Dear Ware Jogger
I hope you have all bought your tickets for our Christmas Party on Friday 8th December starting at 7.30pm at Wodson Park!
One aspect of this event will be the ballot for the London Marathon place allocated to the club by EA. If you want to enter this ballot please get your name to me or Colin Naman by 11pm on Thursday 7th December. In line with club rules to qualify to enter the ballot you need to:
• Have been a fully paid-up member of Ware Joggers by 30th April 2023
• Be a member of England Athletics
• Be in possession of a Marathon ballot rejection slip
• Have supported the Club in the qualifying year on at least 8 occasions by organising Club races, coaching, marshalling, buddying, timekeeping, promoting the Club, etc, as considered by the Committee
In exceptional circumstances the Committee may consider a member who fails to meet all the above criteria.
See you on 9th December if not before.
Just a quick reminder that we have our Interim General Meeting next Wednesday 15th November at 7.30pm at Wodson Park.
We will discuss Rule Changes, Finances and future plans.
The documents relating to Rule changes can be found on the Ware Joggers Webpage. Log in then head to the Members Area and click on the link titled "AGM and Other Club Meetings". To save paper we will not be bringing hard copies of these to the meeting so if you need them please print for yourself.
We look forward to seeing you.
Hello Ware Joggers,
I am very happy to let you all know that Sharon Threlfall has agreed to take on the role of Training Coordinator for Ware Joggers. This is a very important role for the club and Sharon will be able to build upon the work of Jess and Wayne Baxter as well as her own efforts over the last months.
The role specification is currently being finalised with Sharon and will be posted on the website once completed.
I am sure you will join me in wishing Sharon the very best in this role and will give her the support she will need to be successful in it.
Chairperson Ware Joggers
The annual reports are now available to view online prior to our AGM
Please got to the "Members Area" of our website and follow the link to read them at your leisure :)
The Joggers brought home a string of medals from Layer de la Haye last Sunday, in the 10th race of this season’s Championship. Upon arrival, many Joggers were surprised by the cross country nature of this race, which involved a swift downhill descent through some woods for the first mile, and then a mile and a half along farm tracks to reach the turnaround point.
The uphill to the finish line took its toll on many of the runners, with a nimble footed Matt Brown overtaking Vincent Riviere, who had been in the lead for the majority of the race. Matt powered ahead to the finish line and took overall victory in 29:48. Kevin Francis secured third place in 30:11, followed by Vincent in fourth with a time of 30:23. The three fantastic performances meant that Ware Joggers also secured the men’s team medal.
There was also team victory for the Joggers women, thanks to three brilliant individual performances. Katrina Dobson was the first woman home in a time of 36:04, followed by an in-form Emily Reid, who secured her first piece of running silverware in a personal best time of 38:39 and Fiona Smith who secured 3rd place in 38:58.
The superb turnout from the Joggers also meant that we secure the shield for most represented team, which will now be on display at Wodson Park for the next year.
TUESDAY MORNING TRACK
Due to the increasing popularity of this session the club have decided to pay Wodson directly for exclusive use of the track.
As of 18th April you will now pay Ware Joggers at trackside for the session.
. Payment will be by card only
. Do not pay at Wodson reception, you can go direct to track
. Please ensure you tick your name of the checklist when you have made payment
As a result we are able to reduce the rates as follows:
. Full Ware Jogger members £2 (was £3)
. Guests £4 (was £5:50)
The committee would like to announce that this year's AGM will be taking place on the 25th May 2023 - following the first Handicap Race.
While all committee positions are open for nominations at every AGM, a number of key people will not be running for their committee position again this year. These committee members include:
- Rob Waddingham (Chair)
- Sarah Banks-Doe (Minutes Secretary)
- Jennifer Evans (Press Secretary)
- Maureen Hurt (Technical Officer)
We ask that members consider carefully if they would like to run for one of these positions. If you are thinking of standing then please do speak to a committee member and we can provide you with further information on the role and the process.
Members of Ware Joggers who ran and volunteered at the 2023 London Marathon met at Wodson Park on Thursday, to celebrate our success. After years of COVID disruption, there was a strong sense that this year’s Marathon had finally got back to its record-breaking best.
Around 30 Joggers took part in this year’s race and among the many PBS and APBs set, there were three truly outstanding performances. Super Captain Kevin Francis lowered his own MV45 club record to an astonishing 2.32.43. An outstanding race from Katy Woodward meant she took 8 minutes off her personal best to set a new FV40 and outright Club record of 2.46.05, superbly paced by Michael Waddington. And our first ever FV75 was set by the incredible Ellie Perkins in 5.54.57.
The event would not be the same without the thousands of volunteers who support the runners along the way. This year, Ware Joggers contributed an incredible number of volunteers who helped to marshal the course. Each and every member of the team made a vital contribution.
Ware Joggers stormed to victory in the local Cross Country league on Sunday, taking the overall title for the 4th year in a row, as well as the Men’s and Women’s team titles. The local league sees the Joggers compete against Harlow Running and Tri Club, Bishop’s Stortford Running Club and Saffron Striders in four fixtures between December and February.
After victories at Bishop’s Stortford, Saffron Walden and Harlow, the Joggers were on track to take the series win when they hosted the final race of the series at Wodson Park. Local rising star Oscar Bell was the first over the line, followed closely by team mate and Cross Country Captain Kevin Francis in 4th. The Joggers had 8 men in the top 10.
Two notable absences from the Ware race were Michael Waddington, whose performances at the three other races saw him awarded the Senior Men’s title for the series and Andrew Mynott who secured the Men’s V40 award. Garth Morris finished in 21st, and was awarded the Men’s V60 title.
The women’s team also produced a strong performance, with Katy Woodward leading the charge to finish in 2nd position, and secure the Women’s V35 title for the series. The women’s team took five of the top 10 positions, including Sue Millward’s 5th place which ensured she took victory in the Women’s V45 competition. Pamela Wilson’s 28th place, and solid performances throughout the series, meant she secured the Women’s V65 victory.
Anthea Francis, Ware Joggers Cross Country Co-Captain, commented: “We are so proud of every single person who has run for the Joggers in this year’s Cross Country series. Across the four races, we have delivered consistently strong performances, with every team member playing a crucial role in this victory. We look forward to doing it all again next year.”
As many of our members will know, our current Chair Rob Waddingham is planning to stand down at the next AGM. While all committee positions are available at every AGM, the position of Chair is perhaps the one which requires the most consideration before deciding to take it on. It is a role which Rob has filled for many years, and we will all be sad to see him stand aside.
If you are thinking of putting yourself forward for the role, do feel free to speak to Rob, or any of the current committee members about what the role entails and we would be more than happy to provide you with an overview. Our hope is that by encouraging members to think about this role now, we will be able to offer members a number of different candidates to choose from, and we will be able to pass on the knowledge which Rob has gathered over these many years.
