We’ll start this week’s Run Down with the important news. First up is a Call to Arms! Next Sunday is the first round of the Thames Valley Cross Country League being hosted by Metros at the Hillingdon course. With lots of other events on a lot of the regular XC runners won’t be able to make it so if you can, please step up. It will also be a great intro to XC – there won’t be too much mud yet, it’s a fun off road course that isn’t too challenging and you can experience the social side and camaraderie that is such a big part of Cross Country. Captain Claire will be emailing all the details shortly.
More XC News… looking ahead to the Home XC at Lord Wandsworth on November 24th. Wayne will shortly be emailing with a request for help. We’ll need a SJ army to help run the event and also field a strong team so once again please step up to help.
Final announcement for this week is about the Club Championships. There are just three months remaining to complete those all important qualification events so Graham will be sharing more details later this week. Remember both Cross Country and Handicap are potential qualifiers so you have plenty of opportunities in the next few weeks as well as throughout November and December to complete races that will count towards the Championships.
Onto the weekend running….
Starting with Parkrun Frimley Lodge, we saw two members achieve PBs with Natasha O’Toole and Gareth Hopkins improving on their best times. Alan Kirby and Jon Payne also recorded Season’s Bests as Jon was first member to finish. Jim Haffey achieved the rare feat known as a Groundhog Day where a parkrunner finishes in the same time at the same event for two consecutive parkruns.
Lots of Season’s Bests at Bracknell this week with Patrick Wadsworth going 20 seconds quicker as he finished 10th overall. Lottie St Aubyn recorded her fastest run at Bracknell since 2016 and Fiona Marshall made her first and fastest run of the year there.
Even more PBs at Rushmoor with Andrew Brooks shaving 1 second off his best as he entered the finish funnel as first SJ. Nick Metcalfe enjoyed his first run and celebrated with a fastest ever parkrun.
Dinton Pastures again proved to be popular with members and there was a family feel to the event. Royston Crandley, Roger Halliwell, Catherine Dunn and Paul Dunn tried the venue for the first time while Bill Parker achieved a PB with support from daughter Kate.
Onto the Parkrun Tourism and regulars John Featherstone ran at Newbury and Andy Summerskill at Houghton Hall. Serial tourists Stuart Overhill and Lisa Hale ran at Rickmondsworth and Wimbledon Common respectively. Helen Clayton was at Preston Park, Brighton, Andrew Parkes at Southsea, Max Woods and Sacha Kendall-Woods returned to the much loved Lanhydrock. Finally George and Jon Green travelled to Salisbury where Jon recorded a new outright PB.
Later on Saturday Wimbledon Windmillers held their unusual Quarter Marathon distance event and Lisa Hale capitalised on her 2018 speed to finish in 46:41, 3rd woman overall and 2nd in category.
The SJ Marathon Crew took on the latest in a long line of timed events at the Phoenix Pyjamathon. Tina Acock finished in 6:17:17, Lance King in 6:17:27 and Nigel Evans in 4:54:13. Apparently Nigel took pyjamas to wear but left them in he car as nobody else was partaking in the fancy dress.
There was a large SJ presence for the popular Windsor Half Marathon and a number of PBs were recorded. We’ll have a highlights package later in the week.
Earlier at the same venue the Windsor women’s 10k took place. More great runs from members as well as from Angela Foker and Susan plumb who finishing in 1:04:20 and 1:05:12 respectively but weren’t captured in the SJ results.
Jon Green made it a double over the weekend and headed to the Mortimer 10k where he completed the ‘undulating’ run in 53:14.
Over in North West London at the Ealing Half Marathon John Tovell had a great run at a very well organised event finishing in 1:48:37.
Meanwhile away from the race action 62 members were busy running, socialising and learning how to improve their race performances and enjoyment of the sport at the Sandhurst Joggers Running weekend. If you missed it, checking out the gallery below and make a note in your diaries for 2019!
For the third consecutive week we had 100 members logging runs on Strava. This week Jim Laidlaw 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 race reports and event reviews. 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.
Here’s what is scheduled for the week ahead…
Monday: Patrick will be leading the Monday night chatfest from Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm. The route will cover approx. 6 miles in an hour with looping to make this run suitable for all abilities and is 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.
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. As its the first Tuesday of the month the run will start from the Morgan Rec in Crowthorne. The start time is the same as always – 6:30pm.
Tuesday Intervals: Later the interval sessions will meet at The Tythings in Yateley at 8pm. The session will be on Chinese Hill and will be a pyramid session with efforts of 1-4 minutes with 45 seconds recovery. You can read more about the Tuesday night intervals here
Wednesday: Andrea will be leading this week’s Wednesday run. The friendly Wednesday crew have been mixing up the runs in recent weeks with some hills and different types of runs so come along and add some variety to your runs. Join them at Sandhurst Memorial Park at 7pm.
Also on Wednesday, the 10k to 10M course starts at the earlier time of 6:30pm also from Sandhurst Memorial Park. We are closing in those autumn 10 mile events so are moving into the taper phase with 5 miles on the menu this week.
Thursday: This week the threshold/improvers run will be on the Crawley Ridge route. Meet at Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm and don’t forget lights and high vis clothing. The run is a great way to improve fitness by running as a group at a slightly harder intensity often described as ‘comfortably hard’. There is a shorter route available and a sweeper so nobody gets left behind.
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: Next Sunday is the first round of the Thames Valley Cross Country League being hosted by Metros at the Hillingdon course. Cross Country Captain Claire will be emailing all the details shortly.