Boston Marathon (UK) May 31st: On Bank Holiday Monday in Lincolnshire, Mark Hayward and Jimmy Smith achieved top times in the Boston Marathon (UK). With an 8:00am start, the air stayed cooler for the fastest runners, though the direct heat of the sun was still challenging. Mark clocked 2:42:53 (24th of 692 overall, 6th of 83 M35), which was a PB by 4 minutes 35 seconds, while Jimmy was not far behind in 2:46:46 (40th, 12th of 88 M40), his best marathon time since the Tokyo Marathon in 2018.
Blickling HM: On the same day, three Joggers were in action in the undulating Blickling Half Marathon at Aylsham, North Norfolk, which had been postponed from March. It was very warm in the direct heat of the sun. Hannah Parsons was in top form and first Jogger to finish in 1:42:49 (12th of 196F, 3rd of 44 F45), beating her time in the same race last year by over 7 minutes. Next came Jon Brooker in 1:44:01 (139th of 485 overall, 10th of 31 M55) and Clive Purbrook 1:58:44 (270th, 9th of 16 M65). It was a brave effort by Clive in his second race in successive days, due to the way rearranged dates have fallen for postponed events.
Haughley Park Trail 10K: On Sunday May 30th, five Joggers competed in this twisting, turning, trail race, over a tough, cross-country route. Paul Holley was in brilliant form, finishing 1st of 117 participants in a time of 37:55. He is quickly returning to peak form after a recent leg fracture. Then came Jason Beeton (47:00, 14th), Clive Purbrook (54:52, 60th), Lisa Ann Garrand (1:11:25, 50thF of 72) and Caroline Mcintosh (1:14:04, 57thF), all good efforts over difficult terrain.
Vitality virtual London 10,000 (10K): Ellie Bithell did well to clock 55:19, under very warm conditions on 30th May. No official results were published for this virtual race. There is now a real race planned for this event on Sunday July 11th, starting in Hatfield Park, Hertfordshire, instead of its normal location in Green Park, London, near Buckingham Palace.
London 2 Brighton Ultra Trail Challenge 100K: Also on Sunday, Dylan Cunha put in a massive effort to finish this gruelling challenge in 13:55:38, 61st of 729 participants. The course measured 103.8km on his watch. He started at 6:49 am in London and was in Brighton before 9:00 pm, to relax in the last of the evening sunshine. He managed to burn through 8,159 calories.