parkrun organises free, weekly (Saturday 9am), 5km timed runs in the UK and around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in http://www.parkrun.org.uk/
They are great for all abilities, from those just starting out to families of all ages, for the novice as well as the elite runner. Many Joggers regularly take part and volunteer with local events being hosted in Brandon, Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge (Milton Country Park and Coldham’s Common), Clare Castle, Haverhill, Littleport, Thetford and Wimpole Hall Estate. Once registered you can enjoy them anywhere around the country, in fact around the world! You are welcome to walk, jog or run these events according to your preference and level of fitness.
Another free weekly timed 5km that has now appeared on the local scene is Great Run Local (GRL), which starts at the bottom of Newmarket Heath’s Warren Hill on a Sunday at 11:15am., see: www.greatrunlocal.org/ There is also the option of a shorter 2.5km run for children and adults. The nearest alternative GRL courses are at Walsham-Le-Willows and Needham Lake, which start on Sundays at 9:00am and 9:30am respectively.
Newmarket Jogger and keen parkrunner Chris Aylmer has kindly offered to write a weekly report on how the Joggers have got on. Abbreviations: PB = all-time parkrun personal best, cPB = course PB, YB = best parkrun time so far this year.
Newmarket Joggers GRL report for Sunday 18th August 2019 @11:15am
5K(24): Neville Clarke (21:44 cPB!) 1st of 24 overall; Hannah Short (27:25) 8th & 1st F; Malcolm Osbourn (27:54) 13th. No Joggers in the 2.5K run.
Neville Clarke was 1st overall finisher and set himself a new GRL PB of 21:44, so a great effort from him. Hannah Short also put in a fast run to finish 1st female in 27:25, with Malcolm Osbourn consistent as ever and close behind in a very good time of 27:54. Thanks to the volunteer helpers: David Merchant, Sue Scargill, Gaye Margarson, Paul Foreshaw, Joe Cormack, Chris Aylmer and Alice.
Newmarket Joggers parkrun report for Saturday 17th August 2019
LOCAL VENUES Cambridge (465): Stephen Cousins (23:37); Rebecca Fordham (26:41). Bury St Edmunds (335): Paul Dockerill (22:06); Ruth Eberhardt (26:15); Anna Mayhew (26:42). Thetford (248): Elke Hausler (21:42, 1st F finisher!); Emma Newman (23:30); Clodie Rolph (30:17 YB! cPB! PB!); Sarah Kinston (31:09 50th parkrun!); Rebecca Hannah (32:08); Rachel Allen (35:24). Clare Castle (133): Neville Clarke (21:38). Littleport (189): Christine Windsor (29:15). Coldham’s Common (259): Brian Munns (23:07); James Thomson & Norah in Buggy (24:56).
TOURIST VENUES Wimbledon Common [SW London](472): Henry Hamilton (20:24 cPB!). Whinlatter Forest [Lake District](193): James Tweed (25:19 cPB!). Holkham [North Norfolk](278): Chris Aylmer (30:07).
Henry Hamilton and James Tweed both returned to previously visited tourist venues for a second attempt and both gained course PBs. Henry was at Wimbledon Common parkrun, which is an attractive, nearly flat, two lap course around the Common, through wooded parkland, twice passing by King’s Mere Lake and finishing within close view of the iconic windmill. It started in January 2007 when there were 51 participants, so one of the earliest to appear on the scene. Now the record stands at 659 in June this year….that’s progress!
James revisited Whinlatter Forest parkrun in the Lake District, which began in January 2018. This is the parkrun with more climb than any other parkrun in the UK, maybe in the world; officially 674 ft, but according to James’ Garmin 568 ft (173 m) of climb. More frightening still, it doesn’t come back down very much and finishes about 250 ft higher than it starts…just not fair! To compensate for this, there is very nice scenery, with excellent views of Derwent Water and the surrounding hills, if you have the breath to enjoy it.
I visited Holkham parkrun in North Norfolk, before doing a recce for Stage 3 of the Round Norfolk Relay. Holkham Park is a classic 18th Century ‘Capability Brown’-style stately park (actually landscaped mainly by William Kemp), with fashionable (at the time, now considered invasive) Mediterranean evergreen oak trees, sweeping, undulating lawns, an ice-house, an obelisk, a monument and even a neoclassical temple, not to mention an adopted herd of wild fallow deer and, of course, stately Holkham Hall itself. The Lord of the Manor, Thomas Coke, 8th Earl of Leicester, still actually lives with his family in a part of the Hall, which has well over 100 rooms, while his estate covers 25,000 acres of park and farmland.
It’s such a nice gesture that they allow free parking every week for parkrunners; no money grabbing here. The course is a scenic undulating one lap route over immaculately kept gravel and tarmac pathways. They would easily have room for a 10K one lap course in this vast park. The parkrun began in 2015 with 96 participants and the record attendance stands at 531 in April this year. Well recommended for a visit, with a lovely cafe near the Hall, full of home-baked goodies, and the poshest toilets (sorry, lavatories) I’ve ever visited at a parkrun!
Above left: Holkham parkrun start/finish. Above right: Holkham Hall hiding behind a tree. Photos: Barry Bye
BEST IN AGE GROUPS: Elke Hausler 1st of 11 and 1st F of 120; Rebecca Fordham 3rd of 25; Anna Mayhew 2nd of 15; Henry Hamilton 4th of 25; Paul Dockerill 3rd of 16; Ruth Eberhardt 5th of 21; Brian Munns 2nd of 8; Emma Newman 2nd of 7; James Tweed 4th of 14; Stephen Cousins 3rd of 10; Sarah Kinston 8th of 26; Neville Clarke 1st of 3; Clodie Rolph 6th of 15; Christine Windsor 1st of 2.
