XC season has started with round 1 of the TVXC hosted by Metros at Hillingdon and the next round will be on Sunday 21st October. Looking ahead to the Home XC at Lord Wandsworth on November 25th. 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.
Last week Graham emailed about the Club Championships. The last few weeks and the next few weeks will see a massive number of members completing 10 milers and half marathons which will mean they will have completed one of the five qualification events. If you have already run a 10k this year you will just need to complete a parkrun (loads of opportunities remain), a round of the TVXC (5 more events in 2018) and a Handicap (just 3 opportunities remaining!) Entries will open later in October.
Don’t forget its the October Handicap this Wednesday so take the opportunity to record a qualifier for the Championships or just try to improve your time. Start time is 7:30pm from the Morgan Rec in Crowthorne.
This Sunday there is an away run from Frensham Little Pond, in memory of Lucy Zirbser and including a visit to her memorial bench. More details can be found at the end of this ‘Run Down’ and on Facebook.
Finally, Richard is finalising the latest kit order including the special ‘Heritage’ kit so please let him know what items, what sizes and when you have pre-paid.
Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun….
Stuart Mayes recovered from a tough but rewarding Friday night track session to lead the SJs into the finish funnel. Richard Boese had a successful run out as the pacer for 29 minutes missing his target by a solitary 1 second.
Over at Great Hollands Rec for Bracknell parkrun Alan Boother recorded a new fastest ever parkrun while Jacq Hudson a CR. Fiona Marshall claimed a SB as Ian Watson led the SJs over the finish line just ahead of Lottie St Aubyn.
Parkrun Rushmoor was the choice for parkrun first timer Paul James debut. Louisa Enriquez challenged herself by pacing 30 minutes and managed to get within 4 seconds of her target. Lisa Hale recovered from a nasty bike crash to be the first member to finish.
Dinton Pastures once again proved to be popular with members with debutante Robert Jerrett bagging 5th position and Gavin Loader enjoying a scenic family run. George Green and Paul Dunn returned to the venue and claimed PBs while George also claimed the course record for the MV65-69 category.
Loads of Parkrun Tourism this week. Starting with the locals and regulars; John Tovell ran at Crane Park, John Featherstone at Basingstoke, Mark Pattrick returned to Bushy and Kate Parker and Jon Green ran at Woodley with Jon recording yet another PB while Kate completed the run without falling over.
Further afield; Mark Fallowfield-Smith was at Poole, Nick Metcalfe at Oxford ahead of his half marathon debut and Andrew Parkes at Coventry.
Andrea Hadfield tackled ‘A Run With No Witty Name’ – A cheeky 50km round Wiltshire! She considered turning back due to the torrential rain but had a great day due to new running friends made on the trails and the sun even came out just in time to cross the finish line,
The Supersonic 10k kicked off the Bournemouth Marathon Festival on Saturday afternoon and our sole representative Dave Breslin had a great run.
Sunday morning saw twenty four members toe the line at the Camberley Julian Farrell 10k. The course starts out flat before a gradual climb beyond Frimley Park Hospital before tackling the kicker climb up to Crawley Ridge. Those that pace the hill well are rewarded with nearly 3km of downhill to the finish. There were great runs from everyone including a number of first timers.
Down on the south coast the ever popular Bournemouth Half Marathon attracted a number of members, some running, some supporting, all enjoying the sunshine. We saw PBs from Jim Laidlaw who continues his great run of form and Kieran Cooper who knocked a whooping six minutes off his previous best time. Wayne Boardman also had a fantastic run, his fastest 13.1 miles in a few years as he smashed his 1:53 target.
The Bournemouth Marathoners also had great runs with fantastic times, and some impressive debuts!
Paul Gale followed up a strong run at the Windsor Half with another 13.1 miles at the Basingstoke Half Marathon. He must have recovered well as he recorded a new PB of 1:43:51 and 30th place in the V50-59 category.
The Chester Marathon saw our proud Scot and multiple marathon runner Alison Jones representing England! Sadly she didn’t combine the red and white vest with her Saltaire shorts but still recorded an impressive finish with 4:11:27.
The Chicago Marathon was the final hurdle for Patrick Wadsworth to complete the six Abbott World Marathon Majors. He has been in fine form recently building fitness since the Berlin Marathon in September and sped to a 3:33:16 finish. He joins Alison Jones in a very exclusive club of runners to complete all six.
Nick Metcalfe followed sister Jess’ example from last weekend as he impressed in his debut half marathon; completing the Virgin Sport Oxford Half Marathon in 1:40:35.
Over at the Cardiff Half Marathon Heidi Zymela returned from injury to obliterate her previous PB with a superb time of 1:37:26 as she evenly paced the event.
A decadent mix of cake and gin proved to be the perfect pre-race prep for Kate Turnell as she surpassed her own expectations at the Royal Borough of Kingston Half Marathon finishing in 2:25:26.
Lou Turner overcame injury to complete the Race For Life Half Marathon at Lee Valley Park.
Multiple marathon man Richard Boese enjoyed a great run at the Clarendon Marathon finishing in 4 hours 47 minutes.
Over by the Thames at the Phoenix Running ‘It’s a Numbers Game’ marathon both Nigel Evans and Mark Neve continued to feed their growing marathon habits with another 26.2 miles.
Lisa Hale showed that her bike crash hasn’t affected her run legs with a superb run at the RNLI Portsmouth 10k where she finished in 42:16 to claim 17th overall, 2nd female and 1st in category.
The Cross Country season kicked off in unseasonably sunny conditions on a relatively mud free course despite rain on the preceding day. Metros hosted Round One of the TVXC league at Hillingdon on a re-designed course that still included two ascents of the big hill. We’ll have a full report later in the week.
This week on Strava 98 members logged runs with Richard Boese taking 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.
Club Events for the week ahead…
Monday: Patrick will be recovering from his celebrations having completed the Abbott Marathon Majors (and the Chicago Marathon!) so 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 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.
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 a pairs session with 45 minutes of efforts. 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 just three 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
This is the final week of the 10k to 10M course as participants prepare for the Great South Run on October 21st. Four miles are on the menu for this week and participants on the course will be running the Handicap. Meet at The Morgan Rec Car Park in Crowthorne at 7pm for a warm up.
Thursday: This week the threshold/improvers run will be on the Golden Retriever 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. 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 will be an away run from Frensham Little Pond, in memory of Lucy Zirbser and including a visit to her memorial bench (as per Richard’s earlier posts). We’ll be meeting in the National Trust car park (the large car park on Priory Lane / Grange Road here where parking costs £4.00 or free to National Trust Members) for a 09:30 start and running for between 1 and 1.5 hours depending who shows up and how lively we are all feeling. There will of course be a trip to the café after.