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Winter Interval Sessions = Summer PBs and smiles

Welcome to 2019… if you fancy trying something new or would like to return to the Tuesday Intervals group then this is your chance.  There are a huge number of benefits to interval training… below are a few!

  • Helps you get faster
  • Helps you build up your endurance
  • Makes you push yourself
  • The sessions are for all abilities as the intervals are timed so you just go as far as you can in that time.  
  • All you need is you, a watch and a willingness to work hard. 
  • Everyone in the group is really really friendly and wants to help you improve. 
  • You can run at your own pace and stop whenever you want to you. 

FAQ about Intervals:

When is it?

Tuesday evening at 8pm.  I know this sounds late but it is part of the club’s way of catering for those people who work late (like us) or have children that they need to put to bed.  The other club intervals sessions in on Friday evening at 7pm at Bracknell track. 

Where is it?

The venue varies but most weeks we meet at the Tythings, Yateley or at the Morgan Rec (where the handicap is) in Crowthorne. 

Will I get left behind if I am a slower runner?

No – all our intervals are timed intervals.  For example, run for two minutes.  This means the faster runners go further and the slower runners go less far in that time.  We always use an out and back route or a circuit so you will always see people during the session. 

Will I get left behind on the warm up and cool down?

No – we always have a sweeper at the back of the warm up and cool down but if you are worried about this you can always meet us where we are completing the efforts 10 minutes after the start time of the session (8.10pm). This location is communicated each week via Facebook and in the Weekly Run Down

Do I need anything?

Just yourself, a watch and a willingness to work hard. 

Finally… below is the schedule of the winter months.  Our sessions over this winter period will help to give people a good base for marathon and half marathon runs over the spring months as well as summer 10k events. 

We look forward to seeing loads of you at intervals over the next few months. 

Mike and Jenny

Autumn Schedule 2018

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Sandhurst Joggers low down on Edinburgh Marathon Festival

With the entries deadline fast approaching at midnight Sunday 6th January for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival – here’s a quick overview of the key info on how to enter, a bit more about the race, and some members’ reviews.

The Edinburgh Marathon takes place on Sunday 26th May (2nd bank holiday weekend). The course is flat and fast, making it perfect for a PB. Combined with picturesque views and friendly Scottish support, it’s a great marathon option!

EMF is a popular event for SJs, with six members travelling up to Scotland last year. For a member’s insight into the race – have a read of Alison Jones’sAndrea Hadfield’s, Karen Gill’s and Sharon Burfield’s race reports from 2018. Plus Phil Turner’s who was our lucky ballot winner for 2018. You can also read 2016 ballot winner Ian Watson’s review from 2016.

We are very fortunate as a club to receive 1 free marathon place courtesy of Edinburgh Marathon Festival which is balloted to runners at the same time as our London Marathon places. Ian Watson was our 2016 place winner, Phil Turner was drawn for 2018 and Claire Hobson is our very lucky winner for the 2019 race. Thank you EMF for giving our runners this fantastic opportunity!

This year’s event is the 16th running of the biggest marathon in Scotland and will be held on Sunday 26th May (2nd Bank Holiday weekend) alongside a Half Marathon, Team Relay, 10k, 5k, kids races and other festivities. The event always sells out and entries close on January 6th so if you are considering entering don’t hang about. Find out more or enter here

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22nd/23rd December – SJ Weekend Run Down

Club Announcements

The festive season is well upon us so a brief Run Down this week just covering members’ parkrun endeavours and some useful info about Club Runs and other events of interest for the week ahead. And most importantly we wanted to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and here’s to an enjoyable and successful 2019!

Onto the weekend running action and parkrun…

Parkrun Bracknell attracted the biggest crowd of SJs with many participating in the annual pre-Christmas parkrun gathering and a few choosing to run in highly impractical festive costumes. Mark Fallowfield-Smith was first of the club into the finishing funnel as he claimed 1st in category and 4th overall, closely followed by Steve Mott who logged an impressive PB en route to 2nd in the VM40-44 category. There were more PBs from Sacha Kendall-Woods, Kerstin Johnson and Max Woods (thanks to him not adding an extra lap this time and the help of a magic elf!) Max also finished 1st in the VM50-54 category, Dave Bartlett took 2nd in VM55-59, Nikki Fallowfield-Smith 2nd in SW30-34 and Sacha was 3rd in her category. Carl Bradshaw ran at Bracknell for the first time. Throughout the field of 363 it was great to see so many members enjoying festive runs with clubmates and family members.

Frimley Lodge was also popular with 453 runners taking part. We had nine members in action with Jon Payne first J to finish.

