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SJ Handicap Run – 2020

Who makes this happen?

The Handicap Run Organiser is Simon Whillis. This is a rather exclusive club as Simon took over in 2005 from Dave Dart who set up the original competition. Simon took part in the run for about 10 years but admits that he began to find the then 5 mile course a bit too much for his creaking joints and was happy to sit and watch others take part! Lots of club members have helped with the timings over the years. An umbrella has been the most important item in 2019.

How long has it been running?

Remarkably the first event was in August 1993 and there are at least two current club members who took part, Martin Powell and Larry Sharp (who won). 18 people were there which was a very high proportion of the club at that time. Essentially there have only been 3 routes over the time. A rather dangerous route from Frogmore round The Meadows and Marshall Road lasted until December 1995 when sense prevailed. A few months later it was resurrected, starting from Broadmoor Hospital Car Park with a 2 lap course involving the notorious hill. The route was the stuff of legend so it was rather sad when building work meant we had to move to our current course in January 2014. Last December (2019) was run number 311. The record for most appearances is held by Martin Powell (154) with Dave O’Toole (142) second, and we do have 8 others who have broken the 100 mark. 

How it works

The Handicap Run is a 4 mile run and takes place on the 2nd Wednesday of every month with the aim being to better your time each month.

Each runner has to set a base “Handicap Time” and then scores points based on their finish position against their “Handicap Time”  -the higher you finish, the higher your points- and the person who betters their time by the greatest margin each month earns the monthly trophy. The good news is that even the slowest runner has a chance of winning.

The best 7 scores for each runner over the calendar year are added together to find the overall winner of the Handicap Trophy.

Who is it for?
Absolutely everyone, it is not just for the quick runners but it helps you improve yourself.

Registration
All runners are registered at the start at 19:15 and the run will start at 19:30 prompt.


Location
We meet at Morgan Recreational Centre, Lower Broadmoor Road, Crowthorne RG45 7LA.

Route
The 4 mile run is 2 laps of the below route.

Curry
Having given it your all, it is recommended that you refuel with a curry and a pint – The Raj Tandoori in Sandhurst being the place to be at 20:45.

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Handicap December – Final results and series standings

So the 2019 Handicap has had its final run, here we go with the December results.

22 members ran this final event of 2019 and this month’s winner was Jon Payne who improved his time by 1:25 with a new PB of 26:47. This was just 10 seconds behind the best time of the night which was set by Nik Light whose time of 26:37 was also a PB.

No other PBs tonight but Paul Biggs did set a SB; well done to all of you!

2019 HANDICAP CHAMPION

With only 8 points separating the top 5 after November’s run this led to a very close finish with Roy Bentley not running and Sarah Hyatt’s injury preventing her strong push to be crowned champion. Gerry Mepham, Russell Connaway and Jon Green took on the final event all with a great chance of winning.

Grabbing 26 points from his 5th place finish, Jon Green leap-frogged from 5th overall to top spot to win the 2019 Handicap Trophy with 174 points – well done Jon!

2nd was Roy Bentley with 172 points

3rd were Gerry Mepham and Russell Conaway who both finished on 171 points

The 2020 handicap starts on Wednesday 8th January. I look forward to seeing you all there!

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Meet the Member – Jim Laidlaw completes 50 parkruns

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

A) I’m a local chap living in Blackwater with my wife and our 2 children. I’m work in Walton on Thames in a flooring showroom. As well as running i enjoy swimming and a little bit of bike, I’ve done a couple of Triathlons. I’ve completed the swim serpentine 2 mile swim and the Ride London 100 just the London Marathon to go for my Classic medal . I’m a big NFL fan Pittsburgh Steelers is my team

Q) How and when did you get into running?

A) In 2014 I booked a snowboarding holiday and decided that I would actually enjoy it more if I was a lot fitter, running and a bit of careful eating was the plan. I got the running bug and a friend suggested running the Green Park 10k as a target! That was my first race I finished in 49.03.
My first parkrun wasn’t until June 14 at Frimley Lodge in a time of 23.09

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

A) The many different member of the club , the mix of ages and ability means that you will also have someone to talk to . From starting runner to being a seasoned marathon and ultra runner

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

A) I have run on most nights since joining the club but it’s mainly Monday nights club run that you’ll see me at.

