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Weekly Run Down – 27th August – 1st September

Club Announcements

River Relay – The River Relay is being held on Sunday 8th September. Dave Breslin has emailed out the teams, transport is to be arranged between runners. The event starts at 9am, setting off from Boveney, on the Lock close to Boveney Church, and will finish at the Hawker Centre, Lower Ham Road, Kingston.

Wednesday Pub Run – It’s the final pub run of the year tomorrow evening! Setting off from the Crown and Cushion in Minley (GU17 9UA), expect a lovely scenic run, with food and drink waiting for you afterwards (if you order…). Meet at 6:45pm for a 7pm start.

SJ Events

Family Summer BBQ – The Social Committee organised another fantastic event this weekend, with the first Family Summer BBQ taking place at Horseshoe Lake in Sandhurst. Offering a fun range of family-friendly activities, it provided members with the chance to enjoy some food, drink, and non-running related activities, all in the glorious setting of Horseshoe Lake.

The committee even manged to book the sun in for the day, with Nikki Fallowfield-Smith capitalising on this by snapping some artsy sunset/activity shots; quite the photographer….photos below from what looked like a fantastic day!

Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…

Bracknell – There was a MEGA turnout at Bracknell this saturday, with 47 members running the 234th installment of our most local parkrun (for now…). This Saturday saw the final stage of the latest Pure Beginner’s course, to complete the Bracknell parkrun, and our existing members were out in force to support them on their way to the finishing line.

As for the actual running, Graham Robinson decided to jog around to another parkrun victory, coming through in a leisurely time of 18:13. Of course, this also made him first in age category. Not far behind, coming through as first female SJ was Alison Winders, who recorded a great time of 28:37.

Of course, with the Pure Beginners running their first parkrun, there were several PBs and first time runs, as follows…

PBs: Tom Stafford, Ellie Watson, Cindy Hopkins, Jacqueline Hatton, Lisa Harrold, Bryony Hembrow, Jackie Roberts.

First timers: Laura Wharton, Jo Pratt, Claire Ashcroft, Sharon Spindler, Sophy Jennings, Louise Hine, Linda Lovegrove, Helen Matcham, Ann Timlett.

Well done to all those who took part at Bracknell on Saturday, the pictures show some great running!

Frimley – Over at Frimley Lodge there was a turnout of 9 members, of which Clive Rolfe was the first through the funnel, coming through in a time of 20:15. The first female SJ across the line was Teresa Milroy, in a great time of 26:34.

There was also a PB run by Douglas Milroy, coming through in 32:14 to take over 4 minutes off his previous effort – superb run Douglas!

Rushmoor – A trio of SJs lined up at Queens Avenue for the latest Rushmoor parkrun, with Roy Bentley coming through as first member in a time of 24:59.

California Country Park – There was a strong showing of 9 members at California this Saturday, and there was some excellent running done by all. Nik Light shot around to come through as first SJ, sixth overall and first in age category with a super time of 19:25. Not far behind was Fiona Marshall, coming through as first female member in a great time of 27:53.

Nik Light recorded a PB with his great time, and Fiona Marshall and Lisa Paine completed their first runs at California. Well done all!

Tourism – As always, there was plenty of out and abouts this Saturday, recapped below….

Basingstoke Fredric Frennessen ran a time of 25:38 at Basingstoke.
Bedfont Lakes Stuart Overhill was at Bedfont Lakes for the 40th time, and completed the course in 22:12.
Blandford Richard Boese was out and about at Blandford, and recorded a PB with a time of 24:56.
Bognor Regis James Woolner ran at Bognor for the first time, and finished in a time of 24:32.
Crane Park – In parkrun number 225, John Tovell completed Crane in a time of 25:54.
Eastleigh Jim Haffey was in Eastleigh for the first time, and came through in a time of 27:30.
Fire Service College – Held in Gloucestershire, Hannah Glaister came through the finishing funnel in a time of 32:44 in her first run at the venue.
Guildford Claire Gujer completed Guildford in a time of 32:33 to record a PB, well done Claire!
Henley-on-Thames George Green ran at Henley, and came through first in age category in a super time of 26:14.
Houghton Hall Andy Summerskill completed Houghton in 27:45.
Lanhydrock – A trio of SJs headed to Lanhydrock, with the following times recorded. Max Woods (23:07), Sacha Kendall-Woods (28:31) and Royston Crandley (29:17) in his first run at Lanhydrock.
Lowestoft Alurie Maye Dutton and Yvette Glacken completed times of 35:02 and 43:20 respectively.
Medina, Isle of Wight Katy Kennedy ran Medina for the 18th time, finishing in 26:22.
Osterley Lisa Hale flew around Osterley in a time of 21:06 to record a PB and come through as 2nd female and 1st in age category.
St Mary’s Dick Newman recorded a PB with a time of 23:26.
Woking – A pair of SJs ran at Woking, with Elin Loftesnes and Janet Ford running times of 28:39 and 29:10, respectively.

Some great running by everyone, well done to you all!

Sunday events…

Maidenhead Half Marathon – There were a few members running (and falling) at Maidenhead on Sunday, with the following times recorded…

Allan McPherson – 1:37:10
Jon Payne – 1:41:07
Claire Rowse – 1:49:03
Lyn Davis – 1:52:55
Ed Bowen – 2:10:48
Alison Jones – 2:12:46
Colin Carpenter – 2:14:15

Phoenix Excalibur 9 – The Evans’ duo of Nigel and Lisa ran the marathon distance of the latest Phoenix event. Crossing the line hand in hand, they recorded times of 6:05:35, superb effort guys!

This event marked Nigel’s 26th marathon in 52 weeks, a herculean effort, well done Nigel!

