Newmarket Joggers well represented during latest running of annual Newmarket Heath Race
The latest instalment of the annual Newmarket Heath Race attracted a total of 155 runners, and some Newmarket Joggers members were among the top performers.
Thirty-one Joggers tackled the notoriously challenging 5.4K course on Thursday evening, climbing both Long Hill and Bury Hill before taking on the long gradual descent down the gallops to the finish line.
And it was the club’s Jamie Sales who made the biggest impression, stopping the clock in 19 minutes and 11 seconds to finish fourth overall and first in the MU21 category.
He was followed by new club member Robert Spencer (20:51) in 11th position, while Sam Sadler (21:03) was a place further back in 12th.
Meanwhile, the first female Jogger was Isabella Soro (23:27) – a display that saw her finish third of 61 female runners overall.
It also marked one Soro’s last outings for the Joggers as she prepares to return to her native Italy.
Fast improving Hannah Parsons (25:14) was the ninth female to finish, with her time good enough to finish top of the FV40 category.
Olivia Carter (25:40) was the third female Jogger and 11th female overall, while other notable performances in the age categories came from new members Nick Acklam (24:31) 2nd MV55 and Claire Acklam (28:06) 3rd FV55.
Elsewhere, Iain Perry (53:32) performed well in the Fen Drayton 10K while Adam Maltpress clocked 20:00 in the Milton Keynes MK Rocket 5K, which is an all-time personal best.
Following on from the 5K, Maltpress (1:44:08) also ran the very next day in the MK Half Marathon event, finishing 103rd of 476 in MV40.
Chris Aylmer was also in action in Milton Keynes, where he finished his sixth marathon in 4:49:23, shaving 10 minutes off his previous best time over that distance.
A trio of Newmarket Joggers were also in positive form at the the Breckland 10K near Thetford, where Paul Dockerill’s time of 39:18 saw him beat his previous best 10K time by margin of 12 seconds.
Clive Purbrook, meanwhile, produced his best 10K time of the year so far by finishing in 48:12, while club-mate Alan Thornhill stopped the clock in 1:01:56.
And the weekend was rounded off by 16-year-old club member Alex Swarbrick, who finished 13th out of 106 at the Essex-based Ashdon 10K in a time of 42:11.