Newmarket Joggers GRL report for Sunday 11th August 2019 @11:15am
5K (45): Stephen Cousins (23:46) 4th of 45 overall; Hannah Parsons (24:15) 6th and 1st F of 17; Joe Cormack (25:40) 8th; Giles Macrow (26:15) 10th; Rebecca Fordham (27:27) 3rd F; Malcolm Osbourn (27:31) 16th; Sophie Adams (31:44 PB!) 9th F; Caroline Mcintosh (32:56 PB!) 12th F; Jenny Osbourn (37:35) 17th F. 2.5K (22): Cerys Bithell (11:49 PB!) 1st of 22 overall and 1st F of 6. Ellie Bithell (12:25 PB!) 3rd and 2nd F.
Another great run in the 2.5K by Cerys Bithell, first finisher and a PB to boot! Trying to keep up with her daughter, Ellie Bithell also achieved a PB and took 2nd female position. Well done to both. Stephen Cousins and Hannah Parsons were top Joggers in the 5K event, with Hannah 1st female of 17 participants, so in top form. Well done Sophie Adams and Caroline Mcintosh, who both achieved new PBs on this course.
Newmarket Joggers parkrun report for Saturday 10th August 2019
LOCAL VENUES: Bury St Edmunds (275): Jason Bevan (18:50 cPB! YB!); Brian Munns (24:42); Ruth Eberhardt (24:57); Jim Withers (27:47); Stephanie Greenwood (31:13); Paul Dockerill (31:42) running with daughters Chloe (31:09) and Abbie (31:41). Thetford (272): Giles Macrow (25:08). Littleport (232): Emma Newman (23:14).
TOURIST VENUES: Ipswich [Chantry Park](340): Adrian Whittle (26:17); Gunnersbury [West London near Chiswick](541): Henry Hamilton (19:52); Margate [north Kent coast](157): Jan Holmes (27:49); Loch Neaton [Watton in Norfolk](158): Chris Aylmer (29:37).
BEST IN AGE GROUPS: Jason Bevan 1st of 16; Emma Newman 1st of 14; Jan Holmes 1st of 12; Henry Hamilton 7th of 38; Ruth Eberhardt 5th of 21; Brian Munns 4th of 16.
A particularly good week for Jason Bevan at Bury St Edmunds, with his best parkrun time since 2014 and 1st of 16 runners in his age group. Emma Newman and Jan Holmes were consistent as ever, both winning their age groups easily; Emma by over 3 minutes at Littleport (also 3rd female overall of 118) and Jan by nearly 2 minutes at Margate. Margate is a north Kent double out & back coastal run, mostly on tarmac promenade, with a stunning view of Palm Bay as it passes by Cliftonville. The parkrun dates back to 2013 and, apart from the initial 2 events, struggled to attract more than 30-40 participants per week until 2015. Since then the trend has been steadily upwards, with the record attendance 196 in April this year. Henry Hamilton’s travels took him to Gunnersbury parkrun in Gunnersbury Park in West London, near Chiswick. It has been going since 2011 and numbers have steadily increased over the years, from about 100 to a record 686 in January this year. This is a beautiful two lap course passing by a boating lake and circling Potomac Lake, a large fish pond.
Talking of lakes, I was at Loch Neaton parkrun, not in Scotland but in good old Norfolk, in Watton. The parkrun just began in March this year and is already attracting around 150 per week. The course starts along by Loch Neaton, a lovely small lake with water lilies and surrounded by trees. Then it goes for 3 laps around playing fields at Watton Sports Centre before returning to the lake for the finish. There is an interesting story about how Loch Neaton came into being and why it was so-called. In 1875 they were extending the Thetford/Watton railway line to Swaffham and needed thousands of tons of earth for the construction of a rail embankment about a mile long to the north. It was a monumental task with only some steam-powered equipment to help. Two huge holes were excavated in Neaton (a hamlet just outside Watton at the time) and the earth moved to where the line was to be laid. The railway builders were Scottish construction workers called navigators or ‘navvies’ for short in the 19thC.
In the years after the railway line was constructed, one of the holes, the smallest and furthest one away from Watton, began to fill with water from the River Wissey, but the one nearest the town remained dry. A deliberate philanthropic project was begun to turn the excavated hole nearest the town and its surrounds into a lake and pleasure garden. Water was eventually brought to the hole from a nearby natural spring by using a wind pump, after chanelling from the River Wissey had failed. It was called a ‘Loch’ out of respect for the Scottish railway construction workers who had worked so hard to dig out the earth. For many years, up to the First World War, it was a popular leisure attraction, with fishing and boating lake, swimming pool, tennis courts, bowling green and bandstand. It also became a fashionable venue for music concerts, outdoor opera and the like. There was even an annual Whit Monday Marathon race that started at the lake in Edwardian times, possibly spurred on by the famous marathon in the 1908 Olympics in London, where the runner was disqualified for being helped over the line when he collapsed from exhaustion. Nowadays the Loch has been more or less returned to a place for walking and relaxation (bar the weekly parkrun!), with active sports transferred to the Sports Centre nearby, but is no less pleasing for local people.
The sad end to this story is the closing of the railway line from Thetford to Swaffham in the 1960s, less than 100 years after all that back-breaking work. This was part of the massive cuts enforced by Dr. Beeching’s railway restructuring plans, when around half the stations in the UK were closed and a third of the railway lines ripped up. Several of the low railway bridges near Watton have been dismantled for getting in the way of traffic and there doesn’t even seem to be a footpath to walk or run along the original route of the line from Watton to Swaffham.
Newmarket Joggers parkrun report for Saturday 3rd August 2019
LOCAL VENUES. Brandon (88): Adam Maltpress (23:03), Brian Munns (23:33), Jim Withers (27:14), Alan Thornhill (31:21). Bury St Edmunds (326): Neville Clarke (21:48), Ruth Eberhardt (25:06), Adrian Whittle (26:18). Cambridge (610): James Tweed (20:51 cPB! YB! PB!), Stephen Cousins (23:06), Rebecca Fordham (25:15, PB 25:14!). Clare Castle (133): Chris Aylmer (29:54). Littleport (196): Phil Blundell (20:55 cPB! YB! PB!). Thetford (260): Elke Hausler (23:55), Malcolm Osbourn (27:34), Giles Macrow (32:25, Pacer), Carol McIntosh (33:03), Jenny Osbourn (36:33).
