Resumption of Club Running

An update on resuming club runs….
England Athletics (EA) have published guidance for clubs to resume activities – this is dated 4th August but they have confirmed that there is no change to this guidance in light of the government’s recent announcement regarding groups of 6 etc. Click here to see this in full.

In simple terms, we have a choice of limiting group sizes to 6, or going “Covid Secure”, which gives us scope to run larger groups. We decided that the latter route is the preferred option, and so a group of volunteers from the club have been working on a plan to enable us to do this.

This plan is, to the best of our ability, compliant with EA guidance, and also been agreed by Lakeside, albeit certainly to begin with, we have to meet outside in order to comply with their own risk assessment, and while we will have limited group sizes, it will be higher than 6, and we will have scope to increase this if everything works and it doesn’t increase the risks. Lakeside have been very supportive, we have use of their toilet (only 1 so its limited), which involves them in an extra deep cleanse as a result, so this is appreciated.

Maintaining social distancing is a requirement throughout, both while running in your groups, and also at the start. Assembling at the same time (7.00pm in our case) is the biggest risk to this, so we will meet outside both to comply with the EA guidance on this, and Lakeside’s own risk assessment, which prohibts us from using the Atrium anyway.

To test the new way of running club nights (no pun intended!), we will be doing a trial with 2 groups – the Inbetweeners and the Hermits – with a view to re-launching club nights in full on 29th September. Indeed, the first test went very smoothly, although we are already making some tweaks based on feedback received.

Prior to the full launch, there will be a new “Covid page” on this website with the details you need, including copy of the club risk assessment. It will no doubt evolve based on experience and feedback – something we have been doing already. As an example, we will have a smaller group for those who wish to limit contact (for example because they are shielding, but there is no need to give a reason!). To a certain extent, changes like this will also depend on demand for them of course.

AGM Postponed.

Given the latest government advice, the AGM that was due to take place on 23rd April will be postponed to a later date.

Given how quickly things are changing – the committee have not set a new date as yet – once things improve and restrictions are lifted, we will do this and inform all members through the normal channels.

Club AGM

All members have had an e-mail notifying you of the planned AGM on 23rd April, as well as information on membership re-newals and feedback from the recent forums.

The AGM date, and this e-mailed communication, were planned prior to the recent England Athletics and Government announcements of course, and in view of the advice from both, it is very likely we will have to postpone the AGM until a later date.

We will monitor over the next week or so, before making a formal announcement on the AGM. Re-newals will proceed of course, as the aim is to do most of that electronically anyway, as in previous years.

England Athletics Statement

England Athletics advises that all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of April.

The decision has been taken in the interests of athletes, runners, officials, coaches, volunteers, supporters and the wider athletics and running communities. This decision is also in alignment with actions taken by the home country athletics federations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and is similar to action taken by other sports.

Where possible, athletes and runners at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.

England Athletics will continue to review and monitor government advice and will provide detailed updates on the impact to our sport in the coming weeks. We appreciate that the current situation will undoubtedly place our member clubs in a difficult situation and we are working with UKA and the other Home Country Athletics Federations on the best way to help alleviate the situation and will update you as plans evolve.

Social distancing and advice

Social distancing measures (as defined by Public Health England as spending more than 15 minutes and within a 2-metre distance talking to someone) are now advised not only if we test positive or have symptoms, but in day to day life.  As well as current travel advice, the current UK government is advising anyone with a “new, continuous” cough or high temperature and those they live with need to self-isolate for 14 days.

At Risk groups

The latest advice from the government’s chief medical adviser is that those over 70 currently do not need to be self-isolating. However, in the coming days, every Briton over the age of 70 and those in at-risk groups over the age of 70 will be advised to be “largely shielded from social contact” for 12 weeks to help protect themselves. Those with underlying medical issues such as high blood pressure, lung complaints and weakened or compromised immune systems are more likely to develop serious illness as a result of the disease.

Anyone with a higher risk from viruses such as cold or flu should take sensible steps to reduce the risk of picking up infections. Click here for NHS advice on infection control – it is summarized below:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
  • use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services

Click here for the government’s advice if you have symptoms

Club Training Suspended

Given the Government’s announcement earlier today, the committee have decided to cancel all club training with immediate effect.

