There was a big turnout of 45 Joggers on Thursday evening for the 5th of 6 Kevin Henry 5K League races, this one organised by Haverhill RC at Kedington. There was a big hill to climb and the temperature was hovering around 28°C, so little chance for any PBs this time. The Pollards were in the limelight again with Hannah (20:49) and Neil (17:00) first female and male Joggers to finish, Hannah finishing 6th of 142 women and Neil 3rd of 334 runners overall. Other top scoring performers for the Joggers were Rebecca Oettle (21:52), Isabella Soro (22:27), Olivia Carter (23:07) and Ruth Eberhardt (23:48) for the women, and Chris Gay (17:58), Sam Sadler (18:06), Mark Hayward (18:56), Greg Davis (19:40) and Martyn Taylor (19:44) for the men. Due to a commendable turnout of 128 runners by the host club Haverhill, the Joggers have slipped slightly to 4th position overall in the league out of the 6 participating clubs.
Before the senior Kevin Henry 5K race got underway, young Ruby Davis, daughter of club members Greg and Marjie Davis, showed an excellent turn of foot to win the junior girls’ 2K race. Ruby is herself a junior member of Newmarket Joggers and has been training with club coach Mick Graham. She is also a very talented swimmer. The boys’ junior winner was Archie Tweed, not a member of Newmarket Joggers but the son of NJ James Tweed, so a great family day for our club! The junior race was kindly organised by Haverhill RC to celebrate the starting up of their own junior division.
On a sweltering Sunday it was the Run Norwich 10K with a huge field of 5509 runners, attracting 5 Joggers. Tom McCusker was first Jogger home, 143rd overall, in a time of 40:52. Also running well in the heat were Gavin Moody (45:44), Clive Purbrook (50:03), Svitlana Zinchenko (58:55) and Carol Mcintosh (70:53). Carol even managed an all-time official 10K PB!
10K specialist Andrew Taylor had a busy weekend, running a fine race under very hot conditions in the Ipswich Twilight 10K on Friday evening (47:49) and also in the St Neots Riverside Runners 31st Anniversary 10K on Sunday (51:01), with Chris Aylmer (58:47) also competing.
Of particular note at Great Cornard parkrun on Saturday, NJ Daisy Glover (18:13) was first female finisher for the 13th time from 13 parkruns to date, with a huge age grade of 81.24%..13th time not unlucky for Daisy!