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SJ Christmas and New Year Run Down

We’ve got a bumper edition this week as we catch up on club members events over the Festive period plus the first weekend of 2018.

First we’ll look at the highlights from the multitude of festive Parkruns including the four starting on Christmas Eve Eve and finishing with the New Years Day Double.

A bumper turnout of thirty-one members congregated on December 23rd at Bracknell Parkrun to help Jane Bannister celebrate her 50th Parkrun. Amongst the crowds Joanna Bland recorded a PB in 40:59 while Gavin Loader, Fiona Slevin-Brown and Sarah Hyatt all ran their fastest Bracknell times. Bracknell didn’t host a Christmas Day event so moving onto December 30th where eight members ran including Gareth Hopkins who venue PB’ed in 33:10. New Years Day

Over to Frimley Lodge where the pre-Christmas event attracted a dozen members. Matt Jones ran sub 20 minutes and Carla Wright ran her first ever Parkrun. Nineteen members celebrated Christmas Day with Max Woods first member to finish in 20:39 and Teresa Milroy running her first ever Parkrun at Frimley Lodge. Eleven members ran on December 30th where Phil Turner completed his 150th Parkrun. Two days later on New Years Day Martin Sharrod completed his 200th Parkrun while of the eigthteen members in action Louise Heginbotham recorded a PB in 34:25.

Rushmoor saw lots of PBs starting on December 23rd as Heidi Zymela ran 24:46 (she would go onto to beat this a week later at Wilmslow). Nigel Evans was the solitary member on Christmas Day but more were present on December 30th where Fiona Slevin-Brown ran the fastest female time for a Sandhurst Jogger ever at Rushmoor taking 18th place overall in 20:19. New Year’s Day witnessed Neil Praine run his fastest time at Rushmoor with 19:25 as Helen Vizard completed her 100th Parkrun.


Also on December 30th runners took on the Frozen Phoenix marathon where Lisa Hale finished 1st woman in 3:49:57.

Lisa - Frozen Phoenix medal

On the same day an elite squad of SJ mudrunners overcame the Brutal Longmoor. Those members included Nigel Evans, Dean Emberson, Angela Foker, Jacq Hudson, Kirsty Darcy, Claire Rowse and Karen Page-Warren.

Brutal Karen.jpg

The Gut Buster on New Years Eve was held on a super muddy 10 mile course. Here’s the SJ results which omitted Jon and Lou Gubb who finished in 1:17:44 and 1:27:27 respectively.

Gut Buster SJ results 2017

New Years Day saw the annual Knacker Cracker on the steep slopes of Box Hill. The SJ team has a great record in the all important fancy dress competition having taken the win for the last six years. This year’s efforts; an ode to the organiser Dr Rob once again took the spoils.

Knacker Cracker team

Onto this weekend’s Parkrun and starting at Frimley Lodge where thirteen members tackled the super muddy course. Despite the conditions Lucy Hale was only twelve seconds outside her fastest time.

Frimley SJ results Jan 6th

Another thirteen members tackled Parkrun Bracknell, some preparing for pacing duties when the club provides pacers at the event on January 27th. Phil Birkett also ran as part of a recovery run and finished in 24:06.

Bracknell SJ results Jan 6th

Six members in action at Parkrun Rushmoor and despite less than ideal conditions both Nigel Evans and Dave Bartlett got remarkably close to their PBs; sixteen and twelve seconds respectively.

Rushmoor SJ results Jan 6th

Plenty of Parkruns run in other parts of the country with Stuart Overhill at Bedfont Lakes, Yvette Glacken at Luton Wardown, Sharon Conquer at Northampton, Neil Praine at Worcester Pitchcroft and John Tovell at Crane Park. A quartet of SJs did some local tourism at Woodley where Fiona Slevin-Brown continued her run of PBs finishing in 20:17 despite being tripped in the opening stages.

Stacks of off road races at this time of year and AAT’s highly regarded G3 Fitstuff event was held on another super hilly course with both 5k and 10k options. Patrick Wadsworth gave is trail shoes a new year run out to finish the 10k event in 1:00:49.

Our three regional Cross Country Championships were split over different dates this year with Berkshire’s edition held at Prospect Park, Reading before Christmas. Mark Fallowfield-Smith was the sole SJ in the Senior Men’s event and finished in 16th position while Dave Breslin took 32nd in the Veteran Men’s race. Fast forward to 2018 and the Hampshire Champs were held on a very muddy course at Fairthorne Manor this past weekend. Graham Robinson took 32nd position in the Senior and Veteran Men’s race and Lucy Dean 77th in the Senior and Veteran Women’s race.

Another busy week on Strava with a record breaking 89 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 Jan 7th

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: It’s the second Wednesday of the month so time for the Handicap. The dust has only just settled on the 2017 competition but the scores are wiped clean ready for members to start afresh.  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. Don’t forget the post run curry at The Raj 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.

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.

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