Troi Baxter 24th female finisher in London Big Half

Troi Baxter (1:23:56, 24th of 4,959 female (F) finishers overall, 22nd of 2,807 in F18-39) posted a top time in the London Big Half  on Sunday 4th September. This was a great performance and close to her PB (1:23:30) gained at Cambridge earlier this year. Troi’s main training focus this year has been on the marathon distance, so this race is a solid building block on the way to her much hoped-for sub 3-hour marathon. She has been putting in 70-mile training weeks recently with that aim in mind. She will be running in the TCS London Marathon on October 2nd and possibly also in the Chicago Marathon a week later if all goes well in London. The latter would be a huge ask, of course.

   

Above left: Troi Baxter in the London Big Half; above right: in training for the TCS London Marathon. Many thanks to Troi for the photos on Strava.

Second female Jogger to finish was Caroline Mcintosh (2:36:01, 24th F of 47 in F65-69). This was her best half marathon time this year, just 7 days after the Kimbolton Castle Half Marathon, so a huge effort, which will give her confidence for her Amsterdam Marathon in October.

First male Jogger home was Jonathan Ollington (1:31:32, 1,164th of 7,454 male finishers, 26th of 440 in M55-59), a big PB for him by over 2 minutes. He has shown great improvement over the last year or two and has recently moved into a new age category. Next came Andy Fryatt (1:36:14, 39th of 440 in M55-59), also doing very well in his new age group, especially after setbacks to his training due to Covid-19. He was followed by Chris Aylmer (2:14:04, 13th of 28 in M70-74), who enjoyed the race and was close to his best time this year.

Framlingham 10K, Suffolk, Sunday 4th September: Jimmy Smith (35:29, 3rd of 269 overall, 1st of 47 in M40-44) was in trophy-winning form on this hilly 2.5-lap course, which climbs three times up the notorious Framlingham High Street hill, thankfully with plenty of crowd support. Jimmy was close to his best time this year. Next came Nicole Smith (1:01:58, 58th F of 93, 11th of 21 in F50-54), putting in a big effort up the final hill.

Wissey Half Marathon, Oxborough, Norfolk, Sunday 4th September: Jason Beeton (1:35:10, 32nd of 155 overall) was first Jogger home and clocked a very good time, though perhaps slightly disappointed after his 1:28 PB at Cambridge last March. Then came Chris Underwood (1:39:06, 45th overall), a good result so soon after his big SVP 50K effort in August. He was followed by Neville Clarke (1:43:10, 60th overall, 1st of 7 in M65+), taking another well-deserved age group trophy.

Northstowe 5K, Cambridgeshire, Sunday 4th September: Andrew Taylor (21:09, 7th of 71 overall, 1st of 13 in M45-49) put in a good effort, earning a first place trophy for his age group. Andrew is specialising in the 5K distance this year. His best 5K time so far remains at 19:58, achieved in the Bedford Autodrome event last March.