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SJ Weekend Run Down – March 4th/5th

Hello March… Please please please provide some warmth and sunshine to help us runners on our long training runs. But rain or shine the last week has seen lots of action with more club activity coming up this week…

Parkrun on Saturday morning saw Richard Johnson finish first at the Hackworth event in the North East with a great time of 19:29.

Frimley Lodge Parkrun saw fifteen SJs in muddy action after the overnight rain but some very strong performances. Finishing 12th overall Neil Praine squeezed under twenty minutes for the first time to record a PB of 19:58. Philippa Francis also ran strongly to knock over 40 seconds off her previous best finishing in 26:51. Over at Rushmoor more personal bests with Margaret Wakeling slicing nearly three minutes off her previous best to finish in 32:39 at only her second appearance at the venue. George Green led home the club’s six runners at Bracknell in 24:33.


A few ‘tourists’ this week with Lisa Hale and Phyll Berger keeping it pretty local at Woodley while Chris Szabo-Hemmings day-tripped down to Alice Holt in search of tree canopy shelter. Further afield Kate Parker warmed up for the Milton Keynes Festival of Running.

Onto Sunday and some diverse events in very challenging conditions…

Kate Parker took on the 20 miler at the aforementioned Milton Keynes Festival of Running and survived the rolling two and a bit lap course, a few tough hills, some heavy showers, a few blisters but thankfully no chaffing. We’ll have a detailed account from Kate later in the week.


Another 20 mile race saw Lisa Hale continue her search for the most scenic and enjoyable events at the Wimborne Dental 20. The undulating Dorset course presented a few challenges for runners but Lisa recorded a strong time of 2:39:42 despite still being in the queue for the toilets when the starters gun was fired. She was rewarded with a new toothbrush for her efforts.


Also in the far South, Max Woods celebrated a momentous birthday with a little sojourn around the New Forest. A 26 mile splosh and splatter fest put on by the Long Distance Walkers Association, starting and finishing in Burley. Biblical conditions, near hypothermia and a creative clothing search led to an epic day out from which Max managed to finish in approx. 4 hours 50 to grab 7th place. Well done Max – our intrepid reporter is trying to get the full scoop on this one!

In the more civilised surroundings of Bushy Park; Alurie Dutton, Yvette Glacken and Monica Burbidge continued their weekly 10k quest at the Bushey Park 10k. While the surroundings may have been less isolated, the conditions were no less demanding with cold temperatures, a biting wind and a waterlogged course challenging runners. There was no point jumping puddles on this course and wellies were probably a better footware choice than trainers!


This week we have a new king atop the Strava leaderboard with Graham Meek taking the crown with 83.9km. Multi-week chart topper Lisa Hale hung on for second with 80.3km while John King claimed the final spot on the podium with the third longest total. John also logged the longest run at 38.6km. Marathon preparations are well and truly building for many members as the big races draw ever nearer and fifty six members logged runs this 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. Next week we’ll see reports from the legendary Grizzly and big local Half Marathon The Surrey Half near Woking.

It’s a big week for The Club with the Annual General Meeting being held at 8pm on Tuesday 7th March at Sandhurst Town Council offices. Please come along, hear more about what the club is doing and elect the committee who will run the club for the next twelve months.

Details of the club runs can be found on Facebook as always and we have more details here including a few changes to accommodate the AGM:-

Monday: Patrick will be leading the usual Monday night chatfest leaving Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm. Also on Monday at 8pm you have another opportunity to join the Yateley Intervals (a second session is also running on Tuesday at 6:30pm). Meet at the Tythings ready for a brief warm up as the group heads to School Hill for 2 x 6 minutes, 2 x 5 minutes, 2 x 4 minutes, 2 x 1 minute with 30 second recovery after each effort and one minute between sets. .

Tuesday: As it is the first Tuesday of the month the runs will leave from the Morgan Rec, Crowthorne at the usual time of 6:30pm to ensure all groups are back in good time for the AGM at the Sandhurst Council Offices at 8pm. The car park closes at 10pm but special arrangements have been made to allow members’ cars out.

Wednesday: It is Handicap week, again starting from the Morgan Rec car park at 7:30pm. Come along and measure your progress, trying to beat your previous best times and score points in the annual competition. As always The Raj has been booked for post-race curry.

Thursday: This week the threshold/improvers run will be on the Golden Retriever route, don’t forget your headtorch and high viz as there are some unlit sections.

Friday: The coaches are ready to help you run faster and with better form at Bracknell Leisure Centre Track on Friday night at 7pm. It’s free of charge for members so come along and give it a try.

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