November Members Update

HJ Challenge Trophy for 2023

The 4 races that have been selected for the HJ Challenge shields and age/gender category winners for 2023 are as follows.

  • 10 Mile – Haywards Heath – 30th April 2023 – Website
  • 10k – Littlehampton – September 2023, date to be confirmed
  • WSFRL – Littlehampton Beach Run – June 2023, date to be confirmed
  • Half Marathon – Eastbourne – 5th March 2023 – Website

More about HJ Challenge Trophy

General Knowledge Quiz

This will take place at the Horsham Sports & Cricket Club on Friday 18 November at 7:30 pm.  Teams of six will be challenged to win prizes which include bottles of wine, HJ cap, race pins, and of course the wooden spoon!

Santa Run 2022

The Santa Run will take place on Tuesday 20 December 2022, starting from The Bridge Leisure Centre, Broadbridge Heath.  Santa hats will be supplied.

Running pace on Tuesdays

The committee has received feedback from various members that some groups start at a much quicker pace than the declared pace for the group, leaving the slower runners behind, even if the slower ones are running to the expected pace agreed at the outset. 

This is not the intention of the Tuesday club nights, and it gives our run leaders difficulties in keeping the whole group together.  Please keep to the pace of the group and watch out for the tail runners of the group and for each other.

The ‘Naked’ Run

Running naked, that is, without any wearable tech, and having to gauge your pace to complete the distance in exactly or close to the time you expect is no easy feat.  Challenge yourself to this feat on 18 April 2023 in Horsham Park. 

More about the ‘Naked’ Run

Coach Fiona Clifton

Having lead groups in one form or another for over 10 years, Fiona has decided to hang up her whistle.  Her last session will be on 15 December 2022.  The club would like to thank Fiona for all the support she has given the club.  This is reiterated by many members who have individually expressed their gratitude for the coaching and training they have received from her over the years. 

Trip to Lage, Germany

It’s not too late if you are interested in visiting Lage with other members of HJ in early December.

Brighton Marathon

The company behind Brighton Marathon is to be sold after it was reported it would be heading for administration.  Although applications for the Brighton Marathon were still being taken until Monday 7 November, it is uncertain this event will take place and if not, whether you will be able to get a refund of the entry fees you have paid.

London Marathon Club places

Once HJ has been notified (expected to be by end of Tuesday 29 November), assuming it is successful in getting at least one place, members will be informed within the same day via a notification on HJ Runs. 

To be eligible for the ballot, the following criteria will apply. 

  • You are a first claim member – that means that HJ is the only or the first club you registered with
  • You have been a HJ member for at least a year (12 months) at the time of the ballot
  • You have not previously had a club place in the last three years
  • You received a rejection in the public ballot
  • You have volunteered to support HJ in one or more capacity in the last 12 months, as at the time of the ballot.  The capacity to be determined by the committee and could include run leaders for the Tuesday night runs

Please contact if you satisfy the criteria and would like to be included in the ballot.

The successful winner(s) will be notified by Tuesday 6 December, giving 2 weeks for the runners to complete and pay for their entries.

UK Athletics Affiliation

HJ as a club is affiliated with UK Athletics and this affiliation has many benefits.  But what are the benefits for our members to be affiliated with the UKA?  What do you get for the £17 (for 2023) annual affiliation fee?

There are many benefits of paying the additional fee to be affiliated with the UKA when you renew your membership each year.  These benefits are set out here: Benefits of Athlete Registration – Athletics & Running (

In addition, your affiliation counts towards the club’s allocation of guaranteed club places at the London Marathon since allocation is based upon the number of first claim and affiliated athletes aged over 18.

Joining the Committee

The committee needs help with managing the HJ website.  Ideally, this member should have content editing experience, have a can-do attitude and help with member communication.  If you are interested, please email for more information.