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June 17th/18th – SJ Weekend Run Down

Summers evenings… and more importantly very sunny evenings have encouraged members out for the multitude of weekday events plus a fair few weekend events even though I thought it was going to be a quiet one…

Gavin Loader continued his superb run of form with 4th position overall at the second Woodland 5 on the usual hilly circuit around Crowthorne Woods (yes including the infamous ‘Wall’). He finished in a great time of 34:20. Sixteen members contested the event on a hot night in the forest.  Full results here


All three local Parkruns were open again this weekend. Frimley Lodge was the most popular with sixteen members in action from a total field of 531! Clive Rolfe was first to finish for the club in 20:18. Dave Ayling recovered well from last weekend’s South Downs Ultra attempt to record his best time at the shorter distance since 2016. Dave O’Toole had another great run in his 150th Parkrun!

At Rushmoor a trio of SJs enjoyed guaranteed PBs in their first visit to the venue; Samantha Pittick, Hannah Glaister and Karen Page finished in that order and enjoyed some post race sprint training to boot! Samantha absolutely smashed it as this result is her fastest Parkrun ever!

Seven SJs in action at Bracknell with Charlie St Aubyn first member to finish in 27:09 while Blanche Barnes recorded yet another PB in 33:13.

Some quality Parkrun tourism this week with Patrick Wadsworth running 22:36 at Wilmslow and Lisa Hale combining the Osterley Parkrun with the 10K at the same venue.

Don’t forget to add Sandhurst Joggers as your club in your Parkrun profile to help us keep track of your achievements.

Lisa Hale ran the Osterley Park 10k in West London finishing in 46:27 finishing 4th in her age category.

Osterley Park 10k

Stuart Overhill was in action in the South Downs Trail Half in 2:12:40.

Amazingly Leon Hicks had a weekend off marathons but has booked his 100th so keep your diaries clear on Saturday 7th April 2018. Starting in Walton-on-Thames the course is an out and back 3.28 mile look alongside the Thames of which you can complete as many laps as you choose. Obviously Leon will be aiming for at least eight laps.

Angela Foker and Claire Chase took on The Brutal race on a very tough 5k course around the Ash Ranges which included running, jumping, climbing and swimming. So tough in fact you could call it BRUTAL! Angela finished strongly in 6th position in her category with Claire close behind in 8th.

Angela Brutal

Nigel Evans also ran the 10k Brutal but wasn’t satisfied with that punishment so went out again on Sunday and ran the Hampshire Hoppit Half Marathon in 2:44:07 which he described as the hardest race he’s ever done due to a combination of hills and heat.

Nigel Hampshire Hobbitt

Jackie Kent made the trip over to Channel Islands and completed the Guernsey Half Marathon on a beautiful course along the northern coast. She took the tourist approach and took plenty of photos but still finished well under two hours and was rewarded for her efforts with a carton of milk as the event was sponsored by the local dairy.

Jackie Guernsey Half

Patrick Wadsworth met the legend that is Ron Hill having completed the Dr Ron Hyde 7 in 55:30 on a hot, hilly and rural seven mile course in the North West.

Dr Ron Hyde 7

Neil Praine completed The Wall Ultra, an epic 87km challenge along Hadrian’s Wall from Carlisle to Newcastle in 18:43:52. More to follow on this epic…

Neil Praine Wall Ultra Ball Breaker

This week we had a new King of Strava with Neil Praine topping 100km and the leaderboard with a total of 103.9km thanks to an amazing performance in his Ultra. Marathon Queen Lisa Hale was back on the podium in second with 70.7km and Andrew Brooks was third with 66.6km as he ramps up for the New Forest Marathon in august. 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.

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: This week is the Tuesday Pub Run starting at 7pm from The Swan in Ash Vale. You’ve already missed the food pre-ordering deadline so won’t be able to add anything to the group boking but will be able to order food seperateley and buy drinks at the bar. Monica and Mike have some lovely routes lined up for all abilities. Later the interval sessions will meet at The TYTHINGS in Yateley at 8pm where the Jenny has a tough but beneficial session ready for you.

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 on the off road, Nikki will have more details later in the week and soon we’ll have a route schedule planned out.

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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