Wow, another massive weekend of SJ related running to report on. Strap yourself in…
Wednesday saw the first of the Woodland 5 events held in Crowthorne Woods and yes it includes ‘That’ hill! Conditions were perfect; dry, temperate temperatures with a light breeze and seventeen members ran. Remember that there are still two more events in the series and these count towards the Club Championships.
Also on Wednesday Nigel Evans indulged in his love of tough events with ‘Hard As Snails’ a really enjoyable mid-week 10k at Shalford Park near Guildford.
On Friday the London Marathon Marshal Party was held where members who volunteered at this year’s event were thanked for their contribution. This also included the all important draw and allocation of thirty guaranteed places for the 2019 London Marathon. Club members did very well with nine being drawn in the Top 30 and another five in positions 31 to 40 who will all have a very good chance of running. Here’s the full list:-
Many members consider this the best event of the year and this year’s Green Belt Relay did not disappoint. Stunning weather conditions, wonderful club camaraderie and an eventful weekend contributed lots of enjoyment for all who took part. Hopefully we’ll hear from some of the participants later in the week.
Onto parkrun. This week Frimley Lodge parkrun was cancelled due to the Surrey Heath Show so this led some members to switch to our other local events and others travel further afield.
Bracknell was the most popular with eleven members running. Carla Wright logged a new PB in her third parkrun. Charlie St Aubyn paced 30 minutes and helped a number of runners achieve new bests. Jackie Kent ran her fastest at Bracknell since 2015 while Frimley Lodge regular Royston Crandley was first member to finish.
Rushmoor also attracted a few Frimley orphans including Max Woods who was first member to finish in 20:20 his fastest at the venue. Lisa Hale was next member in her fastest time since 2014. Sacha Kendall-Woods shaved 3 seconds off her previous Rushmoor best and also recorded her fastest 2018 parkrun at any venue and Graham Bolton was just 3 seconds away from matching his Rushmoor best.
On the tourism front, Richard Boese sampled the new event at Prospect Park in Reading. Down the road at TVP Kate Parker made another trip to Reading with her Mum and knocked over 2 minutes off their previous runs there. George Green ran at Guildford for the first time. Sharon Fields completed her second recent run at Wycombe Rye while regulars John Tovell ran at Crane Park. Andy Summerskill at Houghton Hall and Will Lucas at Seaton. In his 99th parkrun and 4th at the superfast Goole course Mark Neve ran his fastest ever time. Simon Whillis was at Prudhoe Riverside in the north east. James Woolner completed his first ever parkrun in Southport. Robert Jerrett made the trip to Cheshire for Delamere parkrun and Sharon Conquer volunteered at Tail Walker at Keswick.
Mark Pattrick ran his self-declared final half marathon in Gothenburg, Sweden at the city’s ‘Varvet’. He might have to reconsider that after a challenging 1:44 run with injuries meant he didn’t hit his sub 1:30 target. He’ll be out of action for a couple of months while he recovers but will nail this target soon!
Five members toed the line at the Green Park Royal Berkshire 10k in Reading. Its a flat and fast course but the heat made it a challenging day with many agreeing that this year’s edition was tougher than 2017. Great runs from everyone and especially Jon Green in what I think was his first 10k!
Katy Mead ran at another local 10k; the Hook 10k. Katy has already written all about it and you can read her account here
Monica Burbidge completed the 25km Wey Ahead event starting in Woking and following parts of the Basingstoke Canal and River Wey to finish in Guildford.
Lance King celebrated the Royal Wedding at ‘A Right Royal Run’ – Saturn Running’s first marathon starting at Thames Valley Park in Reading and following a course along the Thames.
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.
Tuesday Club Run: This week is the Intraclub Pairs Relay at Sandhurst Memorial Park. Meet at 6:30pm to register and be paired up with your teammate before a walking reconnaissance of the 1km course ahead of the start. After the running is finished many runners will be retiring to Sandhurst Sports Bar to celebrate. With approx. 70 members entered this promises to be a fantastic event!
Tuesday Intervals: The interval training will be completed at the Pairs Relay this week (see above) so no session meeting at the Tythings.
Wednesday: Sharon and Andrea have a great route planned for Wednesday runners and this will be a great run to relive the previous nights action at a more comfortable pace. Join them at Sandhurst Memorial Park at 7pm.
Thursday: Nikki will advise of the route for this week’s threshold/improvers run. 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.
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.