Lots of mud and plenty of slipping around on any off road run this week and this was especially evident at Parkrun Frimley Lodge where the grassy sections were well churned up. Max Woods was first member to finish in his best time since October 2016. He’s in good shape ahead of next weekend’s epic 100 miler; the Arc of Attrition. It was not a day for PBs but Blanche Barnes still achieved her fastest run at the venue as she practiced (and failed) to pace a 33 minute run, actually finishing in 31:13. Hannah Glaister had her first run at the venue so it was automatically her fastest.
Note for your diaries – Sandhurst Joggers will be providing pacers at Frimley Lodge Parkrun on Saturday 24th February. Lots of members have already volunteered to pace specific times but there are still slots remaining so if you want to get involved please contact Richard Boese. The plan is to cover times for all abilities.
Rushmoor was back on this week and saw a PB from Dave Bartlett as he went the quickest ever on the Queen’s Parade course with 23:27, only one second slower than his outright best set at Frimley Lodge on Christmas Eve 2016. Graham Bolton made his first trip to Rushmoor.
Charlie St Aubyn led the SJs home at Bracknell in a near repeat of his superb pacing last week, this week he shaved a trio of seconds off that 28 minute target with 27:57.
Parkrun Tourism saw Stuart Overhill finally bag that course PB at Bushy Park finishing in 20:51. Limited travel this weekend with our only other tourists making the short trip to Woodley. Robert Jerrett finished in 19:53 for 8th place, his fastest at Woodley and second fastest anywhere! Jane Bannister supported a friend to run Sub 30 and crossed the line in 29:46.
A decent sized contingent of SJs made the trip to the Big Smoke for The London Winter Run where cold conditions enabled the event to live up to its name. Hannah Glaister was missed from the online results but did finish in 1:12:04 and the other member results are below including Phil Guy’s fastest ever 10k:-
Great running from the duo of Sandhurst Joggers running the Portsmouth Coastal Half Marathon. Lisa Hale and Andrea Hadfield finished in 1:35:36 and 2:03:01 respectively. With Lisa finishing first in her category and second female overall.
Unrelenting rolling hills were the order for Royston Crandley’s day at the Watford Half Marathon but despite recent illness and a lack of training he finished in a creditable 1:52:46.
It was a busy weekend for our Ultra runners. Dave Ayling, Patrick Wadsworth and Katie Herrington tackled the 10th edition of the Thames Trot Ultra on a tranquil fifty mile route along the river from Oxford to Henley. Dave finished in 9:38:52, Patrick in 10:11:50 and Katie in 10:27:34.
Alison Jones took on the South Devon Ultra at Beesands in Devon. Alison reached CP3 at Slapton in 6:28:56 to complete twenty four miles of the thirty four mile course which many described as the hardest run of their lives!
Iain McCready presented himself with an even bigger challenge; The Pilgrims Challenge. Sixty-six miles over two days on the North Downs Way heading from Farnham to Redhill on Day 1 and returning on Day 2. He was super consistent throughout completing Day 1 in 7:06:42 and Day 2 in 7:07:05.
A large contingent of SJs toed the (slightly re-positioned start)line at Lightwater Country Park at the final round of the Thames Valley Cross Country League hosted by Bracknell Forest Runners. Yet again there were standout performances throughout the field and a superb spread of sandwiches and cakes to celebrate. We’ll have the results from today available to view shortly and the league positions later in the week.
Also Tony Brackstone completed the Chichester Priory 10k on a course that finishes with a complete lap of the race circuit. He finished 6th in category in 49:03.
Another busy week on Strava with eighty eight members logging runs. To take part in this just create a free Strava account and link it to the club in your profile. Contact email@example.com if you need any help with this. Unsurprisingly the Ultra runners dominated the podium last week and here’s the full top 10:-
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. It’s also great to find out about new events or get an honest opinion on the multitude of events out there so we love to receive run reports. Any member, any event, any distance, any surface! Just email to firstname.lastname@example.org
As always keep a look out on Facebook for details of the weekday evening runs.
Monday: Paul Biggs will be standing in for Patrick on the 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 Club Run: Its the first Tuesday of February so Mike, Monica and the other run leaders will be leading run starting from the Morgan Rec in Crowthorne. As usual multiple groups will start at 6:30pm and 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.
Tuesday Intervals: Later the interval sessions will meet at The TYTHINGS in Yateley at 8pm. The sessions have been split into two groups to provide more specific training for members targeting different distances with one group doing shorter efforts and the other longer durations to build endurance.
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. There has been a lot of interest in the 5k to 10k course starting later in the spring.
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. There are more groups than ever before so more support to help you achieve your running goals. The run is a great way to improve fitness by running as a group at a slightly harder intensity to take you out of your comfort zone. 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: Many members will line up at 9am at the numerous Parkrun around our area and further afield. Don’t forget the club are providing pacers at Frimley Lodge on Saturday 24th February so this weekend will be a great opportunity to dial in those splits. Don’t forget your barcode! Also if you are training for a spring marathon you can use the Facebook group to find company for those long runs.
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.