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The hills are alive with the sound of Pilgrims! SJ members take on the Farnham Pilgrim marathon

One of the more popular local running events took place on Sunday 8th September, the Farnham Pilgrims half marathon/marathon. A very picturesque route takes you through the Surrey Hills, with various members recapping their experiences below….

Lisa Hale “2019 was my 8th running of the Pilgrims Marathon, sadly I can’t quite claim to have run them all! It has always been a favourite event, having first run it at the height of my 100 marathon chasing, it’s remained in the calendar ever since! It’s one of the friendliest events you could ask for, with great support all the way round, and welcoming of all standards of runner. There is always a great turnout from local clubs, so you’re always sure to be surrounded by familiar and friendly faces.

I love the fact that it’s so close to home, there is ample free parking and toilets, and registration and baggage storage are always well manned and hassle free. The best thing of course about the event is the route, I love a hilly course and this doesn’t disappoint on that front! The views are spectacular and every year that I have taken part the weather has been fantastic. The course is challenging, but so rewarding.

One thing I have always liked about this event is the lovely little subtle and understated medal at the end, with so many ridiculous and over the top bling it’s nice to just see a little old school medal! This year to mark the 10th anniversary was a nice little wooden job, and the mug was great – seeing as the only thing I love more than running is coffee!”

Alison Jones “I did this marathon last year, and absolutely loved it, so decided to enter again, especially since it was the 10th anniversary and the course was being run backwards. So, battered and bruised from my exploits at the Maidenhead half, filled my car with SJ’s (namely my amigo’s Sharon & Andrea) plus Dave Bartlett and Nigel Evans and off we set for our VIP parking at the start/finish line.

The weather was mixed, a bit chilly but the sun was trying to come through, so it was looking like it was going to be a lovely day.  Once we had visited the toilets and sat in the car for a while it was time to get the photos taken and join the back of the start line, although we all started together it did not take long for it to be just us three girls, the amazing things about this marathon are firstly the views, although you have to get to the top of some pretty steep hills to see them, but they are worth the effort. Then the marshals, who seem to be placed every 200 meters, so no wrong turns were taken. Then finally the aid stations, you had barely finished what you had taken from the previous one then another one was upon you and after all the effort they went to with home-made brownies etc., it would have been extremely rude not to!

I must admit I preferred the route this way round, the up’s seemed less, although that could have been my imagination, and as we progressed we all seemed to recognise some of the course from last year, although all I remembered was llamas, so I was really delighted when we came upon the llama farm, I could see the funny looks I was getting from the other 2 until that point.

At approximately 18 miles or so who did we come across, loitering at an aid station, but Dave, Nigel and Lina, so that was our merry little band for the next 8 miles, we finished this wonderful marathon as a group to be met by Richard, who had a great run and we heard Lisa was at home having her tea by then, this is just such a lovely event and the weather was perfect, I suspect we will all be back again next year for another lovely day out.”

Dave Bartlett With a reputation for being one of the best trail marathons in the UK and sat on our doorstep, this event hit my diary within a day or two of Endure. Always going to be a challenge, the immensity grew when I picked up a groin strain shortly after entry. With very little in the way of running through July & August, I had no option but to face the music and try to dance! On Sunday morning I found myself in the back of a car full of seasoned marathon runners, Alison Jones (the boss), Sharon Burfield (nothings ever slow), Andrea Hatfield (the dark horse) & Nigel Evans (yes, Marathon man).

On arrival at the event there was a fantastic club spirit amongst those who had entered the full and the early arrivals for the half. Through the early stages the course started to show its true colours, roads and trails, forestry and fields it definitely kept you focused. Up and down, up and down we eventually found ourselves climbing Pilgrims Way and the road to St Martha’s church. Now, I’ve never been the religious type, I do however have to confess that I almost called a time out to go in and pray that something special through the remaining 12 miles. Fortunately, I was in the company of members of this amazing running club and have to thank Nigel & Lina Johnson for seeing me through some difficult miles along with Alison, Sharon and Andrea who dragged me through the last 4 miles and over the finish line.

