Virtual Henfield Half Marathon – extended to Mon 31st

August is here therefore its the Virtual Henfield Half Marathon – as a solo or team relay (2 to 4 people) if you are going to share – how you do that and who you do it with is up to you!

Share your result by emailing to, or set of results if you’re sharing with friends as a virtual relay, provided the course is covered, (Elapsed time please to make it a level playing field) before midnight on MONDAY 31st August – so there’s plenty of time to make arrangements, do recce’s etc – and I’ll compile them into Solo and Team results and publish here on Tuesday 1st September.

The Route – this is NOT the usual Henfield Half route – interestingly we don’t normally run the regular annual route as we’re too busy marshalling and I wanted to make it more interesting therefore I’ve arrived at a new route – the map is below and I can share a .gpx too on request….sadly the website won’t store .gpx files. Notably the route is CLOCKWISE, starting and finishing at HLC, and has a stretch on the West bank of the River around Laurence Oliviers old house – its well worth looking at this bit closely as I was surprised to find out how different everything looked to our familiar ‘usual’ territory – I think everyone will like it! I’ve added some arrows to the route….note there is one loop, which will be towards the end of the route, where you go along the river to Betley Bridge, rejoin the Downslink and head towards Henfield, then turn right at the stones and take the track up past the barn, turning right to go past Chates to rejoin the river back up to Betley, down the Downslink back to HLC!

NON HJ members are actively encouraged to join in the fun, and we have opened a JustGiving page:
for completely voluntary contributions to St Barnabas House in memory of Brian Turrell, such an important and loved HJ member who passed away so sadly in June. Let’s see if we can raise something for a great cause which we know was close to his heart, and that of other people.

I think that covers everything but if I missed anything please let me know – I think this should be a lot of fun and the Relay option means that literally EVERYONE can have a crack at it! So – what are we waiting for?

2 Commentsto Virtual Henfield Half Marathon – extended to Mon 31st

  1. Ian Stevens says:

    Hi Paul,
    We are four members of Chichester Running Club, doing our own trail-running thing during lockdown. We’d love to do the Virtual Henfield Half and have pencilled in Tuesday morning, 25th August.We plan to to do the whole thing together, not as a relay. We’ll amke sure we do a donation in memory of your friend, Brian Turrell. Do you have a navigation file of the route we can use? It would be helpful as we’re not familiar with your neck of the woods!
    All good wishes and many thanks,
    Ian Stevens (The other team members are: Wendy Whelan, Louise Flude and Gill Brown.Our team name will be something like “Cliff & the Beverly Sisters”)

  2. smoggypaul says:

    Excellent! Thanks Ian and please give our regards to Jill Renson! I have sent an email with the .gpx file to your email address but don’t hesitate to let me know if there are any problems. Love the team name by the way! Hope the weather is kind to you – Paul

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