It’s hot hot hot! Ideal for becoming dehydrated, suffering from heatstroke and getting sunburnt… but not so good for enjoying long runs or running fast. But luckily we SJs are a hardy bunch and we also have lots of fantastic shady woodland to run through.
We’ll have the full results from the July Handicap next week but here’s a brief summary. It was hot…. and Jim Laidlaw was first to finish on a hot night which was not conducive to PB running so well done to the three members who did post a fastest time on the four mile run.
Wednesday Lisa hale ran Helen Windsor 10k at Greetland near Halifax in the North of England in 45:04. This great time bagged her 3rd position in the Senior W35 category. The race doubled as the Yorkshire Vets 10k Championships.
Friday saw Richard Boese and Leon Hicks contest a 100m sprint… only joking it was actually a marathon within the Dinton Pastures Sundae Challenge. The event was a 6 hour timed challenge where you could run as many or as few 2.6 mile laps as you wanted. 10 laps for a marathon, 5 for a half, 11+ for an ultra and 1 or more to be a finisher and get a medal and create your own sundae with a serving of ice cream and choice of sauces and toppings. The weather well and truly cooperated with the ice cream theme.
Rushmoor was closed again this week so Frimley Lodge was very busy with 617 runners! Mark Pattrick was first to finish for the club in 20:28 which is his best time since 2015. Dave O’Toole was next member to finish showing incredible consistency finishing in exactly the same time as last week with 22:10.
Over at Bracknell there was a great turnout by the recent Pure Beginners graduates. Sophie Le Saux scored her best time on the course with 32:27. Three PBs with Jacqueline Hudson logging her best Parkrun time ever with 34:57, Jonathan Evershed with 37:23 and Michelle Williams in 42:36. Sophie Pibworth, Julie Maxwell and Natalie Wilkinson all ran for the first time this week.
On the Parkrun tourism front. Dave Bartlett and Sarah Alexander made the short trip to Woodley. John Tovell ran at home venue Crane Park. Lisa Hale, Phil Turner and Alurie Dutton visited Homewood. Stephen Casey ran (and paid £1.80 for parking!) at Alice Holt. Yvette Glacken ran her home race at Luton Wardown.
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Lina Johnson took part in The Corporate Games in Nottingham which consisted of a 10k followed later in the day by a relay in which all members of the team completed one mile. Both races were run off in hot conditions and the 10k was particularly hilly using the same venue as the 2017 National XC Championship.
Nigel Evans took on the Westminster British 10k on a course around many of the London landmarks that provided the backdrop to his marriage proposal (and Virgin London Marathon finish) back in April. He finished in a time of 54:14.
This week we had a new Queen of Strava with Kathryn Carney topping the leaderboard with a total of 71.4km. Krzysztof Zielinski was second with 63.5km, while I was third with a paltry 61.5km. Sixty-one 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: There will be multiple groups running on Tuesday from Sandhurst Memorial Park this week starting at 6:30pm. Later the interval sessions will meet at The TYTHINGS in Yateley at 8pm but don’t overdo it if you are racing on Wednesday!
Wednesday: This week is Race 2 of the Yateley 10k Road Race series with lot’s of members running and many more volunteering. If you aren’t already involved but can spare some time on Wednesday evening please let Roger know.
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. The Track Challenge is coming up on Friday 21st July so these sessions are a fantastic opportunity to practice ahead of the big night!
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.