This was a difficult decision to take, and the advice is changing rapidly of course, so we will continue to monitor the situation over the coming weeks.

Of course, running and exercise are still encouraged, though before you go outside, make sure you follow the appropriate advice, and exercise caution where appropriate.

We also encourage everyone to support each other, and stay in contact via our Facebook pages, or other forms of communication!

Many thanks in your understanding and co-operation.


Weekly Update

Revised date for the Alice Holt Cross Country is Sunday 1st March – free to enter, but must wear a PJC top. £2 for tea and cake afterwards.

New Couch to 5K starts Tuesday 3rd March, details here. See Tony Quinn if you can help out.

As a reminder – current group training plans:
Tony’s group plan
Ian’s group plan
Inbetweeners Group plan

Xmas/New Year Timetable.

A lot of changes and a few fun events coming up, so a summary below:

Tues 17th Dec: normal club run, with a few mince pies and mulled wine afterwards. Everyone welcome!
Thur 19th Dec: Normal club runs.

Tue 24th Dec: No club runs. For those going out for a run earlier in the day, post your plan on facebook if you want some company!
Thur 26th: Boxing Day bimble – a traditional all-club run. Meet 10.30 at Eastney toilets – all welcome for a head clearing run/walk along the seafront. Bring dogs/pushchairs/grannies!
No club run in the evening.
Fri 27th Dec: Pub to Pub – PJC’s own race – all profits to charity.

Sun 29th Dec: Southern Cross Country at Lord Wandsworth College – details and race location here (you must wear a PJC top).
Tue 31st Dec: No club run.
Thur 2nd Jan: normal club runs.

Sat Jan 4th: Pebbledash Run – the best medals ever, just for fun (no entry needed). 11.00 at Eastney toilets, so you can get your Parkrun in first!




“Old” Weekly Updates

Ian’s Half Marathon Group. Starts again on Tuesday (26th Nov), and you can see the plan here.
It is aimed at Malta Half Marathon on 1st March – see here for more information on going to Malta for the Half (run and walk options), or even the marathon.
The group is suitable for those looking at around 2 hours 10 minutes for the half (10 minutes per mile pace), or 4.5 hour marathon.

With Xmas coming up – don’t forget our members benefits page – discounts on many things running!

Victory 5 Mile Race.
An excellent morning for PJC runners, despite the somewhat uninspiring and twisty course. Race report here, and head to our HRRL page for all HRRL race results, reports, and entry to future races.

Gosport Half Marathon.
30-odd Joggers finished the Gosport Half on Sunday – lots of excellent performances, and superb efforts from those doing their first half and/or HRRL race. Kiernan’s race report and link to the full results are on our HRRL page here (scroll down to find them…..!).

Pub to Pub – Friday 27th December.
Our own annual race, a little over 7 miles, with a walk option of around half the distance. Very sociable event, with all profits donated to charity. Full details, and link to the race entry, are here. Being our own race, we also need helpers and marshals – if you can help then please e-mail p2p@pjc.org.uk with your details.

Festive Fun on the Beach – Saturday December 14th.
Hosted by our own inspirational Debbie Pentland, free fitness event on the beach – “Christmas themed outfits” a must! Details here.

PJC Gazebo.
If anyone is celebrating a Parkrun, whether it be a milestone event or just your birthday/wedding etc, then you are welcome to borrow one of the club Gazebo’s for the day. Subject to availability, so try and avoid the day before one of our own races! Just ask any committee member, or e-mail me at chair@pjc.org.uk

Winter Cross Country.
Our annual hosting of one of the Southern League Cross Country races was held on Sunday 10th November, and was hugely successful. Results can be found here, which is the Cross Country website if you want to enter any of the other races – details also on the Race Diary page.

Massive thank you to Vince for organising, and each and everyone of you who helped out – there are some amazing pictures on facebook from some of the marshals! And it is always nice to receive thank you e-mails from other clubs – special mention to the “PJC car mechanics” who got a runner’s car started!!

