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Newmarket Joggers member Mark Hayward performs well at Stowmarket Half Marathon




Mark Hayward was the top-performing member of the Newmarket Joggers at Sunday’s Robert Tomlinson Stowmarket Half Marathon.

Five club members were among the 332 finishers in the village of Buxhall, where Hayward’s time of one hour, 17 minutes and 45 seconds saw him cross the line in fifth place.

He was closely followed by club-mate James Smith as he came home in seventh with a finishing time of 1:19:11.

RUNNING - Stowmarket Robert Tomlinson Half Marathon..Pictured: Newmarket Joggers and St Edmund Pacers...PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (31693532)
RUNNING - Stowmarket Robert Tomlinson Half Marathon..Pictured: Newmarket Joggers and St Edmund Pacers...PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (31693532)

The duo’s performances were all the more impressive given that they had completed the Cambridge Half Marathon just seven days earlier.

Also representing the club were Neville Clarke (1:49:11) – 2nd in MV65 – Clive Purbrook (1:54:09) and Nicole Smith (2:07:20).

Elsewhere, the high profile Bath Half Marathon in Somerset also went ahead, with a total of 6,808 participants. Both Oliver Daykin (1:22:34) – 228th overall – and Paul Dockerill (1:25:43) in 329th had impressive runs, each registering personal best times by more than two minutes.

Daykin came 25th of 339 in the M U21 category and Dockerill 42nd of 397 in MV40.

In Lincolnshire, Andrew Taylor did well in the wet and windy weather to complete the Sublime Long Sutton 10K in 45:05, coming 4th of 18 in MV45 and 13th of 148 runners overall.

Meanwhile, in Milton Keynes at the MK Running Festival 10K, Chris Gay came an 2nd of 933 runners overall, clocking 35:21, which is an all-time PB for him by 18 seconds.

New member Anderson McKeague competed in the Beowulf 10K trail race at West Stow Country Park, which included a loop through the Kings Forest and a lap of one of the Lackford Lakes.

He did well to come 51st of 315 finishers in a time of 51:11. At the same event, Iain Perry (17:47) enjoyed a run in the Beowulf 5K, which unfortunately turned out to be more like 3.5K, due to a course error.

In Northamptonshire, Chris Aylmer (3:46:16) took on the Oundle 20-mile race in very wet weather, a favourite local marathon preparation race, finishing 520th of 604.

On Saturday, two Joggers ran in the Ancient Trails 15-mile Challenge. Sianie Painter (2:54:39) came home a very capable 10th of 36 female runners and 2nd of 11 in FV50. Gillian Green (3:37:50) also put in a good effort.

Last Tuesday, it was the Newmarket Joggers monthly 5K Handicap race in which 30 Joggers took part.

With a time-staggered start according to estimated finishing times, Rebecca Fordham (25:51) finished in first place from Alan Shand (24:29) in 2nd and Giles Macrow (24:38) in 3rd.

On time alone, James Smith (17:17) was fastest male Jogger from Henry Hamilton-Gould (19:17) and James Thomson (19:26).

For the women, Joanna Cole (20:27) was fastest female Jogger from Danielle Jones (24:02) and Michelle Seymour (24:48).


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