Saturn Run 10kSarah Jones ran a superb time of 1:17 in the Saturn Run 10k, all to raise awareness for PCOS. Well done Sarah!

Strava

Some great totals on Strava over the last week, thanks to the various weekend events. Nigel Evans took the top spot with a mega total of 53.2 miles, thanks to his double-marathon weekend! 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:

Club Events for the week ahead…

Monday: Patrick Wadsworth will be taking the Monday night chatfest from Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm. The route will cover approx. 6 miles, and now that the days are getting shorter, it’s advised that you bring high vis clothing and a headtorch. 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 Club Run: The biggest club run of the week sets off from Morgan Recreation Ground in Crowthorne this Tuesday. Please arrive for 6:25 to be there for club announcements etc. There are different paced groups, from run-walk to 9 minute-mile, and everyone starts and finishes at the same point, in an hour, so there really is something for everybody!

Tuesday Intervals: Later the interval sessions will take place. The meeting point is at The Tythings in Yateley at 8pm. It’s hard work, but you’ll feel amazing afterwards! You can read more about the Tuesday night intervals HERE

Wednesday: The Wednesday sets off from the Memorial Park at 7:00, suitable for all paces.

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. Again, now that the days are getting shorter, 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. 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. 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. 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 9am 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.

Finally, the Weekly Run Down is back to a semi-normal release! Hope you all have a good week of running, and I’ll see you again next week

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Weekly Run Down – 12th – 26th August

Club Announcements

Club Kit – Sally Kent needs more orders for the Heritage Kit. So far we have 27, the supplier won’t go ahead with the order unless we have at least 50! For more info, please contact Sally Kent.

SJ Events

Tuesday Pub Run – The latest pub run took place last week, with one of the biggest evening runs of the week, the Tuesday run. The group set off from and returned back to the Golden Retriever, where their fresh food was waiting for them. There was an extra surprise waiting for the runners (not planned, at least I don’t think), in the form of a group of Morris dancers.

There are more pub runs still to come, with the next run taking place on Wednesday 4th September, setting off from the Crown and Cushion in Minley.

Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…

Frimley – 7 SJs headed to Frimley, with Dick Newman leading the members around, coming through as first SJ in a time of 23:12. Janet Venables stormed round to come through as first female member in a time of 28:18.

Bracknell – There was a huge turnout at Bracknell this week, with 18 members present for their parkrun fix. First member through was Krzysztof Zielinski coming through in a great time of 22:35. Meanwhile, Alison Winders was first female SJ through the finishing funnel, recording a time of 28:02.

2 members ran PBs on Saturday, with Tom Stafford recording a time of 28:31 and Louise Turnor finishing in 39:35; great effort guys! It was also Louise’s 10th parkrun, and Alison Winders’ 50th, another well done!

Rushmoor – 9 members headed over to Rushmoor, for a good turnout compared to normal. Teresa Milroy shot around to come through as first member overall, in a time of 25:53. Not far behind was Jim Haffey, coming through as first male member in a time of 26:07.

There were PBs for Theresa Milroy and Colin Carpenter; Theresa with her time of 25:53 and Colin with a time of 28:52. Well done guys!

California Country Park – Another good turnout at California, with 8 members lining up at 9am. Somewhat unsurprisingly, Craig Bowles whizzed around as first member, in a time of 20:15. Meanwhile, Jenny Cave came through as first female member in a time of 34:37.

As usual at California, with it being a fairly new parkrun still, there were some first timer runs this week. This time it was the turn of Stephen Casey, Dave Ayling, Ian Watson and Nicki Watson to run their first California parkruns; well done guys!

Tourism – Another summer Saturday saw a lot of tourism, let’s see who went where…

Alice Holt Martin Gould ran at the home of hills and recorded a PB with a time of 25:35!
Basingstoke John Paul Featherstone ran a time of 25:24 at Basingstoke.
Bournemouth Graham Robinson decided he was going to win in Bournemouth this weekend, coming through first overall in a time of 17:16. Well done Graham!
Bushy Park Lisa Hale and Katy Kennedy made the pilgrimage to Bushy Park, with Lisa running a time of 20:46, and Katy a time of 32:27. It was also Katy’s first run at Bushy, so well done to you!
Crane Park John Tovell was back at Crane Park, running a time of 31:45.
Dinton Pastures Robert Jerrett came through 8th overall and set a PB in the progress at Dinton, running a time of 19:21, speedster!
Higginson, Marlow Stuart Overhill ran a time of 22:11 in his first run at Higginson.
Knysna Michelle Wilson ran her first run at Knysna, South Africa, recording a time of 30:58. That’s a long way to go just for a Saturday morning parkrun!
Luton Wardown Yvette Glacken completed Luton in a time of 48:20 on her 90th run at the venue.
Maidenhead – There was a mini SJ away day at Maidenhead this weekend, with the following runners completing the course – Dave Bartlett (27:22), Lyn Winter (29:44), Jane Pond (31:36), Jane Ralls (36:16), Andy Hazell (38:10). All runners completed their first runs at Maidenhead, great work!
Northampton Lisa Paine ran a time of 38:43 in her first run at Northampton.
Salisbury Fredric Frennessen ran his first run at Salisbury in a time of 25:06.
Seaton Will Lucas was back at Seaton, running a time of 26:51.
Shepton Mallet Jo Fraser and Chris Cole ran their first runs at Shepton, coming through in times of 28:51 and 28:52.
Swansea – How does the song go, always …. on the Welsh side of the bridge? Sarah Naomi Jones ran a time of 33:10 in her first run at Swansea.
Swindon Alurie Maye Dutton ran at Swindon in her 230th parkrun, completing the course in a time of 36:17.
York Kate Parker ran a time of 24:49 in her first run at York.

