Leon Hick’s marathon journey continued this week with four more events, all of which were organised by SVN. Thursday saw the ‘Ghost of Coyote’ event at the Cyclopark near Gravesend followed on Friday by the ‘Darnley Challenge’ on a longer course at Jeskyns Woodland, the Darnley Estate and Ranscombe Wildflower Reserve. Then on Saturday the ‘Music legends Challenge: Elvis Presley’ and Sunday the ‘Punk Run’, both held at Jeskyns. Completing these meant Leon successfully achieved his goal of running fifty two marathons in a twelve month period and he was able to pick up his 52 in 52 Tshirt.
Under torrential rain on Wednesday the latest round of the Handicap series saw some great runs with Royston Crandley taking the trophy for the second time this year as he topped the five members all logging improvements. Some impressive debuts from the three new members including James Plummer who posted the fastest time on the night with 26:37.
Current series leader Jim Laidlaw just missed bettering his time by three seconds but that was only good enough for 7th position on the night. Jim has already scored in the maximum seven events this year but the good news for him is that August’s score bettered his worst score from April. However it has tightened up at the top of the table as Emy Circuit added a seventh score and closed the gap to thirteen points. Also watch out for Royston Crandley and Dick Newman who are only 26 and 31 points respectively with a score in hand. There are four rounds remaining and still twelve members in with a chance of winning the annual competition.
Thursday evening saw the final race of the Dinton Pastures 5k and 10k series run off under sunny skies although recent rain left some of the course under standing water! Great performances by members in the 10k with Claire Rowse finishing in 52:17 for 6th place in her age group and Kirsty Darcy finishing in 55:50.
Parkrun Frimley Lodge was back in action this week and sixteen members made up for missing last week. Phil Guy had a fantastic run to go sub 20 for the first time with 19:57. Colin Carpenter made his first appearance at FL and went home with his best time on local courses. Royston Crandley posted 23:18 for his best time of the season.
Over at Parkrun Bracknell, Martin Steadman was first SJ to finish in 23:47. Run of the day came from Julie Graham who recorded a PB in 38:44.
Harvey Young was the first member to finish at Rushmoor in 28:42 which is his second best time at the venue. Anna Wakeling posted a bestever Parkrun time with 32:26. Alutie Dutton completed the trio of members in action at Rushmoor.
An abundance of Parkrun Tourism this week! Fredric Frennessen made the trip to Basingstoke and knocked another ten seconds off his time from last week to record another PB in 25:34. Kevin Forster ran at Newcastle Parkrun. Richard Boese was in action on the pebbles of Seaton. Caroline Stuart dodged the bikes at Torbay Velopark. For the third week in a row Philippa Francis ran Evesham Parkrun and amazingly matched her time from last week to the second!
So much this week we’ll start a new paragraph for the local tourism. Dave Ayling came within 6 seconds of a Parkrun PB at Woodley. Lisa Hale and Stuart Overhill ran at Homewood.
Burnham Beeches Half Marathon saw a sizeable group of SJs tackle the event with Patrick Wandsworth and Charlie St Aubyn finishing within six seconds of each other in 1:43:24 and 1:43:30 respectively. Jackie Kent posted 1:54:37 as she completed her 20th half marathon in five years and Dave Bartlett showed grit to overcome recent injury woes to finish in 2:26:11.
At the Burnham Beeches 10k, Angela Foker and Ros Cosgreave completed the hilly ten kilometres in 1:07:39, Alutie Dutton in 1:10:55, Karen Page and Samantha Pittick in 1:13:25 and Yvette Glacken in 1:16:55. Effective teamwork for a couple of pairs there en route to the post race prosecco and swimming pool!
James Ward continued the great form shown at the final Yateley 10k with a strong run at the Rock and Roll Half Marathon series race in Dublin bagging a PB in 1:27:53.
Max Woods continued his run of longer events with the Salisbury 54321 Marathon as he builds towards a winter 100 miler! This is a slightly more generous Marathon at 27.75 miles which Max completed in 4 hours 38 minutes for 56th place.
Sunday saw the second edition of the Hart 4 Relay in Minley Woods over a (you guessed it) 4 hour duration, on a (you guessed it) 4 kilometre course, in teams of (yes you guessed it) 4 runners. We’ll have full reports later in the week from the official SJ team and the members running in various composite teams.
No surprises who our King of Strava was last week with 168.8km thanks to running four marathons; Leon Hicks took the title for a second week. Andrea Hadfield took second with 76.6km having covered most of the Fox trail and Phil Beard was third with 63.9km. Sixty members logged runs this week. To take part in this just create a free Strava account and link it to the club in your profile.
Please let me know if I’ve missed anything and share your results and achievements in the future so the rest of the club know what you are up to.
As always keep a look out on Facebook for details of the weekday evening runs.
Monday: Patrick will be leading the weekly chat fest from Sandhurst sports Centre at 7:30pm. This six (ish) mile run is a great opportunity to regale tales of weekend running adventures.
Tuesday: Mike, Monica and the other run leaders will be leading 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 run starts at Sandhurst Memorial Park this week starting at 6:30pm. Later the interval sessions will meet at The TYTHINGS in Yateley at 8pm.
Wednesday: Andrea Vincent and Sharon Burfield are the General Members for the Wednesday which leaves from Sandhurst Memorial Park at 7pm. The run will cover approx. 5-6 miles over roughly an hour. Runners run at their own pace and loop back as needed.
Thursday: This week is a normal Threshold run including pre-run mirth and merriment in Nikki’s ‘informative’ Facebook post, meeting at Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm for approx. 8 miles of ‘comfortably’ hard fun in the wood on a carefully selected route of the area’s finest roads and trails.
Next week on Thursday 24th August will be the final Pub Run of 2017. All you will need to do is turn up at 7:20pm at the Bird in Hand in little Sandhurst. Everyone is welcome and the run will be a total of 6 miles, but with lots of looping and chatting so everyone is welcome, whatever your ability. If you are planning to join please let Nikki know so she has an idea on numbers.
Friday: Track is still free and the THREE coaches have some great sessions planned for all abilities to improve fitness and technique.
Sunday: Anybody not racing can join the crowd running from The Lookout at 9am. It’s a flexible run to suit everybody’s needs and is either adapted to fit with distance targets or multiple groups are formed. The three ‘Cs’ of Coffee, cake and chat are enjoyed in the cafe post-run.
The Run Down will be taking a break for a couple of weeks but will be back in the first week of September with a bumper catch up edition.