2018 is getting busy with a diverse range of events being contested by members and lots of training runs as Spring targets loom into view.
First, a quick look back at last year as entries for the 2017 Sandhurst Joggers Club Championships have opened so its time to dig through all your performances from last year, and send in your best times. As a recap (and for those of you who are new to this), the club championship is an annual competition and is calculated by looking at your best performances over a number of races over the calendar year.
There are a number of different age groups:
Men: Senior, V40, V50, V60, V70, (any higher needed?)
Women: Senior, V35, V45, V55, V65, (ditto above comment)
Important! – For the 2017 club championship, it is your age on 1 January 2017 which dictates your age group.
To qualify, you need to have run in at least 5 of the events detailed in the table below during 2017, and one of these must be 10 miles or over. The table and full information was emailed to all members. Please complete the table with your details and return by email to the Events Team at the following email address:- email@example.com
Please note that second claim runners are eligible. However, for an event to count you need to have been entered as a Sandhurst Jogger! Based on these results, there will also be an award for the best age graded performance over the year. Please send in your times by Sunday 18th February so that the events team can put together the results.
And remember…the championship is open to everyone in the club so if you have done 5 of the above events (including 1 race of 10 miles or further) then please please enter. And if you haven’t done enough to enter this year, then please start making plans to get the required number in for 2018!!! Winners will be announced at the Sandhurst Joggers Annual Ball on Friday 13th April.
The weekend started for a number of members on noon at Friday as Max Woods started the gargantuan challenge that is the Arc of Attrition. One Hundred miles around the Cornish Coastal Path, with over 4,000 metres of climbing, through some of the harshest weather of the winter and including over eighteen hours of darkness. Epic!
We’ll have a full report on this truly phenomenal achievement later in the week.
From ultras to Parkrun and starting with Frimley Lodge where Dave O’Toole was first SJ into the finishing funnel. There was more pacing practice ahead of the Club pacing takeover in two weeks time. One member who elevated his pace was Gareth Hopkins who recorded his fastest ever Parkrun with 28:12.
Patrick Wadsworth led home the SJs at Parkrun Bracknell with Lou Gubb just over a minute behind. Graham Bolton made his first appearance at Bracknell so recorded a PB for the venue.
Lisa Hale ran her fastest Parkrun at Rushmoor since September 2014 as she was first member to finish. Louisa Enriquez logged a PB as she stormed around Queens Parade finishing in 26:27 to knock 35 seconds off her previous best. Jason Dalton enjoyed his first and automatically fastest run at the venue. Special mention to the metronome that is Dave Bartlett as he ran a perfectly judged pace throughout completing each of the three miles in exactly 7:37.
Parkrun Tourism – John Tovell was home and away at Crane Park, Samantha Lusty combined a weekend away with Melton Mowbray Parkrun, Graham Kelly took a break from Support crew duties at the Arc of Attrition to run Penrose in Cornwall and Janet Ford ran in Robin Hood country at Sherwood Pines. I made the short trip to Maidenhead to tick ‘M’ off in my quest to complete the Parkrun Alphabet (I was actually heading to Upton Court to bag a difficult to find ‘U’ but left late so could only get to Maidenhead by 9am).
The Bramley 20/10 was a little earlier this year so just five SJs running in the twenty miler and only a duo in the ten. Good performances throughout including Collette Callanan who took second position in her category. Charlie st Aubyn was missed off the results but finished in 2:53:52. Times for the other quartet of twenty milers are below:-
In the ten miler Karen Gill finished in 1:34:21 and Debra Harris in 2:20:38.
Six members made the trip out to Spain for the Barcelona Half Marathon where they enjoyed trips to the Nou Camp, sunshine and some great performances throughout. Here’s the times of all the SJs:-
Graham Robinson: 1:16:13
Fiona Slevin-Brown: 1:27:56
Mike Guess: 1:35:46
Erol Ali: 1:39:07
Ray Hale: 1:41:56
Dave Breslin: 1:46:32
Richard Boese completed the Punchbowl Marathon on a thirty mile off road course with plenty of hills and mud and hills. He finished in 8 hours and 3 minutes.
Stuart Overhill toed the line at the Valentines 10k organised by the 26.2 Road Running Club on a course around Chessington. He finished in 43:33 for 66th position overall.
Alurie Dutton and Yvette Glacken were back on the 10km trail. This time it was the Love Welwyn 10k which, despite the bitterly cold wind, was a great one to run. The coursewas a bit up and down but nothing too bad and finished on the flat by the lake in Stanborough Park in Welwyn Garden City. Alurie celebrated with two medals the heart shaped finisher’s medal and a first in age category medal. Well done Alurie!
Another busy week on Strava with ninety-one members logging runs. There are some impressive totals below and thankfully for this week’s podium getters Max Woods isn’t a Strava user otherwise his single 160km hit out would blow all these out of the water. Here’s the (Strava User) Club 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
As always keep a look out on Facebook for details of the weekday evening runs.
Monday: Patrick will be back at the helm 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. And don’t forget the Monday Mantra ‘Mondays defo make me faster’.
Tuesday Club Run: 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.
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: It’s the second Wednesday of the month so time for the Handicap. It will be the second opportunity of 2018 to improve on your previous times. Emy Circuit took home the trophy in January but a number of January debutantes are well placed to make big improvements this month and capture big scores as a reward. 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, it’s Valentine’s Day and will be busy so let Dick know if you plan to join his romantic rendez-vous.
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. 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.
The Run Down is taking a break next week but will be back the following week with a bumper edition including the February Handicap results and coverage of the Wokingham Half Marathon. Don’t miss it!