Warm conditions greeted runners this week but no shortage of enthusiasm!
Parkrun Frimley Lodge was back on this week and sixteen members joined 519 other runners to celebrate Elin Loftesnes’ 50th Parkrun and Kevin Forster’s 100th. Hopefully we’ll have more from them later in the week. Anna Wakeling ran her fastest time at Frimley and fastest anywhere since August 2017 with 33:31. Jon Payne was first member to finish followed by Stuart Mayes in his best time this year. Also special shout out to Paul Alexander – great to see him back with running shoes on!
Rushmoor attracted nine members this week. Red suits Martin Gould and he was first member to finish in 24:26. He was followed six seconds later by a PB grabbing Lina Johnson. There were more PBs less than a minute later as Graham Bolton continued his strong form.
Over at Bracknell eight members were in action with Dave Breslin having a storming run to break 21 minutes for the first time since 2016, grabbing 10th position overall in the process. Lauren Askew came within five seconds of her best time!
Plenty of Parkrun Tourism this weekend, starting with the regulars; Robert Jerrett ran at Woodley, John Tovell at Crane Park, John Paul Featherstone at Newbury, Nicola Coe at Netley Abbey, Sharon Fields at Wycombe Rye and Andy Summerskill at Houghton Hall. On the local scene Kate Parker sampled the hilly Henley course while regular tourist Stuart Overhill made another visit to Bushy Park and Lisa Hale ran her fastest time at Bedfont Lakes.
Louise Heginbotham completed the Race For Life event near Windsor Race Course on Saturday morning.
The Summer Welly was held on a glorious Saturday evening at Wellington College on a scenic 5km circuit around the grounds. Claire Rowse, Kieron Cooper and Lesley Buckland took part.
Saturday night also saw Monica Burbidge and Sam Goodall run the Twilight Runway Challenge at Farnborough Airport. Sam ran 10k and Monica 5k. It wasn’t a timed event as such (although there was a clock at the finish) and participants could choose to run, walk, cycle, skateboard or scoot – a fun event for all ages and abilities, raising money for the Community Matters Partnership Project. Monica was interviewed by ITV Meridian
News and mentioned Sandhurst Joggers.
Lisa Hale was in action in the Dorking 10 miler on an undulating course near Brockham. She finished in a great time of 1:11:02.
Jacq Hudson continued to blaze a trail around a Half Marathon each month, this time at the Royal Windsor Trail Half Marathon. It was a hot and challenging one but Jacq finished strongly as she builds for next year’s London Marathon having won a place in the Marshals’ Draw.
Ninety-one members logged runs on Strava this week with Andy Yates taking the top spot for the first time. 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 is very likely to be off road as its the height of bluebell season. 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 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 Morgan Rec in Crowthorne.
Tuesday Intervals: Later the interval sessions will meet at The TYTHINGS in Yateley at 8pm. The session will be run at Blackbushe and will be 2 x 5 minutes, 2 x 4 minutes, 2 x 3 minutes with 45 seconds recovery between each effort. You can read more about the Tuesday night intervals here
Wednesday: It’s the first Yateley 10k and Fun Run tonight and many members will be toeing the line in this brilliant and hugely popular (i.e. Sold Out) event. Many more members will be helping on the night and if you are free but haven’t already done so please contact Roger or Alurie and see how you can get involved.
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 Endure 24 at Wasing Park near Aldermaston. Many more will be enjoying their weekly Parkrun fix at 9am on Saturday morning. Please note that Frimley Lodge Parkrun will not be running on Saturday 9th June due to the NSPCC Messathon taking place at Frimley Lodge park. Wherever you are parkrunning – Don’t forget your barcode!
Sunday: Check Facebook to find out who is running at 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.