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Newmarket Heath Race ‘The Gallops’

Newmarket Heath Race 'The Gallops'

Results from Newmarket Heath Race
'The Gallops...'

as its colloquially known! 🙂

Steve Neale 22:42
Steve Brodie 28:24
Sophie Harrison 30:15
Stephen 'Frank' Spencer 30:18
Carolyn Cordner 33:53
Julie Ebbage 34:34
Lisa Plumb 35:57
Dianne Calvert 38:24

Special mention to Lily who came second in the U15 Girls 'Fun Run' in a time of 09:13!

The event raised over £1500 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Great turn out again, well done everyone!

The Hurt Log Jogger

If you had asked me two years ago to give an example of a sports injury, I would have said a black eye from a secret punch administered in the scrum. Little did I know that these injuries are self-inflicted.

A very late convert to club running, I was keen to try a variety of events. It was on a club training night, running around the local industrial estate, that I witnessed the phenomenon. For no apparent reason, a runner suddenly pulled up, like a lame horse, and sank to the kerb. There was an outpouring of sympathy as he hobbled off.

“I’m surprised you never get injured.” said Paul, although I remained convinced that it would never happen to me, despite the periodic disappearances of my newfound pals.

The first warning sign was a sudden twinge towards the end of a cold Sunday morning run through the woods. We needed to cross a main road. The preceding six miles had been most enjoyable, but then I committed the rookie error of stopping dead, rather than jogging on the spot. No running for two weeks.

The next lesson to learn was that if you are in any doubt, just don’t do it. The local Parkrun course had become very muddy indeed. I had seen people face down in the quagmire and had slipped a few times myself. It became a bit of a strain on the knees and so one of them gave out. Two months out and a few physio sessions have got me back on my feet.

A wiser and warier Frank steps forward.

Hopperish For Absolute Beginners

Brandon Leisure Centre
Forest-edge facility subject of a relatively recent 500k redevelopment. Grid reference TL778863. Rural tennis courts are apparently in set-aside.

Any one of 12000 vascular plants reproducing via spores.
From the Old English fearn.

Hop (verb)
Old English hoppian, meaning to spring, leap; to dance; to limp.

Ken (verb)
To know. Possibly of Scottish origin. “D’ye ken John Peel when he’s far far away?”?”

Kenometre (noun)
Indeterminate distance. Reputed to be much greater than 1km. Not recognized by Trading Standards.

From the Greek Stéfanos, meaning wreath, crown, honour, reward. A name disproportionately represented among hopperati and mascots.

Sunday Morning
A two-hour period devoted to fern hopping and often followed by rehydration.

Wibbly (adj.)
Off-piste deviation involving vertical movement, preferably both up and down. 19th Century origins, meaning vague.

Wibbly-wobbly (adverb)
Every which way, but never straight or level. Often run over several kenometres (ibid).

Wobbly (adj.)
Off-piste deviation involving lateral movement. American origin, meaning shaky or unsteady.