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SJ Christmas Day Run Down

Club announcements

I hope you have all had an enjoyable Christmas with plenty of running gear found under the Christmas tree and are ready to burn off those mince pies (or in my case the christmas pudding with Baileys cream)! One of my favourite presents has been the opportunity to take up the publicity role here.

First off I would like to thank Nick Metcalfe for all the fantastic work he put into the Run Down’s and other publicity work in 2019 – they were a great read and I appreciate the offer of support to help me settle in.

SJ Events

The Christmas Swapshop (formerly the Mince Pie Run) – Saturday 28th December from 14:00 to 17:00. Another fantastic event organised for the club with two of the most important aspects of life, running and the pub 😀

More details can be fond here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2622989787786053/

So lets get started with Christmas Day parkruns

Frimley Lodge – A bumper turnout of 23 members enjoyed their festive run here amongst the 532 runners and they were led home by Dave Breslin in 22:02. Our first female being Emy Circuit in 26:01 pipping Sacha Kendall-Woods by 3 seconds. Congratulations for achieving course PBs go to Fiona Marshall (28:37) and Dave Metcalfe (30:41) – well done on a day where few PBS were achieved.

A special mention must go to Simon Whillis for completing his 50th parkrun this calender year, a Gold Level Obsessive in the parkrun challenge world and a brilliant achievement in the real world – great commitment!

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California Country Park – a round dozen took part in California’s first ever Christmas Day event with Vinnett Taylor leading the way in her first run here in 25:26 with the first male SJ being Ian Watson in 36:00.

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Rushmoor – 8 members were at Queens Avenue as Rushmoor celebrated Christmas by being back to its normal course. Jon Payne with a stunning time of 19:52 being the first SJ through.

Leading the ladies was Kirsty Kent whose time of 21:55 was also a PB, well done Kirsty!

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Woodley – Just the 2 members here today, the father/son combo of Jon Green and George Green finishing in 23:20 and 25:07 respectively.

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Tourism – with members out and about visiting family it was a good excuse for a bit of tourism..

Richmond Kate Parker completed her first run here in a time of 26:54 but this also clocked up Kate’s 50th parkrun of the year earning the Gold Level Obsessive badge. Stunning achievement Kate!

Southport James Woolner ran his 2nd event here in 39:58 helping his daughter Kaitlyn achieve a new PB in the process!

Crane ParkJohn Tovell running at his home parkrun finished in 24:27.

Northalla Roy Bentley recorded a time of 31:20 in his first run here.

WetherbyGraham Robinson was 2nd finisher here in an awesome time of 18:56

Malling – completing her 25th parkrun, Monica Burbidge finished her first run at Malling in 36:30 .

Upcoming Events

I do keep an eye out on Strava/Facebook etc for events people are taking part in but do feel free to ping me a message if you have taken part in an event.

Let me know the event, your time plus any pictures especially of your medals. I will shamelessly be stealing the concept of #medalmonday from our mutual friends at 3ctri and YES cycling groups. Get your pics to me by Sunday evening for this please.

Also I will carry on the tradition of giving people who have taken part in events the opportunity to provide a short write-up. This allows other members to find out about other events and it is always helpful to hear the real experiences rather then what may appear on event websites.

Club Events for the week ahead…

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.

Thanks for reading the Run Down, have a safe week of running and I’ll see you next week!

Please do let me know if you are doing any events, I can only report what I see on Strava and Facebook and I hope you appreciate there are those I may not see!

Ping me a message over the weekend and I will include it so others can see what we are doing and may be inspired to try a different event.

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