Archived parkrun & GRL reports

Newmarket Joggers parkrun report for Saturday 31st August 2019

LOCAL VENUES. Brandon (151): Neville Clarke (21:47); Stephen Cousins (23:39); Iain Perry (28:35). Bury St Edmunds (376): James Thomson & Norah in Buggy (26:51); Ruth Eberhardt (26:52); Paul Dockerill (29:41) with daughters Abbie (29:40) and Chloe (29:53). Cambridge (531): Brian Munns (22:31 YB!); Richard Jones (24:17); Jim Withers (26:24 =YB!); Aaron Burns (31:47). Clare Castle (124): James Tweed (21:00). Littleport (199): Christine Windsor (31:31); Emma Reader (35:36 cPB!).

TOURIST VENUES. Cardiff (712): Henry Hamilton (20:05). Conkers [Leicestershire] (710):  Sarah Kinston (30:43). Netley Abbey [Southampton] (285): Adrian Whittle (24:42). Kesgrave [Ipswich] (331): Chris Aylmer (29:00). Heslington [SE York] (287): Emma Newman (22:44). Thomas Mills [Framlingham] (117): Giles Macrow (26:10).

BEST IN AGE GROUPS. Brian Munns 3rd of 24;  Ruth Eberhardt 4th of 27; Christine Windsor 1st of 6; Stephen Cousins 1st of 5; James Tweed 2nd of 10; Henry Hamilton 10th of 41; Adrian Whittle 5th of 18; Emma Newman 4th of 14; Jim Withers 4th of 14; Sarah Kinston 20th of 59.

Top: Cardiff parkrun. Photo: Henry Hamilton. Middle left: Emma Newman’s 50th parkrun at Heslington. Photo: Emma Newman. Middle right: James Thomson at Bury St Edmunds parkrun with Norah in buggy. Photo: James Thomson. Bottom: Kesgrave parkrun. Photo: Chris Aylmer.

Newmarket Joggers GRL report for Sunday 25th August 2019 @11:15am

5K: Neville Clarke (22:53) 5th of 24 overall; Sianie Painter (31:30) 14th & 2nd F of 5; Chris Aylmer (33:09) 17th; Anna Mayhew (42:35, volunteer helper) 23rd & 5th F. No Joggers in 2.5K. Elke Hausler was actually 1st female finisher in the 5K, so congratulations to her, but she unfortunately forgot her timing chip.

The 5K and 2.5K routes were altered to avoid using the Warren Hill descent next to the Moulton Road while the Soapbox Derby was in progress. So 5K runners never entered the woods at all but continued along the back edge and far side of the woods and descended down the ‘Kenyan Hill’ (nickname from Newmarket Joggers training sessions), the one the 2.5K runners have to run up. It was a hot morning at around 27-28°C in direct sun and no easy effort for the participants.

Thanks to the volunteers: David Merchant, Sue Scargill, Helen Wass, Debbie Read, Paul Forshaw, Gaye Margarson, James Plowman, Anna Mayhew & a couple of new marshals behind the woods, whose names I apologise for not knowing. The Facebook reports no longer come through to the GRL page on my computer….they got wise!

Looking up Warren Hill to the woods. Photo: Chris Aylmer

Newmarket Joggers parkrun report for Saturday 24th August 2019

LOCAL VENUES. Brandon (93): Adam Maltpress (25:56); Clive Purbrook (26:13); Kate Warboys (31:31). Bury St Edmunds (331): Elke Hausler (22:21); Ruth Eberhardt (25:48); Iain Perry (30:10).  Cambridge (506): Emma Newman (23:38); Adrian Whittle (25:09); Richard Jones (25:13); Alison McKenzie (27:17); Jan Holmes (27:37); Sarah Kinston (30:56); Aaron Burns (32:29); Rachel Allen (36:23). Clare Castle (153): Joe Cormack (24:54); Chris Aylmer (29:56). Coldham’s Common (260): Brian Munns (23:02 cPB!); Jim Withers (26:24 cPB! YB!). Littleport (224): Neville Clarke (20:34 cPB! YB!); Emma Reader (35:50). Wimpole Estate (446): Wayne Hargreaves (27:54).

Clare Castle parkrun. Photo: Chris Aylmer

TOURIST VENUES. Braunstone [near Leicester](439): Rebecca Hannah (33:14). Gladstone [Hendon, NW London](187): Giles Macrow (27:17). Mole Valley [Surrey Hills](297): James Thomson (22:36). Nonsuch [Cheam, SW London](744): Henry Hamilton (19:46). Sheringham [North Norfolk coast](367): Paul Dockerill (29:53) ran with daughter Chloe (29:51).

BEST IN AGE GROUPS. Jan Holmes 2nd of 23; Brian Munns 1st of 10; Emma Newman 2nd of 19; Elke Hausler 2nd of 18; Neville Clarke 1st of 7; Alison McKenzie 2nd of 13; Henry Hamilton 9th of 38; Clive Purbrook 1st of 4; Sarah Kinston 8th of 29; Adrian Whittle 9th of 28.


James Thomson surveying the scenery and the vineyards at Mole Valley parkrun. Photo: James Thomson.

James Thomson enjoyed the scenery at Mole Valley parkrun, nestling in the North Downs of Surrey, but maybe not so much the hills! This parkrun takes place on the Denbies Wine Estate, the biggest producer of English wine in the country. Rows and rows of vines stretch for 265 acres in the surrounding countryside. The course is a 1-lapper that snakes along corridors between hedgerows and vines and is certainly hilly with 289 ft of climb. The parkrun began in March last year and already attracts around 300 participants per week, with a record of 390 earlier this month.

Giles Macrow tried out Gladstone parkrun in Hendon, NW London, which started life in 2012 with only 53 runners but set a record of 270 in January this year. The park itself was designed in late Victorian times and named after erstwhile Prime Minister William Gladstone, who use to spend time here relaxing and, who knows, maybe chopping down the odd tree. A partly disused railway line, used only for freight now, bisects the park and runners are taken over the railway bridge near the start and finish for some extra excitement.

Staying in London, in the SW near Cheam, Henry Hamilton clocked up Nonsuch parkrun, a flat and fast 2-lapper in Nonsuch Park, mainly on hard paths with some grass. It started in 2011 with an average attendance of a bit over 100 for the first few months, but has grown exponentially. The record attendance now stands at 949 in May this year.

The finish at Nonsuch parkrun. Photo: Henry Hamilton.

Paul Dockerill returned to Sheringham parkrun on the Norfolk coast and ran with his daughter Chloe. This is a tough one lap course over rough, undulating and uneven wooded terrain, with a steep climb towards the finish and plenty in the way of tree root hazards. It began in 2012 with 85 participants and now regularly attracts over 200 per week, with a record of 44o in April this year.

It was the third visit of Rebecca Hannah to Braunstone parkrun, near Leicester, an attractive, moderately undulating, 2-lap course in Braunstone Park, mainly over hard paths. It has a wooded section and passes by two small lakes on the way. It started in September 2010 with only 54 participants but attracted a record 753 in January this year, so huge progress.

Newmarket Joggers GRL report for Sunday 18th August 2019 @11:15am

5K(24): Neville Clarke (21:44 cPB!) 1st of 24 overall; Hannah Short (27:25) 8th & 1st F; Malcolm Osbourn (27:54) 13th. No Joggers in the 2.5K run.

Neville Clarke was 1st overall finisher and set himself a new GRL PB of 21:44, so a great effort from him. Hannah Short also put in a fast run to finish 1st female in 27:25, with Malcolm Osbourn consistent as ever and close behind in a very good time of 27:54. Thanks to the volunteer helpers: David Merchant, Sue Scargill, Gaye Margarson, Paul Foreshaw, Joe Cormack, Chris Aylmer and Alice.

Newmarket Joggers parkrun report for Saturday 17th August 2019

LOCAL VENUES  Cambridge (465): Stephen Cousins (23:37); Rebecca Fordham (26:41). Bury St Edmunds (335): Paul Dockerill (22:06); Ruth Eberhardt (26:15); Anna Mayhew (26:42). Thetford (248): Elke Hausler (21:42, 1st F finisher!); Emma Newman (23:30); Clodie Rolph (30:17 YB! cPB! PB!); Sarah Kinston (31:09 50th parkrun!); Rebecca Hannah (32:08); Rachel Allen (35:24). Clare Castle (133): Neville Clarke (21:38). Littleport (189): Christine Windsor (29:15). Coldham’s Common (259): Brian Munns (23:07); James Thomson & Norah in Buggy (24:56).

Sarah Kinston’s 50th parkrun at Thetford. Photo: Sarah Kinston

TOURIST VENUES  Wimbledon Common [SW London](472): Henry Hamilton (20:24 cPB!). Whinlatter Forest [Lake District](193): James Tweed (25:19 cPB!). Holkham [North Norfolk](278): Chris Aylmer (30:07).

BEST IN AGE GROUPS: Elke Hausler 1st of 11 and 1st F of 120; Rebecca Fordham 3rd of 25; Anna Mayhew 2nd of 15; Henry Hamilton 4th of 25; Paul Dockerill 3rd of 16; Ruth Eberhardt 5th of 21; Brian Munns 2nd of 8; Emma Newman 2nd of 7; James Tweed 4th of 14; Stephen Cousins 3rd of 10; Sarah Kinston 8th of 26; Neville Clarke 1st of 3; Clodie Rolph 6th of 15; Christine Windsor 1st of 2.

Henry Hamilton and James Tweed both returned to previously visited tourist venues for a second attempt and both gained course PBs. Henry was at Wimbledon Common parkrun, which is an attractive, nearly flat, two lap course around the Common, through wooded parkland, twice passing by King’s Mere Lake and finishing within close view of the iconic windmill. It started in January 2007 when there were 51 participants, so one of the earliest to appear on the scene. Now the record stands at 659 in June this year….that’s progress!

Wimbledon Common parkrun. Photo: Henry Hamilton

James revisited Whinlatter Forest parkrun in the Lake District, which began in January 2018. This is the parkrun with more climb than any other parkrun in the UK, maybe in the world; officially 674 ft, but according to James’ Garmin 568 ft (173 m) of climb. More frightening still, it doesn’t come back down very much and finishes about 250 ft higher than it starts…just not fair! To compensate for this, there is very nice scenery, with excellent views of Derwent Water and the surrounding hills, if you have the breath to enjoy it.

