Another week in the running world has gone by. Many steps have been taken, runs completed, achievements accomplished. Let’s sit back, relax and take a comparatively gentle stroll through the weeks events. But first….
SJ March Handicap
The latest SJ Handicap run took place on the 13th March, with 23 SJs taking part. First through the posts was Gerry Mepham, for the first time in over 100 runs, so big congratulations to Gerry! Jane Bannister won the run, with a cracking time of 1:45 quicker than her previous best. March results and subsequently updated table are below:
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!
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. When they’re gone, they’re gone!
Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…
Bracknell: It was a SJ invasion on Saturday morning, with 20 members running at Bracknell! Notable finishes from Krzysztof Zielinski, coming in 4th overall, and Sarah Hyatt coming in 2nd overall female. Was Sarah happy to settle for that? No chance! She went and bagged a course PB, along with fellow SJ Jane Pond, who dipped below the 34 minute mark for a great time.
Frimley: 5 SJs took on Frimley Lodge, with Max Woods coming in 15th overall with a great time of 20:08. Meanwhile, Graham Bolton pipped Neil Praine to the line by 4 seconds to take home the bragging rights.
Rushmoor: 5 SJs took on the roadworks at Queens Avenue and made it to the start for the latest Rushmoor event. Elin Loftesnes was first SJ through the finishing funnel with a time of 27:52.
California Country Park: 9 SJs took to California for what is becoming an increasingly popular event. And it was a PB party! Craig Bowles was first SJ through with a great time of 20:36. Jane Crawford was first female SJ through with a PB of her own with a great time of 25:27. Other SJs in the PB party were Mark Pattrick, Paul Alexander, Wayne Boardman and Richard McCready. A great effort by all SJs in California!
Tourism: As always, plenty of SJs were out and about exploring the many parkruns on offer, close to home and further afield!
Lisa Hale had quite the morning over at Brooklands. in her 250th parkrun, Lisa came 1st female overall, in her first visit to the event! Brooklands didn’t know what hit them, well done Lisa! Stuart Overhill came through 9 seconds in front of Lisa setting a PB himself in the process. Jim Haffey also enjoyed his first run at Brooklands, with a great time of 27:14.
Elsewhere, Alurie Maye Dutton ran at Hogmoor Inclosure, Sharon Conquer was in Northampton, John Tovell ran at Crane Park, and Mo Willcox was 10th female through at Citypark, Craigavon. Further north, Simon Whillis set a PB at Rising Sun with a time of 27:03 and Kate Parker tried out Armley for the first time.
Finally, down south, Nick Metcalfe ran the 599th Brighton and Hove parkrun, the feeling of excitement for next weeks 600th event was palpable!
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/
Despicable Run 7 Hour Timed Event: SJs did the club proud in perfect running weather on Saturday, taking on the latest Saturn running event. Nigel Evans hit the 50km ultra marathon distance, big congratulations on such an achievement!
Limassol Half Marathon: Claire Rowse and Kirsty Darcy soaked up the sun and ran great runs in Cyprus, hard life! We’ll hopefully be hearing more from them later this week.
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…
London Landmarks Half Marathon: A herd of SJs took the capital streets in force on Sunday to take part in the Landmarks Half Marathon. Glorious weather, and a range of attire, made for a great morning of running! You’ll be hearing more from those members involved later in the week.
SJ Canal Run: Several SJs took to Frimley Lodge to take part in annual canal run, taking on a range of distances from 10 – 20 miles. Well done to Dave Breslin for organising such a well run event, and big thanks to those who came out to man the aid stations, which was very much appreciated by all runners, including chairman Richard Boese on his birthday, commitment!
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 great totals on Strava over the last week, thanks to the various weekend events. Nigel Evans took the top spot with a mega total of 53.2 miles, 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 the top 10 from last week:
Club Events for the week ahead…
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 on School Lane and will consist of 2 x 5 minutes, 2 x 4 minutes, 2 x 3 minutes, all with 45 second recoveries. You can read more about the Tuesday night intervals HERE
Wednesday: The Wednesday run sets off from the Memorial Park at 7:00. Andrea Vincent, Sharon Burfield and Alison Jones will lead runners of all abilities on this flexible run!
Thursday: This week the threshold/improvers run will be on the Ellis Road 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.
Another great week of running. Well done to all of those who set parkrun PBs, ran London, ran the canal or just ran at all! Keep your eyes peeled, there will be plenty of content going up for you to feast on this week. Until next time!