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:
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!
Other Saturday events…
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.
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!
Some big totals on Strava this week as Marathons are either happening or in the final stages of their training. Lisa Hale claimed the top spot with a superb total of 46.4 miles. 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 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: 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 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. 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.
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!