River Relay – The River Relay is being held on Sunday 8th September. Dave Breslin has emailed out the teams, transport is to be arranged between runners. The event starts at 9am, setting off from Boveney, on the Lock close to Boveney Church, and will finish at the Hawker Centre, Lower Ham Road, Kingston.
Wednesday Pub Run – It’s the final pub run of the year tomorrow evening! Setting off from the Crown and Cushion in Minley (GU17 9UA), expect a lovely scenic run, with food and drink waiting for you afterwards (if you order…). Meet at 6:45pm for a 7pm start.
Family Summer BBQ – The Social Committee organised another fantastic event this weekend, with the first Family Summer BBQ taking place at Horseshoe Lake in Sandhurst. Offering a fun range of family-friendly activities, it provided members with the chance to enjoy some food, drink, and non-running related activities, all in the glorious setting of Horseshoe Lake.
The committee even manged to book the sun in for the day, with Nikki Fallowfield-Smith capitalising on this by snapping some artsy sunset/activity shots; quite the photographer….photos below from what looked like a fantastic day!
Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…
Bracknell – There was a MEGA turnout at Bracknell this saturday, with 47 members running the 234th installment of our most local parkrun (for now…). This Saturday saw the final stage of the latest Pure Beginner’s course, to complete the Bracknell parkrun, and our existing members were out in force to support them on their way to the finishing line.
As for the actual running, Graham Robinson decided to jog around to another parkrun victory, coming through in a leisurely time of 18:13. Of course, this also made him first in age category. Not far behind, coming through as first female SJ was Alison Winders, who recorded a great time of 28:37.
Of course, with the Pure Beginners running their first parkrun, there were several PBs and first time runs, as follows…
PBs: Tom Stafford, Ellie Watson, Cindy Hopkins, Jacqueline Hatton, Lisa Harrold, Bryony Hembrow, Jackie Roberts.
First timers: Laura Wharton, Jo Pratt, Claire Ashcroft, Sharon Spindler, Sophy Jennings, Louise Hine, Linda Lovegrove, Helen Matcham, Ann Timlett.
Well done to all those who took part at Bracknell on Saturday, the pictures show some great running!
Frimley – Over at Frimley Lodge there was a turnout of 9 members, of which Clive Rolfe was the first through the funnel, coming through in a time of 20:15. The first female SJ across the line was Teresa Milroy, in a great time of 26:34.
There was also a PB run by Douglas Milroy, coming through in 32:14 to take over 4 minutes off his previous effort – superb run Douglas!
Rushmoor – A trio of SJs lined up at Queens Avenue for the latest Rushmoor parkrun, with Roy Bentley coming through as first member in a time of 24:59.
California Country Park – There was a strong showing of 9 members at California this Saturday, and there was some excellent running done by all. Nik Light shot around to come through as first SJ, sixth overall and first in age category with a super time of 19:25. Not far behind was Fiona Marshall, coming through as first female member in a great time of 27:53.
Nik Light recorded a PB with his great time, and Fiona Marshall and Lisa Paine completed their first runs at California. Well done all!
Tourism – As always, there was plenty of out and abouts this Saturday, recapped below….
Basingstoke – Fredric Frennessen ran a time of 25:38 at Basingstoke.
Bedfont Lakes – Stuart Overhill was at Bedfont Lakes for the 40th time, and completed the course in 22:12.
Blandford – Richard Boese was out and about at Blandford, and recorded a PB with a time of 24:56.
Bognor Regis – James Woolner ran at Bognor for the first time, and finished in a time of 24:32.
Crane Park – In parkrun number 225, John Tovell completed Crane in a time of 25:54.
Eastleigh – Jim Haffey was in Eastleigh for the first time, and came through in a time of 27:30.
Fire Service College – Held in Gloucestershire, Hannah Glaister came through the finishing funnel in a time of 32:44 in her first run at the venue.
Guildford – Claire Gujer completed Guildford in a time of 32:33 to record a PB, well done Claire!
Henley-on-Thames – George Green ran at Henley, and came through first in age category in a super time of 26:14.
Houghton Hall – Andy Summerskill completed Houghton in 27:45.
