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Chessington 10k – Nigel Evans reports back from his run on the wild side

As my alarm went off at 6am due to an 8.30am race start and I awoke to the sound of rain hitting my window I was still exited to be running the inaugural Chessington
Running Wild 10k.

The last time I visited a Zoo/Adventure Park was years ago when my children were a lot younger and to get out of the door required the logistical skill of the military and a Chinook helicopter to air lift all the “young child stuff” you may need “just in case” and when we got there they spent most of the day hanging onto the pushchair crying because a Meerkat looked at them funny, so it was refreshing to just get up, get ready and drive off at 6.45am.

From the description this looked like it was gong to be a nice event offering 10km and 5km options plus a kids challenge run so all the family could join in (note the lack of my family, they were still in bed when I got home!) Also, any money raised would go to the Merlin Magic Wand which organises magical days out for seriously ill, disabled and disadvantaged children, wonderful!

The drive there was painless and the parking was easy so I entered the Park to get my race number which was also straight forward.

The 10 km race was basically 2 laps of the 5km route and we all set off bang on 8.30am with the weather downgraded to light drizzle.

Chessington 10k finish

The nice thing about this race was that it was set entirely within the parks grounds so you had a good opportunity to see what the park offered and also glimpse a few bemused animals on the way.

The start was busy but soon spread out and I settled into a comfortable pace enjoying the atmosphere.

The course was good with some undulation and also a few zig zags as you can see from my Garmin with the surface either tarmac or gravel with a few puddles thrown in.

On the second lap as I ran past the Gorillas one was sitting by the glass and gave me a curious look and I remember thinking that’s a first for me in an event and before I knew it the finish was in sight. I crossed the line in 49:50 which I was happy with despite my watch only showing 9.1km.

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All in all the event was well organised and the location made a change to running through the streets. Would I do it again ? “Yes definitely.”

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11th/12th – SJ Weekend Run Down

Its dark by the time we finish work, the Christmas adverts have started, the temperature has dropped, the clock change is a distant memory… which means it must be Cross Country season! We’ll cover that later as there is a huge amount of other SJ news to cover…

Starting with Wednesday evening and the penultimate Handicap of 2017. With the annual competition so tight all the main protagonists were out to either defend their positions or try and move up. On a very cold evening Paul Biggs was the winner on the night with a huge 2 minute 55 second improvement and he was one of three members to record season’s bests as he returns from injury. On top of that seven runners achieved outright personal bests including four of the top five contenders for the annual Handicap competition.

Handicap results Nov 2017

It was such an exciting race with just four seconds separating overall contenders Jim Laidlaw, Jane Bannister and Royston Crandley but it was Martin Steadman who leapfrogged the others into the lead with his 59 second improvement netting him third place on the night. This has turned the table on its head; Martin now leads by just two points over Jim and Royston who are equal on points. Dick Newman missed this month and he along with Jane are too far behind in points to climb onto the podium leaving the current top 3 to battle it out on December 13th for the top spot. Jim has been Mr Consistent this year and hasn’t missed a month but it’s Martin who sits in the best position as he has a lower score to drop than both his rivals. Come along in December to watch the final battle…

Handicap series Nov 2017

Saturday morning was a wet one but it didn’t deter eleven members from the toeing the line at Parkrun Frimley Lodge. Clive Rolfe was the first SJ to finish as he completed his 50th Parkrun in 19:57. Gavin Loader grabbed a Parkrun PB while simultaneously shepherding his kids to another great finish.

Another eleven SJs ran at Bracknell with Matt Jones the first member to finish in 22:27. Another week, another PB for Blanche Barnes as she continues to improve finishing in 29:15.

Just two members at Parkrun Rushmoor this week; Louisa Enriques finished in 28:24 and Dave Bartlett in 29:26.

Just one solitary Parkrun Tourist this week, the lowest on record (well my records anyway!) as Frances Parkes ran at Leamington Parkrun.

Richard Boese and Leon Hicks ran at the Remembrance Day Marathon on Saturday with Richard recording his best time at the event as he finished in 4:47:27 while Leon continues his remarkable quest finishing in 5:11:54.

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Andrea Hadfield ran at the Dark Valley Half Marathon on a course that started at Moors Valley Park near Ringwood and the 5pm start meant runners had to run around the woods and trails under moonlight with just a headtorch to light their path.

