The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Half Marathon attracted over 4,000 runners to East London on Sunday. The promised rain fortunately failed to materialise. It was a twisting, turning route covering nearly every inch of the royal park. Paul Dockerill (1:27:46) and Troi Baxter (1:44:59) were first Joggers home. It was another fine PB for Dockerill, who has improved his half marathon time every year since 2015. He finished 13th of 317 in his MV40 age group and 118th of 4,047 runners overall. Baxter (24) was running her first race for Newmarket Joggers and finished 167th out of 1,740 female runners, so a great start to her club career. Other Joggers competing were Lisa Winnington (2:18:38), Caroline McIntosh (2:28:14) and Gillian Green (2:44:00), with McIntosh finishing 3rd in her FV65 age bracket.
Also on Sunday, in Hertfordshire, it was the Love Welwyn Garden City 10K race. Despite the rainswept conditions, Jogger Henry Hamilton-Gould (41:50) achieved a course PB by 5 seconds and finished 25th of 388 runners overall, which moved him up to Gold standard in the club performance table for 2019.
Below in the blue shorts: Henry at Love Welwyn 10K
The next Suffolk Winter XC League fixture takes place at Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds this Sunday. The testing, undulating, 2-lap course is approximately 5.5 miles (8.9K) in length and has a nice downhill finish. Spikes work well on this course. We are still waiting for the results of the previous cross country at Haughley Park on January 20th. Hopefully they will be out soon and allow an update of the Joggers’ Grand Prix tables.