We will of course thank Rob for his dedication and hard work when the time comes, but we hope you appreciate this early notification, and begin to put some thought into whether you or someone you know might be a good choice for a successor.
The Joggers' dominance at the local cross country league continued this weekend, with both the men’s and women’s teams putting in winning performances in Uttlesford. It was Saffron Striders' turn to host the series, which sees Striders, Ware Joggers, Harlow Running and Tri Club and Bishop’s Stortford Running Club compete in four races across the county. The top eight male and female runners from each club score points at each race, and the team with the lowest points wins.
There was an impressive turnout for Ware, with 43 Joggers taking to a very cold start line. This included four debutants, Stefan Gauntlett, Tom Quinn, Chris Williams and Vicky Smith, who all put in impressive performances.
The men’s team secured a superb 1-2, with Michael Waddington first across the line, followed by Andrew Mynott in 2nd. Men’s team captain Kevin Francis followed closely behind in 4th. Will Breese, Matt Brown, Tom Quinn and Tom Porter secured places 6-9, with Jon Williams the final men’s scorer to cross the line. This took the men’s score to 51.
Katy Woodward was the top women’s scorer, placing 2nd. Sue Millward was next, finishing 5th and Kat Dobson finished 8th. Women’s team captain Anthea Francis came in 13th, followed closely by Lucy Depuis in 14th. Fiona Smith finished 17th, and Pam Wilson and Jen Evans secured the last scoring places in 20th and 21st, resulting in a women’s team score of 100 – just ahead of second place Harlow who scored 116.
With two races left to go, including the Joggers’ home fixture, we are firmly in the lead with an overall score of 277. The Harlow team is in second place, with 544, Bishop’s Stortford is in 3rd on 760 and Saffron Striders is in fourth place with 824. The next race, at Harlow, takes place on Sunday 29th January.
There was a raft of trophies for the Ware Joggers at Sunday’s Southend Rudolph Run. In sub zero conditions, 25 brave Joggers faced the wind and the ice for a festive five miles along the sea front. Vincent Riviere was the first Jogger home, taking 2nd place overall and 1st Male Vet 40 in a superb time of 27.33. Next was Matt Brown in 4th place, in a time of 28.55.
Katy Woodward was the first female Jogger home, coming in 7th overall and 1st woman in a time of 29.47. Kat Dobson was the second female Jogger home in a time of 34.51, and secured the Female Vet 40 trophy, following Katy’s overall victory.
Continuing his stellar season, Paul Reddaway finished in a time of 30.17, placing 9th overall and 1st Male Vet 60. Neil Bull followed closely behind in 10th place, in a time of 31.54, adding the Male Vet 45 trophy to the Joggers' haul.
There were also trophies for Beverley McLees, who was the 1st Female Vet 50 in a time of 35.53 and Sam Rowe who was 1st Female Vet 55 in 38.51. Pam Wilson was 1st Female Vet 65 in 39.56 and Wendy Reddaway won the Female Vet 60 trophy in a time of 45.10.
The race marked the midway point of the Championship season, with six races now complete. Jamie Higgs’ time of 33.11 to take 11th place was enough to secure his lead at the top of the Joggers’ Premier League. Fiona Smith’s PB time of 38 minutes sees her now comfortably at the top of League 1.
All club sessions this evening (15/12) are cancelled due to the adverse weather.
The annual local cross country league kicked off this weekend, with 45 joggers heading to Bishop’s Stortford, to brave the mud and battle it out against Bishop’s Stortford Running Club, Saffron Striders and Harlow Running and Tri Club. Following last year’s league win, all eyes were on Ware to see what kind of marker we would be putting down this season. The crowds didn’t have to wait long.
First over the line was Michael Waddington, followed swiftly by Andrew Mynott, Men’s Captain Kevin Francis Vincent Riviere. Tom Porter and Matt Brown finished 6th and 7th, securing six top ten places for the defending champions. Mark Ford and debutant Liam Struwe rounded out the men’s team’s eight scorers, placing 11th and 12th respectively. In a league where the lowest score wins, the men scored an ultra low 46 points to secure 1st place.
Equally impressive were the ladies team, with Katy Woodward finishing in 2nd place, followed by Sue Millward in 5th and a superb performance from Kat Dobson saw her finish 6th. Next to cross the line for the ladies were Beverley McLees in 10th place, Lucy Dupuis in 11th and Women’s Captain Anthea Francis in 12th. Sam Rowe and Fiona Smith secured the last two of the eight scoring spots for the ladies, placing 16th and 18th. This took the ladies points to 80 overall, which also secured them 1st place.
The rest of the Joggers worked hard to ensure the rest of the teams scored as many points as possible. The excellent efforts and sprint finishes from the likes of Russell Cook and Peter Baker, as well as debuts from Stephen Argent and Nadia Selby, were enough to ensure that Ware took 1st place overall, with a total of 126 points. Harlow Running and Tri placed 2nd with 205 points, Bishop’s Stortford placed 3rd with 335 points, and Saffron Striders came in 4th with 467 points.
The cross country league returns for its second fixture on the 22nd January, hosted by Saffron Striders, where the Joggers will once again be on the hunt for victory.
London Marathon Place
Good news – we have received One London Marathon place for the marathon to be held on 23rd April 2023.
In line with previous years the place will be allocated via a ballot that will take the form of one of :”Colin’s Games” to be held as part of our Club Christmas celebration on 17th December 2022.
Our Club rules set out the criteria for entering the ballot and they are:
“(a) A ballot shall determine any places allocated to the Club for major events, such as the London marathon.
(b) Fully paid-up members of both Ware Joggers (first claim only) and English Athletics who wish to be considered for the ballot shall:-
i) Have been a fully paid-up member by 30th April of the qualifying year;
ii) have supported the Club in the qualifying year on at least 8 occasions by organising Club races, coaching, marshalling, buddying, timekeeping, promoting the Club, etc, as considered by the Committee; and,
iii) be in possession of the appropriate rejection slip.
(c) In exceptional circumstances the Committee may consider a member who fails to meet all the above criteria.
(d) Members who are allocated a Club place shall not be eligible for the ballot the following year.
(e) In the event of there being more eligible members than Club places available then second and third members drawn out of the ballot shall be considered as “standby” in the event of injury or withdrawal of the successful member, subject to any rules and regulations specified by the event organiser.
(f) In the event of the Club places being passed on to a “standby” the original holder of the Club place will be eligible for the ballot the following year.
(g) The Club shall not apply any form of discrimination, (age, sex, or ability) to places subject to ballot unless previously specified by the event organiser.”
Please note that this place CANNOT be deferred. If the winner cannot run for any reason then it will be passed to the person coming second in the ballot.
