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SJ Weekly Run Down – January 28th to February 3rd

Its not too late to get your tickets for the Sandhurst Joggers Annual Ball which will take place at 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 asap.

Yet again SJ members demonstrated they are a multi-talented bunch with some incredible entries to the Bake Off and Quiz. We have a selection of pictures of the entrants below but sadly can’t share how tasty they were over the internet. Everyone who was there raved about the standard. Kate Parker’s pink and flowery creation was voted the winner on the night but of course the real winners were those who got to enjoy eating the cakes.

Onto the weekend running and starting with

Snow caused parkrun carnage with many events cancelling. Bradford parkrun even had polar bears on the course (apparently!) Locally, many of the venues decided to play safe and cancel to avoid runners putting themselves in danger en route to run or at the events themselves. These included Bracknell, Rushmoor, Dinton and Woodley.

Frimley Lodge parkrun went ahead although it seemed to be a real ‘marmite’ run with some people loving the conditions and others describing it as ‘miserable’. Jon Payne had a great run finishing as first SJ, 1st in the 35-39 category and 19th overall. Lisa Hale was 1st in the equivalent Women’s age category. We had a clean sweep o the top 3 positions in the VM65-69 category with Dave O’Toole, George Green and Simon Whillis finishing in that order.

With travel disrupted there wasn’t much Tourism this week. Our sole traveller was Jon Green as he made the trip down the M4 to Slough where the Upton Court parkrun provides a mainly grass 2 and a bit lap course.

Sunday events…

The Cancer Research UK London Winter Run couldn’t have been better timed coinciding with the Siberian snap. The SJs running had some challenges to overcome getting out of Sandhurst but once in the Capital the only evidence of winter were the snowmen and polar bears. All had great runs on the 10k course under cold but sunny skies.

Despite the weather the Portsmouth Coastal Half Marathon went ahead and Patrick Wadsworth managed to get there safely and have another great run (that man is a machine) finishing in 1:41:31.


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

Despite the snow this week we still had 100 members logging runs on Strava. Patrick Wadsworth claimed the top spot as he enjoyed a long run over to Frimley Lodge parkrun as well as his Half Marathon endeavours on Sunday. 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…


Patrick Wadsworth will be taking the Monday Club run from Sandhurst Sports Centre leaving at 7:30 for 6 miles in an hour (distances and duration are Monday miles and minutes and bear passing resemblance to those in use at other times). Hiviz and torches welcome!

Tuesday Club Run: The biggest club run of the week sets off from Sandhurst Memorial Park next Tuesday. Please arrive for 6:25 to be there for club announcements etc. There are different paced groups, from run-walk to 9 minute-mile, and everyone starts and finishes at the same point, in an hour, so there really is something for everybody!

Tuesday Intervals: Later the interval sessions will meet at The Morgan Rec in Crowthorne at 7:55pm. The session will be a Hill session on School Hill. You can read more about the Tuesday night intervals here

Wednesday: The Wednesday run sets off from the Memorial Park at 7:00. Andrea Vincent, Sharon Burfield and Alison Jones will lead runners of all abilities on this flexible run!

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, 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 with Dick Newman and Emy Circuit. 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 9 am 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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