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30th September/1st October – SJ Weekend Run Down

This weekend was another busy one with lots of members competing in a diverse range of events. Its certainly starting to feel autumnal with some challenging weather conditions making trails slippery yet out of the wind the temperatures are holding up well… enough of the meteorology and back to the running…

Plenty of puddles greeted Parkrunners at Frimley Lodge this week but that didn’t deter 478 from toeing the line and of those seventeen were Sandhurst Joggers. We had a mix of milestones, PBs and sociable runs with Janet Venables celebrating her 150th Parkrun and Max Woods his 100th. Clive Rolfe was first SJ to finish in 19:47 with Dave Ayling and Max not far behind. Caroline Stuart came close to her best at the venue, Jane Bannister’s 28:42 is her fastest at Frimley and Larry Sharp ran a seasons best 30:13. Chapeau to Gareth Hopkins and Sophie Pibworth who both recorded PBs with 30:31 and 34:45 respectively.

Four members hit Parkrun Bracknell with Patrick Wadsworth first to finish for the club in 23:47. Lucy Ong warmed up for the Basingstoke Half Marathon with her very first Parkrun finishing in a great time of 32:18 and Joanna Bland knocked over two minutes off her previous best to record a new PB in 41:12!

Another SJ quartet headed over to Rushmoor with Andrew Brooks making his return from ‘semi-retirement’ to finish first SJ in 19:06. Alurie Dutton ran her fastest time at Rushmoor since May 2016 with 34:22 and Gavin Loader sampled the venue for the first time as he continued to support others at Parkrun.

A plethora of Parkrun Tourism this week. Starting close to home… Hannah Glaister hopped up the A329 to Reading for her second appearance at the venue. Stuart Overhill prepped for XC at Homewood, Lisa Hale tried the ‘steeply undulating’ course at relatively new venue of Henley-on-Thames and John Tovell stayed at home at Crane Park. Further afield; Yvette Glacken ran at Luton Wardown, Will Lucas on the beach at Seaton and Kevin Forster at Prudhoe Riverside which is held at the Tyne Riverside Country Park in the North East.

Special mention for Mark Pattrick who made the short trip to Parkrun’s spiritual home; Bushy Park. Mark logged his fastest time since 2015 as he joined 1228 other runners to celebrate the 700th Parkrun to be held at the venue just a week ahead of the 13th anniversary of Parkrun’s inception back in October 2004. Saturday 7th October will be a special day for Parkrun as International Parkrun Day will celebrate #parkrun13 so hopefully lots of members will be out there celebrating as well.

Four members took on the Clarendon Marathon solo on a challenging course from Salisbury to Winchester. Jon Gubb made a very last minute decision to race and finished in an impressive 4:00:54. Max Woods was come in 4:27:17, Patrick Wadsworth less than a minute later in 4:28:15, Leon Hicks continued his phenomenal ‘streak’ of marathons finishing pain-free in 6:12:41. Meanwhile a four person SJ Relay team of Alan Kirby, Alison Jones, Fiona Slevin-Brown and Graham Meek was storming around the course en route to finishing in 3:42:26.

Six members took on the Basingstoke Half Marathon with special mention to half marathon first timers Lucy Ong, Jacq Hudson, Holly Dunn (who is missing from the results below but finished in 2:43:09) and Julie Graham who only graduated from the Pure Beginners course last year! Jackie Kent had an eventful run, stopping for 20 minutes to help a collapsed runner who thankfully was ok.

Basingstoke Half Marathon results

Lots of members in action at the Julian Farrell Camberley 10k, although Jim Laidlaw was missed off the results below as he was wearing the wrong coloured vest, he finished in 41:52.

Camberley 10k results

Taking in many of Reading’s waterways; the Blueiron Reading O2O 10k was also held on Sunday and our very own Stuart Holbrook finished in a great time of 49:33.

More race action but a little further from home at the Cardiff Half Marathon saw Patrick Denston finish in 2:04:10 and James ward 1:32:53.

Another busy week on Strava with sixty-nine members logging runs this week. To take part in this just create a free Strava account and link it to the club in your profile. Here’s the top 10 from last week:-

Strava top 10 Oct 1st

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 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 ‘Ellis Road’ route as we’ve already completed a rotation of all the winter run routes. Meet at Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm.

Friday: Track is still free and the coaches have some great sessions planned for all abilities to improve fitness and technique.

Sunday: Its the first round of the Thames Valley Cross Country League so no Lookout run this week. But that means you can take part in the brilliant Cross Country. XC Captain Claire has sent all the details by email so here are the key points:-

  1. XC is suitable for all abilities and it is a great club event with everybody contributing to the Club’s overall result.
  2. The club pays members’ entry fees (its £4 entry fee for guests)
  3. The course is at Hillingdon House Farm Fields (Postcode UB8 1ES), take Swakleys Junction off the A40, turning right along the B483 Park Road.
  4. It is approx. a 45min journey by car. Some people meet in the public car-park behind Sandhurst Library at 9:00ish am to car-share and/or drive in convoy to the venue, leaving no later than 9:15.
  5. The race starts at 11am so arrive with enough time to park, get to the start, register with Claire and warm up.
  6. The course will be slightly different from last year, it will still be three laps, but part of the first lap will be run in reverse.
  7. The course is suitable for spikes.
  8. Remember that you must wear club kit to score for the club.
  9. As well as tea and cake in the Athletics Stadium after the race many members will head for a drink at the Cricket Club opposite the Athletics Stadium. .


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