If you meet the criteria and would like to enter the ballot then please email your name and proof of ballot rejection to Martin Sillitto - email@example.com - before 6pm on 16th December 2022.
Whilst the “Game” will be played at the Christmas Celebration you do not have to be present to enter the ballot but will need someone who is attending to represent you in the game. Please let Martin know if you will be represented by a surrogate and who it is please.
May the best person win!!
There was a plethora of medals for the Joggers, at two local 10ks on Sunday. At the fourth race of the Ware Joggers Championship, the High Easter 10k, there was an impressive turnout with 34 Joggers taking to the start line. The conditions were perfect, and so it was no surprise that the Joggers managed an impressive 12 PBs between them.
First to cross the line for the Joggers was Kevin Francis, whose PB of 34:18 secured him 2nd place overall and victory in the MV45 category. Paul Reddaway finished 12th overall, winning the MV60 category in a time of 38:39.
The first Joggers woman home was Kat Dobson in a PB of 43:05, finishing as 4th woman overall, and 1st FV40. Marianne Mitchell was 2nd FV45 in a time of 45:43. Michelle Cross finished 2nd in the FV55 category, with a PB and new club record of 48:32. Hot on her heels was Pam Wilson, who was 1st FV65, and set a new Ware Joggers record with her time of 48:33. And just moments later, Teresa Weedon set a huge personal best, the FV60 title and a new Ware Joggers record of 48:50.
There was also victory at the Run the River 10k in Edmonton, with Vincent Riviere placing 1st overall in a time of 35:35. Jackie Gelman was the first FV60 over the line in a time of 56:08. And Claron Riviere finished in a time of 1:03.
An excellent day out for the Joggers, and with a third of the Championship season now completed, the leagues are really beginning to take shape, one which will likely have an impact on overall positions.
The next Championship race is the Stevenage half marathon, taking place on 6th November.
This week we celebrate not one, not two, but three marathons completed by Ware Joggers in recent weeks. Starting in Berlin, where Eliud Kipchoge was not the only runner to set a record. Four Ware Joggers were among the 45,000 runners to complete the race on Sunday 25th September, setting three club records between them.
Kevin Sambridge produced what he termed the ‘run of his life’ to set a new MV50 club record of 2:38:15 and finish 4th in his age category. Iain McMurray was the next Jogger to cross the line in 2:49:38. Katy Woodward set a new FV40 Club and outright club record in 2.54.12. Beverley McLees set a new FV50 Club Record in 3.41.43.
Turning to London on 2nd October, where Michael Waddington was the first Jogger home, finishing 23rd overall, in a rapid MS club record of 2:25:25, beating his previous record by 10 seconds. Kevin Francis finished 149th overall, in a MV45 club record time of 2:34:23. Marianne Mitchell was the first female Jogger over the line, in an impressive 3:31.58.
Congratulations to Iain McMurray, Jill Patel, Martin Sillitto, Clive Smith, Christel Ainge, Russell Cook, William Caunce, Mark Ford, Kaine Joel, Lisa Roberts, Ashley Smith, Liam Struwe and virtual participants Ani Brix and Janet Readitt who also all completed the gruelling 26.2 miles. Thank you to the Ware Joggers who volunteered and who also cheered on from the sidelines.
Last but not least, Emily Reid put in an amazing performance at the Dorney Marathon which took place on the same day as London. Emily set a new PB of 3:35:22 which is a true testament to her hard work and dedication over the last year.
Ware Joggers produced a stunning medal haul at Wednesday’s Hertfordshire Vets Championships at the Hatfield Midweek 5k Series, bringing home a clean sweep of the team golds, and 12 individual medals and trophies. 64 Joggers took part in the race, which marked the third race in the Championship calendar.
The men’s team of Vincent Riviere, Kevin Sambridge, Kevin Francis and Andrew Mynott all clocked sub 17 minutes, including three club record setting performances. Riviere secured a gold medal in the MV40 category with a time of 16:18, Sambridge won gold in the MV50 category in 16:20 and Francis achieved a silver medal in the MV40 category in a time of 16:29.
The ladies’ team put in a similarly impressive performance, with Katy Woodward first FV35 in a time of 17:34. Susan Millward’s time of 19:54 meant she secured a bronze medal in the FV45 category, whilst Katrina Dobson was second FV35 with a time of 20:12.
Kat Dobson said: “It’s great to have so many Joggers taking part in this local event and for the club to come away with so many medals is a testament to the hard work everyone puts in, week in week out. I’m looking forward to the rest of the Championship season, and to more fantastic results for the Joggers.”
There were also medal winning performances for FV55 runners Sam Rowe (23:39) and Michelle Cross (23:31), who took home silver and bronze respectively. The FV65+ category was won by Pam Wilson, who lowered her own club record to 23:42.
Paul Reddaway was the first MV60 over the line in a time of 18:02, and also secured the best age graded male performance of the night, with an impressive 89.5%. Terry Nichols produced the performance of the night to secure a silver medal in the MV70+ category, in a time of 29:29.
Overall, ten club records were broken on the night, some of which have stood for decades.
For some, the thought of a half marathon is enough to induce mild peril. But for 22 Ware Joggers, running 13.2 miles was not enough. On Sunday 11th September, a band of hardy bucaneers, took on the Bacchus Wine Half Marathon - that's right, a half marathon with wine.
The route featured 13.2 miles of spectacular scenery, interspersed with the perfect hydration and nutrition programme - 6 wine stops complimented with a variety of cheeses, cocktail snacks, fruit, desserts and spring rolls and onion bahjis.
The event brings together all that is great about running. The course is VERY challenging - at mile 5/6 the Joggers took on a climb that, as one hill-hating Ware Joggers Chair put it: "felt as if it wouldn't be out of place on the north face of Everest and went up for 3/4 of a mile!" The Joggers taking part said that the climb "well and truly beat us up and spat us out at the top!" However, the event is open to all abilities, with some Joggers walking with poles.
Although the event is timed, it's not a race, but you still get a 'smashing' medal and tshirt; as well as a hog roast and a glass of wine at the finish. This was such an enjoyable and successful event that our club chair has suggested that this become an annual occurrence, so if you are nursing a severe dose of envy ( you should do!), fingers crossed we can all look forward to 2023!
After a virtual run in 2020, and then staggered starts, social distancing and an alternative route in 2021, 2022 saw the return of the traditional route for the Great North Run. 60,000 starters graced Newcastle's city centre and were told that, due to the passing of the Queen, the race would be a more subdued event. The Joggers who took part were very moved by the lovely words spoken by Brendan Foster, and the minute’s silence and singing of the national anthem which followed.
The North East spectators were as spectacular as ever, all along the 13 mile route, with shouts of 'oggy oggy oggy'. People handing out jelly sweets were greatly appreciated.