I visited Holkham parkrun in North Norfolk, before doing a recce for Stage 3 of the Round Norfolk Relay. Holkham Park is a classic 18th Century ‘Capability Brown’-style stately park (actually landscaped mainly by William Kemp), with fashionable (at the time, now considered invasive) Mediterranean evergreen oak trees, sweeping, undulating lawns, an ice-house, an obelisk, a monument and even a neoclassical temple, not to mention an adopted herd of wild fallow deer and, of course, stately Holkham Hall itself. The Lord of the Manor, Thomas Coke, 8th Earl of Leicester, still actually lives with his family in a part of the Hall, which has well over 100 rooms, while his estate covers 25,000 acres of park and farmland.

It’s such a nice gesture that they allow free parking every week for parkrunners; no money grabbing here. The course is a scenic undulating one lap route over immaculately kept gravel and tarmac pathways. In this vast park, there is even ample room to hold the one lap Holkham 10K race, which takes place in July. The parkrun began in 2015 with 96 participants and the record attendance stands at 531 in April this year. Well recommended for a visit, with a lovely cafe near the Hall, full of home-baked goodies, and the poshest toilets (sorry, lavatories) I’ve ever visited at a parkrun!

Above left: Holkham parkrun start/finish. Above right: Holkham Hall hiding behind a tree. Photos: Barry Bye

Newmarket Joggers GRL report for Sunday 11th August 2019 @11:15am

5K (45): Stephen Cousins (23:46) 4th of 45 overall; Hannah Parsons (24:15) 6th and 1st F of 17; Joe Cormack (25:40) 8th; Giles Macrow (26:15) 10th; Rebecca Fordham (27:27) 3rd F; Malcolm Osbourn (27:31) 16th; Sophie Adams (31:44 PB!) 9th F; Caroline Mcintosh (32:56 PB!) 12th F; Jenny Osbourn (37:35) 17th F. 2.5K (22): Cerys Bithell (11:49 PB!) 1st of 22 overall and 1st F of 6. Ellie Bithell (12:25 PB!) 3rd and 2nd F.

Another great run in the 2.5K by Cerys Bithell, first finisher and a PB to boot! Trying to keep up with her daughter, Ellie Bithell also achieved a PB and took 2nd female position. Well done to both. Stephen Cousins and Hannah Parsons were top Joggers in the 5K event, with Hannah 1st female of 17 participants, so in top form. Well done Sophie Adams and Caroline Mcintosh, who both achieved new PBs on this course.

Newmarket Joggers parkrun report for Saturday 10th August 2019

LOCAL VENUES: Bury St Edmunds (275): Jason Bevan (18:50 cPB! YB!); Brian Munns (24:42); Ruth Eberhardt (24:57); Jim Withers (27:47); Stephanie Greenwood (31:13); Paul Dockerill (31:42) running with daughters Chloe (31:09) and Abbie (31:41). Thetford (272): Giles Macrow (25:08). Littleport (232): Emma Newman (23:14).

TOURIST VENUES: Ipswich [Chantry Park](340): Adrian Whittle (26:17); Gunnersbury [West London near Chiswick](541): Henry Hamilton (19:52); Margate [north Kent coast](157): Jan Holmes (27:49); Loch Neaton [Watton in Norfolk](158): Chris Aylmer (29:37).

BEST IN AGE GROUPS: Jason Bevan 1st of 16; Emma Newman 1st of 14; Jan Holmes 1st of 12; Henry Hamilton 7th of 38; Ruth Eberhardt 5th of 21; Brian Munns 4th of 16.

A particularly good week for Jason Bevan at Bury St Edmunds, with his best parkrun time since 2014 and 1st of 16 runners in his age group. Emma Newman and Jan Holmes were consistent as ever, both winning their age groups easily; Emma by over 3 minutes at Littleport (also 3rd female overall of 118) and Jan by nearly 2 minutes at Margate. Margate is a north Kent double out & back coastal run, mostly on tarmac promenade, with a stunning view of Palm Bay as it passes by Cliftonville. The parkrun dates back to 2013 and, apart from the initial 2 events, struggled to attract more than 30-40 participants per week until 2015. Since then the trend has been steadily upwards, with the record attendance 196 in April this year. Henry Hamilton’s travels took him to Gunnersbury parkrun in Gunnersbury Park in West London, near Chiswick. It has been going since 2011 and numbers have steadily increased over the years, from about 100 to a record 686 in January this year. This is a beautiful two lap course passing by a boating lake and circling Potomac Lake, a large fish pond.

Talking of lakes, I was at Loch Neaton parkrun, not in Scotland but in good old Norfolk, in Watton. The parkrun just began in March this year and is already attracting around 150 per week. The course starts along by Loch Neaton, a lovely small lake with water lilies and surrounded by trees. Then it goes for 3 laps around playing fields at Watton Sports Centre before returning to the lake for the finish. There is an interesting story about how Loch Neaton came into being and why it was so-called. In 1875 they were extending the Thetford/Watton railway line to Swaffham and needed thousands of tons of earth for the construction of a rail embankment about a mile long to the north. It was a monumental task with only some steam-powered equipment to help. Two huge holes were excavated in Neaton (a hamlet just outside Watton at the time) and the earth moved to where the line was to be laid. The railway builders were Scottish construction workers called navigators or ‘navvies’ for short in the 19thC.

Railway Navigators in the 19thC. Photo:

In the years after the railway line was constructed, one of the holes, the smallest and furthest one away from Watton, began to fill with water from the River Wissey, but the one nearest the town remained dry. A deliberate philanthropic project was begun to turn the excavated hole nearest the town and its surrounds into a lake and pleasure garden. Water was eventually brought to the hole from a nearby natural spring by using a wind pump, after chanelling from the River Wissey had failed. It was called a ‘Loch’ out of respect for the Scottish railway construction workers who had worked so hard to dig out the earth. For many years, up to the First World War, it was a popular leisure attraction, with fishing and boating lake, swimming pool, tennis courts, bowling green and bandstand. It also became a fashionable venue for music concerts, outdoor opera and the like. There was even an annual Whit Monday Marathon race that started at the lake in Edwardian times, possibly spurred on by the famous marathon in the 1908 Olympics in London, where the runner was disqualified for being helped over the line when he collapsed from exhaustion. Nowadays the Loch has been more or less returned to a place for walking and relaxation (bar the weekly parkrun!), with active sports transferred to the Sports Centre nearby, but is no less pleasing for local people.

The sad end to this story is the closing of the railway line from Thetford to Swaffham in the 1960s,  less than 100 years after all that back-breaking work. This was part of the massive cuts enforced by Dr. Beeching’s railway restructuring plans, when around half the stations in the UK were closed and a third of the railway lines ripped up. Several of the low railway bridges near Watton have been dismantled for getting in the way of traffic and there doesn’t even seem to be a footpath to walk or run along the original route of the line from Watton to Swaffham.


Newmarket Joggers parkrun report for Saturday 3rd August 2019

LOCAL VENUES. Brandon (88): Adam Maltpress (23:03), Brian Munns (23:33), Jim Withers (27:14), Alan Thornhill (31:21). Bury St Edmunds (326): Neville Clarke (21:48), Ruth Eberhardt (25:06), Adrian Whittle (26:18). Cambridge (610): James Tweed (20:51 cPB! YB! PB!), Stephen Cousins (23:06), Rebecca Fordham (25:15, PB 25:14!). Clare Castle (133): Chris Aylmer (29:54). Littleport (196): Phil Blundell (20:55 cPB! YB! PB!). Thetford (260): Elke Hausler (23:55), Malcolm Osbourn (27:34), Giles Macrow (32:25, Pacer), Carol McIntosh (33:03), Jenny Osbourn (36:33).

TOURIST VENUES. Felixstowe [Suffolk coast] (234): Paul Dockerill (20:44). Queen Elizabeth [Hampshire Downs] (120): Henry Hamilton (21:15). York [racecourse] (495): Emma Newman (22:21).

BEST IN AGE GROUPS. Rebecca Fordham 2nd of 24; Elke Hausler 1st of 11; Ruth Eberhardt 2nd of 21; Neville Clarke 1st of 8; James Tweed 5th of 36; Caroline Mcintosh 1st of 6; Henry Hamilton 1st of 6; Stephen Cousins 3rd of 18; Emma Newman 4th of 21; Jenny Osbourn 1st of 5; Paul Dockerill 3rd of 15; Jim Withers 1st of 4; Phil Blundell 3rd of 10; Brian Munns 1st of 3; Adam Maltpress 1st of 3.

Queen Elizabeth parkrun in the Hampshire Downs near Portsmouth, by Henry Hamilton


Newmarket Joggers GRL report for Sunday 4th August 2019 @11:15am

5K (44): James Tweed (22:25), 4th of 44 overall; Ellie Bithell (25:30), 12th & 1st F of 10; Hannah Short (27:39), 22nd & 3rd F; Anna Mayhew (28:13), 23rd & 4th F; Sianie Painter (29:37), 28th & 6th F. 2.5K (28): Cerys Bithell (12:46), 3rd of 28 overall & 1st F.

Well done the top Newmarket Joggers duo of Ellie Bithell and daughter Cerys Bithell, who were first female finishers in the 5K and 2.5K respectively. Well done also to James Tweed, who was first Jogger home and 4th overall in the 5K, only 11 seconds short of his GRL PB. Hannah Short, 2nd claim member of the Joggers, was only 20 seconds from her best GRL time after 7 runs in the 5K, while Anna Mayhew and Sianie Painter both put in solid efforts. Ben Phillips (9:34), a young local runner (not a club member), was a very speedy first finisher of the 2.5K event in only his 3rd GRL, taking nearly half a minute off his PB. His pace works out at 6:09/mile, especially impressive over this very hilly course. He has also done one 5K Newmarket GRL in 19:05, so definitely a runner to look out for.

