The Newmarket Joggers have been using the last few events as training runs for the Marathons and half marathons that took place this weekend.
Lisa Long travelled to Spain to join 4000 other runners in the Seville Marathon. Lisa then went on to finish the Cambridge half marathon on a very wet day. Caroline McIntosh completed the Mariot Half Trail in 2.40 and then went on to complete the Cambridge Half in just 2.36. Andrew Taylor completed the Tarpley 10 Mile run in 1.24.08. Denys Olefir used his win at the Bury Nowton Park as good training for his Cyprus marathon. Denys beat over 300 other runners on the 5 mile muddy trail in just 31.20. Denys then travelled to sunny Cyprus to finish the Cyprus Marathon in just 2.38.22. Grainne Neary was first female jogger home in the Bury cross country with 4th position in her time of 38.04.
The main event this weekend was the Cambridge Half Marathon on a very wet Sunday morning through the scenic streets of Cambridge. 60 of the Joggers completed the course. Mark Hayward was first Newmarket Jogger home with a PB of 1.19.14. With nearly 7000 participants Marks 69th position was a great achievement. Hot on his heals was jogger Neil Pollard with 1.19.47. Many of the joggers managed to achieve personal bests including, Ursula white who shaved 3 mins off her previous time coming in at 1.29.21. Ruth Eberhardt – 1.43.58, Jo Curtis – 2.04.27, Isabel Vincent – 2.11.32, Pearl Fay – 2.27.37 and Keith Page who took a massive 11 mins from his previous time coming in at 2.28.10. Newmarket Joggers provided 2 pacers for this year’s run. Alex Cairns and Robert Jaina gave up the chance to run for personal bests to run with timing flags to support other runners during the run. Both pacers came in within seconds of their pacing times, a superb achievement.
There are too many runners to mention them all but the Newmarket Joggers certainly took Cambridge by storm last weekend. Well done to all who ran. Excellent dedication on a horrid wet day.