The final mile along South Shields sea front was as amazing as ever. The people were 5 deep, cheering everyone single person along. One of the Joggers who completed the race, Tracy Brennan, said: "There is nothing quite like complete strangers shouting your name out, to give you that last boost to get you to the finish line."
Well done to all the Joggers who took part. Paul Brennan was the first Jogger over the line, knocking 2 minutes off his half marathon PB to finish in 1:40:48. Next up were Dougie Brewer (1:56:11), Tracy Brennan (2:08:14), Zeph Brand (2:08:44) and Louise Brewer (2:19:52).
While Tuesday may have marked the start of a new Championship season at Ware Joggers, on Saturday evening the Joggers celebrated the brilliant achievements of the last year. For the first time in two years, Joggers were able to complete a full, in person set of Championship races, and there were some truly outstanding performances from across the different leagues.
Katrina Dobson was named 2022 Ladies Club Champion, after a club record performance in the Memorial Mile meant she clinched a narrow victory over Anthea Francis. Neil Bull was named 2022 Mens Club Champion, finishing just four points ahead of Jamie Higgs and Kevin Francis.
Sharon Threlfall secured both the Joggers' Jogger and Coach's Jogger awards, and Wayne Baxter received the Chairman's Award. A full list of the awards is attached.
There was also a special award for Chris Reed, who was recognised for her many years of service as Club Treasurer.
The excellent Ware Festival of Running Team, led by Race Director Carol Hayward, presented a £10,000 cheque to Essex and Herts Air Ambulance, as a result of the fundraising activity from the festival. The amount set a new record for Ware Joggers' donation!
The event followed on from a Saturday Morning graduation run for those who had taken part in the recent Back to Running course. Tracy Brewer, Bailey Doe, Ellie Burt, Lisa Hough and Sarah Doe all completed the six week course with a group run at Westmill parkrun, which takes place every week at Three Lakes. The group will now continue to run at the club on a weekly basis; those runners looking for something more gentle are encouraged to join them.
Tuesday 30th August marked the start of a new Championship season for the Joggers. 39 runners took part in the first race of the season, The Three Legged Monster. The race is a fiendish 5k club race created during the lockdown championship season by club legend and Ware Joggers Race Secretary Colin Naman.
The race was won by William Caunce, in an impressive time of 18:13. Matt Brown finished second in 18:17, and Vincent Riviere came third in 18:20. In total, seven men broke the 20 minutes mark, with an impressive return to form (and to Ware) for Men’s Vet 60 runner, Paul Reddaway (19:47).
Katrina Dobson was the first woman to cross the finish line in a personal best time of 21:54. Second woman Fiona Smith also achieved a PB of 23:48 and Lisa Roberts was third woman, with a time of 24:17. Emily Reid finished just outside the top three, but with an impressive PB of 24:28. Claron Riviere achieve an age PB of 31:33.
The Championship is a series of races across the region, selected by the Ware Joggers Race Secretary with scores allocated to finishers across a number of criteria. Members wishing to participate are placed into an appropriate league alongside runners of similar ability.
Oscar Bell is within touching distance of elite runner status, after finishing Sunday’s The Big Half in a club record time of 67 minutes 30. The Ware Joggers athlete was the fifth non-elite runner to cross the finish line and the 16th overall, finishing just ahead of women’s race winner and course record setter Eilish McColgan.
Oscar was one of six Ware Joggers taking part in The Big Half this weekend, and one of two to set a club record. Vibeke Rowe set the first record for a Female Vet 75, crossing the line together with fellow Joggers Laurence Watson and Liz Watson in a time of 3:39:01. Ashley Smith (1:47:36) and Susan Millward (2:21:25) also completed the race, with Sue also taking on the role of pacemaker.
Oscar, who regularly trains at Wodson Park with Herts Phoenix under coach Andy Hobdell, said: “It was an incredible experience to be running alongside some of the best athletes in the world, whilst representing my hometown. The atmosphere was great and to be in the same race as Mo Farah and Eilish McColgan was amazing. I’m looking forward to seeing how far I can push myself and hopefully taking my running to the next level.”
Oscar will compete in the Royal Parks Half Marathon in October, a race he won last year, before turning his attention to cross country.
The day of brilliant results didn’t stop there for the Joggers. The Oakley 20 mile race was won by Male Vet 50 Kevin Sambridge in a new club record of 2:02:30. Beverley McLees also set a new Female Vet 50 club record for the distance in a time of 2:49:25. Iain McMurray finished eighth in a time of 2:11:34.
Five Ware Joggers ran the Hillingdon 20 mile, with Emily Reid finishing in a time of 02:49:48, Jill Patel (3:03:27), Lisa Roberts (3:09:55), Olu Gooden (3:13:02) and Clive Smith (3:13:59). Ware Joggers meet every Tuesday and Thursday evening at Wodson Park, from 7.15pm. There are options of general runs at various paces and inclusive training session, including a Tuesday morning track session. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to take part.
(Photo credit: Martin Edwards, Instagram: @mphotoe)
Ware Joggers have secured promotion in the Scott’s Travel Midweek Road Race League, for the second year in a row. The promotion takes the team into Division 1 of the series and will see the joggers compete against some of the biggest clubs in Hertfordshire.
Clubs from across the County took part in four races from May – June, and a final Mob Match race on the 6th July. The races were competitive with the first twelve male and first eight female runners from each club scoring points.
This year, 39 men and 20 women from Ware Joggers ran at least one race. We also successfully hosted our first ever home fixture in May. The team finished second overall, with the men winning their division and the women coming third.
The league concluded at the Mob Match event on Wednesday 6th July, where a number of individual awards were also secured. Congratulations to Katy Woodward who won the Division 2 Women’s Open category, Anthea Francis who came 3rd in the Vet 45 Women category and Kevin Sambridge who placed 2nd in the Men’s Open category. Michael Waddington also won the overall Men’s race on the night.
Joggers team Men’s captain Kevin Francis commented on the promotion:
“We are exceptionally proud of what we’ve achieved this year. This is the second year in a row that we have achieved promotion and this means we will now be facing up against some of the biggest clubs in the county.
“We were punching hugely above our weight this year with other clubs in Division 2 fielding twice the number of men and three times the number of women as us. The challenge next year will be even greater, but I’m confident we can compete. We’re looking forward to next season, and hope to see even more Joggers taking part.”
There was huge success for Ware Joggers at the recent Fairlands Valley relay on the 21st July. A strong Mixed Vets team, consisting of Vincent Rivière, Kevin Francis, Katrina Dobson and Katy Woodward won the mixed category overall, and therefore won the Open/Senior category.
The event returned for the first time since 2018, and took place in Stevenage. Teams of four (men, women and mixed) from across Hertfordshire ran 3km relay legs.
