Newmarket & Sudbury men’s first team move up to 3rd place in Suffolk Winter XC League

A preliminary ‘latest news’ report last week listed the positions of all the Newmarket and Sudbury Joggers in the Stowmarket XC fixture at Haughley Park, with own watch times where known. The full results have now been released and the spreadsheets have been emailed to all members. They show that Newmarket Joggers (NJ) and Sudbury Joggers (SJ), who combine forces in this league to become club N&S, have moved up from 7th to 3rd position in the men’s top ‘A’ team competition, among 20 competing clubs in the league. See link below for the A team current league standings for women and men.

SWL tables after Stowmarket XC 15.01.2023

SWL Results Sen 2022-23 Stowmarket



Out of a total field of 390 runners [271 male (M), 119 female (F)], our 7 men’s A-team members, with official times, were: Nathan Brown NJ SM, 30:05, 2nd M; James Smith NJ M40, 31:18, 8th M; Mark Hayward NJ M40, 31:31, 11th M), Joey Bendall NJ SM, 31:35, 12th M; Dan Hutchison NJ SM, 31:57, 13th M; Paul Holley NJ M55, 32:49, 20th M; Piotr Bulacz SJ M50, 34:18, 36th M. This was the best men’s team performance of all the clubs on the day and gives N&S the potential of a podium finish at the end of the season in March. Nathan Brown is a recently joined member with plenty of running talent.

The N&S women’s ‘A’ team of 4 moved up a rung from 11th to 10th position in the league, thanks to an amazing performance by their veteran team members: Elke Hausler NJ F55, 41:38, 24th F; Sally Bowen SJ F45, 42:18, 29th F; Belinda Schofield NJ F65, 48:06, 60th F; Ruth Cowlin SJ F55, 49:01, 65th F.

Doing particularly well for the men in the individual age group competitions are: Nathan Brown NJ 1st of 109 in SM (20-39), James Smith NJ 1st of 33 in M40, Mark Hayward NJ 2nd in M40, Piotr Bulacz SJ 2nd of 76 in M50, Paul Holley NJ 1st of 61 in M55 and Neville Clarke NJ 1st of 20 in M65; and for the women: Elke Hausler NJ 1st of 27 in F55, Belinda Schofield NJ 3rd of 10 in F65. Trophies are awarded at the end of the season, with each athlete’s four best performances to count.

Peddars Way Ultra, Sunday 22nd January, Norfolk: Joe Cormack (10:34:08) put in a huge effort in sub-zero temperatures, to finish 76th of 105 participants in this 48-mile trail race from Knettishall Heath to Holme-next-the-Sea. Joe has been concentrating on ultramarathon races over the last year and has massively increased his stamina over that time.

Folksworth 15, Folksworth, near Peterborough, Sunday, 22nd January. This 15-mile, hilly, road race is popular with runners preparing for a half or full marathon in the spring. The weather was very cold at -3°C, felt like -6°C. Three Newmarket Joggers took part: Phil Blundell was first Jogger home in 2:04:47, 160th of 368 runners overall and 27th of 49 in M45. This appears to be Phil’s longest run to date and will be a good stamina boost for the Cambridge Half Marathon in March. Then came Ellie Bithell (2:07:17, 41st F of 129, 7th of 26 in F45) who is improving with every race. Third home was Caroline Mcintosh (3:00:28, 125th F, 4th in F65) who is actually in the F70-74 age bracket and is particularly aiming for the Tokyo Marathon on March 5th, which will complete her total of Six Major Marathons. This result suggests she is well on course to complete the Tokyo marathon in under 6 hours.



Apologies that there were missed entries in the preliminary report on January 9th, 2023, written before the official results were released, particularly regarding the women’s results. These will be addressed first and the official times brought up to date for all runners. Also, we can now report on how the Junior contingent of the club fared in their races at the Championships.

Championships, Senior women. We had 7 senior female runners in the ~7.0km/4.35mi race (estimated from GPS data), which was shortened from its advertised 8km/4.97mi distance. The ‘A’ team members, in order of finishing, were: Sarah Osborne (33:54, 19th F of  86, 14th of 30 in U40), Rebecca Oettle (34:50, 29th F, 19th in U40), Ellie Bithell (36:35, 41st F, 5th of 8 in F45) and Wendy Ancill F50 (38:29, 55th F, 6th of 10 in F50), of which the first 3 counted for team points. They finished 6th of 21 teams. The ‘B’ team in order of finishing were: Sianie Painter (80th F, 10th in F55), Pearl Fay (84th F, 9th in F60) and Jo Bouttell (85th F, 11th in F55), who came 21st. Apologies that Sarah Osborne and Rebecca Oettle were left out of the preliminary report.

Championships, Senior Men. The distance was estimated from GPS data at 9.0km, shortened from its advertised 10km. The men’s A team consisted of 5 runners as follows, in order of finishing: Mark Hayward (33:33, 9th overall, 1st of 14 in M40), James Smith (34:15, 13th, 2nd in M40), Dan Hutchison SM (34:41, 16th), Paul Holley (36:01, 25th, 2nd of 20 in M55) and Chris Underwood SM (39:34, 52nd), of which the first 4 counted for team points. They finished 2nd of 16 teams overall to win 2nd place team trophy. The B team comprised: Marc Drury (40:27, 64th, 11th of 28 in M45), Daniel Tee SM (43:07, 95th), Neville Clarke (44:29, 106th, 3rd of 6 in M65), Phil Blundell (44:59, 108th, 20th of 28 in M45) and Jeremy Reader (49:20, 131st, 28th in M45), with the first 4 finishers counting for points. They finished 14th team overall. Well done individual trophy winners Mark Hayward, Jimmy Smith, Paul Holley and Neville Clarke. Apologies that Daniel Tee was missed off the preliminary report.



Championships, Juniors. Starting with the youngest U11 age group, there were 4 girl Joggers running in the 2km race: Thea Agar (12:16, 17th of 21), Sophie Blundell (12:23, 18th), Jessica Turner (12:44, 20th) and Amber Smith (12:51, 21st). Evangelyne Geary (14:54, 13th of 29) competed in the 3km U13 girls’ race, while Kai Hall (15:33, 16th of 17) competed in the boys’ U13 race of the same distance. Cerys Bithell (16:44, 13th of 22) took on the U15 girls’ race over 4km. It just shows how tough the competition was, that Cerys achieved an age grade of 72.11% for this excellent performance yet still had many in front of her. Well done to all the junior runners for competing against such tough opposition and over difficult terrain in cold and windy conditions. They will all have benefited greatly from the experience.