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SJ Xmas Run Down – Dec 24th to 30th

Happy New Year to all you members and friends of Sandhurst Joggers. Here’s to a successful, fun, fast and injury free 2019. There has been a huge amount of running over the festive period so this is part one of a Christmas and New Year Run Down double…

Club announcements

Draw for the Wokingham Half Marathon place was held at the Mince Pie Run on December 30th and Nikki Fallowfield-Smith was the lucky winner.

Make sure you have added Sandhurst Joggers to your parkrun profile to help us keep track of your achievements and touristing. Here’s a step by step guide on how to edit your parkrun profile:-

Step 1 – Find a ‘results’ email from Parkrun which you will normally receive within hours of completing a Parkrun on a Saturday morning (the News and other promotional emails from Parkrun don’t contain the links to make this easy), then scroll down and click on ‘edit’ (see below):-

Parkrun profile step 1

Step 2 – You’ll see all the details you provided when you first registered with Parkrun and printed your barcode. Scroll down to the ‘Running club (Optional)’ box and click on the black arrow to reveal all the options. Scroll down until you can select ‘Sandhurst Joggers’ from the options. Update any other details while you are here including ‘Home Run’ if this has changed or you have recently moved to the area (See below):-

Parkrun profile step 2

Step 3 – Click the ‘Please Alter’ button to confirm the changes you have made (see below):-

Parkrun profile step 3

Onto the running news and lots of weekday action starting with Christmas Day parkrun…

Lots of festive frivolity as twenty members donned the Santa hats and joined 462 other runners at parkrun Frimley Lodge. To add some spice to the mince pies the course was ran in reverse. Nicola Coe and James Woolmer took the opportunity to run for the first time at the venue while Frimley stalwart Simon Whillis claimed first place in category. Jon Green claimed a course record and Max Woods gave his Santa hat a second run out in four days as he was first member to finish.

More yuletide action at parkrun Rushmoor with six members running the Queen’s Parade course. Martin Gould led the SJs over the line as Kirsty Kent ran for the first time here.

Dinton Pastures celebrated their first ever Christmas Day parkrun by breaking their own attendance record as 309 runners lined up between  Black Swan and White Swan Lakes. The SJ Dinton crew clearly had to get back for Christmas dinner and didn’t hang about with Kate Parker and George Green claiming first in their respective categories, while first timer Lottie St Aubyn was 3rd in hers.

The regulars John Tovell and Will Lucas ran at their home events; Crane Park and Seaton respectively. Robert Jerrett ran at Newbury and Mark Pattrick joined a record breaking 2011 runners at Bushy Park, the home of parkrun.

Other events…

Paul Alexander completed the Bracknell AC Boxing Day Handicap.

Mark Neve completed the Saturn Running ‘Run Home’ Marathon on a muddy course alongside the Thames near Reading. At the same event Gareth Hopkin completed the 10 miler and Jacqueline Hudson the Half Marathon to round out her 12 Halfs in 12 months goal.

Richard Boese completed the fourth event in the Phoenix Running Marathon series; the Year End Marathon to claim a gigantic medal as a reward for consistency.

Onto the weekend and starting with the third parkrun in 8 days as Saturday 29th December dawned…

Parkrun Rushmoor attracted the a large congregation of members as 14 SJs joined Dave Bartlett to help celebrate his 100th parkrun. To mark the occasion the organisers decided to test out an alternative course which will enable them to run during July when the Farnborough Airshow normally forces them to cancel. This is normally a quiet attendance weekend but good weather and a surge in interest saw 550 runners turn out which stretched the capacity of the new ‘Wellesley’ course as runners lining up alongside the Basingstoke Canal for the start. From here the course headed east before doubling back along the Willow Trail to rejoin the canal and head west ducking under a low bridge and eventually returning along the Birch Trail and canal.

Andrea Vincent had a great run finishing first in category. Fellow Wednesday General Member Sharon Burfield did likewise bagging a course record and 3rd in category. More category ‘bronzes’ for Nick Metcalfe and Gerry Mepham who was also the first member to finish.

Over at parkrun Frimley Lodge 10 members joined Darren Wood, the parkrunner with the highest total of runs in the World, as he completed his 700th run! Jon Payne was first member into the funnel as well as finishing 3rd in category. Both Alison Bone and Alurie Dutton also claimed 3rd places in their respective categories while Dave O’Toole went one better to take 2nd in his.

Matt Jones, our fastest runner at parkrun Bracknell also claimed 3rd place in category. Sharon Fields also grabbed a category 3rd and Patrick Wadsworth 2nd in the VM55-59 class. Chris Cole returned to the venue of his first parkrun to demonstrate his progress with a PB. In total 18 members ran.

John Tovell stuck to his local patch at Crane Park this week but there was also lots of local tourism. Robert Jerrett ran Basingstoke, Clive Rolfe Alice Holt, George Green Dinton Pastures, Royston Crandley Brooklands and Kate Parker posted an outright PB at Reading. The trio of Jon Green, Teresa Milroy and Colin Carpenter were at Woodley.

With members spread far and wide visiting friends and family there was also some diverse tourism further afield. In the south Jonathan Evershed ran at Penrose in Cornwall while Stuart Mayes returned to Tamar Lakes. In the North Graham Robinson was first finisher at Wetherby, James Woolner sampled young event Kew Woods near Southport and Graham Bolton Alness parkrun north of Inverness.

Stephen Casey travelled to Ireland for Tymon parkrun near Dublin and Wayne Boardman claimed the furthest travelled again as he ran at San Remo in Australia.

Other events on Saturday 29th December…

The SJ Mud Crew took on the final Brutal of the year on a 10 mile course at Longmoor and did not disappoint claiming the coveted Gold medal for completing all seven 2018 events.

Also on Saturday 29th, Lance King completed Day 1 of the Frozen Phoenix Marathon double on a course based around the Xcel Leisure Centre near Walton on Thames. Lance completed 8 laps of the course for the full marathon distance.

Onto Sunday 30th December…

The annual Mince Pie Run at the Lookout was a huge success with 25 members enjoying a run around Swinley Forest before indulging in more mince pies and mulled wine.

Back to the Frozen Phoenix Marathon for Day 2 where Nigel Evans and Tina Acock completed yet another marathon to wrap up 2018.

Classic end of the year event The Gutbuster attracted 7 members to a mixed terrain 10 mile course near Mortimer.


To take part in this just create a free Strava account and link it to the club in your profile.

The Christmas week saw Sharon Burfield take top spot on the Strava Leaderboard. 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 December 24th to 30th:-

Club Events for the week ahead…

We’ll cover the rest of the week in part 2 of the Xmas and New Year Run Down so for now just the details on Monday’s run.

A New Year and a new Monday Club run. 7:30 from Sandhurst Sports Centre. About an hour and about 6 miles. Faster runners will speed off the front and then loop back for those having a more leisurely run or who are running more slowly. If you have started training for a big event later in the year the Club runs provide a good opportunity to get a few miles in and ‘time on your feet’ while chatting with friends and having a stress free run. Give us a try! Patrick Wadsworth will be looking after everybody as always.

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