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24th/25th November – SJ Weekend Run Down

Club Announcements

Home Cross Country – The feedback from runners has been fantastic and included the following:

  • Great course, loved the mud!
  • Finally, a proper cross country race.
  • Fantastic marshals, simply brilliant!
  • Superbly organised event.
  • The most efficient car parking marshalling I’ve ever seen!
  • Such friendly, supportive marshals and volunteers
  • The best sandwiches of the season so far.
  • It was the most fun, so muddy, can only hope the next one lives up to this – mud everywhere!

None of the above feedback would’ve been received without the amazing team behind today’s event. A massive THANK YOU to everyone involved over this weekend, your hard work and commitment has been inspiring; such brilliant teamwork. The results are already processed and you can find the SJ results here http://tvxc.org.uk/results/detail?race_id=84&club_id=2 We’ll have a full report and catch up on the league later this week.

Marathon draw results – For London we have 2 places and 3 reserves

Place 1 – Caroline Stuart
Place 2 – Kirsty Darcy

Reserve 1 – Paul Biggs
Reserve 2 – Tina Acock
Reserve 3 – Krzysztof Zielinski

For Edinburgh we have 1 place, and 2 reserves

Place 1 – Claire Hobson

Reserve 1 – Leon Hicks
Reserve 2 – Craig Bowles

The Sandhurst Joggers Annual Ball will take place once again at the Easthampstead Conference Park, Off Peacock Lane, Wokingham, RG40 3DF on Friday 29th March 2019 at 7.30pm.  The cost of the tickets will be £35.00 per person. SJ Social Secretary Lisa Harrold has sent all the details by email.

Handy Cross Runners are hosting the sixth round of the TVXC League this Sunday 2nd December. The course is the hilliest of the league at Bradenham Woods, Walters Ash, a little to the northwest of High Wycombe. Captain Claire will be sharing the full details by email and Facebook shortly. The post-race drink will be at The Wheel in Naphill   http://www.thewheelnaphill.com/

This week saw some weekday race action…

Thursday was a happy day for Nigel Evans as he completed his final Marathon of the year at the Phoenix Timelord on the Thames Marathon. Where he received the awesome medal below and celebrated a new Marathon PB of 4:27:13! There was another sizeable SJ contingent at the mid-week event with Mark Neve, Martin Gould and Tina Acock adding their already considerable marathon tallies!

Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…

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! 

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.

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.

Sharon Conquer volunteered as tailwalker at Northampton where she was kept company by Debra Harris.

The furthest journey was made by Mo Willcox as she continued her tour of the South African parkruns at the difficult to pronounce Oudtshoorn. This was Mo’s highest ever finish position as she crossed the line as 3rd female and 22nd overall. 

Other Saturday Events…

Hell Down South at Longmoor provided some major challenges for Charlie St Aubyn, Nigel Evans and Stephen Casey. The hills, bogs and ‘water features’ made things very tough going. Charlie added to the challenge by hauling a 32lb pack around with him!

Sunday events…

Thames Hospice Santa Dash 5k was held in Swinley Forest opened the Christmas festivities. MarkFoker, Angela Foker and Susan Plumb donned the red and white suits for a great run in the forest.

Robert Jerrett made a weekend 5k double as he finished first at the Dorney Santa Dash completing the 5k course in 18:56.


Some big totals on Strava this week. Richard Boese led the way with a superb total of 45.1 miles. 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:

Club Events for the week ahead…

Monday: Patrick Wadsworth will be leading/has lead the Monday night chatfest from Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm. The route will cover approx. 6 miles and is heading off road with the longer days. 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, with a meet time of 6:25pm, this week from the Sandhurst Recreation Ground.

Tuesday Intervals: Later the interval sessions will take place at Yateley Green. The session will be 4 x 4 minutes, then 3 x 3 minutes effort, with 45 seconds recovery. The meeting point is at The Tythings at 8pm, or if you would like to meet at the start point, then meet at the first aid hut at Blackbush at 8:15. Hard work, but you’ll feel amazing afterwards! 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: Erol continues his impressive record of not losing any runners since taking over as Thursday night run lead. Meet at Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm. 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. Don’t forget next Saturday is the SJ Bushy Parkrun Trip, details at the top of the article! Wherever you are parkrunning – Don’t forget your barcode!

Sunday: Handy Cross Runners are hosting the sixth round of the TVXC League this Sunday 2nd December. The course is the hilliest of the league at Bradenham Woods, Walters Ash, a little to the northwest of High Wycombe


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