Final spring marathon preparations underway for many Newmarket Joggers

Two Newmarket Joggers chose 20-mile races as part of their spring marathon preparations. On Sunday, March 24th, Ellie Bithell (2:51:08, 169th of 433 overall, 35th F of 187, 10th of 43 in F45) took on the Oakley 20M in Bedfordshire; a tough course with continual undulations and a lot of climb. Quite likely, Ellie was saving a little something for her first attempt at the TCS London Marathon on April 21st, on which she is 100% focused.


Above left: Ellie Bithell after the Oakley 20, organised by Bedford Harriers; above right: Attractive design on the back of the hoodie. Many thanks to Ellie for the photos.


Meanwhile, recently-joined member Hugh Tawell (2:01:25, 7th of 535 overall, 5th of 125 in MS) put in a huge effort in the Wymondham 20M, near Norwich in Norfolk, taking over 6 minutes off his PB in the same race last year. He has no record of running the marathon distance but we wish him luck if he has one planned.


Above: Hugh Tawell finishing the Wymondham 20. Many thanks to Total Race Timing and to Hugh for the photo.


On the same day, over on the Channel Island of Jersey, the Jersey Hospice 2 Hospice Half Marathon took place, helping to raise £58,000 for Jersey Hospice Care. Paul Holley (1:25:58, 25th of 632 overall, 5th of 62 in M50-59) put in a fine effort on the Island that he knows so well and where he was born and raised. Also running well in her first ever half marathon was new club member Rachele Cooper (1:48:26, 52nd F of 284, 34th of 158 in F17-39), who must be pleased with the result.


Top left: Rachele and Paul with medals after the race; top right: Paul during the race; bottom left: Rachele during the race; bottom right: Paul having a paddle on the beach to cool his feet. Many thanks to the organisers and Paul & Rachele for the photos.


Hargrave Trail 10K, Hargrave, West Suffolk, Saturday, March 23rd at 2:30 pm: This run was an annual fundraiser for St Edmund Church, Hargrave, with a reputation for a delicious snack after the run, with tea, coffee and cakes as well. There are no official results available but Jogger Anna Mayhew (1:06:33, own time) enjoyed the course and ‘couldn’t stop laughing’ at all the mud along the trails. This little village has no pub and no shop, so friendly get-togethers like these are very welcome.



Above, top left: Anna (on right) & friend during the run; top right: The village sign; bottom: St Edmund Church, Hargrave. Many thanks to Anna for the photos.


Ely 115 Squadron Duathlon, Sunday March 24th, organised by Ely Tri Club: Jogger Martin Smith (also a member of Newmarket Cycling & Tri Club) entered this annual duathlon, which was a 25km bike ride sandwiched between two 5km runs. He finished 35th of 62 competitors overall with a total time of 1:48:21, including transitions. His run and bike times were: 28:20/50:44/27:12, with his bike time of 50:44 his strongest discipline, putting him 18th of 62.