Other Saturday Events…

Ultra Great Britain – ScotlandLeon Hicks completed this monster event, a 214 mile route following the Southern Upland Way from Portpatrick to Cockburnspath.

19th – 26th August

Midweek Events

Run the Peaks ChallengeClaire Hobson and friends ran this incredible challenge, and put in a valiant effort in the face of adverse weather conditions. Having completed Ben Nevis, the team stopped on their way to Scafell Pike, due to team injuries. However, they were on the go for an incredible total of 31 hours, with next to no sleep in that time.

And it wasn’t all bad news, the team stayed the night in Carlisle in a proper bed, and relaxed in a city which produces over six and a half million custard cream biscuits every 24 hours (I am guilty of the consumption of a worryingly large proportion of those biccies.

Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…

Bracknell – With preparations well underway for the new Sandhurst parkrun, the newly assembled team of marshalls took the lead of this Saturday’s Bracknell parkrun, and it sounds like they did a great job!

There was a strong presence of SJs, as you can imagine, with Mark Fallowfield-Smith leading them around, as you can imagine, in a time of 20:04 to come through 5th overall. Not far behind was Sarah Alexander as first female SJ in a great time of 27:09.

There were PBs on Saturday for Nik Light, Liz Evans, Jacqueline Hutton, Kim Taylor and Louise Turnor, well done guys!

Frimley – 15 SJs ran at Frimley on Saturday, with Jon Payne coming through as first member, with a time of 20:37. First female SJ was Natasha O’Toole, finishing in a time of 25:58.

There were PBs for Fredric Frennessen, Margaret Wakeling and Sarah Davies, great effort!

Rushmoor – 5 members lined up on Queens Avenue this Saturday, with Lisa Hale leading through in a blistering time of 22:21, to come through as 3rd female overall. John King came through as first male member in a time of 27:10.

Special mention goes to Ann Timlett for recording a PB at Rushmoor on Saturday, well done!

California Country Park – A trio of members ran at California last week, with Jon Green running a time of 24:18 to come through as first member. Well done also to Newton Johnstone who ran his first parkrun at California, and to Peter Brown who recorded a PB with a time of 31:25; great running guys!

Tourism – Bank holiday weekend bought with it it’s fair share of tourism, with the following….

Brooklands Stuart Overhill ran Brooklands this week, coming through in a time of 23:32.
Buncrana Caroline Cutliffe was in Ireland this weekend, running a time of 38:03 in her first run at Buncrana.
Crane Park John Tovell ran a time of 26:45 at Crane.
Durham Leon Hicks just couldn’t get enough running, this time completing Durham parkrun in a time of 34:27 on his first run at Durham as he became only the second every SJ to run the course.
Higginson, MarlowJames Woolner ran his 5th parkrun and first at Marlow in a time of 45:23.
Jersey Kate Parker was overseas at Jersey this weekend, running a time of 27:56 in her first run there.
Knysna Michelle Wilson was back for another week at Knysna (she must have to leave very early to get there for 9am!), running a time of 31:48.
Llanelli Coast Helen Davey crossed the border and ran a time of 25:19 in her first run at Llanelli.
Maidenhead George Green ran a time of 25:06 at Maidenhead, as he edges closer to his 250th parkrun.
Marlborough Common Alurie Dutton and Yvette Glacken ran Marlborough this weekend in times of 37:30 and 43:31, respectively.
Newbury John Paul Featherstone ran a time of 25:24 in his 22nd run at Newbury.
St Mary’s Dick Newman ran St Mary’s for the first time in a time of 23:35.

Some great tourism this week, with some really interesting holiday runs!

Other Saturday Events…

Summer Green Man UltraPatrick Wadsworth took part in this event starting and finishing at Ashton Park school in Bristol. Not only did Patrick finish the event, but he also came in the Top 100, a superb achievement; well done Patrick!

Sunday events…

Englefield 10k – Held in the searing heat of the bank holiday Monday, Sarah Jones completed this event in a great time of 1:42:41. Well done Sarah!

Bank Holiday Monday Events

Run to Remember – Following the tragic incident in which PC 7605 Andrew Harper was killed in the line of duty, runners up and down the country, and all across the world set out to run 7.605km in memory of Andrew, and to honour the work of all our emergency services. This was not a timed event, and had no single location, and several SJ members set out to pay their respects, to run and remember the life of a selfless hero.

Strava

Some great totals on Strava over the last week, thanks to the various weekend events. Nigel Evans took the top spot with a mega total of 53.2 miles, thanks to his double-marathon weekend! 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:

Club Events for the week ahead…

Monday: Patrick Wadsworth will be taking the Monday night chatfest from Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm. The route will cover approx. 6 miles, and now that the days are getting shorter, it’s advised that you bring high vis clothing and a headtorch. 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 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: Later the interval sessions will take place. The meeting point is at The Tythings in Yateley at 8pm. It’s hard work, but you’ll feel amazing afterwards! You can read more about the Tuesday night intervals HERE

Wednesday: The Wednesday sets off from the Memorial Park at 7:00, suitable for all paces.

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. Again, now that the days are getting shorter, 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. 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. 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. 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 9am 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.

Apologies that this Weekly Run Down is slightly later than normal, but life just gets in the way sometimes! Nevertheless, looked like some great running was done, and I wish you all a safe week, and will be back with more next week!

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SJ Handicap – August Results

Last Wednesday saw the latest running of the SJ Handicap. The weather wasn’t on our side again, although not as bad as previous months (June springs to mind…), with light rain persisting throughout the evening.

As for the actual results…there were PBs for Ellie Watson and Roy Bentley, and SB runs by George Green, Will Lucas and Russell Conaway. There were also first handicap appearances made by Nick Light, Simon Tigg, Nerys Cooper and Kim Preston.