Message from Dave: A nice morning on the gallops today, great weather and a good turn out! Thank you to all of today’s volunteers: Giles Macrow, James Plowman, Joe Cormack, Gaye Margarson, Helen Wass, Sue Scargill, Debbie Read, Anna Mayhew & David Merchant. See you all next week, Dave GRLN

Newmarket Joggers parkrun Report for 27th July 2019

LOCAL VENUES. Brandon (122 participants): Kate Warboys (32:28). Bury St Edmunds (258): Neville Clarke (21:38), Adrian Whittle (24:44), Ruth Eberhardt (25:40), Sophie Adams (30:55 YB!), Stephanie Greenwood (31:20). Coldham’s Common (275): Brian Munns (23:02 cPB!), Jim Withers (26:24 cPB! YB!). Clare Castle (122): James Tweed (21:39). Littleport (180): Emma Newman (22:58), Chris Aylmer (28:53). Thetford (242): Giles Macrow (25:03).

TOURIST VENUES. Lyme Park [Disley, Cheshire](113); Jason Bevan (34:49). Sherwood Pines [Nottinghamshire] (271): James Thomson without buggy! (20:33). Upton Court [Slough, Berkshire] (120): Henry Hamilton (21:20).

BEST IN AGE GROUPS: Brian Munns 1st of 10; Neville Clarke 1st of 8; James Tweed 2nd of 16; Emma Newman 1st of 7; Henry Hamilton 2nd of 13; Ruth Eberhardt 3rd of 16.

Nice to see Brian Munns back at the top of his age group. Brian and Jim both seem to get on well at Coldham’s Common, with Jim recording his best parkrun time this year and also a course PB. Emma Newman is coming back to top form and achieved her best parkrun time since her injury earlier this year. Sophie Adams also did well to get a Year Best time at Bury St Edmunds.

On tour at Sherwood Pines parkrun, James Thomson allowed himself a run without the buggy, coming 4th of 11 in his age group. His partner Poppy took over buggy duties and finished in 38:47. Sherwood Pines Forest is a few miles south of the famous Sherwood Forest of the Robin Hood legend, the latter consisting of native deciduous trees. Established in 2015, the parkrun route is a scenic one lapper along trails and stony paths through the forest, maybe somewhat similar to the equally coniferous and man-made Thetford Forest.

Henry Hamilton was down at Upton Court parkrun in Slough, which has been going since 2012. This is a 2 lap circuit around fairly open parkland and fields, with some stretches alongside woods and along cycle paths.

Jason Bevan called in at Lyme Park parkrun, near Stockport, which started in 2014. This is a beautiful National Trust parkland area on the western edge of the Peak District, in Cheshire. with panoramic views towards Manchester and beyond. The parkrun is a one-lap route along open trails and through woods. Jason was running with a friend or relation at a more relaxing pace than usual for him.


Above left: James Thomson with Norah; above right: the start at Sherwood Pines parkrun. Photos James Thomson
Below left: Henry Hamilton at Upton Court parkrun; below right: a view of the finish area. Photos Henry Hamilton.


Newmarket GRL report for Sunday 28th July 2019 @11:15am

5K (37 participants): Malcolm Osbourn (28:12) 10th of 37 overall, Jenny Osbourn (38:00) 29th & 8th F. 2.5K (8): Cerys Bithell (12:30) 1st finisher of 8 overall & 1st F.

Well done Junior Jogger Cerys Bithell, who put in a great run in the 2.5K to come home first overall finisher by over a minute and a half. Malcolm and Jenny Osbourn put in consistent performances for Newmarket Joggers in the 5K, as they have done week after week.

There was a new and very talented young runner in the 5K GRL this week: Sophie Tooley, who last ran a GRL at Needham Lake in August 2017, achieving a PB of 19:22. She finished 2nd overall and first female in an impressive time of 21:27 on this difficult Newmarket course. She is or was a member of West Suffolk AC and has a brilliant school track, cross country and parkrun record dating back to 2010, with a parkrun PB of 18:18 and top age grade of 87% in 2012 (aged only 13). Her form in the English Schools Cross Country Championships of 2012 had her selected to represent GB at a junior level. Since Feb 2018, she has no recorded runs on her Power of 10 record, so may have taken time out to concentrate on her studies at university. Let’s hope we see more of her high class running at the Newmarket GRL and that she fulfills her undoubted potential as a top athlete. George Redhead, an unattached young local runner, achieved his fourth 1st finish from 5 runs at Newmarket, coming home 1st of 37 in 19:27.

Message from Dave: Great to see you all turn out this morning! The going on course today was officially good to soft, muddy in places. A little better weather for running, after the 38.7c heat in Cambridge on Thursday, we are now back to a balmy 16c & rainy with a bit more rain! Thank you to today’s volunteers Gaye Margarson, Paul Forshaw, Helen Wass, Sue Scargill, Debbie Read, James Plowman, Giles Macrow and David Merchant. Lost property: A orange Asics top was left behind. It will be back next week if anyone wants to claim it.

See you next Sunday, Dave GRLN

Newmarket Joggers parkrun Report for 20th July 2019

LOCAL VENUES: Brandon (105 participants): Adam Maltpress (24:00), Clive Purbrook volunteer; thanks! Bury St Edmunds (321): Paul Dockerill (20:36), Ruth Eberhardt (25:52). Cambridge (423): James Tweed (21:12). Coldham’s Common (313): Phil Blundell (21:18, all-time PB!), Melanie Tindale volunteer; thanks! Littleport (186): Neville Clarke (20:46). Thetford (226): James Thomson & Buggy (22:48), Joe Cormack (25:45).

TOURIST VENUES: Castlewellan [N.I.] (253): Jim Withers (26:29 YB!). Concord [Sheffield] (178): Henry Hamilton (21:59). Conkers [Leicestershire] (634): Sarah Kinston (30:27) and volunteer, thanks! Netley Abbey [Southampton] (353): Adrian Whittle (24:09). Rutland Water (291): Emma Newman (23:12). Stewart [Middlesborough] (269): Alison McKenzie (26:51, all-time PB!). Thomas Mills [Framlingham] (114): Alan Thornhill (30:23).

BEST IN AGE GROUPS: Emma Newman 1st of 16; Paul Dockerill 1st of 14; James Tweed 3rd of 28; Alison McKenzie 1st of 9; Ruth Eberhardt 3rd of 25; Joe Cormack 1st of 6; Adrian Whittle 4th of 18; Phil Blundell 4th of 17; Neville Clarke 1st of 3; Jim Withers 2nd of 6; Sarah Kinston 15th of 43; Alan Thornhill 1st of 2.

Some interesting tourist venues this week. Adrian Whittle hails from Southampton but it was his first trip to Netley Abbey parkrun. The picturesque 2-lap course in Royal Victoria Park, close to Southampton Water, normally goes around a chapel and through bluebell woods but on this occasion there was another event in the park, so the run became a frantic 5 and a half laps around a large field. It’s slightly odd that this parkrun should have been called Netley Abbey when the course does not pass within a mile of the Abbey ruins on the other side of Netley village. However, no doubt all the pasture and woods surrounding Netley were once part of the vast Abbey estate. Royal Victoria Park has its own heritage. It was the site of an ostentatious and architecturally attractive military hospital, built in 1855 during the Crimean War, with support from Queen Victoria as its main patron and benefactor. Public sentiment regarding the suffering of soldiers in Crimean hospital camps had been swayed by Florence Nightingale and there was an outcry for provision of an up-to-date military hospital to cater for soldiers wounded in foreign conflicts. Similar to the Millenium Dome in 2000, there were many critics of the project at the time. Florence Nightingale was not too keen on the building (good looks, poor practicality) but gave it her approval in the end after much persuasion. At a quarter of a mile, it was the longest building in Europe and was quite a regal presence looking out over Southampton Water. It was much used later during the Boer War and in World War I & II but fell into disuse by the 1960s and was pulled down after a fire in 1966. Sadly, for our architectural heritage, all that remains is the hospital chapel, around which the parkrun wends its way on a normal Saturday.

Royal Victoria Military Hospital. Engraving by T. A. Prior 1857

Jim Withers was likely visiting his family or relations in his native Northern Island. The parkrun at Castlewellan is around 30 miles south of Belfast and consists of one lap of the beautiful Castlewellan Lake. Jim obviously enjoyed the run and it was his best parkrun time so far this year.

Emma Newman had been looking forward to her first parkrun at Rutland Water, which began in 2015. The out & back course along the edge of the reservoir and partway along the Rutland Dam causeway affords great views of the water and surrounds, along fast, smooth cycle paths. Emma is right back on form now after injury earlier in the year and finished 1st of 16 in her age group.

Alison McKenzie achieved her best ever parkrun time at Stewart parkrun in Middlesborough, which was established in 2012. The 2-lap course in Stewart Park is around very attractive open and wooded parkland areas, mainly on tarmac paths.

Henry Hamilton was up in Yorkshire on racing business and had pre-planned his trip to Concord parkrun in north Sheffield. The 2-lap course in Concord Park is flat and fast over tarmac paths and began way back in 2011. Henry admitted he was a little the worse for wear after the night before, but enjoyed his run nevertheless.

Concord parkrun, thanks to Henry Hamilton

Sarah Kinston has done a good many parkruns at Conkers, where she has family or relations. Its a very attractive out & back course, starting at Conkers Waterside Centre, the head water of the Ashby Canal, and going along trails and beside the Canal for part of the way.

Alan Thornhill paid a visit to Thomas Mills parkrun in Framlingham which came into being just a month or two ago. It’s a wiggly, looping, 2-lap course around the playing fields surrounding Thomas Mills School. It’s a little bumpy in places and the grass slightly longer than ideal around some of the fields but it is a great asset to the local community, who have not previously had a parkrun within easy reach.

Newmarket GRL report for 21st July 2019 @11:15am

5K: Neville Clarke (21:49 PB!) 2nd of 39 overall; James Tweed (23:10) 4th; Malcolm Osbourn (27:08) 16th; Chris Aylmer (29:49) 23rd; Jenny Osbourn (36:58) 11th F. No Newmarket Joggers in the 2.5K.

