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SJ Weekly Run Down – March 4th to 10th

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!

Tuesday saw the AGM with a decent turnout of roughly fifty members. A number of committee members stepped down so thanks to all for your hard work over the last year. A number of members stepped up and have taken on roles with the committee so well done for putting yourselves forward! It looks like it will be another exciting year!

The Annual Canal Run will be held on Sunday 24th March with groups leaving Frimley Lodge Park at the following times.

9.30am start – 20 miles
10.00am start – 15 miles
10.30am start – 10 miles  

For simplicity this year we will all run from Frimley Lodge up the Canal and then turn back at either 5, 7.5 or 10 miles (or further if you really want a long run). This means that total distances will be 10, 15 or 20 miles.

Afterwards, the plan is to retreat to the Kings Head for a well earned recovery drink. Please let Dave Breslin know if you are planning to run the Canal Run, and the distance you plan to run.

Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…

Bracknell parkrun attracted 14 members this week and many of them finished in the top 3 in their respective categories. Duncan Laurie-Pile took 1st in his age group. Krzysztof Zielinski, Martin Steadman, Patrick Wadsworth and Sharon Fields finished 2nd in theirs. Jackie Kent took 3rd on hers. Standout run was the PB achieved by Lisa Humpries so huge kudos to her!

Over at Frimley Lodge ten members gathered to celebrate Gareth Hopkins’ 50th parkrun. Janet Venables finished 1st in category and Dave O-Toole 2nd in his age group.

The popularity of Rushmoor amongst members has been waning with new local options available but the venue returned to joint most popular this week as 14 SJs finished. Lyn Davis and Roy Bentley enjoyed PBs so congratulations to you both! Lyn also claimed 2nd in her category while Sarah Alexander took 3rd in her category.

Event 3 at California Country parkrun and lots of members turned up to both try out for the first time or return for another run. George Green and Jon Green have completed all three events here and Jon celebrated completing his 50th parkrun by smashing his course record. George also ran a CR here as did Mark Pattrick. Jon also took 1st in category, Andrea Vincent did likewise. George took 2nd in category as did Royston Crandley while Lou Gubb took 4th in her category. Very special mention to Richard McCready who completed the course just weeks after kidney transplant surgery!

More long distance parkrun tourism tthis week although we still had our regulars Sharon Conquer and Andy Summerskill at Northampton and Houghton Hall respectively. Locally, members took on the challenging XC type courses with Clive Rolfe at Alice Holt, Stuart Overhill at Homewood while Richard Boese sampled the hilly and scenic course at Henley.

We had tourists far and wide this week. Jim Haffey and Katy Kennedy headed up the M3 to run at Old Deer Park and Crane Park respectively. Alurie Dutton and Yvette Glacken were in Lowestoft while Dick Newman and Erol Ali ran at Weymouth. Overseas, Kate Parker became the 5th SJ to run at East Coast Park, Singapore but Matt Jones claimed the title of furthest travelled this week as he ran Hamilton Lakes in New Zealand.

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/

Down at the Thames Meander Spring Half Marathon Sophie Le Saux took it easy but still recorded 1:59:53 before going in search of an additional 5 miles. In the Full marathon Charley Bryant had a great run beating 4 hours with 3:59:13 and was spotted the following day flying around Junior parkrun with her son. More strong runs from Tina Acock who finished in 5:53:19 and Martin Gould in 5:32:12.

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 Grizzly is a legendary event for Sandhurst Joggers and one that many members rate as their outright favourite. Many of the regulars returned and a few first timers were added to that list. We’ll have more on this one later in the week but in the meantime here is a photo montage and the results (which did miss Sarah Hyatt who definitely was there!)

Two members ran at the Wiltshire Downs based Larmer Tree Marathon. Jonathan Taylor and Andrea Hadfield both enjoyed great runs on the hilly predominantly off road course.

Huge gusts of wind challenged our team at the Surrey Half Marathon on a course that started and finished in Woking Park but they all rose to the challenge with some impressive finish times.

Claire Rowse was our only member brave enough to go up against Mo Farah at the Vitality Big Half on a London landmark laden course starting near Tower Bridge and finishing at the Cutty Sark. Mo got lucky and gave Claire the slip but she still recorded another great time over the 13.1 mile route.

SJ Marathon Legend Leon Hicks is raising the bar even higher this year and took on the Samphire 100 Ultra on a 3.71 mile course near Dover that would have to be completed 27 times! Challenging winds and some health issues held him back this time but he still completed an impressive 50 miles and learnt a huge amount along the way.


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. Kath Shaw claimed the top spot for the second week running. 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 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 at Waitrose and will consist of 6 x 4 minutes with 1 minute recoveries. You can read more about the Tuesday night intervals HERE

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 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. 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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