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SJ New Years Run Down – Dec 31st to Jan 6th

Here’s part two of a Christmas and New Year Run Down double…

Club announcements

This week saw the first Handicap run at the Morgan Rec of 2019. This was the 300th running of Handicap with a record turnout of 40 members. Simon will have the results available soon…

Now we are into 2019 it would be great to hear what Target Events you all have on your calendars. You can add these to the SJ Events Poll which is the ‘pinned post’ on the SJ Facebook Group page. This helps inspire other members and is useful for collaborating on training runs and organising transport.

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.

Make sure you have added Sandhurst Joggers to your parkrun profile to help us keep track of your achievements and touristing. We included detailed instructions on how to do this in the last ‘Run Down’ https://thejoggersjournal.wordpress.com/2019/01/07/sj-xmas-run-down-dec-24th-to-30th/

New Year’s Day events…

The festive period has seen a surge in interest in parkrun and this was evident at our locals events with huge turnouts and some attendance records. We had 69 members taking part in the New Year’s Day parkruns and 26 of those completed ‘The Double’ by completing 2 different events, the only day of the year when this is possible. Here’s an infographic showing the where our members ran and their journeys if completing doubles.

Starting at 8:30am for Dinton Pastures parkrun we had 11 members join the 586 other runners who helped absolutely smash the previous attendance record. It was so busy they ran out of tokens and had to write finishing positions on peoples’ hands. A finish token you were allowed to take home! Steve Mott was the the first SJ finisher in his first run at the venue. Charlie St Aubyn, Lottie St Aubyn, Teresa Milroy, Colin Carpenter, Lyn Winter and Jane Pond all recorded course records. Lottie also finished first in category while George Green grabbed 2nd in his category. All 11 members went on to run or volunteer at Bracknell. Steve even ran there!

Next up at 9am Rushmoor parkrun started back on the regular Queen’s Parade course. Twenty SJs joined another big field of 702 runners. Neil Praine claimed a course record as he finished first of the SJ contingent. Yvette Glacken claimed 3rd and Alurie Dutton 2nd in their respective categories.

Many members then made the trip down the road (or canal) to Frimley Lodge parkrun for a 10am start. Twenty eight members ran, many of whom had already run at Rushmoor parkrun. Clive Rolfe finished first for the club as Dave O’Toole and Janet venables took 1st and 2nd respectively in their categories.

Bracknell parkrun set a 10:30am start time as they celebrated their 200th run and this enabled a broad mix of keen ‘double’ runners as well as those recovering from a big New Year’s Eve. We had our very own SJ milestones to celebrate as Charlie and Lottie St Aubyn celebrated their 100th runs on the Bracknell course. We had 27 members running with Jane Pond recording another course record here, her second of the day having already done so at Dinton Pastures. There was post-hangover truce at the front of the field as our own Graham Robsonson finished 2nd overall. He also claimed 1st in the VM35-39 category ahead of fellow SJ Robert Jerrett. Patrick Wadsworth also claimed 1st in the VM55-59 category. Patricia Marshall claimed 2nd and Dave Breslin 3rd in their respective categories.

All in all a fantastic way to celebrate the start of 2019. Here’s a gallery of pictures from the local events…

On the tourism front; Martin Gould travelled from Rushmoor to Alice Holt. Lisa Hale and Stuart Overhill ran at Hogmoor Inclosure. Katy Kennedy did the Guildford and Mole Valley double.

Sharon Conquer adopted her regular Tailwalker role at Northampton. Stephen Casey ran at Bushy, Dublin and then completed his double at Dublin Airport. Wayne Boardman claimed the furthest travelled again as he ran at Willoughby in Australia.

Other events…

Over in the Surrey Hills the SJ Rock Collective (aka Jon Gubb, Rich McCready, Paul Alexander, Paul Biggs, Jim Casey, Nigel Evans and Jane Crawford) congregated for the Knacker Cracker a tough run including 5 climbs of Box Hill. For the 5th consecutive they brought home the fancy dress prize!

Max Woods and Sacha Kendall Woods celebrated New Year at the Brown Willy Hill Race, a race to the top of Brown Will which is the highest point in Cornwall.

Onto the weekend and starting with the third parkrun in 5 days as Saturday 5th January dawned…

Bracknell parkrun proved to be the biggest draw for members with 23 running at Great Hollands Rec. Lara Winter achieved an outright PB on the challenging course and Lyn Winter a course record. Load of category successes this week with the following ‘firsts’; Lottie St Aubyn, Sam Weller and Blanche Barnes. These members grabbed second in category; Martin Steadman, Teresa Milroy, Gabi Bassett and Susan Plumb. And these SJs were third in category; Lara Winter and Lyn Winter. Well done everyone!

Richard Boese led home the 15 SJs at Frimley Lodge parkrun on another day of big attendances. Janet venables and Alurie Dutton finished second in their category while Mo willcox took third in hers.

Lots of runners at Rushmoor parkrun where Stephen Casey was first into the funnel out of the six member running.

A trip of regulars at Dinton Pastures where George Green again finished first in category as Jane Pond achieved her third consecutive PB in 5 days!

It was a big day in the parkrun world as the female record was broken by Charlotte Arter as she lowered the mark to an incredible 15:50 at Cardiff parkrun. Our regulars Yvette Glacken was at Luton Wardown, Andy Summerskill at Houghton Hall, John Tovell at Crane Park and Sharon Conquer tailwalking at Northampton.

Locally Lisa Hale and Stuart Overhill ran at Bedfont Lakes while Liz and Nigel Evans were at Guildford. Further afield Beanie Watson ran at Tooting Common, Neil Praine at Worcester Pitchcroft and Mark Neve at Darlington South. Wayne Boardman continued his tour of Australian parkruns finishing up his trip at Bowral in 30+ degree temperatures!.

Saturday Events…

The G3 Fitstuff 5k, 10k and 15k series of events kicked off and both Patrick Wadsworth and Harvey Young had great runs on the demanding 10k course.

Sunday events…

Every year the hugely popular Cliveden XC sells out and John Tovell was one of the lucky ones to get a place. He also had a great run on the mixed terrain hilly course.


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

This week on Strava we managed to hit the magic mark with 100 members logging runs on Strava. Jim Laidlaw claimed the top spot this time around. 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 remainder of the week ahead…

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 and lights and high vis clothing will be required. The run is a great way to improve fitness by running as a group at a slightly harder intensity.

Erol will post the route details to the club facebook page later this week.


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! A group of SJ tourists will be sampling Brooklands parkrun – check Facebook for me details.

Sunday: The lookout run has been hugely popular with different groups of varying ability so check Facebook to find out who is running this week from 9am.

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