Another wet and muddy Saturday, not to mention a cold one still saw plenty of Parkrun action. At Frimley Lodge we had sixteen SJs in action with Clive Rolfe first to finish recording a 2017 best of 19:31. Chris Szabo-Hemmings was the solo member at Rushmoor as he warmed up for the Wokingham Half Marathon and over at Bracknell Parkrun nine members tamed the tough course with Patrick Wadsworth leading the SJs home. Bracknell saw a strong performances from Martin Steadman, first timer Mark Stock and PBs from both Kate Parker and Lesa O’Reagan. John Tovell again ‘touristed’ at Crane Park (even through this is his home course) while Lisa Hale, Alurie Dutton and Yvette Glacken visited Maindenhead Parkrun.
Earlier in the week the monthly Wednesday Night Handicap saw a great turnout of twenty four runners and a tight battle for the trophy with Royston Crandley narrowly securing this month’s victory overcoming a tough final hill. A huge amount of SJ team spirit was on display with many runners helping to pace others to new PBs.
The Long Distance Walkers Association held their Punchbowl Marathon on Sunday with runners and walkers self-navigating around both a 20 mile or 30 mile course. Illness hit the SJ contenders with Leon Hicks and Sasha Kendall-Woods ruled out but Max Woods and Richard Boese both completed the 30 miler, Max in 6:02 and Richard PBing in 7:16 despite forgetting his trail shoes. We’ll have Richard’s disaster laden report posted shortly…
Lisa Hale was in action at the Portsmouth Coastal Half Marathon, a scenic route but one affected by heavy winds, boggy conditions, and stone, sand and shingle (worthy of Grizzly training) in other parts of the course. Lisa battled the conditions to finish in 1:39:22 and we will have a full report soon…
Thirty two Sandhurst Joggers toed the line at the Wokingham Half Marathon and saw a raft of strong performances from the elites to the first timers. Many saw their best performances for a few season. Graham Robinson was first home for the club in 18th position shaving 3 seconds off his PB to finish in 1:11:53 while Kathryn Shaw, Lynsey Lightfoot, Sarah Boulter, Hannah Glaister and Nikki Stanley also recorded personal bests. Special mention to Nikki who has been chasing a sub 1:30 half marathon since 2012 and finished with a time of 1:29:21. Fantastic to see her rewarded for all the hard work in training and for the encouragement she provides to other members. The SJ supporters were also a strong presence at the event and well positioned to cheer runners to the finish line.
Richard Boese took the spoils on the Strava Leaderboard with 87.6km ending Lisa Hale’s chart topping streak. Lisa dropped to the silver medal position with 76.7km with me managing to stay on the podium for a second week with 75.6km. Richard also logged the longest run and greatest amount of climbing. Encouragingly 54 SJs recorded runs this week, a sign of lots of activity with a total club distance of 1600km! If you are a Strava user and not linked to the club, log on and link to your profile so you can join the fun.
As always, 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.