Holt 10K, Edinburgh Half Marathon & Beating the Bounds of Exning Parish

Holt 10K, North Norfolk, Sunday 26th May, organised by North Norfolk Beach Runners: Seven Joggers had a crack at this annual race.

 

Above: Newmarket Joggers in Holt 10K, from left: Andy Fryatt, Bridget Wallwin, Jan Holmes, Alan Thornhill, Jo Bouttell, Francine Dasseville and Angela Drury. Many thanks for photo.

 

First home was Andy Fryatt (43:53, 94th of 468 overall, 9th of 39in M55-59) in a very good effort for his first 10k this year. Then came Angela Drury (55:18, 79th F of 185, 12th of 24 in F40-44) and Bridget Wallwin (56:14, 87th F, 10th of 20 in F55-59), not far apart. Interesting that they both recorded 10k PBs (of 53:57 and 53:30 respectively) in the Town & Gown 10K 2023, which was later officially declared 100m short, so invalidating any PBs on Power of 10; let’s hope the distance is correct for this year’s race in October.

 

Above, from left: Andy Fryatt, Angela Drury and Bridget Wallwin finishing Holt 10K. Thanks for photos.

 

Next in the Holt 10k came Francine Dasseville (1:01:12, 120th F, 18th of 29 in F50-54) in her first race over the distance this year. She was closely followed by Alan Thornhill (1:01:54, 385th, 7th of 8 in M75+), who is running very well for his age and unlucky to find so many faster runners in his age group. However, nice to see that the organisers did actually include the 75+ age group.

 

 

Above, from left: Francine Dasseville and Alan Thornhill finishing Holt 10K. Thanks for photos.

 

Then came Jan Holmes (1:02:58, 132nd F, 10th of 14 in F60-64) and Jo Bouttell (1:11:26, 167th F, 11th in F60-64) with good efforts, the latter suffering from some asthma breathing problems, with her best time this year 1:07:21 in the Colchester Stampede in April.

 

Top left: Jan Holmes and top right: Jo Bouttell, finishing Holt 10K. Bottom: Angela, Jan & Jo relax after the run. Thanks for photos.

 

Edinburgh Half Marathon, Sunday, 26th May: It was unfortunately raining all the way through this race, which started in the centre of Edinburgh and finished in Musselburgh, following an attractive excursion along the East Lothian coastline. The rain was probably better for the runners than a heat wave, which has happened before. Four Joggers competed in this race.

 

Above: Sarah & Mike Sales enjoying the rain at the start of the Edinburgh Half marathon. Thanks for photo.

 

First home was Jason Beeton (1:37:03, 782nd of 11,164 overall, M35-39), who was representing his first claim club Thetford AC in his first half marathon this year. Then came Mike Sales (2:01:46, 4,732nd, M55-59), who was pleased with his consistent splits and feels he can build on this effort. Lisa Garrand (2:10:39, 6,379th, F35) did very well to beat her Cambridge Half Marathon time (2:12:59) and set what looks like a big 2-minute PB in this race. Sarah Sales (2:13:38, 6,899th, F55-59) also put in a big effort and is running well in her age group, thanks to all her training runs over trails with husband Mike.

Apologies that the usual detail is not currently searchable in the official Edinburgh Marathon results, with no gender or age group positions shown or easily searchable, possibly due to privacy policy.

 

Above: Jason Beeton & Lisa Garrand at start of Edinburgh HM. Thanks for photo.

 

Race Walking Development Conference, West Suffolk Arena, Bury St Edmunds, Saturday, May 25th: Edson George Wilkinson, a talented racewalker of Newmarket Joggers and Suffolk County Athletics, began this initiative to help develop racewalking in the county, for people of all ages. This was the first fixture of a number of racewalking events planned over the year.

Junior Joggers Sophie Blundell U13G, Lily-Ann Cooper U15G and Tyler-James Cooper U11B were there to represent Newmarket Joggers, while coaches Stuart Janes and Phil Blundell were helping at the event. The first race was a 400m Walk. Sophie Blundell  (2:21.43) and Lily-Ann Cooper (2:29.96) came 1st and 2nd of 4 participants, with the other competitors a senior man and woman. In the 2,000m Walk, Sophie Blundell (12:37.76 Level 5 U13G award) and Lily-Ann Cooper (14:07.34, Level 2 U15G award) again came 1st and 2nd against the same two adults, with individual age awards, which is very encouraging for them. Tyler-James Cooper took part in the final 10 x 100m relays, along with Sophie and Lily-Ann, though individual times are not known.

 

Beating the Bounds in Exning Parish, Saturday, 25th May: In this recreational walk/run event around 40 people took part, including Newmarket Joggers Brian Munns (tail walker and sign collector), Rob Hawkins, Tom Elton, Steve Oglesby, Hanneli Stevenson, Nicole Smith, Andy Fryatt, Francine Dasseville, Helen Wass, Sianie Painter, Caroline Mcintosh and Chris Aylmer.

 

Above: A gathering of walkers and runners at the start of Beating the Bounds at St Martin’s Church, Exning. Thanks for the photo.

 

The route started at St Martin’s Church Exning at 10:00am and proceeded up Cemetery Hill towards Newmarket; then turning right and following Hamilton Road all the way from Exning Road to Birdcage Walk near the racecourse. From there it proceeded along the High Street and up Bury Road to the first stop at St Agnes Church, where there were refreshments. Then it carried on up Bury Road and took a public footpath nearly all the way to St Peter’s Church in Snailwell, where there was a big spread of cakes and hot and cold drinks kindly put on by the volunteers.

 

Above: St Nicholas in Landwade.

 

The most picturesque part of the route came next with the beautiful Landwade estate, which necessitated the taking of plenty of photos, including those of St Nicholas Church and Landwade Hall Moat, as well as of trees, woods and meadows. From Landwade, the route proceeded along a footpath leading all the way down to Burwell Road; then crossed  the road to take us on a wide detour, down a long, winding lane which is not normally open to the public; the lane eventually led us all the way back to Exning and the finish at St Martin’s Church.

 

Above left: Carol Mcintosh in Landwade; above right Landwade Hall Moat.

 

This organised annual walk (+ run) is based on an ancient tradition on Rogation Day, dating from the times of the Norman Conquest, which reaffirms the boundaries of (usually) church parishes and guards against any intrusions. The walks were led by priests or other learned and respected members of the parish. In the times before accurate maps were available and when the majority of villagers couldn’t read, the village population had to be aware of exactly where the parish boundaries were. Apart from legal issues, the fields within the parish were vital to keep the inhabitants of the parish supplied with bread from wheat or to graze cattle. People carried branches around the boundaries to beat the hedges and other landmarks to help parish inhabitants impress it on their memory. It sounds bizarre these days, of course.