Neville Clarke takes age group trophy in Great Yarmouth Half; Elke Hausler takes bronze in British Masters 5000m in Birmingham

Neville Clarke was bang in form on Sunday in the Great Yarmouth Half Marathon. He clocked 1:45:13, coming home 92nd of 307 overall and 1st of 7 in his MV65 age group by over 7 minutes. This was despite a strong SW wind of around 25mph gusting to 40mph, which made conditions extremely difficult and any PBs near impossible. This has been a very successful season for Clarke, who just recently clocked his best 10K time for 6 years at Littleport.

Neville Clarke in action in the Ekiden Relays in July at Woodbridge School. Photo: Chris Aylmer

Elke Hausler put in a great performance in the British Masters Track & Field Championships at Birmingham on Sunday. She took the bronze medal in the 5000m W55 age group in a time of 21:45.23, against the winning time of 20:41.89. This is despite her recent Achilles injury problem which has badly hampered her training over the last few months. Elke’s 5000m track PB stands at 21:27.32, attained in 2017, but interestingly she clocked 21:02 in both a Kevin Henry 5K and in a parkrun in April this year before her injury problem started, suggesting she still has scope to improve on her best track time when fully fit. Her time at Birmingham works out at an impressive 81.3% age grade.

Elke Hausler takes bronze in W55 5000m in Birmingham. Photo: Elke Hausler

ROUND NORFOLK RELAY: The club is gearing up for the Round Norfolk Relay on Sat/Sun, 14th/15th September. About 60 local running club teams will be competing in the event, which starts at King’s Lynn on Saturday morning and goes on a clockwise circular route around the Norfolk coast and then inland, roughly following the county border back to King’s Lynn. There will be 17 runners for the 17 stages, varying from 5.49 miles to 19.67 miles and the relay will go on all through Saturday night until Sunday morning. It is not a race as such; more of a time trial. Teams will have a time-staggered start according to their estimated finishing times, with the fastest teams starting the latest. If all goes to plan, all teams should finish at around the same time on Sunday morning.

It will involve a huge logistical and team effort by Newmarket Joggers, both from the vital support team and from the runners. All runners on the road will need a hi-viz cyclist from our club to follow them during the daylight hours. During the dark hours, an accompanying club van with a flashing beacon light will be required. This van will form the operations HQ, with first aid, refreshments and water. All runners will need to be in phone contact with HQ at every stage, especially those on the off-road beach and trail sections.

Our club entered this event last year and it was a big success in terms of team spirit and enjoyment. Jim Withers is leading the support team again this year with loyal help from Kate Warboys, Brian Munns, Jeremy Reader, Emma Reader and Danielle Jones.