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

A) I think that my favourite park run was Sewerby in Yorkshire, it’s around a lovely House that has a little zoo. The start is a mile out all the cliff top.

Q) What other events are on your programme for 2020

A) I have my sights set on Manchester Marathon and maybe one more after that . Then I’d like to settle down back to short distance with a new 5k and 10k target .

Jim ran his first parkrun on 14th June 2014 at Frimley Lodge. For those like me who are into the stats, here are some of Jim’s achievements from the Parkrun Challenges.

50 x parkruns in total so far

24 x parkruns @ Frimley Lodge

14 x different venues

14 x Personal Bests (fastest parkrun 19:24 @ Bushy on New Years Day 2020)

5 x New Years Day double (2016 – 2020)

2 x Christmas Day (2017 & 2018)

Jim’s most active month is January with 10 parkruns. Bearing in mind the 5 x New Years Day doubles also means his favourite day for a parkrun is the 1st January with 10 x parkruns!

Thanks for sharing that with us Jim and look forward to seeing you on club runs and at events!

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New Years Day Run Down

This will focus purely on the parkrun-fest that allowed us to make the most of the only opportunity in the year to bag a brace of parkruns.

Any other events such as the Knacker-Cracker will be covered in the normal Weekly Run Down.

First up some parkrun milestones

Member of the parkrun 50 club

Jim Laidlaw
Nik Light

Member of the parkrun 100 club

Nigel Bassett

Member of the parkrun 250 club

Yvette Glacken

150 – unofficial but impressive!
Neil Praine
Charlotte St Aubyn

Great achievements all and I hope you are looking forward to your new T shirts!

A special “Well done!” to Alistair Ingall-Tombs for getting a finish time nearest to the New Year of 2020 finishing in 20:08. If I live another 500 years I may be in with a chance of this unofficial and nonsensical award!

The run results are in…

Rushmoor

David O’Toole was the the 1st member to finish in a time of 23:43.

For the ladies, although they both finished in an official time of 26:30, Teresa Milroy placed just ahead of Louisa Enriquez in a very tight finish!

Seems like the cold weather was slowing people down as again as at other events there were no PBs gained today.

Frimley Lodge

Two Sandhurst Joggers finished in the top 10 here with Neil Praine coming in 5th overall with an astonishing time of 18:59 closely followed in 7th by Jon Payne in 19:18. Our first lady home was Caroline Stuart finishing in a time of 24:43.

Bracknell – with it’s 8.30 start making it a popular run #1, 33 SJs took part here in a field of 418.

Graham Robinson was the events first finisher in an awesome time of 17:58 and our first lady to finish was Beki Christian in her first run here in 26:05. there were also a couple of PBs here, Jon Payne with 19:54 and Sarina Pietrosanti with 29:34

Bracknell – in a fantastic time of 19:44, Neil Praine finished 3rd overall knocking over a minute off of his previous PB here! Vinnett Taylor once more leading the ladies home in 26:26.

Paul Sliwinski achieved a 5th PB in the last two months to show some impressive improvement in his form, looking forward to seeing how this improvement progresses Paul!

Tourism…

Plenty of tourism going on especially as people were trying to find 2 parkruns…

Stephen Casey in Dublin

As per usual a number of our members took part in their local parkruns or were out touring, details below:


Houghton Hall Andy Summerskill 29:34
Bedfont Lakes in his 46th outing here, Stuart Overhill finished in 22:49
Burgess This was a first London parkrun for Lara Winter and she has set herself a marker of 27:35 here.
Castletown – it was a third Dublin run of the week for Stephen Casey 22:55
Clapham Common taking part in a huge field of 1,103 was Imogen Murray finishing in 29:35 Basingstoke completing his home parkrun in 28:48 was John Featherstone
Hazelwood Kate Parker is continuing her touring finishing in 30:01
Osterley – In his 1st run here, Royston Crandley finished in 25:22.
Swansea Bay At this gorgeous location, Helen Davy recorded 26:08
Worcester Pitchcroft – a brilliant time and new PB of 18:16 saw Neil Praine finish 2nd overall here, a brilliant run Neil!

