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:-


For those of you who frequent the local Cambridge – Milton park run, or have long felt a visit was overdue – a date for diary 30/9/17

We have just received news of an exciting parkrun community initiative, designed to promote both parkrun and local running clubs. More news to follow, on the opportunity to run, volunteer and bang the drum for the Joggers !

Newmarket Joggers parkrun report for 17/09/17

There were some quite soggy, muddy parkruns this week after all the rain over the previous few days. Up at Thetford, an alternative route is used in very wet conditions, avoiding the stretch along the lower edge of the meadow near the river, which can get waterlogged. This week it was actually tents and cars parked on the meadow which were the main consideration for the change of route…hopefully not a permanent fixture! David Smith (24:37) put in another consistent run over the altered course and finished an impressive 1/6 in the 25-29 age category.
Not far away at Brandon, new (I think!) NJ member Iain Perry (26:05) was competing in his 41st parkrun and did very well on this tough course to finish just 8 seconds outside his all-time parkrun PB of 25:57 and 4/9 in his age group. At least Brandon is fairly immune to rainfall with its sandy, well-drained soil and when it rains you get some shelter in the woods.

Victoria Elton (27:53) was in exemplary form at Peterborough parkrun, gaining yet another PB and smashing through the 28 minute barrier in no uncertain terms, 5/23 in her 30-34 age group. The 33:02 minute time in her first parkrun in July must seem like a long time ago!

James Thomson (22:02) was the only Jogger in action at Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds. He is rehabilitating after some injury problems, so not at the very top of his form as we know it, but he nevertheless put in a very good effort to finish 2/11 in his 30-34 age group.

Finally, over at Milton Country Park in Cambridge, Jan Holmes (28:03) was in brilliant form to slice another 23 seconds off her all-time parkrun PB and finish 4/27 in her 50-54 age category. That makes 10 PBs in her last 13 parkruns at Cambridge…very well done. Adrian Whittle (24:11), also put in a good effort, though having a slightly easier run than in recent weeks, maybe saving himself for a race. It’s difficult for Adrian to get a PB at Cambridge because his very first run there in 2013 (21:09) remains his best ever time!

Happy running to all!

Newmarket Joggers parkrun report for 09/09/17

The September NJ parkrun tour attracted 6 NJs to Brandon Country Park: Sam Sadler (19:50), James Thomson (20:59), Giles Macrow (22:02), Adrian Whittle (22:50), Brian Munns (23:38) and Jim Withers (26:14). Nice to see Sam back in action in his first parkrun for over a year and for the first time at Brandon. He was in great form, finishing 2/104 overall and 1/5 in his age group. Cycling to and from work in Cambridge has certainly helped to maintain his fitness during a period of injury. James, returning after a short break from parkrun, was not far behind and did very well to finish in 8th overall position and 3/5 in the same age category as Sam. Giles was in top form again and came home just 3 seconds behind James, finishing 10th overall and 2/13 in his age group. Adrian and Brian, also in the same age group as Giles, were close behind in 4th and 5th positions, while Jim did very well on this tough course to put in a good time and finish 2nd in his age group.

Meanwhile, a few miles away in Thetford, Alan Thornhill (29:06) had a very successful day and set a new all-time PB in his 20th parkrun and his 5th at this venue, knocking 14 seconds off his previous best….a just reward for some consistent performances this year despite an Achilles injury gained in the Kevin Henry 5K at Cambridge in August. David Smith (24:43) had a slightly more relaxed run at Thetford by his standards, still putting in a good time on this course, where the grass was quite soggy in the meadow by the river.

Unusually, the two nearest parkruns of Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds saw just on Jogger each. Ruth Eberhardt (27:12) put in an easier run at Bury (for her!), which appears to be in keeping with her current emphasis on longer training runs at a steady, slower tempo, possibly with a future half marathon race in mind. She did well to finish 3/12 in her age group, less than a minute behind the first. Jason Beeton (20:31), competing in only his second parkrun this year, put in a very decent run at Cambridge, 10/36 in his age group and recording his best parkrun time since September 2015.

Finally, Helen Wass (24:58) was up in Derbyshire and tried out the Poolsbrook parkrun venue for the first time. She was in great form and finished 2/74 women overall and 1/8 in her age group by over a minute. Poolsbrook parkrun is a 3-lapper, run entirely round the Pools Brook Lake, which is set in the centre of picturesque parkland reclaimed from the contaminated site of a derelict colliery….a transformation indeed!

Don’t forget that it will be the inaugural Clare Castle parkrun on 30th September at Clare Country Park. On the same day, there is also an event planned at Cambridge parkrun, in Milton Country Park, promoting parkrun to the community and offering stalls and publicity for all the running clubs involved, including of course Newmarket Joggers.

Happy running to all.