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SJ Weekly Run Down – February 18th to March 3rd

It’s a bumper double edition of the Run Down as we cover the last two weeks but first we have some important club notices…

Club announcements

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!

It’s you last chance to submit your nominations for the Sandhurst Joggers Member of the Year Award. Here is your chance to recognise the great work of your fellow club members. The person is nominated by you, the club members, and ideally should be a person who has contributed to the mission and goals of the club or gone above and beyond their normal role / membership of the club. You can nominate up to 3 people for Member of the Year – don’t delay as nominations close today! You can access the form by clicking here

Don’t forget its the Sandhurst Joggers AGM this week 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.

Deadline extended until Friday 8th March for entries for the 2018 Sandhurst Joggers Club Championships. 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:-
10 Mile
Half marathon
Marathon

And up to 4 events of 10k and less:-
Parkrun / 5km
10k
Woodland 5
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.

Onto the running and starting with last week’s events…

Nigel Evans completed another marathon at the Phoenix Excalibre Marathon.

Sarah Jones completed another 5km as she ran the Reading Edition of the Run For Chocolate series.

New member Jonathan Taylor tackled the Hillingdon Half Marathon finishing in 2:18:39.

Dave Metcalfe made it a trio of the Metcalfe family to complete a half marathon in recent months. He made the Thorpe and Egham Half Marathon his first Half in 20 years as he finished in 2:02:29.

Angela and Mark Foker tackled one of the muddiest Brutals on a course near Borden.

Fern Stonestreet and Ian Bromley took part in the Spier Winery 5k and 10k near Stellonbosch in South Africa. It was hot but both enjoyed fast runs!

Graham Robinson travelled to Harewood Park near Leeds for the National Cross Country Championships. In a high quality field he finished in 384th position out of the 2008 finishers in a time of 43:39.

Finally, the big event this week was the Wokingham Half Marathon. We’ll have a big highlights report later in the week so keep a look out for that but in the meantime we have the results for the many members who ran…

Next this week and up first is parkrun…

10 members in action at Bracknell with Krzysztof Zielinski the first SJ into the finish funnel. A slew of category podiums with 1st for Sam weller, 2nds for Krzysztof, Martine Steadman and Bracknell first timer (and in only her second parkrun) Jane Crawford. First timer Ryah Johnson also enjoyed a great debut with 3rd in category.

Frimley Lodge was the biggest event locally with 616 runners of which 6 were club members. Simon Whillis was first member to finish en route to claiming 3rd in his category. Alison Bone took a strong 2nd in her category.

Dave Bartlett led home the SJs at Rushmoor as 5 members enjoyed the alternative Wellesley course. It was chaotic under the bridge as 399 runners tried to negotiate the narrow section but that didn’t stop Graham Bolton taking 2nd in his category.

Young local parkrun California Country Park attracted 274 runners to their second event including 13 members. The diverse course saw a high ratio of flying feet and all commented on the friendly atmosphere and impressive number of newbies and walkers. Its a decepetively fast course and there were some great runs with Sarah Hyatt and Sarah Alexander taing 1st and 2nd in their category while Mark Pattrick and George Green both claimed 2nd in their respective categories.

Some old and new venues on the SJ parkrun Tourism map this week. The regulars John Tovell, John Featherstone and Yvette Glacken were at Crane Park, Basingstoke and Luton Wardown respectively. Neil Praine ran at super fast Worcester Pitchcroft and missed his PB by just 1 second!

Locally Jim Haffey ran his 51st parkrun at Guildford, Nick Metcalfe at Alice Holt and Jane Ralls at Brooklands. Further afield Royston Crandley was at Longrun Meadow in the South West and Alurie Dutton at Andover.

Saturday Events…

The first event of the year saw Dave Bartlett, Jane Bannister and Patrick Wadsworth head off to Newlands Corner for what looked like a great event and which the organisers describe as:

“A fantastic hilly run attracting the very best and most fun-loving runners. This popular event is well renowned for its tough cross country routes, and so sells out extremely quickly (absolutely nothing to do with the infamous homemade brownies and flapjacks).  Medals can be earned at each event for all finishers. Will you get all 3? “

Here is what Dave had to say about it:

After reading about the G3 series early last year, I instantly added it to my must do list. Arriving at Newlands Corner on Saturday 4th January was a bit of a shock for an 08:30 start, so soon after the festive break. It was however pleasing to be greeted by Patrick Wadsworth, parking Marshal and a smiling Jane Banister who was issueing numbers for this long anticipated off road 10K.

With just under 300 runners the start was a little congested, that said it was a very welcome steady start as without the bottlenecks we would have probably headed out faster than we’d liked as the first kilometre or two were mainly downhill. Keeping a fairly steady pace I found myself climbing to the wonderful St Martha’s church which bought some incredible views and another welcome downhill kilometre after a rather sandy climb. Heading off through beautiful woodland it kind of reminded me of running at the Look Out, I did however quickly realise it was the Surrey Hills as I found myself back at St Martha’s for the second time in a 10K run.

A very well marshalled and welcoming event, I’m looking forward to races 2 & 3 of the series. If cross country is your thing you need to add this series to your 2021 bucket list. I’ve never managed to park so close to a start finish line as I did at this, the Marshall’s and all other runners were first class in the support.

See you out there again soon, Dave

Jane Bannister proudly displaying her medal

Have a look here for event details: https://aat-events.com/race/g3-run/

Patrick Wadsworth completed the 45 mile Winter Green Man Ultra on a course near Bristol. Huge kudos and conquering this beast!

Nigel Evans and Mar Neve added to their marathon tallies by completing the Phoenix Spring Marathon.

Sunday events…

I was unable to see any this weekend and was not notified of any attendance at events but really expecting this to change as the year progresses!

The Goring 10k was held on a hilly course with some off road sections plus some vehicular obstacles to overcome. Rob Jerrett and Jon Green both had great runs finihing in 41:41 and 50:40 respectively.

Strava

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!

Some big totals on Strava this week as Marathon training ramps up. Patrick Wadsworth claimed the top spot for the thanks to his Ultra endevours. We now have 194 members of the Strava club, 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. The Sports Centre carpark may be closed so park courteously nearby. 6 miles in around an hour leaving at 7:30. Faster runners will loop back for slower runners so we all get to chat and catchup on what has happened in the last week and our plans for New Year. Ideal if you have just started your spring marathon training- come and get more contradictory advice than you could possibly need.

Tuesday Club Run: The biggest club run of the week caters for all abilities with multiple groups that cover beginners 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 Morgan Rec in Crowthorne as its the first Tuesday of the month. This also mean sit will be very easy to get to Edgbarrow School which is also in Crowthorne by 8pm for the AGM.

Tuesday Intervals: The Interval session is cancelled this week as it clashes with the AGM. Please attend the AGM if you can as its important that your views are represented!

Wednesday: The Wednesday run sets off from the Memorial Park at 7:00, suitable for all paces.

Thursday: This week the threshold/improvers run will be on the Coat Hanger 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.

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