Club Events for the week ahead…

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: The final Thames Valley XC event – V Taylor you will smash it and love to see you there !

Thanks for reading the Run Down, have a safe week of running and I’ll see you next week!

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Weekly Run Down – 23rd to 29th December

Club announcements

Sandhurst Joggers Great Ball

Have you got your tickets yet?

If not, then what are you waiting for? Our brilliant Social Avengers team will be sending out details for this again soon!

The final Thames Valley XC event will be hosted by Bracknell Forest Runners next weekend in Lightwater.

The event details have been posted by our XC Captain Jon Green and emailed out to members as well. The invitation to run goes out to everyone – any member who can run 5 miles off-road are welcome to join us and if you like cake, there is an abundance of it at the end of the race, and EVERY runner counts, no matter where you are in the field.

Onto the weekend running and starting with parkrun…

105 members of Sandhurst Joggers took part in a parkrun last weekend! Here is a run down of how our local events went and some tourism details too…

Sandhurst Memorial – being our newest and most local parkrun, 28 members made their way to Sandhurst Memorial Park for it’s 3rd event.

Nik Light secured a new PB of 20:08 being our first member to finish and was also 1st in his age category.
Our first lady home was Heidi Zymela in 24:21 which was also a PB,so well done Heidi!
No milestone runs occurred today but being a new event, plenty of PBs to celebrate:
Sacha Kendall-Woods – 25:11, Jane Crawford – 26:08, Helen Davey – 26:59, Fiona Marshall – 28:02, Harvey Young – 29:11 & Blanche Barnes – 30:42.

Bracknell – in a fantastic time of 19:44, Neil Praine finished 3rd overall knocking over a minute off of his previous PB here! Vinnett Taylor once more leading the ladies home in 26:26.

Paul Sliwinski achieved a 5th PB in the last two months to show some impressive improvement in his form, looking forward to seeing how this improvement progresses Paul!

Frimley Lodge

Two Sandhurst Joggers finished in the top 10 here with Neil Praine coming in 5th overall with an astonishing time of 18:59 closely followed in 7th by Jon Payne in 19:18. Our first lady home was Caroline Stuart finishing in a time of 24:43.

Rushmoor

David O’Toole was the the 1st member to finish in a time of 23:43.

For the ladies, although they both finished in an official time of 26:30, Teresa Milroy placed just ahead of Louisa Enriquez in a very tight finish!

Seems like the cold weather was slowing people down as again as at other events there were no PBs gained today.

California Country Park – We had 5 SJ’s at California this weekend led in with a new PB of 23:42 by Jon Green – well done Jon! Claire McCubbin was our first female in 31:48 at her first run here.

Tourism and remote home runs

As per usual a number of our members took part in their local parkruns or were out touring, details below:


Houghton Hall Andy Summerskill 29:34
Bedfont Lakes in his 46th outing here, Stuart Overhill finished in 22:49
Burgess This was a first London parkrun for Lara Winter and she has set herself a marker of 27:35 here.
Castletown – it was a third Dublin run of the week for Stephen Casey 22:55
Clapham Common taking part in a huge field of 1,103 was Imogen Murray finishing in 29:35 Basingstoke completing his home parkrun in 28:48 was John Featherstone
Hazelwood Kate Parker is continuing her touring finishing in 30:01
Osterley – In his 1st run here, Royston Crandley finished in 25:22.
Swansea Bay At this gorgeous location, Helen Davy recorded 26:08
Worcester Pitchcroft – a brilliant time and new PB of 18:16 saw Neil Praine finish 2nd overall here, a brilliant run Neil!

Saturday Events…

Fitstuff G3 Race #2

Following on from Fitstuff Race #1 a fortnight ago, the second in the series took place on Saturday. Once more the intrepid trio of Dave Bartlett, Patrick Wadsworth and Jane Bannister took on this challenging event.

