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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!

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Weekly Run Down – 27th January to 2nd February

Club announcements

Onto the weekend running and starting with

First up, well done to Charlotte Arter for breaking the World female paarkrun record posting an incredible time of 15:49

You can read about it here..

Great achievement by Charlotte but there were some fantastic results from our members on Saturday too. Two of our members came in as first finishers, Graham Robinson at Frimley Lodge in a field of 566 and Jon Payne at the challenging Homewood run. Brilliant results! We nearly had a hat-trick with Neil Praine coming in 2nd overall at Hogmoor Inclosure.

Frimley Lodge

Bracknell

Rushmoor

Sandhurst Memorial

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

Touring

Basingstoke – 2 SJs made the short journey over here with Iain Findlay & Elin Loftesnes finishing in 24:00 & 26:27 respectively.
CirencesterLou Gubb 1st time here saw her finish in 28:23
Hogmoor Inclosure – Coming in second overall, Neil Praine finished in a very impressive 19:10
Crane Park – Continuing his touring, Stephen Casey finished in 21:55.
Bath Skyline Mark Pattrick completed his 2nd run here in 24:32
Hazelwood – With the 6 Nations starting, Stuart Mayes got around in 23:49.
Lanhydrock – Down in Bodmin, Max Woods & Sacha Kendall-Woods completed this run in 23:44 & 29:03 respectively.

Homewood – At this challenging course, a fantastic achievement by Jon Payne being the first finisher here in a new PB 20:41. Helen Vizard our other SJ here finishing in a good time of 26:25
Woodley – Running as a Pacer, Jon Green finished in 22:36 which was a new PB!
Guildford – A time of 31:46 gained a PB for Claire Gujer!
Bedfont LakesStuart Overhill finished in 23:56
Llanelli CoastKim Reeves completed this in 27:10
Houghton Hall – In his 53rd run here, Andy Summerskill finished in 26:28 which was a new PB!

Strava

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

Well done to Jim Laidlaw, that mileage is ramping up and we can see all the half marathons being run by other members as training runs build up.

Club Events for the week ahead…

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.

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Farnborough Winter Half Marathon 2020 – Members Highlights!

Just under 40 Sandhurst Joggers turned up for the 4th episode of this evolving event, some were first timers and some had run all of them.

There was a broad spectrum of runners taking part with several finishing with sub-1:30 times, I have to say I do agree with Lucy Ong’s sentiments regarding those who managed that – HOLY SH*T!

There were also more that bagged their own PBs plus those of us who did our own thing and here they are to tell us about it.

Images are courtesy of RandRphotos (who provided free photography for the event) and members own pics. Below was the latest medal on offer.

WAYNE BOARDMAN

What it takes to hit a PB

I’m in training for Rotterdam Marathon that takes place on 5th April and today was my first race of the year. I wasn’t sure whether to treat the race as a training run or whether to test myself to see where my current fitness lies. I eventually made the decision to test myself with the aim to run well and keep a pace that was below 8mmp. 

I’ve done FHM a few times and have always enjoyed the course, I think each year has been different in parts, today’s new course is by far my favourite one. I loved the out and backs which made it easy to spot many club mates and share a few high fives. 

I went out bold from the start at a decent pace, soon realised it was a little too quick, but decided to take each mile at a time and focus on keeping the pace fairly consistent. Wheels came off for a short period between miles 10 and 11, but a stern talking to myself and a caffeine gel resulted in a quick final couple of miles. 

Happy to have achieved a PB today, but more importantly were the lessons I learned on race prep – still some improvements to make. 

FHM is well organised, has friendly supportive marshals, and with the addition of a small start area with easy to access baggage storage and plenty of loos, it’ll remain an annual fixture in my diary for a few more years yet.

PAUL SLIWINSKI

This was my second half marathon, my first was Bracknell last year. As my first winter Farnborough half, I did not know what to expect I knew it was quite straight not a lot of hills and road based no grass running. The only point was parking and worried if I would get there on time for run, but was quick and easy. The course itself was good and well organized and plenty of friendly faces and well sign posted.

