The Sandhurst Joggers Bake Off and Quiz Night is happening tomorrow on Tuesday 29th January at 8pm at Sandhurst Sports Bar (next to the Sandhurst Memorial Hall). 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. Also please let Lisa Harrold know if you are entering the Bake Off. The Quiz will start at 8.30pm to allow those runners who wish to participate but are running that night, to join us after their run. 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.
You may have heard rumours of a new parkrun coming to our area. The Event Team of this parkrun are hoping for a quiet start so that the local residents can get used to the event and the new volunteer team can build experience without being overwhelmed by huge attendances. The Event Director has asked if we could give them a few weeks to bed in before visiting and would appreciate help from experienced volunteers. We will organise a SJ visit once they are established.
TVXC it’s the final round of the league this weekend, hosted by Bracknell Forest Runners at Lightwater Country Park and Claire’s last as Cross Country Captain so be great to see as many members as possible. Full details later in the Run Down.
Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…
Bracknell parkrun proved to be the most popular amongst members with 20 out of the 440 strong field being SJs. Steve Mott had a fantastic day finishing in 3rd overall, 1st in category with a course record as well – well done Steve! Simon Tigg ran at Great Hollands for the first time. We had another category 1st as Ian Watson as his great form continues. Lots of category second places this week for Lottie St Aubyn, Krzysztof Zielinski, Martin Steadman and George Green.
The largest local attendance this week was at Frimley Lodge where 553 runners lined up adjacent to the football pitches. We had 14 members in action who were led home by Max Woods who also took third place in category. Sacha Kendall-Woods also claimed third place in her category. Well done to Janet venables and Dave O’Toole who took first in their respective categories.
Rushmoor saw a select group of eight SJs join a 524 strong field. Dave Breslin continued his good form there leading the members home. Wayne Boardman experienced his first run on the Queen’s Parade course while Katy Kennedy claimed a course record. Katy long with Nick Metcalfe also claimed first place in their respective categories ahead of running the Farnborough Half Marathon the following day.
Lots of local exploring amongst the parkrun Tourism this week. Patrick Wadsworth ran at Alice Holt, Sharon Fields at Wycombe Rye, Stuart Mayes at Homewood and newly addicted tourist Kate Park(Run)er at Black Park.
The regulars John Tovell and Andy Summerskill ran at Crane Park and Houghton Hall as usual. Sharon Conquer assumed her regular role as Tailwalker at Northampton and Yvette Glacken was at Luton Wardown.
Trish Monks ran her first parkrun since 2016 at Bognor Regis in 80s garb,while Lisa Hale and Stuart Overhill tried the new 2 lap course at Osterley. Furthest afar this week was Helena Jones who became the 4th SJ to run at East Coast Park in Singapore.
Other Saturday events…
The Brutal series of events kicked off their 2019 calendar at Eelmore for the Women Only and Men Only events on a 5km course which included the usual hills, mud and water features. Angela Foker tackled the Women Only event alone for a change as she was the sole SJ Mud Runner in action. Likewise Mark Foker was our only representative in the Men Only event.
SJ Ultra Legend Lina Johnson took on her biggest challenge yet at the Viking Way Ultra on a 147 mile course from the Humber Bridge to Rutland Water. Lina made great ealy progress but a 6 mile detour and cuts to her feet meant she didn’t make one of the time cuts. Disappointing for Lina but still a huge achievement as she had completed 84km before being pulled.
Mark Neve had a challenging run at Phoenix running’s First Contact Day Marathon. A combination of shin splints and mud made for a very channging day!
The big event for SJ members was the Farnborough Winter Half Marathon where 48 Sandhurst Joggers took part. We’ll have a full highlights report later in the week but in the meantime we have the SJ results and a photo montage. The official results don’t tally with actual times on the ground so treat with a pinch of salt. Also the following members weren’t recorded as Sandhurst Joggers but we still want to give them a shout out. John Whitworth finished in 1:22:10, James Ratcliffe in 1:32:14, Patrick Wadsworth in 1:39:29, Sarah Alexander in 1:47:53, Simon Tigg in 1:51:20, Martin Gould in 1:58:02 and Elin Loftesnes in 2:18:25.
The Farnborough 5k also saw some fantastic results for SJ members with numerous PBs at the distance.
This week on Strava we managed to hit the magic mark with 100 members logging runs on Strava. Lina Johnson claimed the top spot thanks to her huge run at the Viking Way Ultra. 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/has already led 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, but it’s still advisable to bring 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 2 x 5 minutes, 2 x 4 minutes and 2 x 3 minutes all with 1 minute 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 run will be on the Ellis Road 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. 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!
Sunday: No Lookout run this week as its the final race of the Thames Valley Cross Country League is this Sunday 3rd February 2019 at 11:00am and is hosted by Bracknell Forest Runners, held in Lightwater Country Park, so nice and local! The invitation to run goes out to everyone – any member who can run 5 miles off-road are welcome to join us. If you like cake, there is an abundance of it at the end of the race, and EVERY runner counts, no matter where you are in the field. It would be fantastic to get a super turnout for Claire Hobson’s last race as Captain!!!!
Once again the race will be held at Lightwater Country Park, The Avenue, Lightwater, Camberley, Surrey, GU18 5RG.
The venue is easily found just off the A322 to the south of Junction 3 of the M3. After leaving the M3 proceed south on the A322, almost immediately turn right into Guildford Road and then third right into The Avenue. The venue is at the far end of The Avenue.
Parking at Lightwater is limited (but free!) so we are asked to car-share where possible. We have been asked to NOT USE the Main Leisure Centre car park please.
There is also additional parking available in Bagshot on Albert Road or Whitmoor Road, with access to the Country Park via the footbridge, which you get to by walking through Victoria Court. The postcode for Victoria Court is GU19 5QH (NO PARKING in Victoria Court though please, but Albert Road and Whitmoor Road are available for parking).
If you would like to car share, a group of runners normally meet in the Sandhurst Library car park at 9:40 am to car-share. I would suggest leaving no later than 9:45am.
Some details to be aware of:
- It is about 5.5 mile long, two laps on a terrain that undulates over heath and woodland.
- It is essentially the same as in recent years. It is considered NOT suitable for spikes.
- They have requested that runners position themselves at the start according to their expected pace, as this will help to ease any potential pinch. Thank you!
- Please ensure you come and check in with me when you arrive so I know you are running.
- There will be finishing tokens as usual.
- The Sandhurst Joggers group will be situated near to the start/finish area at about 10am.
- Refreshments will be served near the start/finish after the event.
- BFR have once again paid for access to the toilets by the all weather pitches at the Leisure Centre again this year – they can be accessed by the OUTSIDE entrance only and the café at the leisure centre will be open from 10am if any needs a hot drink before the race. Please DO NOT use the toilets in the gym as this is a privately operated club and NOT a public facility.
- 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!) after the event
- For those that wish to join us for a drink post race, we will head to the usual pub, The Red Lion, 114 Guildford Rd, Lightwater GU18 5RP.
Please remember to bring your cups for tea and bottles for water as there will be no cups at all.
If possible, please can you drop Claire a quick note to let her know if you plan to run, especially if you are one of our potential scoring runners. It’s not an absolute commitment – happy for you to simply turn up at the start by 10:50, ready to run, but please allow time to park and get to the start line.