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Green Belt Relay – SJ Member Highlights

Last weekend saw the 23rd edition of the Green Belt Relay, an event extremely popular amongst many members. So, who better to introduce it than the man who organised it all for us? Enjoy his overview, and the various recaps from fellow members….

Weekend Organiser – Dave Breslin (mass applause etc):

  • 2 days
  • 220 miles
  • 22 stages
  • 5 Marshal points
  • 5 Vehicles
  • 2 Teams of 11 Runners
  • 17 Pre-Ordered meals
  • 130 individual drop off, and pickups.
  • 2 Helpers
  • 1 Baby

We were already short of runners leading up to this years Green Belt Relay (GBR), then we have a couple more dropouts, due to sickness/injury.

We managed to get some last-minute replacements, but not enough for full teams so some of the runners had to double up on the weekend. After some last-minute changes to the logistics plan we were set. We met at Sandhurst Library at 7:00am on Saturday, sorted everyone’s kit, and runners into the correct vehicle, and set off.

The GBR starts at Hampton Court, and goes all round the outside of the M25 on the Green Belt Way, and end at the Hawker Centre. It’s basically 2 days of socialising, visiting some beautiful villages, pubs, and countryside in the Green Bely of London. Oh, and with a bit of running thrown in.

The first day went without a hitch, apart for a slight miscalculation of how many people were on one vehicle for one marshal point. This was corrected by a quick phone call. The day finished at 8:45pm when we got to the hotel, and after a quick shower, and change, and out for Food in Epping.

Sunday was another early start, and the vehicles loaded again, and we were off. Sunday went very smoothly, with everyone getting to where they needed to be on time. At the Hawker Centre finish everyone cheers all the last stage runners in. There are drinks, and burgers available, and prizes are given out.

The 2 Sandhurst Joggers teams came 24th, and 34th. A great achievement considering the last-minute changes needed. I would like to thank the Sandhurst runners who drove, marshalled, ran, and followed all the directions given to them. Without their co-operation the planned schedule would not be possible.

Stage 1 – Dave Ayling: “Flat fast and fun. Paired up with a lady from BA and we pushed each other the whole way. Could not go full out as had second stage 11 at end of day but a 1 hour 32 felt very comfortable. Great support at Walton bridge from SJs members!”

Stage 2 – Alison Jones: “I ran this route of the Green Belt 2 years ago, so I asked if I could run it again, hoping I could still remember the route. Sharon Burfield sustained an injury and was unable to run the first leg from Kingston to Staines, but was kind enough to take Alan Kirby and I to the start and collect us at the finish.

The start was the usual mad rush for 20 yards, until we came to the first set of steps on the route, and then it was down onto the towpath and everyone shot off like it was a sprint. Being a slow starter, I jsust settled into a steady pace and followed the person in front, who was a chap from Queens Park Runners. We took spells at pacing each other, until he dropped off the pace I was setting. By then I was passing runners who had gone off too fast, until I found myself with only 1 girl in front of me, who then decided to stop and walk for a bit since she was struggling.

That left me at the front, and although I had my with me, I did not have my glasses, so I couldn’t see it. My plan of always having someone to follow was falling apart, however my mate from Queens Park made up the ground he had lost and we were together again. We then proceeded to go up a cycle path and although I could not see my map I was pretty sure that running along the M4 was not mentioned, so back down the other side of the cycle path and we found the correct path. Then it was on to the finish, to loads of cheers, from all clubs, and that was me done until 5:04 on Sunday, when I would run stage 22, the ‘glory leg’!

Stage 2 – Alan Kirby: “Sharon and Alison collected me, and off we went to Staines. The leg started at 9:42 and I went off at a steady pace conscious of the fact that I normally start too fast. The first 6 miles felt great. I was running very well and thought this is going to be a good day. I then started to realise that the training I had been doing was geared towards 10k or 6 miles and I knew I had to slow down. This was annoying because I gave away 6 places in the last 3 miles, but I hung on and eventually the finish line was before me and I finished with a time of 1hr 15mins and 58 seconds which I was quite pleased about.”

Stage 3 – Claire Hobson: “My first stage was Stage 3, along with Carl. After a brief stop at Walton bridge to cheer on our runners, we made our way to the start. This stage was 11miles, so I knew I had to pace myself and also preserve some energy for Sunday. Stage 3 is fairly flat and a very pretty course going from Boveney Church to Little Marlow and runs along the river for most of the way, meaning you have to dodge the rowing clubs along the route!! It was clearly marked and well supported with friendly Marshall’s. As soon as we crossed the finish line, we were handed water and biscuits – perfect for refuelling – before I was ushered back into the car to go to the next stage to pick up and drop off runners.”

Stage 4 – Steve Casey: “Warm-up for a race can be a nerve-wracking time. Kit check, last minute fuelling and, in the case of the GBR, map check. I didn’t have time to scout it, so I was hoping my Google Satellite and Streetview tour of the route was enough to stay on course. Then the inevitable toilet queue. Looking back, it makes sense – the run organisers described stage four as “Difficulty: 10/10”, “Complex”, “Brutal” and “Disorientating”. Other runners waiting for a free cubicle simply asked, “what did you do to piss-off your club captain?”.

The first 5km wasn’t bad – gently gaining 50 meters, then it started. According to Strava, 75 meters up in just a few hundred meters then, 4km later drop down and repeat then, 4km later repeat then, 4km later repeat then, 4km later repeat. It was 11.5 miles of really difficult terrain and a challenge that is going to be hard to forget. But, despite the pain and despite having been reduced to a walking pace at times, I knew the memory of having succeeded was going to be fantastic, and indeed it is. Not my finest running achievement but definitely among the times I’ve tested my resolve and come away happy. But the question remains, Mr Breslin, what did I do to piss you off?”

Stage 6 – Sarah Hyatt: “I’ve been with SJ for many years now and I’d never done the GBR as it often clashes with my birthday weekend. I hadn’t planned to do it this year either but Dave Breslin sent out an SOS about a week before for more runners so I bit the bullet. Dave gave me a 10.2 mile leg on day one and a 10.7 mile leg on day two. Which was fine, I had enough distance in my legs as I ran London in April. I had a look at the course profiles and day 1 leg had a 2 mile hill that looked quite savage…what had I let myself in for? Dave also asked if I could be a driver for the weekend.

On Friday morning I got a message from Dave. ‘Hi Sarah, are OK to do a double on Saturday?’. ‘Yes sure’, I say as long its not leg 1 (13 miles) or leg 9 (10 miles). It wasn’t, it was legs 6 (8.2 miles) and leg 9. Checking the details of leg 6 it was down as difficulty 3, aaah that’ll be nice and easy…ROFL at me, no it wasn’t, it was constant undulating hills, with some tricky navigation. The navigation was fine when there were others around that you could follow but I ended up running alone for some of it and completely lost sight of the people in front. A group was behind me which I was thankful for when I heard shouts to find out I had missed a turn, a solo girl had followed me and missed it too.

I turned to see a group of 4 people running through a field, I ran back and realised that the turning was some way off so in my infinite wisdom decided it would be much better to clamber through brambles instead. I dropped 5 places by going wrong and couldn’t catch them back up which was rather annoying. When I finished I noticed that my legs were stinging, looked down to see that they were cut to shreds…that will teach me for going though brambles.”

