Dockerill sets new PB in Manchester Marathon

On Sunday, three Newmarket Joggers joined 13,657 others for the first of the big spring marathons, the Asics Greater Manchester Marathon. Paul Dockerill went out at a lively early pace and held on well for a new PB of 3:21:35, beating his previous best by over 2 minutes and finishing 371st of 1,478 in his MV40 age group. Also performing well in the same age group was Simon Harris (3:27:32) in his first recorded marathon to date.  Caroline McIntosh (5:38:44) put in a good effort among a high class turnout in the FV65 age category, with her Berlin Marathon last September remaining her PB race of 5:24:01.

On the same day, conditions were perfect for the popular local off-road Cambourne 10K, in contrast to the soggy mud and puddles of last year. Adam Maltpress led the Joggers home in 43:44, 67th of 705 overall and 19th of 100 in MV40, from Andrew Taylor (46:26), Joe Cormack (49:00), Dave Crowley (52:26) and Chris Aylmer (56:13).

Meanwhile, several Joggers took part in the Haverhill Running Festival. In the challenging, hilly HaverHalf (13.1m), Craig Ladley was first home in a time of 1:43:37, 19th of 126 overall. Next came Miles Johnson (2:00:06), Lynda McCormack (2:09:13) and Mary Marsh (2:16:12), who all did well in their age categories. Gillian Green (1:12:39) opted for the equally hilly 10K event, finishing  in 1:12:39.

Lisa Jennings competed in the First-Sunday-of-the-Month 5K and 10K event at the Great Barrow Challenge HQ in Barrow, near Bury St Edmunds. She clocked 30:49 in the 5K and then, 30 minutes later, 1:00:48 in the 10K, so did very well to complete the 10K at a quicker pace.

Down on Wimbledon Common, South London, Henry Hamilton-Gould put in a top performance in the Trail Half Marathon. He finished in 1:31:26, 25th of 714 overall and 5th of 71 in his MV35 category, just 2 seconds outside his PB this year, which is commendable in an off-road race.

Henry High-Fiving a Womble on Wimbledon Common