Maisey Snaith chosen to represent GB in U20 European Championships

We are proud to report that 18 year old Maisey Snaith, 2nd claim Newmarket Jogger, is among 69 athletes chosen to represent Great Britain in the U20 European Athletics Championships in Boras, Sweden, July 18-21. She is one of 6 picked for the 4 x 400m women’s relay team. She represents Cambridge & Coleridge as 1st claim but also trains with Joggers’ top coach Mick Graham in Newmarket and has done so from an early age, along with her brother Ben. She has been specialising in 400m running over the past year or so and was runner up in the Senior Girls 400m at the prestigious English Schools’ Championships last year. We’ll be rooting for her in the European Championships.She’s off to university in the United states in August, where there should be excellent training facilities. For more info see link:

Maisey Snaith info

Ekiden: Newmarket Joggers entered 5 teams of 6 runners into the annual Ipswich Jaffa Ekiden Relays held at Woodbridge School on Sunday. The Ekiden format consists of 6 relay legs in the order: 7.2K/5K/10K/5K/10K/5K, making a marathon distance of 42.2K altogether.

The Joggers’ Ekiden camp on Woodbridge School playing fields

The two Joggers’ Female Open teams came home in 4:07:58 and 4:18:36, placing 10th and 12th of 13 in their category, while the Joggers’ Male Open team clocked 2:47:45, finishing 12th of 33 teams. The Male Vet One and Vet Two teams finished in 2:59:24 and 3:25:42 respectively. Greg Davis was going very well in the first 10K for his Male Vet One team but unfortunately had to slow right down due to an injury and eventually retire after 3 laps, so the next man (Marc Drury) did an extra lap in his 5K leg, to make up for the lost distance. As a result, neither of them has a true time or distance for comparison. At first the team was judged as being a lap short and placed last of 11, behind our Male Vet Two team, who were in 10th place. However, the good news is they have now been reinstated in 9th place of 11 teams.

The Ekiden women’s team members, thanks to Jan Holmes

Best individual Joggers’ times in the 5K, 7.2K and 10K legs were, for the women: Orla Dockery 31:17, Sianie Painter 41:20 and Ruth Eberhardt 47:45 and for the men: Jason Bevan 18:46, Sam Sadler 27:42 and Paul Holley 36:53 respectively.

Alice Greenwood completing her 5K leg

Also competing in 5K legs: James Thomson 20:39, Jon Brooker 20:53, Neville Clarke 21:25, Joe Cormack 24:51, Malcolm Osbourn 25:47, Dominic Doe 26:22, Jim Withers 26:35, Rebecca Hannah 31:39, Rachel Allen 35:00, Jenny Osbourn 35:11, Emma Reader 35:26 and Alice Greenwood 37:14. 7.2K: Paul Dockerill 29:45, Jeremy Reader 34:30 and Mandy Davis 45:49. 10K: Chris Gay 37:50, Mark Hayward 37:52, Neil Williamson 45:31, Brian Munns 46:53, Hannah Parsons 51:08, Jan Holmes 56:48 and Meera Mahadevan 57:33.

Paul Holley flying round his 10K leg in 36:53

Wibbly Wobbly: On Friday, 8 Joggers took part in the popular 5 mile Wibbly Wobbly Log Jog at High Lodge near Brandon, which is a winding trail run through Thetford Forest. Jon Brooker was first Jogger home in 38:53, finishing 3rd of 25 in MV50. Jan Holmes was first female Jogger and did well to finish 1st of 8 in her FV55 category in a time of 51:39.  Clive Purbrook 44:40 (1st of 8 in MV60) and Jim Withers 49:00 (2nd MV60) both put in notable age group performances. Others also competing well were Brian Munns 44:00, Sarah Kinston 60:19, Caroline Mcintosh 62:19 and Emma Reader 65:45.

Kevin Henry: On Thursday it was the 4th of 6  Kevin Henry 5K league fixtures at Carver Barracks near Saffron Walden, in which Newmarket Joggers competes against 5 other local running clubs. It was a more or less flat, super-fast course over former RAF wartime airfield runways and service roads.  37 Joggers competed in all, with the top 5 male finishers: Chris Gay (17:13), 10th of 192 men overall, Paul Holley (17:25) 19th, Mark Hayward (17:52) 24th, Simon Harris (18:41) 35th and Sam Sadler (18:45) 36th. The top 5 female Joggers were: Ruth Eberhardt (23:07) 33rd of 178 women overall, Ellie Bithell (23:28) 38th, Claire Acklam (24:12) 43rd, Pauline Green (24:49) 50th and Sianie Painter (28:27) 81st.

It was a new PB for Ellie Bithell who moves up from Silver to Gold club standard and also a PB for Claire Acklam who is already in Platinum standard and placed second in the table. Pauline Green recorded a year best 5K time and moves up from Gold to Platinum standard, which she also attained in 2018.  Among many excellent performances for the other Joggers, Caroline Mcintosh (29:44) put in a huge effort to go below 30 minutes for the first time and there were year best or PB times for Angela Barnes (28:29), Daphne Hurley (33:15) and Sharon Woodroofe (33:16). For the men, Marc Drury (20:06), Jeremy Reader (23:18), Jim Withers (25:27) and Alan Thornhill (29:29) all achieved year best 5K times.

Also competing were, for the women: Sara Brown (28:53), Sarah Kinston (29:52), Orla Dockery (30:56), Rebecca Hannah (31:01), Rachel Allen (36:14) and Jenny Osbourn (36:23). For the men: Jason Bevan (18:49), Henry Hamilton-Gould (19:23), James Thomson (20:02), Jon Brooker (20:24), Neville Clarke (21:06), James Tweed (21:15), Jonathan Ollington (22:39), Craig Ladley (23:06), Giles Macrow (24:25),  Joe Cormack (25:40), Malcolm Osbourn (26:25), Chris Aylmer (27:47) and Rob Kingsley (37:00).

In the league tables, the Joggers are =5th in the men’s competition, 6th in the women’s competition and 6th in the combined results. So basically =last, last and last! Our main problem is a low turnout compared with most of the other clubs. Remember that every runner outside the top 5 men or women in each club picks up one valuable point. We managed just 37 runners compared with 48 from C&C, 58 from Ely, 89 from Haverhill and an incredible 113 from the hosts Saffron Striders, who no doubt had a three-line whip in operation! No wonder there seemed to be Striders everywhere! In this fixture they came top of the women’s table and fourth in the men’s as a result of this massive increase in attendance, whereas they are more usually bottom or near bottom with a similar turnout to ourselves. Full respect for the motivation and tactical prowess of the Striders’ team in their home fixture.