Stage 7 – Graham Robinson: “Stage 7 is a fairly flat 11-mile leg starting in St Albans and follows the Alban Way over to Hatfield. From there it winds through a few housing estates, a golf course, a forest and ends on a nice downhill section of the Cole Green Way. Unfortunately for me the stage record, which had stood since before I last ran it, was smashed by about 4 minutes(!), and the 2 leaders were out of sight after the first mile. Still, I was pleased to just about scrape a 3rd place finish and a respectable time.”

Stage 9 – Ian Watson: “This year I had one Stage I’d not done before – Stage 9 on Saturday from Dobbs Weir to High Beech, better described as “From between Hertford and Harlow, along the Lea Valley and then up into Epping Forest”. This stage is 7 miles along a canal, 1 over fields, then 2 miles of pretty relentless and tough 8%, Dell Rd-like hill.”

Stage 9 – Sarah Hyatt: “Leg 9 was 8 miles of lovely flat canal running followed by 2 miles of THE HILL…pretty much all of the run was in heavy rain (so glad I had my sunglasses on the top of my head) which was in contrast to my previous leg, which was in glorious sunshine. I love running in the rain so it didn’t bother me. Ian Watson started this leg with me but had said ‘you go on ahead I’ll be starting slowly’, ermmm he was off like a rocket, he got smaller and smaller as he disappeared into the distance!

For the whole of this run I had a couple of people just in front so no chance of getting lost on my own. It was a fab run until the hill, it was hard and went on and on. I was so glad to get to the top. When I finished we headed straight to the Motel where we were staying to meet everyone else, we were the first ones there and as we pulled in the first thing I thought was ‘Bates Motel’ (if you know what that is you’ll know what I mean!!). There was intermittent signal for phone and tinternet.

I text Claire to tell her I was already there and warn her that we may not survive the night, explaining it looked like the motels in America where serial killers hang out and that we were sharing a bed as I didn’t want to be alone when they got me…. safety in numbers right??”

Stage 10 – Jon Green: “Stage 10 started fairly straightforward but I was soon at a confusing junction near Epping station which required a bit of navigating through. Luckily there was a friendly girl from Clapham Chasers to discuss our route with and we were quickly back underway. Unfortunately though the heavens decided to open shortly before this and we were quickly soaked. I lost her on a long dragging uphill road section and as I crossed over into Epping Forest the terrain became more and more challenging.

After the forest the last part was over rutted farm tracks. Only wearing road shoes made this like the most difficult cross country ever and I almost fell a couple of times. Still it did make it quite good fun and took my mind off the running part. I kept smiling and even managed a sprint to the line where Janice, Al, Steve and Claire were waiting to pick us up to go back to the motel to warm up with a shower.”

Stage 11 – Dave Ayling: “Apprehensive as the mornings run was harder than planned but most of the leg was on an old training route. Heavy legs for the first mile then really enjoyed having an all out run on an old but not so pretty route.”

Stage 12 – Sarah Hyatt: “Day 2 and I had the first leg which was nice because I was done early on but that also mean I had an early start. Erol dropped me and Krzysztof at the start. When we started my right hamstring was really tight so I took it easy and tried to run a nice even pace. It wasn’t long before I found myself alone again but I could see people in the distance so it wasn’t so bad. By about mile 4 Krzysztof caught up with me and we stay together for a couple of miles before I sent him on, my hamstring was hurting on any incline and was slowing me down.

With about a mile to go a girl caught me on a hill, I tried to stay with her on the up but I couldn’t, I did catch her quickly on the flat though, I sat on her shoulder for a bit until she let me through and I gained about 20 metres on her. I then saw the crowds and people cheering, I could also hear that she’d put on a sprint to catch me, I wound up my pace a little but let her get on to my shoulder and then I kicked for the line, I won the sprint battle! The rest of the day was fab jumping in and out of the vans seeing people finish and sending them on their way.”

Stage 14 – Ian Watson: “Stage 14 on Sunday from Jobbers Rest to Davy Down is better described as “Upminster to Thurrock near the QE2 Bridge across the Thames”. It is a flat and scenically varied 8.2 miles – trails through winding fields and woodland, a few residential streets, up a golf fairway (yes, the golfers are out there playing (!)) and country lanes, usually charming but also which very occasionally show how a few of the good citizens of Essex dispose of their fridges and old carpet.

Oh, and despite Facebook impressions, it’s NOT a pub crawl. There’s actually a pretty decent amount of running to be done and refreshments are more likely to be coffee stops in woodland car parks. GBR – missing you already!”

Stage 15 – Claire Hobson: “My next stage was Stage 15, this time 9.4miles, starting at Stone Lodge and finishing  at Lullingstone Park, a long with Jon Green. I knew this stage would be slightly harder and I had to keep some in the tank for another stage later on. I wasn’t quite prepared for some of the hills we had, but again the scenery was amazing! It was slightly tougher with a few undulating climbs, but some nice downhills too. Coming towards the finish line, a supporter from The Stragglers cheered on a runner that I realised was just over my shoulder. I was 100metres from the finish line, so sprinted – well I couldn’t let him beat me!!!! That was when the lovely Stephen Casey caught an awesome photo of me, thanks a lot ‘mate!’”

Stage 15 – Jon Green: “Stage 15 started at 10:40 and after spectating the early stages Claire and I were feeling confident. The first few miles were on the road and had some nice downhill sections. Later on it was more like narrow grassy trails but the weather was lovely and dry compared to the day before. At mile 6 I was starting to struggle, not being used to running two consecutive days and I had to walk up one of the hills as we passed through a sleepy village. I got overtaken by a few other team runners but carried on running and made it to the finish line by the riverbank.

As we made our way to the end of the next stage to watch Patrick and Dave Ayling finish I was happy to find a pub to grab a nice cold beer to celebrate. Green Belt Relay wasn’t quite the tour of pubs and cafes I was promised by Nikki but was still a great experience and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a running weekend away now that the Sandhurst running weekend is no longer away but rather more local in Crowthorne. It had everything you want from a running weekend; running, banter, competitive spirit, navigational challenges and beer.”

Stage 16 – Dave Ayling: “Woke up on Sunday very tired from the Saturday apprehensive about having the hilly lullingstone stage to do. The stage itself was stunning when I had the energy to look around. Great support on the way from Maria at BA (lady u ran with on leg 1), friends from Burgess hill and SJ.”

Stage 17 – Graham Robinson: “I’d convinced myself that Stage 17 (10 miles, ish) was essentially a downhill leg (running from the highpoint at Tatsfield, down to Merstham), so the few steep climbs on route were a bit of a shock (I had obviously blanked them from my mind). Day 2 always presents its difficulties due to tiredness from the Saturday. As ever, I had my fingers crossed before the start that I’d have less opposition this time, but sadly the stage record was smashed again and I was left to trail in in 4th position (not helped by a navigational issue near the end and then being out-sprinted to the line).

Overall, a great weekend – and an event that I think everyone who takes part in thoroughly enjoys…”

Stage 19 – Steve Casey: “My second day, started near Rikers Café near the bottom of Box Hill, was different. Run up a hill (oh god, another hill), then along the North Downs Way. Little risk of getting lost on the well signposted North Downs Way and few hills; those that did exist were short or shallow. The leg flew past and for almost the whole run I had fantastic views of everything from the vineyards of Denby’s Wine Estate to the rolling hills and valleys below. Sharing the path with many walkers and spotting future picnic (and photo expedition) spots, my legs just got on with the business of finishing the stage and I simply enjoyed the run.”

