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Handicap Curry Centurion Chat

After the masses at the handicap had heard the announcement that Graham Robinson had completed his 100th handicap event, a little while later at the Raj Tandoori over poppadoms the question was pitched to Simon Whillis “How many handicap centurions do we have?”

After Simon considered more immediate matters such as drinks, starters and mains, the answer is as follows:

Martin Powell – 155
Dave O’Toole – 142
Larry Sharp – 121
Gerry Mepham – 112
Mike Guess – 111
Dick Newman – 107
Ray Woodman – 104
Carl Bradshaw – 103
Patrick Wadsworth – 102
Sue Dart – 101
Graham Robinson – 100

Apparently there are a few who are on the finishing straight but not currently taking part.

With this being a monthly event, knocking up a century is some really serious commitment to the event and to the club. No awards for this aside from the kudos of having achieved it.

Thanks to Simon for compiling the stats and to whoever asked the question!

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Meet the Member – Alurie Dutton completes 250 parkruns

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

I live in Farnborough and retired from teaching in 2007 and since then I seem to have been busier than I was when I was working, enjoying a range of hobbies from creative crafts and reading, through golf, to cycling and walking and, of course, running.

I am also a trustee of a small sports charity, Boost, which supports disadvantaged and disabled sports groups. I have two grown up sons and five grandchildren, four of whom have joined me at parkrun.

Q) How and when did you get into running?

I started running four years after I retired when, having taken part in Race for Life for several years, my sister and I decided that we would actually train for the 5km event so that we could run it all instead of doing our usual run/walk.

Having achieved our aim we then decided we couldn’t just stop running so joined parkrun at Frimley Lodge and the adventure began. I started running on my own, (my sister Yvette, lives in Luton) then joined Blackwater Beginners and finally Sandhurst Joggers.

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

I enjoy the support that other runners give you and the friendships I have made since I joined the group.

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

I run on Tuesday evening and take my turn in leading or back marking the 13 minute group. I have also led a 14 minute group when the Pure Beginners first joined Tuesday running and needed a confidence boost.

Q) You’ve ran most of your parkruns at Frimley Lodge (111), tell us what you like about that event?

When I started Frimley Lodge was the only local parkrun and so it is my ‘home’run and still my closest. I like the change of scenery – the field, the canal, the woods – and have made friends there who I enjoy chatting to.

Q) Of the 44 other parkruns you’ve run, which was your favourite and why?

 I don’t have a particular favourite but do enjoy the seaside parkruns at Southsea, Lowestoft and Gorleston Cliffs mainly because I like being beside the sea! Southsea is a flat out and back but the other two are two laps and include running from the promenade to the cliff top twice. A challenge but worth it. I enjoy being a parkrun tourist and have only five more to do to complete the alphabet.

Q) You also have an incredible 57 volunteer credits, so thank you for helping make parkrun happen! What makes you volunteer so much?

I just feel that you should give back if you possibly can. When I started parkrun we were asked to volunteer just three times a year which seemed like a good idea! Some volunteering roles allow you to run, too, which is why, whilst I have been chasing the 250, I offered to write run reports. Now that I have done that I shall volunteer more for other roles. Volunteering is also a good thing to do when you are recovering from injuries and accidents.  

Q) What other events are on your programme for 2020?

I have the Romsey 5 mile at the end of this month and then two 10k (one organised and one virtual) planned for each month after that. I will also be volunteering at a few events, including the Yateley 10kms

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Weekly Run Down – 6th to 12th January

Club announcements

Sandhurst Joggers Great Ball

Have you got your tickets yet?

If not, then what are you waiting for? Our brilliant Social Avengers team will be sending out details for this again soon!

Midweek Events

No official events and whilst Storm Brendan did slightly disrupt some midweek runs, a bumper attendance of 37 members attended Track Night on Friday.

Our Coaches Carl Bradshaw, James Casey and Newton Johnston catered for all abilities coming up with challenging sessions that will help us all improve.

Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…

Last Saturday there were 93 runners who represented Sandhurst Joggers at various parkruns.

Frimley Lodge

Two Sandhurst Joggers finished in the top 10 here with Neil Praine coming in 5th overall with an astonishing time of 18:59 closely followed in 7th by Jon Payne in 19:18. Our first lady home was Caroline Stuart finishing in a time of 24:43.