I now have time to rest ahead of my next major challenge when I’m sure I’ll be reunited with a good number of those mentioned above, roll on Beachy Head!”

Andrea Hadfield “My second year doing the Pilgrim, and apparently we would be running the route backwards – my memory wasn’t that great of the route anyway (only of the fabulous aid stations!). This event is definitely not one for PBs, instead a day for enjoying our beautiful local countryside, the camaraderie of your fellow runners and eating as much as possible!

The route is brilliant – varied running surfaces, with glorious views, showcased particularly well in the perfect running weather we had, and the event is well organised with great aid stations and friendly marshals. I can’t recommend it enough – running with a group of SJs was the icing on the top of a particularly delicious cake!”

Lina Johnson“The Farnham Pilgrim marathon is a tough but beautiful course and although the hills are challenging, the view was worth the climb. It was such a great race which was made even better by running it with friends from Sandhurst Joggers. It makes a huge difference running with friends and being able to keep each other going. It was a fantastic day and I would definitely recommend doing it!”

Sounds like a great event, with some superb running by the various members involved! I look forward to hearing all about next year’s event!

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Why aye man! Great North Run 2019 – Harvey Young and Rebecca Perrin reflect on their half marathon runs – SJ Race Reports

One of the biggest half marathons in the country, the Great North Run took place on Sunday 8th September, and of course, there was an SJ presence pounding the streets of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Recapping their experiences are Harvey Young and Rebecca Perrin, starting with Harvey. Enjoy!

Harvey Young This was my second Great North Run, and after last year it’s a must-do-again race. This year I went into it injury free, and after getting my rhythm I found the going pretty good despite the heat, which I think caught a few out. I’d spoken to another runner on the bus there, and we’d discussed hydration etc, and she mentioned she had a beer at ten miles and sure enough at ten miles there was the call of “free beer”…I drifted over to that side of the road to have my freebie! It was a small sample not a pint!

Shortly after this i hopped up onto the pavement as i was starting to pass quite a few runners and as I passed three guys spectating, one shouted “get in there Harvey” which scared the living daylights out of me so there’s probably a heart rate spike at that point on my Strava! The crowd are amazing at giving encouragement to everyone, after the infamous slight uphill John Reid Road section, you drop down onto the coastal stretch to the finish where the crowd give you the final pick up if you need it. I crossed the line to be met by my wife Helen and then back to the MS Trust tent for a very much needed massage, it’s clearly not a local race but it’s one to do at least once, and next year is the 40th anniversary. My time was 2hrs 30 mins, 11 minutes faster than last year!”

Rebecca Perrin “After a spur of the moment decision (after a few glasses of wine), I decided to enter for a charity place for the Great North Run – my first ever half marathon! I had mixed feelings when I received the email offering me a place to run for Cancer Research UK; mainly fear and excitement. I had more or less no sleep the night before the run, I was a bag of nerves, although they soon subsided when we arrived – the atmosphere was out of this world!

The run itself was absolutely amazing, and the support from locals lining the streets literally carried you through to the end. One of my many highlights of the run has to be the “oggy, oggy, oggy”.  If you know, you know!  I was super happy to get a sub 2 hour run for my first half.  I managed to complete it in 1 hour 52 minutes!

In summary, a super organised event with an atmosphere that is literally buzzing, I highly recommend this run to anyone.  I will be signing up for next year. A huge thank you to the awesome SJ’s for making club runs so enjoyable, otherwise I wouldn’t have been running! You’re all awesome!”

Great recaps from Harvey and Rebecca, it sounds like a great event, and definitely one to put on the bucket list!

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SJ Handicap – September Results

Last Wednesday saw the September running of the handicap, and the weather was on our side for a change! Although the light started to fade past 8 o’clock, it was dry, and a very good temperature for running.

Anyway, enough blabbing on about the weather (my inner geographer coming out…), 27 runners took part in this month’s edition, with some seriously improved times on display.

