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Meet the Member – Simon Tigg completes 100 parkruns

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

I’m a married, 41 year old with of two bundles of joy named Robyn, who’s nearly 2 and excels at Diva strops and James, who is 7, my new running buddy! Apart from that I am a Detective and have worked in the Police for 17 years. Like many others juggling shift work and family life there are periods when I can get out and do lots of running and then long periods I cannot.   

Q) How and when did you get into running? 

I started running when I left school (Seems like ages ago!) and I realised that I enjoyed being able to just put on a pair of trainers go out for a run, which is something I’ve never forgotten. However, over time my work responsibilities changed as did my interests and I found myself playing recreation Ice Hockey which I can highly recommend if you enjoy sprints and intervals with a little bit of contact😉.  

I gave up Ice Hockey a couple of years ago, put on my trainers again and went for a run round the block. I now find it is a great way of clearing my head after a tough day at work. 

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

The best thing about Sandhurst Joggers has to be the other members who have never failed to make me feel welcome. I’ve made some friends and been able to tap in to the unlimited knowledge bank of others picking up lots of tips along the way. Then there’s the vast choice of club sessions and races with track and cross country being my favourites.  

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

Presently track, although I have not been able to make the last few I always feel as if I’ve pushed myself and leant something new from the amazing coaches.  

Q) You’ve ran most of your parkruns at Frimley Lodge, tell us what you like about that event?  

Over the years I’ve done a lot of running along the canal and Ash Ranges. It’s also one of my favourite fishing spots and I also used to live along Frimley Road so when Parkrun started there it was a big win for me. For those who haven’t run it before I find it a varied scenic course and even though the numbers can be high at times it is still possible to get the occasional PB! Most of all having been there from the start I’ve made some excellent running friends and it’s great to have a catch up 😊 

Q) Of the 14 other parkruns you’ve run, which was your favourite and why?  

I am now going to be a little bias by saying…Sandhurst MP! I’ve only run it a few times but it already has three different routes hopefully meaning it will always be on. I live a mile away, which is a great warm up distance so no parking issues for me. Not by any means least, the number of Sandhurst Joggers there each week is outstanding and gives you a great boost when you see each other.  

Q) What other events are on your programme for 2020?  

All things going well I’ve got the Surrey Half on 8th March. Then I am looking forward to the Yateley 10k series in the summer and possibly the Great South towards the end of the year. 

Here are some of Simon’s parkrun challenge stats:

Thank-you for sharing that with us Simon and look forward to seeing you at club runs and other events across the year!

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Weekly Run Down – 10th to 16th February

Club announcements

Club AGM

On Saturday, our club chairman Richard Boese sent a reminder email out about the forthcoming club AGM in March and stated some of the roles that will be available on the committee with people standing down.

Please do have a good read of this as it is fundamental to this brilliant running club running smoothly.

Midweek Events

The weeks highlight was the Handicap Run on Wednesday where Nicola Coe was this months most improved runner.

Click here to check out Nicola’s account for more details!

Saturday Events

A much more pleasant weekend was in store for us for the first time in ages!

Onto the weekend running and starting with

Storm Dennis took its toll on local parkruns this week with Bracknell & California Country called off – despite this 65 members had their barcodes scanned this weekend.

Frimley Lodge

There were also some well deserved awards to some great people who have helped make Frimley Lodge parkrun the great event it is, if you run @ Frimley you will know why.

Thanks Karen, Mark and Brian and nice one Paula to present these “Honours the Decade” awards on the day of your 500th parkrun! It was this parkrun that got me my red “50” and purple “25” parkrun shirts and these guys that made me want to be there 🙂

16 members turned up to celebrate the events 10th birthday. On a retro course that they stopped using when it got busier it was a slow slippery occasion but there was plenty of great cake 🙂

In 5th place overall, Jon Payne led our members home in 19:08 closely followed by Neil Praine whose time of 19:30 saw him finish 8th in the field of 565 runners.

Beki Christian was our 1st lady finisher with a time of 26:33.

The conditions and course meant there were no PBs but there were some milestone runs.

Simon Tigg ran his 100th parkrun having also run in the 1st ever Frimley Lodge parkrun! Simon’s lad James also celebrated his 10th parkrun. Congratulations to both of you!

Sandhurst Memorial

23 SJs were at the Memorial Park and for the 3rd week running the guys and gals were led home by Craig Bowles and Sarah Hyatt.

