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25th/26th November – SJ Weekend Run Down

Frosty mornings this week which also came as a package with bright blue skies so as long as you wrapped up well there were some glorious running days. As the countdown to Christmas starts in earnest there is no letup in members’ running so read on for the full Run Down.

Thursday was marathon day this week with the Phoenix Running Time Lord on the Thames event which has a number of members in action. Tina Acock finished in 6:00:42, Lance King in 5:57:19. In the simultaneous timed event; Chris Lambourne ran 16.4 miles in 02:41:49 and Tracy Buck 13.1 miles in exactly the same time.

Martin Gould made a 180 mile round trip to complete the Colworth Hare & Tortoise Marathon.

Parkrun Frimley Lodge was the most popular Saturday morning SJ venue as eleven members toed the line. Jim Laidlaw was first to finish for the club in 20:44 in tough conditions. Dick Newman reveled in the challenging conditions to post 21:48, his fastest time this year. Gavin Loader and son Jack finished their quickest Parkrun at Frimley Lodge.

Five members ran at Parkrun Bracknell with George Green the first SJ home in 25:47.

Over at Rushmoor another five members enjoyed the fast course with Heidi Zymela quickest in 24:59. Andrea Vincent was only eleven seconds off her best as she continues her return from injury.

A trio of Parkrun Tourist destinations; Lisa Hale and Stuart Overhill ran at Bedfont Lakes, Will Lucas was at Seaton and Clive Rolfe down the road at Alice Holt.

SJ Mo team

Muddy Mo Run in Swinley Forest. In the 10 Mile event we had Claire Rowse, Jacq Hudson, Samantha Goodall and Helena Fletcher and in the 10km run; Lynsey Lightfoot, Karen Page and Julie Graham.

Muddy Mo Run - Karen & Jacq

Swinley Forest was also the venue for the Thames Hospice 5k Santa Dash on Sunday where our very own Angela Foker and Dawn Rudman donned the red suit and beard to join hundreds of other Kris Kringles to raise money for charity and celebrate the fact its only four weeks to Christmas!

Angela Santa Dash

A trio of SJs completed the puzzle at the Jigsaw 10k at Dunsfold Airfield

Jigsaw 10k results

Lisa Hale and Stuart Overhill ran at the Kingston 10k finishing in 43:45 and 43:51 respectively.

Sunday was a huge day for the club with the return of our own hosted event for the Thames Valley Cross Country League at the new venue of Lord Wandsworth College near Odiham. The organisation was superb, the weather dry and bright and the course a tough mix of hills and mud; exactly what XC is all about. Members turned out in force to help on both Saturday and Sunday ensuring it was a huge success. As well as support duties twenty-seven members also slipped into trail shoes and completed the 9km race with strong results throughout.

TVXC SJ member results

Another busy week on Strava with seventy-six members logging runs. 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 Nov 26th

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. 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 Ellis Road route. Meet at Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm and don’t forget lights and high viz clothing. The run is a great way to improve fitness by running as a group at a slightly harder intensity. There is a shorter route available and a sweeper so nobody gets left behind.

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

Sunday: This week is the next round of the Thames Valley Cross Country League at Bradenham Woods near High Wycombe; it’s the legendary ‘hilly’ one but isn’t that what XC is all about! The weather forecast is cold and dry for the week so mud maybe in short supply but the venue will more than compensate with elevation. Captain Claire will share all the details shortly and many members will lift share as it is one of the more distant venues.

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