parkrun Reports

parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.

They are great for all abilities, from those just starting out, families of all ages to the more elite runner. Many Joggers already take part and volunteer with them on a weekly basis- locally they held in Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds and Brandon. However once registered you can enjoy them anywhere- around the country, in fact around the world!

Newmarket Jogger and keen parkrunner Chris Aylmer has kindly offered to write a weekly report on how the Joggers have got on:-

Newmarket Joggers parkrun report for 17/06/17

17 Joggers turned out for a parkrun in the formidable heat, humidity and glorious sunshine of Saturday morning.

Scanning around the outlying regions, Ruth Eberhardt (23:12) rounded off a nice holiday week of walking and running in and around Whitley Bay and the North Yorkshire Moors with her first visit to Dalby Forest parkrun. She had a great run around this, one-lapper course, along forest roads, trails and gravel paths, finishing 2/96 female runners overall and 1/20 in her age category.

Emily Jeanes (24:46) returned to Gladstone parkrun in North London for the 8th time and did a grand job to finish 1/14 in her age category over this open 2-lap course, which offers very little in the way of shade from the sun.

Paul Dockerell (28:42) and daughter Chloe (28:37) visited Gt Cornard parkrun for the first time, another open course which, although fast and flat, offers almost no relief from the sun’s rays which beat down remorselessly. However, it was 13th parkrun lucky for JW10 Chloe, who managed to post yet another all-time PB, beating her recent run at Bury by 9 seconds and coming first in her age group by over eight minutes.

Meanwhile at Thetford parkrun, Giles Macrow (25:01) sensibly and generously volunteered for a 25 minute pacer spot, doing a perfect job in the process, normally clocking 21-22 minutes at his best these days. He was saving his energy for the Hatfield Forest 10K the next day, where he duly obliged with another impressive 10K PB in the heat, over difficult, but mercifully partially shady, terrain.

Adrian Whittle (23:21) and Kate Warboys (29:24) opted for Brandon Country Park, a course which offers a fair degree of wooded shade but also plenty of exposed sections, including the long, steady uphill slog. Adrian made short work of knocking almost 2 minutes off his course PB, set in his one previous run at a much cooler Brandon three months ago. Kate was only 20 seconds outside her PB in her sixth run here, a good effort under the conditions.

Over at Wimpole Estate, a good number of NJs were evident. Jenny Osbourn (37:20) and Carol McIntosh (37:15) went pretty much stride for stride, with Carol setting a new course PB in her second run here. Jenny has done three consecutive parkruns at Wimpole and is maintaining a steady, consistent pace. Malcolm Osbourn (27:30) had a notably good run despite the hot, humid conditions. He set his 5th PB in succession at this course and was 1/5 in his age group, with over a minute to spare over his nearest rival, so very well done. Mike sales (27:06) and Sarah Sales (29:32) were attempting Wimpole parkrun for the first time and both put in sound efforts. Mike led the Joggers home, despite taking it a little easier than usual under the hot conditions. Sarah judged her run very well, starting slowly and gradually building up confidence as she came strolling past me, refusing to be intimidated by the huge hill at 2K. Cambridge will now seem a lot easier! A highlight of the day at Wimpole was Mike’s and Sarah’s son Jamie finishing in second place out of 488 runners overall, in a time of 18:47, following on from his recent win at Brandon parkrun.

Finally, we finish at Cambridge parkrun. Sarah Kinston (35:02) and Jan Holmes (29:14) put in fine runs, with Sarah achieving her second fastest parkrun time from 8 parkruns to date. Jan did very well to set another all-time PB, 14 seconds quicker than her previous best and 4/21 in her age group, so sub 29s must now be firmly in her sights. Martyn Taylor (23:33)arrived a little late at Milton Country Park….. in time for the run but too rushed to allow a warm up, so he “jogged” the first loop and then put on a bit of a burn up to remove the cobwebs…. 5/36 in his age group in the end and a good training session for Martyn who generally goes sub-19 in a 5K when not running with his sons. Stephen Cousins (22:19) produced his usual top class run, 2/15 in his age group and with an age grade of 71.2%. James Thomson led the Joggers home with a great run, 3/28 in his age group and 24/578 overall.

Well done all!

Newmarket Joggers parkrun report for 10/06/17

It was a glorious summer’s morning for the NJ parkrun tour to Wimpole Estate on Sat 10th June and 7 Joggers made the trip. This is a tough parkrun, run mostly over fairly uneven and undulating paths through grazing farmland, with a substantial hill at 2K reaching around 9% incline. Sheep droppings and cowpats are an added hazard! Giles Macrow (22:14) showed the way home with another great effort, only 23 seconds short of his all-time PB set last week at Mulbarton. Held back by a year or two of niggling injuries, Malcolm Osbourn (27:42) continued to impress with his fourth successive PB at this course, earning himself first place in his age group by some four and a half minutes. He made short work of the big hill climb and his true form is certainly re-emerging as 2017 unfolds. Jan Holmes (31:18) and Sarah Kinston (36:59) both put in sound efforts. Wimpole parkrun can easily add a minute or two to your time when compared with our more local Cambridge venue, especially for those unfamiliar with the course. It requires some hill effort training to improve! Jenny Osbourn (37:37) and Carol McIntosh (37:37) came in together, benefiting from mutual encouragement. Jenny was not far from her best at this course (36:03) which she has completed on 6 occasions, while it was a first timer for Carol.

A quick dash up the east coast, where Ruth Eberhardt (23:32) was running at Whitley Bay parkrun with her brother Colin (19:47). By a coincidence, they finished 5th woman and 5th man overall with Ruth 3/16 in her age group and her brother 1/25, so running is definitely in the family genes. Ruth also knocked 5 seconds off her PB at this course, which was quite an achievement considering that the course was significantly longer than 5K due to a temporary, unavoidable course diversion.

Back at Milton Country Park in Cambridge, Mark Hayward (18:29) was full-on triathlete for the day, with a swim in Todd’s Pit at 7:40am, followed by a parkrun and then a 46km road cycle ride in the afternoon. He couldn’t be putting any more effort and motivation into his training. He performed with aplomb in the parkrun, finishing 13/509 runners overall and 1/34 in his age group, with an age grade of 71.3%. Stephen Cousins (22:22) was also in peak form, finishing 2/11 in his age group with an age grade of 71.0%. Martyn Taylor (24:03) ran with son Austin (24:02), pacing his son to finish a very creditable 2/19 in his JM11-14 age group.

Last, but certainly not least, we wind up at Brandon Country Park where Neil Pollard (18:01) was in brilliant form in his first ever parkrun. He led the field a merry dance, finishing nearly a minute ahead of the second runner home and first in his age group by over 2 minutes, earning an age grade of 75.2% in the process. That’s the best finishing time at Brandon parkrun since last February! It was almost a Pollard double…..Hannah Pollard (21:16), in only her second parkrun, pulled out all the stops and came so close to being first woman home, 2/97 female finishers and pipped just 3 seconds by the redoubtable Maureen McCarthy (VW55-59, age grade 84.2%), who just happened to drop into Brandon for her first parkrun here, normally used to taking scalps at Bury St Edmunds. Hannah achieved 70.5% age grade and was 1/13 in her age group by over 3 minutes so very well done. We hope Neil and Hannah can run lots more parkruns for the Joggers! James Thomson (19:53) also enjoyed a top class run and did very well to finish 6/212 overall and 1/11 in his age group. Kate Warboys (29:31) ran well in the hot, humid conditions and was only 17 seconds outside her PB at Brandon.

Well done to all!