On Thursday Leon Hicks continued his awesome run of marathons at the Phoenix Running Mogwai Day 1 and Mogwai Day 2 on Friday. These were both 6 hour timed event where you choose the distance you run from 5km to ultra marathon, you can complete as many, or as few, laps as you like of a 5.3km, 3.28 mile, out and back, course along the beautiful canal and River Wey towpath near West Byfleet. Leon completed Day 1 but sensibly missed Day 2 to protect a knee niggle. Lisa Hale also was in action on Day 1 finishing an impressive third overall in 3:34:54.
For starters huge congratulations to Dave Bartlett who completed a Parkrun milestone at Bracknell this week, celebrating his 50th at the venue where he has completed 50% of his Parkruns. We’ll have more from Dave later in the week. Six other members were in action with Gareth Hopkins bagging a PB in 34:11 in his 6th Parkrun.
Just a couple of SJs at Rushmoor but what it lacked in numbers it more than compensated with quality. Chris Brooks posted a venue best with 35:24 and Helen Vizard gets closer to her Parkrun century completing her 96th.
Eight members in action at Frimley Lodge with Mark Pattrick leading the SJs home in 20:55, his fourth time under 21 minutes in 2017. Gabrielle Bassett ran a seasons best of 24:26 while Dave O’Toole, Sasha Kendall-Woods and Chris Grove all got close to their fastest Frimley times.
Summer holidays equals lots of Parkrun Tourism. Chairman Richard Boese returned to Blandford for his second visit almost exactly two years on since his first. Charlie St Aubyn tackled to ‘flat on average’ (aka hilly) Lanhydrock venue for the first time and will be looking forward to returning to the super fast Bracknell course. John King took the short jaunt south to Alice Holt. Lisa Hale joined a 250th Parkrun celebration at Bedfont Lakes. A quartet of SJs made the trip to Reading with Stuart Overhill, Blanche Barnes, Sam Pittick and Hannah Glaister all in action. Alurie Dutton and Yvette Glacken take the prize for the most ‘holiday’ of holiday Parkruns with a trip to the seaside to complete the Gorleston Cliffs event near Great Yarmouth.
Later, Frimley Lodge was awash with colour as the Colour Run hit the venue. Jacqueline Hudson and Claire Rowse painted the town (more than just) red. In fact judging by the photo below it was more pink and green!
The River Relay took three SJ teams of five on a journey from near Windsor to Teddington along the (you guessed it) River Thames. More reports on this later in the week and results when available.
It was tight at the top of the Strava Leaderboard with Phil Beard’s 76km edging it over Lisa Hale’s 75km. Jim Laidlaw narrowly came out on top of another tight battle with Patrick Wadsworth for the final podium place with 56.8km. This week was a record breaker with Seventy-one members logging runs which is the biggest ever! To take part in this just create a free Strava account and link it to the club in your profile (or connect your existing account to the Sanhurst Joggers Strava club (contact me if you need any help with this.)
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 weekly runs.
Monday: Patrick will be leading the usual Monday night chatfest leaving Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm and covering approx. 6 miles. This is one of the most sociable runs of the week and a great opportunity to catch up with friends or discuss the preceding weekend.
Tuesday: Mike, Monica and the other run leaders will be leading multiple groups to cater for all abilities from beginners through to faster and more experienced runners. It’s perfect for novices and those coming back from injury or a long lay-off because you can start with an easy group and work your way upwards. As it’s the first Tuesday of the month this week the run starts from the Morgan Rec in Crowthorne at 6:30pm. Later the interval sessions will meet at The TYTHINGS in Yateley at 8pm.
Wednesday: Andrea Vincent and Sharon Burfield are the General Members for the Wednesday which leaves from Sandhurst Memorial Park at 7pm. The run will cover approx. 5-6 miles over roughly an hour. Runners run at their own pace and loop back as needed.
Thursday: This week the threshold/improvers run will be on the off road, Nikki will have more details later in the week. Make the most of this one as the routes will soon switch to the road as darkness approaches.
Friday: Track is still free and the coaches have some great sessions planned for all abilities to improve fitness and technique. Track is great for new runners as you’ll learn some great warm up routines, post run stretches and get input on your running technique which will make running more enjoyable, potentially faster and with less risk of injury.
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.
Also on Sunday 10th September 2017 is the Sandhurst Fitness Fun-Day which starts at 2pm at the Sandhurst Memorial Park. Various events will be taking place such as short and cardio tennis, football skills, snag golf, to name but a few. Registration of the fun runs from 2pm until 3.30pm. At 3.30pm the Juniors 1.5km fun run starts, followed by the Adults Fun Run of 5km at 4pm. Medals will be given to all runners who participate – make sure you register to run!
Sandhurst Joggers are helping with the event. Please wear your Sandhurst Jogger kit and if you are able to help on the day, please contact email@example.com so that Lisa Harrold can advise of your role. It would be wonderful to have as many SJ members as possible to run the Adult 5k Fun Run and your children to run the 1.5km too especially if you can wear your kit too!
From 4.30pm – 6pm we would like you all to bring along a picnic and your family so that we can then have more fun by playing rounders and socialising with other Sandhurst Joggers and their families.