A well done goes to Harvey Young, for clocking 41:07 in his first handicap run. There were season best times recorded by Russell Conaway and Newton Johnstone. Meanwhile, there were 3 PBs recorded by Alison Winders, Nerys Cooper, and Jess Metcalfe.

The overall winner this month (annoyingly) was Jess Metcalfe, who took a huge 3:29 off her previous effort, coming through in 37:01 (not quite sub-37 though…got to have a little brotherly laugh somewhere). Let’s give a big congratulations to Jess, although not too big, otherwise she won’t be able to fit through the door frames at home! Results from last week’s run are below:

And as for the overall standings after September’s results….

For those of you who have not taken part in the handicap, what are you waiting for?! It’s a monthly fun, club-run event, held on every second Wednesday of the month, in which you complete 2 laps of a 2 mile course. The finishing order is not determined by who came in quickest, but how you did against your own previous efforts, so you’re only racing yourself! It is a fun event, and there’s a curry afterwards, so what more could you wish for?!

Thanks as always to Simon and Anne Whillis for organising such an enjoyable club event, and we’ll see you all in October at the next handicap, taking place on Wednesday 9th October.

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Weekly Run Down – 2nd – 8th September

Club Announcements

Club Kit – Please make sure you have paid for your hoodie by 20th September as Sally Kent needs payment to be able to order. If she doesn’t receive payment by 20th Sept she will not order your hoodie.

Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…

Bracknell – There was another good turnout at Bracknell this weekend, with 23 members lining up at 9am. First through the finishing funnel was Richard Johnson, with a time of 20:11, enough to bring him in 6th overall and 1st in age category. First female member through was Jackie Kent, also coming through 1st in age category with a time of 27:02.

Special mentions go to Nerys Cooper, Janet Venables, Tom Stafford, Vanessa Clarke-Morris and Jacqueline Hatton for recording PBs on Saturday. Another mention to John Barnes for running his first Bracknell parkrun on Saturday!

Frimley – 6 SJs were present at Frimley Lodge on Saturday, with Neil Praine leading them around in a PB time of 18:54 to come through 8th overall and 2nd in age category. First female SJ through was Michelle Cronin in a time of 28:57. Well done to those who ran in Frimley!

Rushmoor – A perfect 10 SJs turned out at Queens Avenue this weekend, with Lucy Dean coming through as first SJ in a great time of 25:41. Meanwhile, Martin Gould came through as first male member in a time of 25:55.

There were PBs from Alison Winders, Margaret Wakeling and Ann Timlett on the day, with Ellie Watson making her first appearance at Rushmoor.

California Country Park – 4 members headed to California Country Park on Saturday, with Ian Watson flying around as first member through in a time of 21:58. Helen Davey came through in a time of 25:44 to finish as first female member.

All members running at California achieved PBs, those being: Ian Watson, Jon Green, Helen Davey and Hannah Glaister.

Tourism – As always, there were plenty of people out and about this weekend, as follows….

Abingdon Robert Jerrett flew around Abingdon in a time of 18:40 on his first visit to the venue, coming through 7th overall.
Alice Holt Chris Cole and Jo Fraser endured the ups and downs of Alice Holt, finishing in times of 26:14 and 29:44 on their first runs at the venue.
Andover Alurie Dutton was down in Andover this weekend, running a time of 35:06.
Basingstoke George Green ran his 250th parkrun, what an amazing achievement! In his first run at Basingstoke, George ran a time of 24:19.
Bedfont Lakes Stuart Overhill ran a time of 21:42 at Bedfont Lakes.
Cranleigh Andrea Hadfield ran a time of 30:20 in her first run at Cranleigh.
Dinton Pastures – There was a mini tourism venture to Dinton this Saturday, with Royston Crandley, Kate Parker, Dave Bartlett and Janet Ford running around the ponds in times of 25:38, 28:29, 28:29 (photo finish!) and 29:34, respectively. It was also Janet’s first run at Dinton, so well done to her!
Eastleigh – In his first run at Eastleigh, Clive Rolfe ran a time of 43:56.
Lymington Woodside Sam Goodall was at Lymington this weekend, running a time of 34:47 in her first run at the venue.
Luton Wardown Yvette Glacken was at Luton again, and ran a time of 44:30.
Maidenhead – The SJ duo of Craig Bowles and Stuart Mayes ran at Maidenhead this Saturday, clocking in times of 20:45 (Craig, new PB!) and 21:50 (Stuart). Well done to both!
Seaton Will Lucas was in Seaton again, this time coming through in a time of 26:29.
Upton Court – The name’s Pond, Jane Pond, ran with Jane Ralls at Upton Court, both for the first time, with Jane Ralls finishing in 29:56, just out-sprinting Jane Pond in 30:00.

