distances. The last Club Challenge race of the year is the WSFRL Steepdown Challenge, a 5 mile course on the Downs at Lancing. Awards are given at the Club Awards Night in December to the fastest male and female overall as well as to age category winners. Depending on who else is running in your age category, it’s perfectly possible for wide range of runners to win these awards, so why not have a go?

WSFRL Update

Thanks to a combination of good turnouts and the attendance of some faster runners, we have clawed back our position in the WSFRL. Having fallen to the bottom half of the table over the summer, we are now up in 7th place (out of 18 clubs) – the highest position we’ve had in the year to date. Many thanks to the faster runners who responded to my appeal in the August newsletter – I hope you enjoyed the WSFRL atmosphere, and that you’ll come back for more!

We’ve got 3 more events left until the end of the year so we need to clock up as many points as we can! Remember, you get an award at Club Awards Night in December for running 8 or more WSFRL events, so if you’ve run 5 races so far in 2015, you’ve can still make 8 if you run all three of the next races! Even if you’ve never done a WSFRL event before though, you will still earn us a point by taking part, so everyone is very welcome.

Next and final races of 2015 are:

Hickstead Gallop 8k, Hickstead, 11th October
• On grass, 2.5 loop course at the national show-jumping ground, undulating but nothing scary

Steepdown Challenge 5m, Lancing, 18th October
• up and down the Downs – also a Club Challenge race

Foxtrot 5m, Shoreham, 1st November
• flat course on gravel and grass along the Downslink and Adur river bank at Shoreham

SGP Update

2015 is proving to be a quiet year for Horsham Joggers in the Sussex Grand Prix. With two races remaining the men’s team are currently in 7th place, the ladies team are currently in 7th place, the vet men’s team are currently in 9th place and the vet ladies team are currently in 7th place. Remember, you get an award at Club Awards Night in December for running 8 or more SGP events.

Next and final races of 2015 are:

Bexhill 5K – Saturday 7th Nov 10:00am

Crowborough 10K – Sunday 29th Nov 10:00am

Update on Trip to Lage

As reported in a previous newsletter, we have been working with a local travel agent with a view to organising a package trip to Lage in Germany for the May running weekend at our twinned club, TG Lage. Unfortunately, we have been unable to pull together a package that represents good value for money for members, and so have regretfully decided not to proceed with the idea this year.

There were a variety of reasons contributing to keeping the cost high, including that air taxes alone are currently over £120 adding a significant amount to the price of a weekend away. We have looked at coach travel as an alternative, but the 8+ hour journey either way would take too much time out of the weekend to seem practicable. In addition, Lage itself has a very restricted choice of hotel accommodation, and prices in nearby towns for the weekend we wanted in May were high, with little appetite for negotiation.

It is of course still open for HJ members to travel to Lage independently for the weekend (7 & 8 May). There are lots of running options offered including a trail marathon, half, 10k, 6k and various walking options in the Teutoburg Forest. There are plenty of attractions in the surrounding area too, if you wanted to make more than a weekend of the trip. Victoria Saunders on the committee would be happy to pass on the information about hotels, air routes and attractions in the area that we got from the travel agent we were working with – contact Victoria through

Dawn Piechoczek

We have received the very sad news that Dawn died on Saturday after a lengthy battle with cancer. Dawn, 54, was a keen runner and a stalwart of Mel’s Milers jogging club in Horsham as well as a committed administrator for the county.

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Horsham Joggers News – 2nd Sept

Final Time Trial – 8th Sept at 7pm

Meeting at Itchingfield Primary School you can pace yourself against an “undulating” 5k road route.

HJ Merchandise

New t-shirt: we’ve made a preliminary order of the new “race” t-shirt and it’s possible that they will arrive in time for the Barns Green half marathon. Listen for announcements about this at a Tuesday club night soon.

Event clips: we’ve had a few expressions of interest – please let Fiona know if you would like to order a set – remember, the price goes down the more we order.

Hoodies: will be available soon.

Black track tops: still available in sizes L, XL and XXL for a special price of £15.

We still have a few 25th anniversary cotton t-shirts available, size Small, price £2.

See Fiona or email for more information

Barns Green Half Marathon

Thanks to all those who have been taking part in the BG training sessions. I hope you have enjoyed them. The same pattern of activity will continue for the next four weeks, i.e. a gentle Tuesday run, some hills or interval training on Thursday and a long run at the weekend. The test run of the full BG route will be on Sunday 13th September, to give you a feel for what to expect on the day. After that we’ll be tapering to make sure you are fresh for race day.

I’ll be publishing some thoughts about race strategy on facebook during the week before 27th. In the meantime, if you have any feedback about this year’s training programme please get in touch.


Race Clock hire

Did you know that Horsham Joggers look after the race clock for Sussex Athletics Network (SAN). The clock is on hire about 8 or 10 weekends of the year to various clubs in the network and can be hired by other clubs and organisations as well. Hire rates are £60 for clubs affiliated to SAN or £70 for unaffiliated clubs. Full details and booking forms are available from Paul Aylett or can be found here:
Race Clock Hire

Alf Shrub Memorial 5 – Sunday 4th Oct

This is an important event with strong local connections to an amazing athlete who lived in Slinfold. A locally based film/TV producer is planning to make a documentary on his life and extraordinary achievement including footage shot at this years event. There is an additional prize for the best Alf Shrubb look alike. In addition, all finishers will receive a replica medal won by Shrubb for breaking the World three mile record in 1902. With all of this taking place we need to get as many along to take part as we can.

Equinox 24 – Sept 19th/20th

Jayk Valentine O’Connell is organising a team to do the 24 hr Equinox race. It’s a 24hr race held on September 19th/20th at … Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire. We had a team of 8 but unfortunately 3 of our team have had to pull out. We are looking for people to fill the places. If anyone feels up to it, Kirsty Anstee-Brown, Matthew Anstee-Brown and Caroline Banks are looking to transfer their places. Myself and Graham Clarke will be organising a run/drink to sort out the preparation soon so if you would like any additional info please get in touch. Email Jayk on

Handy hints – hydration

There are so many articles to choose from, but maybe we start with a link to simple tips to Hydration. Its short and snappy: