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Weekly Run Down – 6th to 12th January

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!

Midweek Events

No official events and whilst Storm Brendan did slightly disrupt some midweek runs, a bumper attendance of 37 members attended Track Night on Friday.

Our Coaches Carl Bradshaw, James Casey and Newton Johnston catered for all abilities coming up with challenging sessions that will help us all improve.

Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…

Last Saturday there were 93 runners who represented Sandhurst Joggers at various parkruns.

Frimley Lodge

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.


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 – 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!

Sandhurst Memorial – to help the muddy sections recover, a 3rd course has been devised for this novice event. Not to be thrown by this change, Craig Bowles was our first member to finish in 20:30. In her first run here, Michelle Cronin was our 1st lady to finish in 25:15.

Personal Bests for
Charlotte St Aubyn
Natasha O’Toole
Jane Bannister
Ellie Watson
Mo Wilcox
Lucy Howard
Colin Carpenter
Jo Fraser
Cat Wickham
Mark Neve
Mike Gascoigne
Sarah Hyatt
Fiona Gascoigne

At other local parkruns:

Dinton Pastures – A sole SJ attended this lovely lake course as Alison Winders crossed the line in 30:24.

Parkrun Tourism:

Bushy – Attending the spiritual home of parkrun, Clare Gujer crossed the line in 29:33. Time soon for a SJ Collective to visit here!!
Bath Skyline – In her first visit here, Helen Davy completed this picturesque course in 27:42.
Homewood – Completing a personal favourite course of mine in a course PB of 26:03 was Kate Parker.
NewburyLeon Hicks finishing his 1st run here in 31.55
Woking – First timer Simon Tigg recording 30:49 in his first visit here.

Local parkruns further afield

Seaton – Back out on a very blustery Esplanade Will Lucas finished in 28:31
Houghton Hall – A regulation run for Andy Summerskill finishing in 27:40 Basingstoke – In his 50th parkrun John Featherstone finished in 29:27.

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…


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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 will as always offer multiple groups to cater for all abilities from beginners through to faster and more experienced runners. It’s perfect for novices and those coming back from injury or a long lay-off because you can start with an easy group and work your way upwards. The start time is 6:30pm as always this week from the regular start at Sandhurst Memorial Park.

Tuesday Intervals: Meeting up at The Tythings at 7:30pm, this weeks speedwork will be 2 x 5 mins, 2 x 4 mins, 2 x 3 mins with 1 minute recovery.

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.

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

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