On Wednesday 20th July in Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket Jogger Elke Hausler came second in the EMAC W50-59 One Mile event in a time of 6:07.3, earning 91.91% age grade, her highest known achievement at any distance. Also remarkable is that she was at the very top end of the 50-59 age band, there being no W55-59 age bracket at this meeting. It was the first time Elke has attempted the mile, having previously competed in the 1500m, in which she has a current PB of 5:43.4 (90.97%), achieved last month. Elke has been in unstoppable form this year, after suffering from niggling injuries during 2020-2021, including a painful Achilles tendon. She has all time PBs this year over 1500m and 5000m. Her favoured distances are from 800m to 5000m and she is vaguely considering tackling the 3000m steeplechase in due course. In addition, she sometimes enters Masters’ 8km XC events. Next year she will move into the 60-64 age band and will have a new set of opponents and challenges. Aside of competition, Elke enjoys doing a regular parkrun on a Saturday morning for more relaxed training. Going back some years, she did very well in the London Marathon, clocking 3:42 in 2014 and 3:34 in 2015, but has come to prefer shorter distances.
On a very warm Sunday, July 24th, near Colchester in Essex, Paul Holley took on the Writtle Wround 50km, a self-navigated, narrative trail race. It incorporated stretches of the Essex Way, St Peter’s Way and Saffron Trail and there were checkpoints with refreshments in the villages of Blackmore, Willingale and Pleshey. Despite running approximately 2km extra due to a wrong turning, Paul refused to look back in anger and still managed to finish 1st of 73 overall in a time of 4:52:03, more than 33 minutes ahead of the second placed runner. His total distance clocked on GPS was actually 53.8km, though the distance was never intended to be precise.
Also on Sunday, Jason Beeton ran in the Harling 10K in Norfolk and did well to finish 22nd of 269 overall, 9th of 52 in MO (U40) in a time of 42:57. He suffered in the heat during the second half but held on gamely.
On Saturday July 23rd, Jimmy Smith tried his hand at another aquathlon event, the Cotswolds Lake 62 Aquathlon near Cirencester in Gloucestershire. It comprised a 1.5km swim in the lake and a 10.5km trail run. Jimmy enjoyed the event and finished 1st of 7 competitors in a time of 1:14:51, over 4 minutes ahead of the second. His time in the 10.5km run was 38:30, which would have been the second fastest leg out of the 109 who entered the full triathlon event of 1.5km swim, 39km bike and 10.5km run.
The results are now out for the Hockeys League 5K at Carver Barracks, Saffron Walden, which took place on July 14th. Newmarket Joggers men’s team managed to edge upwards from =3rd position to 3rd position, in the table of the 8 clubs competing in the league. Our women’s team held firm in 7th position, so a positive outcome overall, with one remaining fixture at Royston in August. The men’s team are doing better than ever before in this league, since it began over 10 years ago as the Kevin Henry 5k League. Of particular note are the age-graded performances of a number of our top runners. Paul Holley reached the dizzy heights of ultraviolet club standard, posting 96.46% age grade with his 16:04 time. Neil Pollard (15:44, 89.62%) and Elke Hausler (20:45, 88.27%) were equally impressive, along with other great performances by our team members. Thank you to all members who took part in this event, with everyone earning points for the club. For full results, please see the link at: https://www.saffronstriders.org.uk/hockeys-5k-league
As a result of the Hockeys 5k Saffron Walden event, the NJ Grand Prix tables have now been updated on this website. In the women’s Grand Prix, Suzanne Bailey is leading on 189 points from Caroline Mcintosh (186) and Danielle Jones (181). In the men’s Grand Prix, Paul Holley leads on 276 points from Neil Pollard (258) and Jimmy Smith (242). Well done to those leaders and good luck to all taking part. There will be prizes for the top three positions after the Woodbridge XC event has been completed in December.