Success for junior Newmarket Joggers in Duxford Dash


View at Duxford Aerodrome, captured by Caroline Mcintosh, with thanks.


DUXFORD DASH, Cambridgeshire, Sunday 22nd Oct: Fourteen Newmarket Joggers turned out at Duxford Aerodrome, among a large field of 955 participants for the 1-mile Family Fun Run, 5K and 10K races. The course was fast and almost flat along the airfield runway, while the weather was cool, bright and sunny. Greatest success went to junior Joggers Cerys Bithell (aged 15) in the 5K (20:23, 6th of 255 overall, 1st F of 131, 1st of 62 in F Open) and Lilian Corbett (aged 16) in the 10K (41:34PB, 42nd of 605 overall, 5th F of 233, 4th of 85 in F Open).

The mothers of Cerys (Eleanor Bithell, 22:02PB, 5th F, 1st of 13 in F45) and Lilian (Mandy Corbett, 45:31, 10th F, 4th of 40 in F40), both senior Newmarket Joggers, were running in the same race as their respective daughters and performed at a high class in their age groups.


Some of the Joggers at Duxford Dash 5K & 10K. Back row from left: Ian Butcher, Mandy Corbett, Bridget Wallwin, Andy Fryatt, Martin Smith, Cerys Bithell, Lilian Corbett and Sarah Last; front row from left: Caroline Mcintosh, Gillie Green and Eleanor Bithell. Many thanks for the team photo.


Other Joggers putting in big efforts in the 5K were: Sarah Last (32:12, 52nd F, 8th in F50) and Gillian Green (38:32, 95th F, 6th in F60); and in the 10K: Andy Fryatt (43:19, 58th overall, 2nd of 38 in M55), Richard Jones (46:09, 87th, 3rd of 34 in M60), Ian Butcher (48:29, 143rd, 4th of 19 in M65+), Martin Smith (55:46, 308th, 32nd in M45), Bridget Wallwin (55:48, 77th F, 4th of 26 in F55), Sarah Kinston (1:03:01, 148th F, 24th in F45), Caroline Mcintosh (1:05:25, 161st F, 3rd in F65+) and Rebecca Hannah F Open (1:22:01, 228th F).


Cerys Bithell and Eleanor Bithell with medals. Thanks for the great photo.


Worthy of note that Caroline Mcintosh achieved her best 10k time since 2019, despite now being over 70 years of age. Only 2 weeks before, she had also clocked her best half marathon time for 4 years, in the Royal Parks Half Marathon in London. She’s having a very good year, is our Caroline.

Apologies for missing Caroline’s 10k in the Lakenheath RSPB Race for Wildlife on 15th October, where she clocked 1:13:24 on a scenically beautiful but difficult trail course, over rather tufted, long grass. The official results (credit to Caroline) combine the 5k and 10k runners (66 finishers in all), so difficult to give accurate positions. She finished about 18th F of 23 in the 10k.


THURLOW 5M & 10M, Suffolk, Sunday 22nd Oct: This local, annual event attracted 11 Joggers. The 5-mile race doubled as one of the Suffolk County Championship events, which count towards the 2023 Suffolk Grand Prix competition. First Jogger home and winner of his age group trophy was Jimmy Smith (28:09, 4th of 84 overall, 1st of 5 in M40), followed by trophy winner Greg Davis (34:50, 16th, 1st of 8 in M60), who has found some top form this year. Completing a trio of trophy wins, Nicole Smith (41:45, 12th F of 40, 1st of 3 in F50) had a great run for our women’s team and is full of motivation.  Neville Clarke (37:19, 25th, 2nd of 8 in M65+) put in a top run but narrowly failed to add a fourth trophy. Then came Joanne Bouttell (58:55, 35th F, 7th if F55) with a valiant run/walk effort while she is recovering from injury. Jan Holmes unfortunately had to pull out of the race early on due to injury and we wish her a speedy recovery.


Nicole Smith, Greg Davis and Jimmy Smith: All won their age groups in the 5M race. They received Thurlow 5M trophies, as well as Suffolk County Championship trophies. Many thanks for the photo.


In the 10M race, Marc Drury (1:12:42, 16th of 54 overall, 3rd of 8 in M50) was in solid form despite a recent bout of illness. Then came Lisa Garrand F Open (1:40:02, 19th F) with a good effort in her first recorded 10-mile race, followed by Jim Withers M65+ (1:46:44, 53rd) and Chris Aylmer M65+ (1:54:37, 54th). Jason Beeton (1:09:58, 8th) was representing his 1st claim club Thetford AC in this race.


FOREST RUNNER TRAIL 10K, High Lodge, Thetford Forest, Sunday, 22nd Oct: Troi Baxter F Open (41:29, 4th of 191 overall, 1st F of 101) put in a top class effort in her first known trail race and enjoyed the scenery along the way.


Above left: Troi Baxter with 1st Female trophy in the Forest Runner Trail 10K; above right, Troi in action on the course. Many thanks to Troi for photos.


ABINGDON MARATHON, Oxfordshire, Sunday, 22nd Oct: Chris Underwood M Open (3:44:20, 430th of 741 overall) did well to knock 4 minutes off his marathon PB in this high class race.

MILDENHALL HUB parkrun, Saturday 21st Oct: Newmarket Joggers staged a ”takeover” of this local 5k parkrun, which means they filled nearly all the volunteer roles and also supplied pacers at 23/25/28/30/35 minutes. It was a fun morning and a nice opportunity to put something back into the local community. Special thanks to club social secretary Sophie Adams for organising and coordinating this event. See the Run Newmarket/parkrun page in the left hand menu for all the Joggers’ results.


Joggers gather at Mildenhall Hub parkrun on a dull day, but at least it was fairly mild for the time of year and had almost stopped raining, apart from a very fine, refreshing drizzle. The pacers were popular with the participants and all the marshals went the extra mile.