Snow dominated the tail end of the week and the first half of the weekend. The Thursday clubrun and Track session was cancelled for safety reasons but lots of members took to the trails for stunning snow runs.
The snow also affected many Parkruns on Saturday morning with both Bracknell and Rushmoor events cancelled. Frimley Lodge made a late decision on Friday afternoon to go ahead and as a result attracted a sizeable field including twelve Sandhurst Joggers. Bracknell regular Charlie St Aubyn was first member to finish in a time only 15 seconds outside his best on the course despite the snow! Kate Parker completed her first run at the venue.
Limited Parkrun Tourism this week as you’d expect but still some diverse locations. George Green made the short trip to Woodley one of the few other local venues in action. I collected a ‘U’ in the Parkrun Alphabet at the easily accessible from the M4 Upton Court while further afield Kevin Forster ran at Dungloe in Ireland. Award for the furthest trip to Parkrun goes to Simon and Anne Whillis who traveled all the way to Rotorua in New Zealand for the Puarenga Parkrun where they will have traded snow for the smell of rotten eggs.
Richard Boese took on the Phoenix Spring Marathon on a course along the Thames between Sunbury and Hampton finishing in 4:48:05 to claim 46th position.
Sunday saw the Big Half; a new half marathon event held on a sightseeing course around London, starting near Tower Bridge the course looped out to Canary Wharf before heading south of the river to finish adjacent to the Cutty Sark. We had a trio of members in action; Nigel Evans and Claire Rowse and John King. Finishing in 1:47:49, 1:47:53 and 2:07:23 respectively. Claire’s result was a 5th PB in as many half marathons and Nigel came within a minute of the time he set at his last half; the Thorpe Half Marathon.
Also within the M25, Krzysztof Zielinski ran well at the River Thames Half Marathon finishing in 1:30:43 to take 35th position. The course almost retraced Richard Boese’s marathon of the preceding day starting in Walton on Thames, following the river to Hampton Court before returning to the start.
The snow put the freeze on some running this week so numbers were a little down on recent weeks on Strava with seventy nine members logging runs. We still saw some very impressive totals this week! 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: Patrick is back from Tokyo so will be leading 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. 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.