This weekend was the big one, the one, the only, The Grizzly…. it was a special one too as they celebrated their 30th Anniversary. Just like Sandhurst Joggers.
First up a bit of weekday action with the monthly Handicap taking place on Wednesday night starting at the Morgan Rec and looping around Broadmoor and Crowthorne High Street with hills aplenty up School Hill and Furze Hill. Twenty SJs took to the startline and a rapid group formed on Lower Broadmoor Road before Graham Robinson slipped away to record the fastest time. Graham narrowly missed out on winning this month’s competition for biggest improvement and he was one of eight SJs to record PBs.
To celebrate International Women’s Day Alurie Dutton and Yvette Glacken continued their 10k streak with a virtual (but actually real) run joining women from all around the world.
Marathon expert Richard Boese and Zerrin Selen tackled the ‘Running Miles’ Dorney Lake Marathon on Thursday. Richard’s was a race of two halves with a planned half marathon completed bang on target time in 1:45:00 and a second more leisurely 13.1 miles including more cake, chat and chivalry as he helped Zerrin to overcome problems with cramp to record a determined finish. Well done both of you!
Saturday saw plenty of inevitable Parkrun action. Graham Robinson was first home at Bracknell in an impressive 18:32, the fastest time ever recorded on the new 2017 tougher course. Duncan Laurie-Pile was next to finish for the club closely followed by Richard Johnson. Jane Bannister was first SJ Woman home.
At Frimley Lodge it was another PB for Georgina King as she sliced a further 17 seconds off her best time to finish in a time of 27:11, those Tuesday intervals are working for Georgina! Royston Crandley saw his best time of the year with 23:38 as he led home the ten SJs. Just three muskateers at Rushmoor with Stuart Overhill and Kim and Jenna Soane in action, although special mention for AFD moonlighter Brendan Cottrell who finished just one second slower than his fastest time on the Rushmoor course! Phyll Berger was the sole club representative at Woodley recording her best time of 2017.
Plenty of Parkrun tourism this week with the SJ Grizzly advance party tackling the shale beach at Seaton Parkrun where Richard McCready was first SJ home in 25:40ish (although he forgot his barcode) with Paul Alexander and Sarah Hyatt snapping at his heels, closely followed by Jane Crawford and Neil Hyatt who warmed up for the Grizzly social activities. Lisa Hale took her Parkrun tour to Basingstoke this weekend finishing in 22:12. Neil Praine continued his PB streak at Worcester with 19:46 and Clive Rolfe narrowly missed a sub-20 time on the tough Alice Holt course with a time of 20:02. John King scoped out the Queen Elizabeth Half Marathon Course with a visit to the local Parkrun and recorded 24:46 on more challenging parcours.
Stacks of SJs in action at the Surrey Half Marathon around Woking in relentless rain with Mark Pattrick first home for Sandhurst in a cracking time of 1:32:39 to log a PB. Next was Lisa Hale in 1:33:33 shaving a second off her 2016 best. Chris Szabo-Hemmings, David Cairns, Nigel Evans, Jackie Kent, Helen Vizard, Craig Waters, Monica Burbidge and Jenny Morris also recorded strong performances in challenging conditions while Lynn Washbrook and Danielle Scott impressed in their debuts at the half marathon distance.
Callum Lundie took part in the Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon recording 2:07:19 on the famous racing circuit.
Donna Cooper ran the Weymouth Half Marathon finishing in 2:01:45.
We’ll have more on The Grizzly later in the week but for now a quick summary of an epic day out for many club members. Twentyfour SJ took to the start line on the esplanade in Seaton with around 1600 other runners to hear the Town Cryer callout a unique sendoff. The club fielded a mixed team of Grizzly experts and virgins with eighteen taking on the full twenty miles and six a more sociable approach to the shorter ‘Cub’ run. Despite the best efforts of a course laden with relentless climbs, steep slippery decents, energy sapping shingle beaches, thigh (and waist for some) deep river crossings, the Bog of Doom and the Stairway to Heaven all members made it safely to the finish line with just a few tumbles, to be cheered home by the vociferous SJ support crew!
Some big mileages were logged on Strava this week with marathon and Grizzly action but it was a runner who competed in neither that took the top spot; John King with a massive 109.5km. I took second with my biggest week of running ever at 102.8km and Richard Boese grabbed the final spot on the podium having completed both the Dorney Lake Marathon and The Grizzly. Sixty one members logged runs on Strava 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.
As always keep a look out on Facebook for details of the weekday evening runs.
Monday: Patrick will be leading the usual Monday night chatfest leaving Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm.
Tuesday: Back to the usual Tuesday runs from Sandhurst Memorial Park this week plus the interval session from The Tythings in Yateley at 8pm will be Chinese Hill – 10x 3 minute efforts with 30 seconds recovery.
Wednesday: Sharon Burfield and Andrea Vincent take over as General Members this week and have a great run in store for members from the Memorial Park.
Thursday: This week the threshold/improvers run will be on the Coat Hanger route, don’t forget your headtorch and high viz as there are some unlit sections.
Friday: It’s the big social event of the year with the 30th Anniversary Ball at Warbrook House from 7:30pm