On Sunday, the Flaming June Half Marathon at Histon certainly lived up to its name, with the sun beaming down and temperatures up to 23°C in the shade. There was a 15mph breeze, which would have evaporated sweat quickly to help cool the body, but would also have accelerated the loss of fluids and electrolytes, which may have been the main problem. Four Joggers competed in this race and all found it very difficult in the conditions, with Chris Gay unfortunately needing to pull out after 10 miles.
Sam Sadler (1:32:42) fared the best of the Joggers and managed to finish a very creditable 17th of 465 runners overall. Even so, his time was some 8 minutes adrift of his Cambridge Half Marathon result earlier this year in the cool weather of March. Next to finish were Adam Maltpress (1:56:57) and Tracey Bolden (2:42:23), whose times in the same Cambridge Half Marathon were 1:38:02 and 2:16:56, illustrating again the overriding effect of the weather on performance. Emma Reader (1:15:47) perhaps wisely chose to run in the Quarter Marathon race and achieved her best age graded performance so far this year.
Meanwhile, two of Newmarket Joggers’ top veteran athletes were in action in the Run Bedford 10K and both put in outstanding performances. Paul Holley clocked 37:08, finishing 25th of 948 overall and 1st of 132 (by 10 sec) in the MV50-59 age category. Greg Davis (40:26) was close behind, finishing 5th in the same age category and would likely have been top of an MV55-59 age group had there been one in this event, which would normally be expected in a race of this size.
On Friday evening, five Joggers took part in the first of the Friday 5 (mile) series of races, which took place in the village of Kirton near Felixstowe. Neville Clarke (35:04) was in top form and won the trophy for finishing 1st of 7 in his MV65 age group. Also putting in spirited efforts were Kate Warboys (51:48), Neil Williamson (36:25), Jim Withers (43:34), and Chris Aylmer (45:26). There are five more races to come in the series, every Friday evening until the first week in July, with the next at Framlingham on 7th June.
Jan Holmes competed in her second triathlon, the Culford Sprint Triathlon on Sunday, which comprised 300m swim, 21km bike and 4km run at Culford School. On this occasion she actually got some times published after problems with the timing system in the Newmarket Triathlon a few weeks ago. Jan finished 8th of 10 in her FV55 age group. However, she was 1st in the 4km run stage, coming home in 20:46 and also 3rd in the swim stage, so plenty to be encouraged by.
Interesting that the ROC24 event was also happening over the same weekend at Culford School, in which entrants had to run as many 4-mile laps of the school grounds as they could in 24 hours, from 10:00am Saturday to 10:00am Sunday, either solo or in relay teams. Former Jogger and staunch ultra runner Martyn Taylor came top of the 46 solo runners, with 28 laps and 112 miles to his name. The best of luck to him in his ultra running career!