Rushmoor

David O’Toole was the the 1st member to finish in a time of 23:43.

For the ladies, although they both finished in an official time of 26:30, Teresa Milroy placed just ahead of Louisa Enriquez in a very tight finish!

Seems like the cold weather was slowing people down as again as at other events there were no PBs gained today.

Bracknell – in a fantastic time of 19:44, Neil Praine finished 3rd overall knocking over a minute off of his previous PB here! Vinnett Taylor once more leading the ladies home in 26:26.

Paul Sliwinski achieved a 5th PB in the last two months to show some impressive improvement in his form, looking forward to seeing how this improvement progresses Paul!

Sandhurst Memorial – to help the muddy sections recover, a 3rd course has been devised for this novice event. Not to be thrown by this change, Craig Bowles was our first member to finish in 20:30. In her first run here, Michelle Cronin was our 1st lady to finish in 25:15.

Personal Bests for
Charlotte St Aubyn
Natasha O’Toole
Jane Bannister
Ellie Watson
Mo Wilcox
Lucy Howard
Colin Carpenter
Jo Fraser
Cat Wickham
Mark Neve
Mike Gascoigne
Sarah Hyatt
Fiona Gascoigne

At other local parkruns:

Dinton Pastures – A sole SJ attended this lovely lake course as Alison Winders crossed the line in 30:24.

Parkrun Tourism:

Bushy – Attending the spiritual home of parkrun, Clare Gujer crossed the line in 29:33. Time soon for a SJ Collective to visit here!!
Bath Skyline – In her first visit here, Helen Davy completed this picturesque course in 27:42.
Homewood – Completing a personal favourite course of mine in a course PB of 26:03 was Kate Parker.
NewburyLeon Hicks finishing his 1st run here in 31.55
Woking – First timer Simon Tigg recording 30:49 in his first visit here.

Local parkruns further afield

Seaton – Back out on a very blustery Esplanade Will Lucas finished in 28:31
Houghton Hall – A regulation run for Andy Summerskill finishing in 27:40 Basingstoke – In his 50th parkrun John Featherstone finished in 29:27.

Sunday events…

Michelle Wilson tackled this Saturn Event half marathon – she tells us about it here!

Nigel Evans – the marathon machine does it again! Needless to say tracking this guy down is difficult and I need get some big miles in to catch up with him but catch up I will at some point! In the meantime a brief summary of Sundays event with the obligatory “bite the bling” picture…

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Here’s the top 10 from last week with Jim Laidlaw getting those miles in at a pretty good pace too!

Club Events for the week ahead…

Monday:

Patrick Wadsworth will be taking the Monday night chatfest from Sandhurst Sports Centre. The Sports Centre carpark may be closed so park courteously nearby. 6 miles in around an hour leaving at 7:30. Faster runners will loop back for slower runners so we all get to chat and catchup on what has happened in the last week and our plans for New Year. Ideal if you have just started your spring marathon training- come and get more contradictory advice than you could possibly need.

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: Meeting up at The Tythings at 7:30pm, this weeks speedwork will be 2 x 5 mins, 2 x 4 mins, 2 x 3 mins with 1 minute recovery.

Wednesday: The Wednesday run sets off from the Memorial Park at 7:00. Andrea Vincent, Sharon Burfield and Alison Jones will lead runners of all abilities on this flexible run!

Thursday: A run with Erol will contain hills, laughs, and a couple of wrong turns (normally), but you can guarantee you’ll end up at the car park eventually, and with a smile at the end of it all! Meet at Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm and lights and high vis clothing will be required. 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, if you’re thinking of going somewhere new then post on the Facebook page as there may be other members planning on running at the same place as you! Wherever you are parkrunning – Don’t forget your barcode!

Sunday: Come along and give the The Sunday Lookout run a try with Dick Newman and Emy Circuit. They say its the best run of the week but might be a bit biased! It’s a flexible run leaving from The Lookout at 9 am with different groups to suit a wide range of abilities. The three ‘Cs’ of Coffee, cake and chat are enjoyed in the cafe post-run.

