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SJ Weekly Run Down – 14th to 20th January

Club Announcements

The Sandhurst Joggers Bake Off and Quiz Night is back! We would love you to put your culinary skills to the test once again and sharpen up on your knowledge base in order to join us at the Sandhurst Sports Bar (next to the Sandhurst Memorial Hall) on Tuesday 29th January 2019 at 8.00pm. If you would like to enter the Bake Off, we ask that you arrive at 7.30pm with your amazing cakes so that they can be grouped together for the judging panel of SJ members to taste. The Quiz will commence at 8.30pm to allow those runners who wish to participate but are running that night, to join us after their run.  So if you wish to get together with some friends in groups of 4, or prefer to make up a team on the night, then we welcome you along to have a bit of quiz fun. Prizes will be available for both Bake Off winner and Quiz team winners. You will also be able to purchase drinks from the Sports Bar in order to wash down those delightful tasty treats.

The Sandhurst Joggers Annual Ball will take place once again at the Easthampstead Conference Park, Off Peacock Lane, Wokingham, RG40 3DF on Friday 29th March 2019 at 7.30pm.  The cost of the tickets will be £35.00 per person. SJ Social Secretary Lisa Harrold has sent all the details by email. Please respond to secure your tickets by January 31st.

Cooper Test results

It was great to see so many down for track last Friday, the cold didn’t put too many off. The cooper test is simple, you run as hard as you can for 12 minutes round the track. The distance you covered then enables Coach Carl to calculate your V02max. This is how much oxygen is consumed during maximal exercise. It is expressed in millilitres per minute per kilogram of body weight. In English, your vo2 max depends on the efficiency of the cardiac, respiratory and vascular systems.

Here are your vo2max scores, if you want to see how you compare for age and sex there on evaluative sheets on brianmac.co.uk.

Carl was the only one to this and the last test back in October and he saw a slight improvement. It was good to have a few first timers complete the Cooper test, if they keep coming to track they will improve as well. We will be doing them every 8 weeks so you can see your improvements. The next one will be in beginning of march.

Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…

The parkrun popularity continued at Frimley Lodge parkrun with 533 runners in attendance. Of those 18 Sandhurst Joggers lined up with Clive Rolfe the first member to complete the 2 lap course. Clive finished in 10th place overall and 2nd in the VM40-44 category. More category 2nd places with Dave O’Toole, Sam Weller and Alurie Dutton. Janet Venables and Sarah Hyatt both claimed 1st place in their respective categories. Big congratulations to Simon Tigg for an outright PB of 23:55!

We had another 12 members tackle the 2.5 laps of Great Hollands Rec at Bracknell parkrun where Jane Pond recorded another ‘Best’ as she claimed a course record. Martin Steadman led the club members home as he claimed 2nd in the VM50-54. He was closely followed by Charlie St Aubyn who took 3rd in the same category.

A select SJ group of four members ran Rushmoor parkrun with Dave Breslin making a rare appearance at the venue as he was first member to finish.

The SJ parkrun Explorers Collective made the trip to edge of Reading for Woodley parkrun. 10 of the 19 members in attendance were running the venue for the first time and Julie Fowler took the opportunity to run a parkrun for the very first time. Our first member into the funnel was Alistair Ingall-Tombs en route to his fastest ever parkrun. Woodley regular Jon Green also claimed an outright PB as he gets faster and faster, this run also marked a more significant milestone as it was the first time he beat his Dad George. Dave Bartlett and Sarah Alexander also had speedy runs taking course records.

Lots of parkrun Tourism this weekend. On the local scene we had Lisa Hale and Stuart Overhill at Bedfont Lakes, Nick Metcalfe at Alice Holt, Martin Gould at Woking and Jane Ralls at Higginson Park, Marlow. The regulars John Tovell and Andy Summerskill ran at Crane Park and Houghton Hall as usual.

Furthest afar this week was Kate Parker who combined a trip to New York with a tricky trip to Delaware and Raritan Canal parkrun. Her endeavours were rewarded with a PB of 23:18, a fourth place overall and first female finish.

Other Saturday events…

The second round of the G3 Fitstuff series took place on another hilly course. Patrick Wadsworth and Jane Bannister both had good runs.

Sunday events…

Good conditions greeted participants in the Winter Tanners event which included Katie Herrington, Dave Ayling and Richard Boese. A very enjoyable 30 mile route was successfully completed by all with Richard knocking 11 minutes off his PB.

Saturn Running held their Embrace the Race event at Greenham Common near Newbury. Nigel Evans, Mark Neve, Martin Gould, Tina Acock and Lance King completed the marathon and added to their tallies. Meanwhile Liz Evans had a fantastic run to complete her first half marathon.

