Trophies for Sophie Blundell, Harvey Thomas, Neville Clarke & Mark Hayward on a busy weekend for Joggers

Track & Field Championships: It was the Track & Field Championships for Cambridgeshire on Saturday, 11th May (at Wilberforce Road, Cambridge), and for Suffolk on Sunday, 12th May (at West Suffolk Arena, Bury St Edmunds).

At Cambridge, Junior Jogger Sophie Blundell competed in the U13G category and very wisely chose the more unusual events of 1000m Walk (6:34.1) and 70m Hurdle (18.55s), coming away with a gold medal in both, in very decent times too. Junior Amber Smith (U13G), entered the Long Jump (3.42m) and narrowly missed out on a bronze medal, finishing 4th, with Sophie Blundell in 7th (2.98m). Amber also came 8th in the U13G 100m final in 16.51s. Junior Alexander Balmer (U13B) ran well in the 1500m final, clocking 5:44.77 and finishing 6th.


Above left: Sophie Blundell with Cambridgeshire County gold medals for the 1000m Walk & 70m Hurdles; right: Amber Smith in full flow during her 100m final. Many thanks to Phil Blundell for the photos.

At Bury St Edmunds, Junior Jogger Harvey Thomas (U15B) took on the 1500m (5:06.4) and snatched a bronze medal near the finish line, to gain a huge all-time PB (previously 5:14.64). Senior Jimmy Smith competed in the 3000m (~10:19, unofficial), where the standard was extremely high; the winning time of 7:15.0 works out at under 4 min/mile pace.

Above left: Harvey Thomas with Suffolk County bronze medal after the Suffolk U15B 1500m final; above right: Harvey comes late to steal third place near the line. Many thanks to Cheryl Thomas for the photos.

Stephen Williams 10K, Thurston, Sunday 12th May: Neville Clarke (47:45, 47th of 212 overall, 1st  of 6 in M70+) did very well to win his age group trophy and finish first Jogger home. Then came Olivia Carter (49:17, 11th F of 81, 6th of 29 in FS), with a very good effort, following a long period of injury. Jo Bouttell (1:12:31, 74th F, 4th in F60-64) put in a big effort but found it difficult in the heat, compounded with some asthma breathing problems. Second claim Joggers Jason Beeton (44:23, 26th, 87th of 36 in MS) and Lisa Garrand (1:01:23, 43rd F, 18th of 29 in FS) were representing Thetford AC on this occasion and both put in good times.

On the same day, in the Dereham 10M in Norfolk, Mark Hayward (58:37, 5th of 348 overall, 1st of 34 in M40-44) was in brilliant form, winning his age group trophy. Then came Hugh Tawell (1:00:23, 12th, 6th of 77 in MS), also in fine form despite the very warm conditions. Andy Fryatt (1:17:46, 131st, 13th of 22 in M55-59) did well but found it more difficult in the heat.

Above left: Hugh Tawell, Mark Hayward & Andy Fryatt after the Dereham 10M. Many thanks for the team photo and to Total Race Timing for the finish photo.

Sarah Kinston (1:17:16, 3,555th of 4,360 overall, 1,489th F of 2,057) enjoyed being part of the huge field in the Oxford Town & Gown 10K on Sunday, though the very warm conditions made it a tough run.

Above: Sarah Kinston with the attractive medal after the Oxford Town & Gown 10K. Many thanks for the photo.

Ottery St Mary 10K, East Devon, Sunday: By most peoples’ standards, Paul Holley (44:36, 35th of 298 overall, 5th of 38 in M50-59) did very well in this race, though he was clearly rather disappointed with his own form, due to niggling injuries etc. Of course, Paul has been so used to winning his age group in almost every race he has entered and we wish him back to where he was.

Above: Paul Holley put in a big effort in the Ottery St Mary 10K but was a little disappointed with his form. Many thanks for the photo.

Barrow Zig Zag Half Marathon, Sunday: James Hilton (1:58:33, 42nd of 112 overall) did well in this race, though the Cambridge Half Marathon (1:51:41) remains his best time this year.

Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon, Headingley, Sunday: Chris Aylmer (5:27:27, 3,785th of 4,473 overall, 6th of 10 in M70-74) found this a very tough but enjoyable challenge, with two long sections of uphill and over 1,300ft of elevation. It was the long, continuous, second climb of around 4 miles that was most likely to break the camel’s back for some runners. The course certainly does make every participant work very hard but there was great, vocal support from spectators all the way from beginning to end, and the feeling of crossing that finish line was ample reward.

Above: The finish area of the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon, inside the Headingley Rugby Stadium.