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 info@horshamjoggers.co.uk 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 info@horshamjoggers.co.uk 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:) https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/16-3401)

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!