Message from Dave:

Another lovely summer’s day on the Heath. We had one registered first timer and a total of 11 PBs.  As well as everyone else there were 4 runners from the Saint Edmund Pacer’s running club who did the Great Run Local double. One 5k run at Walsham Le Willows and then a quick dash to us for their 2nd of the morning. Nice! Thank you to today’s volunteers: James Hall, Paul Forshaw, Gaye Margarson, Helen Wass, James Plowman, Jenny Osbourn, Malcolm Osbourn & David Merchant.


Newmarket Joggers parkrun Report for 13th July 2019

Brandon (103): Adam Maltpress (22:35), Kate Warboys (31:26 YB!). Bury St Edmunds (310): Adrian Whittle (23:59 cPB!), Anna Mayhew (25:48 cPB! YB!), Stephanie Greenwood (29:18), Rebecca Hannah (32:47), Ruth Eberhardt (volunteer, thanks!). Cambridge (420): Richard Jones (24:31 & volunteer, thanks!), Jessica Podd (25:41 YB!). Clare Castle (127): James Tweed (21:27). Coldham’s Common (264): James Thomson & daughter in buggy (24:06 & volunteer, thanks!). Haverhill (72): Henry Hamilton (19:44 cPB!), Chris Aylmer (29:09). Thetford (286): Elke Hausler (21:26, 1st female finisher!).

A brilliant run by Elke Hausler who was first female finisher at Thetford and hopefully getting over an annoying Achilles injury. Course PBs and/or year bests for Adrian Whittle, Anna Mayhew, Jessica Podd and Henry Hamilton too.

BEST IN AGE GROUPS: Elke Hausler 1st of 8 and 1st of 143 female finishers; Jessica Podd 1st of 8; Henry Hamilton 1st of 5 and 2nd of 72 finishers; Anna Mayhew 4th of 23; James Tweed 2nd of 11; Adrian Whittle 7th of 20; Stephanie Greenwood 4th of 11; Adam Maltpress 2nd of 5, Richard Jones 9th of 22; Chris Aylmer 1st of 2.

Newmarket GRL report for 14th July 2019 @11:15am

Just Giles Macrow (30:43) recorded a 5K run for Newmarket Joggers at the GRL on Sunday, probably after starting the races. There were two very fast runners in the 5K, both recording 18 minute PB times, by the name of John Beardsworth (18:18) and George Redhead (18:41). Neither is in a running club and only George is listed on Runbritain with a 2.8 handicap. They have both done this GRL before and George has done a lot of local parkruns.  Well done Junior Jogger Connor Bithell, who ran the 2.5K in a time of 14:47. Most of all, well done the volunteers who managed to keep the show on the road!

Newmarket Joggers parkrun Report for 6th July 2019

Cambridge (499): James Tweed (21:07) led the way from Brian Munns (23:14), Richard Jones (24:21), Jim Withers (26:47) and Sophie Adams (30:57 cPB YB!). It was Sophie’s best parkrun time since 2016 so a great effort by her. James was only 12 seconds from his all-time parkrun PB of 20:55, so is in great form. Bury St Edmunds (271): Adrian Whittle (24:19 cPB!) was first home, closely followed by Ruth Eberhardt (24:38), Malcolm Osbourn (26:43 cPB!), Paul Dockerill (30:34, running with daughter Chloe), Alan Thornhill (31:07) and Jenny Osbourn (38:19). Excellent running by Adrian and Malcolm, who both recorded course PBs, and from Ruth, who finished 1st of 17 in her age group. Coldham’s Common (253): Another great buggy run by James Thomson (23:07), with Norah on board. Haverhill (62): Chris Aylmer (29:15).

Best in age groups: Ruth Eberhardt 1st of 17; James Tweed 5th of 38; Brian Munns 5th of 25; Richard Jones 8th of 25; Malcolm Osbourn 2nd of 6; Jenny Osbourn 2nd of 4.

Newmarket GRL report for 7th July 2019 @11:15am

No Newmarket Joggers running in the 5K or 2.5K events this week, with the Marcus Gynn Newmarket 10K at Stetchworth drawing most of our members as volunteer helpers as well as participants in the senior and junior races. Message from Dave: Thank you to today’s volunteers: Jill Mayhew, Gaye Margarson, Alix Jones, Alice Morrison Lebbon, Sue Scargill, Giles Macrow, James Plowman & David Merchant. We had another lovely mild dry day today and you managed to get a total of 10 PBs, Well done everyone!

See you next week,

Newmarket Joggers parkrun Results 29th June 2019

Cambridge (471): Chris Howell (19:34); Jon Brooker (21:10); Phil Blundell (22:36); James Thomson + Norah in Buggy (22:54); Adrian Whittle (24:19); Alan Shand (24:31); Ruth Eberhardt (24:47); Joe Cormack (25:56); Baz Colley (26:20); Danielle Jones (26:40); Sophie Adams (31:47); Rachel Allen (36:07) and Sara Brown (43:33, about 15 min late starting).  Thanks to all the volunteers, including NJs: Rachel Allen, Chris Aylmer, Jon Brooker, Baz Colley, Joe Cormack, Ruth Eberhardt, Elke Hausler, Jan Holmes, Lisa Jennings, Richard Jones, Sarah Kinston, Lynda McCormack, Adam Orriss, Sonia Orriss, Jenny Osbourn, Malcolm Osbourn, Sianie Painter, Hannah Parsons, Mike Sales, Sarah Sales, Christine Shand, Alexia Smithson, James Thomson, Kate Warboys and Jim Withers.  Sheringham, Norfolk (199): Paul Dockerill (20:47 cPB!). Brandon (80): Adam Maltpress (22:34). Jersey Farm, St Albans, Herts (206): Henry Hamilton (21:34). Aachener Weiher Cologne, GER (50): Rebecca Hannah (32:42). Coldham’s Common: Thanks to volunteers Melanie & Harley Tindale.

Best in Age Groups: Paul Dockerill 1st of 17; Jon Brooker 2nd of 34; Chris Howell 2nd of 31; Ruth Eberhardt 2nd of 20; Phil Blundell 3rd of 25; Alan Shand 2nd of 15; Adrian Whittle 9th of 34; James Thomson & Buggy 4th of 13; Adam Maltpress 2nd of 6.

The Cambridge parkrun” takeover” by Newmarket Joggers in Milton Country Park, thanks to David Merchant

It was Alan Shand‘s first ever parkrun this week (hopefully not his last!) and he did well to come 2nd of 15 in his age group at Cambridge. Of particular note was James Thomson‘s phenomenal run with his daughter in the buggy….a time of 22:54 and 4th of 13 in his age group, despite such a huge handicap with the narrow paths and crowded field to negotiate as well.

Rebecca Hannah was a surprise tourist in Cologne in Germany at the Aachener Weiher parkrun and enjoyed her run, coming 11th of 17 female runners. There are now 23 parkruns in Germany after the first one started in December 2017, so a rapid expansion in a short time. Aachener Weiher began in March this year. There were 50 participants this week, their second biggest field so far, but at least half were tourists from UK running clubs and there were only about 10 runners with German sounding surnames. The route is a double lap around the Aachener Weiher Park and Hiroshima-Nagasaki Park, which goes through a Biergarten on the way….great for post run refreshments!

Rebecca Hannah at Aachener Weiher parkrun in Cologne, Germany, thanks to Rebecca.

Paul Dockerill took on the difficult Sheringham parkrun for the third time, with its uneven trails, tree root hazards and challenging uphill near the finish. He did a great job, coming 5th of 199 overall and 1st of 17 in his age group, taking 46 seconds off his previous course PB. Henry Hamilton went in search of the elusive “J” parkrun and found it in Jersey Farm parkrun, near St Albans in Hertfordshire. He came 14th of 206 overall, so a top run.

Newmarket GRL Sunday 30th June 2019 @11:15

5.0K: First finisher by over 5 minutes was top veteran runner David “Taffy” Williams (19:19), who used to be a Newmarket Jogger until fairly recently and does a lot of his training with fellow ace veteran Jogger Paul Holley. Of the current members of the club, well done Joe Cormack (25:28, 5th of 32 overall) who was first Jogger home, followed by first female finisher Anna Mayhew (26:24 1st F of 9), Rebecca Fordham (27:22 3rd F) and Chris Aylmer (30:04 20th). There were no Joggers running in the 2.5k.

Message from Dave: Well done everyone taking part today.
We had one first timer and a total of seven PBs!  Thank you to all of today’s volunteers: Helen Wass, Sue Scargill, Richard Jones, Alice Morrison Lebbon, Ian Buchen, Gaye Margarson, Chris Aylmer, James Plowman, Angie Underdown, Anna Mayhew & David Merchant. See you next week, Dave

Newmarket Joggers parkrun Results 22nd June 2019

York (367 participants): Emma Newman (23:51). Cambridge (550): James Tweed (21:16); Brian Munns (22:49 YB!); Richard Jones (24:11); Rebecca Fordham (25:14 PB!); Mike Sales (25:44); Jim Withers (27:29); Stephanie Greenwood (28:04); Sarah Sales (29:06); Aaron Burns (30:57). Bury St Edmunds (256): Paul Dockerill (20:19); Neville Clarke (22:00); Ruth Eberhardt (24:58); Malcolm Osbourn (27:20); Carol Mcintosh (34:23); Jenny Osbourn (37:24). Homewood (102): Henry Hamilton (20:50); Brandon (124): Clive Purbrook (24:40); Belinda Schofield (28:22). Thetford (235): Giles Macrow (24:35). Haverhill (77): James Thomson (21:04). Coldham’s Common (312): Jon Brooker (24:09); Eadie Brooker (24:58).

Best in Age Groups: Rebecca Fordham 1st of 21; Emma Newman 1st of 12; Neville Clarke 1st of 8; Ruth Eberhardt 2nd of 13; Paul Dockerill 2nd of 12; Brian Munns 6th of 35; Eadie Brooker 1st of 5; Henry Hamilton 1st of 5; James Tweed 9th of 37; Jim Withers 3rd of 11; Sarah Sales 8th of 29; Belinda Schofield 1st of 3 by 22 min; Clive Purbrook 1st of 3 by over 5 min; Jon Brooker 5th of 15.

