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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 parkrun…

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.


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…

Monday: Patrick Wadsworth will be taking the Monday night chatfest from Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm. The route will cover approx. 6 miles and is heading off road. 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 sets off from Morgan Recreation Ground in Crowthorne this 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: This week is the Wednesday pub run, setting off from the Crown and Cushion in Minley (GU17 9UA) at 7:00, with a 6:45pm meet!

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. 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, 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. 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 9am 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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