Author Archives: Chris Aylmer

Paul Holley excels in London Landmarks Half Marathon

On Sunday 1st August, Newmarket Joggers’ top veteran Paul Holley finished 14th overall (12th on chip time) of 11,005 runners in the London Landmarks Half Marathon, recording a time of 1:17:39. He came 1st of 331 in his M55 age group, 7 minutes ahead of the 2nd, earning an age grade of 87.72%, his highest of the year so far. … Read more

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Newmarket Joggers impress in stamina races over the weekend

An ultramarathon, two marathons and two half marathons were on the agenda for the Joggers for Sunday, 25th July. Leading the pack was Jimmy Smith, in his second attempt at the Writtle Wround, a notoriously difficult 50K trail race in Essex, with a Runbritain difficulty rating of 10.0 (on a normal scale of 0 to 6) and elevation gain of … Read more

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Lots of Newmarket Joggers enjoying real live races after a year of scarce opportunity

Stephen Williams 10K (Sunday 18th July): Organised by St Edmund Pacers in Thurston, Suffolk, this race attracted 7 Joggers. Promising new member Jonathan Pye was first home in 39:06, 19th of 298 runners overall, his first known 10K on record and an excellent effort in the very hot conditions. Next for the Joggers’ came ace veteran Neville Clarke (46:29, 80th, … Read more

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Jimmy Smith makes top three in Fen Gallop 10K

Fen Gallop 10K, Sunday 4th July: Jimmy Smith put in a great run in the annual Fen Gallop 10K, clocking 35:33, to finish 3rd of 288 runners overall. It was his first 10K race of the year and earns him 78.57% diamond age grade. Next came Clive Purbrook (M65), with an excellent effort of 50:15 (68.42%, gold), putting him 77th … Read more

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Jimmy Smith first home in Thurlow 10, supported by a big team turnout.

Thurlow 5 & 10 mile, Sunday June 27th: The Joggers turned out in number for one of their favourite local racing events, which is organised annually by Haverhill Running Club. Normally the event takes place in October, but this was the reincarnation of last year’s event, postponed due to Covid-19. Both races went a rather different route from previous years, … Read more

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Neil Pollard makes the podium in Sandringham Half Marathon

Sandringham Half Marathon, Sunday 20th June: Three Joggers were competing in this race. Neil Pollard was bang in form in his first half marathon race since 2019. He finished 3rd of 898 runners overall in his best ever time of 1:13:23, 1st of 70 in the M40 category. That beat his previous best time of 1:14:43 at Bedford in 2018. … Read more

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Ruth Eberhardt first female finisher in Norfolk Coast Sunset Marathon

Sunset Marathon, Saturday 12th June: Ruth Eberhardt put in a superb effort in the Sunset Marathon, which started in Wells-next-the-Sea and followed the Norfolk Coast Path westwards, all the way to Snettisham on The Wash. In a field of 48 competitors, she came 12th overall and was 1st of 14 female finishers in a time of 4:59:11, covering well over … Read more

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Paul Holley puts in top effort in ‘Herts Half’

Hertfordshire Half Marathon Sunday June 6th: Paul Holley put in a top class run in this annual race, which had been postponed from November 2020 due to Covid-19. He clocked 1:19:29 and finished 13th of 1,097 runners overall, with an age grade of 82.73%. He was 1st of 30 in M55, over 20 minutes ahead of his nearest rival; a … Read more

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Mark Hayward and Jimmy Smith excel in Boston Marathon (UK)

Boston Marathon (UK) May 31st: On Bank Holiday Monday in Lincolnshire, Mark Hayward and Jimmy Smith achieved top times in the Boston Marathon (UK). With an 8:00am start, the air stayed cooler for the fastest runners, though the direct heat of the sun was still challenging. Mark clocked 2:42:53 (24th of 692 overall, 6th of 83 M35), which was a … Read more

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Great performance by Joggers in the second fixture of Kevin Henry League

Kevin Henry 5K League: Newmarket Joggers has clawed its way back from bottom position (8th) in the Kevin Henry League to a combined =5th in the table after a very encouraging performance in the second fixture, with times recorded by club members in virtual runs from May 13th to 16th 2021. Our men and women finished 4th and 5th respectively, … Read more

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