Club Kit – Sally Kent will be placing a new order soon, so be ready should you wish to get your hands on some club kit.
Yateley 10k – The second Yateley race is taking place this Wednesday (3rd July), and SJs always do a great turn in pitching in by volunteering. Please email Roger and Alurie at email@example.com if you would like to lend a hand and volunteer to help make this event so successful and enjoyable for all involved.
SJ Parkrun Explorers Collective Visit Crane Park
This event, organised by Craig Bowles, was the latest in this exploratory group of parkruns, in which the club visits parkruns that are slightly further afield. Previous visits have taken the group to Bushy Park, and this time (much under the influence of John Tovell), the group headed to Crane Park, not far from Twickenham.
The weather was perfect, and there was some great running done by all members. After the run, as is the norm on these visits, the group headed to a local cafe for a drink and cake, and a well earned sit down and chat! All in all, it made for a very enjoyable morning, and I think I can speak for all members involved when I say I am looking forward to the next visit! Will it be the next feature of Parkrun Profiles? I couldn’t possibly say….
Friday – Elstead Marathon – The Elstead Marathon is a 5.4 mile (anyone know what the marathon title refers to?) off-road race, starting on the village green, taking in all terrains and finishing with a literal river crossing over the River Wey. Hopefully everyone has waterproof shoes! Representing Sandhurst Joggers at this event were Jim Laidlaw and Martin Gould.
Jim came through in a time of 37:22, a course PB by over three minutes, and a time to bring him home in 33rd out of 429 runners. Meanwhile, Martin came through in a great time of 48:38. Well done to both!
Other Saturday Events
Saturday – Samaritans 10k Bracknell
This charity event was run by a number of runners in the quite incredible heat of Saturday morning. The times were as follows:
Charles St Aubyn – 46:57
Sophie Le Saux – 56:28
Blanche Barnes – 59:30
Charlotte Chamberlain – 1:02:07
Richard McCready – 1:02:17
Jane Crawford – 1:02:17
Andrew Wood – 1:07:21
Paul Norman -1:08:36
Ellie Watson – 1:09:44
Susan Plumb – 1:13:59
Sam Goodall – 1:18:42
Sarah Jones – 1:21:05
Samantha Wood – 1:27:20
Parkrun – As already mentioned, a large group of SJs ran at Crane Park this weekend, but there were still plenty of people out and about all over the place! Let’s see who was where….
Crane Park – In the actual running part of this club visit, 21 members took part, and as a club we absolutely bossed it! Graham Robinson came through as first member, and first runner overall with a superb time of 17:23! Meanwhile, Sarah Hyatt came through as first female member and first female overall with a smashing run of 22:15!
First timers at were Graham Robinson, Alistair Ingall-Tombs, Craig Bowles, Ian Watson, Sarah Hyatt, Jon Green, Chris Cole, Sarah Alexander, Jim Haffey, Roy Bentley, Paul Alexander, Nick Metcalfe, Dave Bartlett, Kate Parker, Jo Fraser, Lyn Winter, Liz Evans, Nigel Evans and Jane Pond.
Particular mentions should go to Ian Watson for coming first in age category, and to Jo Fraser for setting an overall parkrun PB, well done guys!
Frimley – A bakers dozen number of SJs ran at Frimley Lodge, with Neil Praine leading the way, setting a PB and coming 2nd in age category whilst doing so, first SJ member through with a time of 18:56. Meanwhile, Charley Bryant was first SJ female through, in a time of 23:51, which brought her in 2nd in category also!
Meanwhile, special mention goes to Margaret Wakeling for completing her tenth parkrun, and first at Bracknell!
Bracknell – No bakers in sight at Bracknell, as a normal dozen completed this run in SJ red. Richard Johnson was first member through, eighth overall and first in age category with a great time of 20:50. Not far behind, Teresa Milroy was first SJ female through in a time of 28:34.
Well done to Mark and Rowena Norman, for completing Bracknell parkrun for the first time!
California Country Park – Five members got their fix of Californification this weekend, with Nigel Bassett coming through as first member in a time of 21:46, bagging a course PB in the process! First female SJ was Helen Davey, with a great time of 26:57.
It was a double success for the Bassett camp, as Gabrielle also achieved a course PB with a time of 27:57! Further congratulations go to Andrea Hadfield and Alurie Dutton for completing their first parkrun at California Country Park.
Tourism – Crane Park aside, plenty of members were out running at different parkruns this Saturday, also due to the fact that Rushmoor parkrun was not on this Saturday. Let’s see what went down….
Basingstoke – John Paul Featherstone completed Basingstoke in a time of 28:25 in his lucky 13th parkrun at War Memorial Park.
Haga (Sweden) – Mo Wilcox was this weeks ‘SJ Abroad’ (can I have a go at this please?) and completed the Haga course in a time of 27:36 in her first run, or ‘debut’ as the Swedish parkrun website calls it! Well done Mo, who’s parkrunning abroad next Saturday…?
Hanworth – Leading by example, Richard Boese completed the Hanworth course in a great time of 23:21 to bring him in 7th overall and 1st in age category. Well done Richard!
Kingston – Lisa Hale headed to Kingston for the 8th time, and came through as 3rd overall female, and 1st in age category with a time of 20:55.
Luton Wardown – Yvette Glacken completed Luton in 1:01:52.
Mole Valley – Stuart Mayes completed Mole Valley in a time of 25:19 in his first run at the venue.
Woodley – At one of the flatter parkruns on the scene, Hannah Glaister completed the course in a time of 30:17.
Well done to all SJs who got out and about for some parkrun tourism!
Some great totals on Strava over the last week, thanks to the various weekend events. Cream of the crop this week was Lisa Hale with a great total of 56.6 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:
Monday: Patrick Wadsworth will be taking 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. 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 sets off from Morgan Recreation Ground in Crowthorne this 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. This weeks session will be a pairs session, consisting of 45 minutes of effort. 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: 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: 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. 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, 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.
I’m sure some of you will have noticed the new restructured layout of the ‘Weekly Run Down’. The idea behind this is to emphasise the club events that take place, to shine more of a light on what we do as a club! From there, it does follow in a chronological order, instead of being purely focussed on parkrun and the rest being a bit of a second thought.
If you have any thoughts on this, then be sure to pass on any feedback, it would be appreciated. The format may change slightly over the next few weeks, but this is being considered a bit a prototype article, just to see how it goes! Don’t rip into it too much, we’re just trying something new!