I always feel like an imposter!

Just over a year ago, following the 2018 Hundred Acres races, I was sent an email, calling me a charlatan!

I don’t mind admitting that at the time, I didn’t know exactly what I was being accused of being so I took to google, and what I saw made me both sad, and angry.

“a person falsely claiming to have a special knowledge or skill.”a self-confessed con artist and charlatan”

All of my working life, I have suffered from self doubt in my own ability and discovered that this is actually known as ‘Imposter Syndrome’.

“Impostor syndrome (also known as impostorphenomenon, impostorism, fraud syndrome or theimpostor experience) is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts his or her accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud”. “

This attack, by somebody who themselves had been the subject of bullying and name calling, also accused me of being homophobic!

To be honest, this all came as a bit of a shock and did nothing for my insecurity and self doubt, but I wasnt about to give up.

My ‘Imposter Syndrome’ has made me more resolute, and more intent on proving to nobody else but myself, that whilst I am not anywhere the best at what I do, I am ALWAYS the best at being who I am, what I am, and what I am capable of,

If that isn’t good enough for people, then I would prefer not to have to deal with them. There are plenty of races available to run, without people having to race the ones I organise, only for them to speak out and attack me again, for the lack of mud, for too much mud, for too many hills, for not enough hills.

Whether or not I am a charlatan, or an imposter, is for all of you to decide, but let me leave you with one thing to ponder.

All Rural Running events, are planned by me, the course is designed by me, the signs are put out by me, the race day preparations are done by me, the numbers are sent by me, emails are dealt with by me, the Race Director is me, the results are processed by me, the course is dismantled by me! This ‘hobby’ is something I do alongside a full time job that takes me away from home, and means I have to work some evening planning my activity. Saying all that, I am so lucky to have met lots of lovely people who are always happy to help, by giving up their time, to give something back. I am also blessed to have the support of an incredible wife, who selflessly gives up not only her time, but also her dining room table and spare bedrooms for the cause!

I will never be able to organise the ‘perfect’ race, but I will always try, with limited resources, to organise enjoyable, fun, and friendly events, offering value for money.

If I am indeed a charlatan, I think I am a pretty good one!

Finally …. Thank you all for continuing to support what I do, if you stop running, I’ll stop organising 🙂

Southwick 10k Instructions

Race Day Instructions

We will soon be holding our Southwick 10k Road Race, on the 19th May. We would like to thank the Southwick Parish Council, Winchester City Council, and the people of Southwick for their help and support.

Your race is a 10 km (approx) road race, comprising an out and back course on closed roads. Whilst roads are closed to through traffic, you should expect a small amount of traffic moving around the course. Please keep left on all parts of the course and use pavements when you can, for your own safety. Only cross any unclosed roads when it is safe to do so.

The start is in West Street, Southwick.

There is no need to register once you have your number and chip. However, any queries on the day, should be directed to the crew in the Race HQ, which is situated in the car park in Priory Road, just outside the main entrance to MOD Southwick Park.

Please note that the race starts at 9.30am, with a short safety brief, at the start line, at 9.20am.

Prizes will be awarded to the 1st placed male and 1st placed female. All finishers will receive a medal, which will be given to them at the finish line.

Parking is extremely limited in the village of Southwick. Once again we will be using the car park outside MOD Southwick Park. There is a parking charge of £4 per car. Please ensure you have the correct money. We would encourage you to car share.

Some race numbers have been posted out. If you have not received yours, it will be issued to you on the morning of the trace from the car park.

There is a water station on the course at approximately 3km, 7km and at the finish. Please dispose of your cup/bottle thoughtfully


The Golden Lion Public House, High Street, Southwick will be open for refreshments at the end of the race.


The results will be published in the hours following the end of the race on www.webscorer.com and on the Rural Running Events Facebook Group.

The course will be marshalled where deemed necessary in the interest of safety, but all turns and changes in direction will be clearly marked. Proceed with caution at all junctions and crossings. Ultimately, you are responsible for your own safety on course.

If you know anybody who is not taking part but would like to be involved, we still need marshals for the event. Please pass on my email address to them.

By taking part in the Southwick 10k you declare you are fully aware of the actual and potential risks in participation in this event. You declare that you will not compete in the race unless you are medically fit on the day of the race and that, in any case, you will compete at your own risk.
To the extent permitted by law, you accept that the organisers and sponsors of the race, or any of their agents, will not be liable for any loss, damage, action, claim, costs or expenses, which may arise in consequence of your participation of the event.
Nothing in these terms of use shall exclude or limit the liability of the organisers or their agents for death or personal injury due to its negligence or for its fraud
you grant your permission to Rural Running and its sponsors, assigns and licenses to use or authorise others to use photographs, motion pictures, recordings, data or any other record of your participation in this event for any legitimate purpose without remuneration
By starting the race you acknowledge that you have read and understand the above.

Kind regards
Jeffrey Clark
Race Organiser
Southwick 10k