Rebecca Fordham is in fine form and has been setting new PBs regularly throughout the season. It’s good to see Brian Munns on the come-back with his best parkrun time this year, following a succession of injury problems. Emma Newman also had a big injury set back earlier this year but is fighting back and regularly topping her age groups in parkruns. This week she ran in her parents’ local parkrun in York, which she has completed many times; a fast and flat run around the inside of York Knavesmire racecourse. Meanwhile Henry Hamilton called in on Homewood parkrun for the first time, in Ottershaw, Surrey. This picturesque 3 lap course starts and finishes on playing fields but spends much of its time weaving through woods, along the woodland trails of Ether Hill. Henry may have been in this vicinity due to Ascot racecourse being fairly nearby.

Homewood parkrun in Surrey, southwest of London. thanks to Henry Hamilton.

Newmarket GRL Sunday 23rd June 2019 @11:15

5K: Neville Clarke (22:17, 2nd of 50 overall) put in a great performance for Newmarket Joggers. This was on top of his Friday evening 5 mile race at Bury St Edmunds, where he won his age category trophy, followed by a first finish in his age group in the parkrun at Bury on Saturday morning, so he’s firing on all cylinders. Junior Jogger Cerys Bithell (26:53 PB! 2nd F) had a great PB run and was next home for the club, accompanied by mother Ellie Bithell (26:53, 3rd F). Next came Malcolm Osbourn MV70 (27:45, 18th) putting in his usual top class consistent run. Sianie Painter (32:30, 8th F) had already been on a longish run before the GRL and went even further afterwards with Malcolm and Caroline, so was sensibly going at a gentler pace than normal. Rachel Allen (37:12 PB! 12th F) did very well to post a new PB time.

2.5K: There’s no stopping Junior Jogger Tilly Maxwell (12:24, 1st of 34 overall), so very well done on yet another overall first finish. Isla McCulloch (13:43 PB! 2nd F) came next followed closely by Oscar Sowerby (13:49 PB! 7th), father Stuart Sowerby (13:52 PB! 8th) and Connor Bithell (14:13, 9th).

From Dave: “Another cracking morning on the gallops. There was a total of 6 PBs as well as 10 1st timers. Also we had a lot of unknown runners, so please register online, so that we have your emergency contact details. Thank you to today’s volunteers: Gaye Margarson, Paul Forshaw, Sue Scargill, Debbie Read, Caroline McIntosh, Helen Wass, Alice Morrison Lebbon, Chris Aylmer, Richard Jones & David Merchant”.

On your marks….Get set….Go! Newmarket GRL 2.5K

Newmarket Joggers parkrun Results 15th June 2019

Brandon (121 participants): Clive Purbrook (24:20); Malcolm Osbourn (27:47); Belinda Schofield (28:33); Jenny Osbourn (37:53). Bury St Edmunds (306): Danny Peeling (18:33 First ever parkrun!); Ruth Eberhardt (25:15); Chris Aylmer (marshal). Cambridge (480): James Walker (20:13, First ever parkrun!); Jon Brooker (20:29 cPB!); Baz Colley (24:35 PB!); Eadie Brooker (24:50); Rebecca Fordham (25:35 =PB!). Clare Castle (137): James Tweed (21:26 100th parkrun!). Coldham’s Common (265): Brian Munns (23:56); James Thomson with Norah in buggy (25:27); Jim Withers (27:06); Melanie & Harley Tindale (volunteers, thanks). Littleport (223): Adrian Whittle (23:40). Thetford (264): Paul Dockerill (26:14) ran with daughter Chloe (26:11, near a PB!).

Tourist Venues. Clover Point [CAN] (49): Henry Hamilton (19:16 YB!). Exeter Riverside (311): Phil Blundell (22:20).

Best in Age Groups: Jon Brooker 1st of 34; Rebecca Fordham 1st of 25; Danny Peeling 1st of 13; Eadie Brooker 1st of 5; Henry Hamilton 1st of 4; Belinda Schofield 1st of 2 by over 20 minutes; Clive Purbrook 1st of 2 by nearly 10 minutes; Malcolm Osbourn 1st of 2 by over 4 minutes; James Tweed 2nd of 15; Ruth Eberhardt 4th of 21.

Clover Point parkrun at Victoria on Vancouver Island in Canada, the most westerly parkrun in the world! Thanks to Henry Hamilton

Newmarket GRL Sunday 16th June 2019 @11:15am

Newmarket Joggers in the 5K (33 registered participants, 44 in all): Malcolm Osbourn (27:37) 14th overall; Cerys Bithell (28:11 PB!) 16th, 8th F; Ellie Bithell (28:13) 17th, 9th F; Sianie Painter (28:40) 19th, 10th F. Well done Cerys for 5K PB! 2.5K (7 registered, 29 in all): Tilly Maxwell (12:06) 1st overall, 1st F. Well done Tilly for first finisher!

Message from the Team: “Well we missed the rain again today, lucky us, although it was windy, (but we won’t talk about that). Well done to everyone taking part and superb effort by the 11 runners who achieved new PBs” 🎖

Thank you to today’s volunteers Helen Wass, Sue Scargill, Debbie Read, Gaye Margarson, Lauren Bithell, Paul Forshaw, Richard Jones, David Merchant & Chris Aylmer.


Newmarket Joggers parkrun Results for 8th June 2019

Brandon (127 participants): Clive Purbrook (24:30), Malcolm Osbourn (28:43), Carol Mcintosh (33:00 cPB!). Cambridge (413): Stephen Cousins (23:19). Clare Castle (150): James Tweed (21:37). Coldham’s Common (281): Phil Blundell (21:42 PB!), Brian Munns (24:21), Jim Withers (27:27), Chris Aylmer (28:54), Emma Reader (34:54), Jeremy Reader & Jude in buggy (no time). Haverhill (72): Ruth Eberhardt (23:04 YB!). Renton USA (22): Henry Hamilton (20:12). Southampton (964): Adrian Whittle (22:53). Thetford (240): Sophie Adams (31:35). Victoria Docks (150): Giles Macrow (24:20). Wimpole Estate (407): James Thomson & Norah in buggy (34:53).

Best in age groups:  Henry Hamilton 1st overall finisher of 22 and 1st of 5 in age group; Ruth Eberhardt 2nd F finisher of 27 & 1st of 6; Carol Mcintosh 1st of 4; James Tweed 2nd of 16; Adrian Whittle 12th of 52; Stephen Cousins 3rd of 11; Clive Purbrook 2nd of 7; Phil Blundell 8th of 21; Brian Munns 5th of 12.

Three notable runs this week, from Ruth Eberhardt, Carol Mcintosh and Henry Hamilton. Carol achieved a course PB at Brandon and is improving all the time, little by little, bit by bit. Ruth achieved her best parkrun time so far this year at Haverhill, the same course at which she achieved her best parkrun time last year, despite running there only the once; and all because Bury St Edmunds parkrun was cancelled due to the preparations for the Race For Life run in Nowton Park on Sunday. Brian Munns and Jim Withers also achieved year best times at Haverhill a few weeks ago. So Haverhill is an excellent choice for a PB as long as it is avoided in the soggy wet winter weather when the ground can get waterlogged, muddy and boggy. At that time of year, it is excellent practice for the cross country season and metal spikes can still get you a decent time.

Wild West story: Henry Hamilton was the globe-trotting, heavy medal-toting Johnny-come-lately in downtown Seattle over the weekend. He was there for the big-time Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon on Sunday and rumours started to circulate that he’d probably suss out the local parkrun in small-time Renton on Saturday to make a few local joggers dance and show a little respect. It darned near scared the lot of ’em away. Only 21 brave kinsfolk showed up to stand in his way at 9:00am that fateful morning…..

Well, Henry did show up at Renton and deservedly claimed his first finish on US soil but they needn’t have worried. He was armed only with his Garmin and smartphone for taking some nice pictures, as well as his sun shades and a smile. For the sake of the good and peaceful folk of Renton, he was saving most of his energy for the next day.

This is a beautiful course; an almost flat out & back along the Cedar River Trail that stays close to the River Cedar, crossing over it on an attractive metal bridge a couple of times. The trail is actually a 17 mile section of disused railway line which was part of the Milwaukee Road Company’s ambitious Pacific Extension railroad, opened in 1909 and connecting Chicago to the Pacific North West. It was an extraordinary feat of engineering skill, crossing several mountain ranges on the way, including the Rockies and Cascades. Sadly, the railroad was eventually closed in 1980, spending much of its life in and out of bankruptcy. On the part near Renton used by the parkrun, there’s a smooth, level tarmac surface, flanked on either side by woods and forested hills, while further along it becomes gravelly. The traffic is confined to pedestrians, bikers and horse riders making it ideal for a parkrun. The parkrun began in Nov 2017 and generally attracts somewhere around 40 runners per week but this week was particularly low in numbers for some reason….maybe there was a grain of truth in the story above….

Cedar River Trail, Renton, Seattle USA, thanks to Henry Hamilton-Gould

Newmarket GRL Sunday 9th June 2019 @11:15am

Newmarket Joggers in the 5K (37 registered participants): Ellie Bithell (24:16) 3rd overall, 1st F (female) of 17; Danielle Jones (26:10) 10th, 6th F ; Rebecca Fordham (26:44) 11th, 7th F; Malcolm Osbourn (27:29) 15th; Sianie Painter (28:47) 17th, 9th F; Chris Aylmer (29:28) 19th; Giles Macrow (37:14) 32nd.  2.5K (20 registered participants): Tilly Maxwell (11:31 PB!) 1st overall, 1st F of 11; Connor Bithell (13:10) 6th; Cerys Bithell (13:20) 7th, 3rd F; Lauren Bithell (26:02) 18th, 9th F.

A message from Dave and Anna: “What a gorgeous morning it was today. The Gallops were looking as pristine as always, the Sun was out and there was a nice light wind.
We had well over 💯 runners taking part! 😀
14 PBs 🎖 6 New registered participants and loads of new faces, families & friends.
Thank you to Cerys Bithell for handing out some delicious Orange and Chocolate Meringues!”

