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Weekly Run Down – 20th – 27th May

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!

Guide Running Sessions – Richard Boese is running (if you’ll pardon the pun) Guide Running Training Sessions on Tuesday 28th and Thursday 30th May. Starting at 7pm, and lasting for about an hour, the session will cover visual impairment, communication, risk assessment and guide running practice. Please see the Facebook event page for further details, or contact Richard Boese if you have any questions.

Endure 24 – There are still spots on the Endure 24 teams. Taking place on the weekend of the 15th and 16th June, in Reading, Endure 24 is billed as the ‘Glastonbury for Runners’, and mixes serious ultra-running with a 24 hour team relay race. Virtually anyone of any ability can take part and enjoy a challenging but rewarding weekend of running. The five mile woodland trail routes are incredibly scenic and end with a loop around the  race village where the awesome support from 8000 runners and spectators never stops.

Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…

Bushy Park: Yes, it was the SJ parkrun day out this Saturday! And what a fantastic turnout it was, with 28 SJs running where it all began, around a lovely one lap course through some stunning scenery, with a total turnout of 1396 runners! First through the finishing funnel in red was Craig Bowles, who took nearly a minute off his previous PB with a time of 19:30.

Elsewhere, first female member through was Sarah Hyatt, coming through 12th overall female and first in age category with a great time of 21:36.

Such was the turnout, the list of first timers and PBs is as follows:
First timers: Matthew Jones, Sarah Hyatt, Royston Crandley, Sacha Kendall-Woods, Jim Haffey, Mo Willcox, Graham Bolton, Patrick Wadsworth, Michelle Wilson, Liz Evans, Helena Jones, Natalie Pollard, Julie Graham

PBs: Craig Bowles, John Tovell, Dave Bartlett, Chris Cole, Kate Parker, Jane Bannister, Blanche Barnes, Mark Neve, Jane Pond, Andy Hazell, Louise Turnor.

Frimley: 11 SJs lined up at Frimley on Saturday, in a good field of 604 runners. First SJ member through was Max Woods, with a flying time of 20:09. Charley Bryant was the first female member through the finishing funnel, and 2nd in age category, with a great time of 23:35 in her first parkrun in 3 years!

Bracknell: It was a speedsters meeting at Bracknell, with 12 members flying around the course. Stephen Mott was first member though with a great time of 19:57, achieving a PB in doing so, in only his 10th parkrun! Nikki Fallowfield-Smith was first SJ female through, and first female overall with a great time of 22:59. Joining Stephen Mott in the PB club was Rob Cooper, coming through with a great time of 24:16. Well done to all members who ran at Bracknell!

RushmoorPaul James was the first member through the finishing funnel at Queens Avenue, with a time of 37:38! Sarcasm aside, well done Paul!

California Country Park: 6 SJs lined up at California ready for the ever-growing parkrun. Nigel Bassett was first member through, and 13th overall with a smashing time of 23:22. Jenny Cave was first female member through with a time of 37:49. It was a PB party at California, with Sam Weller, Gavin Loader and Andrew Wood coming through in times of 26:36, 29:02 and 29:27, respectively. A great effort by all members!

Tourism: The bank holiday weekend bought with it tourism, with members running at the following locations…

Arrow Valley: Mark Pattrick had his extra Weetabix and ran at Arrow for the first time, coming 15th overall and 2nd in age category with a time of 19:43!
Basingstoke: Helen Vizard must’ve had some of Mark’s Weetabix, setting a fantastic time of 23:50, and coming 2nd in age category.
Henley Wood: Monica Burbidge ran at Henley for the first time, and completed the course in a time of 35:36, fantastic effort Monica!
Prospect: Jon Green ran at Prospect for the second time, and went nearly 4 minutes quicker, in a time of 24:12. Damn, it must have been some Weetabix party this Saturday!
Rising Sun: Running for the first time at the venue, Chris Lawrence came through the finishing funnel in a time of 29:03.

Well done to all members who ran this weekend, a fantastic from everyone!

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/

Jon Taylor had a weekend of running up in Liverpool, completing the 5k in a time of 32 minutes and 57 seconds. More from Jon in the Sunday events….

The Phoenix Phenom that is Nigel Evans was out again on Saturday, this time completing the Pop-Up Saturday Evening Remembrance Marathon, up and down the River Thames. Nigel completed the marathon distance in a time of 5:10:07, another amazing effort!

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…

Lou Turnor, Andy Hazell and Craig Bowles headed to Westminster for the Westminster Mile, an event where the clue is in the title! Lou ran in 11:56, Andy in 13:47 and Craig in 6:01.

Jon Taylor continued his running weekend in Liverpool with a superb effort at the Liverpool Marathon, getting around in a time of 4:57:54. Well done Jon!

There was a double showing of SJs at the Edinburgh Marathon, with Claire Hobson finishing in a time of 3:57:49, and Wayne Boardman in 4:00:33. Wind speeds reached 39mph, so well done to Claire and Wayne on a phenomenal effort! (A rare long-running photo below….)

Graham Bolton completed the Running Grand Prix half marathon event at Mercedes-Benz World in Brooklands, completing the course in 2:07:59. Well done Graham!

Jon Green continued his fine running form with a tough Newbury 10k, getting round in a superb time of 52:17, well done Jon!

Midweek Events

No official events and whilst Storm Brendan did slightly disrupt some midweek runs, a bumper attendance of 37 members attended Track Night on Friday.

Our Coaches Carl Bradshaw, James Casey and Newton Johnston catered for all abilities coming up with challenging sessions that will help us all improve.

Bank Holiday Monday saw the running of the London Vitality 10k, with a route starting on The Mall, heading out towards Bank, and back via St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster before finishing at Buckingham Palace. A total of 15 SJs ran the event, with the results as follows:

Craig Bowles – 40:35
Patrick Wadsworth – 44:49
Steve Casey – 47:07
Karen Phillips – 48:24
Helen Vizard – 49:17
Alison Jones – 51:25
Kate Parker – 53:28
Michelle Wilson – 1:03:16
Gareth Hopkins – 1:06:41
Anne Evans – 1:08:58
Mark Foker – 1:09:08
Angela Foker – 1:09:08
Sarah Jones – 1:17:28
Debra Harris – 1:20:04
Natalie Pollard – 1:42:47

It looked like a fantastic event, so well done to all members who participated in it!


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.

It looks as though everyone enjoyed the Bank Holiday Weekend, and made the most of it by getting out and running! I hope everyone has a good week, enjoys their running, and stays injury free! See you next week!

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