Jon Green led the charge at Rushmoor as he was first member to finish as he also logged a Course Record for the Queen’s Parade course. Andrea Vincent had a great run claiming second in her age category.

Dinton Pastures suffered from flooding this week so had to use their alternative course (which would be familiar to anybody who has completed the winter Reading alternative course. Five SJs toed the line with Patrick Wadsworth first member to finish. George Green took 1st in category while both Kate Parker and patrick Wadsworth took 2nd in their categories.

Covering the locals and regular parkrun tourists first; Yvette Glacken was at Luton Wardown, John Tovell ran at Crane Park, Sharon Fields at Wycombe Rye, Andy Summerskill at Houghton Hall, Will Lucas at Seaton and Sharon Conquer was Tailwalker at Northampton. Richard Boese and Martin Gould were at Brooklands. Neil Praine took 4th at Homewood while Robert Jerrett was claiming 2nd position at the hilly Henley course.

Further afield Matt Jones ran at Leamington and Stuart Mayes at Tamar Lakes.

Click here to find out the details of which parkruns are running special Christmas and New Year’s Day events

Club Events for the week ahead…

Monday: There will be a Monday club run leaving at 7:30 from the Sports Centre. We will loop for slower runners and the route will be decided by the people who turn up. If the car park is not open then please park considerately nearby. There will be no official run on NYE. However, feel free to turn up and see who else fancies an evening run.

Tuesday Club Run: There are no official club runs on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. Back to normal on Tuesday 8th January.

Tuesday Intervals: No Interval session Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. Training will resume on Tuesday 8th January.

Wednesday: There will be no run on Boxing Day and the Wednesday run will resume on Wednesday 2nd January.

Thursday: There is no official run on Thursday 27th December and the car park will be closed but keep an eye on Facebook for any members looking for a post-Christmas run. Back to normal on Thursday 3rd January.

Friday: No Track session as it’s Christmas. Track training will resume in 2019.

Saturday: Lots of members will be enjoying their weekly Parkrun fix at 9am on Saturday morning. Wherever you are parkrunning – Don’t forget your barcode! This week Dave Bartlett will be celebrating his 100th parkrun at Rushmoor so if you are free join to celebrate this milestone.

Sunday: The annual mince pie run will take place as part of the Lookout run on Sunday 30 December. Please meet at the Lookout at 8.55am for a 9am start. As usual we will run for around 1 hour to 1.5 hours and then re-group afterwards to enjoy a mince pie or two or a bit of cake. This is a good chance to burn off some of the Christmas calories, but if you would just prefer to join for the mince pie part only, then please meet at the cafe for around 10:30am. 

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Meet the Member – Sarah Alexander completes 50 parkruns

Q) For members who don’t know you, tell us a bit about yourself? 

A) I’m Sarah, married to Paul also a SJ and we have two children, Holly almost 16 and Josh who is 13 and also a keen runner. I am the school secretary at St Michael’s Primary School.

Q) How and when did you get into running? 

A) I first started running with the SJs when I was about 19 but stopped before I had the kids. I then decided to get back into running when Josh was 1. Paul decided to join me and we started training together and I joined the SJs for the 2nd time and Paul for the first time!

Q) What do you enjoy most about being a member of Sandhurst Joggers?

A) The friends that I have made and being part of a great club that is so inclusive and has so many runs available to you. 

Q) On which of the weekly runs are we most likely to bump into you? 

A) Mondays and Wednesdays and occasionally at track.

Q) You’ve ran over half of your parkruns at Bracknell, tell us what you like about that event?

A) I’m not a great fan of the course but tend to go there as it is the closest so don’t have to get up quite so early if i want to do a parkrun!

Q) Of the 7 other parkruns you’ve run, which was your favourite and why?

A) I really liked Poole Parkrun, it’s a nice flat fast course and set in the lovely Poole Park.

Q) What other events are on your programme for 2018 and 2019?

A) I only have Farnborough Half booked for next year so far but want to complete the last two cross countries to complete the set and hope to try and do most of the handicaps.

Sarah ran her first Parkrun on 5th June 2010 at Frimley Lodge, here’s some more achievements for the statos taken from the ‘Parkrun Challenges’ Chrome Extension:-

50 x Parkruns in Total

28 of those at Bracknell

11 x Personal Bests (fastest ever is 23:33 set at Poole in July 2018 )

8 x Different venues

Bushy Park Pilgrimage completed on 25th August 2018

Most parkruns in a single year is 17 in 2016 (she only 1 away from that in 2018 so that record may be broken soon)

35/60 scored in Stopwatch Bingo

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15th/16th December – SJ Weekend Run Down

Club Announcements

The Heritage kit has landed so if you ordered any get in touch with Richard Boese to arrange collection.

