A very big day on Saturday with two landmarks happening at two of our local Parkrun venues…
Twenty-two members joined Richard Boese at Frimley Lodge to celebrate his 400th parkrun. There is no Tshirt reward or ‘Badge’ for this milestone so Richard celebrated with cake at his home venue. Richard is the Sandhurst Jogger with the biggest total of Parkruns completed and he can also take a lot of kudos having volunteered at 321 along the way!
Jon Payne was first SJ into the finish funnel as he celebrated his fastest time of 2018. There were many other celebrations as outright PBs were earned by Sharon Burfield, Dave Bartlett, and Gareth Hopkins. Course PBs were recorded by Patrick Wadsworth, Louisa Enriquez and Liz Ujszaszi Evans. While Dave Ayling and Royston Crandley both logged seasons bests.
Over at Parkrun Bracknell it was a big day for the latest graduates of the Pure Beginners course. A combination of students and supporters meant there were 36 SJs running which equates to 10% of the entire 369 field in action!
Congratulations to Karen Read and her daughters Leanne and Amy, Fran Dimmock, Geraldine Durante, Graeme Rafferty, Lou Turnor, Sarah Denton, Alan Boother, Kris Brownhill and Abbie Malcolm. If you haven’t already don’t forget to add ‘Sandhurst Joggers’ to you parkrun profile.
Well done also to Kieran Cooper in his first parkrun! Dave Breslin was first member to finish and lots of supporting members were rewarded with outright PBs; Celeste Moruzzi, Samantha Wood, Kim Taylor and Sarah Davies. While course PBs were enjoyed by Jon Green, Jim Haffey, Alison Bone, Liz Crow and Samantha Larkin.
Just a solitary member in action at Rushmoor with Martin Gould flying the SJ flag.
Parkrun Tourism and starting with the local ‘short breaks’ we had Neil Praine finishing 6th at Dinton Pastures, Lisa Hale and Stuart Overhill at Newbury and Will Lucas at home venue Seaton (yes I know its in Devon – btw entries are open to the Grizzly ballot so get your entries in!)
Sharon Conquer reached a volunteering milestone as she clocked her 25th by Tail Walking at Northampton. Well done and a purple Tshirt will be on its way to her eventually.
Further afield, Phil Boylan ran at Llanelli Coast, Catherine Barnes at the recently popular with SJs Poole, Dave O’Toole at Brockenhurst, Mark Neve at Northallerton and Kevin Forster at Dungloe.
Onto Sunday and starting with one of the biggest running events in the UK; The Great North Run where five Sandhurst Joggers joined 57,000 other runners.
For a very different vibe and setting we move onto the Farnham Pilgrim with beautiful trails and plenty of hills.
Here’s the SJ results from the half marathon…
…and the full marathon.
Denbies Wine Estate provided another hilly course with alcohol stocked feed stations to keep runners moving and smiling in the Bacchus half and full marathons.
Lisa Hale had a superb run as used her recent form over shorter distances to record a speedy 3:26:40 which would be impressive for a flat road marathon, let alone a hilly trail 26.2! We still need to establish exactly how many glasses of wine were consumed. Lisa finished as 1st female and 31st overall finishing one place ahead of Radio 2’s Vassos Alexander.
A trio of SJs took on the half marathon event. Reports suggest the wine measures were a bit stingy but looks like a fun day was had all the same.
Another trio of SJs tackled the New Forest Marathon and 10k events, also on hilly, challenging courses with plenty off road.
Three SJ teams joined 73 other teams of five in The River Relay; a baton relay run over five stages from Boveney to Kingston-upon-Thames, finishing at the Hawker Centre. Our teams finished 4th, 25th and 59th so strong runs all round.
The biggest ever participation this week with 100 members logged runs on Strava. Once again Lisa Hale took 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 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 back on the road as #winteriscoming. 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 near Waitrose and will be 2 x 5 minutes with 1 minute recovery then 6 x 2 minutes with 30 second recoveries. You can read more about the Tuesday night intervals here
Wednesday: It’s the second Wednesday of the month so time for the Handicap. There are only four opportunities remaining to score points in the 2018 competition or to log a time to enter into the Club Championship. 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.
The 10k to 10 mile course continues with a 4 mile run this week, starting at 6:30pm at Sandhurst Memorial Park.
Thursday: This week there will be a very special threshold/improvers run to celebrate the upcoming wedding of Thursday General Member Nikki Stanley and Mark Fallowfield-Smith. The run will start at their house in Crowthorne at 7:30pm, take in a fun 10km route before returning to their house at roughly 8:30pm for drinks and nibbles. If you haven’t seen Nikki’s genius Facebook announcement I strongly recommend you search it out on the SJ Facebook Group. All members are welcome so message Nikki for the address of the starting point.
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.
Finally for this week. A call to action as there are only a few weeks remaining until the WEEKEND OF RUNNING. Here’s the UPDATED INFORMATION from Wayne.
When: 29th & 30th September
Where: Edgbarrow Sports Complex, Crowthorne
How Much: Sat AM £8 / Sat PM £8 / Sunday AM FREE
Saturday AM: Streamline Coaching – How to become a Faster Runner
Saturday AM: Stressfree – Pilates for Runners
Saturday PM: Bingo Intervals with the newlyweds
Saturday PM: Ironman, as experienced by the triplets
Saturday PM: Bootcamp for Runners with me
MORE SPEAKERS/ACTIVITIES TO BE ANNOUNCED
What is it?
On Saturday morning they’ll be a group run, followed by breakfast, followed by 2 workshops delivered by guest speakers.
On Saturday afternoon they’ll be a fun interval session, lunch, and a range of activities and speakers.
To attend each of the above sessions costs £8 (£16 for the full day), and includes all activities, food, tea and coffee.
On Sunday they’ll be a group run, followed by lunch (at own cost).
If you’ve never attended the weekend of running please do consider giving it a try. It’s a great opportunity to meet and socialise with others from the club, learn and be inspired, and enjoy some fun and challenging activities.
Although we have yet to confirm all of our guest speakers, I guarantee they will inspire you, challenge you, and motivate you, whilst also ensuring you have heaps of fun. I will confirm the exact details as soon as I can.
Please let me know which session(s) you can attend, either by commenting below or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org