Some super tourism this weekend, well done to everyone who was out and about!

Sunday events…

New Forest Half Marathon/Marathon – Several members ran this event, with the following finish times:

Half Marathon
Chris Greatorex – 2:13:00
Sam Goodall – 2:58:08
Helena Wood – 3:02:32

Marathon
Jonathan Taylor – 5:44:44

Farnham Pilgrim – A very popular run, held in the Surrey Hills through Farnham and the surrounding area. This year’s event was run by Alison Jones, Andrea Hadfield, Sharon Burfield, Lina Johnson, Dave Bartlett, Nigel Evans, Martin Gould, Lance King, Lisa Hale, Jim Laidlaw, Kerstin Johnson and Emma Lewis. It looked like a great run, well done all!

Great North Run – This is one of the biggest runs in the UK calendar, up there with the London Marathon and other events of a similar calibre. This years event was run by the following members:

Rebecca Perrin – 1:52:40
Harvey Young – 2:30:13

Well done guys, looked like a superb day!

Surrey Bacchus Half Marathon Roy Bentley and Claire Gujer ran this event, with Claire in some rather interesting attire…picture below! Their times were 2:55:45 and 3:23:14, respectively – great running guys!

River Relay 2019 – A baton relay ran over 5 stages from Boveney to Kingston-upon-Thames, organised by the Stragglers running club, this extremely popular event was held on Sunday. The results are still yet to be published, but there was some great running done by several SJ members, representing the club well, as always!

Strava

Some great totals on Strava over the last week, thanks to the various weekend events. Patrick Wadsworth took the top spot with a mega total of 59.3 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:

Better late than never, I promise next week’s run down will be on time! Have a good weekend and see you next week!

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Weekly Run Down – 27th August – 1st September

Club Announcements

River Relay – The River Relay is being held on Sunday 8th September. Dave Breslin has emailed out the teams, transport is to be arranged between runners. The event starts at 9am, setting off from Boveney, on the Lock close to Boveney Church, and will finish at the Hawker Centre, Lower Ham Road, Kingston.

Wednesday Pub Run – It’s the final pub run of the year tomorrow evening! Setting off from the Crown and Cushion in Minley (GU17 9UA), expect a lovely scenic run, with food and drink waiting for you afterwards (if you order…). Meet at 6:45pm for a 7pm start.

SJ Events

Family Summer BBQ – The Social Committee organised another fantastic event this weekend, with the first Family Summer BBQ taking place at Horseshoe Lake in Sandhurst. Offering a fun range of family-friendly activities, it provided members with the chance to enjoy some food, drink, and non-running related activities, all in the glorious setting of Horseshoe Lake.

The committee even manged to book the sun in for the day, with Nikki Fallowfield-Smith capitalising on this by snapping some artsy sunset/activity shots; quite the photographer….photos below from what looked like a fantastic day!

Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…

Bracknell – There was a MEGA turnout at Bracknell this saturday, with 47 members running the 234th installment of our most local parkrun (for now…). This Saturday saw the final stage of the latest Pure Beginner’s course, to complete the Bracknell parkrun, and our existing members were out in force to support them on their way to the finishing line.