TOURIST VENUES. Felixstowe [Suffolk coast] (234): Paul Dockerill (20:44). Queen Elizabeth [Hampshire Downs] (120): Henry Hamilton (21:15). York [racecourse] (495): Emma Newman (22:21).
BEST IN AGE GROUPS. Rebecca Fordham 2nd of 24; Elke Hausler 1st of 11; Ruth Eberhardt 2nd of 21; Neville Clarke 1st of 8; James Tweed 5th of 36; Caroline Mcintosh 1st of 6; Henry Hamilton 1st of 6; Stephen Cousins 3rd of 18; Emma Newman 4th of 21; Jenny Osbourn 1st of 5; Paul Dockerill 3rd of 15; Jim Withers 1st of 4; Phil Blundell 3rd of 10; Brian Munns 1st of 3; Adam Maltpress 1st of 3.
Newmarket Joggers GRL report for Sunday 4th August 2019 @11:15am
5K (44): James Tweed (22:25), 4th of 44 overall; Ellie Bithell (25:30), 12th & 1st F of 10; Hannah Short (27:39), 22nd & 3rd F; Anna Mayhew (28:13), 23rd & 4th F; Sianie Painter (29:37), 28th & 6th F. 2.5K (28): Cerys Bithell (12:46), 3rd of 28 overall & 1st F.
Well done the top Newmarket Joggers duo of Ellie Bithell and daughter Cerys Bithell, who were first female finishers in the 5K and 2.5K respectively. Well done also to James Tweed, who was first Jogger home and 4th overall in the 5K, only 11 seconds short of his GRL PB. Hannah Short, 2nd claim member of the Joggers, was only 20 seconds from her best GRL time after 7 runs in the 5K, while Anna Mayhew and Sianie Painter both put in solid efforts. Ben Phillips (9:34), a young local runner (not a club member), was a very speedy first finisher of the 2.5K event in only his 3rd GRL, taking nearly half a minute off his PB. His pace works out at 6:09/mile, especially impressive over this very hilly course. He has also done one 5K Newmarket GRL in 19:05, so definitely a runner to look out for.
Message from Dave: A nice morning on the gallops today, great weather and a good turn out! Thank you to all of today’s volunteers: Giles Macrow, James Plowman, Joe Cormack, Gaye Margarson, Helen Wass, Sue Scargill, Debbie Read, Anna Mayhew & David Merchant. See you all next week, Dave GRLN
Newmarket Joggers parkrun Report for 27th July 2019
LOCAL VENUES. Brandon (122 participants): Kate Warboys (32:28). Bury St Edmunds (258): Neville Clarke (21:38), Adrian Whittle (24:44), Ruth Eberhardt (25:40), Sophie Adams (30:55 YB!), Stephanie Greenwood (31:20). Coldham’s Common (275): Brian Munns (23:02 cPB!), Jim Withers (26:24 cPB! YB!). Clare Castle (122): James Tweed (21:39). Littleport (180): Emma Newman (22:58), Chris Aylmer (28:53). Thetford (242): Giles Macrow (25:03).
TOURIST VENUES. Lyme Park [Disley, Cheshire](113); Jason Bevan (34:49). Sherwood Pines [Nottinghamshire] (271): James Thomson without buggy! (20:33). Upton Court [Slough, Berkshire] (120): Henry Hamilton (21:20).
BEST IN AGE GROUPS: Brian Munns 1st of 10; Neville Clarke 1st of 8; James Tweed 2nd of 16; Emma Newman 1st of 7; Henry Hamilton 2nd of 13; Ruth Eberhardt 3rd of 16.
Nice to see Brian Munns back at the top of his age group. Brian and Jim both seem to get on well at Coldham’s Common, with Jim recording his best parkrun time this year and also a course PB. Emma Newman is coming back to top form and achieved her best parkrun time since her injury earlier this year. Sophie Adams also did well to get a Year Best time at Bury St Edmunds.
On tour at Sherwood Pines parkrun, James Thomson allowed himself a run without the buggy, coming 4th of 11 in his age group. His partner Poppy took over buggy duties and finished in 38:47. Sherwood Pines Forest is a few miles south of the famous Sherwood Forest of the Robin Hood legend, the latter consisting of native deciduous trees. Established in 2015, the parkrun route is a scenic one lapper along trails and stony paths through the forest, maybe somewhat similar to the equally coniferous and man-made Thetford Forest.
Henry Hamilton was down at Upton Court parkrun in Slough, which has been going since 2012. This is a 2 lap circuit around fairly open parkland and fields, with some stretches alongside woods and along cycle paths.
Jason Bevan called in at Lyme Park parkrun, near Stockport, which started in 2014. This is a beautiful National Trust parkland area on the western edge of the Peak District, in Cheshire. with panoramic views towards Manchester and beyond. The parkrun is a one-lap route along open trails and through woods. Jason was running with a friend or relation at a more relaxing pace than usual for him.
Above left: James Thomson with Norah; above right: the start at Sherwood Pines parkrun. Photos James Thomson
Below left: Henry Hamilton at Upton Court parkrun; below right: a view of the finish area. Photos Henry Hamilton.
Newmarket GRL report for Sunday 28th July 2019 @11:15am
5K (37 participants): Malcolm Osbourn (28:12) 10th of 37 overall, Jenny Osbourn (38:00) 29th & 8th F. 2.5K (8): Cerys Bithell (12:30) 1st finisher of 8 overall & 1st F.