Jess Metcalfe took on the First Chance 10k on a course around Exeter Riverside Park where she finished in 1:05:03.

At the Windsor Winter Half Marathon Sarah Pendlebury had a great run knocking a massive 21 minutes off her PB to finish in 2:11:16.

Sunday saw the penultimate round of the Thames Valley XC with Tadley Runners hosting on a muddy course. We are long overdue an update on the TVXC league so will cover in more detail later in the week.

Strava

This week on Strava we managed to hit the magic mark with 100 members logging runs on Strava. Richard Boese claimed the top spot thanks in part to his great run at Winter Tanners. To take part in this just create a free Strava account and link it to the club in your profile. Here’s the top 10 from last week:-

Club Events for the week ahead…

Tuesday Club Run: The biggest club run of the week will as always offer multiple groups to cater for all abilities from beginners through to faster and more experienced runners. It’s perfect for novices and those coming back from injury or a long lay-off because you can start with an easy group and work your way upwards. The start time is 6:30pm as always this week from the regular start at Sandhurst Memorial Park.

Tuesday Intervals: Later the interval sessions will meet at The Tythings in Yateley at 8pm. The session will be a Pyramid session at Waitrose with efforts from 1 – 5 minutes. (30 seconds recovery between each interval). You can read more about the Tuesday night intervals here

Wednesday: Variety is the spice of life and the Wednesday crew have some surprises for you this week with a mixture of great routes and some fartlek style efforts. Join them at Sandhurst Memorial Park at 7pm. There will also be run options for those that graduated from the 10k and 10 mile courses to ease you into the regular run.

Thursday: This week the threshold/improvers run will be on the Crawley Ridge route. Meet at Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm and don’t forget lights and high vis clothing. The run is a great way to improve fitness by running as a group at a slightly harder intensity. There is a shorter route available and a sweeper so nobody gets left behind.

Friday: Track is still free and the coaches have some great sessions planned for all abilities to improve fitness and technique. This is a great way to improve your running form and fitness, get faster and help prevent injury. If you’ve never ran on a track before give it a try, it’s a lot of fun and you are never more than 200m away from the start.

Saturday: Lots of members will be enjoying their weekly Parkrun fix at 9am on Saturday morning. Wherever you are parkrunning – Don’t forget your barcode!

Sunday: The lookout run has been hugely popular with different groups of varying ability so check Facebook to find out who is running this week from 9am.

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SJ Weekly Run Down – 7th to 13th January 2019

Club Announcements

The Sandhurst Joggers Bake Off and Quiz Night is back! We would love you to put your culinary skills to the test once again and sharpen up on your knowledge base in order to join us at the Sandhurst Sports Bar (next to the Sandhurst Memorial Hall) on Tuesday 29th January 2019 at 8.00pm. If you would like to enter the Bake Off, we ask that you arrive at 7.30pm with your amazing cakes so that they can be grouped together for the judging panel of SJ members to taste. The Quiz will commence at 8.30pm to allow those runners who wish to participate but are running that night, to join us after their run.  So if you wish to get together with some friends in groups of 4, or prefer to make up a team on the night, then we welcome you along to have a bit of quiz fun. Prizes will be available for both Bake Off winner and Quiz team winners. You will also be able to purchase drinks from the Sports Bar in order to wash down those delightful tasty treats.

The Sandhurst Joggers Annual Ball will take place once again at the Easthampstead Conference Park, Off Peacock Lane, Wokingham, RG40 3DF on Friday 29th March 2019 at 7.30pm.  The cost of the tickets will be £35.00 per person. SJ Social Secretary Lisa Harrold has sent all the details by email. Please respond to secure your tickets by January 31st.

The Thames Valley Cross Country League is back this weekend hosted by Tadley Runners. We need runners of all abilities to run. The club pays your entry fee, these events are lots of fun and there is food afterwards plus a sociable drink in a local pub. Full details at the end of the Run Down.

Weeknight events…

Wednesday night saw the first Handicap of 2019 and the 300th running of the Monthly Handicap. Here’s the full report and results.

Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…

Globally parkrun continues to see growing attendances and our local events are no different. Bracknell attracted 457 runners including 19 SJs. Former member Richard Johnson was first of the SJ family over the line just ahead of Matt Jones. Course records were posted by Serena Gigg and Liz Evans as well as a glut of category podiums; Top of the box were Lottie St Aubyn, Sam Weller and Alison who was making a rare appearance in the 5k distance! Patrick Wadsworth, Sarah Hyatt and Jackie Kent all claimed 2nd in their respective categories.

