First up thanks to all the London Marathon runners who wrote reports on their experiences. It was a privilege to be the first to read these accounts and share with the broader membership. There were so many determined performances in very challenging conditions and it struck me how many of those members had to overcome significant obstacles en route to finishing. Inspiring stuff. We’ll have a consolidated overview of all the reports and results from the members who ran in the next couple of days. Don’t forget the Ballot for 2019 opens today and closes on May 5th. We’ll also have an update to Richard Boese’s article on how to get a place in the London Marathon later today.
Reviewing Parkrun from last Saturday. Frimley Lodge saw a return to muddy course conditions after Friday’s rain which meant no PBs this week. Max Woods was first of the eleven members to finish in 20:37 with Sacha Kendall-Woods next demonstrating great recovery from her endeavors in the heat of the London Marathon.
Another eleven members lined up at Bracknell as construction work on the Great Hollands Rec Pavilion ramped up. Patrick Wadsworth was first member home in 23:07 as many SJs warmed up for the Fleet Half Marathon the following day.
Rushmoor was the scene of the PBs with both Michelle Wilson and Liz Ujszaszi recording their fastest ever parkruns with 30:23 and 32:38 respectively. Dave Bartlett wasn’t far of either just 30 seconds slower than his best while Kate Parker got even closer just 5 seconds adrift. John King was first member to finish in 23:43.
Lots of tourism this week starting with the local; John Paul Featherstone ran at Basingstoke while Richard Boese ran at the yound Hogmoor Inclosure event. A little further afield Andy Summerskill ran at Houghton Hall near Dunstable while Lisa Hale and Stuart Overhill ran their fastest times on the Thames towpath course at Kingston both recording sub 21 minute times as they capitalised on marathon form. Our biggest travelers this week were Robert Jerrett who made the trip to Chester, while Alurie Dutton and Yvette Glacken headed to Lowestoft.
Sunday saw the rescheduled Fleet Half Marathon. In stark contrast to the snow which caused its postponement back in March and last Sunday’s scorching London Marathon temperatures the event was run off in cool overcast conditions; ideal for running fast and a raft of members took advantage setting PBs. We’ll have more insights later in the week but in the meantime here are the Sandhurst Joggers results:-
Iain Mcready had a phenomenal run at the Liverpool to Manchester 100 miler finishing in 27 hours and 25 minutes to take 14th place.
This week we had eighty-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, no surprises that Iain tops the leaderboard with that huge run:-
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 this week he has promised to take you on the ultimate bluebell run. 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. The
Tuesday Intervals: Later the interval sessions will meet at The TYTHINGS in Yateley at 8pm. This week’s session will be Chinese Hill 4 x 4 minutes, 3 x 3 minutes all with 45 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 fifth week and will be aiming to help those members involved progress towards that 10k target.
Thursday: This week the threshold/improvers run route will be confirmed later in the week. 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. Daylight is fading by 8:30pm so the finale will likely be on the road.
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.
Saturday: 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.