Stage 20 – Claire Hobson: “Before I knew it, I was being dropped off at my final stage – Stage 20. This time with Alan Kirby! I had been told this stage was flat, fast and a lot downhill. And boy it did not disappoint!!! It was very very fast and felt like a ferocious race from everyone around. Alan managed to get a head start on me. There was one small hill that I managed to over take him on, but he then caught up with me. I spent the rest of the race chasing him down!! Every runner around me was pushing hard and racing. Being only 6miles, I knew I could push hard and I certainly did. The finish was quite ferocious as well, with me coming in only about 8seconds behind Alan, which made for an exciting race! I have to say I finished with a smile on my face as I LOVED that stage!!

We then bundled into the car and headed to the Hawker Centre in Kingston for the finish. There we enjoyed a wonderful BBQ and a few well deserved drinks. The banter was in full flow (like the alcohol!) and everyone was in amazing spirits! I felt so proud to be a Sandhurst Jogger!!

I ran just over 26miles in the weekend and loved every second. The GBR for me is all about amazing team spirit, with a bit of running thrown in. There is so much banter and laughter and so much support across the whole weekend, it really is what Sandhurst Joggers is all about. You feel part of something and I don’t think I stopped laughing or smiling (apart from when I was running up the hills!). Thanks to all for making it so much fun!

A massive thank you has to go to Dave Breslin. The logistics of sorting two teams and 4 vehicles across 22 stages requires immense work and we all thoroughly appreciated it! It went so well and I hope we did him proud. We cannot thank you enough Dave for helping us to be part of what I think is one of the best running weekends ever!

Bring on next year – and here’s to a rematch between Alan and I on Stage 20!!!!!!”

Stage 20 – Alan Kirby: “Claire Hobson was running the leg for the A team and I was running it for the B team. The leg started at 3:43 and even though I thought do not start too fast I forgot to take my own advice and went off much too quickly and after half a mile I thought this is not working and I need to slow down. The leg starts off running downhill which should be easy but then we turned a corner and I realised that I was just about to pay the price for so much downhill. The road climbed quite steeply for a while. On the climb Claire went past me and I thought she was going to vanish off into the distance, but we went over the brow of the hill and I was able to go back past her.

The road flattened out and from there it was a very hard slog and I knew that Claire would be chasing me down, but I hung on, but I do remember thinking that this is a tough day at the office and Claire has obviously been training hard, but I must keep going because any hesitation and Claire would have seized the chance and gone passed me. Brilliant race and at the end I were on my knees. I managed to get over the finish line just ahead of Claire by a few seconds and finished in 27
th place in 46 mins and 17 seconds.

The GBR is a fantastic event that is so well organised, and I fully intend to run it next year.”

Stage 22 – Alison Jones: “I agreed to pick up Gloria Long for her leg from Ripley to Walton Bridge so we left fairly early to arrive at our respective starts in plenty of time to register.  That done there was nothing to do but hang around with fellow SJ’s take selfies and eat chips, although I must stress Alastair and I did not part-take since we had just over 9 miles to run.

This is a very easy to navigate leg, so no problem not being able to see the map, I have run a Phoenix marathon, along the towpath and I have also run the Kingston Breakfast run twice so know this area fairly well.  Instructions given and we were off, but not as frantically as the previous day, perhaps everyone was feeling their previous day’s run in their legs. Same format for me; start slowly then try and pass as many people as possible.

After the climb up onto and over Kingston Bridge and a short run to pick up the Thames Path again it’s on to the finish at the Hawker Centre in Ham and as you get nearer you can hear the cheers so you know not far to go now, I was really pleased I managed to knock nearly 2 minutes off my time from 2 years ago, for this leg, probably helped by the cooler weather.

The atmosphere at the finish is great, meeting up with everyone, although you do see people from time to time, we are all spread out over the Green Belt so being able to all be together at the end is great. This is a great event, logistically a nightmare and great credit must go to Dave Breslin for making sure we were all where we should be, when we should be.”

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Weekly Run Down – 13th – 19th May

Club Announcements

SJ Pairs Relay – This Tuesday sees the return of the popular Pairs Relay, an event in which pairs complete 5 x 1km laps around the Sandhurst Memorial Park, making up a distance of 10km and a very fun run! Info is as follows:

Please be at Sandhurst Memorial Park by 6.30pm at the latest.

On the night:
– Meet at 6.30pm at the very latest – please sign in and find your race partner
– 6.45pm – we will run a practice lap together as a group, so everyone knows the route!
– 7.00pm RACE START

The event should finish at around 8pm; bring a few pennies if you wish to cool down with a cold drink afterwards in the bar.

It promises to be a fantastic night, and so far we have 86 runners signed up for the event, across a range of abilities, so there’s something for everyone! A big thank you (in advance) must go to those who have volunteered for the evening, so far we have the following names:

Dave Breslin
Nikki Fallowfield-Smith
Alison Jones
Graham Bolton
Kate Parker
Jane Bannister
Ann and Rob Hewison
Sarah Davies
Ned Gates
AJ Bassett

If you would like to volunteer then please don’t hesitate to come along on Tuesday and we will certainly be able to find you something to do!

SJ Parkrun Explorers Collective Visits Bushy Park: On Saturday 25th May (next Saturday), Sandhurst Joggers Explorers Collective shall be paying a visit to the home of parkrun, Bushy Park. A single lap course through the beautiful park, with up to 1500 other runners!

It’s approximately 45 minutes drive from Sandhurst, and worth getting to early as the main car park fills up pretty quickly. The meeting point will be the Pheasantry Cafe at 8:25am. Don’t forget your barcode, and hopefully we’ll have a good SJ turnout!

Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…

Bracknell – 10 SJs headed over to Bracknell for their parkrun fix. Martin Steadman charged around in a great time of 22:15. Charlotte St Aubyn was the first female member round, coming through the finishing funnel in a time of 30:17. Special mention goes to Rob Cooper, who set a PB by over a minute for Bracknell, great effort!

Rushmoor – 6 SJs headed over to Queens Avenue for the notoriously flat Rushmoor parkrun. First member round was Jon Payne, coming through in a great time of 20:48. Alurie Maye Dutton put a great run in, to come through in a time of 35:41. Well done to those members at Rushmoor!

California Country Park – 4 members headed to the ever popular California County Park parkrun. Headed up by Nick Metcalfe who ran a time of 26:43 in his first run at the venue. Meanwhile, Theresa Milroy as not too far behind, coming round in a great time of 29:00 (good pacing). Colin Carpenter and Michelle Reardon also joined Nick and Theresa in running at California for the first time.