Thanks for reading the Run Down, have a safe week of running and I’ll see you next week!

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January Handicap winner Elin Loftesnes and her 12 day challenge

After Wednesday nights great performance to be top of the pile in the January Handicap Run, Elin was happy to share the story behind her 12 day challenge which helped her achieve this! Here is Elin’s account…

January’s handicap run winner!

I’ve been a member of SJ for 15 years and I am very much an up and down runner. I can easily not run for weeks and then have a “comeback” and get back into it for some weeks and then fall off the wagon again. And as much as I hate always having to start again I still end up doing it.

I started thinking over the summer holidays that running didn’t used to be this hard….. took a hard look at myself and figured out that it couldn’t be just the lack of running but maybe the extra kilos I was carrying had something to do with it as well….
Come September I came across the 5:2 diet on Facebook and had a quick look and thought I can do this. It’s not really dieting – just eating a less calories -2 days out of 5. Kids went back to school and I started planning my fasting meals of 500 cals. Found it very easy as I’m used to going through work without having time to eat anyway and just had a main meal at night. A lot of soups. The weight started coming off nicely and I straight away noticed  that running became a little easier and the times were improving.
I would also go for more runs as it was easier. I was quite determined to make sure I kept the weight off ( 7.5 kg )and knew running more would only be a bonus.

X-mas is a really hard time for me to get any running done as we are very busy at work (Cinema) and the excuses come very easily to not go for a run.
Again an ad came up on Facebook from Running heroes about a 12 day challenge. Just what I needed to keep my fitness over X-mas.  Someone else to decide what I was going to run.  Signed up immediately. Everything was linked to Strava (manual entries not accepted so no cheating) and for each day you completed you were entered into a competition as well; with prizes like race entries and Decathlon vouchers. There was also a main draw at the end and if you completed all 12 days you got 12 entries.  What’s not to like! It started quite nice and easy but got a little tougher at the end.
Day 1 – a run, Day 2 – 2 miles, Day 3 – 33 min, Day 4-4 miles, Day 5-5km, Day 6 – 60 min, Day 7 – 7 miles, Day 8 – 80 min, Day 9 – 9km, Day 10-4.216km (10th of a marathon), Day 11- 1h 11 min and Day 12 – 12 km.

It all fitted in nicely with the local park runs so managed to get the Xmas day and The New Years Day Double ticked off. It was also nice to have some company from Sarah Alexander and Janet Ford on the longer runs at the end- thank you. Every day I felt a little stronger and was lucky not to pick up any niggles. I knew I was getting fitter and running had become enjoyable again.
After clocking up 70.2 miles it was nice with a 2 days rest before the handicap. After having set my time in November where I ran flat out I was keen to see if I could improve on my time. The Run was really good and I came away with beating my time with 2 min 25 sec. new PB 🙂

And after not being successful in any of the challenge competitions I was really happy to walk away with the January Cup !

Thank you for sharing that Elin and I may have to give something like this a try myself to find a way to improve my handicap!

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Meet the Member – Hannah Whitman completes 50 parkruns

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

A) I am 36, an accountant (Yawn) living in Wokingham. My favourite things to do are to eat pizza and drink prosecco, running comes off the back of that!

Q) How and when did you get into running?

A) I got talked in to going for a run with a friend back in 2010 and literally made it to about 30 seconds before collapsing. I realised I was so unfit I needed to do something about it. At the same time my Dad had been diagnosed with Polycystic liver and kidney disease and was seriously poorly. So…. I decided to dive straight in and signed up to run the 2011 London Marathon to get fit and raise money for Kidney Research! I joined Sandhurst shortly after.

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

A) I like the flexibility of being able to turn up as and when I can, to any run or event, knowing that there is always a friendly welcome. I am not a regular to the club runs and even if I go months without coming it is so easy to slot back in and be part of the club. I also really like the mix of abilities and the commitment to encourage anyone to join in any run regardless of pace / ability.

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

A) I’ve not been committed to a specific weekly run over the last year, but you’ll see me at a local parkrun most Saturdays. I’m also aiming to get back as a Handicap regular this year and hoping to make it to some of the Tuesday interval sessions.

Oh, and you will find me at most events that involves a pub.

