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November Round Up

Remembrance Sunday: Lisa and Andrea lay a wreath at the Sandhurst Memorial on behalf of Sandhurst Joggers, to remember those service men and women who have fought for their country. “Lest We Forget” is so important as ever now, to continue to remember their brave and courageous efforts in years gone by.

Virtual London Marathon: The 2020 London Marathon was the 40th running of the annual marathon race through London. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the race was postponed from 26 April 2020 to 4 October 2020. Only elite athletes ran a revised course in London, with the mass participation event cancelled and a virtual marathon set up in its place for mass participation. Over 43,000 people took part in the virtual event – Sandhurst Joggers was well represented! Here’s how we got on:

Below are a few summaries from; Alison Jones, Gloria Long, Vinnette Taylor and Jane Bannister.

Alison Jones – “Since Sharon Burfield and I were entered into the London Marathon we signed up for the virtual event, due to take place on 4th October 2020, as luck would have it we were also due to run the Manchester Marathon and signed up to run this as a virtual event, which could be run anytime of the week ending 4th October.

What we could not control was the weather, so after an early start, we pitched up, wearing our London numbers, temperature checked, registration complete and we were off.  This is an aspect of Covid regulations I really like, pitch up and run, none of the usual hanging around deciding if you need the toilet, yet again, before you start.

The idea was to run a lap and maybe shed some clothes, but this never happened, the rain stayed constant and the wind was relentless, especially along the riverside where there is no shelter.

On our outward journey on our last lap we saw another couple of runners coming towards us and one was shouting and waving, Sharon said “is that random person waving at us” I said “that random person is Gloria” who will share her own marathon story with you, so another wee chat was had, sadly she was going the other way, then we met another 2 runners nearing the end of their own marathon and kept them company for the next couple of miles, all of which passed the time until we reached the end, was it worth it for 2 t-shirts and 3 medals, you bet it was.”

Gloria Long – “Having ran London in 2018, I had experienced injury and didn’t get to run the race as planned so it was always my plan to have one more go. A friend from school had a similar experience, so it was strange that we both again ended up with places for 2020! We decided that we’d run it together.

We just had the second half to run, heading through Shepperton, Chertsey into Staines where we bumped into the lovely Alison and Sharon also running VLM as part of the Saturn run. All was going well, we had lots of support from family and friends, just the last 10k slog back to Sunbury. It was tough but we pushed on as Danielle’s phone was running out battery. It definitely kept us motivated to keep running!

Friends and family created a finish line on The Avenue and we were cheered on with balloons and drinks from the local pub. We had a great race and had the pleasure of running with or being cheered on by lots of old school friends. We also got a PB, so we celebrated with drinks in the pub to end the day.

Vinnette Taylor – ““WARNING” be careful who you run with on a Monday night club run which is my favourite club run of the week.  You will get a perfect combination of wit, charm, and lots more. One minute you are having a nice chat about the weather, the next you are agreeing to run The Virtual London Marathon, just for the fun of it!. 

Since October I have run several virtual half marathons and agreed to take a look (not registered yet!) at a couple of ultra-marathons. Thanks to everyone at Sandhurst Joggers and especially the “Machine” and “Sandbagger” for Monday night runs.

Jane Bannister – “I was joined by fellow SJ Polly Harris for a very wet Loop 1  8 miles around Horseshoe Lake and knee deep in water  then onto Blackwater and back home to Sandhurst.  For Loop 2 I was joined by another running friend, Kay House for a speedy 12 miles along the A30 to Frimley  and back home to Sandhurst.  The final Loop and I was joined by fellow SJ  Sophie Le Saux  for 6 miles around Little Sandhurst and Sandhurst.  It was great fun seeing other runners out during the day and we had quite a few cheers on route.  So all in all a good days work and another marathon completed.

Read their full reports here: https://thejoggersjournal.wordpress.com/2020/12/06/virtual-london-marathon-2020-reports/

Intra Club Relay: Fantastic to be able to get the winners of the Intra club relay together to receive their rewards. Congratulations to Wayne & Dave on 3rd place, Jo & Sarah on 2nd place and Graham & Roy who took gold!

A massive thank you to everyone who participated in our final intra club relay for 2020!

November Selfies: A few selfies and pictures from our runs in November

Beautiful Scenes from Andrea
Dick & Emy enjoying a warm post run
Gabrielle and family ready for a scavenger hunt
Monica & Fiona beat the rain and completed an off-road 10k
Jon enjoying his run/swim
Vinette’s personal cheerleaders – Jon, Sarina, Nikii & Ellie

Looking forward to seeing what you all get up to in December. Please send all you race reports and pictures to: publicity@sandhurstjoggers.org.uk

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