The Christmas tree is down and the festive season fades into distant memory and already we are sprinting headlong into 2018 as the first Wednesday night Handicap was held last Wednesday. Thirty five runners completed the two lap four mile course around Crowthorne which includes the tribulation that is School Hill, which is the highest number since the first proper run on this course back in January 2017. Performance of the night came from Colin Carpenter who got lost on the first lap and completed his first lap after many had finished their second. He kept going though to complete the full four miles with other members keeping him company. Some strong improvements on the night with Emy Circuit taking home the trophy as she knocked over over 1.5 minutes from her previous handicap time. Roy Bentley took second as he lowered his PB by over a minute. Fastest on the night was Granham Robinson who was closely followed home by James Ratcliffe. Full results here:-
No surprises on how the Annual competition is shaping up after only one round but watch out in February for the first timers and the ten who haven’t participated for over three months as these all have a good chance of bagging big points next month.
In the Parkrun world Bracknell took centre stage this weekend as Saturday saw many members practice their splits ahead of the Club providing pacers at the event on Saturday 27th January. There has been a huge number of members offering to get involved so we’ll be pacing times from 22 minutes to 44 minutes. It’s not too late to get involved and everybody is looking forward to a great run when the SJ masses descend on Great Hollands.
Sunday at Bracknell saw their inaugural Junior Parkrun as 155 4-14 year olds completed three laps around the main field with a dash of mud and a woodland trail finale. A number of members’ children enjoyed their runs at the event. This is a great addition for any members with young runners as previously the nearest junior events were at Woodley and Guildford. Bracknell Junior Parkrun will be held every Sunday morning with a 9am start time as per the Saturday ‘parent’ event and covering a total distance of 2km.
Back to Saturday’s Bracknell Parkrun where nineteen members took to the twisting Great Hollands course. There was some mud on the main field but the course mainly coped well with recent wet conditions. Catherine Barnes bagged a PB in 33:19 which is a cracking run in less than ideal conditions! Robert Jerrett was first member home in 21:49 followed four seconds later by Matt Jones. The pacing practice was useful for all who experimented with some strategies more successful than others! Next weekend provides another opportunity to nail those paces.
Over at Frimley Lodge ten members completed the towpath, woodland and park trails with Stuart Mayes first SJ into the finish funnel after 23:20. Sacha Kendall-Woods was next member home in 25:33.
Eight members were in action at Parkrun Rushmoor with Stephen Casey running strongly to lead the SJs home in 21:42.
Mainly Home and Away Parkrun Tourism this week. Gareth Hopkins at Reading, Yvette Glacken at Luton Wardown, Sharon Conquer at Northampton, John Tovell at Crane Park and Will Lucas at Seaton. We have a new Parkrun related feature in the pipeline so watch this space…
Patrick Wadsworth completed the Country to Capital Ultra; a 70km run from Wendover in the Chilterns, picking up the Grand Union Canal and finishing near Paddington. Despite that Patrick will still be running on Monday night!
Donning the colours of her University team; Kate Parker completed the first race of a weekend XC double at the Hampshire XC League which was actually held outside the county at Prospect Park, Reading. In Berkshire.
We are blessed with an abundance of cross country and Sunday saw the latest round of the Thames Valley Cross Country League hosted by Reading Roadrunners on a new very muddy course at Ashenbury Park near Woodley. Great performances all round with special kudos to Fiona Slevin-Brown who was first Female. Full SJ results below:-
Plenty of wildlife to be spotted for the two members who ran the Bushy Park 10k. Collette Callanan finished first in category, second female and eleventh overall is a flying time of 41:25. Stuart Overhill wasn’t far behind in twenty first overall with 43:19.
Lots of members running this week and some big volumes as members prepare for spring marathons and ultras. This week on Strava 87 members logged 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 include the monthly group paced run and there will be pacers for seven, eight, nine and ten minute miling. Ellis Road is the route of choice this week. 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 which will also have a pacer 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: The next round of the Thames Valley Cross Country League is being held today by Tadley Runners at the Hurst Community College, Brimpton Road, Tadley, RG26 5NL. Claire will email the full details during the week.