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17th/18th November – SJ Weekend Run Down

Club Announcements

Home Cross Country on Sunday 25th November

The countdown is on to our Sandhurst Joggers Home XC at Lord Wandsworth College on November 25th – this Sunday! The core organising team have 3 important requests!

  1. We need lots of cake! Lots and lots of cake!! Please deliver to Jenny Robinson on Saturday (address and delivery time to be emailed this week). Or bring to event on Sunday.
  2. More volunteers would be helpful so if you find yourself with some spare time on Sunday please come along and help (and let Wayne know you are coming).
  3. Car sharing – parking is at a premium so please coordinate with friends and club mates wherever possible.

London and Edinburgh Marathon Draw

If you have been unsuccessful in the London Marathon ballot, you still have an opportunity to get a VLM place through the Club Draw. We will also be drawing for a place in the Edinburgh Marathon.

The draw will take place after the home XC this Sunday (25th November) at The Four Horseshoes, Long Sutton, RG29 1TA. We will head over to the pub at approximately 1pm after close down of the course.

The deadline for entering the draw is midday on Friday 23rd November. To enter, please reply to the email sent by Kate Parker stating the races you want to enter the ballot for. For London, please also send a copy of your rejection email. Please ensure that you meet the criteria outlined in Kate’s email.

Bracknell Parkrun Pacing Event

Patrick Wadsworth is coordinating another pacing event at Bracknell Parkrun this Saturday 24th November. This is a great way to help others achieve a goal and a very enjoyable challenge in itself. There are already lots of willing pacers but still plenty of spots between 20 and 45 minutes. 

Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…

Frimley Lodge still attracted 11 members. Alurie Dutton quietly logged her 200th parkrun so huge congratulations to her! Jon Payne logged a Season’s Best and narrowly missed out on going sub 20 by just 2 seconds. Tina Acock recovered well from the mid-week marathon to post a Season’s Best.

Big turnout of members at Bracknell for the pacing event as 17 SJs ran varying paces from 21 to 41 minutes. Of the 244 runners, 35 achieved PBs, many thanks to the SJ pacers so thanks and well done to all who paced! George Green and Louisa Enriquez both finished within 1 second of their target times yet still finished first in their respective age categories! Alongside the pacing event Steve Mott ran his first official parkrun and was first finisher for the club. Susan Plumb equalled her Bracknell Course Record whilst also claimed 1st in cat and Jane Ralls logged a Season’s Best and took 2nd in category. Kate Parker, Jacq Hudson and Janet venables finished 3rd in their respective categories. Steve Mott also claimed 2nd in the VM40-44 cat, while Robert Jerrett and Patrick Wadsworth bagged 3rd in the VM35-39 and VM55-59 classes. Lou Gubb bagged 1st in her category. Well done everyone! 

Lottie St Aubyn bagged first in the JW15-17 category. Nigel Bassett, George Green, Dave Bartlett, Gabbi Bassett and Caroline Cutliffe all claimed Bracknell Season’s Bests. Nigel also took 3rd in the VM45-49 class, Dave 2nd amongst the VM55-59, George 1st with the VM65-69s and Gabbi 1st in the VW40-44s. Big kudos to Nicola Coe who claimed a new outright PB!

Just a solitary SJs at Parkrun Rushmoor as Graham Bolton returned to action.

Covering the locals and regular tourists first; Jane Pond ran at Dinton Pastures, John Featherstone ran at Basingstoke, Andy Summerskill at Houghton Hall and Wayne Boardman ran at a slippery Woodley where he knocked a chunk of time off a PB set back in 2012.

Wayne Boardman ran his fastest time since 2012 as he came within 2 seconds of his PB at Woodley. Jon Payne also scored a Season’s Best at Didcot as he came within 2 seconds of breaking 20 minutes.

A couple of overseas tourism this week… Mo Willcox had a great run at the Green Point parkrun in Cape Town, South Africa. Andrew and Frances Parkes travelled all the way to Australia where they completed the Albert Park parkrun in Melbourne.

Other Saturday events…

Martin Gould, Leon Hicks and Mark Neve enjoyed Saturn Running’s GoT themed run; the Winter Is Coming marathon on an out and back course from Runnymede Pleasure Ground to Staines. Meanwhile Michelle Wilson completed half marathon distance at the timed challenge on the same course.

The SJ Mud Running Crew was out in force at the Spider Hill Brutal Run around Caesar’s Camp west of Aldershot. The 10k course can best described as Hills, Hills, Water, Mud… and more Hills! Kudos to Angela Foker, Mark Foker, Jacq Hudson, Dan Hudson, Gareth Hopkins, Nigel Evans and Brutal 1st timer Liz Ujszaszi Evans.

Alistair Ingall-Tombs finished the Dorney Lake Half Marathon in 1:35:35.

James Ward ran at Clontarf Half Marathon in Dublin where he finished in 1:29:29.

Blanche Barnes ran the Phoenix Running ‘Day at the Movies’ timed event on a course near Walton on Thames where she completed 19.7 miles in 3:20:17 which is her fastest for the distance, nearly 10 minutes quicker than when she ran her first at the Leon The Runner event in April. Hannah Glaister covered 9.8 miles in 2:13:16 at the same event.

Sunday events…

Jim Laidlaw wrapped up his season with a double race day. Starting in the Big Smoke for the Fulham 10k where a ‘comfortable’ 40:36 shows what progress he has made in 2018!

Camberley Athletics Club hosted their XC event in the woods above Tomlinscote School and ‘above’ is the key words here as the course took in 2 significant climbs each lap as runners tackled the beautiful forest tracks. Jim Laidlaw had a solid run less than 2.5 hours after completing the Fulham 10k. Neil Praine had a great run breaking 40 minutes and surprising himself having not done much running in the last 6 weeks.

More weekend doubles for Angela and Mark Foker as they tackled the Run Forest Run event on an out and back course starting near Chiddingfold. They were joined by Kate Turnell, Natalie Pollard, Katie Woolger, Louise Heginbotham and Karen Page. Reports are the run was greatbut the post race bacon butties and lemon drizzle cake were even better!

Richard Boese completed marathon number 75 at the Phoenix Riverside Marathon. This one is part of a set of four and the good bling comes at the final run after Christmas. Amazingly he felt better at the finish than at the start and the time was better than expected considering the list of niggles he’s struggled with. 


This week on Strava we managed to hit the magic mark with 100 members logging runs on Strava. Charley Bryant claimed the top spot for the first time. 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 publicity@sandhurstjoggers.org.uk

Club Events for the week ahead…

Monday: Patrick Wadsworth 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 caters for all abilities with multiple groups that cover beginners 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 the Morgan Rec in Crowthorne as its the first Tuesday of the month.

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 7 x 4 minutes with 1 minute recoveries. 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 mixture of great routes and some fartlek style efforts. 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 Coat Hanger 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: Home XC at Lord Wandsworth College – final call for volunteers – if you can help, please let Wayne know asap. Wayne will be briefing those who have volunteered shortly…


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