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8th/9th December – SJ Weekend Run Down

Club Announcements

The Draw for the Club place in the Farnborough Half Marathon was made over the weekend. Matt Johnson was the lucky winner!

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

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.

Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…

More parkruns milestones this weekend as a trio of members joined the 50 and 100 clubs.

Bracknell stalwart Jane Ralls completed her 100th and celebrated by tailwalking this week to add to her already considerable volunteering tally! We had SJs throughout the field with Steve Mott claiming 6th overall, 1st VM40-44 and a PB to boot as he was first member to finish. We also had category first places from Lottie St Aubyn and Ian Watson, while Martin Steadman claimed 2nd and Colin Carpenter 3rd in their respective categories.

Another milestone run Parkrun Rushmoor as Sarah Alexander completed her 50th. Plenty of friends turned out to support which led to the best turnout at Rushmoor for a good few weeks. Sarah celebrated by being the first SJ to finish and 3rd in her category as she was accompanied around the big puddle at the finish and into the funnel by Dave Bartlett. Husband Paul recorded a Season’s Best as he chased down Rushmoor first timers Jane Crawford and Richard McCready.

Over at Frimley Lodge a sextet of SJs tackled the muddy course. Neil Praine recorded a Season’s Best at the venue en route to a 9th place finish overall and 3rd in category. Beki Christian claimed 2nd place in the SM30-34 category.

Our third milestone parkrun was achieved by Nikki Fallowfield-Smith as she completed her 50th at Bournemouth. It was her fastest time at the venue this year and also bagged her first in category. Graham Robinson joined her at Bournemouth.

Covering the locals and regular tourists next; George Green ran at Dinton Pastures, John Featherstone ran at Newbury, Andy Summerskill at Houghton Hall and Sharon Conquer was Tailwalker at Northampton. Will Lucas returned to action at Seaton and Sharon Fields ran at Wycombe Rye.

Further afield Patrick Wadsworth claimed 1st place in the VM55-59 category in his first run at Bramhall. Max Woods did likewise at favourite venue Lanhydrock in Cornwall. Simon Whillis claimed his highest ever finishing position with 7th place at the brilliantly named Windy Nook near Gateshead. Dick Newman travelled to Harrogate

Dave Breslin had a brilliant run at Russborough parkrun near Blessington to the west of the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland finishing 1st over 40 seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

Sunday events…

Run for your Elf – Leon Hicks and Lance King enjoyed this Saturn Running Seasonally themed runs along the Thames Path from Runnymede Pleasure Grounds.

In search of a 10 miler for the club championships, a group of Sandhurst Joggers caught the ferry over to the Isle of Wight for the Chilly Hilly; a 10 mile cross country run taking in some of the most spectacular views and hills to the west of the island. They received a quirky event momento along with mince pies and mulled wine at the finish line. Stephen Casey, Royston Crandley and Kate Parker all enjoyed great runs.


This week on Strava we managed to hit the magic mark with 100 members logging runs on Strava. Phil Beard claimed the top spot for the first time ahead of Kieran Cooper who is training for the Paris Marathon. 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 taking 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 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 the regular start at Sandhurst Memorial Park.

Tuesday Intervals: Later the interval sessions will meet at The Tythings in Yateley at 8pm. The session will be at Waitrose and will consist of 3 x 5 minutes, 2 x 4 minutes and 1 x 3 minutes with 45 seconds recovery. You can read more about the Tuesday night intervals here

Wednesday:  It’s the second Wednesday of the month so time for the Handicap. There is just one final opportunity remaining to score points in the 2018 competition or to log a time to enter into the Club Championship. This four mile run over a two lap course around Crowthorne is ideal for all abilities and starts from the Morgan Rec in Crowthorne at 7:30pm. Don’t forget the post run curry at The Raj in Sandhurst but it will be busy so please let Dick Newman know if you are planning to go.

Thursday: A run with Erol will contain hills, laughs, and a couple of wrong turns (normally), but you can guarantee you’ll end up at the car park eventually, and with a smile at the end of it all! 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, if you’re thinking of going somewhere new then post on the Facebook page as there may be other members planning on running at the same place as you! Wherever you are parkrunning – Don’t forget your barcode!

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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