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May 20th/21st – SJ Weekend Run Down

A busy week of club and open events… so strap yourself in and enjoy.


Tuesday saw the next 30th Anniversary event with the Intraclub Pairs relay, held on a 1km circuit around Sandhurst Memorial Park. Starting near the buildings the course headed down past the Balancing Pond and then looped back across the streams. An impressive sixty-one members of all abilities took part with Martin Steadman and Sam Weller coming out on top. Big thanks to Graham Robinson and Dave Breslin for organising, Nikki Stanley for help on the night and the invaluable marshaling of Tracy Buck. The club also celebrated it’s 400th member and presented Sarah a named club vest on the night.

400th member Sarah

No respite this week and intrepid Handicappers braved the rain on Wednesday for the May installment. Eighteen members ran through the drizzle with Will Lucas taking the top spot knocking 1 minute 12 off his previous best. Full results and current standings are now live on the website.

May Handicap results

No Frimley Lodge Parkrun this week so interesting to see what alternatives were selected. Plenty of members went to local alternatives Rushmoor and Bracknell so we saw big fields and numerous venue PBs. The closure also led to some diverse tourism so interesting to find out about some new venues to put on the ‘visiting’ list.

Bracknell attracted the most members with twenty-one SJs in action, partly down to the Frimley Lodge orphans but mainly due to the cake on offer to celebrate Charlie St Aubyn’s 100th Parkrun. Martin Steadman and Sarah Alexander were first to finish for the club. Paul Biggs made a welcome return from injury and Graham Meeks, Pam Whelan, Richard Jackson, Craig Waters and Wilsey Mockett all recorded Bracknell PBs.

Over at Rushmoor Mark Pattrick was first home from a select squad of SJs in 21:15 while Fern Stonestreet went sub-25 for the first time at the venue with a new Rushmoor PB of 24:54. Martin Sharrod also recorded his best Rushmoor time in 33:58.

Richard Boese Cranleigh parkrun

Lots of Parkrun tourism with Richard Boese running at Cranleigh, Lisa Hale battling the sea breeze at Southsea, Sarah Campbell-Foster at Alice Holt, Stuart Mayes at Homewood, Yvette Glacken at Luton Wardown, Stuart Holbrook keeping it local at Woodley, John Tovell staying home at Crane Park and Simon and Anne Whillis at Reading. Furthest traveller this week was Kevin Forster at Dungloe.

You can add Sandhurst Joggers to your Parkrun profile and this really helps us to keep track of your results and your tourism. If you are not sure how to do this, just message me and I’ll help.

This weekend was the Green Belt Relay and we’ll have more from the ‘Belters’ as soon as they have recovered…

It was a tough day at the Hook 10 miles but members still recorded some great times with Trish Monks leading the SJs home.

Hook 10 mile results 2017Richard Boese celebrated his 50th Marathon/Ultra race on a hot day at the Richmond Park Marathon and was accompanied by marathon stalwart Leon Hicks to complete the landmark.

Richard Richmond Park mara medal

Charlie St Aubyn was the only member running the Binfield 10k and followed up his 100th Parkrun with 10th position in age category and great run to record 45:34.

Alurie Wheatie 10k

Intrepid 10k adventurers Alurie Dutton and Yvette Glacken continued their mission to seek out the most enjoyable 10k events and they have been prolific in the last few weeks completing three 10k trail runs plus the Woodland 5 which is more than their planned one 10k per month! The good news for readers is Alurie will be sharing details on each so you too may be tempted by one of these events next year. This weekend they ran the ‘Wheatie 10’ on a course which snaked through beautiful countryside. Sounds like a well organised event with a great atmosphere. We’ll have a full report later in the week…

Green park 10k medal

Traffic chaos greeted runners at the Green Park Royal Berkshire 10k as cars queued to get into the car park but it didn’t detract from a good run around a scenic and mostly flat course. A great run from Andrea Vincent saw her knock over 5 minutes off her PB as she get’s closer to running sub 50 minutes and Louise Heginbotham also bagged a superb PB despite two weeks off running with injury.

Green park 10k results 2017

Finally this week a truly inspirational run from Jacqueline Hudson in her first Half Marathon just a year on from starting running as a Pure Beginner last year. She completed the Royal Windsor River Trail Half Marathon and we’ll have a full report from her later this week.

Windsor trail half - Jacq

This week Patrick Wadsworth topped the Strava Leaderboard with 81.2k. Lisa Hale took second spot with 69.8km and podium first timer Iain McCready third with 65.5km. 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: Tonight is the first of the Pub Runs. Check Facebook or your email for full details. The pub of choice for tonight is the Crown and Cushion on Minley Road. Arrive early to allow time to order food and the run will be departing at 7:30pm for an hours running around the local woods.

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. Hill reps (up the big hill) – 15 x 2 minute efforts up the hill and jog down.

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. More details plus the usual humour will be provided by Nikki later in the week.

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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