Andrea Hadfield Dark Valley Half Marathon

Sunday saw Round 2 of the Thames Valley XC League hosted by Dachet Dashers on the flattest course of the series alongside the River Thames. Thirty-seven members took part on a sunny but breezy day. Injury ruled out a few of the regular scorers so it was impressive to see other members step up with some great performances on the day. We’ll share the results when they are available…

Another busy week on Strava with seventy-eight members logging runs. To take part in this just create a free Strava account and link it to the club in your profile. Here’s the top 10 from last week:-

Strava leaderboard Nov 12th

Please let me know if I’ve missed anything and share your results and achievements in the future so the rest of the club know what you are up to.

As always keep a look out on Facebook for details of the weekday evening runs.

Monday: Patrick will be leading the usual Monday night chatfest leaving Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm and covering approx. 6 miles. This is one of the most sociable runs of the week and a great opportunity to catch up with friends or discuss the preceding weekend.

Tuesday: Mike, Monica and the other run leaders will be leading 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 run starts at Sandhurst Memorial Park this week starting at 6:30pm. Later the interval sessions will meet at The TYTHINGS in Yateley at 8pm.

Wednesday: Andrea Vincent and Sharon Burfield are the General Members for the Wednesday which leaves from Sandhurst Memorial Park at 7pm. The run will cover approx. 5-6 miles over roughly an hour. Runners run at their own pace and loop back as needed.

Thursday: This week the threshold/improvers run will feature a special STAR guest. Louise Small, GB Athlete and just general all round lovely person, has offered to show us some warm up drills and conditioning exercises that she does before every run. These exercises are suitable for everyone and will benefit your running by helping you to run with better form and warm your body up to help prevent injuries (something we could all benefit from during the winter). This is a huge opportunity to meet and work with a GB athlete on their journey to Tokyo 2020 and we’re honoured to welcome Louise to our Thursday run. As this is such a rare opportunity, we’d love as many of you as possible to join us to give Louise a huge SJ welcome and to show her what a great club vibe we have. There will be paces for all speeds and shorter route available as well. Plus a post race visit to the pub (venue TBC)

Friday: Track is still free and the coaches have some great sessions planned for all abilities to improve fitness and technique.

Sunday: Anybody not racing can join the crowd running from The Lookout at 9am. It’s a flexible run to suit everybody’s needs and is either adapted to fit with distance targets or multiple groups are formed. The three ‘Cs’ of Coffee, cake and chat are enjoyed in the cafe post-run.

 

 

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25th/26th November – SJ Weekend Run Down

Frosty mornings this week which also came as a package with bright blue skies so as long as you wrapped up well there were some glorious running days. As the countdown to Christmas starts in earnest there is no letup in members’ running so read on for the full Run Down.

Thursday was marathon day this week with the Phoenix Running Time Lord on the Thames event which has a number of members in action. Tina Acock finished in 6:00:42, Lance King in 5:57:19. In the simultaneous timed event; Chris Lambourne ran 16.4 miles in 02:41:49 and Tracy Buck 13.1 miles in exactly the same time.

Martin Gould made a 180 mile round trip to complete the Colworth Hare & Tortoise Marathon.

Parkrun Frimley Lodge was the most popular Saturday morning SJ venue as eleven members toed the line. Jim Laidlaw was first to finish for the club in 20:44 in tough conditions. Dick Newman reveled in the challenging conditions to post 21:48, his fastest time this year. Gavin Loader and son Jack finished their quickest Parkrun at Frimley Lodge.

Five members ran at Parkrun Bracknell with George Green the first SJ home in 25:47.

Over at Rushmoor another five members enjoyed the fast course with Heidi Zymela quickest in 24:59. Andrea Vincent was only eleven seconds off her best as she continues her return from injury.

A trio of Parkrun Tourist destinations; Lisa Hale and Stuart Overhill ran at Bedfont Lakes, Will Lucas was at Seaton and Clive Rolfe down the road at Alice Holt.

SJ Mo team

Muddy Mo Run in Swinley Forest. In the 10 Mile event we had Claire Rowse, Jacq Hudson, Samantha Goodall and Helena Fletcher and in the 10km run; Lynsey Lightfoot, Karen Page and Julie Graham.

Muddy Mo Run - Karen & Jacq

Swinley Forest was also the venue for the Thames Hospice 5k Santa Dash on Sunday where our very own Angela Foker and Dawn Rudman donned the red suit and beard to join hundreds of other Kris Kringles to raise money for charity and celebrate the fact its only four weeks to Christmas!

