Cross Country: Provisional dates have been released for the upcoming cross-country season. They are as follows:
6th – Metro’s
20 – TVT
10th – Datchet
24th – Sandhurst
1st – Handy Cross
22nd – Reading Roadrunners
5th – Bracknell Forest Runners
19th – Tadley
There is no ‘advanced’ entry, it is just a case of turning up on the day. Anyone can score points and have an important say in the results of the Championship, so please don’t be put off just because you don’t expect to win – every runner helps!
For further information on the Cross Country, please contact the Cross Country Captain, Jon Green.
SJ Parkrun Explorers Collective Visits Bushy Park: On Saturday 25th May, Sandhurst Joggers Explorers Collective shall be paying a visit to the home of parkrun, Bushy Park. A single lap course through the beautiful park, with up to 1500 other runners!
It’s approximately 45 minutes drive from Sandhurst, and worth getting to early as the main car park fills up pretty quickly. The meeting point will be the Pheasantry Cafe at 8:25am. Don’t forget your barcode, and hopefully we’ll have a good SJ turnout!
Onto the weekend running and starting with
Bracknell: 8 SJs headed over to Bracknell for their weekly parkrun fix. David Ayling was first member through, with a great time of 22:49. Jackie Kent was first SJ female through, and 11th overall, posting a good time of 28:42. Special mentions go to Rob Cooper, who ran his first Bracknell parkrun, and Lyn Winter, who set a PB with a time of 30:52, taking over a minute off of her previous PB, a fantastic effort!
Frimley: 9 SJs ensured that Frimley just edged out Bracknell in the weekly Frimley v Bracknell battle for highest SJ turnout. Dave O’Toole was first member through with a great time of 22:58, while Liz Evans was first SJ female member through with a time of 31:06. It was lucky 13 at Frimley for Michele Reardon, who set a PB of 31:49, taking over a minute off her previous best. Well done to Michele!
California Country Park: California celebrated it’s tenth event, and 7 SJs were present to give it a run. Craig Bowles was first SJ member through, and 13th overall, with a time of 21:38. Dave Breslin, Patrick Wadsworth and Nigel Bassett all paid their first visits to California and finished in the top 25, recording times of 22:34, 22:50 and 22:51 respectively.
Tourism: There was some fantastic tourism this week, following last weeks Easter spectacular. Members were present at the following runs:
Basingstoke: John Paul Featherstone headed to War Memorial Park and put in a time of 24:58 in his 30th parkrun.
Brockenhurst: Sally Kent headed to Brockenhurst for the first time, and posted a good time of 35:13.
Brooklands: 4 SJs went on a little tourism trip this Saturday. Dave Bartlett, Jane Bannister, Mo Willcox and Louisa Enriquez did times of 23:34, 25:59, 26:08 and 26:11, respectively. Special well done to Jane, Mo and Louisa, coming in as 10th, 11th and 13th female runners at the event.
Crane Park: John Tovell ran a great time of 23:09, coming in 29th overall.
Dinton Pastures: Lisa Hale came through as 7th female overall in her first visit to Dinton, posting a great time of 24:25.
Fell Foot, Newby Bridge: Up in the Lake District, Simon and Anne Whillis ran times of 27:35 and 45:35 respectively on their first visit.
Houghton Hall: Andy Summerskill clocked a time of 29:04 in his 32nd run at Houghton.
Newbury: It was first time at Newbury for Jim Taffey, who finished in 28:41 in his 60th parkrun.
Northampton: Sharon Conquer took on Northampton, coming through in 1:02:35.
Osterley: Stuart Overhill ran a good time of 21:46 to come in as 30th male at Osterley.
Reading: Gemma Potter made her first appearance in Reading, and ran a great time of 24:45!
Seaton: Will Lucas headed to the home of the Grizzly, and posted a time of 26:14, coming through as 50th male.
Worsley Woods: A great effort from Beki Christian saw her post a time of 25:58 in her first run at Worsley Woods.
Well done to our SJ tourists this week!
Virgin Money London Marathon
Was there a marathon on this weekend? Pretty sure I saw something about an event in London? Might have just been me. Nope, it was the 39th London Marathon, the biggest marathon in the country, and arguably the biggest running event in the world. More than 40,000 runners took to the streets of London to take part in the event, this year surpassing the £1 billion goal of money raised for charity.
And of course, at one of the best running events in the world, there was a strong presence from the best running club in the world, Sandhurst Joggers! On all sides of the fence, running, marshalling, and spectating, SJs played their part in making the event what it is.
Official times for SJ runners were as follows (in no particular order) –
Gabrielle Bassett – 3:52:43
Wayne Boardman – 3:57:07
Sharon Burfield – 3:45:10
Donna Cooper – 4:30:22
Kirsty Darcy – 5:03:24
Holly Dunn – 5:11:54
Iain Findlay – 4:16:40
Andrea Hadfield – 4:38:25
Lisa Hale – 3:26:55
Polly Harris – 5:38:18
Stuart Holbrook – 4:24:35
Jacqueline Hudson – 5:27:25
Sarah Hyatt – 3:36:41
Lina Johnson – 4:08:13
Alison Jones – 4:14:50
Chris Lambourne – 4:02:50
Sophie Le Saux – 3:52:41
Nick Metcalfe – 3:58:45
Lucy Ong – 4:25:59
Kate Parker – 4:45:24
Kathryn Shaw – 3:24:39
Caroline Stuart – 4:00:12
Philip Turner – 4:15:33
Andy Yates – 4:28:35
Mariksa Yates – 4:23:08
Another big shout out must go to all the marshalls who helped with the medal hanging and finish line organisation. They provided someone to smile with, hug, and just be grateful to see after what was such a testing event! As you can imagine, there will be more on this later on in the week, keep your eyes peeled….
To take part in this just create a free Strava account and link it to the club in your profile.
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.
What an amazing week. London does take a lot of the running spotlight, rightly so in many regards, and it does serve as a great reminder of how closely-knit the running community is, both within the club and in general. I certainly felt proud to be a Sandhurst Jogger on Sunday, seeing all the Facebook posts of those spectating from home etc, as well as seeing recognisable faces upon finishing, I’m sure all other members who ran would agree with me. Well done an incredible 7 days of running, now on to the next week! I have a feeling some of us may spend a fair bit of it resting…now, where did I put my Easter eggs?