The overall winner on the night was Ellie Watson, who ran a great time of 35:39, an improvement of 1:07, fantastic running Ellie! Full results below…

And as for the overall standings after the August event…

For those of you who have not taken part in the handicap, what are you waiting for?! It’s a monthly fun, club-run event, held on every second Wednesday of the month, in which you complete 2 laps of a 2 mile course. The finishing order is not determined by who came in quickest, but how you did against your own previous efforts, so you’re only racing yourself! It is a fun event, and there’s a curry afterwards, so what more could you wish for?!

Thanks as always to Simon and Anne Whillis for organising such an enjoyable club event, and we’ll see you all in September at the next handicap, taking place on Wednesday 11th September.

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Weekly Run Down – 5th – 11th August

Club Announcements

Club Kit – Sally Kent is taking orders for Heritage Kit, the white shirt with the red stripe and SJ logo. There is also the option to purchase hoodies, so if anyone would like to order a hoodie then please let Sally know. The zip through hoodie will be priced at £26 and the over the head hoodie will be £23. This includes all embroidery including your initials on the front. Contact Sally should you wish to discuss further!

SJ Events

Yateley 10k Road Race 3 – Whilst not strictly a Sandhurst Joggers event, this race series is heavily organised, promoted and participated in by Sandhurst Joggers members. The third and final race of this years series was on Wednesday 7th August, and as there has been in each race this summer, there was a superb SJ presence here. The results were as follows:

Graham Robinson – 35:12
Neil Praine – 38:21
Mark Fallowfield-Smith – 39:11
Chris Lambourne – 44:27
Sarah Hyatt – 45:43
Patrick Wadsworth – 45:54
Rebecca Perrin – 46:28
Caroline Stuart – 47:15
Patrick Darcy – 47:38
Nick Metcalfe – 47:40
Michelle Cronin – 48:47
Lynsey Lightfoot – 49:07
Karen Phillips – 49:38
Chris Cole – 50:12
Simon Tigg – 50:33
Charley Bryant – 50:35
Craig Bowles – 51:01
Patrick Denston – 51:24
Iain Findlay – 51:30
Lina Johnson – 51:38
Craig Waters – 52:10
Martin Gould – 52:34
Mo Willcox – 53:20
Will Lucas – 53:38
Roy Bentley – 53:58
Andrea Vincent – 54:10
Claire Rowse – 54:38
Chris Greatorex – 55:16
Jackie Kent – 55:19
Gareth Hopkins – 56:08
Louisa Enriquez – 58:29
Lauren Askew – 58:32
Colin Carpenter – 58:55
Sarina Pietrosanti – 59:07
Dave Bartlett – 59:20
Bev Matthews – 1:00:25
Amy Gates – 1:00:36
Harvey Young – 1:01:15
Nicola Brooks – 1:02:29
Lucy Hale – 1:02:38
Matt Johnson – 1:03:38
Liz Evans – 1:04:04
Michelle Wilson – 1:04:24
John Barnes – 1:05:38
Susan Plumb – 1:05:48
Jane Pond – 1:06:26
Ros Cosgreave – 1:06:30
Angela Foker – 1:09:10
Susan Dart – 1:09:07
Tina Acock – 1:10:11
Carla Wright – 1:10:42
Vicki Brown – 1:10:47
Sue Hopkinson – 1:10:47
Mark Neve – 1:12:41
Mike Tudor – 1:12:56
Sally Kent – 1:13:45
Sarah Jones – 1:22:07

Midweek Events

Dinton Pastures Summer Series Race 4 – The fourth and final Dinton Pastures 5/10k race took place last Thursday, with a strong contingent of SJs taking part in the event. Results were as follows:

5k
Sally Kent – 37:50
Louise Turnor – 39:23
Sarah Jones – 39:25

10k
Alison Jones – 53:52
Paul Norman – 1:04:19

A special shoutout goes to Alison Jones who finished as the winner in every race in the 60+ category, set a PB on three of the runs, and finished as series winner! Fantastic effort, well done Alison!

Datchet Dashers Pairs Relay – Copycats! They’re onto something here though, charging for external entries….! All jokes aside, this pairs relay takes place in the stunning view of Windsor Castle – with each runner completing 5 x 1km laps on their way to completing the total 10km.

There were a few SJs taking part in this one, with the following listed SJ teams:

Patrick Wadsworth & Paul Biggs – 42:20
Jon & George Green – 43:37

Great running from both pairs – if there were any other SJs in the teams then please let me know and I’ll include your results too!

Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…

Frimley – 7 SJs braved the wind and headed to Frimley Lodge for their parkrun fix this Saturday. Mark Pattrick came through as the first SJ, with a time of 24:37. Not far behind was Fern Stonestreet, who came in with a time of 28:06.

Bracknell – 10 SJs headed over to Bracknell, and we had a winner, with Robert Jerrett coming through in first place, with a PB time of 19:46 in his 99th parkrun! Jackie Kent came through as first female and first in age category SJ in a time of 27:30!

There was a first time run at Bracknell for Anne Whillis, with Stephen Casey and Fiona Gascoigne setting PBs. Well done to everyone who ran at Bracknell!

Rushmoor – There were 4 members running at Queens Avenue, with Lyn Winter leading the group around as first member in a time of 29:07. Leon Hicks came through as first (and only) male in a time of 32:39. It was a first time run at Rushmoor for Lyn, Jane Ralls and Jane Pond.

California Country Park – 8 members headed over to California Country Park, with Chris Cole coming through as first member in a time of 24:41. Alison Winders wasn’t far behind as first female member SJ in a time of 26:12.

There were first time runs at California for Jacqueline Hatton, Bryony Hembrow, and PBs for Chris Cole, Alison Winders and Jo Fraser. Well done everyone, some great running!

