We are into December and the countdown to Christmas (and the final Handicap!) is in full swing. Off road events are dominating members’ attention at the moment but there are still a couple of noteworthy performances on asphalt…
Lisa Hale was first over the line in the 50km Advent Challenge on Friday on an out and back stretch of the Viking coastal path near Ramsgate. She finished the event in an incredible 4:30:58.
The Club’s mud lovers were getting their feet wet at the Original Grim Challenge. In the 8 mile event Nigel Evans, Ian Bromley, Fern Stonestreet, Lucy Hale, Lucy Dean completed the challenge. While in the four mile event Angela Foker continued her great run of mud runs.
At 9am six members toed the line at Parkrun Frimley Lodge with Clive Rolfe first member over the line in 4th position with a time of 19:25.
Seven members at Parkrun Bracknell with Patrick Wadsworth leading the SJs home in 23:22, just ten seconds ahead of Dave Breslin. Sophie Le Saux knocked nearly two minutes off her best at Bracknell finishing in 26:32.
Down at Rushmoor six members ran with new member Alistair Mitchell first to into the funnel in a superb debut of 19:23 for 11th overall. Jane Bannister continued her great run of form digging below 25 minutes for the first time to record a PB of 24:52.
On the tourism front, in his 160th Parkrun Stuart Overhill made his 12th trip to the spiritual home of Parkrun; Bushy Park where he recorded his fastest ever in 21:09 so huge congratulations to him! Yvette Glacken, Sharon Conquer and John Tovell ran at home from home venues Luton Wardown, Northampton and Crane Park respectively. A couple of members were globetrotting this week so some very far flung tourists! Zerrin Selen Firenze in Florence, Italy while Kevin Forster ran at East Coast Parkrun in Singapore.
There are a couple of milestones on the cards next weekend so watch this space for more details…
Even more off road action with SJ Kate Parker donning her University of Portsmouth vest to compete at the Hampshire League XC on a course near Popham Airfield.
Jim Laidlaw got to drink a can of Rio having bagged a 10k PB of 40:41 at the Putney 10k. Persistence is paying off for Jim and he is a great example of a runner who has benefited from consistency and attending a good mix of club runs and harder training sessions.
Even more mud at the Mapledurham Ten (although that didn’t stop some members trying to cover the course in road shoes… yes you Vicky Rice!) Both Vicky and sister Lou Gubb were running under different allegiances in this event but both put in strong performances.
TVXC at Bradenham Woods near High Wycombe. This one is the hilliest of the courses set in a valley in the Chilterns. Handy Cross Runners laid on a great event with a challenging course and excellent post-race refreshments. This year the course was particularly muddy! You know when it will be bad when they are pushing cars into the car parking field, let alone getting them off! Great runs from all thirty members in attendance. The Women’s team were back on top with Jenny Robinson, Fiona Slevin-Brown, Helen Antram and Kirsty Kent scoring while the Men’s team placed 4th with Graham Robinson, Phil Birkett, Mark Fallowfield-Smith, Neil Praine, Alistair Ingall-Tombs and Dick Newman on the scoresheet. Although the top four women and top six men (which must also include one female and two male veterans) count for the team’s score, everybody who runs helps steal points from other clubs so every single member who ran contributes to the team’s result. This was very apparent on Sunday with four other clubs not able to field a full team of scorers so instead they received penalty scores; every SJ who ran meant this penalty was bigger! Overall as a club we placed 3rd on the day thanks to the performances of everybody.
Another busy week on Strava with seventy seven 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: it’s the first Tuesday of December so the runs will start at the Morgan Rec in Crowthorne. The start time is the same; 6:30pm. As always 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. 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. Later at 8pm the Bake Off and Marathon Draw will be held at the Village Inn in Sandhurst.
Thursday: This week the threshold/improvers run will be on the the Crawley Ridge route. Meet at Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm and don’t forget lights and high vis 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.
Saturday: A couple of members will be celebrating milestones this week so keep an eye on Facebook for details as there is a good chance cake will be involved.
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.