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Weekly Run Down – 15th – 21st July

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 Family Olympics – Taking place at Horseshoe Lake on Saturday 31 August, this family friendly event will include socialising, games, and a Hog Roast (with vegetarian alternative). Bring your own drinks and picnic extras, the cost is £5 for adults (non-members welcome), with under 16s coming for free! Check your emails for further details on how to get tickets…once they’re gone, they’re gone!

SJ Pairs Relay – If you would like to take part in the club pairs relay next Tuesday (30th July) then please contact Wayne Boardman ASAP with your 5k time! We are always looking for volunteers to marshal as well as run, so don’t be put off just because you may not be able to run!

SJ Events

SJ Parkrun Explorers Collective Visits Poole Parkrun – The latest in the SJ Parkrun Explorers Collective road trips took place this week, with the group heading out on one of their slightly longer journeys to Poole. The weather played its part, and it looks as though the group had a lovely time running on one of the flattest parkruns in the country!

As for the actual parkrunning itself, we’ll have a look at that later on, but in the meantime, have a group photo!

SJ Sunday Pub Run – After some careful planning and organisation by Dick and Emy, the Sunday pub run took place this weekend. Once again, the weather decided to play ball, and the route chosen looked fantastic. Setting off from, and returning to The Poacher Inn in South Warnborough, the group took in the scenery on what looked like a beautiful off road route.

The pub runs are a lovely club event taking place throughout the summer, the idea being that the runs start from a chosen pub and take in a scenic route that’s differently from the norm. Some pub runs have already taken place, but there are more still to come so be sure to check out the Facebook page to see what is happening and where!

Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…

Poole – 8 SJs headed to down to Poole in the latest parkrun explorers morning out. Dave Breslin was first member through on his second run at the venue, coming through in a time of 20:33. Meanwhile, Sarah Alexander ran a time of 24:36 in her second run at the venue.

Special mentions go to Royston Crandley, Sam Goodall, Louise Turnor and Andy Hazell for completing their first runs at Poole.

Frimley – Slightly closer to home, and there was a monster turnout for a very special occasion, Janet Venables‘ 200th parkrun! She marked the occasion by running a time of 28:48, and coming 1st in age category! 192 of those 200 were at Frimley, so it would be rude to go anywhere else really. Well done Janet!

Meanwhile, Dave Ayling flew around to come through as the first member, in a time of 21:22, with Teresa Milroy through as first female member in a time of 26:32.

Special mentions go to Jacqueline Hutton and Jackie Roberts for completing their first runs at Frimley, and to Nigel Bassett, Jo Fraser and Lyn Winter for setting new PBs – a great run by everyone!

Bracknell – The speedsters headed over to Bracknell, with Krzysztof Zielinski coming through as first member, 7th overall and 2nd in age category. Meanwhile, Sacha Kendall-Woods came through as first female member, in a great time of 26:58.

Well done to Max Woods and Sacha Kendall-Woods for coming through 1st and 2nd in age category respectively.

Rushmoor – Three was the magic number on Saturday, with a trio of members heading to Queens Avenue. And it was another celebratory milestone, as Kimberly Soane ran her 50th parkrun, coming through in a time of 44:01! Meanwhile, Louisa Enriquez and John King ran times of 27:20 and 30:40, respectively, well done guys!

California Country Park – A good turnout at California saw 6 SJs run the course. Craig Bowles went sub-20 again to come through as the first member through, in a time of 19:46, a course PB as well! Meanwhile, Alison Winders was first female member through in a time of 27:59.

Special mentions go to Jonathan Taylor for completing his first run at the venue, and to Sam Weller and Ellie Watson, who also came through to score PBs!

It’s worth noting that this week’s winner at California has quite possibly the most ‘Windsor’ name I’ve ever heard….

Tourism – As well as the group trip to Poole, there was plenty of tourism on display as members headed out and about to get their parkrun fix. Let’s see who went where…

Basingstoke John Paul Featherstone ran a time of 25:52 in his 14th run at War Memorial Park.
Bushy Park Lisa Hale made her 13th pilgrimage to the Mecca of parkruns, finishing in a time of 21:03 to come through as 10th female overall.
Catterick Mark Neve headed up north and ran a time of 33:52 in his first run at Catterick.
Dunstable Downs Yvette Glacken ran a time of 41:35 in her first run at Dunstable.
Eastbourne Martin Gould headed down to the seaside, and ran a time of 24:37 in his first run at Eastbourne, also his 50th parkrun, a superb achievement! Well done Martin!
Guildford Stuart Mayes obviously took a read of the last Parkrun Profiles (shameless plug), running his first time at Stoke Park in a time of 23:18.
Hackworth – Parkrun #369 for Richard Johnson saw him run a time of 22:41, to come in 12th overall and 2nd in age category at Hackworth.
Higginson, Marlow Kate Parker headed to Marlow for her first run at the venue, coming through as 6th overall female, and 2nd in age category.
Houghton Hall Andy Summerskill ran a time of 28:25 in his 36th run at Houghton.

Some superb tourism on display this week, with all (other than the Explorers trip) in ‘first half of the alphabet’ locations! What’s next? I to P, then Q to Z the week after? We’ll see next week…

Other Saturday Events

Phoenix Running Space Race – Spread over Saturday and Sunday (but we’ll cover it all here), Richard Boese and Martin Gould ran this epic event. They enlisted a new recruit to the club as well, I think he still needs to pay his £15 membership though….

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…

Surrey Slog Half Marathon Iain Findlay ran this event, starting and finishing at the Duke of Kent School near Peaslake. Taking in the Surrey Hills near Holmbury, this ‘off-road and hilly route’ sounds like a toughie. Iain did it in a great time of 2 hours 26 minutes, well done Iain!

What goes up must come down….

Castle Howard 10k Series – Debbie Watson ran this 10k event in Yorkshire at Castle Howard, and completed it in a great time of 1 hour 15 minutes!

Asics 10k, London – This popular street event was run around the heart of London, setting off from Green Park. There was a good SJ turnout as well, with the following times recorded –

Jon Taylor – 50:25
Michelle Reardon – 1:09:52
Jenny Cave – 1:11:52
Sarah Jones – 1:18:23


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.

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