One of our Senior mixed teams came third in their race, but finished fifth overall owing to some stellar Vet team performances. Our Vet Men’s team of Neil Bull, Jamie Higgs, Nick Egginton and Kevin Sambridge placed third in their category.
There was also a stand out individual performance for the Joggers, with Katy Woodward securing first female Vet, and second fastest lady overall.
A great performance all round, and it was great to get 8 teams (32 people) back out running.
A special mention for club heroes Jeanette Collins and Becky Drinkwater who stepped up at the eleventh hour, to ensure we could field complete teams.
Sharon Threlfall commented: “It was great to have so many Joggers take part in this event, and great to see some brilliant performances, especially from our Vets teams. We look forward to taking part again next year.”
It’s us again I’m afraid!
The response for volunteers so far has been really great and we have over 90 happy smiling people ready for the 3rd
Unfortunately we need 120 to make the event the success we all want it to be.
So...can you help on the day, do you have a partner, parent, friend, child (over 16) who is ready willing and able to help?
Please let us know if you can help either via Facebook or email email@example.com .
Thank you in advance for your help
Your friendly Marshal Co-ordinators
Martin & Judy Sillitto
WARE FESTIVAL OF RUNNING
Just a quick plea to all members. We have sent a large number of emails to people who have marshalled the Ware Tens in the past requesting their kind help again this year but several have told us they missed our mails as they went into junk/spam. Could we ask that everyone has a check in their junk mail boxes to see if they have missed one.
We have received an amazing number of wonderful offers of support but are still about 20-30 short so if anyone has a change of plans and can help or can offer husbands, wives, partners or other relatives to help that would still be very much appreciated.
Those who have volunteered will be hearing from us in due course regarding marshalling positions but until we have the full numbers it is difficult to finalise positions so please bear with us.
Many , many thanks again,
Judy & Martin
After one week we have had an amazing response to our request for marshals and we now have 68 happy people in the team!
The bad news is that in total we need 120 people to help make sure that the Ware Festival of Running is the success it has been in other years.
So...PLEASE can we have more to come and join our happy band of volunteers.
Volunteers don’t have to be members so if you have mothers, fathers, partners, children, etc. who would like to come and help with this great charity event let us know and we will add them to our list.
Let us know either below or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via Facebook Messenger or to either of us in person.
Thank you all in advance
Martin & Judy Sillitto
What’s the next best thing after running? Marshalling of course! If you’ve never tried it why not see for yourself. We need LOTS of helpers for the Ware Festival of Running on Sunday 3rd July. The feedback from previous years tells us we have quite literally the best marshals anywhere. Do you want to be part of this amazing team?
What does this mean we hear you ask? Well we need help in lots of areas including those listed below:
Marshalling the course
PLEASE let us know ASAP if you can help in any way and please ask partners/family if they would like to join us in helping to put on an amazing event for the local community.
It might seem a long way away but 3rd July will soon be upon us and we want this year to be even better than previous years.
Please come forward and let us know either below or at or via Facebook Messenger or to either of us in person.
Just in case you have some spare time over the weekend I thought I'd remind you of the Ware Joggers Survey we sent out earlier in January.
PLEASE take a few minutes to complete this and send it through as we really want to get the opinions of as many people as possible.
Thank you to those who have submitted something and in advance to those who have just been waiting for this little nudge!!
Martin - on behalf of all of the Committee
New Club Session
With the changing work patterns and the increasing number of retired members it was felt that we as a club need to offer the membership an additional option to the Tuesday/Thursday evening sessions. Fortunately, we have a readymade solution which is already proving very popular. Paul Reddaway is currently running Tuesday morning track sessions commencing at 9AM and is more than happy to open these sessions up to the club as a whole. These are pay as you go sessions and payments should be made direct to Wodson reception on each attendance. If you wish to attend there is no need to book, just turn up ready to run.
A number of people have assumed that as EA Fees show as an option for payment in MemberMojo that these are due now. These are only due if you haven't paid already for the year ending March 31st 2022, but EA membership is not compulsory.
To check if you have paid EA - or Wodson - fees (assuming you want to sign up for either) then you can check:
Log on to MemberMojo
Click on Your Membership at the top.
Click on "View Payments"
This will show you payments made.
If you haven't paid EA or Wodson since March 2021 then they are due.
If you have then they are not!!
Hope this helps
There has been a little confusion over Wodson Fees between now and the end of March 2022. Following a discussion with Wodson I can now confirm that the fees are as they have been on MemberMojo:
• Until end December 2021 = £20 (£15.50 Concession)
• From 1st Jan - 31st March 2022 = £10 (£7.50 Concession)
Apologies for any confusion.
Here are my plans for the remaining races of our championship season.
Race 7 - Sunday 06 March 2022 - Berkhamsted Rotary Half Marathon Race not open yet but organisers will email me as soon as it is.
Race 8 - Sunday in late March Braintree 5M - No exact date as yet
Race 10 - Sunday in April High Easter 10K - No exact date as yet
Race 11 - Sunday in May Great Baddow 10Mile - No exact date as yet
Race 12 - Friday 17 June 2022 Ware Joggers Memorial Mile Provisional Date Only
Renewal of club membership is due from April 1st 2021.
EA membership is also due from the 1st April.
You can follow this link to go to membermojo to renew your membership. https://membermojo.co.uk/warejoggers
Instructions on how to do this are attached.
It is expected that the club will reopen fully when lockdown ends in June although some activities may resume before this time.
Wodson Park membership will become payable when the club reopens fully.
We are planning to re-open the club for General Runs only from Thursday 30th July 2020.
We have carried out a risk assessment for meetings which will initially take place on the grassed area outside of Wodson Park.
Toilets will be open for runners to use but belongings may not be left inside. All subs will be paid online - see attached form for details.
Please download a copy of the attached form, sign it and bring it with you to say you agree with our Covid 19 Safety Rules.
We are currently unable to offer training sessions but will reinstate these when it is safe to do so.
We look forward to seeing you.
In response to members enquiries about when the club hopes to reconvene and what we can do about training and coaching, the committee thought it would be useful to give you an update
The current rules specify that you can exercise or play sport in groups of up to six people but they must be 2 metres apart at all times. Sadly this does not apply to some of our members are at higher risk or are who are shielding. Wearing a mask or face covering doesn't apply to exercise outdoors.
You will probably have seen that the Wodson track is opening from 4th July but it is not available in the evenings. The earliest possible date for reopening leisure centres like Wodson is mid July.
As you know we have over 300 members and on club nights we often see as many as 100 runners. So at present we are not proposing to reconvene as a club because of the difficulties involved with both selecting and stewarding small groups.
The Club Championship will be beginning shortly starting with carefully planned virtual races. These must be pre entered. race 1 entry is available now vis Facebook or the entry link on the website.Closing date for entries is July 24th.
