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 – munden888@yahoo.co.uk


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 info@horshamjoggers.co.uk


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 (www.lewesac.co.uk) 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  purpledrummer@sky.com 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 (philipliberman@talktalk.net


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 info@horshamjoggers.co.uk 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 (info@horshamjoggers.co.uk)  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: tony@roosthole.co.uk now! Full details of the event can be found on the organisers website: http:// www.southdownsrelay.co.uk


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 info@horshamjoggers.co.uk


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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