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.
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.
Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…
Another bright and chilly morning for parkrunners and the again the cooler temperatures helped members post some great times. Jon Payne was first member to finish as he posted a Season’s Best. Blanche Barnes, Harvey Young and Helena Jones all recorded Course Records at rare appearances at the venue.
Bracknell parkrun was busy with the Bracknell AC XC team training for the winter season. Season’s Bests were achieved by Paul Alexander and Martin Steadman who was also first member to finish.
Three members used Parkrun Rushmoor as a warm up for the Milocarians XC later in the day with Lisa Hale, Leading home Stuart Overhill and John King.
Dinton Pastures saw more more members trying the venue for the first time including Gareth Hopkins, Sarah Hyatt and Fiona Slevin-Brown, the latter of whom achieved a new course record in the VW45-49 category. Fiona was also first member into the finishing funnel.
Covering the locals and regular tourists first; Dick Newman sampled the Hogmoor Inclosure event which launched earlier this year, Andy Summerskill ran at Houghton Hall and Will Lucas at Seaton. Philip Boylan and Kim Reeves ran at Llanelli Coast while Andrew and Frances Parkes were at Leamington.
Yvette Glacken completed her 200th parkrun at Luton Wardown alongside an injured Alurie Dutton. Alurie is just one parkrun behind so we’ll see the double century soon.
Charlie St Aubyn bagged 8th position at Great Dunmow in Essex, Jon Green traveled the furthest to the Forest of Dean and Jim Laidlaw made a Bushy Park Pilgrimage where he knocked another 2 seconds off his outright PB.
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.
The annual Milocarians invitational XC race at the Royal Military Academy took place on Saturday afternoon with 18 members lining up with military and invited teams to take on a hilly course out towards Swinley Forest, Barosa and Old Dean.
Our highest finisher was Graham Robinson in 15th place overall with Mark Fallowfield-Smith just over a minute back in 19th and Dave Ayling completing the first leg of a weekend XC double in 23rd. Lisa Hale was 6th Female over the line to lead the SJ
In the team event the SJ Ladies A team took second place by a single point as Lisa Hale was joined by Charley Bryant, Sacha Kendall-Woods and Sharon Burfield as the four counters. The leading trio of SJ men were joined on the scoresheet by Stuart Overhill, Carl Bradshaw and Nigel Bassett to take fourth place.
Ten members took on the hill of the Beachy Head Marathon including 26.2 mile first timer Darren Rice. They were all treated to clear skies and spectacular views.
Gav Loader had a great run with his family at the Nightmare 5k and 10k, an evening event in the darkness near Huntley in Gloucestershire where he finished as first man, his daughter took first girl and his son second boy. Well done to the whole family!
And onto Sunday…
Over in Poland at the Gdansk Half marathon Krysztof Zielinski continued his rich vein of form as he finished in 1:24:28 despite very cold and wet conditions.
Angela Foker and Sara Purchase scaled the obstacles at the Inflatable 5km near Newbury.
Round three of the Thames Valley XC League was held by Reading Roadrunners Ashenbury Park near Woodley. Another huge SJ turnout but a distinct lack of mud. Results have so far been thin on the ground and inaccurate but we’ll share all the details as soon as we can. In the meantime we have a huge montage of images courtesy of Richard Boese.
This week on Strava…
This week on Strava we yet again matched the Club’s biggest ever week with 100 members logging runs on Strava. 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…
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 on Chinese Hill and will consist of 2 x 5 minutes with 1 minute recovery and 7 x 2 minutes with 45 seconds recovery. 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 with a Halloween Special. 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 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. 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: No XC this week so plenty of members will be running from 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.