Wednesday night saw the conclusion of the Annual Handicap competition and an exciting night with a super tight leaderboard plus some new members and injury returnees posting big improvements. As a result the big scores on the night were taken by new participants which left the top three unchanged with Martin Steadman taking the title from Jim Laidlaw (who scored a PB himself) and Royston Crandley in joint second.
It was great to see so many improvements on the night. In only her second run Emma Bye sliced over three minutes off her previous time to win the December trophy. Dave Breslin is continuing to how signs of speed and he beat his best by 2:52 for second while another runner on her second attempt; Rebecca Taylor took third.
Richard Boese got the weekend started at the Saxons, Vikings and Normans ‘Usual Suspects’ Marathon held at Saphire Hoe Country Park between Dover and Folkestone. I had to smile at the irony as many of the SJ usual suspects were running elsewhere this weekend.
Over to Parkrun Frimley Lodge, at a venue that would see thousands of feet tread its trails over the next two days. Krzysztof Zielinski was first member to finish in 19:12 his fastest ever time at Frimley, he is closing in on his best ever time and if he continues at this rate of improvement will find that thirteen seconds needed to beat his best from 2015 at the Bromley Parkrun. Sarah Hyatt also recorded her best at Frimley with 22:24.
Hopping over to Parkrun Bracknell where Robert Jerrett was first SJ to reach the finish funnel in 21:28.
More PBs at Rushmoor as Nigel Evans logged his fastest time at the venue with 22:21. First members to finish were the duo of Phil Guy and Mark Pattrick, it was Phil’s first run at Rushmoor so inevitably he also logged a PB.
We had some long distance Parkrun Tourism this week with Lisa Hale running at Nemple Newsam near Leeds, Will Lucas at Seaton and Graham Bolton in Coffs Harbour Australia. Closer to home; Dick Newman recorded his fastest run at Newbury with 21:45 while John Tovell was a Crane Park, Clive Rolfe at Alice Holt and Stuart Overhill warmed up for Sunday’s marathon at Bedfont Lakes.
Fiona Marshall, Harvey Young and Louise Heginbotham donned the Santa Suits at the Frimley Lodge Jingle Jog.
The popular local 5k and 10k event; The Muddy Welly at Wellington College saw lots of members in action. New member Steve Mott was first finisher for the club as he claimed 9th in category. Lesley Buckland also took 9th in her category. More details on members running below. Jon Gubb, Richard McCready and Jane Crawford were missed off the SJ results but all finished in 41:33, 50:26 and 50:42 respectively.
More great results in the 5k event with both Julie Graham and Tracy Stanning finishing in the top 10 of the 40-49 category.
Lots of great performances at the Portsmouth Coastal Marathon from members. Lisa Hale continued her run of form at all distances finishing 10th in category. Lisa, Stuart Overhill and Alistair Ingle-Tombs all finished under four hours. Alison Jones finished 12th in category as she build towards her Ultra targets and Leon Hicks continues to steamroller through marathons like most dog owners go out for a daily stroll! Sacha Kendall-Woods was missed off the SJ compilation but she finished with a great time of 4:19:02.
Max Woods and Patrick Wadsworth both had great runs at the Portsmouth Coastal 50k finishing in 4:51:50 and 5:19:39 respectively.
Another busy week on Strava with sixty-five 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. This week’s Monday run is a special one as it is the annual Christmas Lights run with a route designed to take in as many festive highlights as possible.
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. 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: No track this week as it’s Christmas. The coaches will be back on January 5th.
Merry Christmas to you all! The Run Down will be taking a break over the festive period so please check Facebook for details of all the runs. Don’t forget to enter your favourite 2017 photos into the Sandhurst Joggers Photograph Competition by Friday 29th December. Full details were included in the recent email on the competition.