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15th/16th July – SJ Weekend Run Down

First let’s catch up on the mid-week action. Cast your thoughts back to that stiflingly hot Wednesday night two weeks ago and the July Handicap.

July Handicap results

Jim Laidlaw was first to finish followed by Krzysztof Zielinski who recorded the biggest improvement and maximum points in the Handicap competition. Roy Bentley and Martin Steadman took second and third respectively.

July Handicap top 3

So with seven rounds complete Jim Laidlaw continues to lead the annual competition but it is tighter than it looks at the top as Jim is the only runner with the seven maximum counting scores. There are a number of runners close behind with four, five or six runs who only need to run once more to be right in the mix. Plus there are still five more opportunities to score so thirty members could still potentially challenge for the 2017 Handicap title.

Handicap series after July

Last Tuesday saw the Dinton Pastures Relay on a night of downpours at the scenic lakeside park near Winersh. A weather-resistant team of six SJs combined well in monsoon-like conditions as they did their best to match their predicted time for the 4,051m course. Team Manager for the Night Richard Boese made good use of his umbrella as he tried to make sense of the results. Most SJs exceeded their expectations and beat their predicted times which was understandable with conditions encouraging a fast finish.


Last Wednesday saw Race 2 in the Yateley Road Race Series. A little warmer than June but still lots of great results with Mike Guess winning the M60 category, Collette Callanan taking second in the F45 race while Dave O’Toole and yours truly took third place in the M60 and M40 categories respectively. Lots of PBs too including (but not limited to) Jacq Hudson, Stuart Mayes and Sharon Burfield.

YRR Race 2 SJ results part 1

YRR Race 2 SJ results part 2

Members were out in force helping at the event and marshaling key points to keep all the runners safe.

YRR Reading road Karen

All three local Parkruns were open again this weekend. Over at Frimley Lodge Jim Laidlaw was first member to finish as he logged a new PB in 20:18.

At Rushmoor Jon Gubb had a storming run to record a new PB of 19:28 as he led home three members.

Twelve SJs in action at Bracknell making it the best supported with Martin Steadman the first member to finish in 22:53.

Loads of Parkrun tourism this week with John King running at Reading, Lisa Hale at Whiteley near Southampton, Dave Ayling at Andover, Sharon Conquer at Northampton John Tovell at home venue Crane Park. Big shout for Stephen Casey who logged a new overall Parkrun PB at Woking with 21:01.

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

Angela Foker ran the Pretty Muddy race at Prospect Park in Reading.

The Harry Hawkes 10 Mile was run off on a course that started and finished in Thames Ditton, passing close to Kingston, around Hampton Court Park before crossing the line in Giggs Green near Thames Ditton Cricket Club. Jane Bannister, Jim laidlaw, Hannah Glaister and Caroline Cutliffe all enjoyed great runs.

Neil Praine was back in northern action tackling the 36km Man vs Lakes on a very hilly course in… yes you guessed it… the Lake District.

Lisa Hale was back on top of the Strava Leaderboard with a total of 65.8km. Marathon preparee Andrew Brooks took second with 57.8km and Neil Praine was third with 57.2km showing good recovery from The Wall Ultra. Sixty-eight 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.

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 .

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. It’s also the final round of the Woodland 5 race series in Crowthorne Woods so there will be plenty of members racing and potentially a troop of support runners heading over there for the 7:30pm start.

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: This week is Track Challenge at Bracknell Athletics Track (next to Bracknell Leisure Centre just off the A322/Bagshot Road). This event is already oversubscribed but there is plenty of space in the stand for spectators and help with time keeping would be much appreciated. This is a team event for teams of 4 people of all abilities. Teams will be arranged into mixed abilities prior to the evening, then you and your team decide what you want to do out of the following list, each member of a team will run:
· 1 sprint event (100m, 200m, 300m, 400m),
· 1 middle distance event (800m, 1000m, 1500m, Mile),
· 2 relays (4 x 100m, 4 x 400m).

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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