Joggers face challenging hills in latest tough race

READY FOR CHALLENGE: Malvern Joggers runners and a pet dog line up for the popular Hay Hill Raiser in Hay-on-Wye. Picture: ANNIE ROBSON.

READY FOR CHALLENGE: Malvern Joggers runners and a pet dog line up for the popular Hay Hill Raiser in Hay-on-Wye. Picture: ANNIE ROBSON.

First published in Sport

JON Newey led 16 Malvern Joggers home in the popular Hay Hill Raiser.

He clocked one hour 14 minutes 57 seconds to pick up first prize in the men’s over 40s category and fourth place overall.

The tough race in Hay-on-Wye was run over a distance of 11.3 miles on road with a steep ascent up to 1,600 feet.

Newey was followed by Sam Burnage in 1.24.17 and Megan Judge, who was first senior female and second woman overall in 1.29.02.

Judge was part of the winning women’s team with Julie Caseley, who was first woman over 55 in 1.37.56, and Amanda Duncan (1.49.38).

Joggers also picked up the men’s team prize with Newey, Burnage and Dan Badger (1.32.06) making up the team.

Trevor Matty clocked 1.32.47, Ben Toon 1.33.0, Ian Dyson 1.33.17 for first man over 60, Peter Wilson 1.36.58, John Bryan 1.37.13, Steve Roode 1.41.43, Andy Banham 1.42.46, Glyn Davies 1.47.11, Chris Jolley 1.47.47 and Emma McCance 2.15.29.

Meanwhile, Joggers’ Annie Robson will hit a running milestone tomorrow by completing her 100th parkrun at Worcester Country Woods.

The event is held every Saturday morning at 9am and attended by hundreds of runners on a weekly basis.

It started in June, 2011, and Robson has been attending regularly since then, only taking a few months off last year when pregnant.

She said: “I ran for as long as I could but, when I got to six months pregnant and it started taking me more than 40 minutes to complete the course, I stopped running and started volunteering at the weekly event.

“Now I run it with my daughter in the buggy, it is a real family event. I look forward to doing my next 100 parkruns.”

n Judge put in a superb display to finish first woman at the Credenhill Canter in Herefordshire.

She was fifth overall in 46 minutes 37 seconds over the 10-kilometre multi-terrain afternoon race and also won under 30s women’s prize.

Credenhill Sports and Social Club organised and hosted the start of the event, which finished by St Mary Church.

Seventy-seven runners tackled woodland trails and country lanes with a challenging hilly second half through Credenhill Park Wood and £1000 was raised for the Hereford Special Care Baby Unit.

Other Malvern prize-winners were Toon, who was first under 40s man in 48.04, under 70s men’s victor Ian Walwyn in 53.36 and under 60s women’s winner Caseley in 53.42.

Badger ran 50.08, Matty 51.43, Bryan 53.27, Banham 57.26, Roode 57.47, Duncan 59.54 and Jolley 60.01.

Roode also completed the Winchcombe Hill Climb in the morning.

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