Mark Hayward close to a PB in Sudbury Fun Run 5

Sudbury Fun Run 5, Sudbury, Suffolk, Good Friday, March 29th: Mark Hayward (27:22, 7th of 524 overall, 1st of 84 in M40-49) was in great form and just five seconds outside his 5-mile PB in this popular annual event. This will likely be his last big effort before April 21st, when he will be competing in his 5th London Marathon, with ‘Championship Entry’ allowing him to start near the front, just behind the elite men. Last year (also a Championship Entry) he achieved a marathon PB of 2:34:45 and hopes to take it even closer to 2:30. He seems to have peaked at the right time and deserves all the luck we can wish him.


Above, top: Mark Hayward not lacking in speed in the Cambridge Half Marathon (centre left) in early March; bottom left: In the Suffolk XC Championships at Holbrook, near Ipswich, in early January; bottom right: Fourth overall and winning his age group in the Reedham 10-mile race later in January. Many thanks to Mark for the photos.


Also on Good Friday was the Zig Zag Easter Challenge at the Suffolk Running Centre in Barrow, near Bury St Edmunds. The route was a hilly quarter marathon circuit (~10.6km/6.6mi) over road and trail, with options from 5k out & back to ultramarathon multiple laps. Caroline Mcintosh initially intended to do 3 laps as long run practice for her London Marathon in April, but curtailed it to one lap in the end, clocking 1:29:46. She was still recovering from a cold and the going was very muddy and slippery. Instead, she completed an 18-mile training run on Easter Sunday, near her home.


Above top: Start of the Zig Zag Easter Challenge; bottom left: Muddy shoes of Caroline Mcintosh; bottom right: After one of her races at a training camp in Portugal in March. Thanks to Caroline Mcintosh and Zig Zag Running for photos.


Tonbridge Open Meeting T&F, Tonbridge, Kent, Easter Monday, 1st April: This track & field meeting was organised by Tonbridge AC and was open to seniors and younger runners in age groups down to U11, depending on the event. Junior Jogger Harvey Thomas represented Newmarket Joggers in the 1500m U15B age group; it was his first ever 1500m race. There were 8 x 1500m heats of mixed gender and age, according to expected pace, with about 10 in each heat. Harvey did well to finish 6th of 10 in his heat in a time of  5:14.64, which gave him an excellent 73.54% age grade, according to our club calculator. There were no finals to decide gender or age group winners. Harvey learned a lot about 1500m tactics and is targeting under 5 minutes in the not too distant future.


Above left: Harvey Thomas finishing his 1500m heat at Tonbridge; above right: In the Ely Junior XC race earlier this year. Many thanks to Cheryl Thomas for the photos.