Tourism – The wind didn’t stop anyone getting out and about, in fact it seemed to push more people out to try some different parkruns! Let’s see who went were….

Bedfont Lakes Stuart Mayes and Stuart Overhill ran at Bedfont, recording times of 21:26 and 22:55 respectively. It was Stuart Mayes’ first run at Bedfont, and he came second in age category as well. Well done to the Stuarts!
Brooklands Kate Parker completed her second run at Brooklands in a time of 26:38.
Cieszyn Sam Goodall was our overseas SJ parkrunner this week, running a time of 34:41 at Cieszyn parkrun in Poland.
Haverfordwest – All the fours for Richard Boese this week, running his 444th parkrun, and doing it in 26:52 at Haverfordwest.
Homewood – In his seventh parkrun, Mircea Tudor ran a time of 38:02 at Homewood.
Houghton Hall – Anyone aiming for sub-28 could have done worse than to follow Andy Summerskill on Saturday, as he ran a time of 28:00.
Jersey Farm – In their first runs at Jersey Farm, Alurie Dutton and Yvette Glacken ran times of 36:42 and 39:56, respectively.
Poole – The speedsters headed down to Poole for one of the flattest courses around. Craig Bowles ran a time of 20:06 on his first time at Poole, and Wayne Boardman ran a PB time of 22:54. Well done guys! It was also Craig’s 100th parkrun – a fantastic achievement Craig!
Portobello Monica Burbidge ran the Portobello parkrun in Edinburgh in a time of 36:04. I’m hoping there were some good jokes along the way….
Reading Jim Haffey ran at Reading, completing the course in 28:11 on his first run at the venue.
Seaton Will Lucas was in Devon again, running a time of 27:50 at Seaton.
Somerdale Pavilion Andrea Hadfield ran a time of 31:45 in her first run at Somerdale.
Upton Court Jon Green set a PB with a great time of 24:23 at Upton Court.
Woodley Simon Tigg headed to Woodley for the first time and completed the course in 30:19.
Woolacombe Dunes Liz and Nigel Evans ran their first runs at Woolacombe Dunes, in times of 34:49 and 34:51. Well done guys!
Worcester Pitchcroft Neil Praine ran a time of 23:37 on his ninth run at Worcester.

Other Saturday Events…

Brutal Hawley Lake – The clue is in the title! This event is held over a 5k, 10k or half marathon distance. Expect to come back wet and caked in mud, but in high spirits nonetheless! This event was run by the following members:

5k
Mark Foker – 56:05
Angela Foker – 56:05
Michelle Wilson – 56:15
Andy Hazell – 56:57
Louise Turnor – 56:57

10k
Bev Matthews – 1:19:01

Half Marathon
Colin Carpenter – 2:51:12

Some fantastic running – well done guys!

Hart 4 Relay – A ‘mini Endure’ type of event, this sees teams of four run a 4km trail route for 4 hours – simple! There was a great turn out from the SJs at this years events, with the results coming as follows:

Men 1 – 4:09:34 – 5th position (by category) – 16 laps
Men 2 – 4:10:35 – 16th position – 14 laps
Men 3 – 4:12:51 – 23rd position – 13 laps
Mixed 1 – 4:16:49 – 27th position – 13 laps
Ladies – 4:19:06 – 6th position – 13 laps
Mixed 2 – 4:22:26 – 74th position – 12 laps
Mixed 3 – 4:24:25 – 120th position – 10 laps

Again, some superb running in what looks like a great event – well done to everyone who took part, some photos are below!

Sunday events…

Dorney 10k – This 5k/10k/half marathon event was held on Sunday, and follows a route around Dorney Lake. As such, it is a nice and flat course, good for a PB. Runners get a flapjack included in the goodie bag afterwards too, so I’m automatically interested….results below!

10k
Stuart Mayes – 45:30
Samantha Wood – 1:16:25

Half Marathon
Lara Winter – 2:28:49

Burnham Beeches Half Marathon – This 10k/half marathon event took in some lovely scenery and was well attended by members. The final times were as follows:

10k
Michelle Wilson – 1:05:46
Angela Foker – 1:09:10
Sam Goodall – 1:11:20
Louise Turnor 1:23:01

Half Marathon
Jim Haffey – 2:07:32
Jess Metcalfe – 2:08:14
Dave Metcalfe – 2:08:14

Strava

Some great totals on Strava over the last week, thanks to the various weekend events. Nigel Evans took the top spot with a mega total of 53.2 miles, thanks to his double-marathon weekend! 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:

Club Events for the week ahead…

Monday: Patrick Wadsworth will be taking the Monday night chatfest from Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm. The route will cover approx. 6 miles, and now that the days are getting shorter, it’s advised that you bring high vis clothing and a headtorch. 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 Club Run: This week is the Tuesday pub run! Meet at the Golden Retriever pub in Bracknell and order your food ready to eat when you get back an hour later!

Wednesday:  It’s the second Wednesday of the month so time for the Handicap. 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. Don’t forget the post run curry at The Raj in Sandhurst

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. Again, now that the days are getting shorter, 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. 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. 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. 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 9am 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.

So much running this week – well done to everyone who took part. It looks as though lots of you did multiple events, you’re mad!! Stay safe, have a good week of running and see you next week!

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Weekly Run Down – 29th July – 4th August

Club Announcements

Hart 4 Relay – This Saturday (11th August) sees the latest running of the Hart Relay. For those taking part in this years event (see Dave Breslin’s Facebook post), please arrive at 10:00am latest, ready for the 10:30am start. And this year there will be no plastic bottles for runners, so don’t forget to bring your own water bottle!

