Its been a week dominated by a huge global sporting event that the whole country has been obsessing over… yes its coming home…. to the Yateley 10k! It was hot and the atmosphere was fantastic. Huge kudos to all the volunteers who helped ensure the event was a massive success and well done to the 72 members who ran on the night!
We had lots of first timers at the 10k distance including a number from the Wednesday 5-10k Group so many congratulations to those who tackled the distance on a hot and challenging night. We also had multiple category top tens so special shout outs to Collette Callanan, Mike Guess, Alurie Dutton, Yvette Glacken, Gerry Mepham, Kathryn Shaw and Lottie St Aubyn. Here’s the results for all members:-
Another beautiful summers evening… another hot evening 10k. This Thursday saw the Barnes Fitness 10k at Beale Park where we had two members in action. Alurie Dutton volunteered to marshal while Lisa Hale ran finishing in 44:11 for 2nd female and 1st in category.
Freshly addicted Marathon man Mark Neve completed another 26.2 miles at the Dinton Pastures Sundae Challenge (even though it was a Friday… oh not the day of the week… the ice cream). Meanwhile Lucy Hale ran the concurrent half marathon.
Amazingly Parkrun Frimley Lodge wasn’t too busy despite the ongoing Rushmoor cancellation, although 655 runners still completed the course! Lisa Hale was first SJ to finish recording her best time on the course since 2014 with 21:12. Martin Gould grabbed himself a course PB with 25:10 on his second visit while Michelle Cronin returned to Frimley Lodge almost exactly a year to the day of her last run here. Liz Ujszaszi ran for the first time at the venue.
Over at Great Holland, the new Pavilion is taking shape but the building work goes on and Parkrun Bracknell carries on regardless. Two SJs in the top three this week as Krzysztof Zielinski sliced through the field to finish second with Duncan Laurie-Pile only three seconds behind. Simon Carter improved his PB finishing in 22:31 as did Chris Cole who came within 3 seconds of beating 30 minutes. Amazingly Mark Neve still paced run/walk the day after his most recent marathon.
Plenty more tourism this week. Graham Bolton overcame the chest infection that ruled him out last week and made the trip to Upton Court where he completed his 50th parkrun and achieved a new PB! John King ran at Bushy Park, Mark Pattrick returned from injury at Keswick, Stephen Casey sampled relatively new venue Hogmoor Inclosure, Frances and Andrew Parkes headed to Southsea and Samantha Lusty ran at Witney. This week’s away at home parkrunners included Yvette Glacken at Luton Wardown, Robert Jerrett at Woodley and John Featherstone at Basingstoke.
This year for the Runnymede Relays Windsor Great Park transformed into the Serengeti where endless plains of sun scorched grass greeted runners heading out on the opening straight. We had seven teams of six runners in action with half the team completing the long 5.25 mile course and the other half the shorter 2.75 mile route. As temperatures reached 30 degrees nobody escaped the heat and every single leg was a serious challenge however every team member ran brilliantly. Full results will be available later this week but we already know one of our teams finished 5th.
Late on Sunday evening as the sun started to drop but it was still stiflingly hot Nigel Evans tackled the Summer Gut Buster 10k on an off road course near Mortimer, finishing in around 54 minutes.
Ninety Five members logged runs on Strava this week with Krzysztof Zielinski taking the top spot for the first time with 81km. 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 Sandhurst Memorial Park.
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 a Pairs session with 45 minutes of effort. You can read more about the Tuesday night intervals here
Its also the Dinton Pastures Relay on Tuesday where 18 members are on the startlist. Wayne Boardman will be sorting out the teams on the night. The event starts at 7.15pm so please aim to be at the venue by 6.30pm so that we can register teams in good time. Oh, and start thinking about how fast you can run 3437m (2.13 miles)!
Wednesday: It’s the second Wednesday of the month so it would normally be time for the Handicap. However, to avoid a clash with the England match Simon contacted FIFA to ask if they could delay the match. They declined so we will move Handicap to Thursday night instead. All the usual details including the 7:30pm start from the Morgan Rec in Crowthorne plus the post run curry at The Raj in Sandhurst still apply. The 5k to 10k course will resume next week on July 18th.
Thursday: Due to the football / Handicap re-arrangement the Threshold run and Handicap will be merging so if you fancy a four mile run to test your threshold pace then join everyone at 7:30pm at Morgan Rec.
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 enjoying their weekly Parkrun fix at 9am on Saturday morning. Wherever you are parkrunning – Don’t forget your barcode! Remember Rushmoor isn’t on this week due to the Farnborough Airshow.
Sunday: Emy and Dick invite you to join them for a Sunday Pub Run at The Four Horseshoes pub, 1 Haygate, Long Sutton, RG29 1TA (not far from the venue for the SJ Home Cross Country). The run will start at 10am and lunch will follow afterwards. Have fun!