The Grantchester 10K, a lovely route along by the River Cam, was an enjoyable outing for six Newmarket Joggers on Sunday. Every one of them achieved a season’s best 10K time, with fast-improving Meera Mahadevan coming 2nd of 42 in her FV40-49 age category and clocking 51:09, her best 10K time for some years. The other successful Joggers to finish were: Daryl Moran (48:52), Ellie Bithell (52:52), Miles Johnson (53:26), Jan Holmes (57:58) and Mary Marsh (1:02:02).
Neville Clarke (1:36:23) and Richard Jones (1:39:23) put in tremendous efforts in the rescheduled Stowmarket Half Marathon on Sunday, which was cancelled in March due to the freezing weather and icy roads. Clarke was 2nd of 9 in his MV60-64 age category beaten by less than a minute, while Jones came third of 14 in his MV55-59 category. It was Clarke’s best half marathon time since 2014, and a 2018 best time for Jones, who ran the Cambridge Half Marathon earlier this year in 1:40:16.
In the scenic Bure Valley 10, up near Cromer in Norfolk, Jon Brooker achieved an all-time PB of 1:09:29 and won third place trophy in his age group of MV50-54, while new club member Sianie Painter did well in her first ever 10 mile race to finish in 1:42:34. Clive Purbrook (1:20:32) and Chris Aylmer (1:30:44) also ran close to their best in ideal sunny, cool, clear, weather conditions. Paul Evans, 10,000m Olympian in 1992/1996 and Chicago Marathon winner in 1996 (2:08:52), presented the prizes. In the past we have been fortunate to attend his training sessions at Newmarket Joggers. The organisation of the race and the selection of homemade cakes was second to none!
Andrew Taylor (48:54) and Gillian Green (1:17:46) put in good efforts in the Charles Burrell 10K Trail Run in Thetford, right on the fringe of Thetford Forest. Times are provisional as official results are not yet available. The two Joggers recorded distances on GPS of 10.3 and 10.4K which seems unusually long, although GPS is of course not 100% reliable and measurements are accepted to be approximate in off-road runs. This was a charity fund raising event for the Charles Burrell Centre in Thetford, supporting the community and small local businesses.
On Saturday, up in the Peak District in Derbyshire, Iain Perry enjoyed a relaxing run in the Tissington Half Marathon, which follows a picturesque route along a disused railway line from Parsley Hay, through Tissington to near Ashbourne. He did well to clock 2:19:10, not having trained specifically for this event.