SJ Events

Pairs Relay – Tuesday saw the second pairs relay of the summer, and what an evening it was! A total of 34 pairs took part in the event (accounting for injuries etc), in what was a fantastic evening of running. Coming through in first place with a time of 41:30 was Dave Metcalfe and Chris Lambourne. The full results are below:

141.30DAVID METCALFE CHRIS LAMBOURNE
242.03ROWENA BOOTHAM IAN WATSON
343.03NEWTON JOHNSTONE JIM LAIDLAW
443.20CHRIS DERHAM STUART MAYES
543.21SIMON WHILLIS NICK METCALFE
743.28HARVEY YOUNG GERRY MEPHAM
743.28JESS METCALFE ROYSTON CRANDLEY
844.22TOM STAFFORD JANE CRAWFORD
945.03WILL LUCAS DAVE O’TOOLE
1045.09LUCY ONG SIMON TIGG
1245.22ANDREW WOOD KATE PARKER
1245.22CLAIRE GUJER MARK NORMAN
1345.53LAUREN FORBES GEORGE GREEN
1446.31MIKE GASGOINE KRZYSZTOF ZIELINSKI
1546.35CATHERINE DUNN LOU GUBB
1646.43LYN WINTER JON GREEN
1746.46DEBBIE WATSON PAUL BIGGS
1847.08MO WILCOX RICHARD MCCREEDY
1947.12DAVE COGHLAN LOUISA ENRIQUEZ
2147.30COLIN CARPENTER GARETH HOPKINS
2147.30SUSAN PLUMB MARTIN STEADMAN
2247.51JANET VENABLES JIM HAFFEY
2348.14JANE POND HARRIET STEEL
2448.17MICHELE READON PATRICK PADSWORTH
2548.26LESLEY BUCKLAND ROY BENTLEY
2648.31EMMA WILKINSON VICKY RICE
2749.02JO FRASER GABBI BASSETT
2949.13HANNAH GLAISTER CHRIS SZABO-HEMMINGS
2949.13JANICE ALVES DE SOUSA DICK NEWMAN
3050.01FRAN DIMMOCK NIGEL BASSETT
3151.16ANDY HAZELL DAVE BRESLIN
3251.39SARAH JONES SARAH HYATT
3353.13FIONA GASGOINE JON GUBB
3454.10SARAH DAVIES GRAHAM KELLY

There was a great team of marshals located around the course, as well as Lou Turnor, who was on hand to capture all the flying feet on display, evidence below! For the rest of the photos, be sure to check out the group page!

Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…

Bracknell – 14 members ran at Bracknell this weekend, with Stephen Mott coming through as the first member with a great time of 20:00 to come through as 3rd overall. Meanwhile, Jackie Kent came through as first female in a time of 28:36.

Special congratulations go to Rob Cooper, Chris Cole and Vanessa Clarke-Morris for recording PBs, great run guys!

Rushmoor – Frimley parkrun was called off this weekend, so more members headed over to Rushmoor for their parkrun fix. Dave O’Toole flew around to come through as first member in a time of 24:46. Meanwhile, Louisa Enriquez was first female SJ through the finishing funnel in a time of 29:30.

California Country Park – 8 SJs lined up at California ready for the 24th running of the event. Craig Bowles was first member through in parkrun #99, recording a time of 19:54. Meanwhile, Ellie Watson was first female member through in a time of 27:06, setting a PB in the process.

There were plenty of first timers on Saturday, with Jon Payne, Lyn Winter, Jane Pond, Peter Brown and Tina Acock completing their first runs at California. There were also PBs for Wayne Boardman and Ellie Watson on Saturday. Well done to everyone who ran at California!

Tourism – With Frimley being cancelled this Saturday, there was plenty of tourism on display this Saturday! As follows….

Bedfont Lakes – Speedsters Robert Jerrett and Lisa Hale headed over to Bedfont, clocking times of 18:29 and 20:55, respectively. It was Robert’s first run at Bedfont, and Lisa earned a PB, well done guys!
Black Park Stuart Mayes and Alison Winders both ran at Black Park for the first time, coming through in 21:39 and 26:42, respectively.
Brooklands Kate Parker ticked another parkrun off her list, running a time of 24:55 at Brooklands.
Dinton Pastures George Green came in 2nd in age category at Dinton, running a time of 24:42.
Dunstable DownsYvette Glacken recorded a PB time of 39:37 at Dunstable, well done Yvette!
Grangemoor Richard Boese ran a time of 29:22 in his first visit to Grangemoor.
Hanworth – The Whillis duo of Simon and Anne came through 2nd and 1st in age category, respectively, recording times of 26:19 and 47:52 in their first runs at Hanworth. Well done to both!
Heartlands Kim Taylor ran her 5th parkrun on Saturday, and recorded a time of 36:36 at Heartlands.
Hogmoor Inclosure – There was a mini SJ tourism trip to Hogmoor Inclosure, this weekend. Ian Watson, Rosyton Crandley, Dave Bartlett, Monica Burbidge and Andy Hazell ran, with Royston securing a PB and Ian, Dave, Monica and Andy running their first runs at sandy Hogmoor – well done all!
Houghton Hall Andy Summerskill ran a time of 31:17 at Houghton.
Lee-on-the-Solent Simon Tigg headed down south and ran a time of 28:43 in his first run at Lee-on-the-Solent.
Llyn Llech Owain Helen Davey headed out to the pigs mouth, and ran a time of 26:31 in her first run at Llyn Llech. Hopefully it rained that day for her post-run shower, as I don’t think they’ve got running water out there yet?
Medina (Isle of Wight)Katy Kennedy headed over to the sunny Isle of Wight, and ran a time of 25:31 to claim a PB of 45 seconds in her 17th run at Medina; great run Katy!
Poole Roy Bentley completed Poole for the first time in 25:12.
Queen Elizabeth Jim Haffey ran a great time of 27:07 in his first run at Queen Elizabeth.
Reading Neil Praine headed to Reading for the first, and ran a great time of 18:24 to come in 12th overall.
Seaton Will Lucas was back in Devon, running a time of 26:58 at Seaton.
Southsea Alurie Maye Dutton headed south, and ran a time of 39:48 to come through 2nd in age category!
St Albans Imogen Murray ran at the 400th St Albans parkrun, in a time of 26:16 on only her second parkrun. Well done Imogen!
Woodley Jon Green flew around one of the flatter courses on the parkrun circuit, recording a time of 23:26 for his second fastest parkrun time!

