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Ware Joggers secure Mid Week League Promotion 01-Aug-2022

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.”

String of victories at Fairlands Valley 21-Jul-2022
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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.”

Ware Festival of Running 3rd July 2022 06-Jun-2022

Hi Folks,

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 marshals@ware10s.co.uk .

Thank you in advance for your help

Your friendly Marshal Co-ordinators

Martin & Judy Sillitto

Ware Festival of Running - Plea for Helpers 21-May-2022


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

Ware Festival of Running Volunteers 16-May-2022

Hi Folks,

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 marshals@ware10s.co.uk, or via Facebook Messenger or to either of us in person.

Thank you all in advance

Martin & Judy Sillitto

Ware Festival of Running Volunteers 04-May-2022

Hi Folks,

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:

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 marshals@ware10s.co.uk,or via Facebook Messenger or to either of us in person.

Thank you all in advance

Martin & Judy Sillitto

ware Joggers Survey 30-Nov--0001

Hi Folks,

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 01-Jan-2022

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.

EA Fees 29-Nov-2021

Hi Folks,

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


Wodson Fees 25-Nov-2021

Hi Folks

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.

To sign up to Wodson Corporate membership:

• Go to https://membermojo.co.uk/warejoggers and Sign In (via top right corner)
• Once signed in, click on “Your Membership” at the top
• Scroll down to “Store Purchase” and click on “Visit Store”
• Under “Wodson Corporate Membership”, select the option that is applicable to you and then click Checkout
• Select your payment method and click the “Pay with …” button. This will automatically send you a confirmation email.
• The next step is for you to pay - ideally by bank transfer to sort code 40-45-42, account number 51141546 . (Use Wodson/your name as a reference)


New Race Dates (Races 7 -12) 20-Oct-2021

Championship Update

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 9 - Sunday 10 April 2022 St Clare Hospice 10K - Date confirmed and open for entries now at: https://stclarehospice.org.uk/event/st-clare-10k-april-2022/

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

Membership Renewal 23-Mar-2021

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.

Club Reopening 26-Jul-2020
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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.

Club Re-opening following relaxation of Lockdown 28-Jun-2020

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)

VIRTUAL AGM 18-Jun-2020
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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 COVID-19 Update 24-Mar-2020

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 Season 15-Dec-2019

Cross Country starts on 15th December with our own Ware Joggers event.

****Run, Marshal, Bake cakes****

Spring Marathon Season 30-Apr-2109
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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.

Valencia Marathon 02-Dec-2018
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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.

Amazing Fundraising!! 30-Nov-2018
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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

Stevenage Half Marathon 04-Nov-2018
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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.

Run the River 14-Oct-2018
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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.

Harlow 10M 09-Sep-2018

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.

Hyde Park 10K 19-Aug-2018
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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.

Presentation Evening 10-Jul-2018

Presentation Evening 

Championship Awards

Kevin Francis scoops the prizes

Club colours awards

Race to the King 

Lanzarote Ironman 26-May-2018
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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.

High Easter 06-May-2018

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.

London Marathon 22-Apr-2018

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.

Paris Marathoners 08-Apr-2018

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.

Ware Joggers Scoop the Prizes at Lee Valley RunFest 25-Mar-2018
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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.

Barcelona Marathoners 11-Mar-2018

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.

Ware Joggers Taming the Beast of Baldcok 25-Feb-2018
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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.

Ware Joggers Choir 04-Oct-2017

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……