Tuesday evening saw the spectacle of more than seventy members participating in the SJ Pairs Relay, a brilliant event that brings together a diverse range of members to team up and run faster than they normally do! Huge thanks to Wayne, Graham, Dave and the other helpers for putting on a great event.
Onto the weekend and Parkrun Frimley Lodge was very busy as a result of Rushmoor not running. 609 runners lined up by the football pitches and of those nine were Sandhurst Joggers. Dave O’Toole was first member to finish while Tania Strange recorded a PB of 38:53, her 4th improvement in as many runs.
Bracknell witnessed the biggest turnout with twenty members joining Mark Neve to celebrate his 100th. After logging a PB last week at Goole, Mark returned to pacing duties this week helping others to achieve their goals. We’ll have more from Mark later in the week. Duncan Laurie-Pile led the SJs home this week as he finished in the top ten. Blanche Barnes added to her PB collection again with a fastest at Bracknell 28:00 finish and kudos to Dave Metcalfe who completed his first parkrun.
A glut of Parkrun Tourism this weekend, starting with the regulars; Colin Carpenter and Teresa Milroy ran at Woodley, Will Lucas at Seaton and Neil Praine at often visited Worcester Pitchcroft. On the local scene Jon Payne sampled Homewood, Kate Parker new venue Prospect Park in Reading and Royston Crandley Hogmoor Inclosure near Bordon. Further afield, Dick Newman enjoyed the Forest of Dean, Jim Laidlaw Weymouth, Nicola Coe was at Netley Abbey, Lisa Hale and Stuart Overhill traveled to Parke while Alurie Dutton and Yvette Glacken tried Erddig near Wrexham.
Plenty of Marathon action this weekend kicked off by Nigel Evans starting his triple event weekend with the Phoenix Pop Up Marathon along the Thames Path where he finished in 5:23:26.
Richard Boese ran the very hot and hilly Dorchester Marathon.
A contingent of SJs traveled north of the border to take on the Edinburgh Marathon. Brilliant performances throughout including a superb run from Erol Ali beating 3:40 as did Sharon Burfield to claim a Good For Age time. Alison Jones surprised herself with her third fastest marathon ever.
A decent crowd of SJs took on the Westminster Mile on a course starting on The Mall, looping around St James Park and finishing outside Buckingham Palace. This is now officially the largest event at this distance in the world and SJs participated in the adult and family races.
Neil Praine returned the Worcester Pitchcroft venue for the 10k event held there on Sunday and managed to go under 40 minutes again with a 39:30 finish.
Bank Holiday Monday saw a big contingent of members line up with many thousands of other to hurdle their way around the Vitality London 10k.
Lot’s of marathons ran this weekend so some big totals. Ninety-three members logged 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 email@example.com
As always keep a look out on Facebook for details of the weekday evening runs.
Tuesday Club Run: The biggest club run of the week will as always offer 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. The session will be run on The Green and will be 6 x 4 minutes with 1 minute recovery between each interval. You can read more about the Tuesday night intervals here
Wednesday: Sharon and Andrea are the General Members for Wednesday and they have a great route planned for this week. Join them at Sandhurst Memorial Park at 7pm.
Thursday: This week the threshold/improvers run will be off-road. 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!
Last year’s 30th Anniversary Pub Run was such a success that we have decided to do another SJ Pub Run this year on Saturday 2nd June 2018 at 5.30pm starting from Sandhurst Memorial Park.
We will depart Sandhurst Memorial Park and head along Yorktown Road, up Swan Lane, along the Reading Road until we make it to the White Lion in Yateley. We will then turn back and head back down Sandhurst Road (past down tri-lakes – it should still be light enough at this point), and onto Sandhurst High Street. On route we will take in the sights of the following pubs – The White Swan, The Royal Oak, Dog & Partridge, The White Lion, Rose & Crown, Village Inn, Wellington Arms.
The total route is around 5 miles, and we will aim to spend around 30 minutes in each pub (giving sufficient time for you to choose a tipple of your choice). If timings go to plan, we should be at the fish & chip stop in Sandhurst (i.e. between pub 5 and 6) around 9pm. From there we will then head to the final 2 pub stops of the evening – The Village Inn and Wellington Arms.
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.