Top performance by Jamie Sales in Heath Race

Last Thursday, 155 runners competed in the annual Newmarket Heath Race (incorporating the Stable & Stud Challenge), which took place in the training grounds between Bury Road and Moulton Road. It is a challenging route, estimated at 5.4K, going through woods and climbing Long Hill before the gradual descent from Bury Hill to the finish. Rossdales were the winners of the Stable & Stud Challenge, which comprised mixed teams of three, including at least one female runner in each team. Individual winners of the race were, for the men: Jack Stamp (18:34) of IRT (International Racehorse Transport) Runners and for the women: Katie King (22:48) of St Edmund Pacers.

31 Newmarket Joggers competed individually and in age categories. Jamie Sales (19:11) had an outstanding run, finishing 1st in the MU21 category and 4th of 155 overall. Next came new member Robert Spencer (20:51) 11th and Sam Sadler (21:03) 12th. First female Jogger home was Isabella Soro (23:27), 3rd of 61 female runners overall. She will shortly be returning to Italy after a fine spell with the club. Fast improving Hannah Parsons (25:14) was 2nd female Jogger and 9th female overall, finishing 1st in the FV40 category. Olivia Carter (25:40) was 3rd female Jogger and 11th female overall. Other notable performances in the age categories were from new members Nick Acklam (24:31) 2nd MV55, Claire Acklam (28:06) 3rd FV55 and 16-year-old Alex Swarbrick (21:46) 2nd MU21.

A surreal view from the start of the Newmarket Heath Race, by James Thomson. The looming clouds threatened but the weather stayed fine.

Other Joggers to finish the Heath Race were as follows: James Thomson (21:51), Henry Hamilton (21:54), Stuart Sowerby (22:26), Jamie Rule (22:30), Jason Bevan (22:37), Richard Wilkinson (23:10), James Tweed (23:44), Jonathan Ollington (23:58), Andrew Taylor (24:26), Craig Ladley (24:28), Richard Groom (25:20), Ellie Bithell (25:43), Alan Shand (27:06), Dave Crowley (28:09), Jill Bryan (28:26), Baz Colley (28:41), Stephanie Greenwood (30:18), Sianie Painter (30:43), Clodie Rolph (32:28), Rachel Allen (37:47), Jason Singh (43:03) and Alison Greenwood (43:56). Well done to all and thanks to the team of Newmarket Joggers who organised, helped and marshalled at this event, led by Jan Holmes.

The Junior Joggers’ results in the Newmarket Heath ~1.5K race were as follows: U15 Girls: Tianna Brooker (8:34) 2nd of 3. U15 Boys: Jake Garratt (6:41) 1st of 2, Tom Wilson (7:38) 2nd. U13 Girls: Cerys Bithell (8:09) 1st of 14, Eadie Brooker (8:14) 2nd, Tilly Maxwell (8:25) 3rd, Bessy Knibbs (8:50) 4th, Amy Hodgson (8:59) 5th, Laura Davey (9:28) 8th. U13 Boys: Joseph Cocks (8:51) 2nd of 6, Joshua Cocks (9:05) 3rd, Dylan Arnold (10:09) 5th. U11 Girls: Lilly Basing (10:53) 2nd of 9, Summer Clark (11:13) 4th, Victoria Maciel (11:52) 6th. U11 Boys: Harvey Thomas (8:58) 4th of 16, James Garratt (9:18) 7th, Tyson Maciel (10:00) 10th, Charlie Corbett (10:13) 12th, Dylan Jones (12:12) 16th. U8 Girls: Isobel Basing (15:17) 5th of 7. U8 Boys: Alexander Walker (10:19) 2nd of 6, Alexander Balmer (10:22) 3rd, Alfie Norman (10:27) 4th. Well done to all those taking part.

Rounding up the Weekend News. On Sunday, Iain Perry (53:32) performed well in the Fen Drayton 10K, a lovely course around lakes in the nature reserve. On the same day, Adam Maltpress clocked 20:00 and came 165th of 2,055 overall in the Milton Keynes MK Rocket 5K, which was an all-time PB for him according to our records. This must be one of the biggest 5K races in the UK. The very next day, May Day Monday, Maltpress also ran in the MK Half Marathon event, clocking 1:44:08 and finishing 387th in a total field of 2,589. He was obviously keen to get two of the very attractive MK medals (see photo below) towards his quest for 40 race medals while aged 40! Among 1,838 runners in the MK Marathon, Chris Aylmer (4:49:23) achieved a PB by 10 minutes in his 6th marathon race to date, in weather which was ideal for marathon running at around 10-11°C, with hazy cloud and a cool, gentle breeze.

The MK medal design

At Croxton, near Thetford, the Breckland 10K attracted 3 Joggers: Paul Dockerill (39:18), Clive Purbrook (48:12) and Alan Thornhill (1:01:56). It was an all time PB for Dockerill by 12 seconds and the best 10K time this year by Purbrook. Down in Essex, 16-year-old Alex Swarbrick (42:11) and MV65 Miles Johnson (time?) put in good efforts in the Ashdon 10K. There is an error in Johnson’s chip time, which has been given as two minutes faster than the winner’s time, but a correction will no doubt be forthcoming. Also in Essex, it was the Witham May Day 10 mile race on Monday. Henry Hamilton-Gould (1:05:18) put in a top effort and achieved a PB by 2 minutes, finishing 21st of 236 overall. See photo below:

Henry Hamilton-Gould achieves PB by 2 minutes in Witham May Day 10

Finally, on Sunday it was the First-Sunday-of-the-Month 5K and 10K races at the Great Barrow Challenge HQ in the village of Barrow, near Bury St Edmunds. Joe Cormack was able to run in both races, as the 10K starts an hour after the 5K. He clocked 23:54 in the 5K and 50:21 in the 10K, finishing 4th of 19 and 4th of 13 respectively. These times were close to his best this year.