As for the actual running, Graham Robinson decided to jog around to another parkrun victory, coming through in a leisurely time of 18:13. Of course, this also made him first in age category. Not far behind, coming through as first female SJ was Alison Winders, who recorded a great time of 28:37.

Of course, with the Pure Beginners running their first parkrun, there were several PBs and first time runs, as follows…

PBs: Tom Stafford, Ellie Watson, Cindy Hopkins, Jacqueline Hatton, Lisa Harrold, Bryony Hembrow, Jackie Roberts.

First timers: Laura Wharton, Jo Pratt, Claire Ashcroft, Sharon Spindler, Sophy Jennings, Louise Hine, Linda Lovegrove, Helen Matcham, Ann Timlett.

Well done to all those who took part at Bracknell on Saturday, the pictures show some great running!

Frimley – Over at Frimley Lodge there was a turnout of 9 members, of which Clive Rolfe was the first through the funnel, coming through in a time of 20:15. The first female SJ across the line was Teresa Milroy, in a great time of 26:34.

There was also a PB run by Douglas Milroy, coming through in 32:14 to take over 4 minutes off his previous effort – superb run Douglas!

Rushmoor – A trio of SJs lined up at Queens Avenue for the latest Rushmoor parkrun, with Roy Bentley coming through as first member in a time of 24:59.

California Country Park – There was a strong showing of 9 members at California this Saturday, and there was some excellent running done by all. Nik Light shot around to come through as first SJ, sixth overall and first in age category with a super time of 19:25. Not far behind was Fiona Marshall, coming through as first female member in a great time of 27:53.

Nik Light recorded a PB with his great time, and Fiona Marshall and Lisa Paine completed their first runs at California. Well done all!

Tourism – As always, there was plenty of out and abouts this Saturday, recapped below….

Basingstoke Fredric Frennessen ran a time of 25:38 at Basingstoke.
Bedfont Lakes Stuart Overhill was at Bedfont Lakes for the 40th time, and completed the course in 22:12.
Blandford Richard Boese was out and about at Blandford, and recorded a PB with a time of 24:56.
Bognor Regis James Woolner ran at Bognor for the first time, and finished in a time of 24:32.
Crane Park – In parkrun number 225, John Tovell completed Crane in a time of 25:54.
Eastleigh Jim Haffey was in Eastleigh for the first time, and came through in a time of 27:30.
Fire Service College – Held in Gloucestershire, Hannah Glaister came through the finishing funnel in a time of 32:44 in her first run at the venue.
Guildford Claire Gujer completed Guildford in a time of 32:33 to record a PB, well done Claire!
Henley-on-Thames George Green ran at Henley, and came through first in age category in a super time of 26:14.
Houghton Hall Andy Summerskill completed Houghton in 27:45.
Lanhydrock – A trio of SJs headed to Lanhydrock, with the following times recorded. Max Woods (23:07), Sacha Kendall-Woods (28:31) and Royston Crandley (29:17) in his first run at Lanhydrock.
Lowestoft Alurie Maye Dutton and Yvette Glacken completed times of 35:02 and 43:20 respectively.
Medina, Isle of Wight Katy Kennedy ran Medina for the 18th time, finishing in 26:22.
Osterley Lisa Hale flew around Osterley in a time of 21:06 to record a PB and come through as 2nd female and 1st in age category.
St Mary’s Dick Newman recorded a PB with a time of 23:26.
Woking – A pair of SJs ran at Woking, with Elin Loftesnes and Janet Ford running times of 28:39 and 29:10, respectively.

Some great running by everyone, well done to you all!

Sunday events…

Maidenhead Half Marathon – There were a few members running (and falling) at Maidenhead on Sunday, with the following times recorded…

Allan McPherson – 1:37:10
Jon Payne – 1:41:07
Claire Rowse – 1:49:03
Lyn Davis – 1:52:55
Ed Bowen – 2:10:48
Alison Jones – 2:12:46
Colin Carpenter – 2:14:15

Phoenix Excalibur 9 – The Evans’ duo of Nigel and Lisa ran the marathon distance of the latest Phoenix event. Crossing the line hand in hand, they recorded times of 6:05:35, superb effort guys!

