This week saw a gradual change on weather conditions with milder temperatures and some rain prevailing just in time for a weekend dominated by off-road action…
Starting at Frimley Lodge Parkrun on Saturday morning, twelve Sandhurst Joggers braved muddy conditions in stark contrast to the previous week and PBs were unlikely however strong performances throughout with Stuart Mayes first home for the club in 22:04
A select group of seven from the club toughed it out at Bracknell Parkrun with Lisa Hale fastest Sandhurst finisher and 2nd woman overall in 23:24. Lauren Askew made her second appearance at Bracknell and improved with a new PB. Special mention for Patrick Wadsworth who started a Saturday double header with 5k at Bracknell before heading to London for the Southern Cross Country Championships.
Just a couple of Parkrun tourists this week with John Tovell representing at Crane Park and Kate Parker knocked 1 minute 35 seconds off her previous best recording a new PB of 28:03 at Linford Wood Parkrun near Milton Keynes.
There was a great turnout for the club at Parliament Hill for the SEAA Cross Country Championship. It’s an iconic venue on the cross country circuit; renowned for its views across London, the cavalry charge up the first hill and normally for its very muddy conditions; although this year the recent cold dry weather resulted in fewer boggy patches (although a few runners were spotted retrieving lost shoes from the deeper mud). The women were in action first with Sacha Kendall-Woods leading the trio of SJs home on the 8km course followed by Katie Herrington and Elin Loftesnes. A massive field of 1068 runners lined up for the 15km men’s race, among them ten Sandhurst Joggers eager to test themselves over three laps of the ‘big’ 5km circuit. A real war of attrition followed with illness, problems and a fall requiring a trip to A&E challenging the team. Graham Robinson was first SJ finisher. We’ll have a full report later in the week.
The penultimate race in the Thames Valley Cross Country League was held on a new course at Hillingdon by The Metros. The new parcours was greeted with much praise as was the weather conditions kindly arranged by Cross Country Captain Claire Hobson. Despite the overall wet conditions this weekend, the race was run in mainly dry conditions; sandwiched by a pre-start shower and a downpour once most people were safely in the pub. Great results for the club with the Women’s team taking the win to position themselves strongly for the overall league victory while Graham Robinson recovered from his Parliament Hill exploits to finish first on the day. Next weekend is the final race of the XC season at local venue Bramshill so it would be great to see a massive SJ turnout to compete or support.
As several big endurance races get closer and training mileage starts to increase the J Strava leaderboard is looking busy with 49 riders logging runs. Will Davidson was again top in terms of distance with a total distance of 76.1km. While Lisa Hale and Patrick Wadsworth swapped positions on the podium compared to last week with 70.7km and 68.7km respectively. If you are a Strava user and not linked to the club, log on and link to your profile so you can take part.
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.