Angela Santa Dash

A trio of SJs completed the puzzle at the Jigsaw 10k at Dunsfold Airfield

Jigsaw 10k results

Lisa Hale and Stuart Overhill ran at the Kingston 10k finishing in 43:45 and 43:51 respectively.

Sunday was a huge day for the club with the return of our own hosted event for the Thames Valley Cross Country League at the new venue of Lord Wandsworth College near Odiham. The organisation was superb, the weather dry and bright and the course a tough mix of hills and mud; exactly what XC is all about. Members turned out in force to help on both Saturday and Sunday ensuring it was a huge success. As well as support duties twenty-seven members also slipped into trail shoes and completed the 9km race with strong results throughout.

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Another busy week on Strava with seventy-six members logging runs. To take part in this just create a free Strava account and link it to the club in your profile. Here’s the top 10 from last week:-

Strava Leaderboard Nov 26th

Please let me know if I’ve missed anything and share your results and achievements in the future so the rest of the club know what you are up to.

As always keep a look out on Facebook for details of the weekday evening runs.

Monday: Patrick will be leading the usual Monday night chatfest leaving Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm and covering approx. 6 miles. This is one of the most sociable runs of the week and a great opportunity to catch up with friends or discuss the preceding weekend.

Tuesday: Mike, Monica and the other run leaders will be leading 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 run starts at Sandhurst Memorial Park this week starting at 6:30pm. Later the interval sessions will meet at The TYTHINGS in Yateley at 8pm.

Wednesday: Andrea Vincent and Sharon Burfield are the General Members for the Wednesday which leaves from Sandhurst Memorial Park at 7pm. The run will cover approx. 5-6 miles over roughly an hour. Runners run at their own pace and loop back as needed.

Thursday: This week the threshold/improvers run will be on the the Ellis Road route. Meet at Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm and don’t forget lights and high viz clothing. The run is a great way to improve fitness by running as a group at a slightly harder intensity. There is a shorter route available and a sweeper so nobody gets left behind.

Friday: Track is still free and the coaches have some great sessions planned for all abilities to improve fitness and technique.

Sunday: This week is the next round of the Thames Valley Cross Country League at Bradenham Woods near High Wycombe; it’s the legendary ‘hilly’ one but isn’t that what XC is all about! The weather forecast is cold and dry for the week so mud maybe in short supply but the venue will more than compensate with elevation. Captain Claire will share all the details shortly and many members will lift share as it is one of the more distant venues.

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Jedburgh 3 Peaks Ultra – Iain McCready reports back from this friendly ultra

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After booking a Half Term holiday with the family in the Scottish Borders to visit family and have a break I thought I would look to see if there was anything to do. I came across the Jedburgh Three Peaks Ultra site and thought I would have a go. This event is organised by a small team of two and in my short running time I have not been to many better organised events. In the lead up to the event the team regularly post updates and information regarding the event.

The Ultra has been going for the last six years and is run in association with The Jedburgh Running Festival, Scottish Ultra Marathon Series and Scottish LGBT Charter. The ethos of the event is to have fun and it comes with a set of rules with number 1 being Don’t be a D**k!!

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Registration started very early in a car park on the main road from Jedburgh to Edinburgh at 6:30am where we were given our race t shirt, number and a timing chip. The car park soon became very busy with runners arriving. There are two races on the same day with a Relay race (groups of 4) all wearing mandatory fancy dress milling around with runners who were there to do the 38ish mile ultra. After a couple of cups of strong coffee served from the café in the car park we all listened to the race briefing and Just before 8am we were all guided to a grassy knoll on the other side of the main road to the start position. The warm up we were told was mandatory and non-participation would lead to disqualification! So picture a scene were nearly 300 runners are dancing to YMCA at 7:55 in the morning. Luckily the Klaxon sounded at 8:00 and we were off.

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The first part of the route lead us back through the town and onto St Cuthberts Way which is an ancient route which runs from Melrose to Lindisfarne. After a very short road section of about two miles we crossed the main road again and headed along the river Jed to a small wooden bridge leading to woodland. The route for the next eight miles was a mix of woodland trails and river banks. Unfortunately due to the autumn leaf fall all the tree roots were covered so people were tripping and falling throughout. I fell twice and bashed my head on a branch in this section but managed to get to the first check point without any more mishaps. The Checkpoint was full of helpful marshals handing out water and coke. The checkpoints throughout the day only have drinks and racers can have drop bags ferried to each of the four checkpoints if they require food throughout. Most people who use this service leave anything they don’t want at the checkpoint for other people to consume. I decide not to do this as I was using Tailwind and carried enough sachets for the day.

