Promising start by Newmarket Joggers in opening fixture of 5k Summer League at Histon

Thursday evening, April 25: It was a big turnout of Newmarket Joggers for the first fixture of the Arkwright & Co/Turners 5k Summer League at Chivers Old Farm in Histon. Other running clubs in the league are Histon & Impington Runners, Haverhill RC, Royston Runners, Saffron (Walden) Striders RC, Cambridge & Coleridge AC, Cambridge Tri Club and Ely Runners.

Official results were not out at the time of going to press but we can report the overall positions of our 24 female and 32 male competitors, among a total field of about 410. The first 5 women and the first 5 men to finish for each club were awarded points according to their positions within gender, while the rest of the finishers received one point towards the club total. Unofficial times for the leading runners are shown where known.


Above: A big turnout by Newmarket Joggers at Histon, Chivers Old Farm. Thanks for the team photo.


Leading the way for the female Joggers, in no uncertain fashion, were juniors Cerys Bithell (68th overall ~19:08) and Lilian Corbett (80th), both just 16 years old. Then came Hannah Pollard (155th ~21:24), Rebecca Oettle (175th) and Rachele Cooper (197th ~22:52). For the male Joggers, first home was Hugh Tawell (11th overall), from Jimmy Smith (18th ~17:10), Chris Balmer (20th), Mark Hayward (21st ~17:14) and Jonathan Pye (24th ~17:21). Judging by the positions recorded and the total turnout, this looks like a very good start to the summer series for Newmarket Joggers, whose combined female and male team finished 2nd to Cambridge & Coleridge in the League in 2023, their highest position for many years.


Above, left: Helen Wass just ahead of Bridget Wallwin during the 5k; right: Paul Holley, Rachele Cooper, Jimmy Smith and Nicole Smith relax after the race in a local hostelry. Many thanks for the photos.


Other Newmarket Joggers putting in big efforts were: Female: Helen Hilario 213th overall, Hanneli Stevenson 233rd, Ellie Bithell 260th, Nicole Smith 271st, Meera Mahadevan 273rd, Helen Wass 305th, Bridget Wallwin 313th, Rachael Maltpress 319th, Anna Mayhew 322nd, Emma Burns 325th, Angela Drury 327th, Lisa Garrand 330th, Francine Dasseville 345th, Sianie Painter 353rd, Sarah Kinston 365th, Sophie Adams 369th, Jo Bouttell 376th, Pearl Fay 388th and Caroline Mcintosh 397th. Male: Sam Sadler 24th overall, Paul Holley 61st, Shane Mcandrew 88th, Daniel Tee 89th, Jason Beeton 122nd, Jonathan Ollington 130th, Adam Maltpress 131st, Andy Fryatt 138th, Stephen Edwards 142nd, Neil Pollard 152nd, Richard Eddershaw 170th, Chris Burns 174th, Marc Drury 176th, Tom Elton 231st, Steve Oglesby 234th, Stephen Cousins 249th, Martin Smith 256th, Jon Brooker 262nd, Ian Butcher 275th, Rob Hawkins 281st, Jeremy Reader 287th, Brian Munns 303rd, Jason Singh 355th, Alan Thornhill 359th, Jim Withers 367th, Wayne Hargreaves 373rd and Chris Aylmer 387th.

Many thanks to all the participants and to the volunteers and supporters: Jackie Henley, Sarah Osborne, Rebecca Hannah and Suzanne Bailey.


The Norfolk Marathon, Cromer, Sunday 28th April: Two Joggers had a crack at this scenic, but tough, marathon with plenty of undulations and inclines, though the final mile was nicely downhill. First home was Marc Drury (3:30:19, 94th of 946 overall, 8th of 80 in M50-54), followed by Greg Davis (3:45:57, 182nd, 4th of 27 in M60-64). They both enjoyed the route and did very well in their age groups, completing their first marathon of the year.


Above: Greg Davis (top) and Marc Drury (bottom) finishing the Norfolk Marathon in Cromer. Many thanks to them and to Total Race Timing for the photos.


On the same day, the Bury St Edmunds Steeplechase & Middle Distance Festival took place at the West Suffolk Arena in Beetons Way. The official Results are not yet out, but we know that Junior Newmarket Jogger Cerys Bithell (aged 16) was there and set herself a new track PB for the 1500m at ~5m:04s. She also took part in her first ever Steeplechase and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge, clocking a very good time of ~5m:51s over 1500m.


Also on Sunday, it was the Colchester Zoo Stampede 10K, a very popular annual event in Colchester. Running more or less together were Sarah Kinston (1:07:13, 1,374th of 1,807 overall, 73rd of 95 in F45-49) and Jo Bouttell (1:07:21, 1,386th, 12th of 26 in F60-64), with Jo clocking her best 10k time this year. Afterwards they had a good look around the zoo and took some nice photos.


Above, top left: Jo Bouttell (centre) and Sarah Kinston (right) with medals after the race, plus friend or family member; top right: The attractive medal; bottom left: Pretty pink flamingos; bottom right: Don’t argue with this fellow. Thanks very much for the photos.


Apologies for missed results from previous weeks, as follows: Barley Woodcock did very well in the Brighton 10K on April 7th (40:03, 86th of 2,714 overall) and also in the TCS London Marathon on April 21st (3:24:48, 8,521st of ~53,000, 1,294th of 4,737 in M40-44). He was generously running for Havens Hospice in London, which was his first ever marathon. His halfway splits were: 1:42:12 and 1:42:36, the most even splits of any Jogger running on the day; very impressive, especially for a first time marathon.

On Saturday April 20th, Alexia Smithson ran in the SHE 50km Ultra along the Llyn Peninsula in Wales, which was a female only race. She clocked 9:24:18 over a tough, hilly course, including 3,316ft of climb, doing very well to finish 233rd of 460 overall and 70th of 131 in 18-39; due reward for putting in a lot of training and long distance runs over the last few months.