Well done Junior Jogger Cerys Bithell, who put in a great run in the 2.5K to come home first overall finisher by over a minute and a half. Malcolm and Jenny Osbourn put in consistent performances for Newmarket Joggers in the 5K, as they have done week after week.
There was a new and very talented young runner in the 5K GRL this week: Sophie Tooley, who last ran a GRL at Needham Lake in August 2017, achieving a PB of 19:22. She finished 2nd overall and first female in an impressive time of 21:27 on this difficult Newmarket course. She is or was a member of West Suffolk AC and has a brilliant school track, cross country and parkrun record dating back to 2010, with a parkrun PB of 18:18 and top age grade of 87% in 2012 (aged only 13). Her form in the English Schools Cross Country Championships of 2012 had her selected to represent GB at a junior level. Since Feb 2018, she has no recorded runs on her Power of 10 record, so may have taken time out to concentrate on her studies at university. Let’s hope we see more of her high class running at the Newmarket GRL and that she fulfills her undoubted potential as a top athlete. George Redhead, an unattached young local runner, achieved his fourth 1st finish from 5 runs at Newmarket, coming home 1st of 37 in 19:27.
Message from Dave: Great to see you all turn out this morning! The going on course today was officially good to soft, muddy in places. A little better weather for running, after the 38.7c heat in Cambridge on Thursday, we are now back to a balmy 16c & rainy with a bit more rain! Thank you to today’s volunteers Gaye Margarson, Paul Forshaw, Helen Wass, Sue Scargill, Debbie Read, James Plowman, Giles Macrow and David Merchant. Lost property: A orange Asics top was left behind. It will be back next week if anyone wants to claim it.
See you next Sunday, Dave GRLN
Newmarket Joggers parkrun Report for 20th July 2019
LOCAL VENUES: Brandon (105 participants): Adam Maltpress (24:00), Clive Purbrook volunteer; thanks! Bury St Edmunds (321): Paul Dockerill (20:36), Ruth Eberhardt (25:52). Cambridge (423): James Tweed (21:12). Coldham’s Common (313): Phil Blundell (21:18, all-time PB!), Melanie Tindale volunteer; thanks! Littleport (186): Neville Clarke (20:46). Thetford (226): James Thomson & Buggy (22:48), Joe Cormack (25:45).
TOURIST VENUES: Castlewellan [N.I.] (253): Jim Withers (26:29 YB!). Concord [Sheffield] (178): Henry Hamilton (21:59). Conkers [Leicestershire] (634): Sarah Kinston (30:27) and volunteer, thanks! Netley Abbey [Southampton] (353): Adrian Whittle (24:09). Rutland Water (291): Emma Newman (23:12). Stewart [Middlesborough] (269): Alison McKenzie (26:51, all-time PB!). Thomas Mills [Framlingham] (114): Alan Thornhill (30:23).
BEST IN AGE GROUPS: Emma Newman 1st of 16; Paul Dockerill 1st of 14; James Tweed 3rd of 28; Alison McKenzie 1st of 9; Ruth Eberhardt 3rd of 25; Joe Cormack 1st of 6; Adrian Whittle 4th of 18; Phil Blundell 4th of 17; Neville Clarke 1st of 3; Jim Withers 2nd of 6; Sarah Kinston 15th of 43; Alan Thornhill 1st of 2.
Some interesting tourist venues this week. Adrian Whittle hails from Southampton but it was his first trip to Netley Abbey parkrun. The picturesque 2-lap course in Royal Victoria Park, close to Southampton Water, normally goes around a chapel and through bluebell woods but on this occasion there was another event in the park, so the run became a frantic 5 and a half laps around a large field. It’s slightly odd that this parkrun should have been called Netley Abbey when the course does not pass within a mile of the Abbey ruins on the other side of Netley village. However, no doubt all the pasture and woods surrounding Netley were once part of the vast Abbey estate. Royal Victoria Park has its own heritage. It was the site of an ostentatious and architecturally attractive military hospital, built in 1855 during the Crimean War, with support from Queen Victoria as its main patron and benefactor. Public sentiment regarding the suffering of soldiers in Crimean hospital camps had been swayed by Florence Nightingale and there was an outcry for provision of an up-to-date military hospital to cater for soldiers wounded in foreign conflicts. Similar to the Millenium Dome in 2000, there were many critics of the project at the time. Florence Nightingale was not too keen on the building (good looks, poor practicality) but gave it her approval in the end after much persuasion. At a quarter of a mile, it was the longest building in Europe and was quite a regal presence looking out over Southampton Water. It was much used later during the Boer War and in World War I & II but fell into disuse by the 1960s and was pulled down after a fire in 1966. Sadly, for our architectural heritage, all that remains is the hospital chapel, around which the parkrun wends its way on a normal Saturday.
Jim Withers was likely visiting his family or relations in his native Northern Island. The parkrun at Castlewellan is around 30 miles south of Belfast and consists of one lap of the beautiful Castlewellan Lake. Jim obviously enjoyed the run and it was his best parkrun time so far this year.
Emma Newman had been looking forward to her first parkrun at Rutland Water, which began in 2015. The out & back course along the edge of the reservoir and partway along the Rutland Dam causeway affords great views of the water and surrounds, along fast, smooth cycle paths. Emma is right back on form now after injury earlier in the year and finished 1st of 16 in her age group.
Alison McKenzie achieved her best ever parkrun time at Stewart parkrun in Middlesborough, which was established in 2012. The 2-lap course in Stewart Park is around very attractive open and wooded parkland areas, mainly on tarmac paths.
Henry Hamilton was up in Yorkshire on racing business and had pre-planned his trip to Concord parkrun in north Sheffield. The 2-lap course in Concord Park is flat and fast over tarmac paths and began way back in 2011. Henry admitted he was a little the worse for wear after the night before, but enjoyed his run nevertheless.
Sarah Kinston has done a good many parkruns at Conkers, where she has family or relations. Its a very attractive out & back course, starting at Conkers Waterside Centre, the head water of the Ashby Canal, and going along trails and beside the Canal for part of the way.
