Pure Beginners is back for 2019! Starting this Tuesday (16th) at 6:30pm at the Memorial Hall Flagpole, Sandhurst, Liz, Debra and Lisa are looking forward to seeing new runners and post graduates. Welcome aboard our new PB’s!
Green Belt Relay: We are looking for more runners for the Green Belt Relay! Taking place on the 18th and 19th May, it’s a 22-stage relay race, around 220 miles of the Green Belt tracking the outside of London over a single weekend. The course follows footpaths, towpaths and minor roads.
Each team consists of 11 runners, with each person running one stage on the Saturday and another on the Sunday. Stages vary from 8 to 13 miles each day (some flatter than others!).
The race starts at Hampton Court at 8:30am on the Saturday morning and finishes around 6:00pm on Sunday evening at the Hawker Centre near Kingston. We have booked the same hotel as last year just outside Epping and will head out for food on the Saturday night.
Lots more information can be found on the website: http://www.greenbeltrelay.org.uk/index.htm
To secure your place, please can we now ask for a £50 deposit to be paid to the Sandhurst Joggers account, details as follows:
Sort Code: 20-05-00
Account Number: 80780456
PLEASE PUT YOUR NAME AND GBR AS REFERENCE
The total cost is usually around £70-80 per person, but this will only be finalised after the event and depends on how many people take part and if we can fill the hotel rooms.
Endure24: There are still spaces for Endure24! Taking place on Saturday 15th June, Endure is a 24 hour timed event, mixing serious ultra-running with a 24 hour team relay race. Run over a 5 mile lap in Reading, teams of up to 8 take part in the 24 hour event, the goal is just to run as much as you can, and enjoy the company of other runners. There will be a good SJ presence at the event, so don’t miss out! To secure your place, email Dave/Graham at ‘email@example.com’!
Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…
Bracknell: 17 SJs took on Bracknell this week, led round by Matthew Jones, who came in 11th overall with a great time of 21:17! Jackie Kent was the first female SJ, and 4th overall, coming in with a time of 26:52. There were some great achievements and milestones at Bracknell this week. Mo Willcox and Jane Pond set course PBs with times of 27:57 and 33:05 respectively. Meanwhile, Samantha Wood ran her 50th parkrun, a superb achievement, well done to all!
Frimley: In the constant Bracknell v Frimley battle for most SJ runners, Frimley won out this week, with 18 members present. Dick Newman was first member through the funnel, with a time of 21:36. Sarah Hyatt wasn’t far behind, as first female SJ, with a great time of 24:13. Amongst the achievements at Frimley, Louise Turnor recorded her first run at Frimley, Martin Gould took over 30 seconds off his course PB with a time of 24:39, and on her first parkrun in over 6 and a half years, Tracy Robinson was back with a bang, taking over 3 minutes off her previous time with a great run of 24:55!
Rushmoor: 7 SJs lined up on Queens Avenue ready for one of the flatter parkruns around, back after a week off due to other events. Coach Carl Bradshaw was first SJ through with a great time of 20:58. Helen Vizard came through as first SJ female, and 2nd in age category with a cracking run at 24:12. Stephen Casey recorded his 149th parkrun, just one away from the big one…well done to all SJs at Rushmoor!
California Country Park: 9 SJs headed over to the ever-popular California parkrun, fast becoming a regular feature in the Run Down. Stephen Mott came through in 2nd place on his first run at the course with a superb time of 19:30 only 15 seconds shy of his overall parkrun PB! Meanwhile, Jane Ralls was first female SJ through, with a course PB of almost a minute, in a time of 31:42. The usual assortment of achievements at California saw Chris Cole and Graham Bolton running their first parkruns at California, whilst Gavin Loader and Jenny Cave joined Jane in the PB club with great times of 29:31 and 37:11 respectively!
Tourism: SJs here, SJs there, SJs everywhere! Stuart Overhill, Lisa Hale and John King made the pilgrimage to Bushy Park. Liz Crow tried out Cannock Chase for the first time, as did Jim Laidlaw at Sewerby. Yvette Glacken and Andy Summerskill ran Houghton Hall, John Tovell posted a great run at Crane, and Sharon Conquer took on Northampton. Finally, Jon Payne and Stuart Mayes tried Alice Holt and March parkrun for the first time, and Alurie Maye Dutton set a course PB at Malborough Common. A massive well done to those SJs who were out and about parkrunning this weekend!
Other Saturday events…
The toughest of the tough headed to Bagshot for the Alpine course of the Brutal running series. Angela and Mark Foker joined Michelle Wilson in completing 5k (Angela and Michelle) and 10k (Mark) in one of the toughest events around.
Elsewhere, Charley Bryant ran the Magna Carta trail marathon in Runnymede with a superb PB of 3:52:19. Well done Charley!
There were some big events on this Sunday, starting with the Woodley 10k. Alan Kirby, Jon Green, Dave Bartlett, Paul Norman, Colin Carpenter, Alurie Dutton were present for the event.
Another weekend, another big marathon, this time in Brighton. Jonathon Taylor and Patrick Darcy took to the seaside event along with 16651 other marathon runners!
Richard Boese ran the Boston Marathon (UK), billed as the flattest marathon in the country, totting up his tally of marathons, now sitting at an incredible 81!
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 caters for all abilities with multiple groups that cover beginners 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, from Sandhurst Recreational Ground.
Tuesday Intervals: Later the interval sessions will meet at The Tythings in Yateley at 8pm. The session will be a pairs session, consisting of 45 minutes of effort. 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: This week the threshold/improvers run will be on the Crawley route. Meet at Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm and don’t forget lights and high vis clothing, even though the light is improving now. 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!
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.
Thanks for reading the latest installment of the weekly run down. If, for whatever reason, an event that you ran in the last 7 days isn’t included in this report, then please message me (Nick Metcalfe) on Facebook and I will update the article as soon as possible! Otherwise, have a good week of running and see you next Monday for an Easter special run down!