Twenty-two Joggers turned out for the five- and ten-mile races on Sunday 23rd October.
In the Thurlow 10, Mark Hayward (57:33) was in fine form, finishing in 1st place of 81 runners overall and 1st of 7 in his M40 age group. This was one week after his full-throttle half marathon in Peterborough and just 3 weeks after his epic PB in the TCS London Marathon, so some gruelling efforts by Mark. He was followed by Jimmy Smith (59:29, 2nd overall, 2nd in M40), Paul Holley (1:01:05, 5th, 1st of 13 in M55), Jason Beeton (1:09:00, 14th, 5th of 17 in MS), Joe Cormack (1:12:16, 21st, 9th in MS), Neville Clarke (1:14:54, 27th, 1st of 2 in M65+), Olivia Carter (1:20:12, 11th F of 28, 6th of 10 in FS), Brian Munns (1:22:01, 50th, 12th in M55), Danielle Jones (1:30:14, 18th F, 8th in FS), Edwina Dickson (1:37:33, 24th F, 9th in FS) and Jim Withers (1:38:53, 75th, 2nd in M65+). Actual trophies went to Mark Hayward and Jimmy Smith for top male finishers and to Paul Holley and Neville Clarke for age group wins.
In the Thurlow 5, it was an all-female cast for the Joggers. Nicole Smith (47:50) was first home, finishing 59th of 87 runners overall, 26th F of 49 female runners and 4th of 9 in F50 in her first 5 mile outing this year. She was followed by Jan Holmes F55 (49:18, 31st F), who was very pleased to get back under 50 minutes. In 3rd place was Svetlana Zinchenko F40 (53:43, 38th F), in her first 5 mile race this year. Next came Sarah Last F50 (54:00, 39th F), Caroline Mcintosh F65+ (57:17, 41st F), Joanne Bouttell F55 (1:02:12, 45th F) and Gillian Green F60 (1:02:22, 46th F). Bridget Wallwin unfortunately sustained a calf injury at 3 miles and was unable to finish.
On the same day, the high calibre Run Norwich 10K took place, with a huge field of 6,201 runners taking part, despite the dull, wet weather. Chris Underwood was first Jogger home in a time of 41:50, finishing 350th overall and 140th of 1,572 in MS; near his best effort this year. Then came Angela Brennan (1:03:27, 1,316th F of 2,656 female runners, 655th of 1,182 in FS) in a brand new PB time for her, according to Power of 10. She did clock 1:02:10 in Bury St Edmunds in 2017 but that was officially declared a short distance, due to runners being directed the wrong way. Third for the Joggers came Clodie Rolph (1:05:39, 1,533rd F, 290th of 468 in F40) in her first race for the Joggers this year; a good effort with minimal specific training, although Clodie does all kinds of cross-training most days and is never short of fitness.