Paul Holley excels in London Landmarks Half Marathon

On Sunday 1st August, Newmarket Joggers’ top veteran Paul Holley finished 14th overall (12th on chip time) of 11,005 runners in the London Landmarks Half Marathon, recording a time of 1:17:39. He came 1st of 331 in his M55 age group, 7 minutes ahead of the 2nd, earning an age grade of 87.72%, his highest of the year so far. This is a remarkable turnaround for Paul, who sustained a broken fibula (leg bone) earlier in the year, due to a kick from a horse at work. All credit to his determination for coming through such a setback in so short a time.

Two other Joggers also put in very creditable efforts in the same race and very much enjoyed the experience: Sarah Last (2:32:34) finished 428th of 728 in her F45 age group, while Caroline Mcintosh (2:40:05) was 14th of 38 in her F65 category. Sarah has been putting in ~5km runs almost every day for months, with a number of longer runs in preparation for this half marathon, so fully deserves her success. Caroline has come through a tough year with great determination, gradually recovering from a stress fracture to the pelvis. She has been run/walking her way back to fitness and looking forward to competing in the Tokyo Marathon, when it is eventually allowed to go ahead.

 

 

Top left: Sarah Last deservedly relaxing after the London Landmarks HM, plus scenes from the route, kindly taken by Caroline and Sarah. Thanks for posting the photos on Strava.

Asda Foundation York 10K, Sunday 1st August: Sarah Kinston was visiting former Jogger Emma Bates, who is now a member of York Knavesmire Harriers. They both enjoyed taking part in this race, which attracted 2,665 runners overall. Sarah clocked 1:08:05, to finish 207th of 331 in F40, while Emma (47:08) came 381st overall and 44th of 1,197 female runners.

Former Jogger Emma Bates (left) and current Jogger Sarah Kinston (right) at the Asda York 10K. Thanks for the nice Strava photo.