Joey Bendall leads Newmarket Joggers home in Sudbury Friday 5

Sudbury Friday 5, Friday evening, June 2nd:  The weather was ideal, with sunshine and a cool, gentle breeze, while the course was challenging, with the formidable Kedington Hill in mile two, fortunately followed by a rewarding downhill of equal magnitude.

Joey Bendall was in fine form and led the Joggers home in a time of 28:14, 6th of 305 overall and 3rd of 46 in M18-39. Then came age group trophy winner Paul Holley (29:05, 12th, 1st of 35 in M55) and Neville Clarke (35:55, 112th, 2nd of 11 in M65). First female Jogger to finish was Hannah Pollard (36:02, 15th F of 97, 5th of 20 in F40), improving all the time after a prolonged period of injury, followed by the consistent Jo Bouttell (55:30, 89th F, 12th in F55). Other Joggers to finish were: Neil Williamson (41:50, 200th, 26th in M45), Brian Munns (46:14, 258th, 33rd in M55), Jim Withers (47:14, 261st, 9th in M65) and Chris Aylmer (50:57, 281st, 5th in M70+). Caroline Mcintosh unfortunately had to retire with an ankle injury after 3 miles; we wish her a speedy recovery.


From left: Joey Bendall, Paul Holley and Hannah Pollard after the Sudbury Friday 5. Many thanks for the photo.


On Sunday at RAF Marham in Norfolk, two Joggers ran in the Marham Dambusters 80th Anniversary 10K, commemorating the daring World War II night time raid on three German dams by RAF 617 Squadron, in the early hours of 17th May 1943.

Jason Beeton (43:12, 32nd of 252 overall, 12th of 42 in M18-39) was satisfied with his effort after a difficult training period. Lisa Garrand (1:05:36, 79th F of 108, 26th in F18-39) has been improving rapidly, after taking time away from running over the last year for family commitments.


Above left: Jason Beeton (centre) with Thetford AC team mates; above right: Lisa Garrand coming back to form and approaching the finish line in the Marham 10K. Many thanks for the Strava photos.


Culford Sprint Triathlon, Culford School, near Bury St Edmunds, Sunday 4th June: Martin Smith took part in this event, which entailed a 300m pool swim, a 21km bike ride (3 x 7km laps on quiet roads) and a 4.2km run around the school grounds and playing fields. He did very well to finish in a time of 59:55, 17th of 80 entrants overall and 1st of 14 in his M45 age group.

Box End Park 5km Swim, Bedford, Saturday 3rd June: Sarah Osborne took on this open swimming race and put in a big effort to finish 2nd F of 8 and 3rd of 21 overall, in an official time of 1:18:02. The course appeared to be a little long, according to GPS, but it must be difficult to measure precisely in open water.

Grafman Middle Distance Aquabike, Grafham Water, Huntingdonshire, Sunday 4th June: Daniel Tee opted for this slightly unusual combination of swim and bike, with the more popular event being the Grafman Triathlon. He did well to finish in a time of 3:13:59, 15th of 52 competitors overall and 2nd of 4 in the 40-44 age group. It’s likely he was still feeling the effects of the huge amount of cycling he did the previous weekend, including the C2C (Coast to Coast) from Whitehaven to Tynemouth….and back again.

Sportive TOC Tour of Cambridgeshire, Sunday 4th June, near Peterborough: Two Joggers had a go at this cycling tour of Cambridgeshire, open to complete novices and experienced cyclists alike, with the route going along traffic-free roads within the county.  They both opted for the 50-mile distance, which came out at 52.9 miles on GPS, with the total climb recorded as 1,673ft. Hannah Pollard clocked 3:21:08, finishing 42nd of 332 cyclists overall and 7th F of 220, exhibiting some rare, hidden talent in the saddle. Suzanne Bailey (F55) also put in a good effort to clock 4:36:11, finishing a very respectable 73rd F. Their average speeds were 15.8mph (16.9mph moving) and 11.5mph (14.7mph moving) respectively.


Hannah Pollard and friend after the TOC. Many thanks for the Strava photo.