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SJ Weekly Run Down – April 1st to 7th

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!

SJ Club Challenge

Jenny Gray is organising the SJ Club Challenge for the upcoming year. Craig has very kindly created a spreadsheet 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

For full information on the ins and outs, please refer to last week’s rundown.

Link: https://thejoggersjournal.wordpress.com/2019/04/03/sj-weekly-run-down-march-25th-to-31st/

Cooper Test results – 5th April 2019

It was great to see a couple of new faces for the cooper test last Friday, though I know a lot couldn’t make it. The cooper test is simple, you run as hard as you can for 12 minutes round the track. The distance you covered then gives me your V02 max – this is how much oxygen is consumed during maximum exercise. It is expressed in millilitres per minute per kilogram of body weight. In English, your VO2 max depends on the efficiency of the cardiac, respiratory and vascular systems. Here are your VO2 max scores, if you want to see how you compare for age and sex there on evaluative sheets on brianmac.co.uk.

Carl – 54.89 (+1.5 on last result)
Jim L -59.25
Jackie Kent – 44.60
Jon Green – 50.75 (+3.9 on last result)
Rob F – 46.84
Roy B – 43.93
Andrea – 45.72
Colin -37.90
Mark Patrick- 56.90

It was great to see after winning Best New Runner Jon Green had a huge +3.9 improvement. It was good to have a few first timers to the Cooper Test, if they keep coming to track I’m sure they will improve as well! We will be doing them every 8 weeks so you can see your improvements. I will be doing one very soon for those that couldn’t make it this time.

Coach Carl

SJ Parkrun Adventures!

The next installment of the Sandhurst Joggers Parkrun Explorers Collective will be taking place on Saturday 25th May with a visit to the spiritual home of Parkrun, THE original venue: Bushy Park. It’s a rare single lap course around the beautiful park with up to 1500 other runners!

It’s approx. 45 minutes drive from Sandhurst and worth getting there early as the main car park fills up quickly. There’s a car park near the Pheasantry coffee shop in Bushy Park which is only a short drive past the main car park and there are bonus toilets and you can have a warm up jog to the start! 

Meet us outside the The Pheasantry coffee shop at 8:25am. All welcome and hopefully see lots of SJs there. Don’t forget your barcode. The Pheasantry Cafe is great for a post run breakfast if there are any takers!

EA Membership

It’s that time of year again, membership renewal! Here are some of the benefits of getting the EA membership:

1) £2 off every EA race you do (so you only need to do 7.5 races per year to get your money back).
2) Only EA members are eligible for the club ballot for London marathon! 
3) The more EA members the club has, the more guaranteed London marathon places we get, which increases your chances of getting a place!

You can add EA membership any time of year, however the earlier you do it the more you get out of it. The deadline for EA membership effecting London Marathon places is 1st October.

If you have any questions, or would like to know more, please contact Lara Winter who will be able to help!

Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…

Bracknell: 13 SJs were present at Bracknell Parkrun’s 4th birthday party. Their method of celebrating? Running the course in reverse! Richard Johnson came through as first SJ in a fantastic 8th position, with a time of 21:30. Charlotte St Aubyn was first female through the funnel with a great time of 26:33. Meanwhile, Mo Willcox had cause of her own to celebrate, setting a course PB by 3 and a half minutes over her last outing! Well done to all SJs in Bracknell.

Frimley: Another bakers dozen amount of SJs were present at Frimley Lodge for the off. Max Woods was first SJ through with a great sub-20 time of 19:50. Lyn Davis was first SJ female and 8th overall with a time of 23:28. There was a big landmark parkrun for Simon Whillis, who ran his 200th parkrun! An incredible achievement, 169 of which have been at Frimley!

California Country Park: We had a parkrun winner at California (not that it is a competitive event, fun for all….)! Neil Praine led the 262 runners with a cracking time of 19:04. Meanwhile, Alison Bone was first SJ female through on her first visit to the course, and George Green set a new course PB, improving by over a minute compared to his first run at the event, well done George!

Tourism: Plenty of SJs were out and about this weekend at various parkruns. Stuart Overhill, Lisa Hale and Jonathon Taylor went to the home of parkrun, Bushy Park and were amongst the 1304-strong field of runners. On a slightly smaller scale, Richard Boese tried out Bedfont Lakes for the first time, on his 430th parkrun. John Paul Featherstone came home 3rd in age category at Newbury, John Tovell came in 2nd in age category at Crane, and Jim Haffey gave the hilly Alice Holt a go for the first time.

A terrific trio of Craig Bowles, Kate Parker and Louise Turnor gave Osterley a go for the first time, with Craig coming home 17th overall, not bad for a first go! Jon Payne was also in the First Timers club at Woking, along with Dave Bartlett at Blandford and Patrick Wadsworth at Sale (for a pre-Manchester run). Last, but by no means least, Andy Summerskill ran at the relatively new Dunstable Downs, on it’s 6th event. Well done to all SJ parkrunners!

Saturday Events…

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:

Jane proudly showing off medal #2

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/

Nigel Evans completed his 21st marathon, and 4th ultra marathon with the Phoenix Excalibur Day Run, held in Walton on Thames. In doing so, he smashed his previous PB by covering the 29.5 miles in a superb 5:35:31. Well done Nigel!

Elsewhere, there was a good SJ turnout at the Saturn Time Turner event in Windsor, run along the River Thames. Angela Foker, Debra Harris, Lance King and Tina Acock were among the SJs in attendance, well done to all members who ran!

Sunday events…

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…

Manchester Marathon: A good group of SJs headed up north for the 2019 Manchester Marathon. Headed up by Patrick Wadsworth (3:40:10), Michelle Moran (3:41:49), Claire Rowse (3:44:02), Caroline Stuart (4:05:12), Alison Jones (4:03:40) and Blanche Barnes (4:21:12) all put in fantastic runs in what was the 8th installment of the race’s history. More to come on that later on in the week!

Meanwhile, in London, Jim Laidlaw took on a 1 hour timed event in London, the Adidas City Run! Looks like a cracking event, might be one to look at doing in the future, well done Jim!


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 sets off from Sandhurst Memorial Park next Tuesday. Please arrive for 6:25 to be there for club announcements etc. There are different paced groups, from run-walk to 9 minute-mile, and everyone starts and finishes at the same point, in an hour, so there really is something for everybody!

Tuesday Intervals: Later the interval sessions will take place. The meeting point is at The Tythings in Yateley at 8pm. It’s hard work, but you’ll feel amazing afterwards! 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: A run with Erol will contain hills, laughs, and a couple of wrong turns (normally), but you can guarantee you’ll end up at the car park eventually, and with a smile at the end of it all! Meet at Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm and lights and high vis clothing will be required. The run is a great way to improve fitness by running as a group at a slightly harder intensity.

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, if you’re thinking of going somewhere new then post on the Facebook page as there may be other members planning on running at the same place as you! Wherever you are parkrunning – Don’t forget your barcode!

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.

Some fantastic running this week from so many SJs! Marathon season is well and truly underway, well done to those who have completed their big runs, and good luck to those who are training for their soon! Hopefully everyone’s enjoying the lighter mornings and evenings, look forward to seeing plenty of you out on club runs soon! Until next week!

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