THE GREAT WAR CENTENARY DEREHAM 5K
This popular race was renamed to commemorate the end of World War 1, with a trumpet solo playing The Last Post and a minute’s silence prior to the race in honour of the many brave soldiers who lost their lives.
After the unusually warm summer weather it was a relief, for the 32 Jags competing, that this Sunday morning was a little cooler. The course was 2 laps around the town centre, with a tricky hare-pin bend in the market place, both well-supported and well marshalled, promising a fast, flat PB course.
And we were not disappointed. Emma Blake continued to impress with a new age group record and first diamond standard, coming 2nd in her age group, Ken Bowman was also 2nd in his age group achieving platinum standard and Dee Neal, who has been doing so well this year, achieved 3rd in her age group.
Hatty Swain, Julie Jardine and Samatha Beales were amongst the 7 Jags achieving pbs, while Rachel Kirkham and Nick Richards completed their first 5k race. There were also diamond standards for Mel Porter and Nick Eley and at last a first diamond as a Jag for Keith Brighty!
New member Doug Barber managed to drop his keys at the start of the race, and had to avoid being trampled to retrieve them, but still managed to gain a gold standard and pb! He also very kindly brought along lemon drizzle cake for us all to enjoy at the end of the race. There was also a childrens’ race with some great running from Junior Jags Georgie and Rosie.
As for the finishers medal, I think it is probably one of the best I have ever received, a fitting tribute to those brave soldiers 100 years ago.
|Emma Blake||19.43||YES & New Age group Record &2nd In Age Group||DIAMOND|
|Ken Bowman||20.32||2nd In Age Group||PLATINUM|
|Dee Neal||25.05||3rd In Age Group||GOLD|