Great Team Effort by Joggers in London Marathon

Thirteen Newmarket Joggers were among the 42,000 who took to the streets for the 39th running of the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday, where conditions were near ideal at about 14°C with hazy cloud cover and a cooling breeze. See write up in East Anglian Daily Times. Lots of mentions for Joggers:

EADT London Marathon Report

Chris Gay was first Jogger home and 424th of 42,423 overall, with an impressive new PB of 2:40:07, taking 8 minutes off his previous best time in Edinburgh last year. It was also a PB for both Neil Pollard (2:44:41) and Mark Hayward (2:49:21), 2nd and 3rd Joggers home, with Pollard 143rd of 4,138 in the MV40 category. It was a brave run by Neil, who sustained a calf injury a few weeks before the race, which badly interrupted his training. Grainne Brennan was 1st female Jogger to finish and 279th of 17,724 female runners overall, putting in a superb PB effort of 3:10:14. Brennan’s performance (less than 3:15 for women) and those of Gay and Pollard (less than 2:45 for men) entitle them to “championship status”, which means they get the honour of beginning right behind the elite runners in next year’s London Marathon. Hayward’s sub 3 hour performance earned him the right to apply for “good for age” entry next year, which is currently the case for all men below 3 hours and all women below 3:45, meaning they probably won’t have to enter the ballot for 2020.

Above left: Ruth Eberhardt at the finish. Above right: Mark Hayward in action

Robin Clifford (3:04:41) was in great form, finishing 170th of 2,535 in the MV50 category and will likely be entitled to good for age entry next year too (less than 3:15 this year for MV50). In the FV45 category, seasoned marathon runner Sarah Boneham (3:50:12) and first-timer Ruth Eberhardt (3:57:34) didn’t put a foot wrong, controlling their pace faultlessly, to be 2nd and 3rd female Joggers home. Boneham’s time (less than 3:53 this year for FV45) will likely qualify her for good for age entry next year. Other Joggers also doing the club proud were: Jeremy Reader MV45 (4:23:08), Giles Macrow MV50 (4:30:47), Francesca Laughton FS (4:45:15) and Sarah Last FV45 (6:10:44), as well as former members Nik Chapman MV45 (4:12:13) and Ian Woodroffe MV70 (5:08:03) who trained with us until recently.

Meanwhile, the Childerley Estate Hoohaah 10K took place at Dry Drayton, attracting 11 Newmarket Joggers. Adam Maltpress was first Jogger to finish in 46:38, closely followed by Andrew Taylor (46:57). Hannah Parsons was 3rd Jogger overall and first female club member to finish, setting a new 10K PB of 48:04 and coming 4th of 142 in her FV40 age category, especially impressive on this undulating off-road terrain. Other Joggers to finish were Clive Purbrook (49:39), 4th of 19 in MV60, Jill O’Grady (55:10), Jan Holmes (55:35), 10th of 75 in FV50, Sianie Painter (58:25), Orla Dockery (1:08:32), Sarah Kinston (1:09:05), Alexia Smithson (1:11:14) and Rachel Allen (1:16:53).