Tourism – With no Frimley parkrun this week, there was plenty of tourism going on this Saturday! Results were as follows:

Alice Holt Dave O’Toole got his first taste of the hills of Alice Holt, and came through first in age category with a stonking time of 25:22.
Chester Robert Jerrett came in 32nd overall with a time of 22:35, and set a course PB in the process, good work!
Crane Park John Tovell as back at Crane, and put in a great run to come 2nd in age category with a time of 23:04.
Dinton PasturesStuart Mayes ran a superb time of 22:37 to come in 2nd in age category in his first run at Dinton.
Hay LodgeSimon and Anne Whillis ran at Hay Lodge for the first time, doing great times of 26:48 and 49:59 respectively.
Hogmoor Inclosure Craig Bowles and Wayne Boardman must have had extra Weetabix for breakfast, as they flew round Hogmoor, both setting PBs in the process. Craig came in 10th overall, and 3rd in age category with a time of 20:59. Meanwhile, Wayne came in 27th overall, and 5th in age category with a time of 24:23. Cracking effort gentlemen!
Houghton Hall Andy Summerskill ran a great time of 29:25 at Houghton.
Luton Wardown – In her 85th run at the venue, Yvette Glacken did a time of 42:19.
MaidenheadRichard Boese completed parkrun 435, but number 1 at Maidenhead, doing a good time of 24:46!
Poole Dave Bartlett clearly had some of Craig and Wayne’s Weetabix for breakfast too, as he bolted round Poole in a time of 22:51. The bar has been set…
Queen Elizabeth Kate Parker and Lara Winter ran at Queen Elizabeth for the first time, doing good times of 29:15 and 35:19, respectively.
ReadingLisa Humphries ran a great time of 33:50, setting a course PB by over 2 minutes! Martin Gould ran a good time of 34:36 in his first run at the venue.
South OxheyJane Ralls ran a cracking time of 31:01 in her first run at South Oxhey.
Upton Court Sarah and Paul Alexander ran at Upton Court for the first time. Sarah took the bragging rights, coming through in a time of 24:19 and 2nd in age category, whilst Paul did a great time of 24:28. Well done both!
Woking Jim Haffey completed Woking in 58:57 on his first visit.
Woodley Richard McCready and Jane Crawford gave Woodley a go for the first time, doing great times of 26:06 and 26:12 respectively.

Some great tourism this week, well done everyone!

Before we go on to the weekend events, well done to Jackie Kent who completed the Basingstoke Run 10k on Wednesday 15th May in a great time of 54:31. Well done Jackie!

Other Saturday Events…

Green Belt Relay

I’m pretty sure it was the Green Belt Relay this weekend? Not sure what gives me that impression, just got a hunch. Anyway, after seeing approx 500 photos posted on Facebook, it turns out that suspicion was true….

What looks like a fantastic event was held this weekend, organised by The Stragglers running club, a 22-stage relay race which works it’s way around the Green Belt of London, in stages of varying distances. We’ll hear more about it later on in the week, but for now, let’s have a look at a pick of some of the photos….

Before….
….and after

Saturn Running Mark Neve, Michelle Wilson and Susan Plumb completed the Saturn Running ‘A Hard Days Run’ event in Reading on Saturday. Billed as A Hard Days Run, they both did excellent, which just goes to show that if you come together, you can get by with a little help from your friends. The medal looks fantastic!

A bit congratulations also must got to Mark, for completing his 26 in 12, 26 marathons in 12 months, incredible effort!

Phoenix Excalibur 5 Marathon – Another weekend, another marathon for the Phoenix Phenom, Nigel Evans. Another great effort, running a time of 5:03:20. Now a week for him to recover until the next one, is there any stopping him?!

Virgin Sport Hackney 5k – Big congratulations to Lou Turnor for running this free 5k event in Hackney. Lou did a great time of 42:58, and decided to run straight to Wetherspoons, for what looks like strawberry water, a sensible move, post-race hydration is vital….

Sunday events…

Binfield 10k – Sam Goodall ran the 4th Binfield 10k, one that she described as ‘quite hilly’ but as very well organised, perhaps one to add to the list?

Bognor Prom 10k – Graham Bolton ran the Bognor Prom 10k, in weather conditions described as ‘hot and humid’, could you send some of the hot weather to Sandhurst please Graham?

Royal Berkshire 10k – There was a good SJ turnout at the Royal Berkshire 10k in Reading. The finishing times were as follows –

Dave Bartlett – 49:46
Lyn Davis – 51:21
Lesley Buckland – 57:29
Michelle Wilson – 1:06:33
Monica Burbidge – 1:08:27
Sarah Jones – 1:20:50

Well done to those members who ran!

Chester Half Marathon – A cracking run by Robert Jerrett, fresh from his Chester parkrun, getting round in 1:25:47! Well done Robert.

Plymouth Half MarathonJess Metcalfe and Jim Laidlaw ran Plymouth, billed as Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon. They completed the course in 2:11:42 and 2:12:25, respectively. Well done both, great running!

Hook 10 Mile Road RaceJim Haffey ran a time of 1:33:31 at the Hook 10 miler, well done Jim!

Hook 10k – Meanwhile, running the 10k event, Ian Bromley and Chris Szabo-Hemmings ran times of 49:11 and 53:42 respectively. Well done to both, two great times there.

Strava

Some big totals on Strava this week. Richard Boese led the way with a superb total of 45.1 miles. 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 leading/has lead the Monday night chatfest from Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm. The route will cover approx. 6 miles and is heading off road with the longer days. 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: The normal club run is being replaced by the Pairs Relay, details of which are at the top of this article. Meet at the Memorial Park at 6:30 latest.

Tuesday Intervals: Later the interval sessions will take place at Yateley Green. The session will be 4 x 4 minutes, then 3 x 3 minutes effort, with 45 seconds recovery. The meeting point is at The Tythings at 8pm, or if you would like to meet at the start point, then meet at the first aid hut at Blackbush at 8:15. Hard work, but you’ll feel amazing afterwards! You can read more about the Tuesday night intervals HERE

Wednesday: Variety is the spice of life and the Wednesday crew have some surprises for you this week with a mixture of great routes and some fartlek style efforts. Join them at Sandhurst Memorial Park at 7pm. There will also be run options for those that graduated from the 10k and 10 mile courses to ease you into the regular run.

Thursday: Erol continues his impressive record of not losing any runners since taking over as Thursday night run lead. Meet at Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm. 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. Don’t forget next Saturday is the SJ Bushy Parkrun Trip, details at the top of the article! 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.

A fantastic week of running from all members. And don’t worry, we will be taking a more detailed look at the Green Belt Relay later on in the week, although it looked more like a pub crawl based on the Facebook posts…! I hope everyone rests up who has run various events this weekend, and that everyone has a good week of running this week coming. Until next Monday!

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Bracknell Half Marathon – SJ Members Highlights

Last weekend saw one of the local half marathons take place, with several SJ members heading over to Bracknell for what is a very popular event on the circuit. Starting and finishing at the Lexicon, heading out to Chavey Down, Whitegrove, then through Easthampstead and ultimately back to the Lexicon. Let’s see what members thought of it, shall we…

Michelle Wilson: “This was my first time running the Bracknell Half. I had heard that it was a good one! The race course was really nice. There were bits on the road, bits off the road, bits through housing estates, bits through parks…all ending in the Lexicon, with a lot of crowd support on the final push. There were plenty of water stations along the route and plenty of jelly babies on offer. BUT…my word it was up and down! Underpass crazy and definitely hard on the legs. I did enjoy the race though and would consider doing it again – after some serious hill training over the next year! Highlight? meeting Chewy.”

Harvey Young: “This was my second year running Bracknell half, and it’s probably of my favourite half marathons, a great course, nice scenery, good support and plenty of water stations. Oh, and a Wookie! I wasn’t as prepared as I perhaps should have been this year so took it easy and used it as a chatfest with other runners. Overall, definitely one I’d recommend!”

Martin Steadman: “Bracknell half isn’t going to win any scenic awards, but it’s not that bad really. Yes there are a lot of subways and London Road is a bit grim. But the sun has always shone for me and there are plenty of sections that almost feel like you are in the countryside. Plus the support is good, especially at the finish. This year I encountered the mobile supporter: our very own Phil Turner on his bike and the family of some Jim in their Mini! I didn’t feel I had done enough distance work this year, so despite some good recent parkrun times I was just hoping to get round in one piece.

