SJ Pairs Relay – This Tuesday sees the return of the popular Pairs Relay, an event in which pairs complete 5 x 1km laps around the Sandhurst Memorial Park, making up a distance of 10km and a very fun run! Info is as follows:
Please be at Sandhurst Memorial Park by 6.30pm at the latest.
On the night:
– Meet at 6.30pm at the very latest – please sign in and find your race partner
– 6.45pm – we will run a practice lap together as a group, so everyone knows the route!
– 7.00pm RACE START
The event should finish at around 8pm; bring a few pennies if you wish to cool down with a cold drink afterwards in the bar.
It promises to be a fantastic night, and so far we have 86 runners signed up for the event, across a range of abilities, so there’s something for everyone! A big thank you (in advance) must go to those who have volunteered for the evening, so far we have the following names:
Ann and Rob Hewison
If you would like to volunteer then please don’t hesitate to come along on Tuesday and we will certainly be able to find you something to do!
SJ Parkrun Explorers Collective Visits Bushy Park: On Saturday 25th May (next Saturday), Sandhurst Joggers Explorers Collective shall be paying a visit to the home of parkrun, Bushy Park. A single lap course through the beautiful park, with up to 1500 other runners!
It’s approximately 45 minutes drive from Sandhurst, and worth getting to early as the main car park fills up pretty quickly. The meeting point will be the Pheasantry Cafe at 8:25am. Don’t forget your barcode, and hopefully we’ll have a good SJ turnout!
Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…
Bracknell – 10 SJs headed over to Bracknell for their parkrun fix. Martin Steadman charged around in a great time of 22:15. Charlotte St Aubyn was the first female member round, coming through the finishing funnel in a time of 30:17. Special mention goes to Rob Cooper, who set a PB by over a minute for Bracknell, great effort!
Rushmoor – 6 SJs headed over to Queens Avenue for the notoriously flat Rushmoor parkrun. First member round was Jon Payne, coming through in a great time of 20:48. Alurie Maye Dutton put a great run in, to come through in a time of 35:41. Well done to those members at Rushmoor!
California Country Park – 4 members headed to the ever popular California County Park parkrun. Headed up by Nick Metcalfe who ran a time of 26:43 in his first run at the venue. Meanwhile, Theresa Milroy as not too far behind, coming round in a great time of 29:00 (good pacing). Colin Carpenter and Michelle Reardon also joined Nick and Theresa in running at California for the first time.
Tourism – With no Frimley parkrun this week, there was plenty of tourism going on this Saturday! Results were as follows:
Alice Holt – Dave O’Toole got his first taste of the hills of Alice Holt, and came through first in age category with a stonking time of 25:22.
Chester – Robert Jerrett came in 32nd overall with a time of 22:35, and set a course PB in the process, good work!
Crane Park – John Tovell as back at Crane, and put in a great run to come 2nd in age category with a time of 23:04.
Dinton Pastures – Stuart Mayes ran a superb time of 22:37 to come in 2nd in age category in his first run at Dinton.
Hay Lodge – Simon and Anne Whillis ran at Hay Lodge for the first time, doing great times of 26:48 and 49:59 respectively.
Hogmoor Inclosure – Craig Bowles and Wayne Boardman must have had extra Weetabix for breakfast, as they flew round Hogmoor, both setting PBs in the process. Craig came in 10th overall, and 3rd in age category with a time of 20:59. Meanwhile, Wayne came in 27th overall, and 5th in age category with a time of 24:23. Cracking effort gentlemen!
Houghton Hall – Andy Summerskill ran a great time of 29:25 at Houghton.
Luton Wardown – In her 85th run at the venue, Yvette Glacken did a time of 42:19.
Maidenhead – Richard Boese completed parkrun 435, but number 1 at Maidenhead, doing a good time of 24:46!
Poole – Dave Bartlett clearly had some of Craig and Wayne’s Weetabix for breakfast too, as he bolted round Poole in a time of 22:51. The bar has been set…
Queen Elizabeth – Kate Parker and Lara Winter ran at Queen Elizabeth for the first time, doing good times of 29:15 and 35:19, respectively.
Reading – Lisa Humphries ran a great time of 33:50, setting a course PB by over 2 minutes! Martin Gould ran a good time of 34:36 in his first run at the venue.
South Oxhey – Jane Ralls ran a cracking time of 31:01 in her first run at South Oxhey.
Upton Court – Sarah and Paul Alexander ran at Upton Court for the first time. Sarah took the bragging rights, coming through in a time of 24:19 and 2nd in age category, whilst Paul did a great time of 24:28. Well done both!
