It does seem Storm Dennis put a stop to any events this weekends with many early cancellations taking place to stop people wasting time travelling.
Now for a while I have been seeing these Facebook & strava posts about Brutal events and Angela Fokker seems to have a passion for them. Waist deep mud and water??? What was the appeal so I just had to find out a little bit more and Angela obliged….
Me and Mark have been doing Brutal runs for about 4 years now , they are natural obstacle course races on trails – going through mud water and usually include a few hills.
We really enjoy them as there is a real camaraderie amongst all the runners- we are usually the oldest there but manage to keep up with the young ones !
The organisation is superb with very supportive Marshall’s . This weekend we did Brutal Bagshot , held on the army test tracks – lots of hills for the first few kilometres followed by waist deep water and mud! We loved it!
We got our gold medal in 2018 – this is gained by doing 5 of the brutal races in the year.
We are going for gold again this year. The next race is on the 29th February at Bordon – it is one of the muddiest Brutals. https://www.facebook.com/BRUTALrun/videos/168099207861964/UzpfSTUzNDE4OTM2NDoxMDE1ODIyMjk2MDAzOTM2NQ/?q=angela%20ronald%20foker&epa=SEARCH_BOX
Now out of respect for them doing them and appreciation for sharing this with me, I will just have to do one myself….
California Country Park
As per usual a number of our members took part in their local parkruns or were out touring, details below:
Later on this week there will be a more comprehensive write up with our members experiences of this event. It would be sooner but I need a bit of time to recover 😀
Club Events for the week ahead…
Patrick Wadsworth will be taking the Monday night chatfest meeting at 19:30 at Sandhurst Sports Centre. Faster runners will loop back for slower runners so we all get to chat and catchup. 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: Speed work Tuesday!
Pyramid session from 1-4 minutes.
(45 seconds recovery between each interval).
Meet at The Tythings @ 7.30
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.
Erol will post the route details to the club facebook page later this week.
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!
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.