Alan Thornhill paid a visit to Thomas Mills parkrun in Framlingham which came into being just a month or two ago. It’s a wiggly, looping, 2-lap course around the playing fields surrounding Thomas Mills School. It’s a little bumpy in places and the grass slightly longer than ideal around some of the fields but it is a great asset to the local community, who have not previously had a parkrun within easy reach.
Newmarket GRL report for 21st July 2019 @11:15am
5K: Neville Clarke (21:49 PB!) 2nd of 39 overall; James Tweed (23:10) 4th; Malcolm Osbourn (27:08) 16th; Chris Aylmer (29:49) 23rd; Jenny Osbourn (36:58) 11th F. No Newmarket Joggers in the 2.5K.
Message from Dave:
Another lovely summer’s day on the Heath. We had one registered first timer and a total of 11 PBs. As well as everyone else there were 4 runners from the Saint Edmund Pacer’s running club who did the Great Run Local double. One 5k run at Walsham Le Willows and then a quick dash to us for their 2nd of the morning. Nice! Thank you to today’s volunteers: James Hall, Paul Forshaw, Gaye Margarson, Helen Wass, James Plowman, Jenny Osbourn, Malcolm Osbourn & David Merchant.
Newmarket Joggers parkrun Report for 13th July 2019
Brandon (103): Adam Maltpress (22:35), Kate Warboys (31:26 YB!). Bury St Edmunds (310): Adrian Whittle (23:59 cPB!), Anna Mayhew (25:48 cPB! YB!), Stephanie Greenwood (29:18), Rebecca Hannah (32:47), Ruth Eberhardt (volunteer, thanks!). Cambridge (420): Richard Jones (24:31 & volunteer, thanks!), Jessica Podd (25:41 YB!). Clare Castle (127): James Tweed (21:27). Coldham’s Common (264): James Thomson & daughter in buggy (24:06 & volunteer, thanks!). Haverhill (72): Henry Hamilton (19:44 cPB!), Chris Aylmer (29:09). Thetford (286): Elke Hausler (21:26, 1st female finisher!).
A brilliant run by Elke Hausler who was first female finisher at Thetford and hopefully getting over an annoying Achilles injury. Course PBs and/or year bests for Adrian Whittle, Anna Mayhew, Jessica Podd and Henry Hamilton too.
BEST IN AGE GROUPS: Elke Hausler 1st of 8 and 1st of 143 female finishers; Jessica Podd 1st of 8; Henry Hamilton 1st of 5 and 2nd of 72 finishers; Anna Mayhew 4th of 23; James Tweed 2nd of 11; Adrian Whittle 7th of 20; Stephanie Greenwood 4th of 11; Adam Maltpress 2nd of 5, Richard Jones 9th of 22; Chris Aylmer 1st of 2.
Newmarket GRL report for 14th July 2019 @11:15am
Just Giles Macrow (30:43) recorded a 5K run for Newmarket Joggers at the GRL on Sunday, probably after starting the races. There were two very fast runners in the 5K, both recording 18 minute PB times, by the name of John Beardsworth (18:18) and George Redhead (18:41). Neither is in a running club and only George is listed on Runbritain with a 2.8 handicap. They have both done this GRL before and George has done a lot of local parkruns. Well done Junior Jogger Connor Bithell, who ran the 2.5K in a time of 14:47. Most of all, well done the volunteers who managed to keep the show on the road!
Newmarket Joggers parkrun Report for 6th July 2019
Cambridge (499): James Tweed (21:07) led the way from Brian Munns (23:14), Richard Jones (24:21), Jim Withers (26:47) and Sophie Adams (30:57 cPB YB!). It was Sophie’s best parkrun time since 2016 so a great effort by her. James was only 12 seconds from his all-time parkrun PB of 20:55, so is in great form. Bury St Edmunds (271): Adrian Whittle (24:19 cPB!) was first home, closely followed by Ruth Eberhardt (24:38), Malcolm Osbourn (26:43 cPB!), Paul Dockerill (30:34, running with daughter Chloe), Alan Thornhill (31:07) and Jenny Osbourn (38:19). Excellent running by Adrian and Malcolm, who both recorded course PBs, and from Ruth, who finished 1st of 17 in her age group. Coldham’s Common (253): Another great buggy run by James Thomson (23:07), with Norah on board. Haverhill (62): Chris Aylmer (29:15).
Best in age groups: Ruth Eberhardt 1st of 17; James Tweed 5th of 38; Brian Munns 5th of 25; Richard Jones 8th of 25; Malcolm Osbourn 2nd of 6; Jenny Osbourn 2nd of 4.
Newmarket GRL report for 7th July 2019 @11:15am
No Newmarket Joggers running in the 5K or 2.5K events this week, with the Marcus Gynn Newmarket 10K at Stetchworth drawing most of our members as volunteer helpers as well as participants in the senior and junior races. Message from Dave: Thank you to today’s volunteers: Jill Mayhew, Gaye Margarson, Alix Jones, Alice Morrison Lebbon, Sue Scargill, Giles Macrow, James Plowman & David Merchant. We had another lovely mild dry day today and you managed to get a total of 10 PBs, Well done everyone!
