Thank you

On behalf of the committee who were voted in at the AGM on Thursday 25th February 2021, I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to the outgoing committee for their support over the past two years and navigating the club through some difficult challenges with the imposition of lockdown and resumption to club running in a Covid secure way. The outgoing committee have rotated out of their roles leaving the club with a solid foundation for us to build upon.

I would also like to thank the outgoing chair Steve Wooldridge for his stewardship during this time and for the extensive handover provided to me on taking over the role of chair, thank you Steve.

The committee are very grateful for your support and will be working hard over the coming weeks to support the resumption of club running in a Covid secure way and in accordance with England Athletics and government guidance.

We will keep you updated on the plans for the forthcoming year to include races and social events to support the clubs constitution. We also intend to run another couch to 5k group.

We will provide an update in the coming weeks through a range of social media platforms and would welcome any ideas or suggestions that you have in respect of club running, races, social events or anything that you feel would help to support the clubs aims of being a social running club for all irrespective of ability.

Take care, stay safe and hope to see you out running soon!

Tony Quinn

Portsmouth Joggers Club

AGM Results

Many thanks to everyone who joined the Zoom meeting or voted in advance. Highly unusual way of conducting the AGM, but thankfully the technology (and my ability to work it!!) functioned adequately – 1 or 2 “moments” were quickly resolved!

I can confirm that all motions were carried unanimously, with the exception of agenda item 5b : “Will the Committee please consider moving the club back to the Mountbatten Centre”. This motion was voted on as follows:
For: 5 votes, Against 38 votes.

As a result of the AGM, the new committee is as follows:

Tony Quinn – Chair
Ben Stait – Treasurer
Tess Pritchard – Secretary
Sue Clarke – Vice Chair.
Other Committee members are: Naouele McHugh, Simon Evans, Mike Donovan, Alex Binyon, Jo McDonald, Celia Oxley, Brian Rees.

Sign off time for me after 2 very interesting years! Having worked with all of the above during those 2 years, either as part of the committee or the very active “volunteer group” that has worked tirelessly over the last 8 months getting the club back active again during the COVID restrictions, I have every confidence they will take PJC on to better things as the restrictions ease over the coming weeks.
Steven Wooldridge – outgoing PJC Chair!

AGM 25th February 2021

Due to Covid restrictions, the 2020 AGM was cancelled. As its unlikely in the next few months that the restrictions will be eased enough to allow in-person meetings of this scale, the 2021 AGM will be held slightly early on 25th February 2021, at 7.00pm.

This meeting will be virtual, and all members will be sent details of how to join this meeting by 18th February, as well as details of how to vote in advance if you wish to do so (or are unable to attend the virtual meeting).

You can access the agenda here.

If you cannot join the AGM via zoom, you can submit your votes in advance, details of this plus all the supporting documents for the AGM are on the website, via a link available on our facebook page, and sent to you recently in 3 seperate e-mails (AGM notifications and newsletter).

If you cannot find the link (or have any other problems or queries), then please contact

Miles for Mind – PJC event for January.

Tier 4 + January blues = unhappy mind.

The link (cut and paste it) to this event on facebook is:
or click here

Let’s change that with a new virtual event for the new year. This time ALL miles count. That’s running, walking, cycling and even swimming.
We want your mind to be active and that means you need to be active too. If you want in on the next best thing for January, then all you need to do to register, is donate a small entry fee via PayPal

Suggested donation is £3, which will cover for a medal at the end and all remaining profits going to Mind charity. You can note down your stats on the weekly post and myself and Naouele will do the rest. There is no specific destination for this one, but all miles will be converted into feet to see how far we can climb in January (that’s to make the boys happy about hills.. but we don’t need to record elevation


We do hope you will all join us on this challenge, as you have done with the past ones, with the fantastic charity that is Mind benefiting from you guys staying active. This will start on 1st January and will end on 31st. To ensure we order enough medals, could we please ask that you register your participation and make the donation by 10th January.
All miles will be counted and backdated even if you don’t make the donation till the 10th.If you have any questions, just holla. Much love as always
Rachel and Naouele

Club Runs Suspended (22/12/2020 update)

Now we are in tier 4 in Portsmouth, England Athletics have confirmed that no organised sport can take place, indoors or outside. As a result, club runs are suspended while we (Portsmouth) remain in tier 4.

There are a few exceptions, things like elite sport (we don’t quite qualify for that!!), childrens’ and disability sport, but they don’t apply to us.

You are allowed to run with a “+1”, so please use social media to find yourself a running buddy during this latest lockdown.

In the meantime, the latest newsletter edition (no 5, December) has been published, and if this situation persists, we will look to do something (virtual) again in the New Year.

Newsletters (update 22/12/2020)

We are now up to newsletter no 5 (the Xmas edition!), with thanks to all those who have helped put this together, and contribute articles and photos. Navigate to all 5 newsletters via “membership” in the title bar, or click here.
This will be on-going, so remember to check back every 6 weeks or so for the next one – and we might even do an Xmas edition!

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