At the start line I came across Steve from my office who had made a last minute entry. He soon shot off into the distance, but after the crowds thinned out a bit, I seemed to make good progress. In fact I was worried I would soon blow up, but the 5 mile water station came up in around 35 minutes and I felt OK still. The choir and Wookie at the sports centre made me smile! Some underpass wiggles and the hill up to the Hilton caused a slight dent in my pace, but then I was able to pass a few people on the long descent back to the Hungry Horse roundabout. Some more serious effort was required getting back up to the town centre, then the final dash for the line through the cheers. Wow, a PB in a shade under 1 hour 36. A great morning’s run!”

Colin Carpenter: “I always enjoy Bracknell Half (now Lexicon) for two reasons. 1 it’s nice and local and 2 because it’s very well organised and the marshals are always fantastic. I got to Bracknell town at 8.20am and because you receive your number and chip well in advance I was ready to go. The weather was warm and the sun was shining. I felt my training had gone well and I was ready to go. I was aiming for between 2hrs 10 and 2hrs 15. I met Harvey and Michelle at the start and a couple of other Sandhurst Joggers and the race began. I ran through the first half feeling strong and keeping with the 2hr 10 pacers.

When I got to 9 miles I made a decision to slow down because of the dreaded hill at 9.5 miles. By the time I got to 11 miles I started to feel it but I was still within my target time. I finished the race strong pushed along by the fantastic support from the crowd along the last 100 metres. I was happy with my time of 2hrs 10 mins and 28secs. Even though the Lexicon Half is a fantastic race and I prefer the new course. I would still prefer to start and finish at South Hill Park. Anyone thinking of running a half marathon this is definitely one for your diary next year.”

Caroline Stuart: “Wasn’t sure how the legs would feel after the last few weeks but was looking forward to a nice sunny run. That it definitely didn’t disappoint!! Was great to see Dave and Royston on the start line. I was heading nearer the back as we started lining up but Dave was definitely right about starting as high up that starting line on the hill as possible! To begin with there were a few tight corners through a few underpasses, then came the hills. The sun was beating down and I have to say the hills just felt relentless the whole way. The supporters along the route were great and the yellow sponges were a very welcome godsend. I think as well as the hills, the hardest part was the constant sharp turns to go back on yourself through and up the underpasses.

The band and dancers at the leisure centre were a great distraction, I really started to flag after 12 miles and I’d had enough by then, then realised one more underpass and that was it. A great finish (but still up hill!) and great support. Was pleased to get my second ever under the 1.50 mark, especially after having put the legs through a little more than usual recently! I’m not sure I’ll return (I may need a while to forget those small inclines!) but I thought the organisation was great, the sun was shining and it was an enjoyable day! Well done to everyone who tackles and conquered those hills in that heat!”

Royston Crandley: “When some one asks me’what’s your favourite race ?’, and I answer Bracknell, people look at me in bemusement and always mention the copious amount of underpaths that the route takes. For me it’s not just about the under paths that take you safely around the scenic sights of Bracknell. It’s more the chance to run through a town that I grew up in until I moved away to explore the world. Last year they switched the course in line with the new sponsors wishes, so instead of the grand start outside South Hill Park, it’s new home is now The Lexicon, the new shopping centre. 

Now, this was a good sign, so I thought, it means we no longer have to run 2 miles up Harvest ride, oh this was a nice feeling. Down hill, so that old saying, what goes up must come down, well that goes the other way as well. The evil course designers added a few more hills into the new course. A sharp incline up Long Hill very early on in the race is a clue as to what will follow in the coming miles. Having run last year, I knew all to well, the hell that was to come. Once we complete the undulating section of Harvest Ride, which turns out wasn’t all up hill, its a real mix. We clear Jocks Lane and head into the industrial area of town, and yes, up hill sharply, as we enter the miriad of underpaths, it’s here that we then flatten out, slightly heading to the pond, and a good level of support to push you through. Now I know what’s around the corner. Up again, sharply, into Wildridings, this is my home, my old school, my childhood stomping ground. High fived my best mate at the water stop at the top, I grabbed a sponge and water and pushed on, feeling energised. 

The course rolls from here, I take in the scenery and enjoy taking the trip down memory lane. The route continues along my old school route, past the lamp post I walked into, the many letter boxes I used to, well, you can guess. As we passed the 10 miles mark, a Wookie, a chorus of singers, I felt the legs starting to wine but otherwise I’m feeling good. The last 3 miles start to click by, just a parkrun is pinging through my thoughts. The last stretch up towards the college, I’m competing against the mind. I drop into the last of the under paths, a short climb into town, a quick check of the watch, 1:49:12. OK, lets go, I dropped the gears, and ran hard, it was either a puke, or I go sub 1:50 for that course, sprinting hard up hill. Yes, even at the end they squeeze a hill in. Cross the line and the good news is I didn’t puke, I didn’t check the watch for a while, then I looked.

That’s why Bracknell is my favourite race, see you again next year.”

Dave Bartlett: “Arriving at Bracknell an hour before the run, I had no race plan or expectations as the course had changed somewhat since my last running of it. Talking with Royston and Jackie, apprehension began to build. “Let’s just say it’s undulating”, “Harvest Ride maybe down hill but Long Hill is a bit of a climb”. I was beginning to wish I’d kept myself in total isolation! The race detail concluded a race start of 09:00 sharp, and true to their word they stuck to it. Through the early stages I found myself accompanied by Royston, and despite a lack of plan this clearly helped.

Through the first 6.5 miles I was feeling good and hoping I could keep it going. With fellow club members popping up all over the place as supporters and the cheers of the Marshals and public I found myself becoming more and more motivated to push on. Leaving the last of many subways (who would believe one town could have so many) the noise levels began to rise as we entered the Lexicon. Wow, how can any runner not feel inspired to push on through the last 500 metres. Easily one of the best finishes I’ve ever experienced at a half marathon.”

Jackie Kent: “Being a Bracknell resident, I like to support the Bracknell half marathon if I can. In previous years it started and finished about 500m from my front door which made it even more appealing! These days however, sponsorship from the Lexicon (shopping centre) has brought a move of the start/finish venue to the town centre and despite the inconvenience to me personally, I do like it.

Having said that, Bracknell is probably my least favourite half marathon route, mainly due to the relentless hills and sharp turns in and out of the underpasses. The organisers had listened to feedback from last year (which was the first time on the current route) and roads which were not closed last year and which caused congestion issues by forcing too many runners to stay on the pavement, had been closed this year allowing runners to spread out across the road. I started with the 1:55 pacer having done Reading in 1:54, but quickly realised that the pacers were going too fast. To be fair to them, it’s a difficult course to pace due to the constant hills, you’re always either going up or down so setting a pace and sticking to it is tricky.

My race plan is my own responsibility and I should have dropped back from the pacers when I realised that they’d gone for the ‘start fast and slow down later’ option which I know from experience doesn’t suit me. However, I didn’t and so by mile six I was struggling. It was also a warm day and I had forgotten my sunscreen and that Bracknell uses cups for water – I hate cups when I’m running!! So I didn’t drink enough either as I prefer to carry a bottle for a while and drink little and often as I run for a mile or so before discarding it.

The end result was a very hot, slightly sunburnt, dehydrated and annoyed-with-myself runner crossing the line in a time that I was still happy with, but with a race that could have gone a lot more comfortably if I had just stuck to my own plan! The finish in the town centre was lovely though, with the roof amplifying the cheers of the substantial crowd. We raced through the centre of town to finish just outside Bill’s, who were giving free soft drinks and fruit to runners, which was very much appreciated!

