As the large yellow globe climbed high into the sky to herald the start of summer, parkrun saw one of its busiest ever Saturdays. The London Parkruns were particularly busy ahead of Sunday’s London Marathon but more on that later…
Down at Frimley Lodge the course was drying nicely and 543 runners toed the line. First member to finish was Mark Foker in 25:51 which was a new PB in his 23rd parkrun. Tania Strange also scored a PB with 41:44 in her second parkrun.
371 runners tackled the Bracknell course and of the local events this was the most popular amongst members with 17 in action. The SJs were led home by Robert Jerrett who finished in 9th position with 20:50.
Rushmoor was also busy with 479 runners in total. Many members made a repeat visit after last week’s pacing event including Charlie St Aubyn who ran his fastest parkrun at Rushmoor, his 2nd fastest ever and fastest since 2015 as he led home the twelve SJs finishing in 21:03. Blanche Barnes continued to improve with yet another PB in 25:48. It was a day of multiple PBs as Liz Ujszazi also recorded her fastest with 33:34.
Mostly local parkrun tourism this week. John Tovell was at home at Crane Park, George Green at Homewood and Jon Green at Woodley. Over at Woking Neil Praine completed his 100th parkrun and celebrated with 19:16 for 6th place, which was his 3rd fastest ever. Furthest traveller was Connor Vine who warmed up for London at Bicester.
There were lots of members running, marshaling and supporting at the hottest London Marathon on record. The official results are below but they missed Aaron Fowler and his guide runner Mum Julie who finished in 5:27:24 as well as Gloria Long and Sam Goodall who finished in 5:38:49 and 6:48:00 respectively. Well have more from the runners themselves later in the week.
London wasn’t the only race happening on Sunday and a couple of members tackled the Southampton Marathon.
While a trio of members completed the Half Marathon.
We are into the final weeks before many of the big spring races so tapers are seeing running volumes reduced however we still had ninety members logging runs on Strava, and many of those were in action in London and Southampton. 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 email@example.com
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. The start time is 6:30pm as always, this week from the Sandhurst Memorial Park.
Tuesday Intervals: Later the interval sessions will meet at The TYTHINGS in Yateley at 8pm. Tonight’s session will be at Waitrose 2 x 5 minutes (1 min recovery) and 6 x 2 mins (30 seconds recovery). You can read more about the Tueday night intervals Here
Wednesday: Sharon and Andrea are the General Members for Wednesday and they have great route planned for this week. Join them at Sandhurst Memorial Park at 7pm. The ‘5k to 10k’ course moves into its fouth week and will be aiming to help those members involved progress towards that 10k target.
Thursday: This week the threshold/improvers run will be off road. Nikki will have details on the route later in the week. Meet at Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm and don’t forget lights and high vis clothing as it will still be dark on Swan Lane!
Friday: Track is still free and the coaches have some great sessions planned for all abilities to improve fitness and technique. This is a great way to improve your running form and fitness, get faster and help prevent injury. If you’ve never ran on a track before give it a try, it’s a lot of fun and you are never more than 200m away from the start.
Parkrunday: Lots of 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.