Troi Baxter and Nathan Brown excel in BMW Berlin Marathon

Troi Baxter (2:51:53PB, 119th F of 14,392, 34th of 1,922 in F20-29) and Nathan Brown (2:31:25PB, 247th M of 28,582, 63rd of 2,730 in M20-29) both excelled in the BMW Berlin Marathon on Sunday, 24th September, where a total field of over 43,000 participants took to the streets.

Troi had put in many months of dedicated preparation for this race and had not entered any other running events since the Oakley 20-mile last March. It certainly paid off, with a marathon PB by 39 seconds (cf. London 2022), a second half split just 1m:45s longer than the first, and an official average pace of 6:34/mi (4:05/km). She finished 13th of 894 female GBR runners in the race, headed by the formidable Charlotte Purdue on 2:22:17.

The figures were equally impressive for Nathan, who achieved a whopping 12m:18s PB (cf. Boston US 2023), took just 2m:29s longer for his second half split, and managed an average pace of 5:47/mi (3:36/km); all that after setting a half marathon PB just 8 days before in the USA. Currently a member of the USAF, stationed at Mildenhall, Nathan will soon be moving on to another base, but it has been an honour to have him as a member of the club this year. He has such an infectious enthusiasm for running that motivates everyone around him; he even smiles during races, as does Troi of course😊.

 

Above top left: Troi with Paula Radcliffe, with whom she warmed up before the race; above top right: Troi after the BMW Berlin Marathon; above bottom: Nathan Brown after the BMW Berlin Marathon. Many thanks for the photos.

 

Elke Hausler entered several events in the European Masters Athletics Championships in Pescara Italy over the weekend, competing in the W60-64 age category. She entered the 1500m track event on Saturday Sept 23rd and clocked a huge PB (by nearly 6 seconds) of 5m:34.19s, finishing 5th of 13 in W60. One of her GBR W60 friends, Christine Anthony, won the bronze medal. On Sunday 24th, Elke ran in the 8km XC event (GPS ~6.8km) and clocked 31:24 to finish 8th of 19 in W60 and 2nd GBR W60 runner of 7. This won her a welcome team silver medal, based on the best three times for countries with 3 or more runners. On Monday 25th, her main target of the championships was the 2,000m steeplechase, for which she holds the world record W60 time of 8m:26.94s, set in Derby earlier this year. Unfortunately, Elke sustained a nasty ankle injury at the first water jump and was unable to carry on; she may be out of action for some months. This was so disappointing for her, as there were no other W60 entrants in the race and the gold medal was hers for the taking.

 

Above left: Elke Hausler, 2nd from left, in the W60 1500m, with Christine Anthony, eventual bronze winner, in 3rd place; above right: Elke (2nd from left) going over the fateful water jump that unfortunately caused her injury. Many thanks to Alan Ramage for the photos.

 

On Sunday, 7 Joggers took on the RUN SANDRINGHAM 10K in Norfolk, an attractive, wooded route around the Royal Estate. Jeremy Reader (50:18, 261st of 1,342 overall, 28th of 73 in M45) was first home in his best 10k time this year. Next came Brian Munns (52:34, 349th, 19th of 57 in M60), Bridget Wallwin (58:00, 288th,11th of 80 in F55) and Suzanne Bailey (28:36, 617th, 15th in F550, all with their quickest 10k times this year. They were followed by Jim Withers (1:02:22, 813th, 21st of 38 in M65+), Jan Holmes (1:03:04, 843rd, 15th of 43 in F60) and Pearl Fay (1:15:18, 1,194th, 29th in F60). Jo Bouttell was kindly there to support.

 

Joggers in the Run Sandringham 10K, from left: Suzanne Bailey, Jim Withers, Jan Holmes, Jan Holmes’ daughter?, Pearl Fay, Brian Munns and Bridget Wallwin. Also Jeremy Reader and supporter Jo Bouttell, not in this picture. Many thanks for the team photo.

Jeremy Reader, first Jogger home in the Sandringham 10K and his best time of the year.

 

In the GRANCHESTER 10K, near Cambridge on Sunday, Junior Cerys Bithell U16 (50:44, 61st of 200 overall, 10th F of 84, 2nd of 31 in FU40) put in a great effort, almost winning her age group despite there being no junior age groups to contest. Her mother Ellie Bithell (50:55, 63rd, 11th F, 6th of 29 in F40-49) was close behind and is having a great year, with PBs across the board. Colin Almond (58:50, 132nd, 35th in MU40) also ran well in his first 10k race this year.

 

Cerys & Ellie Bithell before the Grantchester 10K. Thanks for the photo

 

Not far away, in the CAMBOURNE 10K on Sunday, Shane Mcandrew (44:32, 31st of 249, 7th of 37 in M20-39) put in a sound performance in this undulating, off-road race.

Over at the Bedford Autodrome in the Running Grand Prix 5K, Andrew Taylor (20:45, 6th of 40 overall) put in a good effort under very windy conditions.

 

On Saturday at Bardwell in west Suffolk, Sianie Painter (8:47:25) ran her first ever ultra marathon, the picturesque FIELDS & FORESTS TRAIL ULTRA over ~34 miles. She enjoyed the route and was happy to prove to herself that she can go the distance.

 

Above: Sianie Painter in the Fields & Forests Ultra. Many thanks for the photos.

 

Also on Saturday, starting at Burnham Overy Staithe, Sarah Last and Gillie Green enjoyed walking together in the NORFOLK COASTAL TRAIL HALF MARATHON, in a time of ~3:57:06 (GPS). It was a one-way route along the Norfolk coast, finishing near Morston.

 

Above left: Sarah Last & Gillie Green in the Norfolk Coastal Trail HM; above right, the attractive finishers’ medal. Many thanks for the photos.

 

On Sunday, it was the VITALITY 10,000 race in London. Two Joggers had entered the race but decided in the end to do the VIRTUAL VITALITY 10,000 instead. Anna Mayhew (1:02:52) and Caroline Mcintosh (1:13:41) chose local routes and took the opportunity for 10k training runs.

Sunday 17th Sept: Junior Harvey Thomas competed at the HAVERING ATHLETICS CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS & OPEN in Upminster, Essex and came 3rd of 8 in the U13 Boys 800m in a time of 2m:32.5s.  Not quite a PB (2:29.95), but perhaps his best tactically run race and highest finishing position so far on the track; a great end to his summer season.

 

Harvey Thomas exhibiting perfect running form in the Havering AC 800m at Upminster. Thanks for the great photo.