Over at Frimley Lodge 12 members joined 561 others in another huge turnout. Max Woods led the SJs home ahead of returnee Gavin Loader. Max was also 3rd in category while Simon Whillis and Alison Bone claimed 2nd position in their categories. Congratulations to new member Simon Tigg on his new outright parkrun PB!

Parkrun Rushmoor saw the largest local attendance of all with a massive 659 parkrunners. In a rare parkrun appearance Jon Gubb led home the SJs with an impressive sub 20 minute run. Lisa Hale claimed 2nd in category.

Still the local new kid on the block, Dinton Pastures kept the NYD momentum rolling with 348 on the startline. A trio of SJs all put themselves on the category podiums with George Green and Kate Parker claiming 2nd and Heidi Zymela 3rd.

The Tourist streak is continuing. Our locals John Tovell and Yvette Glacken ran at Crane Park and Houghton Hall respectively. Locally five members including Stephen Casey, Ian Watson, Wayne Boardman and Alurie Dutton sampled young event Brooklands. Stuart Mayes nipped down to Alice Holt and Leon Hicks across to Newbury.

Further afield Jon Green took on the challenging Denbies course at Mole Valley, Richard Boese visited Northala Fields, Dave Bartlett ran at Moors Valley and Imogen Murray tested the upcoming Southern XC hills at Hampstead Heath.

Strava

This week on Strava we managed to hit the magic mark with xxx members logging runs on Strava. Jim Laidlaw claimed the top spot for the second time in as many weeks. To take part in this just create a free Strava account and link it to the club in your profile. Here’s the top 10 from last week:-

Club Events for the week ahead…

Monday: Patrick Wadsworth will be leading the Monday night chatfest from Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm. The route will cover approx. 6 miles and is back on the road so don’t forget your head torches and high viz. This is one of the most sociable runs of the week and a great opportunity to catch up with friends or discuss the preceding weekend.

Tuesday Club Run: The biggest club run of the week will as always offer multiple groups to cater for all abilities from beginners through to faster and more experienced runners. It’s perfect for novices and those coming back from injury or a long lay-off because you can start with an easy group and work your way upwards. The start time is 6:30pm as always this week from the regular start at Sandhurst Memorial Park.

Tuesday Intervals: Later the interval sessions will meet at The Tythings in Yateley at 8pm. The session will be on Chinese Hill and will consist of 4 x 4 minutes with 45 second recoveries plus 3 x 3 minutes with 30 second recoveries. You can read more about the Tuesday night intervals here

Wednesday: Variety is the spice of life and the Wednesday crew have some surprises for you this week with a mixture of great routes and some fartlek style efforts. Join them at Sandhurst Memorial Park at 7pm. There will also be run options for those that graduated from the 10k and 10 mile courses to ease you into the regular run.

Thursday: This week the threshold/improvers is teh Group paced run and will be on the Golden Retriever route. Meet at Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm and don’t forget lights and high vis clothing. The run is a great way to improve fitness by running as a group at a slightly harder intensity.

Friday: Track is still free and the coaches have some great sessions planned for all abilities to improve fitness and technique. This is a great way to improve your running form and fitness, get faster and help prevent injury. If you’ve never ran on a track before give it a try, it’s a lot of fun and you are never more than 200m away from the start.

Saturday: Lots of members will be enjoying their weekly Parkrun fix at 9am on Saturday morning. Wherever you are parkrunning – Don’t forget your barcode!

Sunday: This weekend the Thames Valley Cross Country League returns on
Sunday 20th January 2019 at 11:00am and is hosted by Tadley Runners, a few miles northwest of Basingstoke.

We are currently sixth in the league so would be great to have a final push from EVERYONE to try and finish in the top 5!!

Location/Driving/Car Parking: Tadley is about a 15 minute drive from either M3 Junction 6 (via A339 and A340) or M4 Junction 12 (via A4 and A340).  It is a 45-60 minute drive to Tadley and the parking venue isn’t easy to find, then there is a 10-15 minute walk to the start, so allow plenty of time to get there. Parking is at Hurst Community College, Brimpton Rd, Baughurst, Tadley, RG26 5NL. This is adjacent to Race HQ at the main School Hall and will be clearly signposted. There is NO parking at the start.

Course:
The 5.4 miles long and comprises 2 different laps and is suitable for spikes (but note that the walk/jog to the start is tarmac). There will be wet and muddy sections on the course.

