SJ Club Challenge
This year, a Sandhurst Joggers Club Challenge event is being organised by Jenny Gray. For information on what to do and how to do it, please look at the following information carefully so that you know how to collect your points.
One point races
Every race that you do is worth 1 point. This is any race that you have entered on your own, for example Woodland 5, Yateley road races, London marathon, parkrun etc. Any race of any distance counts – a park run is worth the same amount as a 100 miler. One point volunteering
Any race that you volunteer at is also worth 1 point. If you volunteer at a parkrun rather than run you have gained 1 point. If you volunteer AND run then you collect points for volunteering and for running.
Any race that you have entered through the club is a 5 point race. This is all the relays and cross countries and any other race that goes out via the Event team or Cross Country Secretary. Please note that Endure will only count if you are doing this through the club rather than your own teams. Yateley road races will not count as a club race and so will only be worth 1 point (see (1) above).
If you volunteer at Yateley road race or our home cross country then you can award yourself 5 points. This includes if you volunteer first and then race or race and then volunteer. You can also claim 5 points if you lead a run (run leaders) on an evening or if you help out at events such as the canal run by manning the drinks stations. We will publish more information about which volunteering events get you 5 points as the year progresses.
In the first couple of days on each month you will be sent a link to a google form (see below for this month). You will be asked to submit:
- Your total points for the month
It is your responsibility to complete the form as well as ensure that you are being honest in your points total. You will NOT be asked to prove which races you did at any point and we will be taking your word as gospel! You will be given 1 week to complete the form and then results will be published via facebook and the club blog. The results will show totals of each month as well as totals for the year to date. The first month of the challenge will be March and this year’s challenge will run from March to February (11 months) but in future years it will be 12 months.
The following Milestones will be recognised as you collect points:
At the SJ Ball in March each year certificates will be given out to people for the largest award they have got. For example, if you have collected 20 points in the year you will be awarded an ‘Iron certificate’ but if you have collected 160 points you will be awarded a ‘Gold certificate’.
Craig has very kindly created a spreadhseet to help you record your point scores. This can be found via the following link:. https://gallery.mailchimp.com/fbc5c2f2f1a39850c6883550d/files/a5b9201d-a463-4ffd-8961-f222d75a8186/SJ_Club_Challenge_monthly_points_tally.xlsx
Please can you submit your points totals via the google form by Sunday 7th April. The results for March will then be published soon after this. The link is here:
Please do not hesitate to email me if you have any questions or issues with this. Good luck!
2018-19 Club Championship Results
Awards were handed out at the SJ ball on Friday 30th March for those who took part in the Club Championship from last year. The final standings were as follows….
1st Graham Robinson, 2nd Mark Fallowfield-Smith,3rd Neil Praine, 4th Jim Laidlaw, 5th Jon Green
1st Andrew Brooks,2nd Alistair Ingall-Tombs, 3rd Stephen Casey, 4th Andy Yates, 5th Wayne Boardman
1st James Ratcliffe, 2nd Gerry Mepham, 3rd Charlie St.Aubyn, 4th Patrick Wadsworth, 5th Ian Watson, 6th Paul Biggs, 7th Richard Boese
1st John Tovell
1st Sam Weller
1st Kate Parker
1st Lisa Hale, 2nd Sarah Hyatt, 3rd Claire Rowse, 4th Sarah Alexander, 5th Claire Hobson, 6th Sharon Burfield, 7th Jane Crawford, 8th Vicky Rice, 9th Kerstin Johnson
1st Fiona Slevin-Brown, 2nd Sacha Kendall-Woods, 3rd Andrea Vincent, 4th Helen Vizard, 5th Blanche Barnes, 6th Jane Bannister
1st Alison Jones
Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…
Bracknell: Another week, another strong SJ turnout at Bracknell parkrun! 17 SJs took on the course, with Robert Jerrett coming in 3rd overall, and setting a course PB whilst doing so, with a superb time of 19:51, just 34 seconds off the leader! Meanwhile, Gabrielle Bassett came through as 12 female and top of the SJ females.
Frimley: 10 SJs lined up at Frimley Lodge, with another high finish achieved courtesy of Neil Praine, who came through with a great time of 18:59, bye bye 19 minutes, hello course PB! Sarah Alexander was the first female through the finishing funnel with a great time of 25:11.
Rushmoor: It was a perfect 10 turnout at Rushmoor, as Helen Vizard was the first member through the funnel with a good time of 26:10, pipping Nigel Evans by 7 seconds. Nigel was running his 150th parkrun, a superb achievement so well done to Nigel!
California: The usual mix of first timers and PBs attended California Country Park, as various members try out and get to know this up and coming course. 6 members gave it a go this week, with Stuart Mayes leading home on his first run at the event, with a great time of 23:50. Meanwhile, Samantha Wood was first female SJ through, and set her course PB whilst doing so, with a time of 38:06. Well done to the California crew!
Tourism: As always, SJs took up their starting positions at various parkruns up and down the country (and overseas) this Saturday. Starting off with Craig Bowles, who may not have been present to collect his award at the SJ Ball on Friday, but certainly was present to come through in 12th with a great time of 20:26 at Somerdale Pavilion!
Elsewhere, we had plenty of course PBs from our parkrun tourists! Sharon Fields took 30 seconds off her previous best at Wycombe Rye, John Paul Featherstone shaved 46 seconds off his previous best with a time of 24:11 at Newbury and Philip Boylan pipped his PB by a second to record a time of 23:12 at Llanelli Coast!
Meanwhile, Mark Neve ran at Higginson for the first time, Richard Boese made his first appearance at Victoria Dock, Louise Turnor debuted at Whitstable (and seemingly bought the weather with her, photo below!) and Jim Haffey gave Maidenhead a go for the first time! Finally, Stuart Overhill and Yvette Glacken ran at Rickmansworth and Luton Wardown respectively.
Sally Kent took on the Wokingham 10k and posted a great time of 1:16.06
Meanwhile, Alison Jones, Sarah Jones and Kate Parker ran the Kingston Spring Race Day, more to come on that from Alison and Sarah later on in the week…
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 Chinese Hill and will consist of 2 x 5 minutes with with 1 minute recoveries plus 7 x 2 minutes with 30 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 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.
Well done to all SJs who were out and about last week, as marathon preparation builds up for a lot of us, let’s hope everyone continues running well and representing the club so brilliantly! See you next week!