Some fantastic tourism on display this week, keep it up guys!

Other Saturday Events

Phoenix Running Summer Marathon Nigel Evans completed his latest Phoenix Running event, and his 30th marathon, in the annual Phoenix Running Summer Marathon. He completed the 26.2 miles in a time of 5:33:05. Great time, well done Nigel!

North Downs Way 100 – This 100 mile trail run (yes, you read that correctly) travels from Farnham, Surrey to Ashford, Kent, and takes in some stunning English scenery en route. Katie Herrington ran this event, and with the aid of a great support team of fellow SJs, what a herculean effort. Well done Katie!

Strava

Some great totals on Strava over the last week, thanks to the various weekend events. Nigel Evans took the top spot with a mega total of 53.2 miles, thanks to his double-marathon weekend! 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:

Club Events for the week ahead…

Monday: Patrick Wadsworth will be taking the Monday night chatfest from Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm. The route will cover approx. 6 miles, and now that the days are getting shorter, it’s advised that you bring high vis clothing and a headtorch. 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 Club Run: The biggest club run of the week sets off from Morgan Recreation Ground in Crowthorne this Tuesday. Please arrive for 6:25 to be there for club announcements etc. There are different paced groups, from run-walk to 9 minute-mile, and everyone starts and finishes at the same point, in an hour, so there really is something for everybody!

Tuesday Intervals: Later the interval sessions will take place. The meeting point is at The Tythings in Yateley at 8pm. It’s hard work, but you’ll feel amazing afterwards! You can read more about the Tuesday night intervals HERE

Wednesday: The Wednesday sets off from the Memorial Park at 7:00, suitable for all paces.

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. Again, now that the days are getting shorter, 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. 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. 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. 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 9am 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.

Well done everyone, some fantastic running this week. Have a safe week of running and see you all next week!

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Weekly Run Down – 22nd – 28th July

Club Announcements

Club Kit – Sally Kent is now taking orders for Heritage Kit, the white shirt with the red stripe and SJ logo. There is also the option to purchase hoodies, so if anyone would like to order a hoodie then please let Sally know. The zip through hoodie will be priced at £26 and the over the head hoodie will be £23. This includes all embroidery including your initials on the front. Contact Sally Kent should you wish to discuss further!

SJ Events

2019 Track Challenge – Friday night saw the running of the 2019 Track Challenge. An internally run event, teams entered one athlete into each event, and the event culminated with two relays (4 x 100m and 4 x 400m).

The results for this years events were as follows…

‘Try-a-Tri’ – This event gave people a chance to experience what it’s like to do a triathlon, consisting of the three stages of a triathlon, with the run and the cycle being held in Yateley, and the swim in between being held at the Yateley School swimming pool. This was a great chance to see what a triathlon is all about, and by the looks of the photos below, people seemed to really enjoy it!

Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…

Frimley – 14 members headed to Frimley Lodge on Saturday morning for their parkrun fix. First member through the finishing funnel was Jon Payne, in a time of 21:41. Not far behind was Mo Willcox as first female member, in a time of 26:07, recording a PB in the process!

Another special mention goes to Sarah Davies for recording her first run at Frimley. Well done Sarah!

Bracknell – A mega 19 members headed to Bracknell this weekend, a great club turnout! Leading everyone around was Krzysztof Zielinski, who came through as first member in a time of 20:40. Helen Davey came through as first female member in a time of 26:52.

There were some great runs recorded at Bracknell, with 5 members recording PBs! A big congratulations to Martin Steadman, Nigel Bassett, Helen Davey, Lyn Winter and Andy Hazell. Well done guys!

Rushmoor – A dynamic duo of SJs headed to Queens Avenue this week, with Martin Gould and Liz Evans running times of 24:32 and 30:41, respectively.

California Country Park – A good turnout at the three Cs, with Graham Robinson coming through as first member, and second overall by an agonising 10 seconds, but still running a super time of 17:12. Meanwhile, Katy Kennedy came through as first female SJ in a time of 31:08.

There were 4 first timers at California on Saturday – Graham Robinson, Phil Turner, Simon Tigg and Katy Kennedy. There was also a PB run from Samantha Wood. Well done everyone who ran at California!

Tourism – There was some great tourism on display this weekend, let’s see who went where!

Alice Holt Teresa Milroy and Colin Carpenter fancied the hills of Alice Holt, and ran super times of 27:34 and 30:27, respectively. This was enough to earn them some mega PBs, Teresa by 2 minutes 20 seconds, and Colin by 1 minute. Fantastic effort!
Andover Stuart Mayes headed over to Andover for the first time, and ran a time of 21:44 in his 130th parkrun.
Basingstoke John Paul Featherstone ran a time of 25:34 in his 15th run at Basingstoke.
BrockenhurstSue Hopkinson ran a time of 31:24 in her first run at Brockenhurst.
Guernsey Patrick Wadsworth recorded a great time of 22:30 in his first run at Guernsey.
Homewood Wayne Boardman recorded a PB by over a minute and a half with a time of 24:10.
Houghton HallAndy Summerskill was at Houghton on Saturday and ran a time of 28:27.
Lanhydrock – A duo of SJs headed over to Lanhydrock in Cornwall. Max Woods ran a time of 22:44 and Sacha Kendall-Woods ran a time of 27:54.
Luton Wardown Yvette Glacken recorded a great time of 37:58 at Luton.

