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Weekly Run Down – 17th – 23rd June

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!

Sandhurst Joggers Parkrun Explorers Collective visits Crane Park – The next installment of the Sandhurst Joggers Parkrun Explorers Collective (or the SJPEC) will be on Saturday 29th June, with a visit to the regular parkrun of SJ member John Tovell – Crane Park near Twickenham. It’s a flat and fast course on mixed surfaces in a very tranquil setting.

It’s approx. 35 minutes drive from Sandhurst and the start and finish are in different locations so John has recommended parking near the Finish in Ellerman Avenue or one of the other nearby roads.

All are welcome and hopefully see lots of SJs there in club kit. Don’t Forget Your Barcode. There isn’t a cafe at the park so post-run refreshments will be arranged nearer the time, or maybe John will invite us round for breakfast…

Guide Running Training Session – Richard Boese has organised the next guide running training session for Wednesday 26th June. The session will start at 19:00 and should last for around an hour. If you attended the first session, you can still attend this one to build up your experience. Likewise, if you missed the first one then this is a great chance to have a go at guide running!

Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…

Frimley – 16 members made it over to Frimley Lodge for their parkrun fix. James Ratcliffe was this week’s Weetabix eater, as he sped around in 19:05 to come in as first SJ member, 12th overall, and 1st in age category. Meanwhile, the legend that is Lisa Hale wasn’t too far behind, coming through in 21:25 and 2nd in age category.

Special mention goes to Donna Dobson who completed her first parkrun on Saturday, hopefully the first of many Donna!

Bracknell – Bracknell won out in the ongoing Frimley v Bracknell battle for highest SJ attendance, with 20 members running. Richard Johnson set a superb time of 21:03 to come in 7th overall and 2nd in age category in his 139th parkrun at Bracknell. Sharon Fields set a great time of 26:52 to come in as first SJ female, also coming in 2nd in age category.

Well done to Tom Stafford, who continues to take hefty chunks out of his times, this time setting a PB by 45 seconds with a great time of 31:04. Well done Tom!

Rushmoor – There was a healthy offering of SJs at this slightly further afield parkrun, obviously drawn in by the flat going. A perfect 10 members ran at Rushmoor this week, with Mark Norman putting his wings on and flying around in a time of 21:14 to be first member through, in what was his first parkrun. You see that bar Mark? You’ve set it quite high now, no pressure! Louisa Enriquez was first female SJ through the funnel with a great time of 26:47.

Special mentions go to Rowenna Norman for also running her first parkrun, and to Liz Evans for setting a course PB and an overall parkrun PB with a time of 29:27 in her 25th run at Rushmoor. Boom!

California Country Park – Another perfect 10 headed over to the three Cs, for event number 18 at California. Nigel Bassett was first SJ through, in a course and parkrun PB time of 22:41, great effort Nigel! Beki Christian also must have had her Weetabix as she smashed out a course PB time of 25:50 to come through as first female SJ and 4th female overall.

Special mentions go to Sarah Lesley Jones for completing her first parkrun at California in a time of 38:35, and to Chris Cole and (a hungover) Kate Parker, who fancied getting in on the PB action with times of 24:59 and 28:03, respectively. Well done to all members who ran at California!

Tourism – As per usual, plenty of people were out and about getting their parkrun fix on Saturday. Let’s see who went where….

Basingstoke John Paul Featherstone ran at Basingstoke, completing the course in a time of 34:29.
Bushy Park John King made his pilgrimage to Bushy and ran a time of 27:54 in his 13th run at Bushy.
Dinton Pastures Dave Breslin came through 1st in age category with a great time of 21:59 in his first run at Dinton.
Guildford – (Spoiler alert) Nick Metcalfe ran a time of 24:22 in his first run at Guildford.
Hanworth Jim Haffey headed to Hanworth, and ran a time of 25:53 in his first run at the venue, in only it’s eighth run.
Hogmoor Inclosure Alistair Ingall-Tombs and Graham Bolton ran times of 20:46 and 26:42 in their first runs at Hogmoor. Alistair came through 9th overall and 2nd in age category.
Maidenhead Robert Jerrett set a superb time of 20:30 in his first run at Maidenhead, coming through 7th overall and 2nd in age category.
Portrush Andrea Hadfield was this week’s designated overseas SJ parkrunner, and ran a great time of 30:48 in her first run at Portrush.
Wetherby WE HAD A PARKRUN WINNER ON SATURDAY! Graham Robinson led the 144 runners around at Wetherby, finishing in a great time of 17:37. Jenny Gray also ran a blinder, finishing in 22:26 to come through as 2nd female and 1st age category. Fantastic running, well done both!
Woodley – In his 9th run at the venue, Craig Bowles flew around Woodley in a time of 19:37, setting a course PB in the process. Well done Craig!