Q) You’ve ran most of your parkruns at Bracknell (32), tell us what you like about that event?

A) It is only 5 minutes from home which means I can get up at the last minute, and there are always friendly SJ faces to chat with before, during and after. The run itself is actually my least favourite.

Q) Of the 8 other parkruns locations you’ve run, which was your favourite and why?

A) Bushy Parkrun was definitely the most enjoyable. We have done two SJ trips over to Bushy and it was nice to be at the home of Parkrun with a big group of us. It is like no other parkrun I’ve done with well over 1,000 runners. I also grew up over that way and would regularly go to Bushy park as a kid so it also has nice memories. My favourite local parkrun is Woodley where I always get my fastest times.

Q) What other events are on your programme for 2020?

A) I have the London winter 10K in February which I love, and then the London Landmarks Half Marathon in March with around 50 other SJ’s, who are all raising money for Guide Dogs for the Blind. I am also signed up to Brighton Marathon but Training has barely started so not sure if I will make it or not…… Endure 24 has also become a favourite which is in June.

Hannah ran her 1st parkrun on 19th September 2015 at Bracknell. Here are some of Hannah’s stats from the Parkrun challenges.

50 x parkruns in total so far.

32 x parkruns @ Bracknell

8 x different venues

4 x PBs

Volunteered as marshall and pacer.

Thank you for sharing this with us Hannah and we look forward to see you on the club runs & events plus Endure24!

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Handicap Results January 2020

Having just crowned Jon Green the 2019 Handicap winner, it seems with insensitive haste we move straight into 2020 but to Wednesday 8th January 2020 @ Morgan Rec we go….

An astonishing record attendance of 54 members took part in the opening episode of the 2020 series bolstered by the Wednesday GMs of Andrea Vincent, Sharon Burfield and Alison Jones bringing the Variety Run over to Crowthorne along with a large number of newer members to the club.

It was brilliant to see you supporting the newer runners as well as some of the 12 first timers around!

Before we move into the results, a massive thank-you to Simon Willis for his ongoing organisation of this event and a bigger thank-you to Anne Whillis for coming out to help make this happen. With the numbers we had on Wednesday, they that deserve a medal!

On the night the results came is as:

Well done to Elin Loftesness who has clocked up some serious running of late to take the monthly cup home taking by 2:25 of her time to finish in a PB of 34:14. Elin will be sharing the secret of her success with us shortly.

January 2020 Handicap Run winner!

This improvement was a clear 1 minute over 2nd place Patrick Wadsworth who knocked 1:25 of his time. Cat Wickham posted a PB as she knocked over a minute off her time to come in 3rd.

Outside of the podium positions, the only other PB of the night was achieved by Jon Payne finishing in a very impressive 26:01.

On the night, the fastest around the course was Graham Robinson in 24:13 fresh after leading Sandhurst home in last weekends cross country but another impressive statistic was that this was his 100th handicap run. Congratulations Graham!

The overall standings are below and it remains to be seen who will have the commitment and consistency to toe the line each month and see how much they can improve. Really looking forward to as many of you as possible rocking up month-on-month, it is hard but it is a great measure of your improvement.

With so many first timers, February could be an event that can see a real shake-up in the standings, look forward to seeing you there.

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Weekly Run Down – 30th Dec to 5th January

Saturday Events…

Fitstuff G3 Race #2

Following on from Fitstuff Race #1 a fortnight ago, the second in the series took place on Saturday. Once more the intrepid trio of Dave Bartlett, Patrick Wadsworth and Jane Bannister took on this challenging event.

Jane Bannister tells the tale of her 15K run:

Jane proudly showing off medal #2

This was the 2nd event in the G3 Trail Series and on offer this time is either a 10km or 15km Route.

Up early – as both myself and Patrick were on registration before the run so a 6am start to be at Newlands Corner for 6:45. It was still dark and frosty at that time In the morning.

These events all start at 08:30 so still quite chilly when we started but you soon warmed up ! After all the rain this week it was a muddy start with everybody together and then you peel off to either the 10km Or 15km Route.

The run itself is a mixture of hills, sand and muddy tracks. There are KM markers all the way along the route. I walked the steep hills although overall I found it less hilly than the 10km a fortnight ago. There are beautiful views at St Martha’s and also all around Chantry Wood – well worth the effort in climbing.

