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SJ Weekly Run Down – 15th – 21st April

Club Announcements

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  

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 ‘events@sandhurstjoggers.org.uk’!

Onto the weekend running and starting with

Frimley: A baker’s dozen 13 SJs took to Frimley Lodge for the Easter run, with Alistair Ingall-Tombs leading round, coming in 17th place overall with a time of 19:50. Beki Christian was first SJ female round, and 25th overall female with a great time of 25:29. It was a lucky 13th run at Frimley for Blanche Barnes, as she and Jane Pond achieved course PBs with times of 26:8 and 32:07 respectively. Great effort by all SJs!

Bracknell: 12 SJs took to Bracknell this weekend, with Stephen Mott coming in as first overall SJ, and 10th overall with a time of 21:20. Meanwhile, Lisa Hale was the 3rd female overall with a great time of 23:17. Special mention goes to Chris Cole, setting a new parkrun PB with a super time of 27:14, well done Chris!

Rushmoor: It was Sandhurst on tour, as 24 members took to Queens Avenue playing fields for the notoriously flat Rushmoor parkrun! James Ratcliffe was first member through the funnel with a great time of 19:14, while Sarah Hyatt was first female member through with a time of 22:34. Half of the 24 members present were through in sub-26 minutes, a fantastic effort!

Congratulations to Paul James, Andrea Hadfield, Jane Crawford, Sarah Hyatt and Nick Metcalfe who all set PBs, whilst Alan Kirby and Vicky Rice ran at Rushmoor for the first time. A big congratulations also goes to Stephen Casey, who ran his 150th parkrun, quite the achievement! Well done to all members who ran at Rushmoor.

California Country Park: 6 SJs ran at California, with Robert Jerrett finishing as first SJ with a course PB of 19:47. Michelle Cronin was first female SJ through on her first run at California with a great time of 28:03. Joining Rob in the PB club were Samantha Wood and Mathew Jones, while Helena Jones joined Michelle in the first timers club.

Tourism: My word, there was some parkrun tourism this week. In total, Sandhurst Joggers members attended 29 parkruns this Easter weekend! Therefore, for ease of reading, I have taken the editorial decision to simply list the events below, with notes on who ran, achieved PBs etc. Here we go!

Alice HoltClive Rolfe and John King took on the hills at Alice Holt, posting times of 22:41 and 29:36 respectively, well done both!
Banbury Michelle Wilson made her first visit to Banbury, and ran a time of 32:59 in doing so.
Brooklands Graham Bolton headed to Brooklands for the first time and recorded a great time of 25:30.
Bushy Park Stuart Overhill was the sole SJ at parkrun Mecca, posting a great time of 21:29.
Crane ParkJohn Tovell clocked in his 215th parkrun and came 2nd in age category with a fantastic time of 23:06.
Guernsey – 4 SJs headed overseas to Guernsey! Simon Whillis and Sarah Alves de Sousa and Anne Whillis clocked with times of 27:36, 34:15 and 51:55 respectively. There was a PB for Alison Bone, who clocked a great time of 32:37.
Houghton HallAndy Summerskill completed the course in 51:16.
HuddingeFredric Frennessen completed one of the smaller parkruns around, coming 6th out of 14 runners in Sweden!
Lanhydrock Max Woods ran his 10th run at the venue, getting round in 23:04.
Luton WardownYvette Glacken ran her 82nd event at Luton, and posted a time of 39:40.
Maidenhead Kate Parker did a good time of 28:38 at a shady Maidenhead, good to know for the sunnier Saturday mornings!
Medina Katy Kennedy went overseas, albeit only to the Isle of Wight, for her 15th run at Medina, this time coming round in 26:30.
Newbury John Paul Featherstone ran a time of 29:47 in his 20th run at Newbury.
Northampton Sharon Conquer was back at Northampton, getting round in 50:17.
Poole Wayne Boardman ran at Poole for the second time, clocking a good time of 27:24.
Queen Elizabeth Jane Ralls paid her majesty a visit for the first time, finishing in 33:01.
Rickmansworth Royston Crandley ran at Rickmansworth for the first time, coming through in an impressive time of 23:48.
Stratford-upon-AvonMark Pattrick completed his 150th parkrun at Stratford in a great time of 19:16. Well done Mark on a great achievement!
Street Gemma Potter visited Street for the first time in her fifth parkrun, and did a great time of 30:18 in the process.
Tamar Lakes Jon Green headed up north (edit: ‘more west than north’, according to the man himself) and ran a time of 24:49 in his first visit to Tamar Lakes.
Tamar Trails Stuart Mayes tried out Tamar for the first time, and posted a great time of 25:11 in his 120th parkrun.
Teignmouth Promenade Susan Plumb visited Teignmouth for the first time and completed the course in 31:30.
Upton CourtJim Haffey visited Upton Court for the first time.
Wetherby Lucy Howard clocked a great time of 26:27 in only her 5th parkrun! Fantastic effort!
Winchester Dick Newman came through 4th in his age category with a time of 21:31 in his first Winchester run.

Saturday Events…

Members made the most of the 4 day weekend, with plenty of events taking place over the weekend!

The Maidenhead Easter 10 Miler saw a great turnout from 18 SJs, getting the Easter weekend off to a proper start. Robert Jerrett was first SJ across the line with a great time of 1:04:10. Meanwhile, Sarah Alexander was the first female SJ to finish with a good time of 1:24:40. A politician was also on hand to give some direction and show leadership, for a change, as Theresa May provided marshalling support for the race…

Nigel Evans completed the Marmalade Mooch Phoenix Run in the Saturday heat, quite the achievement! Even more so considering Nigel also completed the Pyjamathon on Wednesday, what with the Pheonix Excalibur event he completed last week that made it 3 Phoenix runs in 7 days, incredible effort from Nigel!


To take part in this just create a free Strava account and link it to the club in your profile.

This week on Strava we managed to hit the magic mark with 100 members logging runs on Strava. Charley Bryant claimed the top spot for the first time. 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 Club run from Sandhurst Sports Centre leaving at 7:30 for 6 miles in an hour (distances and duration are Monday miles and minutes and bear passing resemblance to those in use at other times). Hiviz and torches welcome!

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.

Speed Work Tuesday:

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.

Erol will post the route details to the club facebook page later this week.


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.

Apologies the run down was a bit later than normal this week, there was just so much running! Well done to all who took part in various events, including those incredible parkrun efforts. Thanks for reading again, hope everyone is running well. Isn’t there a little running event on Sunday….?

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