Diverse action this week as the ‘London Effect’ swept the running world, from Parkrun to double marathons… Sandhurst Joggers were in the thick of the action.
Parkrun Frimley Lodge had a huge number of runners with 619 taking to the start. Parking mush have been carnage! Matthew Jones was first of the nineteen Sandhurst Joggers to finish in 19:51 with Max Woods not far behind in 20:28. Richard Boese recorded his fastest time since 2015 with 22:07 and Natasha O’Toole bagged a PB in 24:03.
Over at Bracknell Ian Watson was first SJ to finish in 24:06 closely followed by Lou Gubb just 5 seconds later. Colin Carpenter grabbed a PB in 30:23 while Nicola Gater and Harvey Young recorded their fastest times on the Bracknell course. Paul Alexander made a welcome return to running and was one of twenty club members in action.
A trio of SJs ran at Rushmoor with Patrick Wadsworth making a rare appearance to be first member home in 23:37 with Nigel Evans next in 24:16.
Many tourists this week with Jim Laidlaw taking a hard earnt PB at Burnham and Highbridge in 20:30. John King made the short trip to Reading for an enjoyable run in 24:19. Frances Parkes ran well at Coventry in her first Parkrun appearance of 2017 while Will Lucas made the trip to the south coast at Seaton.
Lots of members ran local landmark event the Bracknell Half Marathon with Phil Guy first SJ home in 1:28:18 to continue his fine run of form. Kathryn Shaw was next member to finish in 1:38:06 to bag third place in the Women’s V35 category. Great runs from other members including Martin Steadman in 1:40:55 which is (I think) a PB, Fiona Slevin-Brown continuing her comeback in 1:44:37, Royston Crandley beating his target in 1:47:45, Dave Bartlett beating injuries to finish in 1:57:49, Lauren Askew with 2:05:33, Serena Gigg with 2:07:00, Fiona Marshall dropped the cricket ball to finish in 2:24:08 (report to follow) and romance is alive and well as Matt Johnson and Kirsten Johnson finished together with PBs of 2:29:04.
Over in Marlow Gavin Loader had a superb run to cover the 5 mile course around the town in 30:44. This put him in 38th position overall in the Handy Cross Runners event.
John Tovell took a trip down to the hunting grounds of Cranborne Chase and earnt a huge medal for his efforts at the Ox Half.
Pam Whelan continued her series of ‘Great Runs’ completing the Great Bristol 10k in 57:50 which is her fastest 10k time.
Monica Burbidge successfully tackled the relentless climbs and descents at the Chantry Canter 5 miles.
Astoundingly, Leon Hicks ticked off another three marathons this week on his quest. Two this weekend at the SVN 100 miler.
This week This week Leon Hicks topped the Strava Leaderboard with a gargantuan 127.9km! (Basically three marathons!!!) Graham Meek recovered well from the IOW adventure and still logged 78.6km for second. Will Davison grabbed third with 65.5km but most impressively at an average pace of 4:02/km! Sixty-six 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 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 and using the field – 13 x 2 minutes.
Wednesday: Normally this week would be the Club Handicap starting at the Morgan Rec in Crowthorne but this has been delayed by a week as many members will be running the first Woodland 5 in Crowthorne Woods. If not sold out the event accepts entries on the night otherwise take a run out and cheer on your clubmates. The Woodland 5 race starts at 7:30pm but its worth allowing some time to get from the Car Park at Broadmoor hospital to the start.
Thursday: This week the threshold/improvers run will be off road. Nikki will advise on the route nearer the time. Windle Valley are organising their Pairs Relay event at Windlesham for which many SJs have entered.
Friday: Track is still free and the THREE coaches have some great sessions planned for all abilities to improve fitness and technique.
Saturday: Meeting at 5:30pm the Sandhurst Joggers 30th Anniversary Pub Run/Jog starting and finishing at the Memorial Park and taking in a nice 5 mile route which includes seven pubs and a fish & chip shop for dinner. Please let Graham and Dave know if you are taking part by emailing: Events@sandhurstjoggers.org.uk.
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.