Another great team effort by Newmarket Joggers in Bury Friday 5

In the Bury St Edmunds Friday 5, the 4th of 6 Friday 5-mile series events, Newmarket Joggers men’s team again came away with two trophies. Neil Pollard (27:41, 5th of 345 overall, 2nd of 33 in M40), Mark Hayward (28:04, 8th, 4th in M40) and Paul Holley (28:33, 12th, 1st of 42 in M55) won the 3-member team 1st prize out of 46 teams. They were joined by Joey Bendall (29:31, 17th, 7th of 47 in MU40) and Jason Beeton (33:02, 50th, 18th in MU40) for 2nd prize in the 5-member team competition out of 53 teams. Jimmy Smith, a regular member of the Friday 5 squad, was unfortunately injured and had to miss this fixture.

Above left: Neil Pollard in full flow; right: Paul Holley, Neil Pollard and Mark Hayward win 1st place in the 3-member team competition in the Bury Friday 5. The red Saint Edmund Pacer t-shirts were awarded to all finishers. Thanks to the team for the photo.

Other Joggers putting in good individual efforts were: Neville Clarke (37:02, 110th, 2nd of 12 in M65), Brian Munns (40:16, 163rd, 20th of 40 in M55), Jim Withers (48:31, 276th, 8th in M65), Kate Warboys F50 (53:55, 91st F), Jan Holmes F55 (57:02, 97th F), Caroline Mcintosh F65 (59:14, 103rd F), Jackie Henley F55 (59:14, 104th F) and Emma Reader (1:06:40, 113th F). The final 2 events of the series will be at Stowmarket on Friday 24th June and Great Bentley on Friday 1st July.

Some of the Joggers in the Bury Friday 5, from left: Kate Warboys, Paul Holley, Joey Bendall, Neil Pollard, Jim Withers, Brian Munns and Mark Hayward. Thanks to the team for the photo.

The hard-running veteran Paul Holley was again in action in the Martock 10K in Somerset on Sunday June 19th. He finished 4th of 328 overall and 1st of 36 in M50-59 by over 5 minutes, his first 10km race this year apart from some winter XC fixtures. This puts him 2nd fastest Jogger to Neil Pollard over 10km in 2022.

Paul Holley finishes the Martock 10K on Sunday 19th June. Thanks to Paul and the race organisers for the photo

Two Joggers tackled half marathons on Sunday 19th June. Chris Aylmer (2:13:29, 666th of 1,260 overall, 13th of 26 in M65+) ran in the Sandringham Half Marathon in Norfolk, a beautiful winding route through lush woods and around the royal estate, passing right in front of Sandringham House at about halfway.

Runners pass Sandringham House in the Sandringham Half Marathon on Sunday June 19th.

Sianie Painter (3:50:53) took part in the Stour Valley Half Marathon in Suffolk, where individuals or groups were set off at intervals and had to navigate their way around the course. Sianie was keen to relax and enjoy the scenery along the route, as well as concentrate on the course directions, so was in no hurry. It was a small, spread-out field of 64 participants, plus 86 in the Marathon, so plenty of chances to stray off course.

Junior Newmarket Jogger Lilian Corbett, aged 14 years, certainly deserves a mention. On Saturday, she set herself an all-time 5km PB of 21:11 at the Storeys Field parkrun in Eddington, Cambridge, keeping her the fastest female runner in the club over 5km, including adult runners. She is currently 3rd highest female in the club on age grade, at 74.51% platinum club standard. Then on Sunday, she set the female course record of 21:12 in the Run Newmarket 5km on Newmarket Heath. Well done Lilian!

Full results are now out for the Newmarket Joggers Hockeys 5K League fixture, which took place on Newmarket Heath, behind the Rowley Mile racecourse, on Thursday evening, 9th June. The Joggers’ women’s and men’s teams both improved their positions in the league table, thanks to a good turnout and some very good performances. The women moved up from =7th of 8 teams to 7th position, while the men improved from 4th of 8 down to =3rd of 8 with Ely Runners. This is the best position the NJ men’s team has held for a good number of years, so we can look forward to the final two fixtures at Saffron Walden and Royston in July and August. Cambridge & Coleridge AC are currently top of the league for women and men, with Histon & Impington Runners in second place for both genders,

NJ Hockeys 5K Results