Sarah’s time of 24:31 was her 7th consecutive PB here. An incredible streak!

There were plenty of PB’s too for:
Krzysztof Zielinski
Richard Johnson
Vinnet Taylor
Jackie Kent
Colin Carpenter
Mark Neve
Alison Bone

In the 10th event, Fiona Marshall toed the line for a 10th time to maintain that 100% streak! Well done Fiona!

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

Touring

Hanworth – Finishing in 24:57, Stuart Overhill completed his 50th different parkrun venue just a few runs short of his 250th parkrun.
Tilgate – In her 1st run here, Jane Ralls completed this lovely course in 45:03.

At other local parkruns:

Rushmoor – Only 3 members here today with the 1st SJ to finish being Lyn Davies in 24:19 and Jonathan Taylor our sole male member sandwiching the parkrun into a lovely 15 mile run. In a time of 29:48 Beccie Wedderburn completed the trio.
Bushy Park Chris Cole and Jo Fraser completed parkrun’s spritual home in 26:31 & 29:22 respectively.
Basingstoke John Featherstone finished in 28:36
Woodley – Made busier with local cancellations, George Green got around in 25:22.
Swansea BayHelen Davy was back down here in a windy South Wales completing her run in 26:09.

Strava

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With no events on this week, this is mainly Spring Marathon training runs building up with Nick Metcalfe topping the leaderboard.

Good luck training for Brighton, Rotterdam, London and wherever else you are aiming to run at!

Club Events for the week ahead…

Monday:

Patrick Wadsworth will be taking the Monday Club run from Sandhurst Sports Centre leaving at 7:30 for 6 miles in an hour (distances and duration are Monday miles and minutes and bear passing resemblance to those in use at other times). Hiviz and torches welcome!

Tuesday Club Run: The biggest club run of the week sets off from Sandhurst Memorial Park next 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!

Speed Work Tuesday:

Wednesday: The Wednesday run sets off from the Memorial Park at 7:00. Andrea Vincent, Sharon Burfield and Alison Jones will lead runners of all abilities on this flexible run!

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 and 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.

Erol will post the route details to the club facebook page later this week.

Friday:

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.

It’s been such a difficult weekend however this club and it’s members have proved to be bloody awesome and we are all hoping you are found safe and well Lisa.

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February Handicap winner Nicola Coe tells us about her positive mindset

I joined Pure Beginners a couple of years ago, with literally not being able to run to the end of my drive. That course really helped me to see how running can benefit your life in so many ways, weight loss, friends, health, and so I continued taking leisurely short runs and also progressed to taking part in my first two triathlons last year. I had managed to turn myself around from someone who spent far to much time sitting around in the evenings and eating all the wrong foods, to someone who now had a passion to train hard and really build my body stronger with a positive life style change.

 I was on a great path, and I am lucky to part of several clubs which all have inspiring people in, who are always there to offer advise and keep me motivated.  Unfortunately last summer my mum suddenly and unexpectedly passed away, and this was a trauma that mentally I couldn’t cope with, I just didn’t realise it then.  I continued to train hard, in fact I went into overdrive, and I ended up obsessively training, as if the harder I trained the more it would block out any feelings that might of tried to surface. I found I was running most days, but for no reason, just because if I didn’t run I would feel bad, so I was running but with no purpose. The run’s were not even good, I would stop every 30 seconds and felt like I had gone back to the pure beginners day, mentally my body wasn’t letting me enjoy the runs, I felt like I should just give up. 

In around September, I started to realise something wasn’t right and I needed to do something. I asked on one of my clubs how I can get back to being a good runner, and many people suggested I run with people, as I always solo’ d run.  I didn’t’ want to do this, as I am not a speedy runner and I felt like I would be holding everyone back, but I knew if I wanted to move forward I would have to push myself out of my comfort zone.So I started running on some of the Tuesday / Wednesday runs and also started trail running, again in groups.   This really helped me to get back into a rhythm and forced me to not keep stopping and believe in myself.  I then pushed myself further and wanted to do try new things I had not done.

When someone dies’ there are lots of horrible 1sts out there, and I wanted to create my own happy firsts. So I did my first cross country having never run that far before and I loved it, I did my first handicap in January and again these new experiences were all given me a buzz. Suddenly I am feeling mentally such better, and I am training for all the right reasons now and am back to enjoying it, and pulling out new records often on my runs, fast 5k, furthest run, I have even entered my first half marathon. I have realised how training is so good for my mental health and also how important mental health is, the feeling a good run can give you with your heart beating fast and the wind in your face is just amazing, and we are lucky we are able to do it.  

