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Newmarket Joggers members produce decent marathon performances

Five Newmarket Joggers members have been out tackling marathons in recent days, with the quintet putting in sterling performances.

On Easter Saturday, Chris Gay (2:39:50, 32nd of 439 overall) and Jimmy Smith (2:53:19, 98th, 36th M40 of 115) were both in action at the Dorney Marathon, near Windsor and close to the River Thames.

Last October, also at Dorney Lake, Gay had gone under 2:40 in a marathon for the first time, gaining a personal best of 2:39:42. This time his target was an ambitious 2:35 and he started off at an impressive pace, around 5:55 min/mi (3:40/km). In the end his pace slipped and he had to dig deep towards the finish, posting a time just eight seconds outside his PB.

Newmarket Joggers' Jimmy Smith running at the 2017 London Marathon (46157807)
Newmarket Joggers' Jimmy Smith running at the 2017 London Marathon (46157807)

Meanwhile, Smith went into the race having already completed the Six Major Marathons at London, Tokyo, Berlin, Chicago, Boston and New York – all bar one in under three hours.

Like his club-mate, Smith had to summon up all his resources when his pace began to slide after about seven miles, but he dug in deep to achieve a very creditable 2:53:19.

Elsewhere on Good Friday, Angela Brennan (5:05:53, 26th of 46 overall, 9th Female of 19) and Lisa Jennings (5:16:25, 30th, 11th F) both took on the Suffolk Running Centre (SRC) Kirtling Marathon, starting and finishing at the SRC headquarters in Barrow, near Bury St Edmunds.

This 100 per cent road route included more than 1,100ft (340m) of climb, continually undulating the whole way.

And on Sunday Jeremy Reader took on the Virtual ‘Feel The Spring’ Paris Marathon and finished in 5:07:14, choosing a circular local route around the Cambridgeshire villages.

It was the same route he completed for the Virtual VLM 2020, when he clocked 4:33:21.

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