Troi Baxter 1st female finisher in Bonfire Burn 10K

Troi Baxter enjoyed a great run in the Histon & Impington Bonfire Burn 10K on Sunday November 6th. She recorded a time of 39:02, 1st female finisher of 286 and 16th of 562 runners overall. This follows on from her remarkable achievement of running both the London and Chicago Marathons in under 3 hours on October 2nd and 9th last month. Troi did record a slightly faster PB of 38:33 in the Marcus Gynn Newmarket 10K last July, but this route was more difficult in the rain, with a slippery and muddy section of trail to contend with.


Troi Baxter with her 1st Female trophy after the Bonfire Burn 10K. Thanks to Troi for the lovely photo.


Also having a top run was Sam Sadler (38:37, 11th of 562 overall, 9th of 79 in M18-39), right back to his best form this year with his fastest 10K since 2019.

Third home for the Joggers, and a trophy winner, was 14-year-old Cerys Bithell (47:43, 21st F of 286, 1st of 6 in FU18) in what is believed to be a PB time for her; a superb performance against older opposition in her age group.


Cerys & Ellie Bithell, who both recorded great PBs in the Bonfire Burn 10K. Thanks to them both for the nice photo.


Then came Paul Roberts in PB form (48:44, 119th overall, 30th of 80 in M40-49), the first time he’s ever broken 50 minutes in a 10K, closely followed by Ellie Bithell (49:40, 34th F, 12th of 94 in F40-49), who achieved exactly the same feat, no doubt spurred on by the performance of her daughter Cerys. Also putting in great efforts were Sarah Last (1:08:30, 221st F, 45th in F50-59), Caroline Mcintosh (1:09:40, 237th F, 11th in F60+) and Gillian Green (1:18:18, 266th F, 18th in F60+).


Gillian Green and Sarah Last after the Bonfire Burn 10K. Many thanks for the photo.


Meanwhile, down in Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire, Phil Blundell (1:10:09, 183rd of 338 overall, 51st in M40-49) took on the AVR Over the Hills 12km race, organised by Avon Valley Runners. This course was a seriously hilly off-roader and included a fording of the river Frome, so a challenging event. In times of high water levels, the river fording may be re-routed over a bridge.

On the same day, in Aylsham, Norfolk, the ‘Chase the Train’ event took place, where the run route went 8.9 miles from Aylsham to Wroxham, along the Bure Valley Railway path. The aim was to get to Wroxham within the very reasonable time limit of 2hrs:15min and then catch the train back to Aylsham, hopefully with all the runners aboard. The race was limited to about 200 runners, which is the capacity of the train. Four Newmarket Joggers took part: Sophie Adams (1:32:33, 137th of 163 overall, 49th F of 68, 13th in F40), Jan Holmes (1:35:24, 146th, 55th F, 5th in F55), Jackie Henley (1:39:52, 151st, 58th F, 7th in F55)), and Kate Warboys (1:41:39, 154th, 61st F, 10th in F50). They all made it in time!

It was the first of the 2022-23 Suffolk Winter XC League fixtures on Sunday 6th November at Framlingham Castle. This race, officially 8km, came out at approximately 5.2 miles or 8.4km according to general GPS consensus. It was raining steadily and extremely muddy along tracks and field edges but everyone seemed to have a good time. We don’t have official times and positions or a full list of our runners yet, so will report on this in more detail next week. Many thanks to Jeremy Reader for coming early and setting up the club tent, so we could all keep more or less dry while waiting for the start 🙂


Joggers relaxing after the Framlingham XC. Many thanks to the team for the photo.