I have been reading some books on positivity lately again to help me on my journey of recovery, and this week on the handicap run, I did entire run saying in my head things that I love and things I am lucky for ‘I love Chinese takeaway, I am so lucky I have money to pay for that’, I am lucky I have my running shoe’s to get my round this 4 miles’ I am lucky I have a lovely clean and tidy house’ you get the drift. Before I knew it I had gone up the first hill, last time I walked mostly all 4 hills and this time I was flying up them without even thinking about them. 

The club really does cater for all abilities, and everyone is applauded no matter how fast or slow, and I really feel encouraged on every run. Each time I meet new people and learn new things, and again we are so lucky to have a club like this on our doorstep. Anyone out there reading this, who has wanted to try one of the weekday club runs / an event /  or even the new cross country season, give it a go, even if you are slow and come in last, there will always be people there to tell you how amazing you have done

Thank-you for sharing that Nicola and I am sure there are plenty of people this will resonate with and that positivity was so clear to see and hear last Wednesday!

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Handicap Results February 2020

After last month’s record turnout of 54 members, another fantastic attendance of 48 members turned up at Morgans Rec for Run #2.

It was great to see so many of January’s 1st timers come back to check their improvement as well as another 7 first timers and some members coming back after longish breaks.

With the numbers in attendance, Simon split everyone into 2 groups with the Wednesday GMs once more supporting the first group.

Once more a huge thank-you to Simon Whillis for his ongoing organisation of this event and again a big thank-you to Anne Whillis for ably supporting Simon again!

On to the results – with 15 members hitting PBs it shows how they are improving with attending club runs and track sessions/intervals are definitely helping.

Well done to Nicola Coe who showed the greatest improvement on last month.

Nicola credited her great run to her positive thoughts about all the great things in her life and she will be sharing more about this very soon. You really deserved that trophy and I hope you had that Gin & Tonic to celebrate!

On the night, Handicap centurion Graham Robinson was the fastest SJ around the course followed by 1st timer Rob Jerrett. Big personal bests by Jon Payne and Nik Light meant 4 runners crossing the line in sub 26 minute times. There should be some pretty close finishes with these guys up at the sharp end of the run.

So with 2 runs completed, current handicap leader is Cat Wickham with an 8 point lead. Congratulations Cat!

With another 7 first timers now in the mix and as runners benefit from (hopefully) warmer and drier weather to increase their training this is going to be a very interesting competition this year!

I am looking forward to March’s run already and hope as many of you as possible can join in.

Due to the numbers now attending, next months handicap will see finish tokens being dished out to aid the results recording. Already freshly printed and laminated, thank-you Simon!

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Handicap 2020 February Interim result

As I am sure you can appreciate with the numbers we had last night, results processing will take a little time and a full result should come out tomorrow!

However, Simon has reconciled the issues that we had with names and numbers last night and can announce the Top 3.

Congratulations to the 3 runners who improved their time by the biggest margin:

1st Nicola Coe


2nd Michelle Wilson


3rd Luke Junior

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Weekly Run Down – 3rd February to 9th February

Club announcements

Club Events for the week ahead…

SJ Club Handicap

Meet at Morgan Rec Crowthorne this Wednesday – be there by 19:15 to get registered and we set off at 19:30. We had 54 members in January, how many members will be turning up and benefiting from all their recent miles with an improved time?

Onto the weekend running and starting with

Frimley Lodge

Neil Praine led the 9 Sandhust Joggers home in a time of 18:59 and we had Caroline Stuart leading the ladies in a time of 26:24.

Pushing for a top 50 finish, Paul Sliwinski bagged himself a new PB of 22:54 – well done Paul!

Bracknell

Registering a PB for the 4th consecutive week at different events, Nik Light came in 3rd overall with new PB of 19:24.
Leading the ladies home was Jackie Kent in 27:22

A time of 29:18 smashed Douglas Milroy’s PB by over 3 minutes which followed last weeks PB.

Rushmoor

Going sub-20 for the 1st time meant a great PB for Andrew Provost completing the Queens Avenue course in 19:55.
Helen Vizard led our SJ Ladies home in 24:45.

All the recent running by Elin Loftesnes resulted in a new PB of 25:59 too.

