Wymondham 20 Miler – Sunday 3 April 2016
You couldn’t have asked for a more gorgeous day for a run even though it was the ‘Norfolk’ hilly Wymondham 20! Sunday’s race saw 11 jags taking part; Zac Mace, Mel Porter, Nick Hudson, James Lambert, Stephen Porter, Heather Hollister, Josh Neale, Jackie Gooch, Clare Hicks, Nicola John and myself.
Whilst there were a number of standards reached, the most notable was Heather Hollister’s Diamond standard achieved at her first W20. There was success achieved by Zac Mace (2:18:34) and Mel Porter (2:33:32) who ran at Gold standard. Jackie Gooch (3:19:05) romped home with a Silver standard, Nicola John (3:02:55) achieved a PB at Bronze and James Lambert (2:40:16) and Nick Hudson (2:38:35) achieving Bronze standard also.
I think it’s worth mentioning the standards achieved because 20 miles is such a long way and the training that goes into that distance is to be admired. The Wymondham 20 miler is traditionally a local training race during the spring marathon season and this year both Zac Mace and Stephen Pointer are running in this year’s VLM and with Zac running W20 at 2:18:34 and Stephen at 2:45:55, I’m sure you’ll agree that they both look good for a successful run in London in three weeks time.
Quite what the rest of us were thinking, I’m not sure!!! It’s always great to be cheered on at a race and it was good to see Ellie, Ben and Andy cycling around the route cheering us on as well as generous cheering from Hilda! Thanks to you all!