This week’s focus event was our Pacing Takeover at Parkrun Frimley. We provided pacers to cover every minute from 21 to 40 minutes with other members joining to provide even more encouragement to the Frimley Lodge runners. In total twenty-nine Sandhurst Joggers ran with Neil Praine and Gareth Hopkins sharing the accuracy kudos with both running to within one second of their target times. Overall the run was a huge success with seventy-nine runners achieving PBs out a field of 461. Janet Venables did a great job pacing 34 minutes and also brought lots of cakes to promote her tea and cake day on Friday 2nd March.
Arc of Attrition legend Max Woods showed no sign of fatigue as he skipped round in 20:43 to finish first SJ. There was an outright PB for Gareth Hopkins in 27:59 and course PB for Harvey Young with 29:49. First timers Lucy Ong and Claire Hobson bagged themselves PBs along the way.
Parkrun Bracknell still attracted a good crowd of members with Martin Steadman the first SJ home in 23:00. Kate Parker ran her fastest time on the Bracknell course with 28:25 thanks to her dog!
A duo of Sandhurst Joggers at Parkrun Rushmoor where Phil Guy was first SJ to finish with a best ever time of 19:53.
Onto Parkrun Tourism and Lisa Hale ran her third fastest Parkrun of all time at Bushy Park and her quickest since 2013 coming within six seconds of her all time PB finishing in 20:36. After 210 Parkruns maybe a new best is on the cards soon! Stuart Overhill finished just three seconds later to record a new PB just three weeks since he set the last one at Bushy Park. It was another huge field of 1211 runners so Lisa and Stuart had nearly 1100 runners behind them! Further afield Yvette Glacken was in action at Luton Wardown, Sharon Conquer at Northampton and Kevin Forster at Dungloe where he ran his fastest time of 2018 so far.
Five members lined up against the best off-road runners in the UK as the iconic venue of Parliament Hill hosted the National XC Champs. Graham Robinson finished 253rd in 46:14, Mark Fallowfield-Smith 827th in 52:23, Dave Breslin 1,915th in 1:04:45 and Ian Watson 1,975th in 1:06:07. In total there were 2,328 finishers in the Senior Men’s race. Sharon Burfield was our sole representative in the Senior Women’s race finishing 771st in 45:03 out of a total field of 1,113.
Leon Hicks completed his 99th marathon at the 100 Marathon Club’s AGM Marathon. This was hosted by the Sikhs In The City running club over 21 laps of a 2.014 km course in Woodford Green, East London. The hosts were on fine form with samosas on the startline and a superb curry afterwards.
Patrick Wadsworth completed his fourth Maraton Major at the Tokyo Marathon in a superb time of 3:27:07. Ideal running conditions and a slightly downhill course helped but this shouldn’t distract from a superb performance! Berlin is next up for Patrick.
Four members took on the exhilarating ride of the Thorpe Half Marathon with Nigel Evans overcoming illness to be the first member to finish in a great time of 1:46:53. Lauren Askew achieved a fastest half marathon result.
Alurie Dutton returned to the Winchester 10k where she knocked a minute off her time from last year. Alurie finished in 1:11:54 and was second in her category.
Another busy week on Strava with ninety-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. 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: 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: 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: 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.
Also on Friday, Janet Venables is holding a ‘Time for a Cuppa’ event to raise money for Dementia UK. It will be on Friday 2nd March at 58 Hillcrest Road, CAMBERLEY, GU15 1LG, 2pm onwards. Everyone welcome.
Saturday: Many members will line up at 9am at the numerous Parkrun around our area and further afield. If you haven’t ran a Parkrun they are a great way to start the weekend, either running at a sociable pace or using for speedwork. More details can be found at the Parkrun website http://www.parkrun.org.uk/ And 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.