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Paul Dockerill, of the Newmarket Joggers, sets personal best in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Half Marathon

By Sports Newmarket

Paul Dockerill and Troi Baxter were the first Newmarket Joggers home in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Half Marathon last Sunday.

BEST TIME: Henry Hamilton-Gould (right) set a course PB in Welwyn Garden City
BEST TIME: Henry Hamilton-Gould (right) set a course PB in Welwyn Garden City

The popular event attracted a field of more than 4,000 runners to East London at the weekend, with the twisting, turning route covering nearly every inch of the royal park.

Dockerill finished the course in a time of one hour, 27 minutes and 46 seconds, which was another fine personal best.

He has improved his best half marathon time every year since 2015, with this time helping him finish 13th out of the 317 runners in his MV40 age group, and 118th out of the 4,047 runners overall.

Baxter (1:44:59), who was running her first race for the Joggers, finished 167th out of the 1,740 female runners, as she made a great start to her club career.

Other Joggers competing on the day were Lisa Winnington (2:18:38), Caroline McIntosh (2:28:14) and Gillian Green (2:44:00).

For McIntosh, her time was enough to finish third in her FV65 age bracket.

Also on Sunday, it was the Love Welwyn Garden City 10K race, in Hertfordshire.

Despite the rain-swept conditions, Jogger Henry Hamilton-Gould achieved a course PB by five seconds.

Hamilton-Gould completed the race in 41 minutes and 50 seconds, which secured him a 25th-placed finish out of 388 runners overall.

This moved the Jogger up to Gold standard in the club performance table for 2019.

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