I only started running last year doing park runs in Bracknell, a 5k race on inflatable run in Farnborough, then in May Bracknell half marathon which I finished in 2hrs 21mins.

Later in the summer I joined Sandhurst joggers, running Monday nights, Sundays tried Tuesday too and been to Friday night track to gain speed. I have done 2 cross country runs this year and enjoyed it great company from Sandhurst joggers and friendly faces. My latest run half marathon in Farnborough I came in at 1hr 47 mins so improved since May, happy with that!


My friend also told me that the 2.09 event was put together by someone that ran the London marathon in 2.09 wow thought, then saw him that day. My parkruns from when I first started were 30.25 in Bracknell but know its 22.10 happy with my times from running with Sandhurst Joggers, thanks 

LINA JOHNSON

With shoes

I was really looking forward to the Farnborough Half and felt quite good about it as I had trained and recently completed a 14 mile training run with no real issues. The race started off well but at mile 5 my trainers started to rub the arches of both feet. It meant that I had to run walk and by mile 10, it just got even worse so, with over a mile to go, I took off my shoes and ran in just my socks. It was such a relief to take off the shoes, in fact, it was actually more comfortable just being in socks!!!!

What a trooper 🙂

I hadn’t run this race before but I enjoyed the route and it was very well organised. What I enjoyed the most was the camaraderie and encouragement from so many amazing SJs not only those that were in the crowds but also those running the course themselves.

ANDREW BROOKS

I was pleased to see that the organisers had reverted back to a course that follows some sort of loop as I didn’t enjoy last years out and back route at all (or maybe it was the cold wind I didn’t enjoy last year!). My race plan was to sit at the back of the 01:30 pacing group and just see how I felt. This plan fell apart when I attempted to line up in the starting pen and discovered that everyone else had already lined up and there was no way to make my way through to the pacing group.

After 11km I had finally caught the 01:30 pacing group and eventually finished with a time of 01:29 – target achieved. Overall, I don’t find Farnborough the most inspiring half marathon route but being one of the first half’s of the year it’s always on my race calendar.

ALISON WINDERS

I’d never run Farnborough Half but I’ve run several half’s before.

I’d said I’d run with Ellie as she’s not run a half before so I wasn’t worried about a PB.

The start was great the bag drops were easy. Everything was close together.  Loo queues weren’t too bad. 

I enjoyed the course. The roads at the beginning were wide and there were no bottlenecks. I liked the variety of the course, road, airfield, country roads, Queens parade, then a golf course.

Good finish with lots of support and fantastic goodie bags.

I’d recommend the run and would do it again.

Negatives

We queued for ages for the car park pay and display machine. It would have been helpful if Rushmoor could have had someone to help.

We were lucky that the weather was mild, I understand that it can be very cold. 

Ellie and Alison having a bit of a party!

ELLIE WATSON       

Loved Farnborough Half’s event I would class it as my first half as several years ago I was due to run Reading however it was cancelled due to snow (I still ran it on my own slowly round Virginia water) . This year I felt more compelled to take on the challenge, partly because I have a place for London marathon but also because i have been training and running as much as I could through winter which I certainly didn’t do in preparation for my last.

I have been running with Sandhurst since May and I would have to say my running has improved so much since, considering a year ago I would class a  ‘long run’ , as a mile down the road and back to now when I am running 3,4 times a week at 6 to 7 miles and longer runs at the weekend I have come a long way in the space of a year and I certainly would not have predicted that I would be attempting to run a half marathon in just over 2 hours.

I would like to thank everyone in the club for being so supportive as I am thrilled to have a achieved my first ‘real’ half marathon and a special shout out to Alison Winders who was my amazing partner and pulled me through it even when I was whinging at mile 5! The event itself was well run, and I thought the medal was the best I’ve received yet was definitely well worth the struggle! And I am now considering entering another! 

JIM LAIDLAW

The warmest winter half so far, a very enjoyable run. The route was very free flowing without any major hills to tackle and was a fantastic start to the new year.


The change in the route this year meant a lot more support around the 8-9 mile marks just when you needed that little boost to remind you that there isn’t far to go to finish.