We are keen to reconvene as soon as we are able and we will keep you all posted with progress.
Rob Waddingham (Chairperson)
This year we will be holding our AGM using Zoom on Thursday 18th June at 7pm.
We will be electing our committee for the coming year and presenting our club accounts and reports.
All members are invited to attend. Please check your emails in the days before for the link to the meeting.
Ware Joggers membership renewal suspended.
I hope everyone is keeping well, managing to run and staying healthy.
In normal times we would be taking membership renewals from 1 April. Also we had intended (and had all the processes in place) to introduce online payments, as well as payments in cash as usual. However it is clearly inappropriate to do any of that in the current circumstances. So membership renewal will be suspended until the situation improves/changes. Depending on how long this takes we will then consider whether to simply shorten the season/year and charge a reduced rate or change the season/year dates. We will keep you posted.
Rob Waddingham - Chair
Cross Country starts on 15th December with our own Ware Joggers event.
****Run, Marshal, Bake cakes****
The Spring marathon season has been busy for Ware Joggers and this weekend they took on the challenge of participating in The London Marathon, possible the most famous running event in the world. With the change of weather providing cooler temperatures which were perfect for running the 32 Ware Joggers took their place behind the elite runners including Eliud Kipchoge, Sir Mo Farah, Brigid Kosgei lining up alongside celebrities such as Chris Evans, Adam Woodyatt, Helen Skelton, Jenny Falconer and Kirsty Gallagher at the start lines in Blackheath. Once over the start line, with the inevitable adrenaline finally unleashed, Joggers followed the route with over 40,000 other runners through Greenwich to Tower Bridge and on to The Isle of Dogs where they were cheered on by over 50 of their fellow Ware Joggers who were marshalling this part of the route.
All Ware Joggers managed to finish the course with Michael Waddington achieving a superb time of 2:37:32; Kevin Francis 2:38:32. Other notable times included Iain McMurray 3:09:40; Liam Amatruda 3:44:10; Lindsay Russell-Smith 3:26:08; Kerri Whitelegg-Spavin 3:32:26; Adam Guest 3:48:45, Lisa Roberts 3:52:34 and Debbie Amies 4:14:51. The following Ware Joggers who participated at London achieved the following times; Paul Cecil 5:04:15, Sharon Threlfall 4:38:48 Liz Davey 8:14, Kimberley Devonshire 5:17:00, Colin Grace 4:17:27, Corrine Law 5:31:22, Sophie Marshall 4:21:26, Beverley Mclees 3:45:49, Marianne Mitchell 4:23:32, Nicholas Sansom 3:47:29, Hazel Winters 7:41:40, Marisa Sharkey 5:56:13 and Duncan Gray 4:05:13.
Further afield, Garth Morris recently set a new VM55 club record when he completed the Boston marathon in a stunning time of 3:13:12 and Nick Kenyan-Muir a new VM50 record in a time of 3:08:01 at the Brighton Marathon.
On a different level, Rob Jones completed his second Marathon des Sables, finishing the six stages of the 156miles in a time of 42:58:13.
So far this season, over 50 Joggers have completed marathons including London, Vienna, Manchester, Brighton and Boston with many superbly supported by Club Coach Jan Stock’s bespoke training plans and insightful advice on nutrition and techniques to help club members prepare for their events.
30 Ware Joggers, accompanied by family and friends, chose a weekend away from the cold and rain of the UK to take part in the Valencia marathon and 10K races. The day dawned with late Autumn Spanish sunshine providing great conditions for running and the setting of the beautiful City of Arts and Sciences made the event even more perfect. The 22,000 runners began by crossing the Pont de Montiolevet and ran down towards the marina, on through the pancake flat streets of Valencia passing the passionate cheering crowds and numerous groups of Latino drummers. The latter stages of the race took runners alongside sections of the Turia river bed, around the old town centre passing by the Palace of the Marquis of Dos Aguas and back towards the City of Arts and Sciences.
As runners approach the finish line they run down the blue path in the centre of the pools which sit alongside the Musée des Sciences. The enthusiasm and encouragement, from the huge number of spectators who line the route at this point, is second to none and the emotions experienced by many runners is intense. A number of Ware Joggers mentioned crossing the finish line with tears in their eyes.
Ware Joggers marathoners produced some amazing results with Michael Waddington breaking a club record in a time of 2:40:19. Jon Williams and Mark Cyl also finished in under 3hrs with times of 2:54:30 and 2:59:25 respectively. All club members finished the race, many with new personal best times; Garth Morris 3:24:19, Kerri Spavin 3:37:57, Jack Whitelegg 3:37:57, Lisa Roberts 3:44:00, Kenny Blythe 3:49:18, Beverley Mclees 3:51:12, Anthea Francis 3:55;06, Lorraine Oakley 3:56:20, Ewa Merlo 3:59:49, Paul Brennan 4:00:44, Sam Rowe 4:14:15, Joanne Gladding 4:23:30, Barry O’Connor 4:19:27, Michelle Cross 4:29:17, Annalisa Williams 4:32:35, Carol Hayward 4:49:36, Christel Ainge 4:51:24, Marsha Jenkins 4:54:28 and Clare Watson 5:36:44.
Following the success of the Ware Festival of Running in July, which saw more than 650 runners take on the 10 mile and 10K courses, Ware Joggers were able to present large cheques to their two charities, Essex and Herts Air Ambulance and Southern Maltings. The record fundraising was very much due to the support of key sponsors Blue Square, Network Homes and Peter David Homes.
Ware Joggers Chairman, Robert Waddingham, together with some members of the organising team were able to present cheques for £4,000 to each of the charities. The Ware Joggers long time charity partner, Essex and Herts Air Ambulance, receives no government funding and relies on charity donations to provides pre-hospital emergency services to the people of Essex, Hertfordshire and surrounding areas. Each life-saving mission costs just over £2,700 and with an average of six each day, the cheque was very warmly received. The two hundred year old Southern Maltings has recently been refurbished and is now the creative centre of the town. The money will be used to continue the ongoing development and refurbishment of the building.
Planning for next year’s Festival of Running is already in progress and with Herts Regional College on board as a key sponsor the event promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Registrations will open in January, ready for those new year resolutions! More details are available on the race website www.ware10s.co.uk
The 40 Ware Joggers who arrived for the recent Stevenage Half Marathon were the largest entry from any club participating in the event. The course runs along cycle paths and through the picturesque Fairlands Valley Park, up across the ridge of the park and down along Six Hills Way, taking in many of the underpasses around the town and creating a challenging undulating two lap route.
