All-time PB for Ellie Bithell in Flaming June 10K at Impington

Flaming June 10K, Impington, Cambridge, Sunday, June 9th: Two Joggers took part in the 10K event. Ellie Bithell (46:09, 56th of 303 overall, 6th F of 144, 2nd of 47 in F40-49) enjoyed a great run in a new PB time, taking 21 seconds off her time in the Breckland 10K three weeks ago. Ellie has been in extraordinarily good form over the last year or so, gaining a string of PBs last year and this year. Also in excellent form was Angela Drury (56:21, 54th F, 15th in F40-49).


Above: Joggers before the start, from left at the front: Angela Drury, Ellie Bithell, Jeremy Reader and Marc Drury. Many thanks for the team photo.


Flaming June Half Marathon. Two Joggers took part in this race: Marc Drury (1:28:21, 21st of 210 overall, 6th of 37 in M50-59) put in a top run, just slightly outside his time at Cambridge last March. That also applies to Jeremy Reader (1:49:57, 104th, 22nd  in M50-59), who has been in good form this year and is enjoying his racing.


Above left: Ellie Bithell with medal after Flaming June 10k; right: Angela & Marc Drury with their medals. Many thanks for photos.


Friday 5 Series, fixture 2 of 6 at Framlingham, Friday June 7th: Six Joggers took part in this 5-mile road race. First jogger home in an excellent time was David Percy (31:59, 53rd of 403 overall, 10th of 51 in M45-49), in his first 5-mile race this year. Next came Neville Clarke (37:05, 166th, 1st of 7 in M70+), again winning his age group following the previous week’s successful run at Sudbury. Then came Helen Wass (42:55, 63rd F of 126, 4th of 11 in F55-59) in an even quicker time than the previous week, followed by Brian Munns (43:15, 296th, 17th in M60-64), Jan Holmes (50:38, 102nd F, 9th in F60-64) and Jim Withers (50:48, 368th, 14th in M65-69), all putting in big efforts. The next fixture will be at Kirton, near Felixstowe on June 14th.


Zig Zag Valley of Owls 10K/Half Marathon, Barrow, Sunday June 9th: Meera Mahadevan (52:13, 11th of 66 overall, 4th F of 34) did well to record her quickest 10k of the year and finish right up with the leading female runners. Caroline Mcintosh (2:56:33, 108th of 124 overall, 56th F of 70) took on the Half Marathon and used it mainly as a training run in preparation for two marathons to come later in the year; at Helsinki in August and Athens in November. She took a wrong turning adding some unintentional extra distance.


Above: The start of the Half Marathon at Barrow. Thanks for the photo to Zig Zag Running.


Marston Vale 5K, Bedford, Friday 7th June: Andrew Taylor (21:28, 68th of 343 overall, 11th of 46 in M50-59) enjoyed the scenery in the pleasant surroundings of the Forest of Marston Vale, on the outskirts of Bedford, though he was carrying a heavy cold and obviously felt below par. He was still less than a minute outside his best 5k time this year.


Race For Life 5K, Nowton Park Bury St Edmunds, Saturday, June 8th: Sarah Last (~33:03) is a big supporter of these events and enjoyed her run and the friendly atmosphere.


Above: Nowton Park and the Race For Life event by Sarah Last. Many thanks for the photos.


Ken Livermore Race Walk Relays, Enfield Race Walking league, Donkey Lane, Enfield, Saturday June 8th: Suzanne Bailey (W60-64) and Lily-Ann Cooper (U15G) attended this race walking event, accompanied by George Wilkinson, who coaches race walking for Suffolk Athletics, competes in race walking events and is a Newmarket Jogger himself. It was an interesting format for the relays, in teams of two, with Suzanne and Lily-Ann forming a team. First, Suzanne walked 1 x 1000m round the track and handed the baton to Lily-Ann, who then alternated 10 x 800m walks with Suzanne; finally Lily-Ann walked 1000m to finish. So, they both walked 5km to make 10km in all (1 x 1000m + 5 x 800m each). Suzanne’s own unofficial time was 35:48 for her 5km, which works out at about 11:30 per mile or 7:09/km, which is impressive going (and faster than a select few of us can run the Run Newmarket 5k). There are no official results out yet.


Above left: Suzanne and Lily-Ann at Enfield Race Walking Relays; right: Suzanne during her race walk. Thanks for the photos.


Culford Sprint Triathlon, Culford School, near Bury St Edmunds, Sunday June 9th: Three Newmarket Joggers, also of Newmarket Cycling & Tri Club, took part in this event, which comprised a 300m pool swim, 21km road bike ride and 4.2km run around the sports fields and grounds of Culford School. First home was Martin Smith (total time 1:01:27, 05:37 swim, 34:17 bike, 18:31 run, 31st of 183 overall, 3rd of 12 in M45-49), from Reuben Smith (1:03:15, 04:22 swim, 38:27 bike, 17:43 run, 42nd, 8th of 14 in M40-44) and Jo Bouttell (1:26:34, 10:31 swim, 44:29 bike, 25:56 run, 166th, 3rd of 5 in F60-64). They all enjoyed the event.


Above left: Joggers Jo Bouttell 3rd from left, Reuben Smith 2nd from right, and Martin Smith on the far right; above right: Jo Bouttell and bike during her race. Many thanks for the photos.


Arkwright/Turners Summer 5K League:

Above: The Newmarket Joggers team for the Arkwright/Turners 5K League fixture on Newmarket Heath on Thursday evening, 6th June. Official results were not out at the time of writing, but we had a big turnout and hope to at least maintain 3rd position in the League. More to follow next week when we know the results. Many thanks to race director Jackie Henley and her team of faithful volunteers for a great evening of summer racing and to social secretary Sophie Adams for organising the gathering at The White Hart pub afterwards.