Author Archives: Clare Hicks

Dereham 10 Miler – Sunday 7 May 2017

13 Jags’ members all turned out for the Dereham 10 miler. The weather was ideal for the race as it was nice and cool, not like last year where we had freak hot weather. The race was a sell out as you would expect as this was the 4th race in the Leathes Prior Grand Prix Series. The results where excellent from the Jags, with great times. So well done to you all you all ran fantastically.

Nick Eley1.12.56GOLD
Emma Blake1.16.17YesGOLD
Neil Button1.19.18SILVER
Roland Talbit1.20.44FTGOLD
Vikki Harper1.24.12FTSILVER
Paul Gerber1.24.56BRONZE
Ivan Westley1.25.19FT
John Windham1.26.24FTGOLD
Ruth Gainford1.30.36SILVER
Claire Owen1.31.23BRONZE
Sharon Jones1.32.55FTBRONZE
Barbara Button 1.36.47YesBRONZE
Dee Neal1.38.13BRONZE

Breckland 10K – Monday 1 May 2017

I have fond memories of this race. I have run it twice before, firstly in 2014 when I broke through 45 minutes for 10k for the first time and again last year when I beat my PB by over a minute.
This time it was my first race in Jags colours, after recently making the switch from the Bungay Black Dogs, and, along with friends Rebecca (Bex) Pountain and Vikki Harper, I was looking forward to breaking in our new club vests.
I knew I would have to go some to beat my current 10k PB (42.31 set at the Marriotts Way 10k in October last year), but was optimistic of a good time on what is a fast and flat course. There is only one hill and as that is in the first kilometre it is good to get it out of the way when you are feeling fresh. I set my Garmin to pace at 4:10 per kilometre and just after 11am we were off.
The race starts in the village of Croxton near Thetford and there is a nice downhill to begin with and then the aforementioned hill out of the village. I was a bit quicker than planned as usual, completing the first kilometre in 4:00, but soon settled into my target race pace and completed the first 5k in just under 21 minutes. By now though I was regretting not having eaten a bigger breakfast and the late morning start meant that I was feeling a bit short of fuel to sustain the same pace for the second half of the race. There is a water station at 6k and I decided to stop and walk to make sure I got a decent drink down me. This is not something I tend to do in a 10k race as I’m always concerned about being able to pick up the same pace, but I was soon up and running again whilst not feeling that great. At this point the course loops back on itself so you get to see other runners heading towards you who are a few minutes behind. I was lifted when I saw and high-fived Bex and then shouted over a word of encouragement to Vikki (smiling broadly as usual 😁), who was not far behind. The next kilometre and a half were the toughest psychologically for me as I struggled to maintain my pace and could feel a PB slipping away. The heat was also a factor and at 8k I chose to stop and walk again to grab one of the wet sponges that were being handed out at this point to cool me down. I decided to take another and squeezed the cold water over my head and then found it hard to get back up to my race pace, a fact borne out by my split time for the 9th kilometre which was up to 4:37 when I checked back later.
The last part of the race is great as a very slight downhill enables you to stride out and, feeling recovered, I picked up again over the last kilometre. As the finish line came into view I could see the clock on 42 minutes something and gritted my teeth for one final push. As I crossed the line I knew I had just missed out on a PB and inevitably thoughts went back to the start of the 9th kilometre when I walked to cool down with a wet sponge. If I had continued running then would I have had enough left in the tank for a PB? Conversely would I have been flagging for the last kilometre if I hadn’t stopped to cool down? Maybe I shouldn’t have gone out so quickly over the first 5k or had a bigger / later breakfast? It was all academic of course and no runner I know ever found it easy to run a PB and there is always another race to have another go.
After having my chip removed I went back up the course to cheer Bex and Vikki to the finish. Bex judged her race perfectly to beat her 10k PB by 3 seconds and as for Vikki, well she totally smashed hers by over 2 minutes! We celebrated afterwards with our families by having a picnic at nearby High Lodge, which included a delicious cake baked by my wife Gail.
Claire Owen also ran for the Jaguars. Sorry we didn’t get to see or speak to you Claire. Will look out for you next time.
Our chip times were as follows:
Phil – 42:41
Bex – 46:29
Vikki – 48:48
Claire – 53:44
One final thing: When I run or race on my own I sometimes have a song going through my head that I cannot shake off. This time is was “You’re in love with a Psycho” by Kasabian that had wormed it’s way into my ear and refused to budge for the duration of the race. I’ve no idea where that came from unless it was on the radio on the way there!

Phil Henry

Phil Henry42.41FTDiamond
Rebecca Pountain46.42FTSilver
Vikki Harper48.48FTSilver
Claire Owen53.44Bronze

Great Yarmouth 5 Mile Series -Race 1, Wednesday 26 April 2017

12 runners from the club travelled to Great Yarmouth for the first of 3 races in the Great Yarmouth 5 mile series. All were keen to do their best and they all did, with some excellent times and also some PBs.  It was a great turn out from the Jags and well done to everyone that ran. Lets look forward to race 2 and lets get some more great times and PBs!

Anthony Alborough30.30YESDiamond
James Lambert31.39YESSilver
Nicola Lambert-John34.11YESGold
Nic Eley34.34FTGold
Shane Bidle35.47FTBronze
Stewart Marden36.26Gold
Owie Barber39.04Bronze
Paul Gerber39.27YESBronze
Claire Owen42.05YESBronze
Sharn Ponsford42.33FTBronze
Barbara Button44.32YESBronze
Dee Neal45.18Silver

Virgin London Marathon – Sunday 23 April 2017

THE race of the year, and what an amazing experience for our runners, after months of hard training!