This event marked Nigel’s 26th marathon in 52 weeks, a herculean effort, well done Nigel!

Saturn Run 10kSarah Jones ran a superb time of 1:17 in the Saturn Run 10k, all to raise awareness for PCOS. Well done Sarah!

Strava

Some great totals on Strava over the last week, thanks to the various weekend events. Patrick Wadsworth took the top spot with a mega total of 59.3 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 taking the Monday night chatfest from Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm. The route will cover approx. 6 miles and is heading off road. 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 sets off from Morgan Recreation Ground in Crowthorne this 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!

Tuesday Intervals: Later the interval sessions will take place. The meeting point is at The Tythings in Yateley at 8pm. This week is the speedwork session, running the ‘Dave’s Mum’ route. It’s hard work, but you’ll feel amazing afterwards! You can read more about the Tuesday night intervals HERE

Wednesday: This week is the Wednesday pub run, setting off from the Crown and Cushion in Minley (GU17 9UA) at 7:00, with a 6:45pm meet!

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. 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, 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. 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.

Finally, the Weekly Run Down is back to a semi-normal release! Hope you all have a good week of running, and I’ll see you again next week

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Weekly Run Down – 12th – 26th August

Club Announcements

Club Kit – Sally Kent needs more orders for the Heritage Kit. So far we have 27, the supplier won’t go ahead with the order unless we have at least 50! For more info, please contact Sally Kent.

SJ Events

Tuesday Pub Run – The latest pub run took place last week, with one of the biggest evening runs of the week, the Tuesday run. The group set off from and returned back to the Golden Retriever, where their fresh food was waiting for them. There was an extra surprise waiting for the runners (not planned, at least I don’t think), in the form of a group of Morris dancers.

There are more pub runs still to come, with the next run taking place on Wednesday 4th September, setting off from the Crown and Cushion in Minley.

Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…

Frimley – 7 SJs headed to Frimley, with Dick Newman leading the members around, coming through as first SJ in a time of 23:12. Janet Venables stormed round to come through as first female member in a time of 28:18.

Bracknell – There was a huge turnout at Bracknell this week, with 18 members present for their parkrun fix. First member through was Krzysztof Zielinski coming through in a great time of 22:35. Meanwhile, Alison Winders was first female SJ through the finishing funnel, recording a time of 28:02.

2 members ran PBs on Saturday, with Tom Stafford recording a time of 28:31 and Louise Turnor finishing in 39:35; great effort guys! It was also Louise’s 10th parkrun, and Alison Winders’ 50th, another well done!

Rushmoor – 9 members headed over to Rushmoor, for a good turnout compared to normal. Teresa Milroy shot around to come through as first member overall, in a time of 25:53. Not far behind was Jim Haffey, coming through as first male member in a time of 26:07.

There were PBs for Theresa Milroy and Colin Carpenter; Theresa with her time of 25:53 and Colin with a time of 28:52. Well done guys!

California Country Park – Another good turnout at California, with 8 members lining up at 9am. Somewhat unsurprisingly, Craig Bowles whizzed around as first member, in a time of 20:15. Meanwhile, Jenny Cave came through as first female member in a time of 34:37.

As usual at California, with it being a fairly new parkrun still, there were some first timer runs this week. This time it was the turn of Stephen Casey, Dave Ayling, Ian Watson and Nicki Watson to run their first California parkruns; well done guys!

