Kirton Friday 5 kicks off busy Spring Bank Holiday weekend for Joggers

On Friday evening, May 26th, six Joggers took part in the first of the JM Finn Friday 5 Series of 6 x 5-mile races, in the village of Kirton, near Felixstowe. First Jogger home was Neil Williamson (39:35, 220th of 448 overall, 35th in M45), followed by Brian Munns (44:04, 308th, 39th in M55) and Jim Withers (47:05, 355th, 8th in M65). First female Jogger to finish was Jan Holmes (47:28, 117th F of 180, 14th in F55), followed by Jackie Henley (54:46, 162nd F, 19th in F55) and Jo Bouttell (54:46, 163rd F, 20th in F55). Neil (59.33%) and Jan (64.08%) did well to achieve their highest age grades this year. The next in the series will be the Sudbury Friday 5 on 2nd June, with the challenging Kedington Hill to negotiate; but also a nice downhill afterwards🙂.


In ideal weather and picturesque scenery on Sunday, May 28th, four Joggers completed the Holt 10K, organised by the North Norfolk Beach Runners. First Jogger home was Angela Drury (55:55 PB, 242nd of 400 overall, 63rd F of 169, 16th in F40), in her best ever 10K race time, as far as records show. She was followed by Jan Holmes (1:02:09, 107th F, 10th in F55), Sophie Adams (1:02:59, 114th F, 25th in F40) and Jo Bouttell (1:11:26, 149th F, 19th in F55).


Joggers at the Holt 10K: Angela Drury (front) and from left at back: Sophie Adams, jan Holmes and Jo Bouttell. Thanks for the great photo.


Also on Sunday, two Joggers ran in the Kempton Park Running Festival, near Sunbury-on-Thames in Surrey, the same venue as the racecourse. Hannah Pollard (45:40, 21st of 112 overall, 5th F of 39, 1st of 10 in F35-44) put in a strong performance in the 10K event, while Neil Pollard (2:42:08, 1st of 73 overall, 1st of 18 in M40-49, age grade 81.11%,) did likewise in the Marathon, his first race over the distance this year. It was warm and windy, with lots of twists and turns, so not the easiest of conditions.



Above left: Hannah & Neil Pollard at Kempton Park; above right: Marathon winner Neil Pollard (2:42) pictured with the first female finisher (also 2nd home overall in 2:49), both with bottles of bubbly as a well-deserved prize. Thanks for the great photos.


Meanwhile, in Scotland, two Joggers completed the Edinburgh Half Marathon. Mike Sales (1:53:46, 3,521st overall, 112th in M55) and Sarah Sales (2:08:58, 6,385th overall, 141st F50) enjoyed the route and the very pleasant, sunny weather. It was Mike’s best half marathon time since March 2019 at Cambridge, so encouragement for him.


Sarah and Mike Sales at the Edinburgh Half Marathon. Thanks for the lovely photo


Down in London, on the same day, Jogger Gillie Green put in a huge effort in the Ford Ride London 100, a 100-mile cycle ride from the Victoria Embankment in London, out to the Essex countryside on two large loops and then back again to the finish at Tower Bridge. Her moving time was 9:01:36 over 102.50 miles with a climb of 3,688ft; a great achievement for anyone and especially in her F60-64 age group.


C2C: Over the Bank Holiday weekend, Sarah Osborne and Daniel Tee took on the challenge of the UK coast to coast ride (the C2C acronym officially derives from “sea to sea”) from the northwest coast of England in Cumbria to the northeast coast in Northumberland. They left from Whitehaven in Cumbria on the Saturday morning and arrived at Tynemouth in Northumberland on the Sunday afternoon, after camping overnight near Alston in the North Pennines. They were carrying all their luggage and camping gear in their pannier bags and on their rear bicycle racks, a big weight to carry uphill on a bike. At one point they had a burst pannier bag, which needed emergency repairs. Their total cycling time was about 12h:15m over a distance of 135.5 miles (218km), including a mind-boggling 10,489ft (3,190m) of climb. That’s more than a third of the way up Mount Everest.


Bicycles at Tynemouth, or somewhere near there. Thanks for the great photo.


Not content with the C2C complete, they then cycled 19 miles via Newcastle to a campsite in the Tyne Valley on the Sunday evening and left on the Monday morning, cycling back to Keswick in Cumbria, where the family were planning a BBQ welcome. That was another 7h:32m of cycling, 92.8 miles (~150km) of distance and 6,230ft (1,899m) of climb; more than halfway up Everest in total. Well done indeed on that amazing achievement!


Daniel Tee in Newcastle, with the Tyne Bridge in the background, by Sarah Osborne. Thanks for the lovely photo.


Sarah Osborne entering Northumberland on C2C, by Daniel Tee. Thanks for the great photo.