I managed to fall crossing the main road (but the marshals were lovely ) – I didn’t see the tree roots but it a great trail run and I thoroughly recommend it – can’t wait for Race 3 on 1 February!

Thank-you for sharing that Jane, it is much appreciated and I hope you are OK after your tumble. Also very glad you are looking forward to Race 3 and there are going to be some other SJs there, although for me it will be the 10K course!

If anyone else is interested then have a look here for event details: https://aat-events.com/race/g3-run/

Last Saturday there were 93 runners who represented Sandhurst Joggers at various parkruns.

Sandhurst Memorial – 49 Sandhurst Joggers took part here and the first SJ to finish was Andrew Provost getting around in a very rapid 20:25 with our first female being Sacha Kendall-Woods who completed it in 25:21

As expected for an event in its infancy there were 16 PBs – well done to all the below:
Martin Steadman 21:29, Mark Norman 22:02, Ian Watson 23:33, Iain Findlay 24:00, Nick Metcalfe 24:42, Richard Boese 24:45, Natasha O’Toole 26:54, Rowena Norman 27:07, Fiona Marshall 27:50, Ellie Watson 28:59, Mo Willcox 29:07, Lucy Howard 29:15, Alison Winders 30:15, Jane Ralls 35:12, Natalie Pollard 36:33 & Sarah Hyatt 44:14

Frimley Lodge

Two Sandhurst Joggers finished in the top 10 here with Neil Praine coming in 5th overall with an astonishing time of 18:59 closely followed in 7th by Jon Payne in 19:18. Our first lady home was Caroline Stuart finishing in a time of 24:43.

Bracknell – in a fantastic time of 19:44, Neil Praine finished 3rd overall knocking over a minute off of his previous PB here! Vinnett Taylor once more leading the ladies home in 26:26.

Paul Sliwinski achieved a 5th PB in the last two months to show some impressive improvement in his form, looking forward to seeing how this improvement progresses Paul!

Rushmoor

David O’Toole was the the 1st member to finish in a time of 23:43.

For the ladies, although they both finished in an official time of 26:30, Teresa Milroy placed just ahead of Louisa Enriquez in a very tight finish!

Seems like the cold weather was slowing people down as again as at other events there were no PBs gained today.

Bracknell parkrun – a dozen SJ’s took part here with the first member to finish being Matthew Jones who finished 8th overall in a great time of 21:32. Vinnet Taylor finished as first female in 26:09 to maintain her recent great record at Bracknell.

A milestone run for Hannah Whitman who completed 50 parkruns today, well done Hannah!

As per usual a number of our members took part in their local parkruns or were out touring, details below:


Houghton Hall Andy Summerskill 29:34
Bedfont Lakes in his 46th outing here, Stuart Overhill finished in 22:49
Burgess This was a first London parkrun for Lara Winter and she has set herself a marker of 27:35 here.
Castletown – it was a third Dublin run of the week for Stephen Casey 22:55
Clapham Common taking part in a huge field of 1,103 was Imogen Murray finishing in 29:35 Basingstoke completing his home parkrun in 28:48 was John Featherstone
Hazelwood Kate Parker is continuing her touring finishing in 30:01
Osterley – In his 1st run here, Royston Crandley finished in 25:22.
Swansea Bay At this gorgeous location, Helen Davy recorded 26:08
Worcester Pitchcroft – a brilliant time and new PB of 18:16 saw Neil Praine finish 2nd overall here, a brilliant run Neil!

Sunday events…

Michelle Wilson tackled this Saturn Event half marathon – she tells us about it here!

Nigel Evans – the marathon machine does it again! Needless to say tracking this guy down is difficult and I need get some big miles in to catch up with him but catch up I will at some point! In the meantime a brief summary of Sundays event with the obligatory “bite the bling” picture…

Bracknell Forest Cross Country

On to what was absolutely the biggest club event of the weekend and that was over at Lightwater Country Park for the Bracknell Forest Runners home event in the Thames Valley Cross Country league.

