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 Soham Village College (Soham, 7.3 miles/16 min by car from Newmarket), Coldham’s Common (Cambridge, 11.7 miles/18 min), Fulbourn Hospital (Fulbourn, 12.6 miles/19 min), Cambridge (Milton Country Park, 12.9 miles/20 min), Haverhill (Puddle Brook Fields, 15 miles/26 min), Storeys Field (Eddington, Cambridge, 16.1 miles/33 min), Bury St Edmunds (Nowton Park, 16.5 miles/23 min), Clare Castle (Clare Castle Country Park, 16.6 miles/31 min), Littleport (Littleport Leisure Centre, 18.9 miles/32 min), Brandon Country Park (Brandon, 19.4 miles/24 min), Thetford (Abbey Meadows, 19.7 miles/25 min), Wimpole Estate (Wimpole, 25.4 miles/36 min) and Great Cornard (Cornard Leisure Centre, near Sudbury, 25.6 miles, 51 min). 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.
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. AG = Age Group.
Newmarket Joggers parkrun Results for 31st July 2021.
Numbers to left of name: Overall position/Gender position
Gorleston Cliffs parkrun (237 participants)
135 97 Adam ORRISS 29:02 YB
Bury St Edmunds parkrun (240)
28 23 Neville CLARKE 22:21 AG 1/12
82 14 Ruth EBERHARDT 25:43 YB, AG 2/10
Brandon Country Park parkrun (93)
8 7 Adam MALTPRESS 22:30 YB
28 22 Jim WITHERS 27:31 AG 2/4
70 28 Alexia SMITHSON 36:08
Thetford parkrun (209)
7 7 Jason BEETON 21:45 YB cPB AG 1/12
107 27 Lisa GARRAND 31:08 YB cPB
Fountains Abbey parkrun (382)
253 67 Sarah KINSTON 31:07 YB
Coldham’s Common parkrun (297)
25 22 James Nicholas THOMSON 20:53 YB
Irchester Country parkrun (210)
52 5 Melanie TINDALE 26:14 YB AG 2/15
Soham Village College parkrun (83)
44 12 Clodie ROLPH 29:15 YB
48 14 Jan HOLMES 30:35 AG 2/5
Chilton Fields parkrun (104)
68 51 Alan THORNHILL 31:23 AG 1/2
Storeys Field parkrun (197)
134 89 Chris AYLMER 30:48 YB
Newmarket Joggers parkrun report for 24th July 2021
The Return of parkrun! After 16 months in hibernation due to Covid-19, parkrun returned to the UK on Saturday 24th July to an enthusiastic reception. Eighteen Joggers were among those who visited their local parkruns and one, Jim Withers, ventured a little further afield to Stormont parkrun in Belfast, while visiting his Northern Ireland homeland.
Some good performances this week of particular note: Neville Clarke (21:48) finished 1st of 11 in VM65 at Bury St Edmunds to achieve his highest age grade this year of 77.25% over all distances. Melanie Tindale (27:56), in her first club run of the year, came 1st of 20 in her VW40 age group at Ferry Meadows parkrun in Peterborough. Jim Withers (26:41) was 1st of 3 in VM65 at Stormont parkrun in Belfast. Jason Beeton (21:55) and Paul Roberts (29:29) both achieved course PBs at Thetford and Soham Village College respectively.
Stormont parkrun, Belfast (196 participants): Jim Withers (26:41, 91st overall, 1st of 3 VM65!). Ferry Meadows parkrun, Peterborough (385): Melanie Tindale (27:56, 11th of 132F, 1st of 20 VW40!). Wimpole Estate parkrun (375): Wayne Hargreaves (28:40, 135th overall). Thetford parkrun, Abbey Meadows (197): Jason Beeton (21:55 cPB!, 17th overall, 3rd of 8 in VM35). Lisa Ann Garrand (32:16, 31st of 82F, 5th of 10 in SW30, First ever parkrun!). Soham Village College parkrun (82): Paul Roberts (29:29 cPB!, 41st overall, 4th of 7 VM40). Isabel Vicente (41:44, 31st F). Littleport parkrun (141): Jan Holmes (29:17, 17th of 66F, 3rd of 5 VW55); Clodie Rolph and Kate Warboys ran (no barcode times). Haverhill parkrun (86): Chris Aylmer (31:38, 51st overall, 1st of 3 VM70!). Coldham’s Common parkrun (330): Brian Munns (23:20, 92nd overall, 4th of 18 VM55); James Thomson pushing Norah in buggy (24:15, 146th overall). Bury St Edmunds (268): Neville Clarke (21:48, 35th overall, 1st of 11 VM65!); Ruth Eberhardt (25:51, 18th of 97F, 4th of 14 VW45); Alan Thornhill (30:37, 182nd overall, 4th of 8 VM70); Sarah Kinston (31:40, 56th F); Alexia Smithson (33:52, 68th F).
STOP PRESS! We have a brand new parkrun called Storeys Field starting up this Saturday on 31st July, near Madingley, Cambridge. We all love to be one of the first to run a new parkrun! The parkrun will be held in the new Eddington ‘sustainable’ development area to the west of the city. Geographically, it is to the west of the Huntingdon Road, to the east of the M11 and to the south of the A14/A428. The main loop of the course goes around a large cricket field, from which the parkrun gets its name. If intending to travel there by car, use the postcode CB3 0EU, which will take you to Madingley Road Park & Ride, a short walk from the parkrun start and free parking. However, don’t go along the A14 and down the M11 (as Sat Nav might try to take you), as there is no eastbound exit to the Madingley Road for southbound traffic. Coming on the A14 from Newmarket, you need to turn left down Milton Rd. Go all the way down Milton Rd to Mitcham Corner extended roundabout and turn right onto Chesterton Rd; then you should eventually fork right onto the Madingley Road soon after passing Castle St. Carry straight on for a mile or two and follow the signs to the Park & Ride, just before the M11 junction. It should be a 16 mile journey this way. It’s a hassle going through the city centre but this is the only convenient route without incurring much more mileage. At least the traffic is light in the city on Saturday mornings. Hope to see you there!