Another successful Friday 5 for Joggers at Sudbury

Our fastest Joggers turned out in force for the second fixture of the Friday 5 Series at Sudbury on 27th May. Mark Hayward scored another all-time PB in a time of 27:36. He was 5th of 314 runners overall and 1st of 30 in his M40 age category. He was closely followed by Jimmy Smith (27:59, 10th, 3rd in M40) and Paul Holley (28:17, 14th, 1st of 36 in M55). Then came Joey Bendall (29:06, 17th, 7th of 41 in MS), Neville Clarke (35:57, 111th, 1st of 8 in M65), Brian Munns M55 (43:28, 225th), Jim Withers M65 (46:35, 252nd), Jan Holmes F55 (51:55, 95th F of 112), Kate Warboys F50 (51:55, 96th F) and Caroline Mcintosh F65 (56:37, 108th F).


Start of the Edinburgh Half Marathon as an appetizer before the Edinburgh Marathon, with The Crags in the background. Photo: Chris Aylmer.

Three Joggers took their chances among a total of 8,555 participants in the Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday 29th May. It was perfect weather conditions, starting off cool and sunny, with no significant wind, while the temperature stayed within a comfortable range all the way. The first 5-mile stretch from Edinburgh to the coast at Portobello was nearly all downhill, while the rest of the route, following roads close to the coastline, was more or less flat with minor undulations, so little cause to complain about the elevation.

Start of the purple wave in the Edinburgh Marathon with Arthur’s Seat in the background. Photo: Chris Aylmer.

Mark Geddie was first Jogger home in 4:11:02, finishing 4,017th overall and 278th of 514 in M50. This beat his previous time this year in the Therme Manchester Marathon by over 4 minutes, so a worthwhile trip. Next came Wendy Ancill (4:28:10, 5,159th, 105th of 269 in F50), an excellent effort in her first recorded marathon time this year. Third home was Chris Aylmer (5:26:44, 7,707th, 27th of 36 in M70), whose best marathon time this year remains 5:12:55 at Manchester.

Edinburgh Marathon medal. Thanks to Wendy Ancill for photo on Strava.


Hockeys 5k League Results: The second fixture took place at Horseheath Racecourse on Thursday May 19th, organised by Haverhill Running Club, with a total of 355 club runners. Most runners seemed to quite enjoy the excitement of this switchback, off-road course, over grass, gravel and dirt farm tracks, with a very welcome downhill finish.

Joggers at Horseheath Racecourse for the Hockeys 5k League fixture. Thanks to Sarah Kinston for Strava photo.

Our women’s turnout held steady at 12 compared with 13 in the first fixture, with our top 5 finishers: Olivia Carter (22:26, 30th of 155 F), Danielle Jones (23:28, 39th), Ruth Eberhardt (25:56, 59th), Jo Haynes (27:08, 74th) and Nicole Smith (28:17, 89th). Then came Suzanne Bailey (28:40, 93rd), Jan Holmes (31:32, 115th), Sarah Kinston (32:06, 116th), Jo Bouttell (34:41, 139th), Pearl Fay (35:06, 140th), Caroline Mcintosh (35:37, 143rd) and Rachel Allen (42:14, 153rd).

The Joggers’ men’s turnout was 16 in total; down from 25 in the first fixture, but still including our fastest runners, with the top-scoring 5 finishers: Neil Pollard (16:41, 8th of 200 M), Mark Hayward (16:46, 12th), James Smith (17:11, 18th), Joey Bendall (17:17, 19th) and Paul Holley (17:23, 21st). Then came Sam Sadler (18:07, 34th), Joe Cormack (20:38, 75th), Tom Elton (24:10, 137th), Brian Munns (24:40, 142nd), Rob Hawkins (25:53, 160th), Jeremy Reader (26:00, 161st), Henry Bletsoe (27:31, 171st), Jim Withers (28:23, 178th), Alan Thornhill (30:34, 189th), Chris Aylmer (31:08, 191st) and Andy Hayward (35:48, 197th).

Joggers team at Horseheath Racecourse. Thanks to the team for the photo.

In this fixture, our women achieved 7th place and now stand =7th with Royston Runners in the current league table, compared with 8th after the first fixture, so definitely moving in the right direction. Our men finished 4th in this fixture and continue to hold 4th position in the table. Our combined women’s and men’s teams currently stand 6th of 8 in the table. Our biggest weakness is our turnout, which was second lowest to Royston Runners in this fixture, at 28 members. For example, Haverhill and C&C managed 71 and 68 respectively. However, in terms of member numbers, we are probably the smallest club taking part in this league, so we are extra dependent on a maximum turnout. No point in pondering too long on this though. The main thing is to enjoy the fixtures and club camaraderie they foster.

NJ Grand Prix 2022: After the first two Hockeys 5k fixtures, the current placings in the NJ Grand Prix can be reported. In the women’s competition, new member Jo Haynes is in the lead on 126 pts from Danielle Jones (124) and Suzanne Bailey (123). In the men’s competition, Paul Holley leads on 180 pts from Neil Pollard (169) and Mark Hayward (163). Well done all those members. There is plenty of time to make up some ground. There will be trophies for the top three women and men. The first two cross country races at Framlingham and Woodbridge will also count towards the Grand Prix.