Race Administration:
Please come and find me when you arrive, so I can check you off the list. I will be down near the start line. They will be using finish tokens. Toilets will be at the college and there will not be any toilets near the start. Refreshments will be served back at Race HQ after the event. Please remove your shoes or bring a change of shoes to avoid bringing mud into the hall. And please DO NOT use the drinking water tap by the school outdoor eating area to clean their shoes.

Kit:
Remember that you must wear club kit to score for the club.

Guests:
Non-members are welcome too, but it will cost them £4 (members’ entry fees are paid by the club).

Post race drink:
There will be the usual refreshments (CAKE!) in the hall afterwards and for those that wish to join us for a post race drink, we will head to The Badgers Wood, Wolverton Rd, Baughurst, Hampshire RG26 5JH.

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Handicap Results January 2019

It seems only a short time ago that Colin Carpenter was crowned Sandhurst Joggers Handicap Competition Champion 2018 but as the second Wednesday of January arrived, so did the start of the 2019 competition.

Turns out this month’s edition was special in more ways than one. Firstly it was the 300th running of the event. Stop and think about that for a minute – that’s 25 years! (of the 31 years the club has existed). Handicap Stalwart Simon Whillis will be sharing more on the history of the event in the coming weeks.

Onto this month’s action and the second reason this one was special. With 40 members running this was the best attended Handicap ever. A combination of New Year motivation, training objectives and increased club participation drew out a big crowd on a chilly Wednesday night.

There are two approaches to the Handicap Competition. Number one: The cagey/tactical approach where you run keeping a little in reserve to make it easier to improve next month. Number two: The ‘All In’ approach where you take it to the maximum each time and strive to continually improve those times. We definitely saw more examples of the second approach with many members putting it all out there and some very impressive PB.

Charlie St Aubyn demonstrated his very strong form by knocking a huge 3 minutes 34 seconds off his handicap time to claim the trophy on the night ahead of Gerry Megham who reduced his handicap time by over a minute despite jogging in the final km. Jon Green took 3rd as he posted a PB and lowered his mark by 1 minute 9 seconds.

New member John Whitworth was fastest around the 4 mile course recording an impressive 25:06 ahead of Mark Fallowfield-Smith and Andrew Brooks.

Kudos to the other personal bests from Alan McPherson, Jim Laidlaw, Alistair Ingall-Tombs, Ian Watson and Patrick Darcy. Six first timers also completed this month and will be ones to watch when the next edition runs on Wednesday 13th February.

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SJ New Years Run Down – Dec 31st to Jan 6th

Here’s part two of a Christmas and New Year Run Down double…

Club Announcements

This week saw the first Handicap run at the Morgan Rec of 2019. This was the 300th running of Handicap with a record turnout of 40 members. Simon will have the results available soon…

Now we are into 2019 it would be great to hear what Target Events you all have on your calendars. You can add these to the SJ Events Poll which is the ‘pinned post’ on the SJ Facebook Group page. This helps inspire other members and is useful for collaborating on training runs and organising transport.

The Sandhurst Joggers Annual Ball will take place once again at the Easthampstead Conference Park, Off Peacock Lane, Wokingham, RG40 3DF on Friday 29th March 2019 at 7.30pm.  The cost of the tickets will be £35.00 per person. SJ Social Secretary Lisa Harrold has sent all the details by email.

Make sure you have added Sandhurst Joggers to your parkrun profile to help us keep track of your achievements and touristing. We included detailed instructions on how to do this in the last ‘Run Down’ https://thejoggersjournal.wordpress.com/2019/01/07/sj-xmas-run-down-dec-24th-to-30th/

New Year’s Day events…

The festive period has seen a surge in interest in parkrun and this was evident at our locals events with huge turnouts and some attendance records. We had 69 members taking part in the New Year’s Day parkruns and 26 of those completed ‘The Double’ by completing 2 different events, the only day of the year when this is possible. Here’s an infographic showing the where our members ran and their journeys if completing doubles.

Starting at 8:30am for Dinton Pastures parkrun we had 11 members join the 586 other runners who helped absolutely smash the previous attendance record. It was so busy they ran out of tokens and had to write finishing positions on peoples’ hands. A finish token you were allowed to take home! Steve Mott was the the first SJ finisher in his first run at the venue. Charlie St Aubyn, Lottie St Aubyn, Teresa Milroy, Colin Carpenter, Lyn Winter and Jane Pond all recorded course records. Lottie also finished first in category while George Green grabbed 2nd in his category. All 11 members went on to run or volunteer at Bracknell. Steve even ran there!

Next up at 9am Rushmoor parkrun started back on the regular Queen’s Parade course. Twenty SJs joined another big field of 702 runners. Neil Praine claimed a course record as he finished first of the SJ contingent. Yvette Glacken claimed 3rd and Alurie Dutton 2nd in their respective categories.

