Entries for the 2018 Sandhurst Joggers Club Championships are now open and lots of members have already submitted their entries… however some categories are still light so don’t miss out on the chance to win a trophy. 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. Allmembers 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.
Now time for some running…
Wednesday evening saw another good turnout at Handicap. We’ve got a full report HERE. A reminder to all participants to wear High Viz clothing and a head torch, be careful crossing roads and especially careful on Crowthorne High Street. Also, non members are welcome to run (although wont be counted in the results) but Under 16s are not.
Richard Boese snuck a marathon in before the end of the week as he completed the Saxons, Vikings and Normans Martello Marathon on a 3 ‘lap’ coastline course which was flat, fast and traffic free along the Saxon Shore Way. The run was partly on the promenade, the coastal path and the sea defence walls heading towards several Martello Towers between Folkestone and Hythe and included running past Sandgate Castle. In total the total run included less than 50 feet of elevation so will be good preparation for the self-claimed Flattest Marathon in the world; the Boston (UK) Marathon in April. Richard finished in 5:02:46.
Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…
Bracknell parkrun was the pick for 21 members and the recent dry weather led to faster conditions than of late. Maybe it was the guest appearance by famous parkrun tourist Wonky Bear Junior!?! Big congratulations to James Ratcliffe who led members home in 10th position. He also led a SJ clean sweep of the VM50-54 top 3 ahead of Martin Steadman and Carl Bradshaw. Sarah Hyatt added to a successful week with 1st in her category. In their respective categories; Lottie St Aubyn took 2nd, Krzysztof Zielenski 3rd and he also celebrated his 50th parkrun, Matt Jones 3rd and Jane Bannister 3rd.
Over at Frimley Lodge parkrun Alistair Ingall-Tombs continued his streak of bests grabbing a new course record for the venue in 20:02 as well as second in his category. Clive Rolfe was the first SJ finisher as he recorded his fastest time since 2017. We also had Graham Kelly take 2nd in category with his fastest time since 2016, Mo Willcox with another 2nd, Janet Venables and Alison Bone took 2nd and 3rd in their category while Mark Pattrick and Simon Whillis book took 3rd in their respective age groups.
A select team of five SJs lined up at Rushmoor parkrun where Graham Bolton was the first of them to finish.
It was one of the most diverse weekend of parkrun tourism we’ve seen. Starting with the local events. Stuart Overhill continued his streak at Bedfort Lakes and finished 12th, George Green returned to Reading for the first time since 2012, Martin Gould tried Guildford for the first time while Alurie Dutton and Yvette Glacken were collecting their U at Upton Court.
Further afield Rob Jerrett took 7th at Andover, Grizzly lover Paul Alexander paid homage at Seaton, Beanie Watson was at Tooting Common, Dave Bartlett tamed the hills at Cuerden Valley in Lancashire plus Frances and Andrew Parkes ran at Coventry.
A trio of SJs made the pilgrimage to Bushy Park so congratulations to first timers Jane Ralls and Lyn Winter who both posted outright PBs and Jane Pond who bagged herself a Course Record on her second visit.
Other Saturday events…
The Kelly’s Guildford 10k was held on a course starting and finishing at the University of Surrey campus. Monica Burbidge and Lisa Hale both ran well and enjoyed the course despite the significant number of steps!
The final event of the G3 Fitstuff series was held on a typically hilly course near Newlands Corner in the Surrey Hills. Harvey Young completed the tough 10k course in 1:18:38. Patrick Wadsworth finished 4th in his category in the 15km event finishing in 1:31:19.
Sarah Jones had a great run at round 2 of the Windsor Winter Fun Run and Duathlon series. She finished the 5k event in 39:50. Alison Jones finished the 10k in 49:48 as she finished 3rd in her category.
Under blue skies at the Hampton Court Half marathon Phil Guy recorded his second fastest half marathon with a 1:27 finish.
Traditional early spring distance training race the Bramley 20/10 was held in great conditions this year. Just one SJ entrant in the 10 mile event with Charlie St Aubyn proving that a house full of teenagers night before a race won’t have a negative effect on your run performance.
A few more members took on the 20 miler. Both Jim Laidlaw and Paul Biggs improved on their times from last year while Sharon Burfield and Blanche Barnes had successful debuts at the Reading Roadrunners event.
Some big totals on Strava this week as Marathon training ramps up. Kath Shaw claimed the top spot for the first time. 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 School Lane and will consist of 4 x 4 minutes and 3 x 3 minutes, all with 45 seconds recovery. 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 Crawley Ridge 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. 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.