This weekend started with the 30th Anniversary Ball and Presentation at Warbrook House. A fantastic night of celebration, fine food, dancing and some special musical interludes was enjoyed by over one hundred members. Looks like this was also the catalyst for a number of PBs to enter into next years Club Championship with some superb performances in the weekend’s races….
In a change from convention we’ll start with Sunday’s action and shine the spotlight on the two big local half marathons. Reading saw a hillier than expected course as well as additional challenges from the wind, a busy course and the mid-race beer hand ups but twenty two SJs overcame these with aplomb. Zerrin Selen showed that persistence will pay off with a new PB after twenty two half marathon attempts to improve on her best. More PBs were posted by Trish Monks in 1:38:18 and Sharon Burfield who shaved five seconds off her best with 1:45:01. We had a number of first timers stepping up the distance and running strongly including Helen Fairman. Fastest for the club was Collette Callanan with a great time of 1:35:16 closely followed by Dave Ayling in 1:35:42.
Onto Fleet and the greatest challenge runners faced over the 13.1 miles was the wind which scuppered a few aspiration but the event still saw multiple personal bests. Graham Robinson led home the SJs in a time of 1:15:07 followed by a trio of PB grabbers; Andrew Brooks bettered his Farnborough Half time with 1:28:03, Phil Guy joined the sub 1:30 club with 1:29:19 and Helen Antram recovered well from The Grizzly to shave three seconds off her best with 1:29:54. But the improvements don’t stop there… Strava Queen Lisa Hale recorded a season’s best, Charlie St Aubyn is well on track for London with a PB of 1:35:09, Sophie Le Saux improved again with 1:50:21 and Chris Greatorex saw 1:55:31 on the clock when he finished for his best ever time. Matthew Barlow also beat his best with 2:11:51. Congratulations to all the improvers but also well done to all members who made it to the finish line (and the startline for that matter!)
Also on Sunday; Gavin Loader took the win at a very windy Windsor Winter 5k in a cracking time of 19:16. The exposed course ran the length of Dorney Lake before looping back alongside the Thames.
Leon Hicks was in action on both days as he impressively continues his quest to run 52 marathons in 52 weeks. This weekend he ran a marathon on both days at the Enigma 7 in 7 event at Caldecotte Lake, Milton Keynes completing the Saturday event in 5:38:00 and backed up strongly on Sunday at 5:45:38 finishing not far behind Jimi Hendricks.
More bests were seen Saturday at Parkrun. At Bracknell Charlie St Aubyn followed up his trophy winning on Friday night with a best on the new Bracknell course in 23:43 to lead home the four Sandhurst Joggers.
At Frimley Lodge Parkrun the PB theme continued with Philippa Francis lowering her best to 26:34. Krzysztof Zielinski led home the thirteen SJ runners as he returns from injury with 21:32 narrowly beating Max Woods who finished three seconds later. Just the trio of members at Rushmoor with Mark Pattrick capitalising on his growing fitness to finish in 21:03. Jenna and Kim Soane again recorded strong runs.
Some diverse Parkrun tourism this week with Lisa Hale visiting Horsham to finish in 24:22 and Patrick Wadsworth recorded 23:28 at Yeovil Montactue. Kevin Forster was in action in Northwest Ireland at Dungloe Parkrun, posting a time of 26:22.
Will Davidson took home the Strava spoils this week with 88.5km. Sharon Burfield made her first appearance on the podium in second with 69.9km narrowly edging out Phil Beard by 0.2km! Sixty four 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: Multiple groups running on Tuesday from Sandhurst Memorial Park this week plus the interval session meeting at The Tythings in Yateley at 8pm will be Waitrose: 1 x 10 minutes, 1 x 5 minutes, 7 x 2 minutes with 1 minute recovery between the 10 and 5 minute efforts and then 30 seconds between 2 minute efforts.
Wednesday: New General Members Sharon Burfield and Andrea Vincent will be leading a great run from the Memorial Park.
Thursday: This week the threshold/improvers run will be on the Ellis Road route, don’t forget your headtorch and high viz as it’s still dark out there.
Friday: Track is still free and the THREE coaches have some great sessions planned for all abilities to improve fitness and technique.