A great atmosphere at Newmarket Heath Race and top performances by the Joggers

Newmarket Heath Race, Thursday evening, May 2nd: Angela Drury did a great job as Race Director of the annual Newmarket Heath Race, with a turnout of 224 participants in the senior race (~5.4km) and another 67 in the junior Heath Race (~1.8km). There was an exciting atmosphere all around. The Clive Purbrook Stable & Stud Challenge trophy went to Rossdales, who  mustered a strong first team of three, with several more of their teams competing on the night. The teams of three had to have at least 1 man and 1 woman running. Points were awarded according to finishing positions of each team member.


Above: Adam & Rachael Maltpress after the Heath Race. Many thanks for the photo.


Apart from the valuable helpers and marshals from Newmarket Joggers, there was a good number of notable performances from club members too. 16-year-old junior Jogger Lilian Corbett (21:34) put in a tremendous effort to finish first home of 101 female runners. First runner to finish overall was dark horse raider Dominic Baxter (18:22) from London club Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC; well done to him. Joggers managed to fill the next three places, with Neil Pollard (18:41, 2nd) and Dan Hutchison (18:46, 3rd) completing the podium, and Jimmy Smith (18:52, 4th) winning the trophy for 1st M40-44.

Going up the age group winners for the Joggers, Hannah Pollard (24:06) was 1st F40-44; Mandy Corbett (23:56, Lilian’s mother) 1st F45-49; Paul Holley (21:33) 1st M55-59; Belinda Schofield (29:38) 1st F65-69; Ian Butcher (26:57) 1st M65-69) and Neville Clarke (25:44) 1st M70-74. Altogether, 36 Joggers completed the race, with about as many volunteering to help and marshal. Thanks to chief marshal Jim Withers for his excellent organisation.



Above: Joggers relax in the Golden Lion after the Heath Race, from left: Jimmy Smith, Dan Hutchison, Nicole Smith & Race Director Angela Drury. Many thanks for the photo.


In the junior Heath Race (~1.8km), junior Jogger Harvey Thomas U13B (06:50) was first home of 67 runners overall in a very impressive performance. First female runner to finish was Connie Abraham U13G (07:43) of Ely Runners, with junior Joggers Isabelle Knowles U13G (8:05) and Sophie Blundell U13G (8:17) not far behind in 2nd and 3rd female place. Other excellent efforts by junior club members were: Alexander Balmer (07:39, 3rd U13B), Lewis Stinger (07:57, 3rd U11B), Solomon Brokenshire-Dyke (08:14, 5th U13B), Noah Poujardieu (08:39, 7th U13B), Amber Smith (9:13, 7th U13G), Emma Southgate (9:46, 10th U13G), Esther Eaton (9:46, 2nd U11G), Oliver Hilton (9:52, 12th U11B) and Imogen Stephens (10:05, 3rd U11G).


Aylsham 10K, Sunday May 5th: One of our fastest runners, Hugh Tawell (35:44. 7th of 466 overall, 4th of 115 in M Open), was well up with the leaders, followed by Reuben Smith (51:00, 217th, 13th of 23 in M40-44), doing well in his first 10K for the club.



 Hugh Tawell (left) and Reuben Smith (right) finishing the Aylsham 10K. Many thanks to Hugh, Reuben and Total Race Timing for the photos.


Belfast City Marathon, Sunday Above: May 5th: Club secretary Wendy Ancill (4:08:34, 322nd F of 1,079, 24th of 71 in F50-54) and her husband Mark Geddie (3:55:27, 1,626th of 4,374 overall, 111th of 264 in M50-54) both very much enjoyed this event, excellently organised and with great crowd support. In addition to over 4,000 dedicated marathon runners, there were about twice as many relay runners taking part, making for a great atmosphere.



Above: Wendy Ancill & Mark Geddie before the start of the Belfast City Marathon, with the parliamentary Stormont buildings in the background. Many thanks for the photo.


Bury to Clare Challenge 18M, Sunday May 5th: Three Joggers took on this popular annual run or walk challenge. Official results were not out at the time of writing but we know our runners’ approximate times. Sianie Painter (~3:53:47) opted to run, while Gillie Green (5:41:57) and Sarah Last (5:41:57) walked together all the way. They all enjoyed the beautiful spring scenery, despite muddy conditions in places.


Above, bottom right: Gillie Green & Sarah Last during the Bury to Clare 18, with other photos of the scenery along the route. Many thanks for the photos.


MK Half Marathon & Marathon, Monday May 6th: Adam Maltpress (1:37:10, 167th of 2,139 overall, 24th of 182 in M45-49) opted for the Half, doing very well overall and in his age group. David Percy (3:20:00, 226th of 1,713, 36th of 188 in M45-49) took on his first marathon of the year and finished high up in the rankings.


Above: Adam Maltpress coming into the MK Dons Stadium at the end of his MK Half Marathon. Many thanks for the photo.


Breckland 10K (Part 1), Croxton, near Thetford, Monday May 6th: This was the first part of two fixtures, with another identical one planned for Sunday May 19th, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Thetford AC. The race medals will fit together to form a whole.

Six Joggers took part. First home and in great form was Marc Drury (41:46, 18th of 310 overall, 3rd of 31 in M50-59), followed by Ellie Bithell (47:56, 11th F, 1st in F45-49) in trophy-winning style. Then came Helen Wass (54:41, 41st F, 5th of 14 in F55-59), who has improved rapidly after a long period of injury, Angela Drury (54:58, 44th F, 8th of 23 in F40-44), Jan Holmes (1:01:41, 84th F, 6th of 15 in F60-64) and Jo Bouttell (1:10:21, 124th F, 13th in F60-64). All hope to be back to do Part 2.



Above top: Joggers in the Breckland 10K, from left: Helen Wass, Ellie Bithell, Jo Bouttell, Jan Holmes & Marc Drury, with Angela Drury in front. Above, bottom: A flying finish by Ellie Bithell. Many thanks for the photos.


Saffron Walden Sprint Triathlon, organised by Walden Tri Club, Sunday May 5th: Three Joggers were representing Newmarket Cycling & Tri Club (NCTC) in this event. The sprint triathlon was made up of 400m swim/23km bike/5km run. Martin Smith did well to come 25th of 118 overall, with splits of 08:12 swim/40:49 bike/27:28 run, to clock 1:18:41 in all, including transitions. Pearl Fay (run) and Jo Bouttell (bike) decided to enter as a relay team, with another member of NCTC taking on the swim. They finished 2nd of three all-female relay teams, with split times of 12:08 swim/52:25 bike/36:20 run.


Above: Members of the NCTC Relay Triathlon team sneaking onto the podium, with Joggers Jo Bouttell (left) and Pearl Fay (right). Many thanks for the photo.