After the race I met up with a few others in my favourite coffee shop (Brown Bag) for a mug of the best hot chocolate in town – trust me, I’ve tried them all and theirs is the best!”

Sounds like a brilliant event, and well done to all members who ran it. A good advertisement for local running events. Maybe one to consider entering next year?

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SJ Club Challenge – April Results

**DRUMROLL PLEASE**

The club challenge results are in for April! Well done to the 23 people who participated this month.

Our top points scorers for this month are:

Alison Jones
Lisa Harrold
Dave Bartlett
Debra Harris
Monica Burbidge

Great work Ladies and Gents!! Again…it seems to be those run leaders who are collecting all the points, so if you want to boost your points total then PLEASE PLEASE volunteer to lead or sweep on an evening.
 
Our Top scorers for the total competition are as follows with scores ranging from 75 to 15. Great work everyone!!

Alison Jones
Lisa Harrold
Richard Boese
Simon Whillis
Dave Bartlett
Debra Harris
Monica Burbidge
Alurie Dutton
Craig Bowles

Milestones:

PointsMilestone Names (am sure we can come up with a better name)
10Paper
25Iron
50Bronze
100Silver
150Gold
200Platinum

Congratulations to our PAPER people – These are people who have managed to get between 10 and 24 points so far in the competition:

Lisa Harrold, Richard Boese, Susan Plumb, Blanche Barnes, Debra Harris, Monica Burbidge, Alurie Dutton, Martin Steadman, Craig Bowles

Congratulations to our IRON people, who have managed to achieve between 25 and 49 points – well done everyone! As follows:

Simon Whillis, Dave Bartlett

And finally a massive congratulations to Alison Jones who has already reached 75 points and is already reached our BRONZE milestone.  I think we need to start thinking about new milestone names just for Alison.

Please remember a few club events coming up which will all gain you points: 
 
Green Belt Relay (5 points)
Club Relay on 21st (5 points for participating and 5 points for helping)
Runnymeade (5 points)
Yateley 10km Volunteering ONLY (5 points)
Yateley 10km running (1 point)
 
Enjoy your running in May and remember to keep tally of all those points!!

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Weekly Run Down – 6th – 12th May

Club Announcements

PUB RUNS!! Chief Alcohol Advisor, Nikki Fallowfield-Smith, has organised the summer series of pub run. The dates and routes are as follows, by the day of the run:

Monday run: 17th June – Swan, Ash Vale
Tuesday run: 13th August – Golden Retriever, Bracknell
Wednesday run: 4th September – Crown and Cushion, Minley
Thursday run: 23rd May – The Bird in Hand, Sandhurst
Sunday run: 21st July – Pub TBC, Odiham

And the all day-er will be held on Saturday 1st June, with a tour of 7 pubs and one fish and chip shop. Meeting at the Memorial Park in Sandhurst. Details have been emailed, and events have been put on Facebook, so get those dates booked in the diary!

Intraclub Pairs Relay – 21st May

We’re thrilled to advise the intraclub pairs relay is back for 2019!  This is a great opportunity to challenge yourself by entering this fun and friendly event taking place at Sandhurst Memorial Park on Tuesday 21st May.

We arrange pairs teams and set a km lap around Sandhurst Memorial Park. One runner in each team will run the first lap, and then hand over to their partner. They will then alternate like this until they have run the full 10km distance, so in total each runner will run 5km.

The event caters for all abilities from pure beginner to experienced runners – run your socks off for 1km, have a nice 5-minutes or so rest and recovery period, then run another 1km at your best pace. The event offers a great introduction for those who haven’t raced before, and a challenge for the experienced runner.

To ensure everyone has a fair chance of performing well, we will use your 5km time to create teams that have a similar predicted finishing time. This means all runners have a good chance of finishing in a top 3 position, which adds to the excitement on the evening.

On the night:
Meet at 6.30pm – please sign in and find your race partner
– 6.45pm – we will run a practice lap together as a group, so everyone knows the route!
– 7.00pm RACE START

The event should finish at around 8pm, and hopefully we will then go for a nice cool drink in the local.

What you need to do now!

Put the date in your diary (Tuesday 21 May)
Email me your current 5km 

The first list of entrants has been published (emailed Sunday 12th), the next list will be published on Sunday 19th May, please can you not chase for confirmation that you’re in until after these dates.

It really is a great event, so hit the reply button now and let me know your in!

If you can’t run but would like to help marshal or time keep, please let me know, you’re help will be appreciated.

Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…

Bracknell – 16 SJs headed over to Bracknell this week, and we had some speedy runners this time round! Jon Payne was first member through, third in age category and 13th overall with a time of 21:57. Meanwhile, Gabrielle Bassett was first female SJ through, and second in age category with a great time of 27:04 in her 75th parkrun.

There were three members of the PB club at Bracknell this week, with Jon Payne, Martin Steadman and Susan Plumb all posting course PBs with times of 21:57, 22:03 and 32:44 respectively. Well done everyone!

Frimley – 9 SJs headed to Frimley Lodge for the 483rd parkrun at the venue. They were led around by Dave O’Toole, finishing in a good time of 23:14. Not far behind was the first SJ female, Beki Christian, who came in with a great time of 24:23.

With her time of 24:23, Beki joined Martin Gould as the members of the Frimley PB club, with his time of 24:34. Well done to all SJs who ran at Frimley.

California Country Park – California is fast becoming the home of the quick parkrunners, as 12 SJs lined up for the 12th event, 4 of whom finished within the top 15! James Ratcliffe went sub-20 with a great time of 19:50 to ensure he was the first SJ through the finishing funnel on his first visit to the venue. Meanwhile, Sarah Hyatt was not only the first female SJ through, but first female overall with a cracking birthday run of 22:31!

The PB club this week welcomed Sarah Hyatt (22:31), Sarah Alexander (25:32), Chris Cole (28:40) and Jenny Cave (36:31). Meanwhile, James Ratcliffe, Lisa Hale, Mo Willcox, Elin Loftesnes and Janet Ford all ran the venue for the first time. Well done all!

Tourism – The usual smattering of out-and-abouts this weekend saw SJs running at the following parkruns….

Brooklands – A pair of first timers, in the shape of Jon Green and George Green ran Brooklands in times of 24:06 and 24:14, respectively.
Bushy ParkJohn King visited parkrun Mecca, and posted a great time of 26:55.
Crane ParkJohn Tovell set a good time at Crane, running 23:24 in his 201st run at the event.
Exeter Riverside Alurie Maye Dutton visited Exeter Riverside for the first time, presumably not just for the parkrun, and did a great time of 35:46.
Guildford – A trio of SJs headed over to Stoke Park for the Guildford run, all completing their first run at the event. Mark Pattrick was first through in a great time of 20:24, followed by Kate Parker and Lara Winter, with times of 35:19 and 35:20 respectively (photo finish, stewards enquiry?).
Reading Mark Neve went sub-28 in his first visit to Reading, completing the course in 27:57.
Sutton Park Wayne Boardman ran a time of 24:36 in his first run at Sutton.
Woodley – Another trio of SJs headed over to Woodley, led around by Jim Haffey, with a course PB of 26:09, followed by Andy Hazell, also with a course PB of 34:40, and Louise Turnor, with a time of 39:34 in her first run at Woodley!

