Chris heads up Joggers’ group in city’s race on New Year’s Eve

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A double-figure contingent of runners from the Newmarket Joggers made the short trip over to Ely last Wednesday to contest the annual New Year’s Eve 10k held in the city.

Icy conditions were no deterrent for Chris Gay, who led the Joggers home in 24th place in a time of 37 minutes 42 seconds.

There was solid support from Neil Williamson (43.45) and Clive Purbrook chipped (44.52).

Vice-chairman Marcus Gynn completed the race in 48.49, while Lee Dickinson and Brian Munns were close in 49.09 and 49.15, respectively.

Belinda Schofield ended her great year with a time of 50.12, while Jim Withers continued his comeback trail finishing in 51.34.

Mary Marsh and Sarah Sales also produced good runs completing in 58.27 and 1.00.47 respectively.

Lisa Jennings had some canine assistance when coming home in 1.06.50, while club coach Jennie Grimwood completed the race in 1.21.11.

Ickworth Park proved a stern test for the latest round of the Suffolk County Cross Country Championships on Sunday.

Illness and injury had depleted the Joggers numerically, but those who turned out were a credit to themselves and the club.

The men’s team was led home by Martyn Taylor in 42nd place in a time of 52.51.

He was well supported by Clive Purbrook, who finished 95th in 1.00.00; Neville Clarke (104th, 1.10.00) and Charles Shoolbred (128th, 1.07.38).

The club sent out two women’s teams including graduates from the 2014 beginners’ group.

Karine Ferrin finished in 14th place in 38.14 while the improving Nicky Chapman was 20th in 39.08.

Belinda Schofield finished in 45th in 45.20.

She was followed home by Helen Wass (51st, 46.10) and Kate Warboys (56th, 47.21).

Lisa Winnington finished 68th in 54.08 and Pearl Fay was a place behind in 69th in 59.05.

Both ran well on their debuts.