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 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

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 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

Competition Time!

We have teamed up with local company, runr, who have kindly provided us with some prizes for a Great South Run themed competition. Obviously this closes at midnight on 20th October, and is only open to PJC members.

To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is guess the number of PJC finishers (who have included Portsmouth Joggers as their club) in the GSR main event on Sunday 21st October.

To help you, we had 144 PJC finishers in 2018, and 135 in 2017.

Good luck – to enter, click here, which takes you to the competition page on the runr website.

Club Championship Races

As part of our support of the Hampshire Road Race League (HRRL), this season we are nominating 2 races to be PJC club championship races.

Gosport Half Marathon – 17th November 2019. Enter here.
Stubbington 10K – 12th January 2020. Enter here.

These races are very popular, both with PJC runners and everyone else, and despite having fields of over 2,000, they will sell out very quickly. So don’t delay! (You can transfer your entry to someone else if you find you cant do it for any reason).

For each (UKA) age group, we will award prizes for the top 3 in each age group (eg 40-49 male, 50-59 female etc). Full details of this on our HRRL page here, as well as other incentives we offere to those who support the club by entering HRRL races. Prizes (commemorative shields) will be presented at the re-vamped club awards night in April.

Please make sure you enter as a Portsmouth Jogger!

Great South Run Volunteers

As in previous years, PJC is supporting the Great South Run by manning the 2 water stations on Sunday’s main event, and providing marshals for both Saturday and Sunday.

In fact, the water stations is a tradition that dates back to the 2nd ever GSR in 1991 (the first one being held in Southampton).

There are 2 water stations this year, Winston Churchill Avenue and the 10th Hole. All volunteers receive a GSR technical t shirt, and a Greggs lunch! It is great fun, and friends and family are welcome to volunteer as well (you don’t have to be a PJC member in other words).

Simply send an e-mail to, including your t-shirt size, and preferred station (if any). You can also see Davina or any committee member on club nights if you want to put your name down or find out more information.

Kiernan is co-ordinating the marshals – again you get a technical t-shirt if you volunteer – see Kiernan on club nights as we need a few more marshals on Sunday’s main event.

XC Captain

As you may have seen, we need a new XC captain, so if anyone is interested in being captain this season, please let me ( know as soon as possible. We already have someone who is interested, so this is to see if there is anyone else who would like to help the club in this role.