Another very busy weekend of running for club members.
Starting with Parkrun… Bracknell saw a great run from Fiona Slevin-Brown as she was 1st female, 21st overall and first SJ to finish as she came home in 22:55, not far off her Bracknell best of 21:34 set on the old faster course. Martin Steadman finished just three seconds later. More great runs from Jane Bannister and Harvey Young who both recorded Bracknell PBs.
The Sandhurst tandem of Jon Payne and Jim Laidlaw finished in 20:51 at Frimley Lodge. More great runs from the seven other members in action including Gareth Hopkins Who was just one second outside his best with 30:32.
On the tourist trail, Lisa Hale and Stuart Overhill tackled Humber Bridge Parkrun ahead of the Yorkshire Marathon and 10 Miler. Yvette Glacken ran Luton Wardown, John Tovell Crane Park and Sharon Conquer had a rewarding experience as tailrunner at Northampton.
Richard Boese doubled down on the dual Phoenix ‘It’s a Numbers Game’ marathons on both Saturday and Sunday. He was joined on the Saturday by Marathon master Leon Hicks and Lance King. Richard overcame fatigue and the flu to finish day 1 in 5:34:10 for 40th position. Leon was 45th in 5:48:52 and Lance 51st in 6:07:55.
Sunday saw Day 2 which was a challenging run for Richard as he suffered with knee trouble but he practised his ultra resiliance and battled around to finish in 6:07:51.
Three members thought two consecutive marathons were insufficient so took on the Atlantic Coast Challenge, three marathons in three days on a 78 mile course from Padstow to Lands End. On Day 1 Max Woods ran a superbly paved effort, climbing through the field to eventually finish in 9th position in 4:21:21. Patrick Wadsworth took a similar approach as he progressed through the field eventually sprinting it out to finish joint 56th in 5:15:28. Soon after Sacha Kendall-Woods finished in 5:32:25 as 18th female.
Onto Day 2 and the first measure of each runner’s recovery. Max recovered well to finish 17th in 4:51:44 although fatigue started to impact in the later stages. Patrick was super consistent coming home 57th in 5:30:41. Sacha finished in 6:03:57 to be 24th woman.
The third and final day saw Max Woods pick up the pace once again finishing the day in 6:09:50 for 9th position which netted him 8th position overall. Patrick Wadsworth finished the day in 9:04:09 to complete the challenge in 77th overall. Unfortunately Sacha didn’t finish Day 3.
Lots of members made the annual pilgrimage to the south coast for the Bournemouth Marathon festival. On day one a number of SJs toed the line in the Supersonic 10k which followed an out and back coastline course. Graham Robinson finished in 2nd position in 34:40 while Mark Fallowfield-Smith come home 12th in 37:51. Dave Breslin completed the SJ trio finishing in 47:30 to take 6th position in the 50-54 category.
Sunday saw the half and full marathons. Wayne Boardman recorded a great 4:44:48 in the full 26.2 miler despite very minimal training! In the Half Jim Laidlaw recorded his second fastest time ever as he was first to finish for the club. Mike Guess took 3rd place in the over 65 male race with another fine run. Nigel Evans was missed from the SJ results but ran 1:57:59 in his third half in fourteen days and Gloria Long ran strongly for 2:07:57.
A massive turnout from members for the Wellesley Rushmoor 10k and some strong runs. A mix up with the results means Lucy’s time below is wrong but with ace detective work to locate the runner who swapped times with her she deserves much credit anyway.
Gavin Loader continued his run of great form in the ‘Pieces of Eight’ race along the coast near Portsmouth. He finished the eight mile course in 49:21 to take a brilliant 4th place.
Up at the Yorkshire marathon and 10 miler, Lisa Hale ran 3:29:33 for 9th postion in her category at the marathon while Stuart Overhill scored a 10 miler PB with 1:11:03.
This year the Thames Valley Cross Country league starts a month earlier than usual with the Metros hosting round one on the twisting and looping Hillingdon course. With many of the regular counters missing this time, the team were bolstered by a number of new and returning members and the full contingent put in strong performances on the demanding course which mixed inclines and cambers with unusual-for-XC clement conditions. We’ll have a full report later in the week…
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:-
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 (hopefully after 3 marathons in 3 days!!!) 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. The run starts at Sandhurst Memorial Park this week starting at 6:30pm. Later the interval sessions will meet at The TYTHINGS in Yateley at 8pm.
Wednesday: It’s the second Wednesday of the month so time for the Handicap for members to track their fitness progress and establish a benchmark. This four mile run over a two lap course around Crowthorne is ideal for all abilities and starts from the Morgan Rec in Crowthorne at 7:30pm. It’s still tight in the annual competition but with only three 2017 runs remaining don’t miss out on a chance to score points! All members are welcome at the post run curry at The Raj in Sandhurst.
Thursday: This week the threshold/improvers run will be on the much loved ‘Crawley Ridge’ 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 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.