Cheers to today’s volunteers – Debbie Read, Helen Wass, Gaye Margarson, Paul Forshaw, Sue Scargill, James Plowman, Giles Macrow, Anna Mayhew & David Merchant.

See you next Sunday!
Dave & Anna GRLN 🐕🏃‍♀️🏃‍

Newmarket Joggers parkrun Results for 1st June 2019:

Brandon (147 participants): Adrian Whittle (24:08); Clive Purbrook (25:04); Belinda Schofield (28:47). Bury St Edmunds (325): Neville Clarke (21:37); Ruth Eberhardt (24:18); Paul Dockerill (31:35), ran with daughter Abbie Dockerill (31:33 PB!). Cambridge (535): Emma Newman (24:15); Richard Jones (25:00) 25 minute pacer, thanks; Rebecca Fordham (25:38); Sianie Painter 29:19; Caroline Mcintosh (34:06); Jenny Osbourn (36:13); Iain Perry (37:33, carrying 20lb weight). Clare Castle (140): James Tweed (21:17). Coldham’s Common (333): Chris Aylmer (27:52); James Thomson, barcode scanner, thanks. Thetford (285): Elke Hausler (21:44).

Best in Age Groups: Rebecca Fordham 2nd of 28; James Tweed 1st of 10; Elke Hausler 1st of 9; Neville Clarke 1st of 6; Sianie Painter 5th of 27; Ruth Eberhardt 4th of 20; Emma Newman 4th of 20; Jenny Osbourn 1st of 2; Clive Purbrook 3rd of 6.

Newmarket Great Run Local, Sunday 2nd June @ 11:15am:

5K : Neville Clarke (22:04 PB!), 2nd of 45 overall; Elke Hausler (23:02) 1st of 12 F, 4th  overall; Anna Mayhew (25:59 YB!), 2nd F; Giles Macrow (28:24), 16th; Chris Aylmer (29:27), 19th. Neville and Elke both put in a top performances, with Elke an impressive first female finisher once again and new member Anna Mayhew following on in 2nd female spot with her best GRL time this year. For Neville it was a PB in his third top effort in as many days.  On Friday evening he won the MV65 age group trophy in the Kirton Friday 5 mile race near Felixstowe and then topped his age group in the parkrun at Bury St Edmunds yesterday.  2.5K: No Newmarket Joggers involved as far as is known. However, Elke Hausler’s husband Michael (14:44) did well to finish 3rd of 26 overall and first named finisher.

From the GRL team: Good effort today, a bit of a breeze but still hot & humid.
We had 6 first timers & 6 PB’s 💪👏 Thanks to today’s volunteers: Sue Scargill, Debbie Read, Helen Wass, Sianie Painter, Gaye Margarson, James Plowman, Giles Macrow, Angie Underdown, Anna Mayhew & David Merchant.

For previous archived reports from January 2019 please follow link:

Newmarket Joggers parkrun Results for 25th May 2019

Brandon (81 participants): Iain Perry (32:24, carrying weights). Bury St Edmunds (322): Neville Clarke (21:29), Rebecca Hannah (32:38), Alice Greenwood (37:35 YB!). Thanks to volunteer helper James Thomson. Cambridge (517): Richard Jones (23:32), Jan Holmes (26:16), Chris Howell (19:40). Haverhill (81): Brian Munns (22:52 YB!), Jim Withers (26:38 YB!), Chris Aylmer (28:27). Littleport (255): Jamie Sales (17:53 YB!), Emma Newman (24:49), Mike Sales (25:28 cPB! YB!), Sarah Sales (25:57 cPB! YB!), Sarah Kinston (30:39). Mountbatten School (178): Stephanie Greenwood (28:26). Sizewell (145): Giles Macrow (25:13).

Best in Age Groups: Jamie Sales 1st of 1, 2nd of 255 overall; Chris Howell 2nd of 30; Emma Newman 1st of 9; Neville Clarke 1st of 8; Jan Holmes 3rd of 24; Richard Jones 6th of 29; Giles Macrow 2nd of 8; Mike Sales 5th of 18; Sarah Sales 2nd of 7; Sarah Kinston 7th of 22; Brian Munns 3rd of 6.

A great return to top form for Jamie Sales this week, who was back into the 17 minute zone at Littleport, while his parents Sarah and Mike achieved course PBs and year best times. Also well done Alice Greenwood, Brian Munns, and Jim Withers who all put in year best times. Stephanie Greenwood tried out Mountbatten School parkrun, a new event north of Southampton, near Romsey in Hampshire, which started in March this year. It is run over 3 laps of playing fields surrounding the school, including some wooded areas and is already attracting around 150 people per week. Policeman Iain Perry was carrying 13lb of weights at Brandon parkrun, as part of his training for the COPS 30 mile load-bearing ‘yomp’ across the Cheviot Hills in Northumberland on 14th Sept, alongside a troop of Royal Marine Commandos. This event is limited to 50 members of the police force and raises valuable funds for the Care Of Police Survivors charity. Iain will have to carry 32lb of weight in a rucksack, not including additional food and water, replicating the Royal Commandos’ stiff ‘coming-out’ test across Dartmoor. See Iain’s fundraising page:

Giles Macrow at Sizewell parkrun

Newmarket Great Run Local, Sunday 26th May @ 11:15am:

5K: James Tweed (22:14 PB!), 2nd of 55 overall; Ellie Bithell (24:41) 1st Female of 19, 6th overall; Jill O’Grady (22:07 PB!) 4th F; Alison McKenzie (27:31), 9th F; Sianie Painter (29:12), 12th F. 2.5K: Tilly Maxwell (12:12) 1st of 37 overall, 1st F of 9; Cerys Bithell (12:24) 3rd overall, 2nd F; Connor Bithell (16:27) 11th overall, Lauren Bithell (25:17) 7th F.

Newmarket Joggers parkrun Results for 18th May 2019

Brandon (80 participants): Adrian Whittle (23:29), Brian Munns (24:32), Jim Withers (27:44), Belinda Schofield (28:20), Kate Warboys (32:00 YB!). Giles Macrow and Clive Purbrook volunteer helpers, thanks. Bury St Edmunds (302): Ruth Eberhardt (24:15), Stephanie Greenwood (28:19 cPB!), Chris Aylmer (29:30). Cambridge (495): Phil Blundell (22:00 cPB!), Richard Jones (22:26), Eadie Brooker (24:31), Jon Brooker (24:32), Mike Sales (25:35), Rebecca Fordham (25:35 PB!), Sarah Sales (26:20 cPB!), Iain Perry (26:56). Clare Castle (123): James Tweed (21:18), Jan Holmes (27:22 cPB!). Littleport (286): Emma Newman (24:59). Thetford (240): Elke Hausler (21:39), Henry Hamilton (22:02). Best in age groups: Emma Newman 1st of 19, Rebecca Fordham 2nd of 24, Sarah Sales 3rd of 27, Richard Jones 3rd of 23, Ruth Eberhardt 3rd of 19, Elke Hausler 1st of 6 (by 8 minutes!), James Tweed 2nd of 12, Eadie Brooker 2nd of 9, Henry Hamilton 3rd of 12, Adrian Whittle 3rd of 9, Jan Holmes 3rd of 8, Jim Withers 1st of 2.

The finish at Thetford parkrun taken by Henry Hamilton

Newmarket Great Run Local, Sunday 19th May @ 11:15am:

5K: Elke Hausler (22:44) 1st F (female) of 17, 5th of 57 overall, Hannah Short (27:19 PB!) 5th F, Chris Aylmer (28:38) 23rd overall. 2.5K: Tilly Maxwell (11:46 PB!) 1st F of 10 and 1st of 36 overall, Connor Bithell (12:58) 5th overall, Cerys Bithell (13:08) 3rd F,  Lauren Bithell (17:49) 5th F, Ellie Bithell (17:54) 6th F.

Message from Dave: “What a brilliant run it was this morning. It’s great to see so many friends and family getting together, as well as some new faces. We had a total of 12 first timers & 11 PBs There were around 36 unknown runners, so please do register if you can! Thanks to today’s volunteers Sue Scargill, Helen Wass, Gaye Margarson, Chris O’Neill, Giles Macrow, Tracey Bolden, Angie Underdown & David Merchant”. ‍

Newmarket Joggers parkrun Results for 11th May 2019

Brandon (128 participants): Adam Maltpress (23:31), Brian Munns (24:16), Clive Purbrook (24:19), Neil Williamson (24:34), Jim Withers (27:53), Kate Warboys (32:30), Alexia Smithson (35:03). Bury St Edmunds (315): Alex Swarbrick (20:13), Ruth Eberhardt (27:24), Stephanie Greenwood (28:58 cPB!), Rebecca Hannah (33:39). Cambridge (408): Rebecca Fordham (26:06), Alison McKenzie (27:02 PB!), Clare Castle (116): James Tweed (21:06), Alan Thornhill (30:22). Coldham’s Common (229): Melanie Tindale volunteer helper, thanks. Kesgrave (368): Paul Dockerill (19:09 PB!). Panshanger (414): Henry Hamilton (19:45 cPB!). Thetford (228): Giles Macrow (28:06), Chris Aylmer (28:41).  Best in age groups: Paul Dockerill 2nd of 35, Rebecca Fordham 1st of 13, James Tweed 1st of 8, Henry Hamilton 3rd of 23, Alison McKenzie 3rd of 20, Alex Swarbrick 1st of 5, Chris Aylmer 1st of 5, Ruth Eberhardt 5th of 22, Clive Purbrook 1st of 3.

Panshanger parkrun taken by Henry Hamilton

Comments: An all-time parkrun PB this week from Paul Dockerill at Kesgrave near Ipswich, the day before his excellent performance in the Dereham 10.  Kesgrave is a good PB course, almost completely flat with an out & back section along a wide trail and a final short detour through woods. Alison McKenzie is also on a roll, chalking up the PBs on a weekly basis. Henry Hamilton revisited Panshanger parkrun, which he has done 9 times, and promptly gained a new course PB. This is a beautiful and scenic course, running a whole lap around Panshanger Park in Hertfordshire, going through woods, crossing over a river and along by a lake. The names of the points along the way sum up this parkrun: Lady Hughes Wood, Evergreen Wood, Garden Wood, Riverside Cottage, The River Mimram and Kings Lake.