Many members then made the trip down the road (or canal) to Frimley Lodge parkrun for a 10am start. Twenty eight members ran, many of whom had already run at Rushmoor parkrun. Clive Rolfe finished first for the club as Dave O’Toole and Janet venables took 1st and 2nd respectively in their categories.

Bracknell parkrun set a 10:30am start time as they celebrated their 200th run and this enabled a broad mix of keen ‘double’ runners as well as those recovering from a big New Year’s Eve. We had our very own SJ milestones to celebrate as Charlie and Lottie St Aubyn celebrated their 100th runs on the Bracknell course. We had 27 members running with Jane Pond recording another course record here, her second of the day having already done so at Dinton Pastures. There was post-hangover truce at the front of the field as our own Graham Robsonson finished 2nd overall. He also claimed 1st in the VM35-39 category ahead of fellow SJ Robert Jerrett. Patrick Wadsworth also claimed 1st in the VM55-59 category. Patricia Marshall claimed 2nd and Dave Breslin 3rd in their respective categories.

All in all a fantastic way to celebrate the start of 2019. Here’s a gallery of pictures from the local events…

On the tourism front; Martin Gould travelled from Rushmoor to Alice Holt. Lisa Hale and Stuart Overhill ran at Hogmoor Inclosure. Katy Kennedy did the Guildford and Mole Valley double.

Sharon Conquer adopted her regular Tailwalker role at Northampton. Stephen Casey ran at Bushy, Dublin and then completed his double at Dublin Airport. Wayne Boardman claimed the furthest travelled again as he ran at Willoughby in Australia.

Other events…

Over in the Surrey Hills the SJ Rock Collective (aka Jon Gubb, Rich McCready, Paul Alexander, Paul Biggs, Jim Casey, Nigel Evans and Jane Crawford) congregated for the Knacker Cracker a tough run including 5 climbs of Box Hill. For the 5th consecutive they brought home the fancy dress prize!

Max Woods and Sacha Kendall Woods celebrated New Year at the Brown Willy Hill Race, a race to the top of Brown Will which is the highest point in Cornwall.

Onto the weekend and starting with the third parkrun in 5 days as Saturday 5th January dawned…

Bracknell parkrun proved to be the biggest draw for members with 23 running at Great Hollands Rec. Lara Winter achieved an outright PB on the challenging course and Lyn Winter a course record. Load of category successes this week with the following ‘firsts’; Lottie St Aubyn, Sam Weller and Blanche Barnes. These members grabbed second in category; Martin Steadman, Teresa Milroy, Gabi Bassett and Susan Plumb. And these SJs were third in category; Lara Winter and Lyn Winter. Well done everyone!

Richard Boese led home the 15 SJs at Frimley Lodge parkrun on another day of big attendances. Janet venables and Alurie Dutton finished second in their category while Mo willcox took third in hers.

Lots of runners at Rushmoor parkrun where Stephen Casey was first into the funnel out of the six member running.

A trip of regulars at Dinton Pastures where George Green again finished first in category as Jane Pond achieved her third consecutive PB in 5 days!

It was a big day in the parkrun world as the female record was broken by Charlotte Arter as she lowered the mark to an incredible 15:50 at Cardiff parkrun. Our regulars Yvette Glacken was at Luton Wardown, Andy Summerskill at Houghton Hall, John Tovell at Crane Park and Sharon Conquer tailwalking at Northampton.

Locally Lisa Hale and Stuart Overhill ran at Bedfont Lakes while Liz and Nigel Evans were at Guildford. Further afield Beanie Watson ran at Tooting Common, Neil Praine at Worcester Pitchcroft and Mark Neve at Darlington South. Wayne Boardman continued his tour of Australian parkruns finishing up his trip at Bowral in 30+ degree temperatures!.

Other Saturday events…

The G3 Fitstuff 5k, 10k and 15k series of events kicked off and both Patrick Wadsworth and Harvey Young had great runs on the demanding 10k course.

Sunday events…

Every year the hugely popular Cliveden XC sells out and John Tovell was one of the lucky ones to get a place. He also had a great run on the mixed terrain hilly course.

Strava

This week on Strava we managed to hit the magic mark with 100 members logging runs on Strava. Jim Laidlaw claimed the top spot this time around. To take part in this just create a free Strava account and link it to the club in your profile. Here’s the top 10 from last week:-

Club Events for the remainder of the week ahead…

Thursday: This week the threshold/improvers run will be on the Coat Hanger route. Meet at Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm and don’t forget lights and high vis clothing. The run is a great way to improve fitness by running as a group at a slightly harder intensity. There is a shorter route available and a sweeper so nobody gets left behind.

