The snow disappeared pretty quickly and as we head towards the clocks changing and British Summer Time we had more rain to accompany those lighter evenings. But there are many big events every weekend so the runs continue to be well attended.
Also, Janet Venables wanted to pass on her thanks to everybody who came to her ‘Time for a Cuppa’ event on March 2nd. The event raised £315 for Dementia UK which goes to their Admiral Nurse specialist dementia care service. Well done everyone for supporting this and especially Janet for organising… and of course the cakes!
On a muddy morning at Parkrun Frimley Lodge ten members lined up for 5km down the Basingstoke Canal and back through the park. Max Woods was first SJ to finish in 21:08.
Seventeen SJs took to the revised Bracknell Parkrun course with a new startline, a diversion around the building work, a tough uphill drag to the finish line and plenty of mud it was a tough tack. Matt Jones was first member to finish in 22:52.
Coach Carl Bradshaw ran his first Parkrun since 2016 as he led members home at Rushmoor in 22:08.
Plenty of local Parkrun tourism this Saturday with Stuart Overhill at Bedfont Lakes, John Tovell at Crane Park, Robert Jerrett at Woodley and Neil Praine at Newbury. Our furthest traveller this week was Krzysztof Zielinski who ran his sixth event at Gdansk, Poland and his fastest Parkrun ever with a superb 18:40.
Lots of great runs (and some fantastic music) from the large contingent of members running the Surrey Half Marathon starting and finishing in Woking. The undulating course surprised many! Lisa Hale was first SJ over the line in a time not that far her PB to take 17th in her category and 21st female overall. Patrick Wadsworth continued his great run of form to take 7th in category. Zerrin Selen bagged a great PB!
Members were in action at multiple distances at the Milton Keynes Festival of Running. Alurie Dutton and Yvette Glacken added another 10k to their palmares finishing in 1:11:50 and 1:22:36 respectively. Stuart Overhill tackled the 20 mile event and finished in 2:35:24.
Another week in the 90s on Strava with ninety-two 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: 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, let Emy know if you are coming as she is coordinating the booking.
Thursday: This week the threshold/improvers run isn’t happening as it is the Sandhurst Joggers Annual General Meeting to be held at the Sandhurst Community Hall at 8pm. Please come along to learn about your club, ask questions and elect the new committee.
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.
Also on Sunday is the legendary Grizzly. A large team of Sandhurst Joggers will be making the trip to Seaton to complete the 20 mile course and become ‘Proper SJs’. We’ll hear more about their adventures next week.