Its dark by the time we finish work, the Christmas adverts have started, the temperature has dropped, the clock change is a distant memory… which means it must be Cross Country season! We’ll cover that later as there is a huge amount of other SJ news to cover…
Starting with Wednesday evening and the penultimate Handicap of 2017. With the annual competition so tight all the main protagonists were out to either defend their positions or try and move up. On a very cold evening Paul Biggs was the winner on the night with a huge 2 minute 55 second improvement and he was one of three members to record season’s bests as he returns from injury. On top of that seven runners achieved outright personal bests including four of the top five contenders for the annual Handicap competition.
It was such an exciting race with just four seconds separating overall contenders Jim Laidlaw, Jane Bannister and Royston Crandley but it was Martin Steadman who leapfrogged the others into the lead with his 59 second improvement netting him third place on the night. This has turned the table on its head; Martin now leads by just two points over Jim and Royston who are equal on points. Dick Newman missed this month and he along with Jane are too far behind in points to climb onto the podium leaving the current top 3 to battle it out on December 13th for the top spot. Jim has been Mr Consistent this year and hasn’t missed a month but it’s Martin who sits in the best position as he has a lower score to drop than both his rivals. Come along in December to watch the final battle…
Saturday morning was a wet one but it didn’t deter eleven members from the toeing the line at Parkrun Frimley Lodge. Clive Rolfe was the first SJ to finish as he completed his 50th Parkrun in 19:57. Gavin Loader grabbed a Parkrun PB while simultaneously shepherding his kids to another great finish.
Another eleven SJs ran at Bracknell with Matt Jones the first member to finish in 22:27. Another week, another PB for Blanche Barnes as she continues to improve finishing in 29:15.
Just two members at Parkrun Rushmoor this week; Louisa Enriques finished in 28:24 and Dave Bartlett in 29:26.
Just one solitary Parkrun Tourist this week, the lowest on record (well my records anyway!) as Frances Parkes ran at Leamington Parkrun.
Richard Boese and Leon Hicks ran at the Remembrance Day Marathon on Saturday with Richard recording his best time at the event as he finished in 4:47:27 while Leon continues his remarkable quest finishing in 5:11:54.
Andrea Hadfield ran at the Dark Valley Half Marathon on a course that started at Moors Valley Park near Ringwood and the 5pm start meant runners had to run around the woods and trails under moonlight with just a headtorch to light their path.
Sunday saw Round 2 of the Thames Valley XC League hosted by Dachet Dashers on the flattest course of the series alongside the River Thames. Thirty-seven members took part on a sunny but breezy day. Injury ruled out a few of the regular scorers so it was impressive to see other members step up with some great performances on the day. We’ll share the results when they are available…
Another busy week on Strava with seventy-eight 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:-
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 feature a special STAR guest. Louise Small, GB Athlete and just general all round lovely person, has offered to show us some warm up drills and conditioning exercises that she does before every run. These exercises are suitable for everyone and will benefit your running by helping you to run with better form and warm your body up to help prevent injuries (something we could all benefit from during the winter). This is a huge opportunity to meet and work with a GB athlete on their journey to Tokyo 2020 and we’re honoured to welcome Louise to our Thursday run. As this is such a rare opportunity, we’d love as many of you as possible to join us to give Louise a huge SJ welcome and to show her what a great club vibe we have. There will be paces for all speeds and shorter route available as well. Plus a post race visit to the pub (venue TBC)
Friday: Track is still free and the 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.