The Sandhurst Joggers Annual Ball will take place once again at the Easthampstead Conference Park, Off Peacock Lane, Wokingham, RG40 3DF on Friday 29th March 2019 at 7.30pm.  The cost of the tickets will be £35.00 per person. SJ Social Secretary Lisa Harrold has sent all the details by email.

Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…

Frost hardened ground and biting Siberian winds greeted 16 members at Frimley Lodge which was a surprise after all the recent rain. Jane Pond had a great run to record an outright PB of 32:34. Jackie Kent bagged a course Record on her 4th run at Frimley Lodge and Royston Crandley pulled a Season’s best out of the bag. Janet Venables claimed 1st position in her category while Max Woods and Simon Whillis claimed 2nd in their respective categories and Anne Whillis completed the podium collection with 3rd in hers.

More milestone celebrations at Bracknell as Ian Watson celebrated his 50th parkrun. Lots of category podiums again with Kate Parker topping her category, Martin Steadman 2nd in the VM50-54 class, Patrick Wadsworth and Ian Watson 2nd and 3rd in the VM55-59s and a 3rd place finish for Teresa Milroy.

Over at Queen’s Parade both Sarah and Paul Alexander celebrated Season’s Bests at Rushmoor parkrun. 

Covering the locals and regular parkrun tourists first; John Tovell ran at Crane Park, Andy Summerskill at Houghton Hall and Sharon Conquer was Tailwalker at Northampton. Stuart Overhill and Chris Szabo-Hemmings sampled the recently launched Brooklands parkrun near Woking while George and Jon Green nipped up to Higginson Park, Marlow to enjoy a great run down the Thames at this young event.

Further afield, Neil Praine recorded his highest ever finishing position as he took 2nd, just 7 seconds behind 1st at Newent parkrun, Forest of Dean. Mark and Nikki Fallowfield-Smith travelled to the very scenic Lullingstone parkrun in Kent where Nikki was 1st female finisher and Mark 5th male. Mark Neve headed north to Selby in Yorkshire. The biggest trip was made by Wayne Boardman as he became the third and fastest SJ to complete East Coast Park parkrun in Singapore.

Other Saturday events…

Later at Dinton Pastures saw 100s of red suited runners circles the lakes as the Santa Dash took place. Adam Dart was a speedy Santa covering the 5km course in 19:40 to finish first. We also had Kieran Cooper in 6th position while Lou Gubb and Fiona Marshall took or more relaxed approach jingling all the way!

Later on Saturday Charles St Aubyn took part in the Thames Hare & Hounds Alumni XC race on an 8km course around Wimbledon Common.

Sunday events…

More festive fun at the Frimley Jingle Jog, where horads of runners in fancy dress started on Frimley Green then headed South West before joining the Basingstoke Canal and returning to the finish at Frimley Lodge Park. Lots of SJs in action including Angela Foker, Michelle Wilson, Louise Heginbotham, Yvette Glacken, Alurie Dutton, Becky Perry, Beki Christian, Viya Berridge, Nicola Coe and Celeste Moruzzi.

Wellington College hosted the Muddy Welly on a 5k course around the grounds. There was a big turnout of SJs both running and marshalling. The SJ results below don’t include Stuart Holbrook and Alison Jones who finished in 54:00 and 57:02 respectively.

More great runs in the 5k event in particular from Hannah Maw who finished as first female and a very impressive 6th overall.

Strava

This week on Strava we managed to hit the magic mark with 100 members logging runs on Strava. Sharon Burfield claimed the top spot for the first time. 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:-

Monday: Patrick Wadsworth will be leading a special Monday night run from Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm. The run will be going to see the Christmas Lights so make sure to bring a torch as we will be running over Sandhurst Meadows. There will be a run on Christmas Eve but no official run on NYE. However, feel free to turn up and see who else fancies an evening run. The car park may be closed on both nights so please park respectfully in the nearby roads.

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. No official runs on Christmas Day and New Years Day, resuming on Tuesday 8th January.

Tuesday Intervals: Later the interval sessions will meet at The Tythings in Yateley at 8pm. The session will be at Dave’s Mums and will consist of 10 x 2 minutes with 30 second recoveries, then 15 minutes of pairs. This will be the final Interval session of the year and will start back on Tuesday 8th January. 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. There will be no run on Boxing Day and the Wednesday run will resume on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.

