The final weekend in February, just a few weeks until the clocks change and we start to see some daylight at the start of evening club runs. This weekend saw a diverse range of events and some fantastic performances and achievements.
Starting with Parkrun, At Frimley Lodge Georgina King recorded her best time ever with a PB of 27:28. We had fourteen SJs in action with Max Woods leading the team home in 20:50. Over at Bracknell nine members took to the startline, the new course makes PBs unlikely but strong performances from all were on display including George Green who was first member to finish in 25:04. Rushmoor saw a number of star performances with Sarah Cambell-Foster recorded her best performance on the Rushmoor course with 26:40 while first visits to the course for Anna and Margaret Wakeling saw PBs for both. Margaret chopped over a minute off her previous best recording 35:26 while Anna sliced nearly three minutes off her previous best with a new PB of 35:25. Well done to all of you!
Not too many tourists this week but Graham Robinson’s visit to Bournemouth saw his fastest time since 2015 with a superb 16:53. Meanwhile Patrick Wadsworth visited Wilmslow Parkrun where he put 22:18 on the clock.
Wollaton Park in Nottingham hosted the National Cross Country Championships on Saturday. A tough and muddy course looped around the park with the grand Wollaton Hall towering over the action. The complex course included various loops ranging from extra small to extra long and different races were run over varying combinations of those loops. What wasn’t complex was the toughness with hills, stream crossings, long grass and mud which made going very tough. Elin Loftesnes was the sole club representative in the Women’s race finishing in 709th position in a time of 49:55. In the huge Senior Men’s field of over 1800 runners Will Davidson finished in a great time of 46:24 for 289th position and James Ratcliffe got home in 52:05 for 745th place.
Lisa hale took the win at the appropriately named Heartbreaker Marathon on a course laden with hills and wind, Lisa completed the tough course in a cracking time of 3:46:53. Leon Hicks continued his astounding run of marathon finishes while Chris Szabo-Hemmings raced the half marathon course.
Lots of SJs sampled the new Half Marathon event at Thorpe Park although there were mixed reviews from runners with some complaining about the ‘broken’ medal, lack of atmosphere and some organisational deficiencies. However club members put in some great performances with Heidi Zymela recording a PB in 1:39:47, Alan Moscrop and Karen Gill also PBing in 1:33:42 and 2:04:11 respectively. Clive Rolfe was first home for the club in 1:26:25 which is his best time at the distance for a few seasons. Nigel Evans, Lucy Hale, Kate Parker, Zerrin Selen also logged strong runs.
Brighton Half Marathon saw Lina Johnson and Sarah Boulter running for the club. Lina overcame her recent injury woes with some seriously creative taping to finish in 2:02:00, very close to her PB. Sarah Boulter continued her great run of half marathon performances following Farnborough and Wokingham to record 2:11:11.
Down at the Winchester 10km Monica Burbidge, Alurie Dutton and Yvette Glacken were flying the SJ flag. Alurie and Yvette both had strong performances finishing 1st and 2nd in their respective age-categories.
Lots of Sandhurst Joggers on tour this week. Ian Bromley and Fern Stonestreet were photographed running in Central Park New York, Kerstin Johnson braved the snow in Sweden while Karen Page-Warren was in action on the other side of the world using her now well developed running skills to catch the infrequent New Zealand public transport and avoid a long wait.
We had Sandhurst Joggers in action all over the world this weekend with Alison Jones running the Tokyo Marathon. Alison has now completed all the Marathon Majors so a fantastic achievement from her!
Another big week on Strava and again Lisa Hale topped the table with 88.3km, a huge total helped by her Heartbreaker Marathon performance. John King stepped up into second with 63km ahead of myself in third with 60.1km. Lisa also recorded the longest run and the hilliest. With marathon training in full swing will anyone challenge her supremacy next week? To take part in this just create a free Strava account and link it to the club in your profile.
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.
As always keep a look out on Facebook for details of the weekday evening runs. The Tuesday runs from the Sandhurst Memorial Park continue to attract big numbers with multiple groups. Later on Tuesday the Yateley Intervals will be a pairs session at Dave’s Mum’s house. Meet at The Tythings at 8pm. This week the Thursday threshold/improvers run will be on the much loved Crawley Ridge route. We have the AGM coming up at 8pm on March 7th at Sandhurst Town Council offices (especially timed to follow the Tuesday club runs). Also don’t forget to get your nominations for ‘Member of the Year’ to Richard Boese by March 3rd.