See you next week,
Newmarket Joggers parkrun Results 29th June 2019
Cambridge (471): Chris Howell (19:34); Jon Brooker (21:10); Phil Blundell (22:36); James Thomson + Norah in Buggy (22:54); Adrian Whittle (24:19); Alan Shand (24:31); Ruth Eberhardt (24:47); Joe Cormack (25:56); Baz Colley (26:20); Danielle Jones (26:40); Sophie Adams (31:47); Rachel Allen (36:07) and Sara Brown (43:33, about 15 min late starting). Thanks to all the volunteers, including NJs: Rachel Allen, Chris Aylmer, Jon Brooker, Baz Colley, Joe Cormack, Ruth Eberhardt, Elke Hausler, Jan Holmes, Lisa Jennings, Richard Jones, Sarah Kinston, Lynda McCormack, Adam Orriss, Sonia Orriss, Jenny Osbourn, Malcolm Osbourn, Sianie Painter, Hannah Parsons, Mike Sales, Sarah Sales, Christine Shand, Alexia Smithson, James Thomson, Kate Warboys and Jim Withers. Sheringham, Norfolk (199): Paul Dockerill (20:47 cPB!). Brandon (80): Adam Maltpress (22:34). Jersey Farm, St Albans, Herts (206): Henry Hamilton (21:34). Aachener Weiher Cologne, GER (50): Rebecca Hannah (32:42). Coldham’s Common: Thanks to volunteers Melanie & Harley Tindale.
Best in Age Groups: Paul Dockerill 1st of 17; Jon Brooker 2nd of 34; Chris Howell 2nd of 31; Ruth Eberhardt 2nd of 20; Phil Blundell 3rd of 25; Alan Shand 2nd of 15; Adrian Whittle 9th of 34; James Thomson & Buggy 4th of 13; Adam Maltpress 2nd of 6.
It was Alan Shand‘s first ever parkrun this week (hopefully not his last!) and he did well to come 2nd of 15 in his age group at Cambridge. Of particular note was James Thomson‘s phenomenal run with his daughter in the buggy….a time of 22:54 and 4th of 13 in his age group, despite such a huge handicap with the narrow paths and crowded field to negotiate as well.
Rebecca Hannah was a surprise tourist in Cologne in Germany at the Aachener Weiher parkrun and enjoyed her run, coming 11th of 17 female runners. There are now 23 parkruns in Germany after the first one started in December 2017, so a rapid expansion in a short time. Aachener Weiher began in March this year. There were 50 participants this week, their second biggest field so far, but at least half were tourists from UK running clubs and there were only about 10 runners with German sounding surnames. The route is a double lap around the Aachener Weiher Park and Hiroshima-Nagasaki Park, which goes through a Biergarten on the way….great for post run refreshments!
Paul Dockerill took on the difficult Sheringham parkrun for the third time, with its uneven trails, tree root hazards and challenging uphill near the finish. He did a great job, coming 5th of 199 overall and 1st of 17 in his age group, taking 46 seconds off his previous course PB. Henry Hamilton went in search of the elusive “J” parkrun and found it in Jersey Farm parkrun, near St Albans in Hertfordshire. He came 14th of 206 overall, so a top run.
Newmarket GRL Sunday 30th June 2019 @11:15
5.0K: First finisher by over 5 minutes was top veteran runner David “Taffy” Williams (19:19), who used to be a Newmarket Jogger until fairly recently and does a lot of his training with fellow ace veteran Jogger Paul Holley. Of the current members of the club, well done Joe Cormack (25:28, 5th of 32 overall) who was first Jogger home, followed by first female finisher Anna Mayhew (26:24 1st F of 9), Rebecca Fordham (27:22 3rd F) and Chris Aylmer (30:04 20th). There were no Joggers running in the 2.5k.
Message from Dave: Well done everyone taking part today.
We had one first timer and a total of seven PBs! Thank you to all of today’s volunteers: Helen Wass, Sue Scargill, Richard Jones, Alice Morrison Lebbon, Ian Buchen, Gaye Margarson, Chris Aylmer, James Plowman, Angie Underdown, Anna Mayhew & David Merchant. See you next week, Dave
Newmarket Joggers parkrun Results 22nd June 2019
York (367 participants): Emma Newman (23:51). Cambridge (550): James Tweed (21:16); Brian Munns (22:49 YB!); Richard Jones (24:11); Rebecca Fordham (25:14 PB!); Mike Sales (25:44); Jim Withers (27:29); Stephanie Greenwood (28:04); Sarah Sales (29:06); Aaron Burns (30:57). Bury St Edmunds (256): Paul Dockerill (20:19); Neville Clarke (22:00); Ruth Eberhardt (24:58); Malcolm Osbourn (27:20); Carol Mcintosh (34:23); Jenny Osbourn (37:24). Homewood (102): Henry Hamilton (20:50); Brandon (124): Clive Purbrook (24:40); Belinda Schofield (28:22). Thetford (235): Giles Macrow (24:35). Haverhill (77): James Thomson (21:04). Coldham’s Common (312): Jon Brooker (24:09); Eadie Brooker (24:58).
Best in Age Groups: Rebecca Fordham 1st of 21; Emma Newman 1st of 12; Neville Clarke 1st of 8; Ruth Eberhardt 2nd of 13; Paul Dockerill 2nd of 12; Brian Munns 6th of 35; Eadie Brooker 1st of 5; Henry Hamilton 1st of 5; James Tweed 9th of 37; Jim Withers 3rd of 11; Sarah Sales 8th of 29; Belinda Schofield 1st of 3 by 22 min; Clive Purbrook 1st of 3 by over 5 min; Jon Brooker 5th of 15.
Rebecca Fordham is in fine form and has been setting new PBs regularly throughout the season. It’s good to see Brian Munns on the come-back with his best parkrun time this year, following a succession of injury problems. Emma Newman also had a big injury set back earlier this year but is fighting back and regularly topping her age groups in parkruns. This week she ran in her parents’ local parkrun in York, which she has completed many times; a fast and flat run around the inside of York Knavesmire racecourse. Meanwhile Henry Hamilton called in on Homewood parkrun for the first time, in Ottershaw, Surrey. This picturesque 3 lap course starts and finishes on playing fields but spends much of its time weaving through woods, along the woodland trails of Ether Hill. Henry may have been in this vicinity due to Ascot racecourse being fairly nearby.