Well done to all our tourist parkrunners, some really good runs there! Time to put your passports away for another week…

Other Saturday Events…

Ox 50 Mile UltraJonathan Taylor and Charles St Aubyn took on the 50 mile ultra marathon at the Rushmoor Estate (nutters). Jonathan then headed out for the Ox light on Sunday morning, just a ‘little’ 6.6 mile loop! Elsewhere, Andrea Hadfield and Richard Boese took part in the ‘frolic’. Well done to all!

British Airways Gatwick RunSarah Jones headed over to Southgate Park to take part in the 5k element of the Gatwick Run. Looked like a great run, and Sarah ran really well to set a 5k PB of 33 minutes!

Dulux London Revolution TrailsAndy Yates hit the trails for an event that allows runners to ‘escape the city and explore the great British countryside with hundreds of other trail goers’, the events words, not mine! An incredible effort however, completing 32.4 miles in 5:10:30. And he even got to meet the Dulux dog, well done Andy!

Bracknell Half Marathon – There was a strong presence of SJs at this local half marathon. The results were as follows:

Robert Jerrett – 1:26:04
Martin Powell – 1:34:32
Martin Steadman – 1:35:57
Kathryn Shaw – 1:40:25
Charley Bryant – 1:46:59
Dave Bartlett – 1:48:46
Caroline Stuart – 1:49:24
Royston Crandley – 1:49:46
Sandra Pankhurst – 1:51:29
Jackie Kent – 1:58:23
Dave Metcalfe – 1:58:53
Louisa Enriquez – 2:06:58
Colin Carpenter – 2:10:24
Patricia Marshall – 2:26:05
Harvey Young – 2:43:52
Michelle Wilson – 2:43:52

We’ll be hearing more about that later on in the week…..

Staines 10k – The machine that is Lisa Hale smashed out a time of 43:24 at the Staines 10k. Well done Lisa!

Loseley House Breakfast Run – An early start for Chris Cole and Beki Christian at Loseley House, for this oddly-lengthed 7.1 mile (11.4km) event. Good times were recorded though, with Chris running in 1:02:48 and Beki finishing in 1:02:51, do you reckon they ran together…? Well done to both!

Strava

Some big totals on Strava this week as marathon season continues. Jonathan Taylor claimed the top spot this week with a monster total of 70.3 miles, after his ultra marathon adventures. 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 leading/has lead the Monday night chatfest from Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm. The route will cover approx. 6 miles and is heading off road with the longer days. 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 caters for all abilities with multiple groups that cover beginners 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 Sandhurst Memorial Park.

Tuesday Intervals: Later the interval sessions will take place at Yateley Green. The session will be 4 x 4 minutes, then 3 x 3 minutes effort, with 45 seconds recovery. The meeting point is at The Tythings at 8pm, or if you would like to meet at the start point, then meet at the first aid hut at Blackbush at 8:15. Hard work, but you’ll feel amazing afterwards! You can read more about the Tuesday night intervals HERE

Wednesday: Variety is the spice of life and the Wednesday crew have some surprises for you this week with a mixture of great routes and some fartlek style efforts. Join them at Sandhurst Memorial Park at 7pm. There will also be run options for those that graduated from the 10k and 10 mile courses to ease you into the regular run.

Thursday: Erol continues his impressive record of not losing any runners since taking over as Thursday night run lead. Meet at Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm. 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. Don’t forget next Saturday is the SJ Bushy Parkrun Trip, details at the top of the article! 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.

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SJ Handicap – May Results

This Wednesday was the second of the month, which meant it was the monthly handicap! A good turnout of SJs ran the 4 mile route, five of whom were first timers! Well done to Dave Metcalfe, Rob Cooper, Georgina Cassell, Rebecca Perrin and Ellie Watson for giving it a go, I expect to see you there next month as well! The results for the run are as follows:

Congratulations are in order for Colin Carpenter, winner of this months event, with a great improvement of 2 minutes 13 seconds! Colin joins Craig Waters and Roy Bentley in setting a PB on Wednesday, and a final congratulations go to Helen Vizard and Dave O’Toole for setting season’s best efforts on Wednesday.

Wondering how this affects the overall standings for the year? Wonder no more, because here is the full table as it stands…

Want to get your name on the table? Then turn up and run the handicap! It really is simple, second Wednesday of every month, meet at Morgan Rec, for a start of time of 7:30pm. And as the table shows, it is about your own personal improvement, not about racing others (although you can do that too, of course). Well done to all those who ran this month, and for those who haven’t yet given it a go (myself included), perhaps we should go for the June run!

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Weekly Run Down – 29th April – 5th May

Club Announcements

SJ Parkrun Explorers Collective Visits Bushy Park: On Saturday 25th May, Sandhurst Joggers Explorers Collective shall be paying a visit to the home of parkrun, Bushy Park. A single lap course through the beautiful park, with up to 1500 other runners!

It’s approximately 45 minutes drive from Sandhurst, and worth getting to early as the main car park fills up pretty quickly. The meeting point will be the Pheasantry Cafe at 8:25am. Don’t forget your barcode, and hopefully we’ll have a good SJ turnout!

Intraclub Pairs Relay – Tues 21 May – 6.30pm (Sandhurst Memorial Park)

We’re thrilled to advise the intraclub pairs relay is back for 2019! This is a great opportunity to challenge yourself by entering this fun and friendly event taking place at Sandhurst Memorial Park on Tuesday 21st May.

We arrange pairs teams and set a 1km lap around Sandhurst Memorial Park. One runner in each team will run the first 1km lap, and then hand over to their partner. They will then alternate like this until they have run the full 10km distance, so in total each runner will run 5km.

The event caters for all abilities from pure beginner to experienced runners – run your socks off for 1km, have a nice 5-minutes or so rest and recovery period, then run another 1km at your best pace. The event offers a great introduction for those who haven’t raced before, and a challenge for the experienced runner.

To ensure everyone has a fair chance of performing well, we will use your 5km time to create teams that have a similar predicted finishing time. This means all runners have a good chance of finishing in a top 3 position, which adds to the excitement on the evening.

On the night:
– Meet at 6.30pm – please sign in and find your race partner
– 6.45pm – we will run a practice lap together as a group, so everyone knows the route!
– 7.00pm RACE START

The event should finish at around 8pm, and hopefully we will then go for a nice cool drink in the local.

What you need to do now!
Put the date in your diary (Tuesday 21 May)
Email me your current 5km

If you can’t run but would like to help marshal or time keep, please let me know, you’re help will be appreciated.

Vicechairman@sandhurstjoggers.org.uk

SJ Club Challenge

If you would like to compete in the SJ Club Challenge for 2019/2020 then please complete this form (Link below) for the month of April.

The aim of this challenge is to:
– Celebrate the participation of people in races
– Thank people for volunteering at club events and external events
– Encourage people to participate in club events, lead runs, help out at events and compete in relays.

Outlined below is how the club challenge will work as well as how administration of the challenge will take place:

POINTS

One point races:
Every race that you do is worth 1 point.  This is any race that you have entered on your own, for example Woodland 5, Yateley road races, London marathon, parkrun etc.  Any race of any distance counts – a park run is worth the same amount as a 100 miler. 

One point volunteering:
Any race that you volunteer at is also worth 1 point.  If you volunteer at a parkrun rather than run you have gained 1 point.

5 point races: 
Any race that you have entered through the club is a 5 point race.  This is all the relays and cross countries and any other race that goes out via the Event team or Cross Country Secretary.  Please note that Endure will only count if you are doing this through the club rather than your own teams.  Yateley road races will not count as a club race and so will only be worth 1 point (see (1) above). 

