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4th/5th August – SJ Weekend Run Down

And the endless summer runs on… and on… and on… and on… it may not be ideal for PBs but it makes for lots of beautiful runs. The bad weather will return soon enough…

Wednesday saw the final race in the Yateley 10k Series where an incredible 68 members ran and 100 volunteered! Read all about a fantastic evening here


Frimley Lodge Parkrun was cancelled this week as the Frimley Festival was on instead but Rushmoor was back for the second time after the extended closure so a strong contingent of seventeen members toed the line at Queen’s Parade. The pacing machine Dave Bartlett struck again as he helped Louisa Enriquez beat her best finishing in 25:24. Gareth Hopkins continued his run of form with a course PB while Carl Bradshaw and Dave O’Toole both recorded season’s bests. Stuart Mayes was first SJ to finish.

Rushmoor SJ Parkrun results August 4th

A couple of course PBs were earned at Parkrun Bracknell by Paul Biggs and the ever improving Chris Cole.

Bracknell SJ Parkrun results August 4th

Onto the Parkrun Tourism and within a short drive of Sandhurst we had Paula Vine and PB getter Royston Crandley at Hogmoor Inclosure, Stephen Casey at Queen Elizabeth and five members at the new and popular Dinton Pastures Parkrun where Harvey Young recorded a new course PB, Kate Parker managed to stay upright and three members tried the venue for the first time.

Dinton Pastures SJ Parkrun results August 4th

A little further away we had the trio of Lisa Hale, Stuart Overhill and Mark Pattrick returning from injury at Bushy Park. Charlie St Aubyn and Lottie St Aubyn enjoyed the single lap tree covered circuit at Black Park.

Further afield we had John Tovell at Cirencester, Robert Jerrett running for the third time at Wepre near Chester, Simon Whillis at Stratford-upon-Avon, Frances and Andrew Parkes at Coventry, Andy Summerskill and Yvette Glacken at Houghton Hall and John King taking a trip to the seaside at Southsea.

A couple of members simultaneously incorporated some parkrun tourism into their respective Hen and Stag weekends. Nikki Stanley ran at Bournemouth where she was given the honour of sounding the starter’s horn (and then having to catch up with the other runners!) Fiance Mark Fallowfield-Smith ran at Fairview in Dublin and despite the addition of a dodgy wig he was the first finisher. The were ably supported by Jenny Robinson, Helen Antram (completing her first ever parkrun), Graham Robinson, Dave Breslin and Jim Casey.

‘Summer’ doesn’t always correlate to ‘hot’ but it certainly did at the Phoenix Summer Marathon along the Thames where Richard boese and Alison Jones resisted the temptation to jump in the river to cool off.

Richard Phoenix Summer Marathon

Later at the same venue a number of members took part in the Dark Phoenix which included a marathon completed by Mark Neve and 6 hour timed challenge which also incorporated ‘Lucy’s Run’; a run for Roy Castle’s lung cancer charity. Lucy Zirbser, Lisa Hale and former member Greg Ward all took part.

Ninety-six members logged runs on Strava this week with Lisa Hale again bagging the top spot on the leaderboard. 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:-

Strava Leaderboard August 5th

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 publicity@sandhurstjoggers.org.uk

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 the Morgan Rec in Crowthorne.

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 10 x 2 minutes with 30 seconds recovery between each effort plus 15 minutes of ‘Pairs’. You can read more about the Tuesday night intervals here

Wednesday: It’s the second Wednesday of the month so time for the Handicap. It will be the eighth opportunity of 2018 to improve on your previous times. This four mile run over a two lap course around Crowthorne is ideal for all abilities and starts from the Morgan Rec in Crowthorne at 7:30pm. Don’t forget the post run curry at The Raj in Sandhurst.

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!

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.


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