It was an action packed week of evening action with Club runs and events plus a number of local open races. The weekend was no less busy with Parkrun, 10ks, Half, Full Marathons and some unique format races not seen before…
Wednesday night saw the second race in the Woodland 5 series on a ‘undulating’ course around Crowthorne Woods and including THAT hill twice. Fourteen members toed the line and Will Firth took third again which puts him in a great position in the overall series.
The monthly Handicap had 19 members taking part which is impressive considering that the Woodland 5 event was running concurrently. Here’s a quick summary of the results and series standings
Over at Dinton Pastures four members took part in the Dinton Summer Series which included both 5k and 10k events.
Patrick Wadsworth made the trip north for the Tour of Tameside which consisted of four runs on four consecutive days (Patrick ran the Woodland 5 on Wednesday night too so had a busy week!) around the Greater Manchester Borough. This iconic event was re-launched in 2015 based on a race originally founded by Dr Ron Hill MBE in 1983 when it was a week-long event, run across different Tameside locations. Currently, the Tour of Tameside consists of 4 races including: the X-Trail 10k, Hell on the Fell, Hero Half Marathon and Dr Ron Hyde 7 mile. We’ll have more from Patrick on this later in the week…
Onto Saturday morning and at Parkrun Frimley Lodge thirteen members joined the 530 strong field. Max Woods was first to finish in 20:24 while both Sarah Hyatt and Sam Weller celebrated PBs on the course with 21:18 and 25:18 respectively.
Ten members at Bracknell this week and huge congratulations to Samantha Wood who recorded a PB of 39:45 in her 24th Parkrun. First timer Nicola Coe also had a great run on her first visit to Bracknell. Krzysztof Zielinski was first SJ home in 20:19 which is his fastest at the venue and bagged him 7th place overall. Matt Jones and Paul Biggs were next both recording their fastest times of the year.
Over at Rushmoor the eight SJs running were led home by Sarah Alexander who recorded her best time at the venue since 2016. It was also great to see Sarah’s husband Paul run at Rushmoor for the first time since 2016!
Parkrun Tourism – Kate Parker ran with a friend at Basingstoke before taking on the ‘Pretty Muddy’ 5k event there later the same morning. Dave Breslin cycled over to Homewood to tackle the hilly 3 lap course. Lisa Hale combined a trip to Osterley with the 10k held there later the same morning. John Tovell ran at home course Crane Park. Duncan Laurie-Pile went sub 20 at Luton Wardown. Alurie Dutton was at Swindon. Andy Summerskill at Houghton Hall. John King at Alice Holt. Jon Green at Woodley and Jackie Kent ran at Guernsey; completed her 25th parkrun, claimed her quickest time in over a year and bagged 1st in age category ahead of the Half Marathon on Sunday.
Jackie Kent then went on to complete the Guernsey Half Marathon, also her 25th event at the distance. On a scenic but wind battered course around the northern seafront she finished in 1:48:37. We will have a full report on this soon…
Lisa Hale made a return visit to Osterley Park to complete the double of Parkrun and 10k finishing this year in 41:58 which is nearly 4.5 minutes faster than the same event last year!
Helen Vizard enjoyed the tough Alresford 10k which was one of the toughest 10k she’s done. It made the Woodland 5 course look flat! Helen finished in 49:18 to take 1st position in her age category. Well done Helen!
A trio of members tackled the Hampshire Hoppit Marathon; affectionately known as Hampshire’s favourite trail race due to the beautiful course and affinity with beer. John Featherstone, Martin Gould and Andrea Hadfield enjoyed the event’s delights.
Jim Laidlaw – Adidas 1 Hour, a timed challenge to complete as much distance around a London Landmarks laden course in 60 minutes. Jim completed 8.3 miles in the allowed time.
A huge total of 94 members logged runs on Strava this week with Patrick Wadsworth taking the top spot as a result of the five events he completed. 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 Sandhurst Memorial Park.
Tuesday Intervals: Later the interval sessions will meet at The TYTHINGS in Yateley at 8pm. The session will be run on Yateley Green and will be 2 x 5 minutes, 7 x 2 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 week 2 of the latest 5-10k course who will also be starting at 7pm from the Park.
Tonight is also BFR’s Forest Five event in Swinley Forest.
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: This week the latest group of Pure Beginners will be graduating by completing Bracknell Parkrun. If you are free or not sure where to parkrun this week why don’t you head over to Great Hollands Rec to cheer them on. 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.