Sandhurst Joggers Great Ball
Have you got your tickets yet?
If not, then what are you waiting for? Our brilliant Social Avengers team will be sending out details for this again soon!
Entries for the 2018 Sandhurst Joggers Club Championships are now open… The club championship is an annual competition and is calculated by looking at your best performances over a number of events during the 2018 calendar year. To qualify, you need to have completed at least 5 of the following events between January 1st and December 31st 2018:-
You need at least 1 event of 10 miles and above:-
And up to 4 events of 10k and less:-
Parkrun / 5km
SJ Club Handicap
Thames Valley Cross Country League
Please ensure you have completed details for at least 5 qualifying events. Remember the Club Championships is open to ALL members who have completed 5 of the qualifying events regardless of ability so if you qualify please share your results so the Club can recognise your achievements. Full detail on how to enter online can be found Here
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.
The Sandhurst Joggers AGM will take place on Tuesday 5th March at 8pm. The venue is Edgbarrow Sports Centre, Grant Road, Crowthorne, RG45 7JL. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend, it’s YOUR club and it’s YOUR wishes and opinions that drive how it’s run. At the AGM, we elect the entire committee for the coming year. It’s always good to have new faces on the committee. Descriptions of the positions will follow by email and are on the website, but for the moment, just have a think about whether you’d like to stand, or encourage those you think should! We already know that the Secretary, Social, XC Captain and Thursday GM positions and one of the Events roles will be vacant.
Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…
The snow of last weekend already a distant memory things were back to normal including a great SJ turnout at Bracknell parkrun; 16 of the 335 runners were members of our club. Jess Metcalfe completed her first run at the venue, Simon Tigg bagged himself a course record and Matt Jones was first member to finish as he claimed 9th place overall. Matt also took 1st in category while Patrick Wadsworth, Colin Carpenter and Teresa Milroy all claimed 2nd in their respective categories.
Frimley Lodge parkrun celebrated its 9th birthday alongside our own Jim Haffey who wascelebrating his 50th parkrun. Congratulations to Jim and also all the members have been a big part of Frimley’s parkrun history. 547 runners turned up to celebrate. Janet Venables finished 1st in her category while Sarah Hyatt, Alurie Dutton and Max Woods all claimed category 2nds. Max was also the first member to finish.
Rushmoor parkrun was also popular with 457 runners in attendance. Nick Metcalfe led the six SJs home. Nick also claimed first in the SM20-24 category.
Dinton Pastures parkrun continues to be popular with members with two regulars joined by two first timers in Simon Whillis and Jane Bannister. More category second paces from Simon, Kate Parker and Alison Bone.
With travel back on the agenda we saw lots of parkrun Tourism this week. Regulars John Tovell, Andy Summerskill, Yvette Glacken and Sharon Conquer ran at their regular venues Crane Park, Houghton Hall, Luton Wardown and Northampton.
Locally Stuart Overhill and Lisa Hale were at Bedfont Lakes, Rob Jerett at Reading, Clive Rolfe at Alice Holt, Sharon Fields at Wycombe Rye while Sarah Alexander and Jon Green ran at Woodley.
Furthest afield this week was Trish Monks at Fælledparken parkrun in Denmark. Ian Watson headed north and ran Pollok parkrun which was the first parkrun in Scotland.
Fitstuff G3 Race #2
Following on from Fitstuff Race #1 a fortnight ago, the second in the series took place on Saturday. Once more the intrepid trio of Dave Bartlett, Patrick Wadsworth and Jane Bannister took on this challenging event.
Jane Bannister tells the tale of her 15K run:
This was the 2nd event in the G3 Trail Series and on offer this time is either a 10km or 15km Route.
Up early – as both myself and Patrick were on registration before the run so a 6am start to be at Newlands Corner for 6:45. It was still dark and frosty at that time In the morning.
These events all start at 08:30 so still quite chilly when we started but you soon warmed up ! After all the rain this week it was a muddy start with everybody together and then you peel off to either the 10km Or 15km Route.
The run itself is a mixture of hills, sand and muddy tracks. There are KM markers all the way along the route. I walked the steep hills although overall I found it less hilly than the 10km a fortnight ago. There are beautiful views at St Martha’s and also all around Chantry Wood – well worth the effort in climbing.
I managed to fall crossing the main road (but the marshals were lovely ) – I didn’t see the tree roots but it a great trail run and I thoroughly recommend it – can’t wait for Race 3 on 1 February!
Thank-you for sharing that Jane, it is much appreciated and I hope you are OK after your tumble. Also very glad you are looking forward to Race 3 and there are going to be some other SJs there, although for me it will be the 10K course!
If anyone else is interested then have a look here for event details: https://aat-events.com/race/g3-run/
Plenty of SJs in action at Saturn Running‘s Harry Potter themed Philosopher’s Run. Michelle Wilson and Gareth Hopkins completed the half marathon, Susan Plumb, Angela Foker and Mark Foker completed 10 miles.
Nigel Evans had a busy weekend with a double header of marathons. Saturday saw him complete Phoenix Running’s One Run To Rule Them All marathon in 4:49:17. This also completed his 12 marathons in 12 months challenge.
Nigel then went onto complete a second Phoenix event on Sunday at the Donut Dash where he completed 30 miles. Incredible powers of recovery and persistence as both events were run on the same Walton-on-Thames course.
Michelle Wilson tackled this Saturn Event half marathon – she tells us about it here!
Nigel Evans – the marathon machine does it again! Needless to say tracking this guy down is difficult and I need get some big miles in to catch up with him but catch up I will at some point! In the meantime a brief summary of Sundays event with the obligatory “bite the bling” picture…
We had five members in action at the new Barnes Fitness event at Dinton Pastures; the Dinton X-Trail on a 5 miles course which featured some new unexplored areas of the parkrun including plenty of mud. Jane Crawford was first member to finish claiming 8th female and 4th in category. Alurie Dutton had a great run as she puts her injury behind her by winning her category.
Richard Boese and Leon Hicks both completed the Punchbowl Marathon, demonstrating strong running on a 50km hilly course mainly sandwiched by the A31 and A3.
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 with Jim Laidlaw getting those miles in at a pretty good pace too!
This week on Strava we managed to hit the magic mark with 100 members logging runs on Strava. Nigel Evans claimed the top spot thanks to his double marathon weekend. To take part in this just create a free Strava account and link it to the club in your profile. Here’s a link to the Sandhurst Joggers Club Page:- https://www.strava.com/clubs/sandhurstjoggers
Here’s the top 10 from last week:-
Club Events for the week ahead…
Wednesday: It’s the second Wednesday of the month so time for the Handicap. This is the second opportunity to post a time in 2019, whether or not you improve on January remember that this event can count towards the 2019 Club Championship. This four mile run over a two lap course around Crowthorne is ideal for all abilities and starts from the Morgan Rec in Crowthorne at 7:30pm. Don’t forget the post run curry at The Raj in Sandhurst
Thursday: This week the threshold/improvers run 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. 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! Woodley parkrun is out of action for 4-6 weeks as they resurface the path around the pond. The re-start date is still to be confirmed but won’t be until late March. And if you haven’t already done so make sure to add ‘Sandhurst Joggers’ as you club in your parkrun profile. there are detailed instructions on how to do this Here
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.