Thursday: This week the threshold/improvers run will be on the Golden Retriever route. Meet at Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm and don’t forget lights and high vis clothing. The run is a great way to improve fitness by running as a group at a slightly harder intensity. There is a shorter route available and a sweeper so nobody gets left behind. There is no official run on Thursday 27th December and the car park will be closed but keep an eye on Facebook for any members looking for a post-Christmas run. Back to normal on Thursday 3rd January 2019.

Friday: No Track session as it’s Christmas. Track training will resume in 2019.

Saturday: Lots of members will be enjoying their weekly Parkrun fix at 9am on Saturday morning. Wherever you are parkrunning – Don’t forget your barcode!

Sunday: Our annual mince pie run will take place as part of the Lookout run on Sunday 30 December. Please meet at the Lookout at 8.55am for a 9am start. As usual we will run for around 1 hour to 1.5 hours and then re-group afterwards to enjoy a mince pie or two or a bit of cake. This is a good chance to burn off some of the Christmas calories, but if you would just prefer to join for the mince pie part only, then please meet at the cafe for around 10:30am. 

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8th/9th December – SJ Weekend Run Down

Club Announcements

The Draw for the Club place in the Farnborough Half Marathon was made over the weekend. Matt Johnson was the lucky winner!

The Heritage kit has landed so if you ordered any get in touch with Richard Boese to arrange collection.

The Sandhurst Joggers Annual Ball will take place once again at the Easthampstead Conference Park, Off Peacock Lane, Wokingham, RG40 3DF on Friday 29th March 2019 at 7.30pm.  The cost of the tickets will be £35.00 per person. SJ Social Secretary Lisa Harrold has sent all the details by email.

Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…

More parkruns milestones this weekend as a trio of members joined the 50 and 100 clubs.

Bracknell stalwart Jane Ralls completed her 100th and celebrated by tailwalking this week to add to her already considerable volunteering tally! We had SJs throughout the field with Steve Mott claiming 6th overall, 1st VM40-44 and a PB to boot as he was first member to finish. We also had category first places from Lottie St Aubyn and Ian Watson, while Martin Steadman claimed 2nd and Colin Carpenter 3rd in their respective categories.

Another milestone run Parkrun Rushmoor as Sarah Alexander completed her 50th. Plenty of friends turned out to support which led to the best turnout at Rushmoor for a good few weeks. Sarah celebrated by being the first SJ to finish and 3rd in her category as she was accompanied around the big puddle at the finish and into the funnel by Dave Bartlett. Husband Paul recorded a Season’s Best as he chased down Rushmoor first timers Jane Crawford and Richard McCready.

Over at Frimley Lodge a sextet of SJs tackled the muddy course. Neil Praine recorded a Season’s Best at the venue en route to a 9th place finish overall and 3rd in category. Beki Christian claimed 2nd place in the SM30-34 category.

Our third milestone parkrun was achieved by Nikki Fallowfield-Smith as she completed her 50th at Bournemouth. It was her fastest time at the venue this year and also bagged her first in category. Graham Robinson joined her at Bournemouth.

Covering the locals and regular tourists next; George Green ran at Dinton Pastures, John Featherstone ran at Newbury, Andy Summerskill at Houghton Hall and Sharon Conquer was Tailwalker at Northampton. Will Lucas returned to action at Seaton and Sharon Fields ran at Wycombe Rye.

Further afield Patrick Wadsworth claimed 1st place in the VM55-59 category in his first run at Bramhall. Max Woods did likewise at favourite venue Lanhydrock in Cornwall. Simon Whillis claimed his highest ever finishing position with 7th place at the brilliantly named Windy Nook near Gateshead. Dick Newman travelled to Harrogate

Dave Breslin had a brilliant run at Russborough parkrun near Blessington to the west of the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland finishing 1st over 40 seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

Sunday events…

Run for your Elf – Leon Hicks and Lance King enjoyed this Saturn Running Seasonally themed runs along the Thames Path from Runnymede Pleasure Grounds.

In search of a 10 miler for the club championships, a group of Sandhurst Joggers caught the ferry over to the Isle of Wight for the Chilly Hilly; a 10 mile cross country run taking in some of the most spectacular views and hills to the west of the island. They received a quirky event momento along with mince pies and mulled wine at the finish line. Stephen Casey, Royston Crandley and Kate Parker all enjoyed great runs.

