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3rd/4th November – SJ Weekend Run Down

Announcements – Lots this week

Thames Valley Cross Country League Round 4 – This weekend!

The fourth round of the TVXC League is this Sunday 11th November. The The course is on The Brocas, close to the pub The Waterman’s Arms, Brocas St, Eton. SL4 6BW.

Captain Claire will be sharing the full details by email and Facebook shortly. The post-race drink will be at The Waterman’s Arms which is just a short walk from the finish line.

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. The Club also have a place to allocate for both the Edinburgh and Bournemouth Marathons. Details of when the Marathon Draws will take place will be announced soon. If you want to put your name in for a selected event or all events, please email Kate Parker – secretary@sandhurstjoggers.org.uk

Home Cross Country on Sunday 25th November

Less than 3 weeks until our Sandhurst Joggers Home XC at Lord Wandsworth College on November 25th. The response to the request for volunteers has been fantastic but if you haven’t already and can help out please let Wayne Boardman know.

Green Belt Relay – Do you want to participate in this iconic event on May 18th/19th 2019?

What is it?

A 22-stage relay race, around 220 miles of the Green Belt tracking the outside of London over a single weekend. The course follows footpaths, towpaths and minor roads. Each team consists of 11 runners, with each person running one stage on the Saturday and another on the Sunday. Stages vary from 5 to 13 miles each day (some flatter than others!)

The race starts at Hampton Court at 8:30am on the Saturday morning, going on to stop at around 7:30pm at the end of stage 11 in the village of Blackmore in Essex. The race then resumes again at 8am on Sunday morning, so we tend to stay overnight in a hotel nearby (most recently in Epping). We go out for food in a local restaurant on the Saturday night and rest up ready to go again in the morning. The event finishes at around 6:00pm on Sunday evening at the Hawker Centre near Kingston.

More information can be found on the website: http://www.greenbeltrelay.org.uk/index.htm


In previous years, the total cost has been around £70-80 per person. The final amount depends on how many people take part and if we can fill the hotel rooms.

What do you need to do?

If you are interested, then please reply to this email as soon as possible and by Sunday 11th November at the latest. This will allow us to gauge interest and then in due course we will ask for a deposit to secure your place.

Onto the running and starting with the mid week events…

Halloween brought out the costumes and a massive squad of SJs on Wednesday night for the 10th Anniversary Halloween 5 Nite Run Masquerade at 8pm on Wednesday 31st October down at Thames Valley Park, Reading.

Halloween 5 nite SJ results.JPG

Moving onto the weekend running…

Starting with the Chessington 10k where four members lined up at just after 8am for a super early start. The course weaved its way through the theme park and past the different rides making for an interesting run. The marshals were especially supportive. Great runs from all and kudos to Becky Perry for the negative split!

Chessington 10k SJs

Chessington 10k SJ results

A little later in the morning Parkruns across the land started…

A beautiful morning greeted parkrunners at Frimley Lodge. Congratulations to both Beki Christian and Jane Pond who recorded their fastest ever parkruns. Alistair Ingall-Tombs managed to achieve a course record as he followed SJ first finisher Max Woods. A couple of first timers this week as Yuliya Fowler and Bracknell regular Jane Ralls sampled the FL course.

Parkrun FL SJ results Nov 3rd

At Bracknell parkrun two members reached milestones but chose to celebrate in very different ways. Teresa Milroy celebrated her 50th with friends and family while Charlie St Aubyn chose to punish himself on his 150th as he lugged a full pack around! There was a course record for Nick Metcalfe as he capitalised on his good form finishing just behind first SJ into the funnel; Dave Breslin. Also a Season’s Best for Fiona Marshall as her running mojo returns and she homes in her previous bests.

Parkrun Bracknell SJ results Nov 3rd

More PBs at Parkrun Rushmoor as Dave Bartlett came agonisingly close to breaking 23 minutes for the first time. A great run from Fran Dimmock as she gets quicker each run. Stephen Casey was first member to finish and Jane Bannister logged a Season’s Best as she is coming into good form.

Parkrun Rushmoor SJ results Nov 3rd

Dinton Pastures has been very popular with SJs and 41 have ran there so far since the launch in July. Just the two this week with Kate Parker continuing her regular runs at the venue and Holly Dunn trying it for the first time and running away with a massive outright PB by over 5 minutes!

Parkrun Dinton SJ results Nov 3rd

More unofficial milestone celebrations this week as Stuart Overhill completed his 200th parkrun at Bedfont Lakes and did it in style running his fastest time at the venue. Lisa Hale also ran and came within 16 seconds of her CR.

Covering the locals and regular tourists first; John Tovell also completed his 200th parkrun at home venue Crane Park. Yvette Glacken was at Luton Wardown, Richard Boese guided at Prospect Park, Reading and John Featherstone at Basingstoke, while Andrew and Frances Parkes were at Coventry.

Further afield Patrick Wadsworth made his second trip to the super fast Poole course to record a Season’s Best while Wayne Boardman capitalised on a trip to Cirencester for his Son’s football match to run the local parkrun where he recorded another sub 25 minute run. Furthest traveller this week was Simon Whillis at March in Cambridgeshire.

Charley Bryant had another great run at the Thames Meander Half Marathon improving on her time from two weeks ago and finishing in 1:43:05.

Charley Thames Meander Half medal

And onto Sunday…

A trio of SJs Sophie Le Saux, Paula Vine and Sarah Jones completed the Reading Rivermead 10k on a Thameside course starting at Reading Rowing Club. The event was sponsored by Papa Johns but sadly there was no pizza at the finish line! Paula finished 5th in the Women’s race in a time of 46:37, Sophie in 56:15 and Sarah in 1:18:24.

Reading Riverside 10k SJ team.jpg

Another trio of members tackled the challenging course of the Marlow Half Marathon. Word from participants was that this is one of the toughest courses out there but in the words of the organisers… ‘So it’s a hill… get over it’.

Marlow half course profile

Marlow half results

On the East side of Reading there was more marathon action with Mark Neve adding to his growing tally of 26.2 milers at Saturn Running’s ‘The Runger Games’  Marathon. He completed the marathon distance on a multi lap course starting in Thames Valley Park and heading out to Sonning and back where he finished in 6:12:57.

Andrea Hadfield made a last minute decision and only signed up on the morning of the Meon Valley Marathon but it was a good decision and she enjoyed a lovely autumnal run round the Meon Valley for marathon number 20, and a hilarious badger medal!

Second Wind badger medal

This week on Strava…

All 100 members of the SJ Strava Club logged runs last week. Lisa Hale topped the Leaderboard yet again. 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:-

Strava Leaderboard Nov 4th 2018.JPG

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 publicity@sandhurstjoggers.org.uk

As always keep a look out on Facebook for details of the weekday evening runs.

Club Events for the week ahead…

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 publicity@sandhurstjoggers.org.uk

As always keep a look out on Facebook for details of the weekday evening runs.

Club Events for the next seven days…

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 Ellis Road 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: It’s the next round of the TVXC hosted by Dachet Dashers at The Brocas (see details above).

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 back to the regular start; Sandhurst Memorial Park.

Tuesday Intervals: Later the interval sessions will meet at The Tythings in Yateley at 8pm. Moving over to School Lane where it will be a pyramid session with efforts from 1 to 5 minutes, with 30 second recovery between intervals. You can read more about the Tuesday night intervals here


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