Jane Bannister tells the tale of her 15K run:

Jane proudly showing off medal #2

This was the 2nd event in the G3 Trail Series and on offer this time is either a 10km or 15km Route.

Up early – as both myself and Patrick were on registration before the run so a 6am start to be at Newlands Corner for 6:45. It was still dark and frosty at that time In the morning.

These events all start at 08:30 so still quite chilly when we started but you soon warmed up ! After all the rain this week it was a muddy start with everybody together and then you peel off to either the 10km Or 15km Route.

The run itself is a mixture of hills, sand and muddy tracks. There are KM markers all the way along the route. I walked the steep hills although overall I found it less hilly than the 10km a fortnight ago. There are beautiful views at St Martha’s and also all around Chantry Wood – well worth the effort in climbing.

I managed to fall crossing the main road (but the marshals were lovely ) – I didn’t see the tree roots but it a great trail run and I thoroughly recommend it – can’t wait for Race 3 on 1 February!

Thank-you for sharing that Jane, it is much appreciated and I hope you are OK after your tumble. Also very glad you are looking forward to Race 3 and there are going to be some other SJs there, although for me it will be the 10K course!

If anyone else is interested then have a look here for event details: https://aat-events.com/race/g3-run/

Christmas Swapshop

A run, back to the pub and swap out some presents!

Winter Cross Ultra

Jonathan Taylor ventured down to Meon for this 31 mile event which had a 8 hour 30 minute cut-off time. Liking to get full value for his race entry fee Jonathan crossed the line with 3 minutes to spare. His running time was 7 hours 35 so guessing he was just enjoying the puddles! Also if you love race bling then……

Phoenix Firebird Series

Nigel Evans who enjoys a marathon every once in a while completed the 4th of the Firebird Series earning an extra medal in the process.

A pretty good job he got that medal at the end as running with it would have been tricky. Nice to see that after such a great achievement Nigel’s first thought was to offer thanks to his wife Liz for her “limitless support and encouragement” – a true gent!

Brutal Longmoor

An 8km course taking you into the sand dunes, with an abundance of hill climbs later. Water features that will help to cool the runners off before another climb, where you will twist and turn before heading back to the arena for the finish !

Angela and Mark Fokker looked like they had a great time down there doing this!

Gutbuster

The Gut Buster is a legendary 10km & 10 mile trail run in the Berkshire countryside, taking place between Christmas & New Year each year. So much is here, the water crossings, Roman Walls, fields, footpaths, and what is sometimes the hardest last 400m in British Athletics [farmer/ crop rotation dependent].

Seven hardy members took part – times are below but lets face it, you do this for the fun of running not times. Well done to you all!

Max Woods 1:19:49
Helen Antram 1:23:48
Lou Gubbb 1:24:46
Charles St.Aubyn 1:29:08
Charlotte St.Aubyn 1:30:44
Sacha Kendall-Woods 1:35:39
Iain Findlay 1:37:07 https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=543631012906479

Strava

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 with Jim Laidlaw getting those miles in at a pretty good pace too!

Club Events for the week ahead…

Not so many club runs this week with the New Year celebrations going on…

Monday:

Patrick Wadsworth will be taking the Monday night chatfest from Sandhurst Sports Centre. The Sports Centre carpark may be closed so park courteously nearby. 6 miles in around an hour leaving at 7:30. Faster runners will loop back for slower runners so we all get to chat and catchup on what has happened in the last week and our plans for New Year. Ideal if you have just started your spring marathon training- come and get more contradictory advice than you could possibly need.

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: As the run down started with, the final Thames Valley Cross Country @ Bracknell Forest Runners in Lightwater!

On New Years Day there are lots of parkruns that have staggered start times so the opportunity to do a double parkrun is available.

Wishing everyone a very happy, healthy New Year and with it being a leap year we also get an additional days running!

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SJ Christmas Day Run Down

Club announcements

I hope you have all had an enjoyable Christmas with plenty of running gear found under the Christmas tree and are ready to burn off those mince pies (or in my case the christmas pudding with Baileys cream)! One of my favourite presents has been the opportunity to take up the publicity role here.

