It’s all about the SJ kit at the moment with the latest order of official ‘Red’ club kit available and the special ‘Heritage’ kit launched this week. Richard Boese is the man to contact either to try sizes, buy official SJ Red kit or order the Heritage version. Both designs are available as vests and T Shirts in a range of sizes.
This week we didn’t have to travel far as we organised two events of our own!
Tuesday saw the second Club Pairs Relay of the year. Thirty teams of two members completed five laps each of a 1km course around Sandhurst Memorial Park totally 10km. Yet again the event provided lots of fun, a great workout and a wonderful opportunity to meet members of all abilities from all of the different run groups.
Friday night was the 18th running of the Track Challenge as 24 members competed in a sprint race ranging from 100 to 400 metres and middle distance event of either 800m, 1000m, 1200m and the mile. The rain failed to dampen the excitement from a series of close races. Team 2 including Dave Bartlett, Matt Johnston, Roy Bentley and Paul Biggs were victors on the night and we’ll have a more comprehensive report soon.
The Track Challenge was also a great opportunity to celebrate Carl Bradshaw’s 25th anniversary as Sandhurst Joggers Coach. Over the years he has helped and supported a huge number of members so massive thanks to him for his contribution!
Onto the weekend and fourteen members joined the masses at Parkrun Frimley Lodge. Max Woods continued his great run of form as first member to finish in 20:05. Jim Laidlaw was not far behind with his fastest of 2018. Stuart Mayes, Callum Lundie and Simon Whillis all posted season’s bests.
Lottie St Aubyn was fastest of the SJs at Parkrun Bracknell as she recorded her fastest run at Great Hollands this year. Plenty of PBs too with Lauren Askew, Lyn Winter and Jane Pond all recording new bests.
Parkrun Rushmoor was back in action after multiple weeks of cancellations due to various events including the Farnborough Airshow. Rushmoor regulars returned and were rewarded with PBs for Liz Ujszaszi and Louisa Enriquez. Stuart Overhill was just one second outside his fastest of 2018 at the Queen’s Parade course. The venue is launching a Junior Parkrun on August 12th so any members with runners aged 4 – 14 can take part in this.
A plethora of Parkrun Tourism this week. The regulars included John Tovell at Crane Park, Andy Summerskill at Houghton Hall, John Featherstone at Newbury, Sharon Conquer at Northampton and Yvette Glacken at Luton Wardown. Further afield Mark Pattrick returned from injury at Bushy Park, Robert Jerrett was at the hilly Henley course, Jon Payne ran his debut at Chichester, Royston Crandley put asthma behind him at Folkestone and Stephen Casey traveled furthest to Avondale Forest in Ireland where he achieved his highest ever finishing position with 3rd.
The growing options close to Reading attracted plenty of members. George Green and son Jon ran at Prospect Park. Blanche Barnes and Lisa Humpries were at TVP, it was Lisa’s first time and Blanche bagged a PB. The new Dinton Pastures Parkrun attracted eight members with Kate Parker, Paul Alexander and Harvey Young all bagging PBs.
The Dorset Invader Marathon offered a tough challenge. Not least in terms of distance as it was closer to 29 miles as opposed to 26.2! Richard Boese and Martin Gould both completed.
Tina Acock and Lance King took on the challenge of a night time marathon at Second Wind Running’s Midnight Marathon on a course based around the South Downs Way starting at Queen Elizabeth Country Park before looping out to Cocking before returning to the start. It was a beautiful race and very well organised… enough so that they are already planning to return next year!
Iain McCready endured a tough day in the Kennet and Avon Canal Race on a 145 mile course from Bristol to Paddington. But he still managed to complete over 64km!
Eighty-six members logged runs on Strava this week with Lisa Hale back on the top step. 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.
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 3 x 5 minutes, 2 x 4 minutes, 1 x 3 minutes with 45 seconds recovery between each effort. You can read more about the Tuesday night intervals here
Wednesday: It’s the third and final Yateley 10k and Fun Run tonight and many members will be toeing the line in this brilliant and hugely popular (i.e. Sold Out) event. Many more members will be helping on the night and if you are free but haven’t already done so please contact Roger or Alurie and see how you can get involved.
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. This week there is no Parkrun at Frimley Lodge due to the Frimley Lodge Live Music Festival. 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.