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
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:
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.
Club Events for the week ahead…
Patrick Wadsworth will be taking the Monday Club run from Sandhurst Sports Centre leaving at 7:30 for 6 miles in an hour (distances and duration are Monday miles and minutes and bear passing resemblance to those in use at other times). Hiviz and torches welcome!
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: I am not aware of any time this has not actually taken place but it will not be happening this month.
As a club we would like to politely request that you do not turn up at 19:30 “anyway” to just do it as it would not take too many to turn up for “others” to see it as us treating covid with disregard and continuing club events.
This would potentially bring the club into disrepute and I know that none of our members would want to do this so I do feel I am “teaching my granny to suck eggs” and apologise for the preachy tone but the needs of our club outweigh our needs right now.
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.
Erol will post the route details to the club facebook page later this week.
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.