Tourism – Another summer Saturday saw a lot of tourism, let’s see who went where…

Alice Holt Martin Gould ran at the home of hills and recorded a PB with a time of 25:35!
Basingstoke John Paul Featherstone ran a time of 25:24 at Basingstoke.
Bournemouth Graham Robinson decided he was going to win in Bournemouth this weekend, coming through first overall in a time of 17:16. Well done Graham!
Bushy Park Lisa Hale and Katy Kennedy made the pilgrimage to Bushy Park, with Lisa running a time of 20:46, and Katy a time of 32:27. It was also Katy’s first run at Bushy, so well done to you!
Crane Park John Tovell was back at Crane Park, running a time of 31:45.
Dinton Pastures Robert Jerrett came through 8th overall and set a PB in the progress at Dinton, running a time of 19:21, speedster!
Higginson, Marlow Stuart Overhill ran a time of 22:11 in his first run at Higginson.
Knysna Michelle Wilson ran her first run at Knysna, South Africa, recording a time of 30:58. That’s a long way to go just for a Saturday morning parkrun!
Luton Wardown Yvette Glacken completed Luton in a time of 48:20 on her 90th run at the venue.
Maidenhead – There was a mini SJ away day at Maidenhead this weekend, with the following runners completing the course – Dave Bartlett (27:22), Lyn Winter (29:44), Jane Pond (31:36), Jane Ralls (36:16), Andy Hazell (38:10). All runners completed their first runs at Maidenhead, great work!
Northampton Lisa Paine ran a time of 38:43 in her first run at Northampton.
Salisbury Fredric Frennessen ran his first run at Salisbury in a time of 25:06.
Seaton Will Lucas was back at Seaton, running a time of 26:51.
Shepton Mallet Jo Fraser and Chris Cole ran their first runs at Shepton, coming through in times of 28:51 and 28:52.
Swansea – How does the song go, always …. on the Welsh side of the bridge? Sarah Naomi Jones ran a time of 33:10 in her first run at Swansea.
Swindon Alurie Maye Dutton ran at Swindon in her 230th parkrun, completing the course in a time of 36:17.
York Kate Parker ran a time of 24:49 in her first run at York.

Other Saturday Events…

Ultra Great Britain – ScotlandLeon Hicks completed this monster event, a 214 mile route following the Southern Upland Way from Portpatrick to Cockburnspath.

19th – 26th August

Midweek Events

Run the Peaks ChallengeClaire Hobson and friends ran this incredible challenge, and put in a valiant effort in the face of adverse weather conditions. Having completed Ben Nevis, the team stopped on their way to Scafell Pike, due to team injuries. However, they were on the go for an incredible total of 31 hours, with next to no sleep in that time.

And it wasn’t all bad news, the team stayed the night in Carlisle in a proper bed, and relaxed in a city which produces over six and a half million custard cream biscuits every 24 hours (I am guilty of the consumption of a worryingly large proportion of those biccies.

Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…

Bracknell – With preparations well underway for the new Sandhurst parkrun, the newly assembled team of marshalls took the lead of this Saturday’s Bracknell parkrun, and it sounds like they did a great job!

There was a strong presence of SJs, as you can imagine, with Mark Fallowfield-Smith leading them around, as you can imagine, in a time of 20:04 to come through 5th overall. Not far behind was Sarah Alexander as first female SJ in a great time of 27:09.

There were PBs on Saturday for Nik Light, Liz Evans, Jacqueline Hutton, Kim Taylor and Louise Turnor, well done guys!

Frimley – 15 SJs ran at Frimley on Saturday, with Jon Payne coming through as first member, with a time of 20:37. First female SJ was Natasha O’Toole, finishing in a time of 25:58.

There were PBs for Fredric Frennessen, Margaret Wakeling and Sarah Davies, great effort!

Rushmoor – 5 members lined up on Queens Avenue this Saturday, with Lisa Hale leading through in a blistering time of 22:21, to come through as 3rd female overall. John King came through as first male member in a time of 27:10.

Special mention goes to Ann Timlett for recording a PB at Rushmoor on Saturday, well done!

California Country Park – A trio of members ran at California last week, with Jon Green running a time of 24:18 to come through as first member. Well done also to Newton Johnstone who ran his first parkrun at California, and to Peter Brown who recorded a PB with a time of 31:25; great running guys!

Tourism – Bank holiday weekend bought with it it’s fair share of tourism, with the following….

