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Weekly Run Down – 2nd to 8th March

Club announcements

Monthly Handicap

This Wednesday sees Race 3 of the 2020 Handicap Series taking place at Morgan Rec. at 19:30

Please all make sure you turn up promptly as there are some changes being made due to the increasing numbers we are getting. It will no take long to cover but you will need to know it 🙂

And most importantly for some, pop into The Raj in Sandhurst for the post-run drink and curry!

Onto the weekend running and starting with

Saturday Events

A much more pleasant weekend was in store for us for the first time in ages!

Phoenix Spring Marathon

It’s your birthday so what do you do? Well if you are Alison Jones you go run a Marathon to kick off a day of running, celebrations and gourmet dinners!

Joining her were Andrea Hadfield and Sharon Burfield for an enjoyable run down the Thames looping from Walton to Hampton Court.

Frimley Lodge

A PB of 18:33 saw Neil Praine finish 4th overall in his 95th run at Frimley and the ladies were led in again by Stephanie Tillman in 35:23.


Richard Johnson led Sandhurst home in 22:15 finishing 6th overall with Charlotte St Aubyn again leading the ladies home in 30:53.

An unofficial milestone of 200 parkruns was clocked up by Charlie St Aubyn, well done and a great achievement!


Our leading Sandhurst Jogger this week was Helen Vizard completing her run in 24:50 with Simon Tigg the first male SJ to finish in 28:52

California Country Park

A Magnificent 7 SJs were over at California and were led down the finish funnel by George Green who finished in 24:55 with our first lady finisher being Beki Christian who finished in 25:54.

A new PB of 26:29 was recorded by Fiona Marshall who knocked over a minute off her previous best!

Sandhurst Memorial

Finishing in 5th overall, Krzysztof Zielinski was the first SJ to cross the line in 22:32. V Taylor was once again the first lady to finish in 26:57.

Running on the longer “Flood Course”, PBs are difficult but Chris Brooks bagged one finishing in 56:38.

As per usual a number of our members took part in their local parkruns or were out touring, details below:



Prepping for the Grizzly, 8 SJs were in attendance down on the Esplanade.

Sarah Hyatt led the club members home in a new PB of 23:40 with Dave Breslin the first male to finish in 24:49.

Sarah’s recent streak of PBs must be contagious as Neil Hyatt also recorded a PB of 30:43!

Basingstoke Stuart Mayes recorded 23:12 in his 1st run here.
Gunnersbury Simon and Anne Whillis both recorded PBs finishing in 27:06 & 47.22 respectively whilst Jane Ralls completed her 1st run here in 31:05.
Southwark – Richard Boese crossed the line in 30:07 in his first time here to complete his parkrun compass challenge!.
LowestoftAlurie Dutton recorded a PB of 34:14 with her sister Yvette Glacken completing in 44:00.
Hazlewood – First timers Elin Loftesnes and Janet Ford completed the London Irish course in 26:54 & 29:51 respectively.
Hanworth Alison Winders finished in 27:50 in her first run here.

Alice Holt – Finishing 9th overall, Clive Rolfe led 4 SJs over the line in 20:08 closely followed in 20:18 by Andrew Provost. Our first lady here was also our newest member of the 100 Parkrun club, Theresa Milroy finishing in 28:55. Colin Carpenter completed the lineup finishing in 32:18.

This weeks parkrun milestones

Theresa Milroy

Sunday events…

Surrey Half Marathon

Advertised as Surreys largest Half Marathon, a trio of Sandhurst Joggers set off from Woking Lesiure Centre.

Well done to Andy Yates, Simon Tigg and Monica Burbidge for completing this.

Having received some adverts about taking part, one of the plus points adding to the atmosphere was the fact they had bands around the course.

Well not satisfied with just running the Half Marathon Monica Burbidge actually manged to also stop for a while and join her band to play along for a while. Absolutely outstanding!!

Absolutely class Monica!!

Hillingdon 20 Mile

Jim Laidlaw traveled over to Ruislip to take part in this popular local event.

Continuing his recent form with the build up to Manchester, Jim bagged a brilliant 20 Mile PB of 2:29:30 and earnt this little beauty in the process:

Larmer Tree Marathon

Described as:

We return to the beautiful Larmer Tree gardens, one of Britain’s poshest race venues. 4 epic trail races, a bit hilly, might be a bit moist under foot and guaranteed…. might be beautiful weather. The Rushmore Estate feels like our second home. We have been organising races there for 7 years now. We are grateful to the Rushmore Estate Manager Ruth Mason and Larmer Tree supremo Carol Cross for their patience, understanding and enthusiasm helping us bring these trail races to life.

As well as your amazing bling for completing the race, the lovely caterers at Larmer Tree are providing food again as we thought you would appreciate a hot meal at the finish, so we have vouchers to exchange for top nosh in the pavilion.

Taking part here was Jonathan Taylor as he completed marathon #106.

The course offered over 3,000 feet of ascent and plenty of mud to make it even more enjoyable 🙂

The Grizzly

A club favourite event which every year attracts runners who want to challenge themselves to a multi-terrain event, definitely give it a try if you love hills (cliffs), water and running on shingle beaches!

I will be asking some members for their thoughts on the event to be put into a separate Run Report as it justifies its own read.

In the meantime, kudos to those below that took part…..

Cub Results

Grizzly Results

The distances are still ramping up with the Spring Marathons looming large and leading the way this week is V Taylor.

Louisa Enriquez is obviously getting plenty of hill training as part of her training program!


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 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.

Speed Work Tuesday:

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.

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