The Heath Race returns to Newmarket after 3 years absence

On a beautiful, sunny, spring evening, with ideal ground conditions, the Newmarket Heath Race returned on Thursday 5th May, after three years absence due to the Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions. The race is run on the Bury Side training grounds, on a loop between Moulton Road and Bury Road, over a distance of approximately 5.4km. It was a very successful day for Newmarket Joggers, the organisers of this annual race, which also incorporates the Stable & Stud Staff Challenge.

Heath Race 1-2-3, left to right: Neil Pollard, Dan Hutchison, Mark Hayward. Thanks to the Joggers team for the photo.


Out of a field of 104, the first 5 male finishers were all from the Joggers, with the first two and fifth also working in the horseracing industry in Newmarket. Neil Pollard M40 (18:30, 1st overall) was top of the podium, followed by Dan Hutchison MS (18:41, 2nd) and Mark Hayward M40 (18:46, 3rd). Then came James Smith (18:56, 4th, 1st M40 excluding top three), Paul Holley (19:07, 5th, 1st M55), Joey Bendall (19:40, 7th), Jonathan Pye (20:13, 11th), Stuart Sowerby (21:35, 19th, 1st M45), Jamie Rule (22:13, 21st) and Neville Clarke (24:21, 34th, 1st M60+).

Joggers after the Heath Race, from left: Jimmy Smith, Paul Holley, Joey Bendall and Danielle Jones. Thanks to the team for the photo


Top female Jogger was Olivia Carter FS (24:55, 2nd F), who did well to split Mandy Corbett F40 (23:57, 1st F) and Christine Anthony F55 (25:15, 3rd F), two top class veteran runners. Jogger Elke Hausler (25:20, 4th F, 1st F55 excluding top three) was very close behind in 4th and is looking fully fit after niggling injury problems over the last two years. Danielle Jones FS (27:06, 14th F) and Ruth Bell FS (28:39, 20th F) were also well up with the pace.

Olivia Carter with her trophy, 2nd female finisher in the Heath Race. Thanks to Danielle Jones and Olivia for Strava photo.

Other Joggers to finish in place order were: Samuel Chapman MS (24:36, 36th), Marc Walker M50 (25:51, 51st), Craig Ladley MS (27:38, 76th), Henry Bletsoe MS (28:28, 82nd), Suzanne Bailey F55 (31:29, 28th F), Wayne Hargreaves M50 (31:52, 95th), Angela Brennan FS (32:35, 30th F), Chris Aylmer M60+ (35:01, 98th), Sianie Painter F55 (37:14, 32nd F), Pearl Fay F60+ (39:01, 33rd F) and Andy Hayward MS (39:46, 102nd).

After some careful deliberation, Tattersalls have been announced as the winning team of the Stable & Stud Staff Challenge 2022 (comprising 3 team members, at least one of whom must be female and at least one male). The winning team members were: Bobby Jackson (20:07, 10th), Harvey Bell (23:22, 27th) and Liz Lane (25:16, 52nd). Congratulations to Tattersalls on their fine effort!

Interesting to note that Junior Jogger Lilian Corbett, the daughter of the senior female winner Mandy Corbett (not currently a Newmarket Jogger), was the outright winner of the junior race of approximately 1.5km, so plenty of running talent in the family.

On Sunday 8th May, the annual Bury to Clare 18 Mile Challenge (~18.4 miles run or walk event, or a bit of both) took place on a lovely, sunny day; not too hot and with the trail course in perfect condition. Jason Beeton (2:37:24, 13th of 244 overall, 4th of 10 in M35) was first Jogger to finish, from Shane Basing (3:13:02, 52nd, 10th of 20 in M40), Sarah Boneham (3:13:48, 11th F of 142, 1st of 28 in F50) and Ruth Eberhardt (3:13:48, 12th F, 4th of 32 in F45). Then Came Joe Cormack (3:27:33, 80th), Lisa Johnson (3:27:34, 24th F, 3rd of 10 in F25), Chris Aylmer (3:30:33, 87th, 2nd of 5 in M70), Suzanne Bailey (3:51:15, 45th F, 4th of 19 in F55), Sianie Painter (4:16:18, 60th F, 8th of 19 in F55), Gillian Green (5:13:53, 70th F, 3rd of 8 in F60). Anna Mayhew unfortunately had to retire at about halfway due to a niggling injury.

Bury to Clare 18 Joggers after the finish in Clare Castle Country Park, from left: Lisa Johnson, Sarah Boneham, Joe Cormack and Shane Basing. Note the old Clare railway station platform in the background, which was closed in the 1960s. Thanks to the team for the Strava photo.

The results are now out for the first fixture of the new monthly Hockeys 5k League, which has replaced the former Kevin Henry League, although all the participating teams and rules are the same. The new sponsor is now Hockeys estate agents in Saffron Walden. Newmarket Joggers’ men’s team made a good start to the new season and now stand in 4th position of the 8 participating teams. There were some great performances, with 12 of the men’s team posting times under 20 minutes. The women’s team made a shakier start and are currently bottom of the table, but that is largely due to a lower turnout than usual, at only 13 women to 25 men. Every runner earns at least a point and the bigger the turnout the better. As a combined team we stand in 6th position. Next fixture is on Thursday, 19th May at Kedington, organised by Haverhill RC; race starts 7:30pm.