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SJ Weekend Run Down – April 1st/2nd

This weekend was mostly accompanied by a large yellow globe in the sky spreading warmth and encouragement to all who chose to do anything under it’s rays and with plenty of target events coming up in the next few weeks many members took advantage…

Canal Run - route

The annual Canal Run provided a number of distances up to twenty two miles and over thirty members took part. Despite some obstacles on the canal tow path which necessitated diversions, nobody was lost and a great day was enjoyed by all. Special thanks to all the marshals for keeping everyone on track!

Canal Run - Caroline

Up in Manchester three members took part in the Asics Manchester Marathon. Zerrin Selen ran well in her fourth marathon to record 6:02:39, Patrick Wadsworth was home in 4:06:30 and first timer Sophie Le Saux beat her target to finish in 4:03:36. We’ll have a bilingual report from Sophie later in the week.

Manchester Marathon medal

Balancing our members in the North, a quartet of SJs went south to complete the BHF Bournemouth Bay Run 10k. Angela Foker, Ros Cosgreave, Katie Woolger and Louise Heginbotham all enjoyed the coastal course.

Bournemouth 10k

Parkrun provided a number of PBs for members at each of the local venues. Starting at Frimley Lodge Will Davidson recorded a stunning 16:36 en route to second place on the day. while Georgina King continued her BP streak knocking another 10 seconds off, lowering her best to 26:25. Clive Rolfe continued his good form with a season’s best 19:09. Fifteen members ran out of an impressive 464 in total.

At Bracknell another quartet of members were in action out of 379 total runners with Richard Johnson first home for the club in a creditable 21:59 beating 22 minutes for the second time since the course changes. Paula Vine was next member to finish as she sampled the Bracknell course for the first time this season. Jane Bannister came within 10 seconds of her best on the course and Colin Carpenter came tantalisingly close to a Bracknell PB, missing out by just two seconds which is impressive as his best was set on the faster Bracknell course in July 2016.

Fast conditions at Rushmoor greeted the 354 participants and eight SJs made the most of this with Jenna Soane winning a sprint finish to knock over a minute off her previous best lowering her PB to 33:29. Lisa Hale was first finisher for the club in 21:34 logging her first 2017 appearance at rushmoor with Dave Bartlett next home and looking comfortable as he returns from the treatment table.

Plenty of Parkrun tourism as some members seize the opportunity to sample some new venues. Richard Boese and Alurie Dutton independently decided to try the hilly XC style delights of Homewood and Richard bagged 10th place overall, his highest finish in a Parkrun since 2013. John Tovell was in action at his ‘home’ venue Crane Park recording his fastest time of 2017. Patrick Wadsworth was warming up for the Manchester Marathon at Wilmslow Parkrun and Yvette Glacken completed her 37th run at Luton Wardown Parkrun.

Canal Run - Monica

This week we had the same Strava podium members as last the only change being silver and bronze swapping positions. Graham Meek again took the top spot with 94.9km as the Ultra prep progresses well. Lisa Hale climbed to second spot with 82.5km, a lower total than her bronze medal needed last week while Will Davidson dropped to third as he focused on speed and Parkrun PBs completing 76.6km. Five more members logged runs on Strava this week bringing the total to sixty-eight. 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: Despite running the Manchester Marathon yesterday Patrick will be leading the usual Monday night chatfest on a mix of roads and trails. Meet outside Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm and unfortunately we won’t have access to the toilets and changing facilities this week.

Tuesday: This week the Tuesday runs start at the Morgan Recreational Park in Crowthorne at 6:30pm as it is the first Tuesday of the month. The start time means the route will head off road for the first time on the fine trails around Crowthorne. In addition the interval session will be runner later at 8pm, meeting at The Tythings in Yateley. The session will be the School Hill session: 8 x 4 minute efforts with 30 seconds recovery after each.

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 Golden Retriever route. Meeting at 7:30pm you’ll still need your headtorch and high viz as it’s still dark at the furthest reaches which are unlit.

Friday: Track is still free and the THREE coaches have some great sessions planned for all abilities to improve fitness and technique.

Sunday: Anybody not racing can join the crowd running from The Lookout at 9am. It’s a flexible run to suit everybody’s needs and is either adapted to fit with distance targets or multiple groups are formed. The three ‘Cs’ of Coffee, cake and chat are enjoyed in the cafe post-run.

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