The Easter Weekend started on Good Friday with the Maidenhead Easter 10. This year this ten mile event proved to even more popular with entries up and a massive entry of twenty-six Sandhurst Joggers! Prime Minister Theresa May was back in her regular marshal spot too. Great running from all members and some standout performances from Mark Fallowfield-Smith as first SJ to finish, Collette Callanan and Fiona Slevin-Brown taking 2nd and 3rd respectively in their category and Lisa Hale 10th in her category.
Moving onto Saturday or Parkrunday and a muddy Frimley Lodge still attracted a quartet of members with Duncan Laurie-Pile finishing in under 20 minutes in his first run there since 2016.
A trio of members tackled the Rushmoor course this week with Gerry Mepham first member to finish following up a good run at Maidenhead the previous day.
Twenty-two members joined Patrick Wadsworth at Bracknell to celebrate his 100th Parkrun. A flooded course and fly tipping nearly led to cancellation and as Patrick has run 86 of his Parkrun at this venue it would have been a shame to have to relocate but the Bracknell team did a great job draining the course enabling them to run as usual. The course was very muddy but that didn’t stop Max Woods grabbing a PB in 22:41 as he was first member to finish (although last time he ran he did include an extra loop!) Other notable runs included a great first timer run for Claire Rowse and more PBs for Richard Boese and Janet Venables. Remarkably Leon Hicks finished in 100th position just one week ahead of his 100th marathon.
Some diverse Tourism this week. Lisa Hale and Stuart Overhill both ran at Richmond Parkrun. Yvette Glacken was in action at her regular Luton Wardown. Mertyr appeared on the SJ tourist roster for the first time with Gareth Davies running his first Parkrun since 2012. Robert Jerrett bagged 4th overall and 20:01 in his first run at Wycombe Rye while Jon Green made the short journey to Woodley. Dick Newman made the trip the home of The Grizzy; Seaton finishing in 22:04.
Mark Patrick bagged a PB in the Kingston Half Marathon with 1:31:30. Not quite his sub 1:30 goal but not far away now and it’s only the first day of April so plenty of opportunities at other half marathons.
We are into the final weeks before many of the big spring races so tapers are seeing running volumes reduced however we still had seventy-nine members logging runs on Strava. 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 leading the Monday night chatfest from Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm. The route will cover approx. 6 miles and will either be on or of road depending on the ground conditions. 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: The Triumvirate of Tuesday General members Monica Burbidge, Dave Bartlett and Royston Crandley will be looking after the biggest club run of the week. As always there will be 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. As it is the first Tuesday of the month the run will start at the Morgan Rec in Crowthorne opening up some varied route options. The start time is 6:30pm as always.
Tuesday Intervals: Later the interval sessions will be led by Mike Guess and he has a great ‘Pure hill reps session’ at Broadmoor. Meet at The Morgan Rec in Crowthorne at 8pm. Mike promises it will be hard but beneficial!
Wednesday: Sharon and Andrea are still the General Members for Wednesday and they have some great routes planned for this week. Join them at Sandhurst Memorial Park at 7pm. This week sees the start of the 5k to 10k course and over 20 members have already signed up.
Thursday: This week the threshold/improvers run will be on the the Crawley Ridge route. This run is suitable for all abilities and as this run grows in popularity there are even more groups of varying speed to fit with your ability. There is also a shorter route and a sweeper to make sure nobody gets left behind. Meet at Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm and you’ll still need lights and high vis clothing for a few more weeks although we are counting down to the summer route schedule and this will start as soon as there is enough daylight.
Friday: After the Easter break Track is back with Jim and Newton lining up some great sessions to improve speed and running form. Not only will these make you faster, you will also be less likely to get injured. Furthermore, these sessions are a lot of fun and suitable for all abilities. Give track a try.
Saturday: Leon Hicks is running his 100th Marathon and Phoenix Running are organising a special event; Leon The Runner so lots of members will be joining him to run as little or as much as they wish on the Thames path starting at the Elmbridge Xcel Leisure Centre near Walton on Thames. . Plenty of other members will be action at Parkrun at 9am on Saturday morning. Don’t forget your barcode!
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.