Strava

This week on Strava we managed to hit the magic mark with 100 members logging runs on Strava. Phil Beard claimed the top spot for the first time ahead of Kieran Cooper who is training for the Paris Marathon. 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 the Monday night chatfest from Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm. The route will cover approx. 6 miles and is back on the road so don’t forget your head torches and high viz. 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 meet at The Tythings in Yateley at 8pm. The session will be at Waitrose and will consist of 3 x 5 minutes, 2 x 4 minutes and 1 x 3 minutes with 45 seconds recovery. You can read more about the Tuesday night intervals here

Wednesday:  It’s the second Wednesday of the month so time for the Handicap. There is just one final opportunity remaining to score points in the 2018 competition or to log a time to enter into the Club Championship. 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 but it will be busy so please let Dick Newman know if you are planning to go.

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

Friday: Track is still free and the coaches have some great sessions planned for all abilities to improve fitness and technique. 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. Wherever you are parkrunning – Don’t forget your barcode!

Sunday: Check Facebook to find out who is running at The Lookout at 9am. It’s a flexible run to suit everybody’s needs and is either adapted to fit with distance targets or multiple groups are formed. The three ‘Cs’ of Coffee, cake and chat are enjoyed in the cafe post-run.

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Meet the Member – Sacha Kendall-Woods completes 150 parkruns

Q) For members who don’t know you, tell us a bit about yourself? 

A) I am Cornish and proud of this. Married to Max Woods also a SJ, who many will know from the club runs and facebook, but as I do not do facebook I am less known to the newer members. I am a nurse working locally but have nursed all over the country for 28 years. Outside of work my main hobbies are looking after my 2 cats, then running, swimming and cycling. I have not been to so many club runs this year as 2018 was all about the bike for me in preparation for our LEJOG (Lands End To John O’Groats) which is great as I love the cross country season.

Q) How and when did you get into running? 

A) I first got into running after going to watch Max run the London marathon in 1998. I was overwhelmed with the desire to be out there enjoying the pure freedom that running brings. Having had a spinal rod inserted a few years earlier Max was cautious about getting me into running, but once we checked it out with the surgeon there was no stopping me. My first run was hilarious, I managed to run from 1 lampost to the next and had to walk to the next one, but managed to cover 2 miles alternating running and walking this way. My first race was a Race for Life in Plymouth. There were about 100 entrants as it was a new thing back then. I remember half way round seeing Max standing on top of a post box cheering for me. I was so happy when I finished and that was the start of it. I have completed many more races since then both on and off road from 5k to ultra distance.

Q) What do you enjoy most about being a member of Sandhurst Joggers? 

A) Prior to moving to Camberley we were members of West Cheshire AC, so when we came here we knew what we wanted in a club, Sandhurst ticks all the boxes. I most enjoy the company of my fellow runners at Sandhurst. They inspire me to come out in all sorts of weathers. I love to support new members even if I have trouble keeping up with some of them. I am always trying to get people to try the XC races and would love to see more girls/ladies take on the Parliament hill race. It would be fabulous to be able to field a complete team as we haven’t managed this in the 6 years I have been an SJ.

Q) On which of the weekly runs are we most likely to bump into you? 

A) You are most likely to see me on a Thursday night run, but I do go to the odd Tuesday night as well. I also try to make the handicap as often as I can.

Q) You are regular at Frimley Lodge, tell us what you like about that event?

A) Frimley parkrun was my first experience of parkrun and for me it is again the people who make it. It is only just over 3 miles from my home so easy for me to run or cycle to when Max is away.

Q) Of the 5 other parkruns you’ve run, which was your favourite and why? 

A) Lanhydrock parkrun is probably my favourite overall, as it is at home in Cornwall and it is a very challenging course with plenty of variety. A single lap through the grounds of Lanhydrock House down to the Respryn river and back up into the grounds again, with a downhill finish. 

Q) What other events are on your programme for 2018 and 2019?

A) For the rest of the year I have nothing other than XC and parkrun in mind, however 2019 will I am sure involve some interesting adventures, but I just haven’t formalised them yet!

Sacha ran her first Parkrun on 22nd October 2011 at Frimley Lodge, here’s some more achievements for the statos taken from the ‘Parkrun Challenges’ Chrome Extension:-

150 x Parkruns in Total

136 of those at Frimley Lodge (making her a owner of the Single-Ton badge)

7 x Personal Bests (fastest ever is 23:29 set at Frimley Lodge in February 2013)

6 x Different venues

4 x Groundhog Days, all at Frimley Lodge and 3 in 2013 (this is where you run the same time at the same venue on two consecutive parkruns) 

50/60 scored in Stopwatch Bingo

All Weather Runner completed seven times (to complete you must complete a parkrun in every month of the year and Sacha has done this every year since starting parkrun)

Christmas Day parkrun completed seven times (Sacha has done this every year since starting parkrun)

8 x Volunteering in 3 different roles