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Newmarket Joggers' Greg Davis wins age category at Portsmouth Coastal Half Marathon

By Sports Newmarket

Newmarket Joggers member Greg Davis pulled out all the stops with his performance at the Portsmouth Coastal Half Marathon on Sunday.

Stopping the clock in a time of one hour, 27 minutes and 18 seconds, Davis finished first from a field of 75 athletes in the MV55 age category.

Davis was 16th out of 725 runners overall, while his display secured him an age grade of 78.73 per cent, which puts him second to Paul Holley in the Joggers men’s club standards table for 2019.

Greg Davis, Newmarket Joggers (6961856)
Greg Davis, Newmarket Joggers (6961856)

Portsmouth-raised Davis said: “It is always pleasing to support races in my home town. I was born in Portsmouth and my parents and siblings still live there.

“I go quite well in my age group categories these days, although it can get competitive even in the older age groups. It is always nice to pick up a trophy.”

Also on Sunday, Mark Hayward competed in the Great Bentley Half Marathon, achieving a time of 1:22:33, putting him 60th of 666 runners overall.

Hayward is now in full training for triathlon events and is juggling his time between all three disciplines, with running currently his strongest times.

Elsewhere at High Lodge in Thetford Forest on Sunday, the duo of Richard Jones and Clive Purbrook ran in the Street Child Craft Half Marathon, with times of 1:38:57 and 1:45:40 respectively.

They both beat their best half marathon times of 2018, with Jones in 5th position and Clive 16th of 68 runners overall.

Meanwhile, at the Great Barrow Challenge HQ, it was the regular first-Sunday-of-the-month 5K and 10K events, this month over hilly out and back trail routes. Andrew Taylor ran well in the 10K event in a time of 48:28, finishing 7th.

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