Looking forward to next year’s event

Jim did fail to mention himself that he beat his previous PB by 46 secs to finish in 1:28:01 probably helped by some gravity defying moments such as

JIM HAFFEY

I parked in my normal car park for work @ Rushmoor Council and then it was a short walk to The Hub to collect my race pack where there was quite a good buzz in the start area made even better as more Sandhurst Joggers turned up. The start line had the pacers lined up to give you an idea where to start, I was looking at the sub 2:15 but Dave Bartlett convinced me to get to the sub 2 hour pacer which was a spot-on call!

I enjoyed the variety of the route and I did enjoy the bits through the airport and although not really a fan of “out and backs”, I actually really enjoyed this one as there were so many other runners I knew and was quite fun shouting each other out etc. It also meant that supporters had more opportunities to see more too, thanks Blanche, Sophie and Gareth (and the others I surely missed) for your support!

As for the run, I decided fairly early on to just track the pacer and I was glad I did as when I got to 10 miles or so I was feeling the lack of miles I had (not) done.

Having that visual guide also meant not being a slave to the Garmin and I clung on for dear life to him until the last half mile when I just about went past him and skidded towards the finish line. I got in under 2 hours so was very pleased with that as a starter for the year and was rewarded with a warm pair of gloves, a great medal and nice bit of stuff in the goody bag. Probably off to Alton Sports soon 😊

I will definitely be back next year.

SHARON BURFIELD

I only entered Farnborough half at the last minute, having been persuaded by the lovely Alison Jones!  I ran the first two years of this local event, but missed last year due to illness, so it was nice to be back.

As it was only a training run, I wasn’t worried about running a particular pace or time, and didn’t really feel the race nerves (although I did need a last minute nervous wee – but there was no time due to the huge queues!).

Before long the start was upon us.  Alison and I set off together at a nice steady pace and chatted our way round.  Time seemed to fly by and we were soon at 6 miles, there we discarded gloves and sorted out a bottle malfunction for Alison, and then off we went again.

I don’t normally like the out and back sections, but did enjoy looking out for fellow SJs, and shouting out a hello!  Once heading back the way we came, we were on the home stretch, and it once again seemed to fly!

Before I knew it, we were heading down the home straight where I left Alison for a brief moment and headed for the (slippery) finish!

The goody bag was great, and the gloves came in handy straight away for the walk back to Sarah’s car… 

All in all, a lovely local event, and the weather was kind this year!  No doubt I will be back next year.

Perfect unison!

ALISON JONES

This was my 3rd Farnborough Half Marathon.  I use this half marathon to gauge where my fitness is for the spring marathons coming up.  The route was once again altered, but for the better I felt, especially after the first year when we looped for the first 4 miles just around the start / finish area and I liked the fact that we did not just go out and back along the same roads. 

Also the weather decided to play ball and it ended up a fairly warm day interspersed with a few light spots of rain to cool us down, as opposed to minus temperatures and snow, which we have endured in previous years.

I ran with Sharon Burfield since we are both training for Manchester in early April, another nice aspect was meeting other SJ’s on the looped sections we could all encourage each other.

I was happy with my time of 1.55 and 3rd in my age group, especially since we had another 5 miles to complete, which we duly did feeling comfortable, so looks like we paced it well.

Goody bag was good, with gloves to match the hat and buff we previously received, maybe next year we can expect the matching onesie!

DAVE BARTLETT

Easily accessible with a reasonable start time, what more could you ask for? This was my fourth running of this event and has so much meaning as it was my first ever half marathon. Having never run the same route twice it is always an enjoyable run. Well organised and marshalled it’s a fantastic event which all those looking for a local Half Marathon should do at least once.

Well supported by Sandhurst Joggers you never have the fear of being out there without a friend close by. I’ll be back again next year and every subsequent year until they reach the free shoes for all finishers!

LIZ UJSZASZI-EVANS

This was my second Farnborough Half after running last year for the first time. One bonus this year was that it was quite warm compared to last year!
We live in Farnborough so no issues regarding parking for us as we walked. We got there in plenty of time and met up with lots of lovely SJ’s.

