Newmarket Joggers duo take on marathons, in Spain and Cyprus

Denys Olefir, of Newmarket Joggers, who clocked a swift time at the Cyprus Marathon

Denys Olefir, of Newmarket Joggers, who clocked a swift time at the Cyprus Marathon - Credit: Archant

Newmarket Joggers have been in action over the marathon and half-marathon distance, after using recent events as training runs.

Lisa Long led the way, travelling to Spain to join 4,000 other runners in the Seville Marathon.

Long then went on to finish the Cambridge Half-Marathon on what was a very wet day last Sunday.

Meanwhile, Caroline McIntosh completed the Mariot Half Trail in 2hrs 40mins, and then went on to complete the Cambridge Half-Marathon in just 2:36.

Andrew Taylor finished the Tarpley 10-mile race, held at Beyton near Bury St Edmunds, in a time of 1.24.08.

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Elsewhere, Denys Olefir used his win from the Suffolk Winter League cross country meeting at Bury’s Nowton Park as a good training exercise for his Cyprus Marathon.

Olefir had beaten over 300 other runners on the five-mile muddy trail at Nowton Park in just 31.20. before travelling to sunny Cyprus to finish the Marathon in just 2hrs 38mins 22secs.

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Back at Nowton Park, Grainne Neary was the first female Jogger home in fourth position.

The main event last weekend was the Cambridge Half-Marathon, with an impressive 60 Newmarket Joggers completing the course.

Mark Hayward was first Jogger home in a personal best of 1:19.14. He finished 69th out of a field of nearly 7,000.

Hot on his heals was club-mate Neil Pollard with 1:19.47, and many of the Joggers managed to achieve personal bests, including Ursula white, who shaved three minutes off her previous time with 1:29.21.

Ruth Eberhardt (1:43.58), Jo Curtis (2:04.27), Isabel Vincent (2:11.32), Pearl Fay (2:27.37) and Keith Page (2:28.10) also celebarted PBs at Cambridge.

Newmarket Joggers also provided two pacers for this year’s run. Alex Cairns and Robert Jaina gave up the chance to run for personal bests to run with timing flags to support other runners during the run. Both pacers came in within seconds of their pacing times, a superb achievement.

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