The big new this week is that the new kit has arrived and is available from Richard Boese. It’s an evolution of the previous design with a return to the bright red and the addition of more white which should help differentiate us from other clubs sporting a plain red kit. The kit is available in a range of sizes as well as both vest and T Shirt options.
Wednesday night saw the final Woodland 5 of the Crowthorne Woods course which as always included ‘that hill’. Great night for the club with fourteen members in action, Graham Robinson taking the overall win on the night, James Ratcliffe 3rd in the Vet Men category and Will Firth taking 3rd in the Senior Men category and winning the Senior series overall. We’ll have a more detailed report later in the week so in the meantime here’s some great images thanks to Richard Boese.
Onto Parkrun at the weekend and it was a busy one at Frimley Lodge with 646 runners. Max Woods was the first of eight member to finish in 20:15. Kudos to Gareth Hopkins who recorded his fastest ever parkrun with a time of 27:35 in far from ideal running conditions. Tina Acock ran her fastest parkrun of 2018.
The big event at Bracknell was Helena Jones’ 100th Parkrun – congratulations to her on this milestone! Another good run for Krzysztof Zielinski as he recorded his fastest time at the venue en route to a 10th place finish. Liz Ujszaszi used the ongoing Rushmoor cancelation to sample more venues and visited for the first time.
Twenty five members plus a few family members made the pilgrimage to the home of parkrun; Bushy Park. It was a beautiful morning in the park and despite the huge number of runners (1167!) on the start line we were made to feel very welcome with lots of regulars pointing us in the right direction, offering advice about the course and pointing out the sights (namely the Diana Fountain and the huge tree at the finish line that inspired the parkrun logo). The course is very flat and fast, the main challenge for first timers not knowing how far is left and judging your effort but despite lots of members ran outright and seasons bests. Ian Watson, Jackie Kent, Louisa Enriquez, Chris Cole and Sarah Jones ran their fastest parkruns ever! While Steve Casey, George Green, Lottie St Aubyn, Wayne Boardman, Nicki Watson and Hannah Glaister ran season’s bests.
A few members were missed off the results. Lou Turner made her first parkrun a special one completing the Bushy course in 47:23. Tamzin Evershed ran her fastest time in 2018 with 33:00. Jess Metcalfe accompanied Dad Dave and also ran her first parkrun in 29:24, she did brilliantly and enjoyed it so much she’s joined the club! Son Nick ran his fastest parkrun ever with an impressive 22:17. All in all a brilliant morning!
Plenty of other Parkrun Tourism this week with the Reading based parkruns attracting a few members; Simon Carter and Harvey Young ran at the new Dinton Pastures event, Rebert Jerrett went over to Prospect Park and John King was at Reading TVP. The hilly ‘H’s attracted Martin Gould to Homewood while Lisa Hale and Stuart Overhill went back to Hogmoor Inclosure. Furthest afield this week were Anne and Simon Whillis at Tees Barrage which has an interesting course alongside the River Tees including three river crossings. Patrick Wadsworth also had to cross a body of water as he travelled to Jersey; a popular tourist spot for parkrunners chasing the parkrun ‘alphabet’ as it is the only ‘J’ in the UK.
Phil Guy ran the FixAddiction 10k on a two lap course around Dorney Lake. He finished with a great time of 40:50 for 4th position overall and 1st V40.
Claire Rowse and Alison Jones both had good runs at the Down Tow Up Flow Half Marathon finishing in 1:47:07 and 1:59:33. Claire finished 9th female overall and 2nd in category. Alison took the win in her category and proved that ultra running hasn’t diminished her sprint as she powered in to beat 2 hours!
Over at Thames Valley Park, Reading for the GoBling King Marathon; Andrea Hadfield and Martin Gould completed the Marathon while Mark Neve got carried away and once he’d completed the marathon distance he carried on to complete 50km and become an Ultra runner!
Ninety-six members logged runs on Strava this week with Krzysztof Zielinski narrowly edging out Mark Neve for the top spot. 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: Paul Biggs 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: Back by popular demand after the success of the relay in May. This Tuesday will be another Intraclub Pairs Relay at Sandhurst Memorial Park. Meet at 6:30pm to register and be paired up with your teammate before a walking reconnaissance of the 1km course ahead of the start. After the running is finished many runners will be retiring to Sandhurst Sports Bar to celebrate. If you haven’t already done so please email Wayne Boardman to let him know you want to take part and let him know your current best time for 5km.
Tuesday Intervals: The interval training will be completed at the Pairs Relay this week (see above) so no session meeting at the Tythings.
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. The 5-10k course will also be running and stepping up to 4.5 miles this week.
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: This week is the SJ Track Challenge at Bracknell Athletics Track. All the participant spots are allocated with a sizeable list of reserves but all members are welcome to come down and spectate. The grandstand provides a great viewing arena out of the sun, there will be lots of excitement with multiple races taking place, plus the club will be celebrating a very special occasion!
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!
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.