Results are just out for the second virtual Kevin Henry League 5K, which would normally have been Joggers’ home fixture on Newmarket Heath. Veteran Paul Holley put in another top run of 17:20 to finish first male Jogger and 11th of 235 male runners overall, sporting an age grade of 87.79%. It was also a great effort by Hannah Parsons, her best time this year of 21:46, to lead home the female Joggers and finish 21st of 240 female runners overall.
Holley was well supported by young Bertie Tweed (17:51, 17th), with Marc Drury (19:31, 47th), Jamie Rule (19:45, 53rd) and Stuart Sowerby (20:55, 73rd) completing the 5 top-scoring positions for the men. For the women, Sarah Sales (24:21, 39th) was a welcome and surprise 2nd placed female Jogger who has obviously been putting in some hard work on the gallops. Then came Claire Acklam (24:49, 45th), with a top age-graded performance of 72.93%., followed by Lisa Johnson (25:03, 49th) and Francesca Laughton (25:26, 51st). Altogether there were 17 male and 24 female Joggers competing. Many thanks to all those who participated and gave their best efforts.
From a team perspective, it cannot be denied that the Joggers are struggling somewhat after two virtual fixtures of the Kevin Henry League, mainly due to a rather low turnout of 41 club members compared with other rivals such as Haverhill RC (120), Ely Runners (90), Histon & Impington RC (67), Saffron Striders (61), Cambridge & Coleridge AC (55) etc. So that is something to work on for the next fixture in July. Joggers currently stand 7th of 8 in the League. The 8th positioned club are Royston Runners, who so far have not had a single runner, so may have decided not to participate in the virtual series.