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Newmarket Joggers' Paul Holley finishes second in his age group in the Standard Chartered Dubai 10K


By Sports Newmarket


Newmarket Joggers’ top veteran Paul Holley produced the goods during his first competitive outing of 2019 on Friday, which saw him tackle the notoriously tough Standard Chartered Dubai 10K.

The former national hunt jockey stopped the clock in a time of 35 minutes and 54 seconds on Friday, which saw him finish 20th overall and second in his MV50 age group.

The finishing time also earned Holley an age grade of 85.1 per cent, sending him straight to the top of the Joggers’ men’s club standards table in the process.

Newmarket Journal - May 2013..East Cambs Half Marathon 2013.Paul Holley comes home to win the race.Journal Pictures.Richard Marsham. (6814624)
Newmarket Journal - May 2013..East Cambs Half Marathon 2013.Paul Holley comes home to win the race.Journal Pictures.Richard Marsham. (6814624)

Closer to home on Sunday, Neville Clarke was in top form in the Freethorpe Ten Mile race in Norfolk, where he clocked 1:13:31 to finish second of 12 in his MV65 age category.

This gave him an age grade of 76.88 per cent and puts him in second place in the men’s club standards table behind Holley.

He was unlucky to come head-to-head in the same age group with Stephen Mead (1:09:46) of Stowmarket Striders, who was ranked 11th MV65 in the UK by Runbritain over 10 miles in 2018 and stands top so far this year.

Also running in the Freethorpe 10 were the Newmarket Joggers duo of Clive Purbrook (1:23:28) and Belinda Schofield (1:35:53), both performing well in their respective MV60/FV60 age groups.

In Irchester Jurassic Park, near Wellingborough, Adam Maltpress tackled the 15K Dirt Run and finished in 1:10:54, 21st of 84 runners overall.

He continues in his quest to run 40 races and collect 40 medals while aged 40, from October 2018 to 2019. So far he is well ahead of schedule.


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