Friday: Track is still free and the coaches have some great sessions planned for all abilities to improve fitness and technique. This is a great way to improve your running form and fitness, get faster and help prevent injury. If you’ve never ran on a track before give it a try, it’s a lot of fun and you are never more than 200m away from the start.

Saturday: Lots of members will be enjoying their weekly Parkrun fix at 9am on Saturday morning. Wherever you are parkrunning – Don’t forget your barcode! A group of SJ tourists will be sampling Brooklands parkrun – check Facebook for me details.

Sunday: The lookout run has been hugely popular with different groups of varying ability so check Facebook to find out who is running this week from 9am.

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SJ Xmas Run Down – Dec 24th to 30th

Happy New Year to all you members and friends of Sandhurst Joggers. Here’s to a successful, fun, fast and injury free 2019. There has been a huge amount of running over the festive period so this is part one of a Christmas and New Year Run Down double…

Club Announcements

Draw for the Wokingham Half Marathon place was held at the Mince Pie Run on December 30th and Nikki Fallowfield-Smith was the lucky winner.

Make sure you have added Sandhurst Joggers to your parkrun profile to help us keep track of your achievements and touristing. Here’s a step by step guide on how to edit your parkrun profile:-

Step 1 – Find a ‘results’ email from Parkrun which you will normally receive within hours of completing a Parkrun on a Saturday morning (the News and other promotional emails from Parkrun don’t contain the links to make this easy), then scroll down and click on ‘edit’ (see below):-

Parkrun profile step 1

Step 2 – You’ll see all the details you provided when you first registered with Parkrun and printed your barcode. Scroll down to the ‘Running club (Optional)’ box and click on the black arrow to reveal all the options. Scroll down until you can select ‘Sandhurst Joggers’ from the options. Update any other details while you are here including ‘Home Run’ if this has changed or you have recently moved to the area (See below):-

Parkrun profile step 2

Step 3 – Click the ‘Please Alter’ button to confirm the changes you have made (see below):-

Parkrun profile step 3

Onto the running news and lots of weekday action starting with Christmas Day parkrun…

Lots of festive frivolity as twenty members donned the Santa hats and joined 462 other runners at parkrun Frimley Lodge. To add some spice to the mince pies the course was ran in reverse. Nicola Coe and James Woolmer took the opportunity to run for the first time at the venue while Frimley stalwart Simon Whillis claimed first place in category. Jon Green claimed a course record and Max Woods gave his Santa hat a second run out in four days as he was first member to finish.

More yuletide action at parkrun Rushmoor with six members running the Queen’s Parade course. Martin Gould led the SJs over the line as Kirsty Kent ran for the first time here.

Dinton Pastures celebrated their first ever Christmas Day parkrun by breaking their own attendance record as 309 runners lined up between  Black Swan and White Swan Lakes. The SJ Dinton crew clearly had to get back for Christmas dinner and didn’t hang about with Kate Parker and George Green claiming first in their respective categories, while first timer Lottie St Aubyn was 3rd in hers.

The regulars John Tovell and Will Lucas ran at their home events; Crane Park and Seaton respectively. Robert Jerrett ran at Newbury and Mark Pattrick joined a record breaking 2011 runners at Bushy Park, the home of parkrun.

Other events…

Paul Alexander completed the Bracknell AC Boxing Day Handicap.

Mark Neve completed the Saturn Running ‘Run Home’ Marathon on a muddy course alongside the Thames near Reading. At the same event Gareth Hopkin completed the 10 miler and Jacqueline Hudson the Half Marathon to round out her 12 Halfs in 12 months goal.

Richard Boese completed the fourth event in the Phoenix Running Marathon series; the Year End Marathon to claim a gigantic medal as a reward for consistency.

Onto the weekend and starting with the third parkrun in 8 days as Saturday 29th December dawned…

Parkrun Rushmoor attracted the a large congregation of members as 14 SJs joined Dave Bartlett to help celebrate his 100th parkrun. To mark the occasion the organisers decided to test out an alternative course which will enable them to run during July when the Farnborough Airshow normally forces them to cancel. This is normally a quiet attendance weekend but good weather and a surge in interest saw 550 runners turn out which stretched the capacity of the new ‘Wellesley’ course as runners lining up alongside the Basingstoke Canal for the start. From here the course headed east before doubling back along the Willow Trail to rejoin the canal and head west ducking under a low bridge and eventually returning along the Birch Trail and canal.