The race was very well organised as always, and the new route was good too. To be honest I found it tough, my head didn’t seem to be in the right space and Nigel had to do a lot of encouraging to keep me going and actually finish it. This was my 6th Half Marathon and in the end my 2nd fastest, so not too bad.

Maybe a PB next year?!

CAROLINE CUTLIFFE

Nice little sprint finish from the “old Irish bird” Caroline!

First half marathon since August 2019 and second time for Farnborough!  

Perfect conditions for running and a great buzz at the start.  I knew they said they changed the course a bit so wasn’t sure what to expect.

The roar of plane engines on the airfield was interesting – at one point, it was as if the aircraft was there waiting for us to board, it was so close.  The first 7 miles felt good and then I got a stitch which stayed with me until the end – all the way along the long straight road at Aldershot to then do a U turn and come all the way back!!!!  Hmm, not my favourite part of the course.

I knew I was ahead for the 2.15 pacer and wanted to stay that way, so had to dig very deep for the last 3/4 miles and so surprised when I finally realised that I had taken 8 minutes off last years time to come in at 2.11.55. 

There’s still life in the old Irish bird yet!!!  Recommend it – especially first timers.

SARAH JONES

I was looking forward to the 5k this year as it was my 2nd one here and I really enjoyed it last year. When I arrived at the start of the race, I met with Tracey and Rowena and then we started. I really enjoyed the course this year, it went through the airfield and the views were nice along with very few inclines so mainly flat!

I then had a good finish at 36 minutes and was able to get a hot drink and slice of cake from the lovely St Peters church (which was free- I had to make sure of this more than once!) and then looked in my goody bag and found some lovely warming gloves which I then used to clap and cheer the SJ half marathon runners across the line.

Overall an enjoyable event, will be doing it next year and who knows I may be doing the half!

ROWENA BOOTHAM

Finishing strong for that PB!

I signed up for the Farnborough 5k to keep myself entertained before cheering the fantastic SJ runners across the line after the half…. and if I’m completely honest because the medal has penguins on it!

However, I really enjoyed the new course and got a cheeky PB out of it.

The course last year went out to Costas and back with a couple of small loops, however this year was more interesting and varied heading out to the airfield

Well done to all the runners – very inspiring!

Firstly, thank-you to all of you who took the time to share your experience with the rest of us, I am sure we all like hearing the different perspectives on it. We all start from different places and turn up with different expectations but hopefully all end up the same. Knackered but proud 🙂

A well organised local event that was well attended by our club and well supported too! Looking forward to 2021 and hope to see lots of club shirts next year too!

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Weekly Run Down – 20th to 26th January

Club announcements

Midweek Events

Saturday Events

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

Now for a while I have been seeing these Facebook & strava posts about Brutal events and Angela Fokker seems to have a passion for them. Waist deep mud and water??? What was the appeal so I just had to find out a little bit more and Angela obliged….

Me and Mark have been doing Brutal runs for about 4 years now , they are natural obstacle course races on trails – going through mud water and usually include a few hills.


We really enjoy them as there is a real camaraderie amongst all the runners- we are usually the oldest there but manage to keep up with the young ones !


The organisation is superb with very supportive Marshall’s . This weekend we did Brutal Bagshot , held on the army test tracks – lots of hills for the first few kilometres followed by waist  deep water and mud! We loved it!

What a finish line!!!


We got our gold medal in 2018 – this is gained by doing 5 of the brutal races in the year.

We are going for gold again this year. The next race is on the 29th February at Bordon – it is one of the muddiest Brutals. https://www.facebook.com/BRUTALrun/videos/168099207861964/UzpfSTUzNDE4OTM2NDoxMDE1ODIyMjk2MDAzOTM2NQ/?q=angela%20ronald%20foker&epa=SEARCH_BOX

Now out of respect for them doing them and appreciation for sharing this with me, I will just have to do one myself….

Frimley Lodge

Bracknell

Rushmoor

California Country Park

Sandhurst Memorial

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

Touring

Sunday events…

Later on this week there will be a more comprehensive write up with our members experiences of this event. It would be sooner but I need a bit of time to recover 😀

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: 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.

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.