Elke Hausler wins silver and gold medals in the 800m and 1500m British Masters Indoor Championships

On Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th February, Elke Hausler competed in the British Masters Athletics Indoor Championships at the English Institute for Sport in Sheffield. She chose the 800m (Sat) and 1500m (Sun) as her events, competing in the W60 (60-64) age group. Although there were not many entrants in each category, the standard was very high. Elke finished 2nd of 4 in the 800m (2:48.07) to take the silver medal, following it up with gold in the 1500m (5:44.22) the next day, when she was actually the sole W60 entrant in a field of 10 runners representing W50 to W80. That takes nothing away from her top class performance, which gave her an age grade of 86.76% for her 800m run and 92.06% in the 1500m, the highest grading of any Newmarket Jogger so far this year. She will be competing next in the World Masters Athletics Indoor Championships in ToruĊ„, Poland (March 26th – 1st April), so we wish her all the best of luck for that.


Above left: Elke Hausler wins silver medal in 800m; above right: Gold medal winner in the 1500m event. Thanks to Elke for the photos.


Zig Zag Lucky Clover, Suffolk Running Centre, Barrow, near Bury St Edmunds, Saturday 18th February: In this 7-hour event, with choices of all distances from 5K to Ultra Marathon, two Newmarket Joggers chose the Half Marathon single loop course. Caroline Mcintosh (2:39:45, 68th of 74) chose this race as a final preparation for her Tokyo Marathon on March 5th, keeping a nice, steady effort throughout the hilly course. She was pleased with how it went, as was Lisa Jennings (2:51:44, 73rd), who had not run near this distance for a good while.


Zig Zag Lucky Clover runners at the Suffolk Running Centre in Barrow. Thanks to Zig Zag for the photo.


Virtual Local Landmarks 10km, Saturday 18th February: Sarah Last (1:31:04) and Gillie Green (1:31:48) ran together on this charitable fun run, held in aid of Tommy’s baby charity and organised by the London Landmarks team. Participants were encouraged to photograph any local landmarks along their chosen course. They spotted an old telephone box converted into a free library on the way (see below).



Newmarket Joggers’ Social, Sunday February 19th: New social secretary Sophie Adams organised this social event as the first one of the year. Joggers were invited to volunteer or take part in the Run Newmarket 5k or 2k on Sunday 19th February (the local community runs held on service roads near to the Rowley Mile Racecourse every Sunday at 11:15am). Also members were asked if they could come with donations for the Food Bank charity (run by Open Door in Newmarket), either on the Sunday or on the previous Tuesday or Thursday Joggers’ training evenings. After the Run Newmarket event on the Sunday, Joggers made their way to the White Hart public house in Newmarket, where a private room had generously been made available for lunch and drinks. It was a enjoyable and successful event and Sophie was impressed by the amount of food donations collected for Open Door.


Some of the Joggers at the Run Newmarket on Sunday 19th February. Thanks to Sophie Adams for the Strava photo.