Wayne Boardman & Mark Pattrick managed to slip a little parkrun into a 20 mile training run too making those sub-25 times quite impressive!

California Country Park

Half a dozen members were led home by Iain Findlay 23:48 with the 1st SJ lady being Jane Pond in 30:44

Tom Stafford is now knocking on the sub 25 minute parkrun door with a great time of 25:04 especially after suffering a rather nasty fall on Tuesday!

Sandhurst Memorial

A sense of déjà vu @ Sandhurst with the 1st SJ male and female finishers being a repeat of last week.

Craig Bowles led the 19 SJ’s home in 20:15 whilst a time of 24:46 meant a 6th consecutive PB for Sarah Hyatt and the streak goes on!

PB’s

Charlie St Aubyn
Ian Watson
Roy Bentley
Laura Wharton
Patrick Wadsworth
Helena Jones
Fiona Gascoigne

Whilst streaking is not an official award, an honorable mention to Fiona Marshall for maintaining her 100% attendance @ Sandhurst as her streak continues into event #9! Great effort as well tagging this onto a 9 mile run 🙂

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

Touring

Richmond Stuart Mayes clocked a time of 23:35 in his 1st visit here.

At other local parkruns:

Basingstoke Simon Tigg returned to the site of his 1st ever parkrun to record a PB of 27:18 in his 99th parkrun!
Bedfont Lakes – in his 48th run @ Bedfont Lakes, Stuart Overhill recorded a time of 23:04
Guildford – In her 25th parkrun Claire Gujer bagged herself another PB of 30:43 knocking over a minute off of her previous best. Brilliant improvement Claire!
Newbury John Featherstone got around this one lap course in 29:58.
Alice Holt – at another personal favourite course of mine, Clive Rolfe completed this challenging run in 20:26.
WoodleyJon Green and Hannah Whitman were the SJ representatives here finishing in 22:37 & 32:29 respectively.

Local parkruns further afield

Luton Wardown Alurie Dutton and Yvette Glacken completed Yvette’s local parkrun in 34:21 & 48:37 respectively. Good to see Yvette back out there!
Llanelli Kim Reeves clocked 26:55 here this week.
Houghton Hall – Having waited since 2018 to get a PB, a 2nd PB in consecutive weeks for Andy Summerskill coming in 26:12.

Saturday Events…

Phoenix One Run to Rule Them All, the Elven Blue Run

Described by Phoenix Events as:

Continuing our hugely popular ‘One Run to Rule Them All’ series, in 2020 we’re bringing you the next trilogy and these medals are going to be stunning additions to your collection of ‘One Run’ medals!

The first in the THREE RUNS series is the Elven Blue Run on Saturday 8th February 2020.

And yes, of course, there will be a secret 4th part to this trilogy, when we have something really quite spectacular for the medal.

To be honest, I really do need to go and experience these and feel they are a great way to up the distances.

The first episode in this series was run by Nigel Evans and here is the obligatory “Medal in the mouth” pic:

Hampshire XC League

This season’s XC Captain Jon Green was testing himself down at Popham Airfield in Match 5 of the Hampshire League in a very strong field.

Jon recorded a respectable time over the challenging 6 plus miles course, good luck mate in future events!

Meanwhile on Saturday night whilst most of us were hunkering down waiting for a bit of weather to arrive, Sarina Pietrosanti was out on the trails on what looked like an epic run!

A little flavour of the event can be found from their site here and other information about Maverick’s events from them here.

Here Sarina tells us about the event

I have always been petrified of the dark let alone running in the dark. So I challenged myself to do some night trail running and I was pleasantly surprised.

Running at night is surreal and I really found it an immersive experience.

Your mind doesn’t wonder and you just enjoy the feeling of nature and running. I would highly recommend giving it a go.

Thank-you for sharing that Sarina, those that have done Endure24 will know about the joys of night running on the trails and I whole-heartedly agree that people give it a go!

Sarina’s photo’s were taken from the http://www.maverick-race.com/ by PH balance (https://www.facebook.com/thephbalance/)

Sunday events…

Despite the best efforts of Storm Ciara and many events being called off, there were SJ’s out there doing some phenomenal stuff.