Andrea Vincent had a great run finishing first in category. Fellow Wednesday General Member Sharon Burfield did likewise bagging a course record and 3rd in category. More category ‘bronzes’ for Nick Metcalfe and Gerry Mepham who was also the first member to finish.

Over at parkrun Frimley Lodge 10 members joined Darren Wood, the parkrunner with the highest total of runs in the World, as he completed his 700th run! Jon Payne was first member into the funnel as well as finishing 3rd in category. Both Alison Bone and Alurie Dutton also claimed 3rd places in their respective categories while Dave O’Toole went one better to take 2nd in his.

Matt Jones, our fastest runner at parkrun Bracknell also claimed 3rd place in category. Sharon Fields also grabbed a category 3rd and Patrick Wadsworth 2nd in the VM55-59 class. Chris Cole returned to the venue of his first parkrun to demonstrate his progress with a PB. In total 18 members ran.

John Tovell stuck to his local patch at Crane Park this week but there was also lots of local tourism. Robert Jerrett ran Basingstoke, Clive Rolfe Alice Holt, George Green Dinton Pastures, Royston Crandley Brooklands and Kate Parker posted an outright PB at Reading. The trio of Jon Green, Teresa Milroy and Colin Carpenter were at Woodley.

With members spread far and wide visiting friends and family there was also some diverse tourism further afield. In the south Jonathan Evershed ran at Penrose in Cornwall while Stuart Mayes returned to Tamar Lakes. In the North Graham Robinson was first finisher at Wetherby, James Woolner sampled young event Kew Woods near Southport and Graham Bolton Alness parkrun north of Inverness.

Stephen Casey travelled to Ireland for Tymon parkrun near Dublin and Wayne Boardman claimed the furthest travelled again as he ran at San Remo in Australia.

Other events on Saturday 29th December…

The SJ Mud Crew took on the final Brutal of the year on a 10 mile course at Longmoor and did not disappoint claiming the coveted Gold medal for completing all seven 2018 events.

Also on Saturday 29th, Lance King completed Day 1 of the Frozen Phoenix Marathon double on a course based around the Xcel Leisure Centre near Walton on Thames. Lance completed 8 laps of the course for the full marathon distance.

Onto Sunday 30th December…

The annual Mince Pie Run at the Lookout was a huge success with 25 members enjoying a run around Swinley Forest before indulging in more mince pies and mulled wine.

Back to the Frozen Phoenix Marathon for Day 2 where Nigel Evans and Tina Acock completed yet another marathon to wrap up 2018.

Classic end of the year event The Gutbuster attracted 7 members to a mixed terrain 10 mile course near Mortimer.

Strava

The Christmas week saw Sharon Burfield take top spot on the Strava Leaderboard. To take part in this just create a free Strava account and link it to the club in your profile. Here’s the top 10 from December 24th to 30th:-

Club Events for the week ahead…

We’ll cover the rest of the week in part 2 of the Xmas and New Year Run Down so for now just the details on Monday’s run.

A New Year and a new Monday Club run. 7:30 from Sandhurst Sports Centre. About an hour and about 6 miles. Faster runners will speed off the front and then loop back for those having a more leisurely run or who are running more slowly. If you have started training for a big event later in the year the Club runs provide a good opportunity to get a few miles in and ‘time on your feet’ while chatting with friends and having a stress free run. Give us a try! Patrick Wadsworth will be looking after everybody as always.

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Handicap December – Final results and series standings

The Annual Handicap competition wrapped up earlier in December with twenty three members lining up outside The Morgan Rec to seize the final chance of 2018 to score points and influence their final position in the series standings.

Amazingly long time series leader Colin Carpenter yet again posted the biggest improvement to take maximum points. he already had the 2018 Handicap title sewn up and the final run demonstrated his complete domination of this years competition. Gerry Mepham took second place just a second ahead of Graham Kelly.

Fastest on the night was Graham Robinson who finished in 25:50 just 3 seconds ahead of a fast finishing Andrew Brooks. Jim Laidlaw claimed 3rd a further 22 seconds back.

Whilst Colin was secure at the top of the table the battle for the remaining podium places was exceptionally tightly fought. Martin Steadman managed to scrape 3 seconds off his PB to claim 8th place points on the night which was enough to pip Blanche Barnes who finished 3 seconds shy of her best to take 9th place points and miss out to Martin by just a single point.

Sixty seven members took part in the 2018 competition. We will be resetting the table and starting afresh on Wednesday 9th January as the 2019 Handicap Competition kicks off.

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Meet the Member – Ian Watson completes 50 parkruns

A couple of weeks ago Ian Watson reached a parkrun milestone and completed his 50th. He’ll soon be the owner of a red T shirt and in the meantime we’ll find out more about him and his running…

Q) For members who don’t know you, tell us a bit about yourself? 