Newmarket GRL Sunday 23rd June 2019 @11:15
5K: Neville Clarke (22:17, 2nd of 50 overall) put in a great performance for Newmarket Joggers. This was on top of his Friday evening 5 mile race at Bury St Edmunds, where he won his age category trophy, followed by a first finish in his age group in the parkrun at Bury on Saturday morning, so he’s firing on all cylinders. Junior Jogger Cerys Bithell (26:53 PB! 2nd F) had a great PB run and was next home for the club, accompanied by mother Ellie Bithell (26:53, 3rd F). Next came Malcolm Osbourn MV70 (27:45, 18th) putting in his usual top class consistent run. Sianie Painter (32:30, 8th F) had already been on a longish run before the GRL and went even further afterwards with Malcolm and Caroline, so was sensibly going at a gentler pace than normal. Rachel Allen (37:12 PB! 12th F) did very well to post a new PB time.
2.5K: There’s no stopping Junior Jogger Tilly Maxwell (12:24, 1st of 34 overall), so very well done on yet another overall first finish. Isla McCulloch (13:43 PB! 2nd F) came next followed closely by Oscar Sowerby (13:49 PB! 7th), father Stuart Sowerby (13:52 PB! 8th) and Connor Bithell (14:13, 9th).
From Dave: “Another cracking morning on the gallops. There was a total of 6 PBs as well as 10 1st timers. Also we had a lot of unknown runners, so please register online, so that we have your emergency contact details. Thank you to today’s volunteers: Gaye Margarson, Paul Forshaw, Sue Scargill, Debbie Read, Caroline McIntosh, Helen Wass, Alice Morrison Lebbon, Chris Aylmer, Richard Jones & David Merchant”.
Newmarket Joggers parkrun Results 15th June 2019
Brandon (121 participants): Clive Purbrook (24:20); Malcolm Osbourn (27:47); Belinda Schofield (28:33); Jenny Osbourn (37:53). Bury St Edmunds (306): Danny Peeling (18:33 First ever parkrun!); Ruth Eberhardt (25:15); Chris Aylmer (marshal). Cambridge (480): James Walker (20:13, First ever parkrun!); Jon Brooker (20:29 cPB!); Baz Colley (24:35 PB!); Eadie Brooker (24:50); Rebecca Fordham (25:35 =PB!). Clare Castle (137): James Tweed (21:26 100th parkrun!). Coldham’s Common (265): Brian Munns (23:56); James Thomson with Norah in buggy (25:27); Jim Withers (27:06); Melanie & Harley Tindale (volunteers, thanks). Littleport (223): Adrian Whittle (23:40). Thetford (264): Paul Dockerill (26:14) ran with daughter Chloe (26:11, near a PB!).
Tourist Venues. Clover Point [CAN] (49): Henry Hamilton (19:16 YB!). Exeter Riverside (311): Phil Blundell (22:20).
Best in Age Groups: Jon Brooker 1st of 34; Rebecca Fordham 1st of 25; Danny Peeling 1st of 13; Eadie Brooker 1st of 5; Henry Hamilton 1st of 4; Belinda Schofield 1st of 2 by over 20 minutes; Clive Purbrook 1st of 2 by nearly 10 minutes; Malcolm Osbourn 1st of 2 by over 4 minutes; James Tweed 2nd of 15; Ruth Eberhardt 4th of 21.
Newmarket GRL Sunday 16th June 2019 @11:15am
Newmarket Joggers in the 5K (33 registered participants, 44 in all): Malcolm Osbourn (27:37) 14th overall; Cerys Bithell (28:11 PB!) 16th, 8th F; Ellie Bithell (28:13) 17th, 9th F; Sianie Painter (28:40) 19th, 10th F. Well done Cerys for 5K PB! 2.5K (7 registered, 29 in all): Tilly Maxwell (12:06) 1st overall, 1st F. Well done Tilly for first finisher!
Message from the Team: “Well we missed the rain again today, lucky us, although it was windy, (but we won’t talk about that). Well done to everyone taking part and superb effort by the 11 runners who achieved new PBs” 🎖
Thank you to today’s volunteers Helen Wass, Sue Scargill, Debbie Read, Gaye Margarson, Lauren Bithell, Paul Forshaw, Richard Jones, David Merchant & Chris Aylmer.
Newmarket Joggers parkrun Results for 8th June 2019
Brandon (127 participants): Clive Purbrook (24:30), Malcolm Osbourn (28:43), Carol Mcintosh (33:00 cPB!). Cambridge (413): Stephen Cousins (23:19). Clare Castle (150): James Tweed (21:37). Coldham’s Common (281): Phil Blundell (21:42 PB!), Brian Munns (24:21), Jim Withers (27:27), Chris Aylmer (28:54), Emma Reader (34:54), Jeremy Reader & Jude in buggy (no time). Haverhill (72): Ruth Eberhardt (23:04 YB!). Renton USA (22): Henry Hamilton (20:12). Southampton (964): Adrian Whittle (22:53). Thetford (240): Sophie Adams (31:35). Victoria Docks (150): Giles Macrow (24:20). Wimpole Estate (407): James Thomson & Norah in buggy (34:53).
Best in age groups: Henry Hamilton 1st overall finisher of 22 and 1st of 5 in age group; Ruth Eberhardt 2nd F finisher of 27 & 1st of 6; Carol Mcintosh 1st of 4; James Tweed 2nd of 16; Adrian Whittle 12th of 52; Stephen Cousins 3rd of 11; Clive Purbrook 2nd of 7; Phil Blundell 8th of 21; Brian Munns 5th of 12.
Three notable runs this week, from Ruth Eberhardt, Carol Mcintosh and Henry Hamilton. Carol achieved a course PB at Brandon and is improving all the time, little by little, bit by bit. Ruth achieved her best parkrun time so far this year at Haverhill, the same course at which she achieved her best parkrun time last year, despite running there only the once; and all because Bury St Edmunds parkrun was cancelled due to the preparations for the Race For Life run in Nowton Park on Sunday. Brian Munns and Jim Withers also achieved year best times at Haverhill a few weeks ago. So Haverhill is an excellent choice for a PB as long as it is avoided in the soggy wet winter weather when the ground can get waterlogged, muddy and boggy. At that time of year, it is excellent practice for the cross country season and metal spikes can still get you a decent time.
