As the winter snap continues to freeze roads, trails and runners, this weekend saw competition hotting up with a number of highly contested races both on and off road.
Starting with Parkrun on Saturday, a relative quiet week with many saving their energy for Sunday races, saw twelve Sandhurst Joggers in action at Frimley Lodge. Recovered from his Ultra endeavours, Max Woods was first home for the club in 21:16.
Over at Rushmoor, Stuart Mayes was the only SJ runner but it was a good day out for him recording a course best 21:29 as he warmed up for the following day’s Cross Country.
Bracknell Parkrun organisers made some further tweaks to the course, relocating the start close to the original position, reducing some twists and turns in the woods and moving the finishing funnel to behind the playground. Once again George Green led home the nine SJs in 24:12. Special mentions to Lauren Askew on completing her first Parkrun and Sally Kent on completing her 50th.
Representing the club around the country were John Tovell at Crane Park and John King at his favourite Parkrun venue Telford (ask him about it sometime…)
For many members Sunday was the big day and the first road race of 2017 at the inaugural Farnborough Winter Half Marathon. Thirty one Sandhurst Joggers completed the race with many more braving the freezing temperatures to marshal. Andrew Brooks was first home for the club with a new PB of 1:28:49 closely followed by Jim Laidlaw who also beat his sub-1:30 target to record a PB at the distance. Lisa Hale was the third member back in 1:35:14. Kudos also to Sharon Burfield, Caroline Stuart and Dave Bartlett who also logged PBs (apologies to anybody I’ve missed – message me and I’ll make sure you get a special mention.) Lots of very encouraging results especially as cold air is ‘thicker’ than warm air so bound to go even faster in the summer.
The pressure is on in the Thames Valley Cross Country League with Tadley Runners hosting Race 5 at Ashford Hill Nature Reserve. A new course saw the infamous muddy section removed but the sub-zero temperature ensured ankle rolling ice replaced mud as the biggest challenge out on course. The organisers have released the results in record time so we’ll have a full report in the next few days. Only two rounds remain and the league is being very closely contested so come along to Hillingdon next weekend for some fun off road racing.
This week Will Davidson continued to top the SJ Strava leaderboard with a total distance of 85.5km! Patrick Wadsworth climbed into second with 70.4km and Lisa Hale in 3rd on 63.5km. Activity overall was noticeably higher and its great to see 45 members logging activities in the last 7 days.
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.