A seasons best of 47 runners proudly represented Sandhurst in the final event and Cross Country Captain Jon Green thanked all who attended and helped to move us up to finish joint 8th after a difficult season. A big thank-you as well to you Jon for your work across the season:

Cheers Jon!

Obviously the TVXC League is a competition and well done to Graham Robinson, Nik Light, Jon Payne, Craig Bowles, Andrew Provost & Alistair Ingall-Tombs getting into those point scoring positions for the men.

For the ladies it was good to see the return of Jenny Robinson along with first timer Hannah Jacobs, Harriet Steel and Sacha Kendall-Woods grab the point scoring places for us – you did our club proud!

I hope to have a fuller round up of the XC Season sometime soon.

This event was really two events in one, the ongoing competitive one at the business end of the race and another where a lot of people wanted to challenge themselves and there was a lot of concern when calling out for runners beforehand with people claiming they were “too slow” or “not good enough”. It was so good to see so many of the more experienced runners providing so much encouragement beforehand which really encouraged so many 1st timers out – a credit to the club!

Whilst some of us who are newer may not have troubled the scorers, it did contribute to a real buzz beforehand and that was noted by George Green who is a veteran of 122 events and kindly showed us newbies how to do it!

It really was a great event and I really encourage people to try it. To get a good idea of it I strongly recommend checking Kate Parker’s photos that she took on Sunday. They were fantastic and a big thank-you Kate for these and can be found here

There are a lot of stories on social media but here are a couple of comments from first timers:

Nicola Coe

Being a slower runner always makes you think the events are for the elite faster runners, me included I always used to scroll past.  With a group discussion on FB about this last cross country being for all, and the team needed numbers I decided to give it a go.

It was nice to see members before the start, and lots of good lucks and advise given.  The run itself was hard but achievable, there was mud ( I thought there would be more), and there was hills (but I walked up them with lots of others).

There was great support from along the route even from other club members. It was a two lap course, and the 2nd lap certainly felt harder as the legs got tired, but the thought of all the sandwiches and cake at the end kept me moving. I will definitely be entering more club events, now I know they are for all abilities

Sarah Jones:

I really enjoyed the Lightwater cross country (this being my first one ever) and found great support from fellow Sandhurst Joggers and other club members. I found the course a tough one but enjoyed the different terrain and mud! Really found it a good course and looking forward to doing some others later on in the year.

And for the statto’s here are the individual results for the club:

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Here’s the top 10 from last week with Jim Laidlaw getting those miles in at a pretty good pace too!

Club Events for the week ahead…

Monday:

Patrick Wadsworth will be taking the Monday night chatfest from Sandhurst Sports Centre. The Sports Centre carpark may be closed so park courteously nearby. 6 miles in around an hour leaving at 7:30. Faster runners will loop back for slower runners so we all get to chat and catchup on what has happened in the last week and our plans for New Year. Ideal if you have just started your spring marathon training- come and get more contradictory advice than you could possibly need.

Tuesday Club Run: The biggest club run of the week sets off from Sandhurst Memorial Park next Tuesday. Please arrive for 6:25 to be there for club announcements etc. There are different paced groups, from run-walk to 9 minute-mile, and everyone starts and finishes at the same point, in an hour, so there really is something for everybody!

Wednesday:  It’s the second Wednesday of the month so time for the Handicap. This four mile run over a two lap course around Crowthorne is ideal for all abilities and starts from the Morgan Rec in Crowthorne at 7:30pm. Don’t forget the post run curry at The Raj in Sandhurst

Thursday: A run with Erol will contain hills, laughs, and a couple of wrong turns (normally), but you can guarantee you’ll end up at the car park eventually, and with a smile at the end of it all! Meet at Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm and lights and high vis clothing will be required. 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, if you’re thinking of going somewhere new then post on the Facebook page as there may be other members planning on running at the same place as you! Wherever you are parkrunning – Don’t forget your barcode!

Sunday: Come along and give the The Sunday Lookout run a try with Dick Newman and Emy Circuit. They say its the best run of the week but might be a bit biased! It’s a flexible run leaving from The Lookout at 9 am with different groups to suit a wide range of abilities. The three ‘Cs’ of Coffee, cake and chat are enjoyed in the cafe post-run.

Thanks for reading the Run Down, have a safe week of running and I’ll see you next week!