A massive weekend for many members… London Marathon weekend with thirty-nine SJs running and many providing support along the route and a huge welcome at the finish line. We have a huge amount of content coming with a summary of all members achievements, experiences and favourite moments plus many individual reports which will be full of determination, dedication, pain, emotion, romance… and a bit of running. We’ll come back to London shortly and in the meantime look at other races (yes there were other events running too!)…
Starting at Parkrun Rushmoor, Margaret Wakeling knocked over a minute off her PB recording 31:25 while Harvey Young continued his comeback from injury and I logged my best time at Rushmoor. Next week is their third birthday so likely to be a big turnout.
At Bracknell five members were in action and witnessed Lauren Askew reduce her PB by a massive 2 minutes 39 seconds from 32:50 to 30:11 and Colin Carpenter finished shortly after, running well to post his best time on the Bracknell course of 30:25.
As is often the case Parkrun Frimley Lodge saw the biggest number of SJs in action with eighteen running. James Ratcliffe stormed to a fantastic 4th position overall with a superb 18:09 with Clive Rolfe not far behind in 10th with a season’s best 19:02. Philippa Francis matched her PB in 25:25. Impressively Leon Hicks and Richard Boese both ran ahead of the Marathon on Sunday.
Some Parkrun tourism this weekend with Jim Laidlaw getting back to racing with the Kingsbury Water event in the midlands with a strong 20:55. Closer to home. Stuart Overhill continues to get back into his stride at Homewood with 23:27 and at Crane Park (which is the closest to his home) John Tovell ran well for 23:08. Paula Vine continues her injury recovery with 23:58 at Reading.
Angela Foker and Claire Chase took on a tougher 5km at the Brutal 5k on a course around Windmill Hill near Deepcut. Great performances from both with Angela finishing 2nd veteran and 4th female overall in 36:19 and Claire 14th in 40:29. Great running on a tough course!
A new event around the North Downs; the Fox Ultra tempted Max Woods, Lina Johnson and Patrick Wadsworth to sample the beautiful trails. Max completed the 42km event in 4:17:42 for 8th overall. In the 60km Ultra both Lina and Patrick ran well with Lina finishing 18th woman in 7:42:27 and Patrick a second earlier for 84th in the men’s race. Amazingly Patrick also went on to complete a weekend double at London!
On Sunday, another new event; the Southampton Marathon was tackled by Wayne Boardman who despite interruptions to training logged a fantastic 4 hours 20 minutes. We had two members in action in the concurrent Half Marathon with both recording brilliant times; Neil Praine continued his great 2017 form to record 1:33:40 and James Ward finished with an excellent 1:32:32.
Lots of big mileages logged this week on Strava. Unsurprisingly Endurance God Patrick Wadsworth was top of the leaderboard with 115.2km! Graham Meek took 2nd with 82.4km and Lisa Hale the bronze medal this week with 82.3km. 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.
Monday: Patrick might (unless he can find somebody to take over and give his poor legs a rest!) be leading the usual Monday night chatfest leaving Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm. Also, for anybody who has taken part in any Marathon this year, or have marshalled the VLM, you are cordially invited to the Sandhurst Joggers After Marathon Party to be held at 49 Darby Green Lane, Darby Green, Blackwater GU17 0DN from 7pm until 10.30pm. If you would like to come along then please let Lisa Harrold know by email firstname.lastname@example.org as pizza will be provided but if you can bring one item either sweet or savoury as well as your own drink that would be most appreciated. Please wear your medals with pride!!!
Tuesday: Multiple groups running on Tuesday from Sandhurst Memorial Park starting at 6:30pm. This week the interval session will be an AWAY DAY RUN – Meet at Hawley Sailing Club at 8pm for a Pairs session – 45 minutes of effort avoiding dinosaurs in Jurassic World.
Wednesday: Sharon Burfield and/or Andrea Vincent will be leading a great run of between five to six miles from Sandhurst Memorial Park departing at 7pm.
Thursday: This week the threshold/improvers run will be off road for the first time on the Jenny’s Wood route.
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.