A) I am Scottish but having lived in the area since 1984 have totally lost my accent (😂😂). I’m married to Nicki and we’ve now shown mutual tolerance for 30yrs. She is English so we have two culturally confused children in their 20s, Callum who’s an osteopath and Beanie who is in marketing. After 29 years of thoughtful consideration since Nicki first said she wanted one, I relented and we got a dog (big decisions mustn’t be rushed). I worked for Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft and have been sort-of-retired (long story) for four years.  

Apart from running, I also play golf and have now taken up orienteering which I love, but doesn’t seem to love me back. I went in for British National Champs in September and after the first event (ignoring the DNFs, the DSQs and anyone who is still out there wondering where the hell they are on the map), I was, according to the National ranking points, the Worst Orienteer in Britain. So if I lead a run, be very, very afraid. I can, however, unerringly find my way to places selling Häagen-Dazs, shortbread or Toblerone.

Q) How and when did you get into running? 

A) My wife was cajoled by our daughter into doing a Race For Life. Against her expectation, she enjoyed it and after joining SJ, got me to join too. This was about 8 yrs ago. Before, I had never considered running as a real sport as it didn’t involve a ball. I enjoyed the Tuesday runs, then Rob & Ann Hewison persuaded us to also try the XC events and that was when I found, even though I enjoy running anywhere, any distance, any weather, that off-road is my preference. 

Q) What do you enjoy most about being a member of Sandhurst Joggers?

A) It’s opened up new possibilities, whether that’s finding huge amounts of countryside you’d never see from a car, taking part in national events like the English XC Champs where you can line up shoulder to shoulder with elite athletes facing the same challenge, eating cake guilt-free (if you’re a runner, it’s not “eating junk food”, it’s “vital carb loading”) or having the privilege of marshalling at the finish line at the London Marathon.  Above all though, it’s the sociability, being able to share all this with 400 other like-minded people knowing they’re not thinking “Oh no, is this him talking all about running AGAIN?” 

Q) On which of the weekly runs are we most likely to bump into you? 

A) Sunday LookOut runs in Swinley Forest and on the Barossa heathland. Unless there’s another running event I’m doing or we’re away, it’s a solid fixture. Love being off-road and then taking time for a coffee and chat after (even though we’ve already been chatting for an hour and a half by then). Through the winter it has the bonus of being the only daylight club run. A crisp sunny morning looking at the 360 degree views from Saddleback Hill is hard to beat. 


Q) You’ve ran 34 of your parkruns at Bracknell, tell us what you like about that event?

A) It’s a good mix of open grass and woodland trail which I like. It’s run over 2.5 pretty flat laps but apart from the start, not very congested unless you’re caring about every second of your time. To be frank though, I go there because it’s the most accessible parkrun for me and as I’m unable to drive, that matters. I can cycle to it easily or if I want the miles, run. 



Q) Of the 4 other parkruns you’ve run, which was your favourite and why?

A) Bushy Park was special. There was a good SJ turnout for what is a pilgrimage to where parkrun started. The course is wide, one lap and with only a few turns so despite a massive field of runners, its is a fast one and was even more so with the hard ground of the summer when we were there. All this and plenty of pacers meant it was time to really give it everything and I got a PB which I can’t (yet?) see me beating. 

Q) What other events are on your programme for 2018 and 2019?

A) The inter-club cross-country events resume in the New Year so I’ll do those. I’ve a place for the London Marathon in April via the marshals’ ballot and that obviously means proper training to be able to enjoy that. Then I’m all booked up for what are probably my three favourite events – the Grizzly, the Green Belt Relay and Endure24. All involve extended time socialising with SJs and other runners which is a big part of the enjoyment.  I may do the Farnham Pilgrim again in the Autumn, ignoring what my time is and take some moments to take in the countryside views and the very frequent… errr…. carb-loading stops. 

Ian ran his first Parkrun on 27th October 2012 at Frimley Lodge, here’s some more achievements for the statos taken from the ‘Parkrun Challenges’ Chrome Extension:-

50 x Parkruns in Total

34 of those at Bracknell

6 x Personal Bests (fastest ever is 21:40 set at Bushy Park in July 2018 )

5 x Different venues

Bushy Park Pilgrimage completed on 21st July 2018

Most parkruns in a single year is 18 in 2018

32/60 scored in Stopwatch Bingo

2 x Christmas Day parkruns completed in 2015 and 2016

Ian has completed the All Weather Runner (complete at least one parkrun in each month of the year) once and his most active month is December.