5 point volunteering:
If you volunteer at Yateley road race,  our home cross country, lead a club run or help out at a club event (canal run) then you can award yourself 5 points.  This includes if you volunteer first and then race or race and then volunteer.  

ADMINISTRATION:  

In the first couple of days on each month you will be sent a link to a google form.  You will be asked to submit:
– Your total points for the month
– Your total points for the year to date.

It is your responsibility to complete the form as well as ensure that you are being honest in your points total.  You will NOT be asked to prove which races you did at any point and we will be taking your word as gospel! You will be given 1 week to complete the form and then results will be published via facebook and the club blog.  The results will show totals of each month as well as totals for the year to date.  The first month of the challenge will be March.  

Milestones:
The following Milestones will be recognised as you collect points: 

10 = Paper
25 = Iron
50 = Bronze
100 = Silver
150 = Gold
200 = Platinum

At the SJ Ball in March each year certificates will be given out to people for the largest award they have got.  For example, if you have collected 20 points in the year you will be awarded an ‘Iron certificate’ but if you have collected 160 points you will be awarded a ‘Gold certificate’

If you have any questions regarding whether an event is included in the SJ club challenge or how many points can be awarded for it please do not hesitate to email me at jfgray1983@hotmail.com

The link for this month is:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSedRklMDvZRDjOL2Kxj8w7uwlM6rgqAxXsBNabeaqwuf-3Cow/viewform?usp=sf_link

Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…

Frimley – 9 SJs headed to Frimley Lodge, with Max Woods coming in 20th overall with a great time of 20:05. Meanwhile, Sacha Kendall-Woods was first female SJ through, and 11th overall with a time of 24:19. It was a 50th parkrun for Anne Whillis, doing a time of 49:50. Well done to Anne, a great achievement!

Bracknell – 14 SJs were present in Bracknell, for a special Star Wars themed parkrun. Ran fast Craig Bowles did, first SJ member through he was, with a time of 21:45. Meanwhile, Sharon Fields used the force to get around in 26:21, coming through as first female SJ member and 7th overall, clocking a course PB in the process! Elsewhere, Kate Turnell also achieved a course PB with a time of 37:03.

Rushmoor – 8 SJs were present at Queens Avenue, and Jon Payne led the SJs round, coming through with a great time of 20:42. Jane Bannister was the first female SJ through, with a time of 26:03.

California Country Park – 7 SJs headed to California, as the new parkrun continues to cement itself as a popular local parkrun. Nigel Bassett was the first member through with a time of 23:39. Meanwhile, Sarah Alexander was first SJ female through, coming through the funnel in a time of 25:41. Paul Alexander, Sarah Alexander and Richard McCready all achieved course PBs, while Gabrielle Bassett ran at California for the first time. Well done to all SJs at California!

Tourism – The bank holiday weekend led to several SJs heading out and about to experience some different parkruns. They were as follows:


Alice HoltJohn King ran a super time at the hilliest parkrun in Bordon, with a time of 28:26.
Bedfont LakesStuart Overhill came in 6th overall with a course PB in his 38th run at Bedfont. Superb effort!
Dinton Pastures George Green ran a great time of 24:08 in his 11th run at Dinton.
Hanworth John Tovell and Andrea Hadfield ran Hanworth for the first time, coming through the funnel in 23:33 and 29:02 respectively.
Higginson Lisa Hale continued to show she’s an absolute machine, running a superb time of 22:21 in her first run at Higginson.
Hogmoor Inclosure Kate Parker did a time of 52:43, in her first run at Hogmoor.
Kingston Jim Haffey tried Kingston for the first time, and did a great time of 26:19.
Luton WardownYvette Glacken ran her 220th parkrun, coming round in 39:19 at Luton.
NorthamptonSharon Conquer was back at Northampton, finishing in 58:21.
PooleWayne Boardman had a cracking run in his 3rd at Poole, getting a course PB and overall parkrun PB with a great time of 23:31. Well done Wayne!
Wilmslow Patrick Wadsworth ran a spot on time of 22:00 in his 10th run at Wilmslow.
Woking Stuart Mayes ran at Woking for the first time, running a great time of 22:27.
Woodley Jon Green clocked a big overall parkrun PB, taking over a minute off his previous best, also at Woodley, with a time of 22:45.

Other Saturday Events…

Saturn Darkside Strikes BackNigel Evans, Liz Evans, Richard Boese, Michelle Wilson, Gareth Hopkins and Mark Neve headed out to Sonning to complete the Star Wars themed Saturn event, on what looked like a lovely day for running!

Southampton MarathonNeil Praine and Erol Ali completed a very tough Southampton Marathon, in fantastic times of 3:22 and 3:58 respectively. Well done to both, more to come from that later in the week.

Three Forts MarathonLisa Hale put in a great run to finish the Three Forts Marathon in 4:16:34.

Return of the Light Side: Angela and Mark Foker headed to Thames Valley Park for the latest Saturn event, this was Mark’s first half marathon distance! Well done to both!

Frimley Park 10k – There was a fantastic turnout at the Frimley Park 10k on Sunday morning, with 16 members running! The results were as follows:

Jim Laidlaw – 40:48
Sharon Burfield – 47:29
Ian Bromley – 48:55
John Bartlett – 49:15
Alison Jones – 52:53
Chris Greatorex – 53:43
Lucy Hale – 55:34
Harvey Young – 59:51
Ros Cosgreave – 1:02:09
Susan Plumb – 1:02:10
Georgina Hogben-Stephenson – 1:02:28
Tina Acock – 1:04:36
Andrea Barber – 1:05:24
Monica Burbidge – 1:11:30
Sally Kent – 1:12:31
Sarah Jones – 1:14:54
Louise Turnor – 1:26:50

Shinfield 10k – There was another great turnout at the Shinfield 10k on Bank Holiday Monday, with 8 members running this well organised event. Results are as follows:

Andrew Brooks – 44:49
Jon Green – 49:08
Tony Brackstone – 50:36
Alison Jones – 52:38
Fredric Frennessen – 55:15
Julie Fowler – 55:26
Vicki Frennessen – 59:49
Sarah Jones – 1:16:18

Strava

Some big totals on Strava this week. Richard Boese led the way with a superb total of 45.1 miles. 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 leading/has lead the Monday night chatfest from Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm. The route will cover approx. 6 miles and is heading off road with the longer days. 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 caters for all abilities with multiple groups that cover beginners 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, with a meet time of 6:25pm, this week from the Sandhurst Recreation Ground.

Tuesday Intervals: Later the interval sessions will take place at Yateley Green. The session will be 4 x 4 minutes, then 3 x 3 minutes effort, with 45 seconds recovery. The meeting point is at The Tythings at 8pm, or if you would like to meet at the start point, then meet at the first aid hut at Blackbush at 8:15. Hard work, but you’ll feel amazing afterwards! You can read more about the Tuesday night intervals HERE

Wednesday: Variety is the spice of life and the Wednesday crew have some surprises for you this week with a mixture of great routes and some fartlek style efforts. Join them at Sandhurst Memorial Park at 7pm. There will also be run options for those that graduated from the 10k and 10 mile courses to ease you into the regular run.

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: Erol continues his impressive record of not losing any runners since taking over as Thursday night run lead. Meet at Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm. 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. Don’t forget next Saturday is the SJ Bushy Parkrun Trip, details at the top of the article! 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.

Some fantastic bank holiday running by all, although the weather may not have been perfect for sunbathing, it was perfect for running….

Hope everyone has a good week, in and out of running, and see you all next week for the latest Run Down!