Lots more sunshine and lots more running with this week seeing the Forest 5 organised by Bracknell Forest Runners on a hilly course in Swinley Forest. There were lots of SJs running in the sold out event and the results for members are below:-
Onto the weekend and starting with Parkrun it was a quiet day at Frimley Lodge with many regulars opting to support the Pure Beginners at Bracknell or away at other events. Stuart Mayes was the first member to finish in 22:02 which is his fastest time of 2018. Janet Venables also recorded her fastest time of the year and Tim Smith returned to action with his first ever Parkrun finishing in 25:54.
A huge day for Pure Beginners Graduates as they completed the course and the Parkrun at Bracknell. Massive well done to each and every one of you and look forward to welcoming you to more club runs and club events! Lots of existing members chose to run at Bracknell this week to show their support meaning as a club we dominated the event having 43 of the 329 runners there on Saturday. The club was well represented throughout with Duncan Laurie-Pile finishing 2nd overall in his best time at Bracknell. Kate Parker and Jon Green also recorded course PBs while Dave Breslin and Ian Watson posted their fastest times at Bracknell this year. Kudos to Blanche Barnes who came within 1 second of her Bracknell PB.
Parkrun Rushmoor still attracted eight members with Lisa Hale leading the SJs home in her best time at the venue and only 8 seconds shy of her best ever. Meanwhile Sarah Alexander recorded her best time here this year as did husband Paul Alexander who knocked over 2 minutes off his time from the previous week.
Multinational Parkrun Tourism this week. Starting with the regulars; John Tovell was at home in Crane Park, Sharon Conquer at Northampton while Frances and Andrew Parkes ran at Coventry. A bit closer to home Robert Jerrett had a great run for 9th position overall at Alice Holt, John King ran at Woodley and John Paul Featherstone at Basingstoke. Further afield Simon Whillis ran at Amager Faelled in Denmark.
The SJ Mud Runners were out in force at the Brutal Bordon, which is considered by those in the know to be the toughest of the series as its held on army land with lots of mud, hills, mud, hills, mud and hills and some mud and hills. And if that isn’t enough some stinky water. Regulars Nigel Evans, Angela Foker, Mark Foker, Jacq Hudson, Julie Graham, Karen Page and Gareth Hopkins have shared tales of the lingering stench of stagnant water. New converts Louise Heginbotham and Kathleen Elliot also enjoyed the experience!
Down in Dorset for the Giant’s Head Marathon, both Richard Boese and Andrea Hadfield enjoyed a beautiful run even if it was a bit hot and hilly.
Andy Yates tackled the 52.4 miles of the Race to the King Ultra finishing in an impressive 12:45:23. The route followed the South Downs Way, finishing in Winchester after covering double marathon distance. Top job Andy!
Martin Gould and Mark Neve ran at Phoenix Running’s Star Wars themed marathon event Star Runners on a riverside course between Runnymede and Staines. Apparently it was a great run rewarded with a great medal… ‘Help me Obi Wan Leon Hicks’ you’re my only hope’.
Not all club activities were running related this week and huge thanks to Jackie Kent and Sophie Le Saux for representing Sandhurst Joggers at the Freedom March in Sandhurst Memorial Park at the weekend.
Ninety-four members logged runs on Strava this week with Andy Yates taking the top spot again thanks to his epic Ultra. 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: This week is the Tuesday Pub Run. Dave, Royston and Monica welcome you to join them at 18:25 at The Golden Retriever Pub, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell, RG40 3DR. The run will start a little later (18:45) to allow time for everybody to place orders before we set off. The run will take in a new route before returning to the pub for food and drinks. Enjoy the evening!
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 4 x 4 minutes with 1 minute recovery between each effort and 3 x 3 minutes with 30 seconds recovery between each effort. 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. Its also week 2 of the latest 5-10k course which has attracted a great turn out including some Pure Beginners who are already stepping up to the higher distance.
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. With the Track Challenge scheduled for July 27th plenty of members will be sharpening their track speed.
Saturday: Lots of members will be enjoying their weekly Parkrun fix at 9am on Saturday morning. Wherever you are parkrunning – Don’t forget your barcode! This week there is no Rushmoor Parkrun so either head to Frimley or Bracknell… or try somewhere new. a group of members will be heading to Upton Court Parkrun near Slough. See Facebook for all the details.
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.