Brooklands Stuart Overhill ran Brooklands this week, coming through in a time of 23:32.
Buncrana Caroline Cutliffe was in Ireland this weekend, running a time of 38:03 in her first run at Buncrana.
Crane Park John Tovell ran a time of 26:45 at Crane.
Durham Leon Hicks just couldn’t get enough running, this time completing Durham parkrun in a time of 34:27 on his first run at Durham as he became only the second every SJ to run the course.
Higginson, MarlowJames Woolner ran his 5th parkrun and first at Marlow in a time of 45:23.
Jersey Kate Parker was overseas at Jersey this weekend, running a time of 27:56 in her first run there.
Knysna Michelle Wilson was back for another week at Knysna (she must have to leave very early to get there for 9am!), running a time of 31:48.
Llanelli Coast Helen Davey crossed the border and ran a time of 25:19 in her first run at Llanelli.
Maidenhead George Green ran a time of 25:06 at Maidenhead, as he edges closer to his 250th parkrun.
Marlborough Common Alurie Dutton and Yvette Glacken ran Marlborough this weekend in times of 37:30 and 43:31, respectively.
Newbury John Paul Featherstone ran a time of 25:24 in his 22nd run at Newbury.
St Mary’s Dick Newman ran St Mary’s for the first time in a time of 23:35.

Some great tourism this week, with some really interesting holiday runs!

Other Saturday Events…

Summer Green Man UltraPatrick Wadsworth took part in this event starting and finishing at Ashton Park school in Bristol. Not only did Patrick finish the event, but he also came in the Top 100, a superb achievement; well done Patrick!

Sunday events…

Englefield 10k – Held in the searing heat of the bank holiday Monday, Sarah Jones completed this event in a great time of 1:42:41. Well done Sarah!

Bank Holiday Monday Events

Run to Remember – Following the tragic incident in which PC 7605 Andrew Harper was killed in the line of duty, runners up and down the country, and all across the world set out to run 7.605km in memory of Andrew, and to honour the work of all our emergency services. This was not a timed event, and had no single location, and several SJ members set out to pay their respects, to run and remember the life of a selfless hero.

Strava

Some great totals on Strava over the last week, thanks to the various weekend events. Patrick Wadsworth took the top spot with a mega total of 59.3 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 taking the Monday night chatfest from Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm. The route will cover approx. 6 miles and is heading off road. 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 take place. The meeting point is at The Tythings in Yateley at 8pm. This week is the speedwork session, running the ‘Dave’s Mum’ route. It’s hard work, but you’ll feel amazing afterwards! You can read more about the Tuesday night intervals HERE

Wednesday: This week is the Wednesday pub run, setting off from the Crown and Cushion in Minley (GU17 9UA) at 7:00, with a 6:45pm meet!

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. 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, 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. 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.

Apologies that this Weekly Run Down is slightly later than normal, but life just gets in the way sometimes! Nevertheless, looked like some great running was done, and I wish you all a safe week, and will be back with more next week!

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SJ Handicap – August Results

Last Wednesday saw the latest running of the SJ Handicap. The weather wasn’t on our side again, although not as bad as previous months (June springs to mind…), with light rain persisting throughout the evening.

As for the actual results…there were PBs for Ellie Watson and Roy Bentley, and SB runs by George Green, Will Lucas and Russell Conaway. There were also first handicap appearances made by Nick Light, Simon Tigg, Nerys Cooper and Kim Preston.

The overall winner on the night was Ellie Watson, who ran a great time of 35:39, an improvement of 1:07, fantastic running Ellie! Full results below…

And as for the overall standings after the August event…

For those of you who have not taken part in the handicap, what are you waiting for?! It’s a monthly fun, club-run event, held on every second Wednesday of the month, in which you complete 2 laps of a 2 mile course. The finishing order is not determined by who came in quickest, but how you did against your own previous efforts, so you’re only racing yourself! It is a fun event, and there’s a curry afterwards, so what more could you wish for?!

Thanks as always to Simon and Anne Whillis for organising such an enjoyable club event, and we’ll see you all in September at the next handicap, taking place on Wednesday 11th September.