Vitality London Big Half, Sunday August 22nd: Due to the Covid-19 lockdown from January to April earlier this year, this major running event was postponed from its normal early March date and rearranged for August 22nd, 2021. Such a summer date risked very hot weather, but in the end it was relatively cool and cloudy at 17°C, with a slight drizzle; quite favourable running conditions. Four Joggers made the trip and were led home in style by Jonathan Ollington in a PB time of 1:38:49, finishing 1,860th of 9,806 runners overall and 100th of 595 in his M50 age category. This knocked 19 seconds off his previous PB of 1:39:08 in the Cambridge Half 2020. Next came Richard Jones (1:48:51, 3,205th, 102nd of 397 in M55), also narrowly beating his time in the Cambridge Half 2020, followed by Chris Aylmer (2:16:45, 7,098th, 11th of 23 in M70) and Caroline Mcintosh (2:39:52, 3,186th of 3,874F, 28th of 39 in F65), the latter snipping 13 seconds off her recent effort in the London Landmarks Half Marathon.
Above left: The Big Half start on Tower Hill. Above right: Coming through the finish, beside the Cutty Sark. Many thanks to Andy Fryatt for these great on-the-spot photos.
Top left: Tower Bridge, crossed by runners just after the 7 mile mark and a great sight to behold. Photo thanks to Andy Fryatt. Top right: The Tower of London, near the start of the Big Half. Bottom left: The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich Park where baggage was retrieved. Bottom right: A view of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park. Photos: Chris Aylmer.
Clacton 10K, Essex coast, Sunday August 22nd: Ruth Bell clocked 52:36, finishing a very creditable 16th of 106 female runners out of a total field of 220, close to her recent effort of 51:29 in the Stephen Williams 10K at Thurston, near Stowmarket.
Thorney 5, Sunday August 22nd: Neville Clarke was bang in form again in the Thorney 5 mile race near Peterborough. He recorded a time of 35:58, finishing 30th of 119 overall and 1st of 3 in his M65 age group. This performance earned him an age grade of 77.66%, close to his best this year.
Kevin Henry 5K League: Newmarket Joggers continue to maintain 4th overall position of 8 clubs after the 5th and penultimate fixture of the virtual 5K Kevin Henry League in August, with the men currently in 3rd position and women in 7th. This follows a shaky start to the league in April, followed by an encouraging, steady climb up the table. Highest scoring 5 women for the Joggers were: Olivia Carter 23:44 (25th female of 210 overall), Ruth Eberhardt 24:37 (34th), Claire Acklam 25:03 (40th), Danielle Jones 25:50 (50th) and Nicole Smith 25:57 (52nd). For the men: James Smith 16:51 (4th male of 213 overall), Paul Holley 17:06 (5th), Jonathan Pye 18:55 (20th), Jamie Rule 19:25 (29th) and Stuart Sowerby 20:19 (48th). Well done those speedy runners and for all Newmarket Joggers who took part, adding valuable points to our total. There is only 1 point separating the Joggers in 4th position from the two =5th teams of Royston Runners and Cambridge Triathlon Club, so a very good performance in the final fixture in September will be needed to hold on to 4th place. At present, Cambridge & Coleridge hold a narrow lead over Ely Runners, with Saffron Striders in 3rd place, while in 7th and 8th position are Haverhill RC and Histon & Impington.