Woking – Jim Haffey completed Woking in 58:57 on his first visit.
Woodley – Richard McCready and Jane Crawford gave Woodley a go for the first time, doing great times of 26:06 and 26:12 respectively.
Some great tourism this week, well done everyone!
Before we go on to the weekend events, well done to Jackie Kent who completed the Basingstoke Run 10k on Wednesday 15th May in a great time of 54:31. Well done Jackie!
Other Saturday Events…
Green Belt Relay
I’m pretty sure it was the Green Belt Relay this weekend? Not sure what gives me that impression, just got a hunch. Anyway, after seeing approx 500 photos posted on Facebook, it turns out that suspicion was true….
What looks like a fantastic event was held this weekend, organised by The Stragglers running club, a 22-stage relay race which works it’s way around the Green Belt of London, in stages of varying distances. We’ll hear more about it later on in the week, but for now, let’s have a look at a pick of some of the photos….
Saturn Running – Mark Neve, Michelle Wilson and Susan Plumb completed the Saturn Running ‘A Hard Days Run’ event in Reading on Saturday. Billed as A Hard Days Run, they both did excellent, which just goes to show that if you come together, you can get by with a little help from your friends. The medal looks fantastic!
A bit congratulations also must got to Mark, for completing his 26 in 12, 26 marathons in 12 months, incredible effort!
Phoenix Excalibur 5 Marathon – Another weekend, another marathon for the Phoenix Phenom, Nigel Evans. Another great effort, running a time of 5:03:20. Now a week for him to recover until the next one, is there any stopping him?!
Virgin Sport Hackney 5k – Big congratulations to Lou Turnor for running this free 5k event in Hackney. Lou did a great time of 42:58, and decided to run straight to Wetherspoons, for what looks like strawberry water, a sensible move, post-race hydration is vital….
Binfield 10k – Sam Goodall ran the 4th Binfield 10k, one that she described as ‘quite hilly’ but as very well organised, perhaps one to add to the list?
Bognor Prom 10k – Graham Bolton ran the Bognor Prom 10k, in weather conditions described as ‘hot and humid’, could you send some of the hot weather to Sandhurst please Graham?
Royal Berkshire 10k – There was a good SJ turnout at the Royal Berkshire 10k in Reading. The finishing times were as follows –
Dave Bartlett – 49:46
Lyn Davis – 51:21
Lesley Buckland – 57:29
Michelle Wilson – 1:06:33
Monica Burbidge – 1:08:27
Sarah Jones – 1:20:50
Well done to those members who ran!
Chester Half Marathon – A cracking run by Robert Jerrett, fresh from his Chester parkrun, getting round in 1:25:47! Well done Robert.
Plymouth Half Marathon – Jess Metcalfe and Jim Laidlaw ran Plymouth, billed as Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon. They completed the course in 2:11:42 and 2:12:25, respectively. Well done both, great running!
Hook 10 Mile Road Race – Jim Haffey ran a time of 1:33:31 at the Hook 10 miler, well done Jim!
Hook 10k – Meanwhile, running the 10k event, Ian Bromley and Chris Szabo-Hemmings ran times of 49:11 and 53:42 respectively. Well done to both, two great times there.
Some big totals on Strava this week as marathon season continues. Andy Yates claimed the top spot with a superb total of 51.5 miles. 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 heading off road with the longer days, but it’s still advisable to bring 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: The normal club run is being replaced by the Pairs Relay, details of which are at the top of this article. Meet at the Memorial Park at 6:30 latest.
Tuesday Intervals: Later the interval sessions will meet at The Tythings in Yateley at 8pm. The session will be a ‘pyramid session’, consisting of efforts from 3 – 5 minutes in length, with 1 minute recovery between each interval. The run will be at Blackbush for those who would prefer to meet the group at the run location, please meet at 8:10. Hard work, but you’ll feel amazing afterwards! 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: Erol continues his impressive record of not losing any runners since taking over as Thursday night run lead. Meet at Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm. 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. Don’t forget next Saturday is the SJ Bushy Parkrun Trip, details at the top of the article! Wherever you are parkrunning – Don’t forget your barcode!
Sunday: Come along and give the The Sunday Lookout run a try. 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 9am 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.
A fantastic week of running from all members. And don’t worry, we will be taking a more detailed look at the Green Belt Relay later on in the week, although it looked more like a pub crawl based on the Facebook posts…! I hope everyone rests up who has run various events this weekend, and that everyone has a good week of running this week coming. Until next Monday!