After the first checkpoint the course continued along the river then passed the edge of a Golf Course and onto a nasty little hill. After a further five miles of rough grass and very boggy ground another main road is crossed and checkpoint two at Rhymers Stone is reached.

After a check of the mandatory essential kit (foil blanket, phone and a waterproof jacket) I continued towards the first of the Eildon Hills (Eildon Hill North). After a gradual climb of about 100 meters I then turned right and faced a near vertical climb. The going was very tough with hardly any purchase on a the very wet ground. After about 15 minutes of climbing the summit was reached and after nearly getting blown over by the full force of the Scottish wind I then started down and onto the next. The second hill (Eildon Mid Hill) was even harder with the climb being in the high winds and the loose gravel surface. The last hill (Eildon Wester Hill) was a little easier and after climbing to the summit it was all downhill through forest tracks to the next checkpoint in Bowden. On entering the checkpoint a couple of runners and myself were pounced on by a Man sized Bat and a Kangaroo! Who decided it would be good fun to scare runners after running twenty two miles. We were then sent on an obstacle course (young children’s play equipment with a slide)before we could continue.

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After leaving the checkpoint the route made its way back over towards the last checkpoint following the river and woodlands back to Jedburgh. After about five miles the route gets back onto St Cuthberts way which we had earlier used. The last Checkpoint at Maxton which was earlier used as checkpoint one was a full of left overs for picking over before the final leg back to Jedburgh.

After eight or so hours I finally made it back to the edge of Jedburgh to begin the final shuffle through the town to the Finish. This was helped by numerous cars beeping their horns and drivers shouting encouragement. I rounded the last bend and was greeted by an inflatable Rainbow Arch, a Unicorn, a Kangaroo and Marshals cheering me on. Once over the finish line and the medal was placed about my neck I shuffled back the Rugby club where hot soup and rolls were waiting.

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The Jedburgh Three Peaks Ultra was one of the friendliest events I have attended. The organisers and marshals were excellent, very happy and good natured. The amount of signage on the route was the best I have encountered and even though it was a grueling boggy, windy and hilly race I would definitely run it again.

 

 

 

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Lisa Hale takes a meander along the River Thames in the Thames Meander

The Thames Meander is a three race series in March, August and November, with a half and full option, and a bonus trophy for completing the series!  I’ve a bit of a love/hate relationship with this one, it’s a beautiful flat course up and down the Thames, but in spite of this I’ve never managed a great run there, so entered this purely as the opportunity for a good day out to enjoy the atmosphere and scenery and not worry about times.  It’s well organised, and very friendly, and will always have special memories for me as it was the course on which I ran my 100th marathon.

So the day dawned wet and miserable, and as the rain beat down on my car as I drove there I wondered to myself, what could be more fun that a wind lashed, soggy marathon… well the obvious answer was to precede it with a wind lashed soggy parkrun  (you’ll never get that 250 t-shirt if you let a marathon and a bit of rain stand in your way!!) Kingston parkrun is worth a visit, a nice scenic flat route down the river and 15% off in the café for those who like a bit of tourism!

I arrived in plenty of time to get a parking space close to the start at the Hawker Centre in Kingston, and quickly grabbed my marathon number before proceeding down to the parkrun.  Parkrun done there was just time to dash back to the car for a quick costume change (running’s answer to Lady GaGa on the outfit front!) and back down to the towpath for the start of the marathon.

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Fortunately the rain had eased off a little by this time, and conditions were fairly mild, if a little muddy underfoot.  The route follows the Thames path from Kingston, passing Kew Gardens as far as Barns Elm Rowing Club, where it turns around and you come back….another positive being that it’s impossible to get lost!  It’s pretty well supported with generous checkpoints, and lots of support from runners in the opposite direction on the way out and back, a good opportunity to cheer on your club mates…in this case Lance and Martin!

I felt pretty good for the first half, and trotted along quite happily until about mile 20 where a combination of last week’s Beachy Head (and a slightly over excited last mile of parkrun!) caught up with me and tiredness kicked in.  I chatted to a few fellow 100 club runners also feeling the pain, and the last few miles went past surprisingly quickly given the shuffling pace!

