RESULTS FOR April 5th 2022 5k HANDICAP:
April 5th: With plenty of daylight in early April, the final fixture of the season was held on Newmarket Heath, on the racecourse side, where the Newmarket summer 5k league fixture is held. Alan Thornhill (29:30) pulled off a great win, finishing 14 seconds ahead of Francesca Self (27:44), who was just 3 seconds in front of Martin Smith (24:47). None of these club members had been on the Handicap podium before, so nice to spread the trophies around. Adam Maltpress was just 1 second behind Martin Smith. Overall, there were 27 participants on a dry but very windy, blustery Heath, which made the outward journey challenging; definitely not PB conditions but plenty of fun.
On speed alone, James Smith was fastest for the men at 17:57, while Ruth Bell (26:46) was fastest for the women. Overall fastest male runner of the series was James Smith (16:54), from Dan Hutchison (17:18) and Paul Holley (17:19). Fastest female runner was Hannah Parsons (21:31) from Olivia Carter (22:01) and Helina Salo (22:37). Well done those runners and to everyone who participated and volunteered to help out.
March 1st: Well done Craig Ladley, who put in an extra push to make first place by 6 seconds from the consistent Lisa Garrand, with Jonathan Ollington 7 seconds further behind in third. This was a well-deserved first time on the podium for Craig and Jonathan and a great effort by Lisa to stay in the top 4 for the last three races, including her win in January. Fastest female this month was Angela Barnes (26:22) from Jan Holmes (29:00) and Nicola Smith (29:37). Fastest male was Sam Sadler (17:44) from Joey Bendall (18:03) and Stuart Sowerby (20:09). Well done to all the runners and special thanks to all the volunteers.
February 1st: Dry but windy weather for the February Handicap, with strong west-northwesterly wind most noticeable along Willie Snaith Rd, between Tesco and Studlands Park Avenue. Congratulations to new members Charles Richmond and Guy Woods, who finished first and second, split by only 12 seconds. Then came the steadily-improving Bridget Wallwin 27 seconds behind, for her first well-deserved podium finish of the season. Well done to all who participated and to those who volunteered to help, making this an enjoyable event.
Bridget Wallwin was also the fastest female runner this month in a time of 26:13, from Francesca Self (28:18) and Jan Holmes (28:36). This puts Bridget up to Gold club standard at 65.86% age grade. Overall fastest female in the current Handicap series is Hannah Parsons, who clocked 21:31 last November. For the men, fastest home this month was Paul Holley (17:19) from Sam Sadler (17:49) and Jimmy Smith (17:58). This puts Paul into Indigo club standard at 88.55% age grade for 2022. Jimmy is the current Handicap leader with 16:54 recorded last November. There will be awards for the fastest runners when the season ends in April. Well done all those speedy participants.
January 5th: It suddenly turned very cold for this Handicap after an unusually mild spell over Christmas and the New Year. There were 34 participants, with well-deserved trophies for Lisa Garrand 1st (30:05), 37 seconds in front of Sarah Kinston in 2nd (28:42), who was 19 seconds ahead of Olivia Carter in 3rd (22:01). All three put in very determined efforts and it was the first time for all of them on the Handicap podium this season. Thanks to all the volunteers who made this event possible.
December 7th: A huge Handicap win for Emma Reader, who was in the first group and got off to a great start, never looking like being caught. Her time of 31:08 is her fastest 5km club race since club records began in 2018. Her fastest published 5km time on runbritainrankings.com is 30:52 in a parkrun in 2015. So a great achievement for Emma. Then came Chris Aylmer, 58 seconds behind, followed by Samuel Chapman, another 30 seconds back. It was a first Handicap podium place for all three this season. There was a small turnout of 12 runners overall, probably due to bleak, rainy weather all afternoon and a forecast of high winds to come in the evening. Thankfully, the rain had stopped before the start and the wind didn’t feel particularly strong during the race. Many thanks to all the volunteers, as always.
November 2nd: Great runs by Sarah Martin, Rob Kingsley and Jo Bouttell to take the top three trophy positions this month. Thanks to all the volunteers, including the new marshals and tail rider Alan Shand, added around the course for the safety of our runners.
October 5th: Well done new member Matt Askham on his first finish in the October 5K Handicap and also to new member Clare Riches on her second placed finish. Caroline Mcintosh was generously supporting Clare on her first 5K run for the club but, in the end, had to pull out all the stops to keep up with her, so deserves an honorary third position trophy! Thanks to all the volunteers, who enabled this event to happen.
New members and/or first time 5K Handicap runners: If there is a question mark after your name in the handicap column of the table, it means you are probably a new member and we don’t know how fast you can run yet! Please be ready to let us know your expected 5km time when putting in your best effort. Thanks.
Archived results can be found below: