It was the Suffolk Winter League Stowmarket XC at Haughley Park on Sunday morning, the third fixture of 6 on the calendar. It was a lovely, bright sunny morning, just above freezing with frost glistening on the grass. There was no wind, and conditions were near ideal, with very little mud on the course. The course distance was estimated from GPS at 5.3 miles, consisting of picturesque paths through woods and along trails. There were about 390 runners competing from the Suffolk running clubs.
As usual in this league, Newmarket Joggers (NJ) were teamed up with Sudbury Joggers (SJ). There were 25 NJs and 11 SJs in the combined team and first male and female finishers for the team were SJs Kieran Hayles (25th overall) and Jackie Hann (233rd) respectively. Official results are not yet out but the first female NJ to finish was Danielle Jones (253rd) in a provisional time of 48:24, which put her in second place in the combined women’s team, ahead of third placed SJ Ruth Cowlin (287th). First NJ and second home for the men’s combined team was Sam Sadler in 37th (35:24), from NJ Jason Bevan (51st) in third.
Other Newmarket Joggers to finish were, for the men: Martyn Taylor 55th, Paul Dockerill 59th, Greg Davis 83rd, Jon Brooker 99th, Jamie Rule 103rd, Henry Hamilton 106th, Mark Hayward 108th, Neville Clarke 149th, Steve Edwards 204th, Clive Purbrook 218th, Jeremy Reader 257th, Malcolm Osbourn 285th, Jim Withers 334th and Chris Aylmer 343rd. For the women: Rebecca Fordham 308th, Belinda Schofield 332nd, Jan Holmes 335th, Sianie Painter 345th, Lisa Jennings 359th, Rebecca Hannah 377th, Carol McIntosh 383rd and Gillian Green (position not yet confirmed). Well done and thank you to all who ran or supported the team. The official results, including times and age group categories, should be out by the middle of next week.
Also on Sunday, up at Snetterton Race Track in Norfolk, it was the 5K and 10K SRT event. 6 Joggers were competing. In the 5K, Grainne Brennan was first Jogger and 2nd woman home of 160 in a time of 19:01, which equalled her best time last year, achieved in the Kevin Henry League. Andrew Taylor (20:49) was first male Jogger and set a new 5K PB by over a minute. Also competing in the 5K were: Adam Maltpress (21:57), Giles Macrow (24:04) and Iain Perry (26:47). Iain has his mojo working again! Maltpress and Macrow additionally competed in the 10K, with times of 47:24 and 58:06 respectively. Interesting that the 10K was won outright by international athlete Helen Davies (33:41) from Ipswich Jaffa, 1st of 815 runners overall. She was first female home in the Great East Run HM last September in Ipswich.