Newmarket Joggers took on the Littleport 10K on Sunday 29th July, a favourite local race, which has been organised by Littleport Leisure Centre since around 2009. There is now a brand new Leisure Centre complex on the site, built within the last year, with all the latest facilities including a smart new cafe….well worth a visit. Newmarket Joggers have been supporting this race for many years and this year was no exception. The weather was rather dull with spitting rain and a blustery wind when the race got underway. The course is relatively flat but the first half is up a gradual incline and the wind was predominantly against, so quite tough conditions early on.
Chris Gay (37:10) was first Jogger home, 5th of 259 competitors overall, his best time since his all-time PB of 36:13 gained in the Abington 10K in 2014. Next home were Simon Harris (40:07) and Alex Cairns (41:44). Due to a knee injury and subsequent operation, Alex has unfortunately been out of mainstream running action for Newmarket Joggers for around a year and a half, so it’s good to see him beginning to recover the top form he was showing in 2016, when his PB for 10K was 37:16. Following Alex were Neville Clarke (44:42), Clive Purbrook (48:46), Andrew Taylor (48:53), Chris Aylmer (57:13) and Siane Painter (63:02). In particular, Neville and Clive are clocking excellent times for their 60-64 age category, while new club member Sianie Painter took nearly 8 minutes off her previous best 10K time so is enjoying a big improvement since joining the club.
On the same day, Carol McIntosh (1:55:26) completed the Lee Valley 10 Fest 10 mile race near Waltham Abbey in a very good time for her 65-69 age group. It was her first ever race of that distance, though she is a veteran of a good number of half and full marathons and has good stamina. She has been working on her speed recently with club coach Mick Graham and is gaining more confidence as a result.