Newmarket Great Run Local, Sunday 12th May @ 11:15am:

5K: Three Newmarket Joggers took the limelight and the first three positions for female participants on Sunday.  Elke Hausler (22:12 PB!) was 1st female finisher and 2nd of 55 overall, followed by Hannah Parsons (23:49), 5th overall and Claire Acklam (25:11), 9th overall. In the 2.5K event, the first 4 of 25 finishers were all female. Junior Jogger Cerys Bithell (12:12) was first finisher, closely pursued by team-mate Tilly Maxwell (12:21) in 2nd position. Cerys’s run works out at a pace of 7:52/mile, which is impressive with the huge Warren Hill to contend with.  Her brother Connor Bithell (16:07) is coming along well and gaining experience.

From the GRL team: “A big thank you to our fabulous team of volunteers without whom this could not happen: Sue, Helen, Alice, Giles, James, Paul, Janet, Gaye, David and Anna
See you all next week” ‍

Newmarket Joggers parkrun Results for 4th May 2019

Brandon (154 participants): Jamie Sales (18:31 cPB! First finisher!), Neville Clarke (22:51), Adrian Whittle (23:26), Mike Sales (25:33), Jim Withers (28:03), Kate Warboys (32:28 YB!). Cambridge (472): James Thomson & Norah (22:32), Stephen Cousins (22:49), Richard Jones (23:01, 23 min volunteer pacer, thanks), Rebecca Fordham (26:04), Alexia Smithson (32:08). Clare Castle (170): James Tweed (21:52), Alison McKenzie (27:21 PB!), Chris Aylmer (29:49). Coldham’s Common (320): Melanie Tindale (volunteer helper, thanks). Gorleston Cliffs (404):  Alice Greenwood (39:29 YB!). Gt Cornard (202): Henry Hamilton (20:19).  Best in age groups: Rebecca Fordham 2nd of 19, Richard Jones 3rd of 23 (despite pacing!), Stephen Cousins 2nd of 14, James Tweed 3rd of 16, Alison McKenzie 2nd of 7, Henry Hamilton 2nd of 7 and 4th of 202 overall. Special mentions: Jamie Sales 1st of only 1 in his age group but 1st of 154 overall!  Neville Clarke 1st of 2 by over 12 minutes!

Comments: Jamie Sales is really back in business now with his third first finish in a senior parkrun and second 18 minute parkrun this year. His other two first finishes were at Penrose in 2016 (17:29) and Brandon in 2017 (18:35). Four times in 2014 to 2016 he went into the 17 minute zone, so has the potential to improve even further on his current form. Alison McKenzie is improving her times rapidly and set yet another all-time parkrun PB this week, so very well done. James Thomson shows us regularly how to push your daughter in a buggy and get a 22 minute parkrun time, something many of us only dream of on a Friday night!  Richard Jones can volunteer to pace for 23 minutes (about 2 minutes slower than he usually clocks) and still finish 3rd of 23 in his age group. That’s quite a knack and his pacing was spot on as well!  Alice Greenwood tried out Gorleston Cliffs parkrun, near Gt Yarmouth, for the first time. This is a long established event which began in April 2009, at a time when there were only 3 parkruns in the whole of East Anglia. It’s an interesting route along three levels of the cliff front. It starts on the top level and gradually zig-zags its way to the bottom level; then climbs back up again and repeats the descent but does not climb back up a second time, finishing on the lower level. Fabulous views of the sea are guaranteed.

The finish at Gt Cornard parkrun , thanks to Henry Hamilton

Newmarket GRL Results: Sunday May 5th 2019 at 11:15am

5K: Greg Davis (20:13 PB!) 2nd of 43 overall, Ellie Bithell (24:14 PB!) 1st of 9 Females, Claire Acklam (24:36 PB!) 2nd F, Malcolm Osbourn (27:16) 21st, Sianie Painter (28:27) 4th F, Emma Reader (40:42 PB!) 9th F.  2.5K: Cerys Bithell (12:08 PB!) 1st of 22 overall, Lauren Bithell (16:01) 2nd of 4 F. Thank you to this weeks volunteers Alice, Sue, Giles, James, Chris, Anna and Dave.

Newmarket Joggers parkrun Results for 27th Apr 2019

 Bury St Edmunds: Paul Dockerill (21:55), Alice Greenwood (39:34 YB!).  Cambridge: James Tweed (21:28), Aaron Burns (29:15).  Coldham’s Common: James Thomson & Buggy (25:00), Jim Withers (27:03).  Wimpole Estate:  Malcolm Osbourn (28:43), Chris Aylmer (29:36).  Kingston:  Henry Hamilton (20:10). Best in age groups by proportion: Henry Hamilton 2nd of 13, Malcolm Osbourn 1st of 6, James Tweed 6th of 31, Chris Aylmer 2nd of 9. Brandon parkrun was cancelled due to the wind. Henry Hamilton was at the 479th running of Kingston parkrun, which has been going since 2010, with an attendance of 340 this week. It’s a lovely out & back route along the Thames Cycle Path from Kingston, past Teddington Lock towards Twickenham and back again, after a small loop.

Kingston parkrun thanks to Henry Hamilton

Newmarket GRL Results: Sunday Apr 28th 2019 at 11:15am

Four Joggers were among the 32 participants in the 5K GRL on Sunday. Stuart Sowerby (21:23) and Neville Clarke (22:28 YB!) were 2nd and 4th overall, with Alison McKenzie (27:17 PB!) 16th overall/3rd female finisher, closely followed by Malcolm Osbourn (27:52) in 17th. Alison goes up to Silver club standard as a result of this effort. Well done to all. In the 2.5K, Tilly Maxwell (12:44) ran well to come 4th overall and 2nd female finisher of 16 participants, with Oscar (16:49) and Milly (16:52) Sowerby also putting in good efforts. Thank you to this week’s GRL volunteers Sue, Debbie, Richard, Gaye, Tracey, Andrew & Alice.

Newmarket Joggers parkrun Results for 20th Apr 2019

Brandon: Clive Purbrook (23:45 PB!), Adrian Whittle (23:57), Adam Maltpress (24:17), Belinda Schofield (28:02 PB!).  Bury St Edmunds: Alex Swarbrick (19:42 cPB! YB!), Neville Clarke (20:44 =YB!), Paul Dockerill (26:07) ran with daughter Chloe (26:05), Ruth Eberhardt (27:15).  Cambridge: Iain Perry (26:14 YB!), Malcolm Osbourn (26:27 YB!), Jill O’Grady (26:32 PB!), Carol Mcintosh (32:41 PB!), Jenny Osbourn (34:21).  Clare Castle: James Tweed (22:03).  Coldham’s Common: James Thomson (19:42 cPB!), Brian Munns (23:53 =YB!), Melanie Tindale (24:01 YB!), Stephanie Greenwood (26:57 PB!), Jim Withers (27:35), Kate Warboys (32:44 YB!), Alexia Smithson (33:18).  Littleport:  Chris Aylmer (27:13).  Thetford: Elke Hausler (21:02 PB!), Giles Macrow (24:58).  Buckingham: Rob Jaina (25:06 YB!).  Colchester Castle: Henry Hamilton (22:45).  Conkers: Jan Holmes (26:31), Sarah Kinston (29:54).  Best in age groups by proportion: Neville Clarke 1st of 12, Jan Holmes 2nd of 23, James Tweed 1st of 11, Elke Hausler 1st of 8, Melanie Tindale 1st of 6, Malcolm Osbourn 1st of 5, Giles Macrow 6th of 29, Jill O’Grady 4th of 16, Adam Maltpress 2nd of 7, Jenny Osbourn 1st of 3, James Thomson 4th of 12.

  Colchester Castle parkrun thanks to Henry Hamilton             Conkers parkrun thanks to Jan Holmes and Sarah Kinston

Newmarket GRL Easter Sunday April 21st 2019 at 11:15am

5K (56 participants overall). Newmarket Joggers: James Thomson (20:25 YB!) 7th, Elke Hausler (22:28 PB!) 10th & 1st female finisher, Richard Jones (24:29) 15th, Anna Mayhew (26:07) 2nd female, Rebecca Fordham (26:26 PB!) 3rd female, Sianie Painter (30:13) 8th female, Alison McKenzie (30:31) 9th female, Giles Macrow (38:24, helper).  It was a sunny, warm morning with temperatures up to around 18°C by the off. Tony Bacon and unnamed friends came from Haverhill RC to set a strong pace, with Tony coming home 2nd overall in 18:20, 7 seconds behind one of his mates. James Thomson was chasing in 7th position and put in a good performance. Elke Hausler and Rebecca both did well to post new PBs, despite the warmest conditions so far this year.

2.5K: (33 participants overall): Junior Jogger Noah Wilkinson (11:54 PB!) 4th 0verall, did well to achieve a new PB running under his father’s name, with Archie Fordham (15:04 PB!) 12th, running well too.  Tilly Maxwell (12:39) and Maddie Maxwell (16:24 PB!) were 1st and 2nd females home and in great form. Not quite sure which of the runners are Junior Joggers, so apologies for mistakes or omissions. It would be great if GRL could list club affiliation like parkrun does.

Newmarket Joggers parkrun Results for 13th Apr 2019

Brandon: Iain Perry (27:19). Bury St Edmunds: Neville Clarke (21:29), Elke Hausler (23:00), Joe Cormack (23:58, First Timer!), Paul Dockerill (26:28) ran with daughter Chloe (26:26), Malcolm Osbourn (27:04, YB!), Ruth Eberhardt (27:20), Carol McIntosh (33:26, PB!), Jenny Osbourn (33:59, cPB!). Cambridge: Brian Munns (23:53, YB!), Jan Holmes (25:42, PB!), Rebecca Fordham (25:59, PB!), Jim Withers (28:01), Aaron Burns (29:29), Sarah Kinston (29:42). Coldham’s Common: James Thomson & buggy (23:23). Guildford: Richard Jones (21:45, First Timer!). Haverhill: Chris Aylmer (27:11, cPB! YB!). Ipswich: Henry Hamilton (21:48, First Timer!). Littleport: Alexia Smithson (29:27, YB!). Thetford: Giles Macrow (23:50).  Best in age groups by proportion: Jan Holmes 1st of 16,  Neville Clarke 1st of 11, Richard Jones 3rd of 26, Elke Hausler 2nd of 12, Rebecca Fordham 5th of 23, Giles Macrow 5th of 23, Brian Munns 5th of 21, Malcolm Osbourn  1st of 3, Alexia Smithson 4th of 12.