The course however appeared to provide very little challenge to Michael Waddington who continued his rise through the Ware Joggers' club championship by coming first in a time of 1:13:17 over four minutes in front of the second runner. In achieving thius time he broke a Ware Joggers' Half Marathon club record for a senior runner which has stood for 29yrs. Those marshaling the course commented that Michael looked as though he was out for a casual Sunday morning run on his own as he passed them by on his solitary stroll to victory. Michael also achieved the Herts County award for winning the race, the senior age category award and a mens team award and Herts County Men's Team award.
Ware Joggers' men Michael Waddington, Mark Cyl, 1:27:46, Neil Bull 1:26:25 and Jon Williams 1:21:29 took home the men's team award and the Herts County Men's Team Award.
Anne Ramsden was the W60 winner 1:57:06 and Margaret Waddingham the W70 winner 2:15:27.
Ware Joggers - Run the River
On one of the wettest Autumn mornings so far, over 50 Ware Joggers arrived at Lee Valley Sports and Leisure Centre to compete in the Run the River 10K as part of their current championship league. The race, which took runners out via Pickett’s Lock along the river at Edmonton and through part of Lee Valley Regional Park, provided ample opportunity for many Ware Joggers to perform at their best. Michael Waddington won the race setting a new course record in a time of 33:35. The front bike marshal commented that he struggled to stay ahead of him because he was so fast! Beverley McLees came in as third lady in a time of 45:42.
Other successes included Paul Reddaway who was first VM50 in a time of 39:03. Lisa Roberts who was first VW45 in a time of 47:19, Emily Reid who was third VW35 - 51:26, Michelle Cross who was second VW45 - 52:07, Teresa Weedon who was second WV55 - 53:03, and Neil Bull who was third VM40 – 39:34.
Over 40 Ware Joggers are currently training to take part in the Valencia marathon which takes place in early December as well as preparing alongside other club members for their cross country season which also begins in December.
While a number of Ware Joggers explore the western parts of Morocco on the annual club trek, many of those remaining in the cooler and wetter climes of the UK joined over 300 other runners to take part in the Harlow 10m race organised by Harlow Running Club. The multi terrain gently undulating course followed quiet country lanes and cycle tracks near Church Langley, past Latton Common and through part of Harlow Park before bringing runners into the finish on the running track at Mark Hall Sports Centre. Once again a number of Joggers were among the winners with Michael Waddington taking second place in a time of 56:35. Michael Waddington, Kevin Francis, and Mark Ford were the first men’s team home and Anne Ramsden scooped the VW65 ladies trophy with a time of 1:30:56. Ware Joggers Sharon Thelfall, Beverley Mclees and Paula Gollop were the second ladies team past the finish line.
Ware Joggers started their new championship season with a bang this weekend when over 30 members joined approximately 500 other runners to participate in the Hyde Park 10k Summer Series. The fast, flat route took runners on a two-lap course through Hyde Park starting at the historic bandstand and running alongside the Serpentine and the parade ground before passing the Holocaust Memorial, Little Nell statue and Serpentine Lodge. With temperatures significantly lower than recent weeks, the race provided an opportunity for numerous PBs and excellent performances from many members of the club.
Michael Waddington came first in a time of 34:21 with Oscar Bell coming in fourth in a time of 36:43 There was also age category success for Paul Reddaway who was first MV50 with a time of 39:00 and Margaret Waddingham who won the FV70 category in a time of 1:02:29. As many Ware Joggers begin to train for Autumn marathons, their 2018-2019 championship will continue with the Hatfield 5km series and Harlow 10m in the next few weeks.
Kevin Francis scoops the prizes
Club colours awards
Race to the King
Following 12 months of the most gruelling training in sub-zero temperatures and torrential rain, often for up to eight hours at a time the ‘Magnificent Seven’ stood on the start line of the world’s toughest ‘Ironman’ course in Lanzarote’s beautiful Puerto Del Carmen.
With a 4am start on race day to allow time to prepare equipment, the race began at 7am from the Playa Grande in Puerto del Carmen, the main tourist spot on the island. Having swum like fighting fish, across the 2.4 mile two-lap swim course, they swiftly transitioned to the 112-mile bike course, which is well known for its challenging 20mph headwinds and amazing views. With the 36-degree temperatures, desert-like conditions and an ascent of over 2,551 metres it is easy to see why this course is known as the toughest in the world.
The full marathon distance running section took competitors along the thankfully flat sea front of Puerto del Carmen before leading up to Arrecife and back and then to Matagorda and back. This aspect of the race has the impressive support of thousands of spectators lining the streets as competitors pass beautiful views of the ocean under the intense Lanzarote sun.
Many of the Ware Joggers who participated said that the experience was both absolutely gruelling as well as highly challenging and emotional. All have commented on the comradeship and support from one another throughout their training and the absolute delight of being at the start line together.
Jack Whitelegg said “It really was so much more than a marathon or any other event I've trained for. In many ways it was life changing and I still haven’t quite taken it all in.”
Mike Holliday added “What an amazing experience! Simply brilliant, loved every minute of the day and it made all the blood, sweat and tears of training worth it.’
Keith Williams talked of their journey “The last 12 months with these incredible guys has been the best journey and to be all together at the start line of the toughest Ironman out there was just the best.... and seeing them out on the course going through their ‘moments’ with their families cheering them to the finish line was just one of those life experiences you won’t forget”
Mark Cyl summed up the experience with “Together we have created a lifelong memory that I can cherish with joy, forever.”
All the Ware Joggers Ironmen expressed massive thanks and love to their families for their immeasurable support and commitment throughout the days and weeks of training and during the event.
Lanzarote's Ironman, was brought to the island from Hawaii by Danish legend Kenneth Gasque in 1992 (pictured with the Ware Jogger Ironmen). The race continues to be one of the most fabled events in the Ironman calendar and Kenneth Gasque has shaken the hand of every finisher since the introduction of the race. Ware Joggers Magnificent Seven Ironmen results are as follows - Mark Cyl 14:39:05, Andrew Tait 12:00:19, Martin Blacker 16:36:03, Jack Whitelegg 13:35:06, Keith Williams 12:38:18, Mike Holliday 13:42:16, Howard Roden 12:39:47. An amazing achievement.
37 Ware Joggers joined almost 300 other runners for the High Easter 10k Race this weekend. The sunny blue skies and beautiful scenery around the village of High Easter provided a perfect setting for the penultimate race of the Joggers’ championship season. The fast and predominantly flat course, took runners out in in a loop around the outskirts of the pretty rural village through Stagden Cross and Bishop’s Green. The final part of the race brought runners back into the village past the Grade One listed 11th century church of St Mary The Virgin, which the proceeds from the race are used to help maintain. Despite the heat, Ware Joggers pulled it out of the bag once again, with several members bringing home the silverware! Harriet Kealy, for whom this was her first 10k, was third female in a time of 43:07, Garth Morris won the VM50 category in a time of 39:04 and Carol Hayward won the VW55 category in a time of 55:27. Garth Morris, Neil Bull, and Oscar Bell were the first men’s team home, and Harriet Kealy, Sharon Threlfall and Carol Hayward were the second women’s team home. Teams from Ware Joggers were out at parkruns this weekend, promoting the Ware Festival of Running which takes place on 8th July. This year is the 10th anniversary of the Festival and places for both the 10k and 10 mile events are selling fast. All finishers will be awarded a fantastic commemorative medal and hi tech t shirt. For more information visit www.ware10s.co.uk.