The only real negative for me about this race is the fact that you have to pass the finish line and do a 2 mile loop back in order to make up the distance, which is a little soul destroying!  That said there are plenty of cheers to keep you going.  I was relieved to cross the finish line to get a nice chunky medal and flapjack….even more so when the timing lady came over and presented me with a trophy for 3rd lady.  I was sure she had made a mistake but luckily for me everyone else had obviously been suffering those last few miles so it was worth hanging on and keeping the pace just in single figures rather than giving in to the urge to walk!!

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If you fancy a low key friendly event, it’s definitely worth a go.

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Stuart Overhill reviews the Regis 10

Let me take you back to September 15th, I had just completed the Reigate Half Marathon and returned to my car, to find my windscreen plastered in flyers for other running events. Within this I noticed the Regis 10, which was a brand new closed roads event in Bognor Regis on November 5th. I thought this looks good and spoke to Chris Szabo-Hemmings and we both agreed to give it a go.

Chris managed to enter the race twice and after some emails and super quick responses from the race director I was also entered! Fast forward to the week before the race and our numbers had arrived with the chip built in, so far so good.

Regis 10

The day of the race arrives and Chris, late as normal picked me up at 6:40 and we made our way to Bognor, we arrived and parked two streets away by 7:50, about 40 minutes before the start, enough time for the normal pre-race ritual of queue, toilet, queue, toilet, repeat.

The assembly area was in Bognor Regis Town football Ground and the toilets were plentiful, baggage drop was easy and there was ample room to warm up.

The start was a low key affair, there was no pre-race briefing, no countdown, just a Claxton signalling the start of the race and we were out onto the roads of Bognor.

Upon leaving the football ground we turned left for 100 metres and turned 180 degrees around a cone and headed towards the sea front and turned left towards Aldwick. At another turn around point I saw Chris and we exchanged grunts. The course then headed back into the centre of Bognor along the promenade and towards Butlins, from this we headed away from the sea towards Hotham Park, which hosts the local parkrun. From there we head into the town centre and on towards Felpham.

We then turned left by a local café and took in the smell of bacon sandwiches and we were back onto the promenade which we followed for a mile and then at the next turn around point, we had three miles to the finish and straight into a headwind which felt like a gale! This reminded me of the last 4 miles of Portsmouth Marathon.

Chris and I saw each other and grunted pleasantries and after two miles on the promenade we turned left for the last mile back towards the Football ground, the finish line, medal and the warmth of the Football Ground Club house, which was serving coffees, Tea but no alcohol, which was a shame as I fancied a pint! I finished in 72.11 and Chris finished in just over 81 minutes.

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The race does have room for improvement, especially around the results as there appears to be some issues, no clock at the finish line, a low key start and I spent most of the race on my own, which was tough.

The positives were very helpful and friendly marshals who had to put up with irate Car Drivers, 3 water stations, good signage, accurate mile markers and closed roads for £20! Would I go back, maybe, would I recommend it, yes I would!

 

 

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3rd/4th November – SJ Weekend Run Down

As 2017 marches on it was another busy week for members. The final evening of October saw the Halloween Night Run 5k at the Thames Valley Park in Reading. Kirsten Johnson, Matt Johnson, Patrick Wadsworth, Hannah Glaister and Sam Pittick all got into the spooky spirit of the run.

Leon’s Quest continued as he tackled two big runs this week at the Halloween Marathon and the Vegan Ultra, both Saxons, Vikings and Normans events.

Leon Quest update

Saturday morning dawned wet but it didn’t deter Nigel Evans at the Chessington 10k as he finished in 49:47.


Meanwhile Lisa Hale tackled the Thames Meander.

Thames Meander

As the rain started to clear the Sandhurst Joggers ‘Running Weekend’ kicked off with a fun off road run through the woods followed by breakfast. Next up were talks on resistance / bodyweight training to help prevent injuries and then advice from a sports therapist on injury recovery and the running gait. Bingo Intervals around the Memorial Park trained fitness and how to handle disappointment before lunch and more educational sessions in the afternoon. The day was wrapped up with a great social evening. Another great run kicked off the Sunday activities followed by a fantastic talk by Louise Small and then a lunch finale.

Mustn’t forget Parkrun! At Frimley Lodge ten Sandhurst Joggers completed the five kilometers with Neil Praine finishing first SJ as posted his fastest at the venue with a rapid 19:25.

Twelve SJs took to Parkrun Bracknell with Patrick Wadsworth fastest for the club. ophie Le Saux claimed a new PB with 28:25 as she gets faster and faster. Blanche Barnes and Wilsey Mockett also bagged PBs with 29:51 and 31:43 respectively. Well done everyone!

