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24th/25th June – SJ Weekend Run Down

More sunshine and more long evenings for running plus a mixed bag of conditions at the weekend where the cooler temperatures helped…

On the hottest day of the summer (and likely of recent summers) six members tackled a stiflingly oppressive course around Swinley Forest for BFR’s Forest Five race. Graham Robinson won overall finishing in 28:51, twenty four seconds clear of the rest of the field. Andrew Brooks was next SJ to finish in an impressive 17th overall and 5th V40. Helen Vizard took 3rd in the V45 category with Trish Monks 8th V35. The two Patricks; Wadsworth and Denston also finished strongly.


Also, in the excitement of all last weekend’s races I didn’t include the results from the June Handicap. Numbers were down due to a clash with the Woodland 5 and plenty of tired legs after Endure24 but some impressive runs nonetheless especially from Martin Steadman and Jim Laidlaw who both improved on their previous bests.

Handicap June results

So halfway through the year the Handicap competition looks like this. Jim Laidlaw has a sizeable lead but it is very tight in the battle for the podium. Also with your best seven results to count there are still six more chances to score points and improve your position.

Handicap series after June

Big day at Bracknell Parkrun as the latest graduates of the Pure Beginners programme completed their first 5km event. Big congratulations to Samantha Pittick, Jonathan Evershed, Jo Harrison, Lauraine Briggs, Catherine Lacey, Lorraine Davies, Fiona O’Kane, Grace Stockle, Michelle Williams, Dawn Rudman and Jane Meakin.

PBs

Also at Bracknell, Dave Breslin ran his fastest time this year with 22:27 to lead the SJs home while Paul Biggs and Blanche Barnes each bagged another course PB with 25:13 and 32:52 respectively.

Over at Frimley Lodge Mark Pattrick was first member to finish in 21:07 closely followed by Dave O’Toole.

At Rushmoor Nigel Evans was home first of the SJs in 25:10 with Stuart Mayes not far behind as other members sampled the Rushmoor course for the first time. Kate Parker recorded her fastest ever Parkrun with 27:09 with Alice Copeland and Sarah Johnson for company in their first runs at the venue.

Some new Parkrun tourism this week. Lisa Hale ran at Banstead Woods in South-East London, Lee Wells was in action at Bedfont Lakes near Heathrow, John King re-ignited his love of running at the home of Parkrun; Bushy Park and John Tovell ran on his home course Crane Park.

Don’t forget to add Sandhurst Joggers as your club in your Parkrun profile to help us keep track of your achievements. If you are not sure how to do this I can help…

New event Beat the Boat attracted a good number of members with Jackie Kent, Dave Bartlett, Madeleine Duncan-Booth and Andrea Vincent taking part. See Madeleine’s report from Beat the Boat here

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Sensational run from Patrick Denston at the Swansea Half Marathon as he knocked thirty two minutes off his Half earlier this year and beat his PB to finish in 1:48:27.

Patrick Swansea half 2017 ringing PB bell

John King raced well at the Polesdon Lacey 10k doubling up this weekend having fallen in love with running again at Bushy Park Parkrun.

PL 10k Relive

Andrea Hadfield enjoyed a great run at the Giants Head Marathon at Sydling St Nicholas near completing the challenging course and her tenth marathon in 5:38:05. Great time on the hilly course which featured nearly 1000m of climbing. Interesting medal and T Shirt design… not sure where that will be appropriate to wear?


Lisa Hale was back to the top of the Strava leaderboard with a total of 77.3km followed by Patrick Wadsworth with 55.2km and Dave Breslin with 44.3km. 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. I can help if you are nlot sure how to join…

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: There will be multiple groups running on Tuesday from Sandhurst Memorial Park this week starting at 6:30pm. Later the interval sessions will be an ‘Away’ run meeting at Hawley Lake Sailing Club at 8pm for a pairs session.

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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