London, Edinburgh and Bournemouth Marathon Draws
If you have been unsuccessful in the London Marathon ballot, you still have an opportunity to get a VLM place through the Club Draw. Also, like last year, we have a place available for the Edinburgh Marathon, and new to this year, a place at Bournemouth Marathon. If you want to put your name in for a selected event or all events, please email Kate Parker at email@example.com a minimum of 3 days before the Marathon Draw. More details can be found in Kate’s recent email to members and the date/venue for the draw will be announced soon.
Thames Valley Cross Country League Round 3 – This weekend!
The third round of the TVXC League is this Sunday 28th October. The venue is Ashenden Park near Woodley. Remember the super muddy course from last season?
Captain Claire will be sharing the full details by email and Facebook shortly. The post-race drink will be at Bull and Chequers, Woodley Green, Woodley, Reading, RG5 4QP.
Home Cross Country on Sunday 25th November
The countdown is on to our Sandhurst Joggers Home XC at Lord Wandsworth College on November 25th. We’ll need a SJ army to help run the event and also field a strong team so please reply to Wayne’s email and offer to help.
Entries will open this week for the Club Championships so keep a look out for details. If you have completed a 10 miler, half marathon or marathon in 2018 you will have completed at least one of the five qualification events (maybe more!) You just need a 10k, a parkrun (loads of opportunities remain), a round of the TVXC (4 more events in 2018) and a Handicap (just 2 opportunities remaining!) Here’s a reminder of the details:-
Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…
The chilliest morning of the autumn greeted runners but the cooler conditions welcomed plenty of quick times.
Ten members joined the the 491 runners at Frimley Lodge where Jon Payne ran strongly to get into the top 20 as the first member to finish. Simon Whillis and Fern Stonestreet both recorded Season’s Bests.
Bracknell parkrun proved to be the most popular amongst members with 17 of the 293 runners part of Sandhurst Joggers. Jane Pond bagged a Course Record and there were more Season’s Bests by Colin Carpenter and Patricia Marshall. Krzysztof Zielinki was first member over the finish line as he took 5th place overall. A great run from Lottie St Aubyn who was 3rd female and got into the top 30 overall as Dad Charlie lugged a 22lb pack around the Great Hollands course. Jane Ralls volunteered as tailwalker.
Nick Metcalfe continued his great run of form at Parkrun Rushmoor as he knocked nearly 30 seconds off his PB as he was first member to finish. Paul James improved his time for the second consecutive week.
Dinton Pastures regular Kate Parker showed more signs of a return to form as she came within six seconds of her best at the venue.
Covering the local tourism first; George Green sampled run nine of the new Marlow parkrun in Higginson Park, Richard Boese volunteered a guide runner at Prospect, Lisa Hale and Stuart Overhill returned to Homewood and Jon Green followed up his longest ever run last week at the Cabbage Patch 10 with a fastest ever parkrun at Woodley.
John Tovell got close to his Season’s Best at regular venue Crane Park, Yvette Glacken completed her 199th parkrun at Luton Wardown, John Featherstone completed his 15th run at Newbury and Neil Praine made a return to his oft-visited venue Worcester Pitchcroft where he recorded his fastest ever parkrun at 18:41.
Scattered across the country we had Philip Boylan in Wales at Llanelli Coast and further north Kevin Forster ran at Gibside near Newcastle. Martin Gould traveled south to Devon to complete run three of Teignmouth Promenade parkrun.
Our most intrepid explorer visited East Coast parkrun in Singapore. Fiona Marshall enjoyed a great run with her daughter alongside the beach.
Don’t forget to add ‘Sandhurst Joggers’ to your Parkrun Profile to help us keep track of your achievements and show the world what a fantastic club we are. If you are not sure how to do this just click here where you can find detailed instructions.
Charlie Bryant had a great run at the Windsor & Eton Run Series Dorney Half Marathon – finishing in 1:45:56.
At the same event Phil Guy achieved a long sought after goal as he finished the Dorney Lake 10k in under 40 minutes.
Mark Neve and Leon Hicks embarked on part one of a serious marathon mission as they successfully completed Saturn Running’s Can’t Stop the Running Marathon I on a course near Runnymede Pleasure Grounds. Mark completed the marathon distance and Leon 50k. They have already been rewarded with a special Troll themed medal and will get another is they can repeat tomorrow.
As darkness fell a trio of SJ took on the scary prospect of the Brutal Halloween 10k at Alice Holt – Jacq Hudson, Nigel Evans and Gareth Hopkins survived the terrors!
And onto Sunday…
Can’t Stop the Running Marathon II – Mark Neve and Leon Hicks followed up with their second marathons in as many days.
The Great South Run has been a huge target for many SJs and the Wednesday night 10k to 10 mile course has been popular as members prepared over the last few months. Twenty Nine members toed the very busy start line near Southsea Common and enjoyed a great run in the sunshine. Helena Fletcher also completed the run in 2:16:42 as she supported MND.
The Fleet 10k was another big event for members. A few members weren’t captured in the resuts table below including Beki Christian who finished in 49:45, Helen Buck who crossed the line in 57:10, Bev Matthews who finished her first 10k in 57:45, Liz Evans who completed her second 10k in 1:02:30 and Sarah Jones who recorded a new PB of 1:13:15.
We just had one representative in the Fleet 5k but he more than made up for the lack of numbers with the performance as Phil Guy followed up yesterday’s 10k PB with a new 5k PB and 2nd position overall.
Robert Jerrett had a great run at the Henley Half Marathon which featured a mainly flat course except for the single massive hill!
More unseasonable conditions greeted members participating in the Thames Valley Cross Country at Heath Warren Wood near Eversley on a twisty course with plenty of hills. Results for rounds one and two aren’t yet available so we will share when we have them.
This week on Strava…
It was another big week on Strava and we hit the century mark once again with exactly 100 members logging runs. This week Mark Neve took the top spot thanks to his double marathon weekend. 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 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 so don’t forget your head torches and high viz. 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 Morgan Rec in Crowthorne at 8pm. The session will be Hills session on School Hill. You can read more about the Tuesday night intervals here
Wednesday: Variety is the spice of life and the Wednesday crew have some surprises for you this week. Join them at Sandhurst Memorial Park at 7pm. There will also be run options for those that graduated from the 10k and 10 mile courses to ease you into the regular run.
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!
Members will be taking part in the Milocarians Invitational XC at the RMA.
Sunday: Next Sunday is the third round of the Thames Valley Cross Country League being hosted by Reading Roadrunners at Ashenbury Park near Woodley. Cross Country Captain Claire will be emailing all the details soon.