James Smith and Mark Hayward top performers in Tarpley 10

Under difficult, blustery wind conditions, not ideal for PBs, Newmarket Joggers James Smith and Mark Hayward both put in top trophy-winning performances in the Tarpley 10 mile race on Sunday, held at Beyton School near Bury St Edmunds. Smith (58:32) was 2nd and Hayward (58:55) 3rd from an overall field of 349. According to www.runbritainrankings.com, their 10 mile PBs stand at 55:30 and 58:16 respectively, both recorded in previous years of this race when conditions were less difficult. Also putting in good efforts were Clive Purbrook (1:29:04) and Nicole Smith (1:31:49). In the Tarpley 20 mile race, Paul Dockerill led the Joggers home in a PB time of 2:24:44, finishing 8th of 35 in MV40. He was followed by Richard Groom (3:00:03), Alan Shand (3:07:11, 2nd of 7 in MV60) and Sianie Painter (3:24:47), who all put in excellent first time attempts at 20 miles.

James Smith (right) and Mark Hayward (left) with their 2nd and 3rd place trophies in the Tarpley 10. Thanks to James and Mark for photo.

On the same day, down in South West London, Henry Hamilton-Gould pulled out a big run in the Quicksilver Hampton Court Half Marathon, finishing 163rd of 1,821 overall in a time of 1:28:30, his best half marathon time for 4 years.


Above left: Henry Hamilton-Gould’s Hampton Court Half Marathon medal. Above right: Sarah Kinston’s set of 3 Thetford Winter Trail 10K medals, the third race postponed from the previous week. Thanks to Henry and Sarah for photos.

Nearer home at High Lodge, Thetford Forest, it was the final fixture in the series of three Thetford Winter Trail 10K races, which had been postponed and rescheduled from a week earlier due to high winds. Conditions in the race were still far from ideal with muddy ground and blustery wind. Andrew Taylor (44:18) was the first Jogger home, finishing 5th of 41 in MV40 and 9th of 234 overall, his best time in the series. Hannah Parsons (51:19) was next home and put in another top performance, finishing 3rd of 40 in FV40 and 6th of 106 female runners overall. Next came Svetlana Zinchenko (1:03:48), Sarah Last (1:08:14), Sarah Kinston (1:12:26), Alexia Smithson (1:12:27), Gillian Green (1:17:14) and Emma Reader (1:20:24). Emma was accompanied by Jeremy Reader (1:20:24). adding 12.4 miles towards their target of 245 miles this year, in aid of Pregnancy Sickness Support.