The Dereham 10 attracted seven Newmarket Joggers on Sunday. Paul Dockerill is currently in top form and was first Jogger home, just 4 seconds outside his all-time PB in a time of 1:06:43. This put him 56th of 516 overall and 8th of 39 in MV40. Next came top veteran Neville Clarke (1:11:39) 3rd of 16 in MV65+, his best time since 2017, followed by Brian Munns (1:19:00), Clive Purbrook (1:25:23), Danielle Jones (1:28:11), Jim Withers (1:35:44), and Caroline McIntosh (1:56:49).
Meanwhile, another five Joggers took on the Bury to Clare 18 mile Challenge in the beautiful spring sunshine, starting at Nowton Park and finishing in Clare Castle Country Park, mostly over scenic footpaths and trails. Henry Hamilton-Gould was in the vanguard, finishing 6th of 205 runners overall in a time of 2:20:05. Next came Sarah Boneham (3:00:04), 15th of 119 female runners, followed by Ruth Eberhardt (3:28:36), Sianie Painter (3:31:53) and Lisa Jennings (4:13:53).
Last Thursday evening, at the Witchford former wartime airfield near Ely, it was the 2nd event of the Kevin Henry 5K League, in which Newmarket Joggers competes against other local running clubs. Conditions were difficult, with mud, puddles, potholes and uneven concrete and gravel paths to negotiate. Unfortunately, James Thomson had a nasty fall early in the race and broke a finger as well as his glasses. Two Joggers kindly stopped to give assistance and we all wish James a speedy recovery.
26 female and 33 male Joggers completed the race. The first 5 women and 5 men in each club earned points according to their overall position within their gender. Runners outside the top 5 all earned one point for their club. First female Jogger to finish was Isabella Soro (21:14), 11th of 165 female runners overall, with top veteran Elke Hausler (21:56) close behind in 17th. Then came the fast-improving Hannah Parsons (22:20, 22nd), Olivia Carter (23:22, 31st) and Ellie Bithell (24:13, 41st). Chris Gay was first male Jogger home in 17:40, 11th of 237 male runners overall, from top veteran Paul Holley (18:00, 20th), the latter having recently returned from a long work stint in Dubai. Next came Mark Hayward (18:12, 28th), Simon Harris (18:50, 37th) and Sam Sadler (19:09, 44th). Newmarket Joggers now stands 5th of 6 in the table after two events, with Cambridge & Coleridge in the lead from Ely Runners in the combined team events.
Other Joggers to finish the Kevin Henry 5K were as follows, for the women: Danielle Jones (24:27), Ruth Eberhardt (24:30), Claire Acklam (25:14), Jill O’Grady (25:49), Rebecca Fordham (26:40), Jan Holmes (26:46), Pauline Green (27:04), Zoe Dickson (27:11), Sarah Sales (27:16), Helen Wass (27:44), Sianie Painter (28:23), Lisa Johnson (28:27), Sara Brown (28:52), Angela Barnes (29:23), Kate Warboys (31:35), Carol McIntosh (32:03), Orla Dockery (32:19), Sarah Kinston (32:23), Rebecca Hannah (33:21), Rachel Allen (34:55), Alice Greenwood (38:56), and for the men: Henry Hamilton-Gould (19:20), Greg Davis (19:26), Chris Howell (19:58), Jason Bevan (20:18), Marc Drury (20:25), Stuart Sowerby (20:27), Richard Wilkinson (20:48), Wayne Hogg (20:49), James Tweed (21:26), Jonathan Ollington (21:39), Neville Clarke (21:42), Adam Maltpress (21:47), Craig Ladley (22:11), Joe Cormack (23:11), Richard Groom (23:27), Clive Purbrook (23:43), Jeremy Reader (23:50), Brian Munns (24:16), Mike Sales (25:27), Dominic Doe (25:29), Alan Shand (25:50), Jim Withers (26:37), Malcolm Osbourn (27:04), Rob Kingsley (27:28), Giles Macrow (27:37), Chris Aylmer (29:06) and Alan Thornhill (30:41).
Jan Holmes and Richard Wilkinson both enjoyed taking part in their first ever triathlon at the Newmarket Spring Triathlon & Duathlon event, which started and finished at Newmarket Leisure Centre on Sunday. It was a Super Sprint triathlon event, comprising 300m Swim, 22K Bike and 4K Run. At the same event, Richard Jones competed in the Duathlon, consisting of 5K Run, 22K Bike and 4K Run. There were major problems with the chip timing service provided by an outside company and unfortunately the results have had to be declared null and void for this year’s event. The organizing team has offered its sincere apologies and there will be a partial refund of entry fees.