In Bury St Edmunds on Friday evening, eight Newmarket Joggers took part in the fourth of the Friday 5 mile series of six races in a field of 443 runners. Neville Clarke was first Jogger home and maintained his complete dominance of the MV65 age category by finishing 1st of 16 by over 2 minutes, in a time of 35:06. This was his fourth category win in succession and, on his current form, he has every chance of completing the “Grand Slam” of 6 wins out of 6 in the series. Danielle Jones (41:33) was first female Jogger home in her first race of the series and has done well to come back from an injury earlier in the season. Other Joggers running well for the club were Neil Williamson (37:21), Brian Munns (37:42), Jim Withers (43:10), Sianie Painter (46:05), Kate Warboys (49:40) and Caroline Mcintosh (51:57), It was an all-time PB for Mcintosh, who continues to improve her times by sheer grit and determination.
On Sunday, 5 Joggers competed ably in the Steeple Bumpstead 10K near Haverhill, where Brian Munns (49:09) was first to finish for the club in 60th place of 255 runners overall. Then came Craig Ladley (52:38), Miles Johnson (55:39), Jim Withers (59:05) and Mary Marsh (1:07:01). Male and female veteran age categories were restricted to one only: Over 40! Doesn’t seem fair on us old’n’s, but who’s complaining when all net receipts go to very worthwhile local charities.
Meanwhile up in Peterborough, Joe Cormack ran well in the Sublime Midsummer 10K at Ferry Meadows, clocking 51:21 and finishing 177th of 622 overall.
Lisa Jennings competed in the “The Race To The King” Ultra Double Marathon, which was a 53.5 mile run/walk over the South Downs on Saturday and Sunday, with the finish on the steps of Winchester Cathedral, the burial place of the early Kings and Queens of England. Jennings chose the overnight stay option at the halfway point, enjoying all the lovely daylight views of the Downs along the way. She came a very respectable 284th of 446 participants in the overnight group, covering the distance with her husband in a time of 18h:32m, at an average pace of 21 minutes per mile. The route included 5,051ft of climb….higher than Ben Nevis, so no stroll in the park!
Budding triathlete Jan Holmes had a whale of a time in the John West Great East Swim at Alton Water, near Ipswich, on Saturday morning. She completed the one mile open water swim in 39:07, although her GPS activity shows she swam about a mile and a half at 1:30 per 100 yards. Not as easy to measure as a wheel on the road of course.
This coming Saturday 29th June at 9:00am, Newmarket Joggers will be “taking over” Cambridge parkrun at Milton Country Park i.e. club members will take responsibility for organising the event and filling all the volunteer roles. So the club looks forward to a big turnout of parkrunners and an enjoyable atmosphere. Please contact Sarah Kinston on our Facebook page to see if she needs any more volunteer help. If not, do come along and enjoy the parkrun.
It’s still not too late to enter the Marcus Gynn Newmarket 10K, which takes place on Sunday 7th July at 10:00am. You can transfer a place until the 29th June if unable to run. See: https://newmarketjoggers.co.uk/newmarket-10k