Welcome to the Portsmouth Joggers

logoThe Portsmouth Joggers is a friendly club with about 300 runners and joggers of all abilities from beginners to ultra marathon runners. One advantage of being a big club is that when running we split into groups of different abilities so whatever your running ability we will be able to find a group for you to run with. Continue reading

Bert Shepherd’s Out Of Towners 2016

FootpathSignHere’s the schedule for Bert’s out town runs, alternating between Tuesdays and Thursdays two weeks out of every three. All other Tuesdays and Thursdays not show below Bert’s group will be meeting and running from 1000 Lakeside.

Thur 28th April Emsworth – Beach Rd
Tue 10th May Cowplain – Kings Road Car Park
Thur 19th May Portchester Castle Car Park
Tue 31st May Rowlands Castle – Recreation Ground Car Park
Thur 9th June Purbrook Heath – Pavillion Car Park
Tue 21st June Emsworth – High Street Car Park
Thur 30th June Denmead – Kidmore Lane Car Park
Tue 12th July Southwick – CP behind Golden Lion
Thur 21st July Portsdown Hill – Micks Burger Bar Car Park
Tue 2nd August Rowlands Castle – Hardware shop
Thur 11th August Bedhampton – Bidbury Mead Car Park – Lower Road
Tue 23rd August Emsworth – Palmers Road Car Park
Thur 1st September Lovedean – Bird In Hand Car Park (top left)


Steve and Bill’s Thursday Runs

FootpathSignDuring the summer months when we have a bit more daylight in the evenings Steve and Bill’s group run off road every Thursday. For two out of every three weeks we meet at a variety of locations just outside Portsmouth, for the third week we run from 1000 Lakeside but still off road as much as possible. When its dry an old pair of road shoes is fine, but if its been raining then offroad shoes are recommended as it can get a bit slippery and muddy. Here is where we are running from:

Thur 31st March 1000 Lakeside – to Purbrook and Widley
Thur 7th April Hayling Island – top of Hayling Billy line
Thur 14th April Denmead – Kidmore Lane Carpark
Thur 21st April Southwick – layby on Southwick Rd
Thur 28th April 1000 Lakeside – to Pigeon House Lane
Thur 5th May Wallington – Village Hall, by Fareham Saninsburys
Thur 12th May 1000 Lakeside – to Farlington Marshes
Thur 19th May Purbrook Heath – by Tennis Courts
Thur 26th May Hundred Acres – main car park
Thur 2nd June 1000 Lakeside – to Sheepwash Farm
Thur 9th June  Emsworth – end of Beach Rd
Thur 16th June  Chairmakers Pub – nr Denmead
Thur 23rd June  1000 Lakeside – to Skew Rd
Thur 30th June  Southwick – layby on Southwick Rd
Thur 7th July  Portchester Castle
Thur 14th July  1000 Lakeside – to Purbrook Heath
Thur 21st July  Denmead – Kidmore Lane Carpark
Thur 28th July  Emsworth – South St Car Park
Thur 4th August  1000 Lakeside – to Pigeon House Lane
Thur 11th August  Wallington – Village Hall, by Fareham Saninsburys
Thur 18th August   Chairmakers Pub – nr Denmead
Thur 25th August  1000 Lakeside – to Sheepwash Farm
Thur 1st September  Hayling Island – top of Hayling Billy line
Thur 8th September Portsdown Hill – top of hill at Burger Van
Thur 15th September  1000 Lakeside – to Purbrook and Widley


Latest News

SUMMER XC – WEDNESDAY 29th JUNE @ 19:15 – 5 Mile

Update 18/06/16 – Less than 10 places left. Kiernan has indicated this race will probably sell out this weekend so be quick and get your entry in. This is a wonderful course, taking in the trails around Queen Elizabeth Country Park. There will be an opportunity to buy food after the event from RKdia caterers who will have a BBQ set up. Plus, there is a fantastic medal for all finishers.


Places are selling fast so get your entries in. Another popular event organised by PJC run around the lovely grounds of Stansted House and the surrounding area.

40th Year Handicap Race – Tuesday 5th July 2016 @ 19:00 – approx. 5km

The handicap race is being organised by Tony Conway and is open to all fully paid up members of Portsmouth Joggers Club. It would be good to get as many members running as possible so register your interest with Tony including a recent race time (5km, 5mile, 10km, 10mile). Tony will then be able to issue you with a start time.


Something new on the horizon from Portsmouth Joggers – “VIRTUAL RACES” – we are looking at the concept of setting up some virtual races. These events have become very popular amongst the running community and PJC are looking to set up some races. More information to follow when available.

The date for the next C25K course has not been set in stone but we will be looking to start in September. The course will be run over our normal 9 week period and will end with a graduation 5km run on the Lakeside Parkrun course – tba.

The course will be run on our normal training nights, Tuesday & Thursday with extra homework at the weekends.

Winter Cross Country

The QECP XC race results can be viewed through this link.
“Speedy” Peter Collins was 4th in the mens race showing that he really has returned to peak fitness after an extended injury layoff, Naouele McHugh was a very respectable 32nd in the ladies race against an overwhelming number of runners from the north Hants clubs. Special mentions to some new faces and some who we haven’t seen for a while; Phil Guest, Dave Williams, Max Smeeth, Patrick Carroll, Del Richards, Jo Kitching, Nicky Cox and Eileen Macdowell.
Well done to every runner, marshal and helper. And last but not least, thank you and well done to our Race Director Pip Wright. When I saw Pip before the race she had that look of blind panic in her eyes and was asking me “what had she forgotten?” She has risen to the challenge and I think you’ll all agree she did exceptionally well.
Ian Jones
PJC mens XC team capt

New Members – January

Welcome to the following new members who joined us in January.

If you want to join, membership forms are here. If you have not been along before, then contact me t secretary@pjc.org, or pop along on a Tuesday or Thursday evening, we have 7 different groups running each evening, so I am sure we can accommodate you.

Michele Webb
Julie Robinson
John Gosling
Liz Bishop
Michelle Cuming
Stuart Moore
Katie Lundbech
James Douglas
Ian Glading
Robert Ford
Gareth Fiford
Simon Jeffery


Training Plans

Tony and Russ have updated their marathon plan, already been popular on facebook, so added here so you can refer to them regularly. Level one for those looking to go under 4 hours, and level two for up to 5.5 hours.  These plans can easily be adapted if you are training for shorter distances – the variation of interval and tempo work combined with longer runs is tried and tested.

Each plan also includes race prediction charts at the end.  These are great if you want to know how your 5K time translates into 10K, or 10 miles, or how fast your 10K should be if you want to run a 4 hour marathon.

Level One plan is here, level two is here.

If you want any advice on the plans, or you cannot work out why your 10 mile time was not as “predicted” given your 5K time, then ask Tony for help!

We have moved – welcome to 1000 Lakeside

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Portsmouth Joggers have now completed their move to 1000 Lakeside.

We would like to thank the Lakeside management / Karen Tyrell for the warm welcome to this fantastic new location.

The club runs will as usual start 7pm Tuesday and Thursday. We will meet in the cafe just to the right of the Lakeside reception desk.

If you wish to contact the club – mail to :  secretary@pjc.org.uk