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21st/22nd October – SJ Weekend Run Down

This weekend Storm Brian threatened to make running conditions tough for all but the cooler temperatures helped members enjoy some great performances.

This week we’ll start like any good club run with announcements as we have some great club events coming up…

The Weekend of Running is being held on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of November with a busy programme of runs, talks and socialising planned. If you haven’t already signed up and paid up, please respond to Jenny’s email and also confirm which afternoon sessions you would like to attend.

SJ Cross Country – our ‘home’ event being held on Sunday 26th November at Lord Wandsworth College and we need you! So if you can help and volunteer on the day please get in touch with Jenny who has recently emailed you with more details on what help is required on both the Saturday before as well as on the day.

London Marathon Draw and Bake Off – the date and venue are still to be confirmed but in the meantime if you did enter the London Marathon ballet then be sure to hold onto your rejection letter or email to earn a place in the club’s own draw for two places. You could also refine those recipes ready for the Bake Off!

Next onto Parkrun, there were plenty of puddles to dodge at Frimley Lodge but this didn’t deter thirteen members from braving the elements. Clive Rolfe was first to finish out of the members in action as he posted 19:40 to claim 10th overall. Gavin Loader completed another family focused run but bagged a Parkrun PB along the way.

Bracknell was also popular attracting ten members. Jon Payne tried the venue for the first time and was rewarded with third overall in 21:58. Wilsey Mockett grabbed a PB in her 5th Parkrun with 35:47.

Just a single member at Rushmoor where Louisa Enriquez was just 14 seconds shy of the PB she recorded at the venue last week.

Plenty of tourism this week. Lisa Hale was first female to finish at Homewood with Stuart Overhill close behind. John King travelled very north to complete Stewart Parkrun in Middlesbrough. John Tovell ran at his home venue of Crane Park. Neil Praine went sub 20 at Worcester finishing in 19:55 his third fastest at the venue. Dick Newman headed down the M4 to Newbury, Sharon Conquer to Northampton, Yvette Glacken to Luton Wardown and Alurue Dustin to Andover.

The worst of the wind had wilted by Sunday but some stiff breezes still presented a challenge in the two key events; The Great South Run and Frimley 10k.


A strong SJ squad took on the Fleet 10k this year with lots of great times. Phil Guy logged another great run coming close to going sub 40. Plenty of course PBs and outright bests including Dave Bartlett, Harvey Young and Jacqueline Hudson. A few members were missed off the results below… In her first race as a SJ Kirsty Kent ran a very impressive 42:00, Chris Szabo-Hemmings finished in 48:25, Helen Fairman in 52:04 and Karen Page in 1:08:02 and Holly Dunn.

The other major event on Sunday was the Great South Run which featured a number of members making their 10 mile debut. Collette Callanan had a superb run taking 3rd in her category with a brilliant 1:06:50. Well done to everyone! Full member results below:-

Great South Run results 1Great South Run results 2Great South Run results 3

Jon Gubb travelling to Scotland for the inaugural Ultra Tour of Edinburgh, a 55km tour of the streets and local hills starting on the Royal Mile in the heart of the city and taking in 3000 feet of ascent. Jon finished 46thand finished in under six hours. We’ll have a full report later in the week.


Another busy week on Strava with eighty-three members logging runs, the biggest ever! 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 Leaderboard Oct 22nd

To take part in this just create a free Strava account and link it to the club in your profile.

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: Paul Biggs will be standing in for Patrick on the Monday night run and ensuring it is as fun and sociable as ever. Meet at 7:25pm for a 7:30pm departure on a 6(ish) mile route to be completed in roughly one hour.

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: 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 the ‘coat hanger’ route (hopefully as we’ve had Ellis Road, Crawley Ridge and Golden Retriever in the last few weeks). 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.

Saturday: Its the annual Milocarians XC at the RMA starting at 2pm. Twenty members will be running on a 6 mile undulating course against the host team (Milocarians) and a variety of other teams. Top 6 finishers from each team count toward the team prize. If any of the current team can’t attend please let Dave or Graham know asap so the place can be allocated to one of the reserves. Also make sure you’ve provided details of your car and any spectators so security will let you onto the site.

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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