As usual, superb tourism, well done SJs!

Midweek Events

The main event was the SJ January Handicap run.

The January handicap winner Elin Loftesness.

The handicap report came out last week and can be found in the handicap Archives.

Forest Five – Organised by Bracknell Forest runners, the Forest Five takes in forest tracks of grass and gravel in the scenic Windsor Forest. There was a strong showing from SJs at this local event, with 13 members running, their results were as follows:

Andrew Brooks – 33:53
Matthew Jones – 35:17
Chris Cole – 41:41
Beki Christian – 42:09
Alison Jones – 44:10
Teresa Milroy – 44:40
Amy Gates – 46:09
Colin Carpenter – 48:08
Georgina Hogben-Stephenson – 51:36
Helen Clayton – 57:18
Alurie Dutton – 59:38
Julie Graham – 1:00:55
Sarah Jones – 1:03:37

Well done to everyone who ran the Forest Five!

Saturday Events…

The first event of the year saw Dave Bartlett, Jane Bannister and Patrick Wadsworth head off to Newlands Corner for what looked like a great event and which the organisers describe as:

“A fantastic hilly run attracting the very best and most fun-loving runners. This popular event is well renowned for its tough cross country routes, and so sells out extremely quickly (absolutely nothing to do with the infamous homemade brownies and flapjacks).  Medals can be earned at each event for all finishers. Will you get all 3? “

Here is what Dave had to say about it:

After reading about the G3 series early last year, I instantly added it to my must do list. Arriving at Newlands Corner on Saturday 4th January was a bit of a shock for an 08:30 start, so soon after the festive break. It was however pleasing to be greeted by Patrick Wadsworth, parking Marshal and a smiling Jane Banister who was issueing numbers for this long anticipated off road 10K.

With just under 300 runners the start was a little congested, that said it was a very welcome steady start as without the bottlenecks we would have probably headed out faster than we’d liked as the first kilometre or two were mainly downhill. Keeping a fairly steady pace I found myself climbing to the wonderful St Martha’s church which bought some incredible views and another welcome downhill kilometre after a rather sandy climb. Heading off through beautiful woodland it kind of reminded me of running at the Look Out, I did however quickly realise it was the Surrey Hills as I found myself back at St Martha’s for the second time in a 10K run.

A very well marshalled and welcoming event, I’m looking forward to races 2 & 3 of the series. If cross country is your thing you need to add this series to your 2021 bucket list. I’ve never managed to park so close to a start finish line as I did at this, the Marshall’s and all other runners were first class in the support.

See you out there again soon, Dave

Jane Bannister proudly displaying her medal

Have a look here for event details: https://aat-events.com/race/g3-run/

Giants Head Marathon – Referring to the location, not the runners, Richard Boese, Jonathan Taylor and Lance King ran this event in Dorset, in some stunning scenery. Their times were as follows:

Richard Boese – 6:15:26
Jonathan Taylor – 6:59:41 (phew!)
Lance King – 7:43:51

Sunday events…

I was unable to see any this weekend and was not notified of any attendance at events but really expecting this to change as the year progresses!

Round Bracknell Relay – This internal club event took place on Sunday morning, with teams of 4 setting off around Bracknell, would you believe! The results were as follows:

1st: Team C (Alan, Dave, Emy and Colin) – 3 hours 54 minutes
2nd: Team D (Jackie, Alistair, Erol and Martin) – 3 hours 56 minutes
3rd: Team E (Lottie, Ian, Charles and Stephen) – 3 hours 59 minutes
4th: Team B (Matt, Royston, Luis and Janet) – 4 hours 8 minutes
5th: Team A (Janice, Jon, Dick and Nigel) – 4 hours 12 minutes

Customary action shots below, and a big thank you must go to Paul Biggs for organising, and those who marshaled too. Go team!

Weybridge 10k – Someone call 999, Jim Laidlaw’s on fire!! Oh no, it was just his running number at Weybridge, as he joined other SJs ready for the latest event on the summer 10k calendar. Quite a popular event, well run, and attended by a good few SJs, the results were as follows:

Jim Laidlaw – 41:20
Caroline Cutliffe – 1:11:54
Monica Burbidge – 1:14:01
Alurie Dutton – 1:14:02


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:

Monday: 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, suitable for all paces.

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. 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.

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