Lanhydrock – A trio of SJs headed to Lanhydrock, with the following times recorded. Max Woods (23:07), Sacha Kendall-Woods (28:31) and Royston Crandley (29:17) in his first run at Lanhydrock.
Lowestoft – Alurie Maye Dutton and Yvette Glacken completed times of 35:02 and 43:20 respectively.
Medina, Isle of Wight – Katy Kennedy ran Medina for the 18th time, finishing in 26:22.
Osterley – Lisa Hale flew around Osterley in a time of 21:06 to record a PB and come through as 2nd female and 1st in age category.
St Mary’s – Dick Newman recorded a PB with a time of 23:26.
Woking – A pair of SJs ran at Woking, with Elin Loftesnes and Janet Ford running times of 28:39 and 29:10, respectively.
Some great running by everyone, well done to you all!
Maidenhead Half Marathon – There were a few members running (and falling) at Maidenhead on Sunday, with the following times recorded…
Allan McPherson – 1:37:10
Jon Payne – 1:41:07
Claire Rowse – 1:49:03
Lyn Davis – 1:52:55
Ed Bowen – 2:10:48
Alison Jones – 2:12:46
Colin Carpenter – 2:14:15
Phoenix Excalibur 9 – The Evans’ duo of Nigel and Lisa ran the marathon distance of the latest Phoenix event. Crossing the line hand in hand, they recorded times of 6:05:35, superb effort guys!
This event marked Nigel’s 26th marathon in 52 weeks, a herculean effort, well done Nigel!
Saturn Run 10k – Sarah Jones ran a superb time of 1:17 in the Saturn Run 10k, all to raise awareness for PCOS. Well done Sarah!
Some great totals on Strava over the last week, thanks to the various weekend events. Nigel Evans took the top spot with a mega total of 53.2 miles, thanks to his double-marathon weekend! To take part in this just create a free Strava account and link it to the club in your profile. Here’s the top 10 from last week:
Club Events for the week ahead…
Monday: Patrick Wadsworth will be taking the Monday night chatfest from Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm. The route will cover approx. 6 miles, and now that the days are getting shorter, it’s advised that you bring high vis clothing and a headtorch. This is one of the most sociable runs of the week and a great opportunity to catch up with friends or discuss the preceding weekend.
Tuesday Club Run: The biggest club run of the week sets off from Morgan Recreation Ground in Crowthorne this Tuesday. Please arrive for 6:25 to be there for club announcements etc. There are different paced groups, from run-walk to 9 minute-mile, and everyone starts and finishes at the same point, in an hour, so there really is something for everybody!
Tuesday Intervals: Later the interval sessions will take place. The meeting point is at The Tythings in Yateley at 8pm. It’s hard work, but you’ll feel amazing afterwards! You can read more about the Tuesday night intervals HERE
Wednesday: The Wednesday sets off from the Memorial Park at 7:00, suitable for all paces.
Thursday: A run with Erol will contain hills, laughs, and a couple of wrong turns (normally), but you can guarantee you’ll end up at the car park eventually, and with a smile at the end of it all! Meet at Sandhurst Sports Centre at 7:30pm. Again, now that the days are getting shorter, lights and high vis clothing will be required. The run is a great way to improve fitness by running as a group at a slightly harder intensity. There is a shorter route available and a sweeper so nobody gets left behind.
Friday: Track is still free and the coaches have some great sessions planned for all abilities to improve fitness and technique. This is a great way to improve your running form and fitness, get faster and help prevent injury. If you’ve never ran on a track before give it a try, it’s a lot of fun and you are never more than 200m away from the start.
Saturday: Lots of members will be enjoying their weekly Parkrun fix at 9am on Saturday morning, if you’re thinking of going somewhere new then post on the Facebook page as there may be other members planning on running at the same place as you! Wherever you are parkrunning – Don’t forget your barcode!
Sunday: Come along and give the The Sunday Lookout run a try. They say its the best run of the week but might be a bit biased. It’s a flexible run leaving from The Lookout at 9am with different groups to suit a wide range of abilities. The three ‘Cs’ of Coffee, cake and chat are enjoyed in the cafe post-run.
Finally, the Weekly Run Down is back to a semi-normal release! Hope you all have a good week of running, and I’ll see you again next week