Wild West story: Henry Hamilton was the globe-trotting, heavy medal-toting Johnny-come-lately in downtown Seattle over the weekend. He was there for the big-time Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon on Sunday and rumours started to circulate that he’d probably suss out the local parkrun in small-time Renton on Saturday to make a few local joggers dance and show a little respect. It darned near scared the lot of ’em away. Only 21 brave kinsfolk showed up to stand in his way at 9:00am that fateful morning…..
Well, Henry did show up at Renton and deservedly claimed his first finish on US soil but they needn’t have worried. He was armed only with his Garmin and smartphone for taking some nice pictures, as well as his sun shades and a smile. For the sake of the good and peaceful folk of Renton, he was saving most of his energy for the next day.
This is a beautiful course; an almost flat out & back along the Cedar River Trail that stays close to the River Cedar, crossing over it on an attractive metal bridge a couple of times. The trail is actually a 17 mile section of disused railway line which was part of the Milwaukee Road Company’s ambitious Pacific Extension railroad, opened in 1909 and connecting Chicago to the Pacific North West. It was an extraordinary feat of engineering skill, crossing several mountain ranges on the way, including the Rockies and Cascades. Sadly, the railroad was eventually closed in 1980, spending much of its life in and out of bankruptcy. On the part near Renton used by the parkrun, there’s a smooth, level tarmac surface, flanked on either side by woods and forested hills, while further along it becomes gravelly. The traffic is confined to pedestrians, bikers and horse riders making it ideal for a parkrun. The parkrun began in Nov 2017 and generally attracts somewhere around 40 runners per week but this week was particularly low in numbers for some reason….maybe there was a grain of truth in the story above….
Newmarket GRL Sunday 9th June 2019 @11:15am
Newmarket Joggers in the 5K (37 registered participants): Ellie Bithell (24:16) 3rd overall, 1st F (female) of 17; Danielle Jones (26:10) 10th, 6th F ; Rebecca Fordham (26:44) 11th, 7th F; Malcolm Osbourn (27:29) 15th; Sianie Painter (28:47) 17th, 9th F; Chris Aylmer (29:28) 19th; Giles Macrow (37:14) 32nd. 2.5K (20 registered participants): Tilly Maxwell (11:31 PB!) 1st overall, 1st F of 11; Connor Bithell (13:10) 6th; Cerys Bithell (13:20) 7th, 3rd F; Lauren Bithell (26:02) 18th, 9th F.
A message from Dave and Anna: “What a gorgeous morning it was today. The Gallops were looking as pristine as always, the Sun was out and there was a nice light wind.
We had well over 💯 runners taking part! 😀
14 PBs 🎖 6 New registered participants and loads of new faces, families & friends.
Thank you to Cerys Bithell for handing out some delicious Orange and Chocolate Meringues!”
Cheers to today’s volunteers – Debbie Read, Helen Wass, Gaye Margarson, Paul Forshaw, Sue Scargill, James Plowman, Giles Macrow, Anna Mayhew & David Merchant.
See you next Sunday!
Dave & Anna GRLN 🐕🏃♀️🏃
Newmarket Joggers parkrun Results for 1st June 2019:
Brandon (147 participants): Adrian Whittle (24:08); Clive Purbrook (25:04); Belinda Schofield (28:47). Bury St Edmunds (325): Neville Clarke (21:37); Ruth Eberhardt (24:18); Paul Dockerill (31:35), ran with daughter Abbie Dockerill (31:33 PB!). Cambridge (535): Emma Newman (24:15); Richard Jones (25:00) 25 minute pacer, thanks; Rebecca Fordham (25:38); Sianie Painter 29:19; Caroline Mcintosh (34:06); Jenny Osbourn (36:13); Iain Perry (37:33, carrying 20lb weight). Clare Castle (140): James Tweed (21:17). Coldham’s Common (333): Chris Aylmer (27:52); James Thomson, barcode scanner, thanks. Thetford (285): Elke Hausler (21:44).
Best in Age Groups: Rebecca Fordham 2nd of 28; James Tweed 1st of 10; Elke Hausler 1st of 9; Neville Clarke 1st of 6; Sianie Painter 5th of 27; Ruth Eberhardt 4th of 20; Emma Newman 4th of 20; Jenny Osbourn 1st of 2; Clive Purbrook 3rd of 6.
Newmarket Great Run Local, Sunday 2nd June @ 11:15am:
5K : Neville Clarke (22:04 PB!), 2nd of 45 overall; Elke Hausler (23:02) 1st of 12 F, 4th overall; Anna Mayhew (25:59 YB!), 2nd F; Giles Macrow (28:24), 16th; Chris Aylmer (29:27), 19th. Neville and Elke both put in a top performances, with Elke an impressive first female finisher once again and new member Anna Mayhew following on in 2nd female spot with her best GRL time this year. For Neville it was a PB in his third top effort in as many days. On Friday evening he won the MV65 age group trophy in the Kirton Friday 5 mile race near Felixstowe and then topped his age group in the parkrun at Bury St Edmunds yesterday. 2.5K: No Newmarket Joggers involved as far as is known. However, Elke Hausler’s husband Michael (14:44) did well to finish 3rd of 26 overall and first named finisher.
From the GRL team: Good effort today, a bit of a breeze but still hot & humid.
We had 6 first timers & 6 PB’s 💪👏 Thanks to today’s volunteers: Sue Scargill, Debbie Read, Helen Wass, Sianie Painter, Gaye Margarson, James Plowman, Giles Macrow, Angie Underdown, Anna Mayhew & David Merchant.
For previous archived reports from January 2019 please follow link:
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