No members in action at Rushmoor this week.

Onto the Tourism. Lisa Hale warmed up for the Thames Meander with Kingston Parkrun. Sharon Conquer ran at Northampton and Kevin Forster at Gibside, near Gateshead.

Kerstin Johnson fancied a new PB so headed for Marlow and the Marlow 7 where she successful claimed that new best in her first attempt at the distance.

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Glorious sunshine greeted Chris Szabo-Hemmings and Stuart Overhill for the Regis 10 miler in Bognor Regis reaching the finish line in 1:46:08 and 1:12:51 respectively.

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Another busy week on Strava with seventy-eight members logging runs. To take part in this just create a free Strava account and link it to the club in your profile. Here’s the top 10 from last week:-

Strava leaderboard Nov 5th

Please let me know if I’ve missed anything and share your results and achievements in the future so the rest of the club know what you are up to.

As always keep a look out on Facebook for details of the weekday evening runs.

Monday: Patrick will be leading the usual Monday night chatfest leaving Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm and covering approx. 6 miles. This is one of the most sociable runs of the week and a great opportunity to catch up with friends or discuss the preceding weekend.

Tuesday: As it’s the first Tuesday of the month the Tuesday run will start at the Morgan Rec in Crowthorne. Mike, Monica and the other run leaders will be leading 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 venue may be different but the start time is 6:30pm as always. Later the interval sessions will meet at The TYTHINGS in Yateley at 8pm.

Wednesday: It’s the second Wednesday of the month so time for the Handicap for members to track their fitness progress and establish a benchmark. This four mile run over a two lap course around Crowthorne is ideal for all abilities and starts from the Morgan Rec in Crowthorne at 7:30pm. It’s still tight in the annual competition but with only two 2017 runs remaining don’t miss out on a chance to score points! All members are welcome at the post run curry at The Raj in Sandhurst.

Thursday: This week the threshold/improvers run will be on the the Crawley Ridge route. Meet at Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm and don’t forget lights and high vis clothing.

Friday: Track is still free and the THREE coaches have some great sessions planned for all abilities to improve fitness and technique.

Sunday: Its the second round of the Thames Valley Cross Country League so no Lookout run this week. But that means you can take part in the brilliant Cross Country. XC Captain Claire will be sending all the details by email so here are the key points:-

  1. XC is suitable for all abilities and it is a great club event with everybody contributing to the Club’s overall result.
  2. The club pays members’ entry fees (its £4 entry fee for guests)
  3. The course is at Dachet.
  4. Some people meet in the public car-park behind Sandhurst Library at 9:00ish am to car-share and/or drive in convoy to the venue, keep an eye on Facebook for details.
  5. The race starts at 11am so arrive with enough time to park, get to the start, register with Claire and warm up.
  6. The course is flat and grassy but can be muddy following rain.
  7. The course is suitable for spikes.
  8. Remember that you must wear club kit to score for the club.
  9. As well as tea and cake after the race many members will head for a drink at a local pub (details tbc).

And finally a date for your diaries…

On Thursday 16 November 2017 (that’s next week not this week), Louise Small, GB Athlete and just general all round lovely person, has offered to show us some warm up drills and conditioning exercises that she does before every run. These exercises are suitable for everyone and will benefit your running by helping you to run with better form and warm your body up to help prevent injuries (something we could all benefit from during the winter). This is a huge opportunity to meet and work with a GB athlete on their journey to Tokyo 2020 and we’re honoured to welcome Louise to our Thursday run. As this is such a rare opportunity, we’d love as many of you as possible to join us to give Louise a huge SJ welcome and to show her what a great club vibe we have.

Therefore, as a Thursday treat:

The session will start earlier at 19:15 at the Sandhurst Sports Centre

In a change to the schedule we will run Ellis road rather than Golden Retriever (because it’s better lit for larger groups)

We will have the following paced groups:

 Sub 7 min/miles

 8 min/miles

 9 min/miles

 10 min/miles plus

Please let Nikki know if you would like the opportunity to lead one of the paced groups. If anyone would like to volunteer to lead a shorter run then a 10k route map is also available. To all those that said they would come to a Thursday if we had pacers, this is your moment!

Don’t miss out – this really is a once in a running lifetime chance!

For those that want to, we’ll also be going for a drink afterwards (pub TBC).