Mark Hayward achieves 5th PB of 2022 in Stowmarket Half Marathon

Newmarket Jogger Mark Hayward is absolutely flying this year, with all-time PBs at 10K (Wymondham, 35:16), 10 miles (Tarpley, 56:13), 20 miles (Wymondham, 1:56:57) and now two at Half Marathon. In the Robert Tomlinson Stowmarket Half Marathon, on Sunday March 20th, he clocked 1:13:59, finishing 1st of 264 runners overall and 1st of 24 in M40, taking 1 min 21 sec off his PB time gained last month at Great Bentley. This earned him 81.14% age grade. For the record, he also achieved 5K, 5 mile, 7 mile and Marathon PBs in 2021, despite turning 40 that year, so currently enjoying exceptional form.

Mark Hayward, seen winning the Tarpley 10 last month. Thanks to Mark for the photo.

Also running well for the Joggers in the same race were: Neville Clarke M65 (1:36:22, 60th), Richard Groom M45 (1:45:24, 111th) and Jeremy Reader M45 (1:55:28, 163rd).

Caroline Mcintosh has been over in Portugal on her yearly professional running course. On Tuesday 15th March she entered the Falesia 5K event as one of the competitions included. She finished in a time of 34:31, her best 5km time this year, which put her up to NJ silver club standard at 60.31%. She received a prize for 4th in the F65+ age group. This was a very high class field of 79, including male and female international veterans. The 2nd man home clocked 17:24 at 59 years old, earning 90.18% age grade and a 60 year old woman finished 7th overall in 19:27, with 93.71% age grade, so no disgrace at finishing a little lower down the order.

The track at Albufeira, Portugal. Thanks to Caroline Mcintosh for photo.

On Sunday 20th March, in the tough Forest of Dean Trail Half Marathon in Gloucestershire, Paul Holley put in a great effort to finish 25th of 1,143 runners overall in a time of 1:25:26. He came 1st of 58 in M55-59 to win the Trail Runners Association trophy, as well as 1st of 204 in M50+ to win the separate Rotary Club of the Royal Forest of Dean award. Holley is showing consistently top class form over road, trail and cross country.


Above: Paul Holley’s medals, trophies and t-shirt and a view of the start/finish area. Thanks to Paul for the photos.

Suffolk Winter XC League 2021-2022 Results:

SOAR Suffolk Winter League

The final results have just come through for the Suffolk Winter XC League 2021-2022, with the sixth and final fixture having been completed on Sunday March 13th, organised by Bungay Black Dog RC at Woodton. In this League, Newmarket Joggers (NJ) join forces with Sudbury Joggers (SJ). After a successful fifth fixture, our men’s first team had risen to 3rd  position in the table of the 17 competing club teams, promising a trophy if they could just hold on to this position in the final fixture.

Unfortunately, a number of our key runners were unable to compete on the day due to other commitments, while the 120-mile round trip may well have put others off, so it wasn’t going to be a fairy tale ending. In the end, we did manage just enough runners for one complete men’s team of 7 and one complete women’s team of 4 but obviously with a lower scoring potential. As a result, the men’s team slipped to 5th position, though the women’s team did well to remain in 7th position of 15 teams, where they had been for most of the season. As a combined men’s and women’s first team, we finished 6th of 17 teams. Overall, it was one of our most encouraging performances in the Suffolk Winter League for a number of years, with a good turnout of members for all the fixtures bar the final one. We also have plenty to celebrate on the individual front: Jimmy Smith M40 (NJ), Paul Holley M55 (NJ) and Neville Clarke M65 (NJ) all won their age group competitions emphatically….finishing first in their age groups in every race they entered. Jackie Hann F55 (SJ) was unlucky to be pipped for 3rd place in her age group. Participation was required in at least 4 of the 6 fixtures to win age group prizes, with the best 4 results counting.

The course distance came out on GPS at approximately 4.6 miles (7.4km). Those representing N&S were as follows, with times and positions within gender shown.  Women’s team: Jackie Hann F55 (SJ) 39:33, 31st of 104F; Ruth Cowlin F55 (SJ) 42:56, 50th; Jan Holmes F55 (NJ) 52:26, 91st; Jo Bouttell F55 (NJ) 54:26, 95th. Men’s team: Paul Holley M55 (NJ) 28:33, 4th of 134M; Neville Clarke M65 (NJ) 35:49, 77th; Charles Jones M60 (NJ) 36:56, 85th; Brian Munns M55 (NJ) 38:20, 95th; Jim Withers M65 (NJ) 46:20, 122nd; Alan Thornhill M70 (NJ) 46:57, 124th; Chris Aylmer M70 (NJ) 48:26, 128th. Junior Jogger Lilly Basing did well in the Junior race, involving U17, U15 and U13 girls and boys. She finished 40th overall and was 8th U13 girl home in a time of  21:07. The distance is not stated in the results but, going by the times, may have been about 2 miles or 3km. Thanks to all who took part or helped out in the Suffolk Winter League over the past season. We can all now relax and look forward to the opening fixture of the 2022-2023 season at Framlingham in November.