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May 13th/14th – SJ Weekend Run Down

Loads of running action this week as evening and weekend events (both competitive and social) provided lots of entertainment…

Richard Woodland 5

Wednesday saw the first round of the Finch Coaster organised Woodland 5 series on a (thankfully and mostly) insect free Crowthorne Woods course that will be familar to anybody who ran there in the TVXC league last December and included the infamous ‘Wall’. Twenty-two members raced with great results for all including 2nd Veteran Female for Helen Antram, 11th Overall for Andrew Brooks and 1st Veteran Male/5th Overall for me. Highlight for most was the sunshine and cake combination.

Woodland 5 trophy

The following day Windle Valley Runners hosted their Pairs Relay at the Windlesham Memorial Ground where 130 dynamic duos took the start line to run ten laps of a 1km course across the playing fields and around the woods. Stacks of SJ pairs in attendance including some family combos with very impressive running from the youngsters (and from the oldsters!). First SJ team home were the flying combo of Gavin Loader and Jim Laidlaw in 12th position.

Windlesham pairs relay - Jim & Gavin

Saturday saw the 30th Anniversary Pub Run, an enjoyable and innovative format which combines two of many members’ great loves; running and socialising (and with seven pubs over a five mile course the socialising part took precedence over the athletic endeavours). Seventeen members took part and we’ll have an entertaining (and consumer savvy) report from Jackie Kent shortly…


Seventeen Sandhurst Joggers ran at Frimley Lodge Parkrun on Saturday morning  where another huge turnout of runners totaled 558. Mark Pattrick was first SJ to finish in 21:42 closely followed by Richard Boese who’s enjoying fine form (if frustratingly late for his London Marathon aspirations). Craig Waters logged a new PB in 24:29

Bracknell attracted more SJs this week with eighteen members in action. Martin Steadman continued his improvement finishing first member in 24:10 followed by Dave Breslin and Sarah Alexander. Impressively Colin Carpenter lowered his PB to 30:00 and Wilsey Mockett completed their first Parkrun.

No runners at Rushmoor this week and limited tourism as local events kept most members at home. John Tovell ran at his home venue of Crane Park and Simon and Anne Whillis sampled the delights of Riverside Parkrun in Chester-Le-Street in the North East.

Richard Arun River Marathon

At the other end of the country Leon Hicks and Richard Boese enjoyed the Arun River Marathon. For leon this was his 69th marathon and 28th in his 52 week ‘quest’. Richard completed his 49th today and will be tackling his 50th next week. All the pictures looked more focused on drinking beer in the sunshine rather than running so times are pretty irrelevant.

Down near Farnham through some beautiful trails and woodland Jim Casey continued his recovery from injury to finish in 1:00:25 at the Blackwater Valley Runners event; The Woodland Woggle.

Alurie Dutton and Yvette Glacken continue to explore the country in search of great events and will shortly be reporting back from a trio of fresh events that members may consider in the future. Last weekend they ran at the Danesfield Dash 10k and more recently they tackled the Keech Hospice 10k which featured some lovely trails. Next weekend they will be at the Wheatie 10k.

In contrast, Lisa Hale and Stuart Overhill returned from a French vacation to pound the urban roads of the Staines 10k. Lisa finished in 44:18 and Stuart 45:24.

Janet Ford ran the Oxford Town and Gown 10k and narrowly missed dipping under the hour with a finish time of 1:00:05. The event was organised by and in aid of Muscular Dystrophy UK and followed a course around Oxford University.

Eastbourne Trackstar marathon marmite

And finally huge kudos to Matt Johnston who ran the Eastbourne Trackstar Track Marathon on Sunday, completing the 105.5 laps of the track in approx. 5 hours 24 minutes. He certainly should be commended for such an impressive performance of both physical and mental fortitude!

Eastbourne Track

A completely new podium this week as Richard Boese sits atop the Strava leaderboard with a total of 80.8km! Patrick Wadsworth grabbed 2nd with 52.7km and another marathoner Leon Hicks in third with 52km. Sixty-three 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.

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: This week all Tuesday runs including those leaving from the Memorial Park and the Yateley Intervals are postponed as it is the Intraclub Relay. Meet at Sandhurst Memorial Park at 6.30pm. Full details have been shared by email but don’t worry if you haven’t replied to indicate you are joining, you can still turn up on the night. This will be fun event suitable for runners of all abilities.

Wednesday: Handicap this week starting at 7:30pm from the Morgan Rec in Crowthorne. Come along and try to beat your previous best time (or if it’s your first attempt you are guaranteed a PB). Don’t forget the monthly curry at the Raj will be consumer afterwards meeting at 8:45pm.

Thursday: This week the threshold/improvers run will again be off road. Nikki will provide the route details along with much humour on Thursday.

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

Sunday: The Sunday run now has its own General Member(s) as longtime champions Dick Newman and Emy Circuit have accepted the joint role. Anybody not racing can join them at 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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