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1st/2nd December – SJ Weekend Run Down

Club Announcements

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.

The Heritage kit has landed so if you ordered any get in touch with Richard Boese to arrange collection.

Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…

This week we will start at Dinton Pastures where Kate Parker was completing her 50th parkrun. She celebrated with a course record which was only 19 seconds outside of her outright best. And she was first inisher in her category, Dave Bartlett tried the course for the first time on a very wet day.

Frimley Lodge pulled a select crowd of six SJs who were led home by Dick Newman who no doubt revelled in the muddy conditions. Janet Venables claimed first place in her category.

Nine members at Bracknell where Patrick Wadsworth squelched through the soggy woodchip to lead the SJs into the finish funnel taking 1t place in the VM55-59 category. George Green also finished first in his category the VM65-69s and Teresa Milroy bagged 1st place in her class. Matthew Jones took 2nd in the VM40 category while Jane Pond too 3rd in her race.

A few more SJs at parkrun Rushmoor with Nigel Bassett first member home. Despite the conditions Gabi Bassett claimed a season’s best and 3rd position in category. Paul James bagged 2nd in the VM65-69 category and Mark Patrick claimed 3rd in class. Mark Neve enjoyed his first run at the Queens Parade course.

Covering the locals and regular tourists first; John Featherstone ran at Basingstoke, Andy Summerskill at Houghton Hall and Philip Boylan at Llanelli Coast which saw the fastest parkrun of 2018 a couple of weeks ago.

Further away Wayne Boardman continued his good form with a run at the winter Bicester course finishing in 24:25.

Other Saturday Events…

The Grim Challenge returned to Rushmoor Arena for 8 miles of hills, mud, a lot of water, moguls, a sand dune, logs, railway tracks, cammo nets and a bog. Serial mud runners Angela Foker, Michelle Wilson and Gareth Hopkins revelled in the conditions.

Sunday events…

It has been full on for the Cross Country squad the last few weeks and the Handy Cross round of the TVXC marked the final race of 2018 and a break for Christmas. We will catch up on the series standings shortly.

Over near Guildford and starting and finishing at the Loseley Estate, the Hogs Back Road Race was held on a 11.4km course. The race saw strong performances from the SJs including a number of top 10 category finishes. Did anybody find one of the 12 Golden Pigs that were hidden around the course?

This years Mapledurham 10 showcased a mix of road, trail and mud. A quartet of members completed the 10 miler including 10 mile first timer Lottie St Aubyn who grabbed 4th in category. Charlie St Aubyn and Lou Gubb also claimed top 10 category positions. Stuart Holbrook completed the 10k event in 59:08.


This week on Strava we managed to hit the magic mark with 100 members logging runs on Strava. Iain McCready claimed the top spot. 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… Dec 3rd-9th

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. Wherever you are parkrunning – Don’t forget your barcode! Jane Ralls will be completing her 100th parkrun as Tail Walker at Bracknell so head over there to help her celebrate.

Sunday: Come along and give the The Sunday Lookout run a try. They say its the best run of the week but might be a bit biased. It’s a flexible run leaving from The Lookout at 9am with different groups to suit a wide range of abilities. The three ‘Cs’ of Coffee, cake and chat are enjoyed in the cafe post-run.


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