Weekly Report – 23rd February 2020
On Sunday, February 23rd, Sudbury Joggers once again descend on the village Beyton outside Bury St Edmunds for the Tarpley 10 or Tarpley 20.
The Tarpley races are part of Saint Edmund Pacers’ annual event of holding a 10-mile road race and a 20-mile road race from and to Beyton in Suffolk.
These races saw hundreds of runners from all over Suffolk and beyond attend, including 25 from Sudbury Joggers, to run in 20-30mph winds with gusts up to 50mph. Added to that some occasional light rain, chilly temperatures and hills, it proved to be a demanding race.
(L-R) Todd Lewis, Charlotte Richardson, Simon Elliott, Charles Hann, Ruth Cowlin (Tarpley 10 runner), Jackie Hann, Sally-Ann Bowen, Lucy Cowlin, Sandy Thorogood and Emma Drury ready to run the Tarpley 20.
Harsh conditions will not stop our runners from completing their races with 13 Joggers finishing the Tarpley 10 and a further 12 completing the Tarpley 20.
The Tarpley 20-mile race headed out an hour before the 10-mile race. The 20-miler was part of the Suffolk County Championships, and first to finish for Sudbury Joggers was Todd Lewis in a time of 2 hours and 14 minutes.
Lewis placed nineteenth overall and first in his age group. For Todd, this race was training for the London Marathon where he is raising money for Guide Dogs.
Next to cross the finish line was Charles Hann in 2:23:39, with Emma Drury being the first lady to finish for the club in 2:35:30.
Finishing second in her age group was Sandy Thorogood in 2:38:33, with Gary Godfrey (2:44:04) and Lucy Cowlin (2:50:32) completing the windy 20 miles minutes after each other.
Sally-Ann Bowen placed third in her age group ending her 20 miles in a time of 2:51:50. Minutes later, Jackie Hann finished in 2:57:24.
After an injury 18-months ago, Dee St Ledger completed Tarpley 20, her longest distance since her injury, in a time of 3 hours and 2 minutes.
St Ledger’s efforts placed her fourth in her age category for the race and second in her age category for the Suffolk Country Championships.
The final three from Sudbury Joggers to complete the Tarpley 20 were Steven Jeggo (3:18:27), Simon Elliott (3:21:17) and Charlotte Richardson (3:57:25).
Charlotte Richardson commented “It was tough out there today with the wind, rain and hills! I have never run 20 miles before, but I am so chuffed and very happy with my time”.