The Sandhurst Joggers Bake Off and Quiz Night is back! We would love you to put your culinary skills to the test once again and sharpen up on your knowledge base in order to join us at the Sandhurst Sports Bar (next to the Sandhurst Memorial Hall) on Tuesday 29th January 2019 at 8.00pm. If you would like to enter the Bake Off, we ask that you arrive at 7.30pm with your amazing cakes so that they can be grouped together for the judging panel of SJ members to taste. The Quiz will commence at 8.30pm to allow those runners who wish to participate but are running that night, to join us after their run. So if you wish to get together with some friends in groups of 4, or prefer to make up a team on the night, then we welcome you along to have a bit of quiz fun. Prizes will be available for both Bake Off winner and Quiz team winners. You will also be able to purchase drinks from the Sports Bar in order to wash down those delightful tasty treats.
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. Please respond to secure your tickets by January 31st.
The Thames Valley Cross Country League is back this weekend hosted by Tadley Runners. We need runners of all abilities to run. The club pays your entry fee, these events are lots of fun and there is food afterwards plus a sociable drink in a local pub. Full details at the end of the Run Down.
Wednesday night saw the first Handicap of 2019 and the 300th running of the Monthly Handicap. Here’s the full report and results.
Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…
Globally parkrun continues to see growing attendances and our local events are no different. Bracknell attracted 457 runners including 19 SJs. Former member Richard Johnson was first of the SJ family over the line just ahead of Matt Jones. Course records were posted by Serena Gigg and Liz Evans as well as a glut of category podiums; Top of the box were Lottie St Aubyn, Sam Weller and Alison who was making a rare appearance in the 5k distance! Patrick Wadsworth, Sarah Hyatt and Jackie Kent all claimed 2nd in their respective categories.
Over at Frimley Lodge 12 members joined 561 others in another huge turnout. Max Woods led the SJs home ahead of returnee Gavin Loader. Max was also 3rd in category while Simon Whillis and Alison Bone claimed 2nd position in their categories. Congratulations to new member Simon Tigg on his new outright parkrun PB!
Parkrun Rushmoor saw the largest local attendance of all with a massive 659 parkrunners. In a rare parkrun appearance Jon Gubb led home the SJs with an impressive sub 20 minute run. Lisa Hale claimed 2nd in category.
Still the local new kid on the block, Dinton Pastures kept the NYD momentum rolling with 348 on the startline. A trio of SJs all put themselves on the category podiums with George Green and Kate Parker claiming 2nd and Heidi Zymela 3rd.
The Tourist streak is continuing. Our locals John Tovell and Yvette Glacken ran at Crane Park and Houghton Hall respectively. Locally five members including Stephen Casey, Ian Watson, Wayne Boardman and Alurie Dutton sampled young event Brooklands. Stuart Mayes nipped down to Alice Holt and Leon Hicks across to Newbury.
Further afield Jon Green took on the challenging Denbies course at Mole Valley, Richard Boese visited Northala Fields, Dave Bartlett ran at Moors Valley and Imogen Murray tested the upcoming Southern XC hills at Hampstead Heath.
This week on Strava we managed to hit the magic mark with xxx members logging runs on Strava. Jim Laidlaw claimed the top spot for the second time in as many weeks. 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 the Monday night chatfest from Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm. The route will cover approx. 6 miles and is back on the road so don’t forget your head torches and high viz. 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 on Chinese Hill and will consist of 4 x 4 minutes with 45 second recoveries plus 3 x 3 minutes with 30 second recoveries. 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: This week the threshold/improvers is teh Group paced run and will be on the Golden Retriever route. Meet at Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm and don’t forget lights and high vis clothing. The run is a great way to improve fitness by running as a group at a slightly harder intensity.
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!
Sunday: This weekend the Thames Valley Cross Country League returns on
Sunday 20th January 2019 at 11:00am and is hosted by Tadley Runners, a few miles northwest of Basingstoke.
We are currently sixth in the league so would be great to have a final push from EVERYONE to try and finish in the top 5!!
Location/Driving/Car Parking: Tadley is about a 15 minute drive from either M3 Junction 6 (via A339 and A340) or M4 Junction 12 (via A4 and A340). It is a 45-60 minute drive to Tadley and the parking venue isn’t easy to find, then there is a 10-15 minute walk to the start, so allow plenty of time to get there. Parking is at Hurst Community College, Brimpton Rd, Baughurst, Tadley, RG26 5NL. This is adjacent to Race HQ at the main School Hall and will be clearly signposted. There is NO parking at the start.
The 5.4 miles long and comprises 2 different laps and is suitable for spikes (but note that the walk/jog to the start is tarmac). There will be wet and muddy sections on the course.
Please come and find me when you arrive, so I can check you off the list. I will be down near the start line. They will be using finish tokens. Toilets will be at the college and there will not be any toilets near the start. Refreshments will be served back at Race HQ after the event. Please remove your shoes or bring a change of shoes to avoid bringing mud into the hall. And please DO NOT use the drinking water tap by the school outdoor eating area to clean their shoes.
Remember that you must wear club kit to score for the club.
Non-members are welcome too, but it will cost them £4 (members’ entry fees are paid by the club).
Post race drink:
There will be the usual refreshments (CAKE!) in the hall afterwards and for those that wish to join us for a post race drink, we will head to The Badgers Wood, Wolverton Rd, Baughurst, Hampshire RG26 5JH.