Brecon to Cardiff Ultra

Unbelievably whilst many of us were taking the option of a lie-in or maybe the treadmill, Lina Johnson was up in the beautiful Brecon Beacons to take part in the Brecon to Cardiff Ultra, described as below by the organisers:

The Brecon to Cardiff Ultra, is a 70k, one way, fully marked race that winds its way from Brecon following the River Taff.  You will start in the Brecon Beacons National Park with its dramatic mountain landscapes, past crashing waterfalls and crystal clear reservoirs.  As you head further south you will encounter a different landscape with reminders of Wales’s industrial heritage. It is a UTMB qualifying race worth 3 points. 

Lina was posting videos throughout the day and here she is after she finished

I will be asking Lina to give us a more in-depth run down on this when she has had a chance to recover.

Phoenix Running Don’t Do T-Shirts!

Well if it is a Sunday I wonder where might we find Nigel Evans??

Yep, there he is on his 2nd Marathon of the weekend!

In case anyone is wondering why I have not asked Nigel to go into more detail about these back-to-back marathon weekends there is a good reason.

Sometime soon he may be doing something a bit more challenging. Yeah??, what could be more challenging than back-to-back marathons over a weekend? We shall find out soon…..

Mark Neve also battled the elements that Storm Ciara threw at him to clock up 10 miles in tough conditions! That could not have been easy.

Strava

To take part in this just create a free Strava account and link it to the club in your profile.

Not surprisingly, the leaderboard this week is topped by two members whose exploits have already been mentioned in this Run-Down. Some good distances from a lot of members there!

Club Events for the week ahead…

Monday:

Patrick Wadsworth will be taking the Monday Club run from Sandhurst Sports Centre leaving at 7:30 for 6 miles in an hour (distances and duration are Monday miles and minutes and bear passing resemblance to those in use at other times). Hiviz and torches welcome!

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: Speed work Tuesday!
Pyramid session from 1-4 minutes.
(45 seconds recovery between each interval).
Meet at The Tythings @ 7.30

Wednesday:  I am not aware of any time this has not actually taken place but it will not be happening this month.

As a club we would like to politely request that you do not turn up at 19:30 “anyway” to just do it as it would not take too many to turn up for “others” to see it as us treating covid with disregard and continuing club events.

This would potentially bring the club into disrepute and I know that none of our members would want to do this so I do feel I am “teaching my granny to suck eggs” and apologise for the preachy tone but the needs of our club outweigh our needs right now.

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 and 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.

Erol will post the route details to the club facebook page later this week.

Friday:

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!

Please do let me know if you are doing any events, I can only report what I see on Strava and Facebook and I hope you appreciate there are those I may not see!

Ping me a message over the weekend and I will include it so others can see what we are doing and may be inspired to try a different event.

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Meet the Member – Yvette Glacken completes 250 parkruns

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

I am Alurie Dutton’s sister and I live in Luton. I have 3 children (one in Australia) and 6 grandchildren. I retired from teaching almost 16 years ago and running has made a huge contribution to my health, reversing Type 2 diabetes and improving my overall fitness.

I also enjoy cycling and long distance walking.

Q) How and when did you get into running?

I got into running when I signed up for Race for Life about eight years ago. I wanted to be able to run the entire course so started a couch-to-5K training program. Once i had completed the race I realised that I didn’t want to stop running so have kept it up ever since.

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

As I am a long distance member I don’t take full advantage of my membership but I do enjoy being part of the SJ community when I am taking part in events at different places.

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

Sadly I cannot make the weekly runs as commitments at home keep me away.

Q) You’ve ran most of your parkruns at Luton Wardown (102), tell us what you like about that event?

Luton Wardown is a very friendly event with a great mix of runners of all ages and abilities. the multi-lap course means you never feel as though you are being left behind by the front runners.

Q) Of the 32 other parkruns you’ve run, which was your favourite and why?

I think I have two favourites – St Peter’s parkrun in Sydney where I ran with my daughter when I was over for a visit, and Tring, which is a real challenge but with a wonderful downhill section through the woods past the obelisk and summer house.

Q) You also have an incredible 58 volunteer credits, so thank you for helping make parkrun happen! What makes you volunteer so much?

I enjoy being able to give something back to the parkrun community. There is also a real feelgood factor when you are volunteering – people are just so lovely!

Q) What other events are on your programme for 2020?

Unfortunately in my efforts to reach my 250 parkrun milestone. I ignored too many niggles and twinges and am now unable to run. I had signed up for a few 10K events in the next few months but will be deferring.

I am looking forward to taking part in Endure24 in June!