Gosport Half Marathon is taking place this Sunday – already full, with over 40 Joggers taking part.
Race details, how to do a “number swap” if you cannot run (deadline 10.00pm Wednesday), and entry list can be found here.
Car share from Lakeside at 8.15 am on Sunday morning, number collection on the morning. Parking is limited and £2, so try and car share if possible.
Team photo at 9.30!!
Also, note that no headphones are allowed.

Club Survey – thank you to the many who took the time to complete this, plus the extra feedback given as well. Given the volume of responses, it will take us a few weeks to go through it all, so more to come on this!

London Marathon Club Draw

We have had confirmation that the club has 2 places for the 2020 London Marathon. These places are based on the number of UKA members we have, as has been the case for a number of years now.

The committee has decided to keep the criteria for allocating these 2 places unchanged from last year. To be eligible for the draw, then the following conditions apply:

  1. You were a club and UKA member as at 30th April 2019.
  2. You entered the London Marathon ballot, and were unsuccessful.

One place/draw will be for anyone who has never run London before, the other will be open to everyone – so if you have never run it before you have 2 chances!!

The draw will take place on Tuesday 26th November just before training, and you must e-mail vlmdraw@pjc.org.uk by Sunday 24th November to be entered into the draw, with stating your name!, proof of your ballot rejection, and stating whether you have run London before or not. Alternatively, please bring these details (plus an e-mail address to use if successful) to club on Tuesday/Thursday and hand to myself or another committee member.

Steve Wooldridge – Chair.

Message from the Chair!


What a weekend, and what a weekend for Portsmouth Joggers! We had runners in Saturday’s races – the canine race, the kids races, and the 5K. Well, maybe not all participants were club members, but they were pets/children of….
And of course, plenty of Joggers helping out with marshalling and handing out goody bags at the finish.

Then Sunday, 133 (official) finishers, and as always a few more showing as unattached, and far too many stories to mention anyone without listing half the club! But well done to all of you, whether it was a PB, beating your goal for the race, your first ever 10 miles, helping someone else get round, or just having fun amongst the superb crowd.
I hope everyone had a bit of fun with the competition to guess the number of finishers, no-one was spot on!, results out later today hopefully!

And our volunteers – an early start (for some the 2nd day in a row) to make sure everything is ready for the runners, and then the incredible support for all our runners as we pass through the water stations, it really does give us an incredible boost. Again, no names as I would then have to list the other half of the club!, but a personal thank you to each and every one of you.
PJC are held in extraordinarily high regard by the Great Run organisers, as we have been manning the water stations and doing a great job since year 2 when the race moved to Portsmouth, and this has now expanded to helping with marshals – not just with the helpers, but co-ordinating all the marshals in the first half of the course.
It gave me immense pride to fully appreciate this respect for the club that has built up over the years, so a big thank you not just for those who helped this year, but all our team leaders and helpers past and present.

I know the Great South Run isn’t for everyone – we had 10 Joggers recording some amazing performances in the Amsterdam Full and Half marathon, which would be headline news any other day! Well done to them, and anyone else (Abingdon etc) – normally worth a big shout out for such good runs and flying the club flag abroad!

While I am writing, a quick mention for a few things coming up:

Winter Cross Country at QE on 10th November – our own race in the cross country league. No pre-entry for runners, just turn up in your Joggers top for an 11.00 start.
As its our own race, we will need marshals and cake/post race snack makers – let us know if you can help.

Malta 2020 – our 9th year in Malta – always plenty of Joggers on tour, what can go wrong?! There are also some races (walkathon, half and full marathon). We are having some information sessions this week at 6.30 before club runs on Tuesday and Thursday – pop along, or see here for more.

Tony is organising another “all club” run on 31st October – these have proved to be hugely popular so far, and I am sure Tony might have a halloween theme for this one! It really is aimed at all groups, but please let me know (come and have a chat before we run one evening) if you would like us to have alternative group runs as well – I don’t want anyone feeling they cant come to club on these “all club” evenings.

And finally – please complete the survey we have sent out – again let me or Davina know if not received (e-mail fire walls always cause us problems on mass e-mails). Myself and the excellent committee really do want to know your views, good or bad, as we try and move forward.

Thank you all for