There’s excitement in the air…. target events are moving into view, runners are upping the training-ante in anticipation and Sandhurst Joggers were active in loads of events all over the place.
Starting on Saturday, the prospect of wet and muddy courses didn’t put off thirteen hardy Sandhurst Joggers at Frimley Lodge where Dick Newman was first home for the club in 22:39. Down the road at Rushmoor a trio of SJs were in search of a less cut-up course. Stuart Overhill was fastest for the club with a time of 22:17 whilst the PBs keep coming for Dave Bartlett as he recorded his fastest time on this course.
The course at Bracknell Parkrun seems to be bedding down with faster times on display. Richard Johnson led in the SJs in 9th place overall with 22:15. Stephen Casey made his first appearance at Bracknell out of 120 total Parkrun completions and recorded a strong 24:33.
Two Parkrun tourists this week with both John Tovell and Alurie Dutton completing their 150th Parkruns. John at Crane Park and Alurie at Alice Holt (actually it was only her 4th appearance at Alice Holt having run at an impressive 29 different Parkruns!)
Over at Newlands corner at the super-hilly G3 Fitstuff event Patrick Wadsworth, Lina Johnson and Lucy Zirbser were in action on the tough 10km course while Danielle Scott put in an impressive performance in the ultra-tough 15km event having only joined the club last July. The final event of the winter completed here collection of distances.
Speaking of Ultra-tough over at the Thames Trot 50 miler we had seasoned ultra runner Dave Ayling and Graham Kelly toeing the long distance line for the first time. Max Woods provided support to both and entertaining live commentary along the way. Dave was first home in 9 hours and 39 minutes on a training diet of (to quote Max) ‘Walking to the pub and back’ while Graham completed in a determined 10 hours showing great consistency throughout.
Up in the big city, Monica Burbidge, Angela Foker and Julie Graham were enjoying the sights of the capital in the London Winter Run on a 10km course which started in Trafalgar Square, headed out to the City before returning to finish outside Whitehall.
Meanwhile a huge turnout of 47 Sandhurst Joggers were in action dodging (or running straight through in the case of Lina Johnson!) the puddles at a fun but undulating Bramshill course for the final round of the Thames Valley Cross Country League. We will have a full report later in the week to wrap the XC season but looks like another victory for the Women’s team, a strong result for the Men and a win for everybody that took part!
Some big mileage is being logged on Strava. Long distance queen Lisa Hale topped the leaderboard with 83.5km with yours truly logging my biggest running week ever in second. Patrick Wadsworth continued his podium streak in third with 73km. 52 SJs recorded runs this week, a sign of lots of activity. 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.