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SJ Weekly Run Down – April 1st to 7th

Club Announcements

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!

Other Saturday Events…

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…

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!


Some great totals on Strava over the last week, thanks to the various weekend events. Cream of the crop this week was Lisa Hale with a great total of 56.6 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 taking 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. 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 sets off from Morgan Recreation Ground in Crowthorne this 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. This weeks session will be a pairs session, consisting of 45 minutes of effort. 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: 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: 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. 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, 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. 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.

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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