The “Bass Belle” 10 mile race in Bassingbourn, near Royston, was the biggest draw for Newmarket Joggers on Sunday, where 9 of our club competed in the field of 377. This race is named after the wartime US Flying Fortress bomber Memphis Belle, which was stationed at RAF Bassingbourn and completed 25 bombing missions in the 1940s. The race medal shows an image of this famous aircraft, about which two films were made:
Hannah Parsons, who is having a great season, was first Jogger home in 1:20:22, finishing 12th of 60 in her FV35-44 age category, despite being disadvantaged by the age group span. Jeremy Reader came next in 1:23:28 and has also progressed well this year. Second and third female Joggers to finish were Rebecca Fordham (1:28:18) and Jan Holmes (1:33:42), followed by Sianie Painter (1:38:56), Angela Brennan (1:45:22), Sarah Kinston (1:49:10), Caroline McIntosh (1:53:20) and Orla Dockery (1:54:22).
Also on Sunday, in the Hertfordshire Half Marathon, Paul Dockerill (1:39:08) ran a top race to finish 79th of 1,539 overall and 10th of 160 in his MV40 age group.
Over on the motor racing circuit at Silverstone, Northamptonshire, Melanie Tindale (1:53:19) clocked her best time this year in the Half Marathon and finished 30th of 235 in her FV40 category, among a field of 2,055.
Meanwhile, it was the Breckland Forest 10K at Santon Downham near Thetford, an off-road trail race attracting 166 runners. Lisa Johnson did well to record 53:59 in her first 10K race this year over difficult terrain, finishing 11th of 93 female participants. She was followed by Rachel Allen (1:39:08).
On Saturday, in Chantry Park, Ipswich, Adam Maltpress enjoyed trying to defend his Ipswich MoRun 5K title, which he won last year. He was narrowly beaten on this occasion into 2nd place of 107 participants in a time of 22:00, finishing 1st of 5 in MV40.