Ipswich parkrun at Christchurch Park: Thanks to Henry Hamilton

Well done Jan Holmes and Rebecca Fordham, who both achieved all-time parkrun PBs at Cambridge, Rebecca for the second week running; whatever they’re on we could all do with some! It’s also good to see Brian Munns coming back into form after injury. Richard Jones went touring to Guildford parkrun in Surrey for the first time. This parkrun started in 2012 and now regularly attracts numbers in the 400s and 500s, with a record 614 in January this year. It takes place in the spacious Stoke Park to the north of the town centre, which is nearby the large Spectrum Leisure Complex, complete with convenient car parking for participants. There are two undulating, anticlockwise laps around the park, over a mixture of grass and tarmac paths. Back up in East Anglia, Henry Hamilton did Ipswich parkrun for the first time and afterwards ran 17 miles along footpaths and trails to Felixstowe for a fish & chips lunch on the beach..that’s living in style!

Newmarket GRL Sunday April 14th 2019 at 11:15am: First Anniversary!

5K (62 Participants): Henry Hamilton (20:37) 1st overall (not named in results), Richard Jones (22:09) 3rd, Elke Hausler (22:54) 5th/1st F, Hannah Parsons (23:28) 7th/2nd F, Stephen Cousins (23:10) 8th, Joe Cormack (25:27) 14th, Rebecca Fordham (26:50 PB!) 3rd F, Malcolm Osbourn (27:03), Jill O’Grady (27:35), Sianie Painter (28:21 PB!), Alison McKenzie (28:46 PB!), Jan Holmes (31:10), Jon Brooker & doggy (32:43), Kate Warboys (33:34), Rebecca Hannah (34:36) and Jenny Osbourn (34:42 PB!). As well as the marvellous regular GRL crew, including Angie Underdown, David Merchant, James Plowman, Debbie Read, Susan Scargill, Janet Jenkins, Anna Mayhew, Paul Foreshaw and others, volunteer helpers from Newmarket Joggers likely included Giles Macrow, Carol McIntosh and Helen Wass but apologies for any unnamed volunteers.

Henry Hamilton, first finisher in the 1st Anniversary GRL. Thanks to the photographer Giles Macrow and Henry for the fantastic action photo!

Newmarket Joggers parkrun Results for 6th Apr 2019

Brandon: Jim Withers (28:27).  Bury St Edmunds: James Thomson (20:29), Bobby Jackson (20:43, First Timer!), Neville Clarke (21:29). Thanks to volunteer Ruth Eberhardt.  Cambridge: Rebecca Fordham (26:11, PB!), Sarah Kinston (29:36), Aaron Burns (30:12), Alexia Smithson (30:15, cPB!). Thanks to Richard Jones (23:01), volunteer pacer for 23 min. Castle Park: Iain Perry (25:07 PB!). Coldham’s Common: Thanks to volunteer Melanie Tindale. Crystal Palace: Henry Hamilton (21:38, First Timer!). Ipswich: Adrian Whittle (24:03, First Timer!). Littleport: Dave Price (27:51, YB! First Timer!). Thetford: Thanks to Giles Macrow (29:16), volunteer pacer for 29 min. Wepre: James Tweed (23:48, First Timer!). Wimpole Estate: Chris Aylmer (29:58). Best in age groups by proportion: Neville Clarke 1st of 11, Rebecca Fordham 3rd of 23, James Thomson 2nd of 12, Henry Hamilton 5th of 24, Richard Jones 6th of 22, Bobby Jackson 3rd of 10,  James Tweed 4th of 14, Adrian Whittle 7th of 25, Chris Aylmer 2nd of 6.

Congratulations to star of the week Rebecca Fordham, who achieved an all-time parkrun PB at Cambridge, following her best ever 5K Handicap time (26:35) last Tuesday. Also to Iain Perry for gaining an all-time PB in his first attempt at Castle Park parkrun in Bishop’s Stortford, after 80 parkruns spanning 5 years. Alexia Smithson did well to gain a course PB at Cambridge and Dave Price recorded his best parkrun time this year at Littleport. Neville Clarke continues in invincible form in his age group.

James Tweed was a tourist at Wepre parkrun in Wales, Wepre being Welsh for “hilly” and it certainly lived up to its name with 437ft of climb. Iain Perry was touring Bishop’s Stortford parkrun, confusingly called Castle Park.  This was the complete opposite of James Tweed’s experience; a flat and fast course over hard paths….perhaps a good target venue for Joggers searching for an all-time PB, as Iain can testify.  Henry Hamilton notched up another tourist venue with his first visit to Crystal Palace parkrun. This is about as attractive and interesting a parkrun route as anyone could wish for.  It twists and turns through the park, circles two lakes and a maze and tours the terraces that used to lead up to the grand Crystal Palace building.  Alas, the astonishing Crystal Palace glasshouse built for the Great Exhibition of 1851 in Hyde Park has long ceased to exist.  After the exhibition, it was moved, lock, stock and barrel to be reassembled on Sydenham Hill in Penge, itself an enormous undertaking in 1854 (see photo).

The Crystal Palace at Sydenham (1854). Credit to Philip Henry Delamotte (1821–1889) – Smithsonian Libraries.

The immediate residential area soon became known as Crystal Palace and the building became the glittering showpiece of an extravagant Victorian pleasure garden called Crystal Palace Park, which eventually staged the FA Cup Final from 1895 to 1914. Crystal Palace Football Club was founded in 1905 and played on this site. During the depression after World War I, the Palace and gardens went into decline and the owners were declared bankrupt. There were national and charitable attempts to revive and restore the building but its final fate was sealed in 1936, when it sadly caught fire after a small gas explosion in one of the rooms and burned to the ground in hours. However, the name, the area and the park live on and are now thriving in the early 21st century. Crystal Palace even beat Newcastle away this weekend to stay clear from the relegation zone in the Premier League.

Newmarket GRL Sunday 7th Apr 2019 at 11:15am

Just one Jogger in the GRL 5K this week. Giles Macrow, after kindly setting up the course earlier, treated himself to a proper run for a change, coming home in 24:27, 9th of 33 participants; not quite a PB but a very good effort. In the GRL 2.5K, Junior Jogger Cerys Bithell was in good form, coming home 2nd of 6 overall and first female of 3 in 12:27, which works out at slightly under 5 min/km or 8 min/mile, so pretty fast going.

Newmarket Joggers parkrun Results for 30th Mar 2019

Brandon: Thanks to volunteers Adam & Rachael Maltpress. Cambridge: James Tweed (21:02, YB!), Stephen Cousins (22:38, YB!), Jan Holmes (26:08, PB!), Rebecca Fordham (26:25, PB!), Jim Withers (27:12), Chris Aylmer (27:37, YB!), Stephanie Greenwood (27:49, PB!), Sarah Kinston (30:26). Bury St Edmunds: Jason Bevan (21:01), Ruth Eberhardt (23:39, YB!), Alan Thornhill (30:38), Thanks to volunteer Giles Macrow. Coldham’s Common: James Thomson (22:22, buggy PB!), Alexia Smithson (29:41, cPB! YB!), Jenny Osbourn (33:43, YB!), Carol McIntosh (33:43). Littleport: Neville Clarke (20:44, cPB! YB!), Emma Newman (25:02). Watermeadows: Henry Hamilton (20:53). Blickling: Kate Warboys (33:34). Southampton: Adrian Whittle (25:04). Best in age groups: Emma Newman 1st of 13, Neville Clarke 1st of 2 by 16 minutes, James Tweed 2nd of 29, Jan Holmes 2nd of 23, Stephanie Greenwood 3rd of 25, Ruth Eberhardt 3rd of 16, Henry Hamilton 3rd of 11, Rebecca Fordham 4th of 23, Jason Bevan 4th of 11.

Lots of PBs and best of year performances from the Joggers, with parkrun courses in perfect condition this week. Star of the week was Neville Clarke (20:44) at Littleport, who achieved his best parkrun time since April 2017 and moved up from Diamond to Sapphire club standard with 80.15% age grade. Also at Littleport, Emma Newman (25:02) unfortunately exacerbated her leg injury and had to stop and walk at one point, before finding it was less painful to carry on running. Despite this, she still managed to come 1st of 13 in her age group. We hope this annoying injury heals up as soon as possible. Definitely also worth a mention is James Thomson (22:22), who set a new all-time buggy parkrun PB at Coldham’s Common, with daughter Norah aboard. That’s a very good time without buggy or baby to push round!

Three tourists this week. Kate Warboys (33:34), has run at Blickling parkrun in Norfolk quite a few times, no doubt with family connections there. The route is part of the Mausoleum Walk, as it encounters a mausoleum hidden in woods along the way (as does Brandon parkrun). It’s a very scenic 2 lap course over undulating, wooded parkland and commands a lovely view over a lake and towards the Bure Valley at one point. Moving to Northamptonshire, Henry Hamilton (20:53) had his first go at Watermeadows parkrun in Towcester. This is a 3-lap course around a large area of attractive open parkland, surrounded by trees and bordered by the River Tove for half of the perimeter. This new parkrun began in February this year and is currently attracting 100 to 150 participants per week. The other tourist was Adrian Whittle (25:04), who  joined 1,005 others in the huge Southampton parkrun, which he has done a good many times.  The parkrun began in 2012 and rivals Bushy Park for sheer numbers, with 1,295 standing as the record attendance in January this year. The course itself is flat and fast over tarmac paths on Southampton Common, so ideal in most types of weather, summer and winter. No doubt they have plenty of salt to melt any ice in the winter.

parkrun reports Jan to March 2019