The British weather threw everything at us this week with wind, rain, sleet and ice all conspiring to challenge even the hardiest of runners. But SJs proved they were a match for the inclement conditions as big numbers turned up for runs and races.
We’ll start with a social event which celebrated two very important attributes of members; running and cake baking skills at the Annual London and Edinburgh Marathon Draw and Bake off. Here are the places and reserves:-
The standard of baking was very high and the initial presentation round was super tight but Holly Dunn’s creation pulled ahead during the second round with combined scores for presentation and taste.
Onto the weekend and Frimley Lodge Parkrun where the cool temperatures and frozen ground created great conditions for fast times and a slew of SJ PBs. First member to finish was Gavin Loader as he fully opened the taps for the first time to record a stunning sub 19 minute time of 18:50. Krzysztof Zielinski was the next member into the finish funnel as he chipped 6 seconds off his previous best at Frimley with 19:23. Jim Laidlaw got close but no cigar (although smoking cigars is not going to get him under 20 minutes!) as he narrowly missed his 2017 sub 20 dream, but he’s getting closer and consoled himself with personal best of 20:10. There was a big turnout from members with many returning to action or visiting from their regular venues to support Marathon Legend Leon Hicks celebrate a milestone at the shorter distance as completed his century. We’ll have more from Leon later in the week…
Even more PBs at Rushmoor Parkrun. Alistair Mitchell was first member home in his second Parkrun and impressively he was only 3 seconds slower than last week. Mark Pattrick was second SJ over the line for his best at the venue in 20:24 and he was following three seconds later by a flying Fiona Slevin-Brown who recorded a PB of 20:27. This is the fastest time by a female member at Rushmoor ever! Dave Breslin is seeing the speed come back and recorded his best time of 2017 with 21:37. Charlie St Aubyn and Sarah Hyatt made their debut appearances at the venue so scored inevitable Rushmoor PBs in 21:59 and 22:39 respectively.
Over at Bracknell Robert Jerrett had a great run finishing 7th overall in 21:31. Caroline Cutliffe recorded her best 2017 time with 30:25 and she was closely followed by another pair of PBs as Jacqueline Hudson and Richard Jackson who finished together in 30:51. Jacq’s was her fastest run at Bracknell and Richard’s was his fastest Parkrun ever! Well done everyone.
A few Parkrun Tourists this week and some new and superbly named venues! Lisa Hale warming up at Osterley before tackling a 10k at the same venue later. John Tovell was at home venue Crane Park. Blanche Barnes nailed her best ever time of 28:04 at Reading. George Green visited Woodley for the first time since 2015. Further afield Anne and Simon Whillis made their second appearances at the brilliantly named Rising Sun Parkrun near Newcastle upon Tyne and both improved on their maiden runs. Even further afield we had an impostor posing as Jenny at Warragul Parkrun, East of Melbourne in Australia (or maybe a cloned barcode or simple website error).
Great results from the trio of members contesting the Osterley Park Winter 10k. Alurie Dutton finished first in category and Lisa Hale showed her diversity dropping from Ultra to 10k and finished as 7th female.
Very wet and cold conditions greeted runners at the 57th Hogs Back Road Race for the 11.7km around the Loseley Estate and over the Hogs Back. More excellent performances including a 2nd place in category for Lisa Hale.
Another busy week on Strava with 73 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. Also, just one week until the annual Christmas Lights run which will be on Monday 18th December.
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. Its the final run of 2017 so just one last chance to improve your standing in the annual table. 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 is super close at the top of the table with just two points separating the top three of Jim Laidlaw, Royston Crandley and Martin Steadman. Martin has the worst score to drop which puts him in pole position but all three have been showing great form lately so all have the potential to improve on their best times and score big points. Of course the influence of other runners could also be a factor either by helping to pace any of the contenders or by taking points themselves by improving. Who knows how the final podium will shape up!?! If you are a regular or a first timer, get yourself down on Wednesday to witness the fireworks and get involved. The post run curry at The Raj in Sandhurst is likely to be very busy so Dick Newman has already asked for numbers. If you haven’t put your name down already, get in touch with Dick to see if they can squeeze you in…
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 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.
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.