Monrepos Alison Winders lief in ihrem ersten Lauf in Monrepos eine Zeit von 28:33.
Alison Winders ran a time of 28:33 in her first run at Monrepos. (Google translate may have been used…)

Wetherby Simon and Anne Whillis ran at Wetherby this weekend, one of the smaller parkruns around, recording times of 27:33 and 51:29, respectively.
Woking Kate Parker carried on her local tourism voyage and recorded a time of 52:51 in her first time at Woking.

Some great tourism this week, well done to all those who adventured out far and wide!

Other Saturday Events…

Cider FrolicJonathan Taylor, Lance King and Lisa Hale headed down to Dorset to complete this lapped event. For solo runners, or teams of 2 or 3 or 4, this 6km lap takes in some of the scenery of the Cranbourne Chase AONB, a lovely area of countryside. It looked like a great event; well done to those who took part!

Sunday events…

Down Tow Up Flow Half Marathon – Described as ‘flat as a pancake, but 90% along trails’, this half marathon alternates it’s course each year from running from Marlow to Windsor and vice versa. There was a good showing of SJs, with the results as follows:

Stuart Mayes – 1:40:03
Alison Jones – 2:00:20
Louisa Enriquez – 2:07:51
Kate Parker – 2:13:10
Lara Winter – 2:14:10

Well done to those who ran this ‘different’ event!

Strava

Some great totals on Strava over the last week, thanks to the various weekend events. Nigel Evans took the top spot with a mega total of 53.2 miles, thanks to his double-marathon weekend! 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:

Club Events for the week ahead…

Monday: Patrick Wadsworth will be taking the Monday night chatfest from Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm. The route will cover approx. 6 miles, and now that the days are getting shorter, it’s advised that you bring high vis clothing and a headtorch. 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 Club Run: The biggest club run of the week sets off from Morgan Recreation Ground in Crowthorne this Tuesday. Please arrive for 6:25 to be there for club announcements etc. There are different paced groups, from run-walk to 9 minute-mile, and everyone starts and finishes at the same point, in an hour, so there really is something for everybody!

Wednesday: The Wednesday sets off from the Memorial Park at 7:00, suitable for all paces.

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. Again, now that the days are getting shorter, 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. 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. 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. 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 9am 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.

Slightly later than normal, but still some great running done last week – well done everybody and I’ll see you next week!

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Meet the Member – Andy Hazell looks back on his running career so far, and his achievement of completing 100 parkruns

As I’m sure you’re aware, Andy Hazell recently completed his 100th parkrun, a fantastic achievement. Coming through the Pure Beginners programme, Andy is now a well established member of the club, and is loved by all! His running achievements have not gone unnoticed, and he is regularly out on various club runs and at different events, progressing more and more every time.

Following his great achievement, I thought it’d be a good chance for those who may not know him to get to learn a bit more about him…

Q: Andy, for those members who do not know you, could you introduce yourself and provide an insight into your running background?

A: Hello All, I’m Andy Hazell, a Telecoms Engineering Manager based near Sutton and have been with Sue my long suffering partner for 26 years now. There is not too much background on running (as like those who come to running later in life, I could not see the point in it at school), so first I started at Bracknell Parkrun after being persuaded by Dave Bartlett on Saturday 16th May 2016 and stuck with it ever since.

Q: You recently completed 100 parkruns, which is an incredible feat. What is it about parkrunning that you enjoy so much?

A: I found Parkrun to be inclusive and not exclusive just for those who can run, and there is always a word of encouragement and a chat with those around you!

Q: You’ve completed the majority of your parkruns at Rushmoor, what is it about that course that you enjoy so much?

A: I guess psychologically knowing where the start/finish is, and the fact that it’s usually in view, so it doesn’t seem so far!

Q: Other than Rushmoor, which other parkrun sticks out as being a particular favourite, and why?

A: Going to Bushy Park for the first time last year was a highlight. It’s where parkrun all started, and the amount of runners there is quite unbelievable.

Q: Outside of parkrunning, what other events have you completed that stand out as being most enjoyable and memorable?

A: I completed the London Landmarks Half Marathon this year, moving up from Parkrun to LLHM did seem like a good idea at the time of booking and I did do a lot running on Sundays in all weathers and through the winter. I have also completed the Frimley 10k this year, and am currently looking forward to the Brutal 5k at Hawley Lake , Thruxton 5k and Wellersley 10k. There might be more, funds dependant!

Q: For other members who are coming through the Pure Beginners course, what words of wisdom would you have for them?

A: We all have to start somewhere and abilities differ. We all take a turn at the back but someone will be with you every step of the way and give you support. You just have to keep it going, it will get easier with time, trust me I know, and you are a runner just like Sir Mo!

Q: Now that you’ve reached 100 parkruns, what’s the next big milestone/target?

A: Now that I have achieved 100 Parkruns, I will be doing some volunteering as a run director at the forthcoming Sandhurst Parkrun, so expect me to be shouting the same encouragement and congratulations from the side that I get when taking part!

Q: Thanks for taking part in this article, have you got anything else you’d like to add?

A: Thanks to Sue my partner for being my biggest supporter and Dave Bartlett for somehow convincing me to pull on my running shoes all those years ago, and to the club for all the encouragement in the few short months I have been a member.

Some great words from Andy, and an interesting insight from someone who has come through the immensely successful Pure Beginners programme. Keep your eyes peeled, I might be contacting you for the next Meet the Member article….!