Another busy week with lots of weekday evening events as well a jam packed weekend…
Sixteen members enjoyed a beautiful evening at the Dinton Pastures Relay. This is the one you have to run naked… no not clothesless… watchless. You predict your time and then test your pacing skills and see how close you can get to your prediction. All the SJ teams and runners are highlighted below:-
The Gibbet Hill 10k has a reputation for being one of the hilliest around but this didn’t deter Karen Page who found it to be was lovely and scenic run, with stunning views down into the Devil’s punch bowl… but obviously to go down, you have to go up first.
There was also lots of cake at the finish. Dave Ricards also had a great run, reporting that ‘It were hard. Nice medal. Choice of cake.
Thursday saw the rescheduled July Handicap. Read all about it here including results from the night and the latest table.
Dinton struck again on Thursday evening as the latest edition of the Dinton Pastures summer series was contested. Alurie Dutton and Yvette Glacken took the top two spots in their category while Wayne Boardman ran a couple of minutes faster than his last 10k.
In the 5k Hannah Glaister improved by two minutes compared to the previous round.
A very busy event at Bracknell Parkrun this week with 413 runners for a number of reasons. Firstly they reverted to the old course which many claim to be quicker than the current. Secondly this week’s event hosted a mob (re)match between Bracknell Forest Runners and Dachet Dashers. Matt Jones was first member home while Louisa Enriquez bagged a Bracknell PB. Johnathan Evershed, Yuliya Fowler and Samantha Wood claimed outright Parkrun PBs.
Parkrun Frimley Lodge attracted 667 runners and of those nine were SJs with Jon Payne first to finish.
Loads of Parkrun Tourism this week and we’ll start with the most popular as six members attended the Dinton Pastures Inaugural on a flat but twisting trail course.
Further afield our regulars John Featherstone ran at Newbury, Sharon Conquer at Northampton, Andy Summerskill at Houghton Hall and Yvette Glacken at Luton Wardown.
Locally Dave Bartlett ran at Woodley, Martin Gould played in the sand at Hogmoor Inclosure, Mandy Smith and Chris Coles were at Bedfont Lakes, George Green at Osterley and Lisa Hale ran her fastest ever at Bushy Park – in her own words ‘Not bad for an old plodder!’
Further afield Max Woods and Sacha Kendall-Woods combined a spectating trip to Ironman UK with a run at Chester Parkrun where Max snuck into the top 10. However they were eclipsed in terms of distance travelled By Dave Breslin who ran at Lac De Divonne near Geneva, France on a re-routed course that wasn’t actually around the lake.
A large crew of SJ Med Runners travelled to Reading’s Prospect Park to get dirty. Kate Turnell, Lou Turner, Angela Foker, Sara Purchase, Jane Pond and Kerry Gale enjoyed the mud and obstacles at the Pretty Muddy event.
John Tovell and Martin Gould took on the Elmore 7; a challenging 7 mile road race which started at Chipstead and is held in in conjunction with the Chipstead Flower Show. The course is run on quiet rolling roads in the Chipstead area.
Lou Turner had a busy weekend as she also tackled the 10k Race For Life on Sunday.
Over in Wales Helen Antram tackled the Brecon 10 peaks Ultra – 58km with a huge amount of vertical on a stunning route through mid Wales.
Also not forgetting the Sunday Pub Run on two stunning routes near Long Sutton. Kudos to Dick Newman and Emy Circuit for organising a brilliant day of running, eating, drinking and socialising.
Ninety seven members, the biggest number ever, logged runs on Strava this week with Lisa Hale 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. 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 Morgan Rec in Crowthorne at 8pm. The session will on ‘Hills’. 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. Starting alongside will be the 5-10k course participants.
It’s also the third and final Woodland 5 event organised by Finch Coasters on a course in Crowthorne Woods.
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 enjoying their weekly Parkrun fix at 9am on Saturday morning. Wherever you are parkrunning – Don’t forget your barcode! A group of SJ Explorers are visiting the spiritual home of Parkrun at Bushy Park – check out the event on Facebook for more 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.