Welcome to the Portsmouth Joggers

logoThe Portsmouth Joggers is a friendly club with about 400 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

HRRL club captain

With the new HRRL season fast approaching, we are looking for a club captain to represent the club at HRRL races.

If you would like to find out more about this role or would like to represent the club as our captain, please get in touch with me at chair@pjc.org.uk


The Hampshire Road Race League resumes this Sunday with the Overton 5 Race.

As a running club, PJC are current members of the HRRL and actively participate in the races throughout the running season.

The dates for the season are listed below so that you can determine which ones you might be interested in running.

  • Overton 5 – 5th September 2021.
  • Lordshill 10K – 19th September 2021.
  • Gosport Half – 21st November 2021.
  • Victory 5 – 5th December 2021.
  • Stubbington 10K – 16th January 2022.
  • Ryde 10 – 6th February 2022.
  • Salisbury 10 – 3rd April 2022.
  • Alton 10 – 8th May 2022.

I have attached the minutes of the most recent HRRL meeting for your information.

Lakeside update

We have been in regular contact with Lakeside about being able to return to meeting inside the main building. Unfortunately, we are not yet able to return to using the Atrium inside the building to meet.

We are however, able to meet under the canopy where the shops are located opposite the main building.

With effect from Tuesday 7th September 2021, all groups are encouraged to meet under the canopy ahead of their run sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This will give us the opportunity to catch up with each other and share any club or running announcements as well as notifying members of what each group have planned for that evening’s session.

We are really looking forward to seeing you back out running with the club soon.

GSR water stations – call for volunteers


PJC need 60+ volunteers to organise the two Water Stations. If you are available please reply to – water@pjc.org.uk.

There are 2 Stations, one at 3m and another at 7m. If you have a preference please let us know. You will get a GSR Souvenir T-shirt and a packed lunch, so include your size and meal requirement if vegetarian.

It’s a great way to support your fellow runners if you are unable to run – and it’s fun too. There will be about 180 local club members supporting this event over the weekend. So why not be a part of it.

Please use the water@pjc.org.uk email to let us know giving full contact details also.

Updates will be posted via both the PJC and PRG FB pages. Thanks

Club running from 19th July

The club would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Lakeside for continuing to support the club and enable us to run from there on club nights.

In line with government and England Athletics advice and the move to step 4 of the government roadmap in England, club running from Tuesday 20th July will no longer be required to operate in a covid secure environment. This means that there is no longer a requirement to book your run through eventbrite, nor wear a mask when you turn up for your run. The virus has not gone away and in many areas nationally, reported cases are on the increase, therefore it will always remain personal choice as to whether you wear a mask for the pre and post run chats. We are not immune from the virus, so please help to keep each other safe.

Please do not come to any club session if you or someone in your household tested positive for coronavirus. If you should develop symptoms having attended a club training session, please notify your group leader or the chair of PJC at chair@pjc.org.uk in order that the other group members can be notified and take appropriate action as required.

Lakeside are in support of us continuing to meet in the car parks and run from Lakeside, however, we are not currently allowed to use the Atrium or restaurant area inside Lakeside to meet. We will continue to be provided access to the toilet in the retail area should anyone need to use the facilities before or after a run.

I am in regular contact with Lakeside and when the situation changes in relation to meeting inside, I will inform all members. If you haven’t run for a while and are feeling apprehensive about returning, feel free to drop me a line at chair@pjc.org.uk and I will pass your details to one of our Welfare Leads who will help you find a group or running buddy to run with.

We are visible in and around the local community and as a responsible running club, I would urge you all to maintain safe space and exercise consideration and courtesy as always, to others when using public and shared paths and pavements.

I hope to see you back at the club soon. Take care and stay safe, Tony Quinn, Chair PJC

Call for volunteers for Summer XC

The Race Director would appreciate some additional help and support for next week’s Summer XC on Wednesday 21st at Queen Elizabeth Country Park. If you are able to spare some time to help out, please e-mail chair@pjc.org.uk

NEW 5-10k programme

There will be a new 5-10k programme starting on Tuesday 6th July. Please see the link for more information and how to register your interest and book onto the programme.

Support Requested for Academic study: Foot and Ankle Osteoarthritis and Pain in Athletics.

Dear Portsmouth Joggers Club members,

I hope this email finds you well.

My name is Hannah Cassidy and I am currently completing a Masters in Physiotherapy at the University of Southampton. I have contacted your club to ask if you (its members) would be willing to take part in my MSc research project.

What is the study?

As part of my Masters project, and in collaboration with The Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis (Versus Arthritis), I am conducting a survey study to understand the frequency and impact of foot and ankle pain and osteoarthritis in track, field and running athletes within the Hampshire area. As part of this, I also wish to determine the response rate to the questionnaire. 

Why have I been asked to participate?

The study is interested in the sporting history of individuals in the Hampshire area who are:

  • Training and competing in athletic events
  • Training but not competing in athletic events
  • Retired from competing
  • Retired from training and competing

What is required from you?

Participation involves completing an online survey, via MicrosoftForms (here).

The survey includes questions on:

  • General health
  • Sporting history
  • Injuries to the foot and ankle
  • Footwear

The survey is expected to take approximately 20 minutes.

What age must I be to participate?

Above 18 years old.

What athletic events are eligible to participate?

  • Sprints (100, 200 and 400m) 
  • Relays (4 x 100m and 4 x 400m)
  • Middle distance runs (800 and 1500m)
  • Long distance runs (3000 – 10,000 m) including steeplechase (3000m)
  • Hurdles (100, 110 and 400m)
  • Jumps (high, long, triple and pole vault)
  • Throws (discuss, shot put, javelin and hammer throw)
  • Road running (half marathon and full marathon). 

Please note this list is not exhaustive and as such you may self-identify what event(s) you have or currently compete in if this is not listed above. 

Who has access to my responses?

Any information you share will be kept completely confidential and in no cases will individuals be identified from their responses.

Is there more information available?

Yes. More information can be found via the Participant Information Sheet (here).

What’s next?

If you wish to participate in the study, please click on the link here to complete the questionnaire.


Copy and paste the link below.


If you have any further questions at all, please directly contact (hrpc1r20@soton.ac.uk).

Thank you in advance for your time and support. 

Many thanks,

H. Cassidy 

MSc Physiotherapy Year 2