As the Spring marathon season neared its close, 23 Ware Joggers took on the challenge of participating in one of the most famous running events in the world. With temperatures rising steadily from 9am to make this the hottest London Marathon on record, Joggers took their places at the start lines in Blackheath. Although the organisers had warned against the dangers of wearing fancy dress due to the heat, Ware Joggers found themselves surrounded by the usual collection of rhinos, fairies and superheroes. Once over the start line, with the inevitable adrenaline finally unleashed, Joggers followed the route with over 40,000 other runners through Greenwich to Tower Bridge and on to The Isle of Dogs where they were cheered on by over 50 of their fellow Ware Joggers who were marshalling this part of the route. As temperatures soared above 24 degrees, many runners struggled but all Ware Joggers managed to finish the course with decent times. Michael Waddington achieved a superb time of 2:50:15; Kevin Francis 2:58:26; Nick Kenyon-Muir 3:05:19; Charlotte Dadd 3:42:27; Jo Gladding 4:03:41 and, despite stopping for several hugs, Garth Morris broke the club record in the VM55 category with a time of 3:17:15. So far this season, over 60 Joggers have completed marathons in Barcelona, Manchester, Paris, Blackpool, Cambridge, Brighton and of course London and would like to express their thanks to Jan Stock who composes bespoke training plans and provides insightful advice on nutrition and technique to help club members prepare for their events. Jan herself, recently completed the 100K Ultra Tour of Arran.
A group of 8 Ware Joggers flew the club colours at the Paris marathon. Having completed most of their training in sub zero temperatures throughout the winter months arriving in Paris to find a spring heatwave was a bit of a shock! The day of the race dawned bright and sunny and as Joggers gathered at the start near the Arc de Triomphe it was clear that the heatwave was not going to disappear. The event has almost 50,000 participants who followed the route through one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Beginning in the city centre and going out through the Bois de Vincennes, passing many famous landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, Place de Concorde, The Louvre and Notre Dame before going through the Bois de Boulogne and finishing amid the cheering crowds on Avenue Foch. For Ware Joggers Gemma Charville, (4:44) Neil Merritt (3:57) and Carol Hayward (4:51) this was their first marathon and despite the high temperatures all three finished in under their predicted times. Adam Guest (4:06) and Emily Kenworthy (5:12) both achieved PBs. Ware Joggers Anthea and Kevin Frances, Liz Coates, Paul Martin, Janet Readitt, Barry O'Connor, Clare Halfpenny, Caroline Stephens and Leanne Dring all completed the Manchester Marathon on the same day with, with Liz Coates, Janet Readitt and Anthea Francis all achieving GFA times. The Spring marathon season continues for Ware Joggers with the many participating in the London marathon this weekend, and many others working as marshals at the event.
The fast flat course, which started at the famous Lee Valley White Water Centre, provided the opportunity for a number of Ware Joggers to win prizes in the recent Lee Valley RunFest. With a day that presented perfect temperatures for running, the 10k and half marathon races took runners through a winding route in the beautiful setting of the River Lee Country Park. The 10k race which was part of this year’s club championship afforded all 43 participating Ware Joggers a chance to perform at their best. Oscar Bell scooped first prize with a time of 35:27, 2nd prize went to Kevin Francis 35:40 and 1st lady was Lindsay Russell-Smith who finished in 41:01. Kevin Francis also gained 1st in his age category M40, with his wife Anthea Francis gaining 1st place in her W40 age category. Garth Morris came 2nd in the M50 and Carol Hayward 2nd in the W50. Anne Ramsden took first prize in the W60, Terry Nichols in the M70, Margaret Waddingham 1st in the W70 with Vibeke Rowe 2nd in the same category. As the season begins to draw to an end the competition for first and second places in the respective championship leagues is becoming fierce and final results could hinge on the last few races which take place in May.
A total of 17 Ware Joggers were able to escape the chilly winter weather as they headed off to the sunnier climes of Barcelona for the marathon last weekend. The day of the race produced beautiful spring-like conditions with just a few clouds in the sky. The slightly undulating circular route took in some of the amazing sites of the city including the Casa Mila, Casa Batlo camp Nou, Sagrada Famila and the Olympic Village. The support of the crowds was fantastic with their shouts of ‘Venga Venga’ willing runners towards the finish at the Placa De Espana with the beautiful Montjuic Fountain in the background. A number of Ware Joggers achieved personal bests including Michelle Cross, Barry O’Connor, Lisa Roberts, Lorraine Oakley and Jo Gladding, who finished in a time of 3:53:38 knocking 28 mins off her previous marathon time. Also pictured centre front is Paul Brennan who ran the Chester Ultra in a time of 12 hrs and 58mins. The 52 mile ultra, fused together some of the best trails in the area including Delamere Forest, The River Dee and Sandstone Trail. Numerous Ware Joggers are currently completing their training for both the Paris and London marathons which take place in the next few weeks.
Twenty five Ware Joggers took on the challenging Baldock Beast Half Marathon. The course which begins on the outskirts of the town of Baldock took runners out into the hilly terrain of the Hertfordshire countryside. Battling against chilling winds and sub zero temperatures Ware Joggers joined 400 other runners and followed the route up through the villages of Wallington, Sandon and Roe Green before hearing back into Baldock, thankful for some descending gradients in the last few miles. All Ware Joggers managed to ‘tame the beast’ with Kevin Francis taking fifth place overall in the race and coming first in the Men’s V40 age group while Garth Morris came third in the V50 age group. A team of Ware Joggers are currently in the process of organising their own running event in the form of the Ware Festival of Running which is celebrating its 10th year in July.
When a group of (male) Joggers have a post run shower there is inevitably some humming (and hawing) which in turn leads to singing, yes really. And so it was that the Ware Joggers Choir was formed 5 years ago.
Requests (pleas) for singers generated a motley band some of whom (not all, you understand) can actually sing. The rest, as they say, is history. The choir meets weekly at Anne Ramsden's house on Monday evenings and is bravely and very skilfully led by multi instrumentalists Bill Gristwood and his wife Julia. We also have several singers who play instruments.
We sing because we all enjoy it and because there is always cake - usually made by Anne. We have performed in public a few times - mainly for the residents at Willowthorpe Residential Home, but also at club events. For the last couple of years we have sung carols around the area raising money for local charities.
We are always looking for new members……