Welcome to the 2017 Easter edition of the SJ Run Down. Hope you’ve all enjoyed a great weekend of chocolate, hot cross buns and running… sadly this weekend we also heard about the death of much loved SJ member Ron Howlett. This week’s Tuesday run starting at the Memorial Park at 6:30pm will be in memory of Ron and his funeral will be held on Tuesday 2nd May at 1:30pm at St Michael’s church in Sandhurst. Anybody who would like to attend will be welcome and they would like to see as many of Ron’s friends from the club as possible.
Keeping with the Easter theme; Good Friday saw ten Sandhurst Joggers toe the line at the Maidenhead Easter 10 Mile and all recorded impressive performances. First timers Andrea Vincent (1:27:08), Dave Bartlett (1:25:49) and me (1:01:19) all made successful debuts. Jim Laidlaw (1:11:09) and Jon Gubb (1:08:24) both recorded PBs. Mark Fallowfield-Smith defied doctors orders to finish with an impressive time of 1:04:58 while Gerry Mepham (1:09:05), Nikki Stanley (1:09:24), Collette Callanan (1:10:06), and Patrick Wadsworth (1:27:07) all ran strongly and impressed our Prime Minister who was marshaling as runners left and returned to the Maidenhead Business Park.
Also on Friday was the first day of the Guernsey running festival kicking off with the Intertrust 5km. A travelling trio of SJs; Simon Whillis, Sarah Alves De Sousa and Anne Whillis completed the first leg of a 5km double in 27:05, 31:41 and 32:47 respectively.
On Saturday at Parkrun Frimley Lodge fourteen SJs enjoyed the fast conditions. Sarah Alexander recorded a PB on the course with a great time of 23:45. while Craig Waters also bagged a best ever Parkrun time with 35:04. John King scored his fastest time of the year with 21:23 to be first SJ finisher of the 579 participants! More great performances from Sacha Kendall-Woods who recorded her best time since 2014 with 23:56 and Sarah Campbell-Foster who logged her best since 2015 with 26:10.
At Bracknell seven members were in action out of 402 total runners with Richard Johnson first SJ home in another cracking time of 21:34. Bracknell regulars Patrick Wadsworth and returnee Dave Breslin were next to finish for the club.
Over at Rushmoor 394 runners took part with a crack squad of five SJs performing well. First for the club was Andrew Brooks in a superb time of 18:48 as he smashed his PB, fulfilled a season goal and became the thirteenth SJ to go under 19 minutes. Gerry Mepham was next recovering well from Maidenhead to record his best of 2017 with 20:24 followed by Chris Lambourne who was making his first appearance of the year. Harvey Young continued his recovery from injury with a season’s and Rushmoor course best in 29:27.
Lots of diverse tourism this week facilitated in part by the Easter Holidays. At Worcester, Neil Praine continued his PB streak lowering his best time by another 10 seconds to 19:15. Lucy Zirbser completed in 29:24 at Ashford in Kent. Lisa Hale and Stuart Overhill ran at Homewood with Lisa recording her fastest 2017 time at the venue in 23:09 and Stuart making good progress along the road to recovery with 24:12, his best time at Homewood this year. Richard Boese was in action on the hilly Temple Newsam course in Leeds finishing in 24:29. At Parke near Bovey Tracey in Devon, Lucy Murphy ran strongly to knock six seconds off her previous best recording a new PB of 31:49. Finally Simon Whillis, Sarah Alves De Sousa and Anne Whillis all ran well at the Guernsey Parkrun; part of the Guernsey festival of running to complete a weekend 5km double.
Lance King returned to the Marathon running world at the Great Barrow Challenge in Norfolk finishing strongly in 5:44:17.
Leon Hicks continued his phenomenal journal completing another marathon on Good Friday around Caldecotte Lake near Milton Keynes at the Enigma Easter event. He also completed Marathon 64 on Easter Monday at the ‘Easter Extravaganza’. Impressive!
This week Graham Meek three-peated his win on the Strava leaderboard with a solid total of 86.5km. Meeksy continues to pile the miles on as the London marathon focused runners start their tapers. Will Davison took silver with 68.8km and me the bronze medal this week with a paltry 52.7km. Sixty-eight 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.
As always keep a look out on Facebook for details of the weekday evening runs.
Tuesday: Multiple groups will be running on Tuesday from Sandhurst Memorial Park, remember this run will be in memory of Ron Howlett. In addition, the interval session meeting at The Tythings in Yateley at 8pm will be the Waitrose session: 1 x 10 minutes, 1 x 5 minutes, 7 x 2 minutes with 1 minute recovery between the 2 minute efforts.
Wednesday: Not-so-new General Members Sharon Burfield and Andrea Vincent will be leading a great run of roughly 5-6 miles leaving from the Memorial Park at 7pm.
Thursday: This week the threshold/improvers run will be on the Ellis Road route. There is just about enough light to get around be bear in mind the last mile could still be dark so dress appropriately.
Friday: Track is still free and the THREE coaches have some great sessions planned for all abilities to improve fitness and technique.
Sunday: Lots of members will either be running or marshaling at the London Marathon so post on Facebook if you plan to run from the Lookout so groups and arrangements can be made.