First off I would like to thank Nick Metcalfe for all the fantastic work he put into the Run Down’s and other publicity work in 2019 – they were a great read and I appreciate the offer of support to help me settle in.

SJ Events

The Christmas Swapshop (formerly the Mince Pie Run) – Saturday 28th December from 14:00 to 17:00. Another fantastic event organised for the club with two of the most important aspects of life, running and the pub 😀

More details can be fond here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2622989787786053/

So lets get started with Christmas Day parkruns

Frimley Lodge – A bumper turnout of 23 members enjoyed their festive run here amongst the 532 runners and they were led home by Dave Breslin in 22:02. Our first female being Emy Circuit in 26:01 pipping Sacha Kendall-Woods by 3 seconds. Congratulations for achieving course PBs go to Fiona Marshall (28:37) and Dave Metcalfe (30:41) – well done on a day where few PBS were achieved.

A special mention must go to Simon Whillis for completing his 50th parkrun this calender year, a Gold Level Obsessive in the parkrun challenge world and a brilliant achievement in the real world – great commitment!

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California Country Park – a round dozen took part in California’s first ever Christmas Day event with Vinnett Taylor leading the way in her first run here in 25:26 with the first male SJ being Ian Watson in 36:00.

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Rushmoor – 8 members were at Queens Avenue as Rushmoor celebrated Christmas by being back to its normal course. Jon Payne with a stunning time of 19:52 being the first SJ through.

Leading the ladies was Kirsty Kent whose time of 21:55 was also a PB, well done Kirsty!

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Woodley – Just the 2 members here today, the father/son combo of Jon Green and George Green finishing in 23:20 and 25:07 respectively.

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Tourism – with members out and about visiting family it was a good excuse for a bit of tourism..

Richmond Kate Parker completed her first run here in a time of 26:54 but this also clocked up Kate’s 50th parkrun of the year earning the Gold Level Obsessive badge. Stunning achievement Kate!

Southport James Woolner ran his 2nd event here in 39:58 helping his daughter Kaitlyn achieve a new PB in the process!

Crane ParkJohn Tovell running at his home parkrun finished in 24:27.

Northalla Roy Bentley recorded a time of 31:20 in his first run here.

WetherbyGraham Robinson was 2nd finisher here in an awesome time of 18:56

Malling – completing her 25th parkrun, Monica Burbidge finished her first run at Malling in 36:30 .

Upcoming Events

I do keep an eye out on Strava/Facebook etc for events people are taking part in but do feel free to ping me a message if you have taken part in an event.

Let me know the event, your time plus any pictures especially of your medals. I will shamelessly be stealing the concept of #medalmonday from our mutual friends at 3ctri and YES cycling groups. Get your pics to me by Sunday evening for this please.

Also I will carry on the tradition of giving people who have taken part in events the opportunity to provide a short write-up. This allows other members to find out about other events and it is always helpful to hear the real experiences rather then what may appear on event websites.

Club Events for the week ahead…

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 with Dick Newman and Emy Circuit. 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 9 am 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.

Thanks for reading the Run Down, have a safe week of running and I’ll see you next week!

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SJ Handicap – November Results

As the 2019 Handicap comes to its final run, here we go with the November results.

29 members ran the November event, with some great times being recorded.

There were PBs for John Ellwood, Nick Light, Craig Waters and Elin Loftesnes, with Dave Breslin setting a SB; well done to all of you!

As for the winner, this time John Ellwood came through with the most improved time, a massive improvement of 3:34! No pressure in December John! Here are the November results:

And as for the overall standings….

And for those of you who don’t know what the handicap is, it’s a 4 mile (2 laps of 2 miles) run, which takes place in Crowthorne on the second Wednesday of every month. The meeting point is the Morgan Recreation Ground in Crowthorne, with the start time of 7:30pm prompt. There is a post-run curry at the Raj Tandoori in Sandhurst, which is a great way for everyone to unwind and enjoy some post-run chat!

The next handicap is today, Wednesday 11th December. I look forward to seeing you all there!