Yesterday’s Jingle Mile meeting at Cambridge University’s athletics track was an enjoyable affair. It was for me, anyway. I wasn’t running in any of the events. I’m always too nervous about things going well to run when I’m involved with organizing one of these events. It’s the second running of what seems to have become an annual excuse to eat mince pies and cake while people hang around in the cold waiting for me to decide what to do next.
The gold ribbon at all Fetch Mile events, of which the Jingle Mile is but one, is of course the Mile itself. There were four rounds of the mile with the quickest runners in the first round, then the slowest in the second with each successive round getting quicker from there on. There were some storming performances here including Paul Makowski’s fastest time of the day to take Round 1 in a time of 5:05. Our fastest lady was Susie Tautz who ran 6:02 in Round 4. There were PBs for Paul Makowski, Paul Beastall (6:47, Round 4) and Martyn Brearley (5:57, Round 4) amongst others. I very much enjoyed Cameron Smith’s relentless progress round the track for his 8:10 in Round 2 and his sister’s 9:34 in the same round. Youngest runner of the day – not counting Evie Makowski in the 100m for obvious reasons when we get there – was Alexander Wood who logged a very impressive 9:14 for 1,200m.
The next event was the 4 x 100m Mince Pie Relay. The rules were simple; get your mince pie round intact as quickly as you possibly can. The winner team of Wood, Whittle, Pretlove and Makowski did better than the British men at this year’s World Championships in Moscow and got the
baton mince pie round without getting disqualified along the way. Lucy Johnson gave us a glimpse of her sprint talent running a terrifyingly quick third leg.
That class became glaringly obvious when she stormed her round of the Hurtbox of Crackers 400m. She slipped right at the start but in spite of that had completely unwound the stagger by 250m and just kept accelerating, only fading in the final 100m. She managed to keep ahead of a fast-finishing Chris Hurcomb. The first round of the 400m was won by a completely exultant Lee Pretlove who charged across the line in 0:59 just ahead of that man again, Paul Makowski.
Makka also won the Where’s Grep? 200m Delusion in an impressive 0:27. He was followed over the line a few seconds back by a tightly-packed gaggle of determined runners none of whom were called Greg. Neil Tween took the tape in the Tinsel Insole Insanity 100m Take 2 just ahead of Evie Makowski in her buggy, pushed by her dad. Isobel Moir put in an impressive performance for a girl sprinting a 100m in walking boots.
The full results are laid out below. I’m sorry not to have mentioned everyone in this report. I thoroughly enjoyed watching all of your run. You were inspirational, awesome. Thank you for coming.
|4||Chris Hurcomb (Pacer)||7:55|
|13||Alexander Wood||9:14* (1200m)|
|4||Chris Gay (Pacer)||7:06|
4 x 100m Mince Pie Relay
|1||Iain Wood/Andrew Whittle/Lee Pretlove/Paul Makowski||0:58|
|2||Neville Hawkins/Paul Jones/Chris Tautz/Susie Tautz||1:05|
|3||Iain Rogers/Cliff Weatherup/Kevin Stigwood/Jane O’Callaghan||1:06|
|4||Laura Coates/Sam Johnson/Lucy JohnsonNeil Coates||1:06|
|5||Rob Moir/Katie Tween/Sarah Hall/Neil Tween||1:09|
|6||Andrew O’Dowd/Gill Mundin/Jason Mundin/Julia DeCesare||1:09|
|7||Alex Geoghegan/Erminia Carillo/Gianluca Savini/Ben Chamberlain||1:13|
Hurtbox of Crackers 400m
Where’s Grep? 200m Delusion
|910||Erminia CarilloAnne Adkins||0:450:47|
The Tinsel Insole Insanity 100m Take 2
(No times recorded for this race.)
|2||Evie Makowski (powered by her Dad)|