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:
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/
Last Saturday there were 93 runners who represented Sandhurst Joggers at various parkruns.
Sandhurst Memorial – 49 Sandhurst Joggers took part here and the first SJ to finish was Andrew Provost getting around in a very rapid 20:25 with our first female being Sacha Kendall-Woods who completed it in 25:21
As expected for an event in its infancy there were 16 PBs – well done to all the below:
Martin Steadman 21:29, Mark Norman 22:02, Ian Watson 23:33, Iain Findlay 24:00, Nick Metcalfe 24:42, Richard Boese 24:45, Natasha O’Toole 26:54, Rowena Norman 27:07, Fiona Marshall 27:50, Ellie Watson 28:59, Mo Willcox 29:07, Lucy Howard 29:15, Alison Winders 30:15, Jane Ralls 35:12, Natalie Pollard 36:33 & Sarah Hyatt 44:14
Two Sandhurst Joggers finished in the top 10 here with Neil Praine coming in 5th overall with an astonishing time of 18:59 closely followed in 7th by Jon Payne in 19:18. Our first lady home was Caroline Stuart finishing in a time of 24:43.
Bracknell – in a fantastic time of 19:44, Neil Praine finished 3rd overall knocking over a minute off of his previous PB here! Vinnett Taylor once more leading the ladies home in 26:26.
Paul Sliwinski achieved a 5th PB in the last two months to show some impressive improvement in his form, looking forward to seeing how this improvement progresses Paul!
David O’Toole was the the 1st member to finish in a time of 23:43.
For the ladies, although they both finished in an official time of 26:30, Teresa Milroy placed just ahead of Louisa Enriquez in a very tight finish!
Seems like the cold weather was slowing people down as again as at other events there were no PBs gained today.
Bracknell parkrun – a dozen SJ’s took part here with the first member to finish being Matthew Jones who finished 8th overall in a great time of 21:32. Vinnet Taylor finished as first female in 26:09 to maintain her recent great record at Bracknell.
A milestone run for Hannah Whitman who completed 50 parkruns today, well done Hannah!
As per usual a number of our members took part in their local parkruns or were out touring, details below:
Houghton Hall Andy Summerskill 29:34
Bedfont Lakes in his 46th outing here, Stuart Overhill finished in 22:49
Burgess This was a first London parkrun for Lara Winter and she has set herself a marker of 27:35 here.
Castletown – it was a third Dublin run of the week for Stephen Casey 22:55
Clapham Common taking part in a huge field of 1,103 was Imogen Murray finishing in 29:35 Basingstoke completing his home parkrun in 28:48 was John Featherstone
Hazelwood Kate Parker is continuing her touring finishing in 30:01
Osterley – In his 1st run here, Royston Crandley finished in 25:22.
Swansea Bay At this gorgeous location, Helen Davy recorded 26:08
Worcester Pitchcroft – a brilliant time and new PB of 18:16 saw Neil Praine finish 2nd overall here, a brilliant run Neil!
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…
Bracknell Forest Cross Country
On to what was absolutely the biggest club event of the weekend and that was over at Lightwater Country Park for the Bracknell Forest Runners home event in the Thames Valley Cross Country league.
A seasons best of 47 runners proudly represented Sandhurst in the final event and Cross Country Captain Jon Green thanked all who attended and helped to move us up to finish joint 8th after a difficult season. A big thank-you as well to you Jon for your work across the season:
Obviously the TVXC League is a competition and well done to Graham Robinson, Nik Light, Jon Payne, Craig Bowles, Andrew Provost & Alistair Ingall-Tombs getting into those point scoring positions for the men.
For the ladies it was good to see the return of Jenny Robinson along with first timer Hannah Jacobs, Harriet Steel and Sacha Kendall-Woods grab the point scoring places for us – you did our club proud!
I hope to have a fuller round up of the XC Season sometime soon.
This event was really two events in one, the ongoing competitive one at the business end of the race and another where a lot of people wanted to challenge themselves and there was a lot of concern when calling out for runners beforehand with people claiming they were “too slow” or “not good enough”. It was so good to see so many of the more experienced runners providing so much encouragement beforehand which really encouraged so many 1st timers out – a credit to the club!
Whilst some of us who are newer may not have troubled the scorers, it did contribute to a real buzz beforehand and that was noted by George Green who is a veteran of 122 events and kindly showed us newbies how to do it!
It really was a great event and I really encourage people to try it. To get a good idea of it I strongly recommend checking Kate Parker’s photos that she took on Sunday. They were fantastic and a big thank-you Kate for these and can be found here
There are a lot of stories on social media but here are a couple of comments from first timers:
Being a slower runner always makes you think the events are for the elite faster runners, me included I always used to scroll past. With a group discussion on FB about this last cross country being for all, and the team needed numbers I decided to give it a go.
It was nice to see members before the start, and lots of good lucks and advise given. The run itself was hard but achievable, there was mud ( I thought there would be more), and there was hills (but I walked up them with lots of others).
There was great support from along the route even from other club members. It was a two lap course, and the 2nd lap certainly felt harder as the legs got tired, but the thought of all the sandwiches and cake at the end kept me moving. I will definitely be entering more club events, now I know they are for all abilities
I really enjoyed the Lightwater cross country (this being my first one ever) and found great support from fellow Sandhurst Joggers and other club members. I found the course a tough one but enjoyed the different terrain and mud! Really found it a good course and looking forward to doing some others later on in the year.
And for the statto’s here are the individual results for the club:
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!
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!
Wednesday: It’s the second Wednesday of the month so time for the Handicap. This four mile run over a two lap course around Crowthorne is ideal for all abilities and starts from the Morgan Rec in Crowthorne at 7:30pm. Don’t forget the post run curry at The Raj in Sandhurst
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.
Thanks for reading the Run Down, have a safe week of running and I’ll see you next week!