Well done to those running this distance for the first time including Jackie Gooch, Emma Mortimer, Kerri Clarke and Alicia Lacey, and to those returning to have another go including Ellie Bye, Jeremy Lawrence and Mel Porter.

Weather was dry and actually got out quite warm which was great for the spectators!!

Jeremy Lawrence3.33.57GOLD
Ellie Bye3.43.56SILVER
Melvin Porter3.42.32SILVER
Roland Talbot4.29.09FTBRONZE
Emma Mortimer4.52.43FT
Jackie Gooch4.59.24FT
Kerri Clarke6.05.47FT


City of Norwich Half Marathon – Sunday 9 April 2017

The City of Norwich Half Marathon is a race I hold with fond memories. It was the first long distance race I completed long before I joined the club and still recall passing the finish line feeling rather emotional as if I had travelled the earths circumference twice and endured demons and dragons on the way. Sorry fellow Jags, I didn’t know you then. It was a cold November day, wet and windy.

This year I was really looking forward to the new route and not running twice round the route which makes me dizzy just thinking about having to slog it out along the same path again. Those who remembered the snow last time couldn’t help but be pleasantly surprised by the sunshine. Ideal running conditions I thought.

Like a coiled spring we all stand waiting for the start bugle and then……. we shuffle.
Probably no more than 6 paces and stop. Off again, this time maybe eight steps. Slowly but surely we make our way past the start line in the knowledge that each step costs us another second of our run time.

As a sun lover I remarked how I love to run in the heat and am rarely affected by it, boasting how I had run in Athens a couple of years previously. A remark I regretted at mile 4 as the pace was increasing and shade nowhere to be found. Mad dogs and Englishmen came to mind!

The best had certainly been kept till last with this race. The hills, yes hills in Norfolk were noticeable and the last part of the route before turning into the showground was certainly one to be conquered. I was determined to run this but two thirds of the way up I decided there was a reason everyone else was walking and did the same.

Finally, back in the grounds we were welcomed by the Jaguars Banner with Peter Kean-Cockburn and Dee Neal (I think?) cheering us on. Having passed the horses grazing in the fields, all I could see was a sea of runners battling it out behind the post and rail fence which seemed to wind its way into the distance and ironically I thought this must look to the horses like a human form of flat racing. One last corner to turn and finally the finish line, the medal and all important goodie bag.

The first Jaguar to finish was Paul Rogers, achieving 1:38:34, followed by Nick Eley 1:47:06. Roland Talbot who came 3rd in age group completed in 1:53:21 and myself, David Platten, just scraping a sub 2 hour at 1:59:07. Ruth Pilch achieved a bronze standard with 2:03:24, Ivan Westley 2:05:07, Paul Gerber who put his own race on hold to assist a fellow runner who collapsed in front of him, but still achieving 2:09:31. Claire Owen 2:11:48 and John Windham who was injured at 6 miles but determined to complete came in at 2:21:05.

A huge thank you to all who turned out to support us. I personally saw Neil Button, but sure there were others. Also to three spectators who held hoses for us to run through providing a split second of pure refreshment.

To sum up the day, there is only one word which describes the 32nd Norwich Half and that is HOT!

David Platten

Paul Rogers1.38.34FTSILVER
Nick Eley1.47.05FTSILVER
Roland Talbot1.53.21SILVER
David Platten1.59.07FT
Ruth Pilch2.03.24BRONZE
Ivan Westley2.05.07YES
Paul Gerber2.09.31
Claire Owen2.11.48
John Windham2.21.05

Greater Manchester Marathon – Sunday 2nd April 2017

This was a first marathon for me and I was so pleased to be running this along side my husband Alan, who is a seasoned marathon runner. The only problem was our pace difference! However, he was committed to running the marathon with me and he definitely gave me the best personal support prior, during and post marathon.

My training didn’t quite go according to plan, but then who’s does? It’s marathon training so I’ve been told! One thing I have learnt, you just have to get on with it and never under estimate the power of cross training if you get injured, as it was in my case.

Greater Manchester Marathon is billed as being UK’s fastest and friendliest Marathon, It did not disappoint. We stayed in the centre of Manchester and only had a short tram ride to the start at Old Trafford. The forecast for the Marathon was spot on and indeed perfect conditions. The race started at 9am and it took almost 20 minutes to cross the start line. The route took us around old Trafford, heading out towards Altrincham and back round to Sale and then to Urmston and finally finishing back at old Trafford. The crowd support was amazing, with steel bands, gospel singers and just about anyone who could sing or play an instrument had a go. I did have a chuckle at some of the hand written signs as we ran round, in particular “don’t worry, toenails are overrated” and “short cut this way, we won’t tell anyone” believe me that was so tempting at mile 22!

I didn’t quite reach my goal of a sub 4.30 marathon…. But so please with my time, completing it with Alan in a time of 4:43:21 achieving a bronze standard and new age group record. Adele and Alan Bushell.


Bungay Festival Of Running – Sunday 2nd April 2017

April has finally arrived and the Marathon season gets into full swing, The Bungay Festival of Running is our closest Marathon, they also include a half Marathon and a 10k. Five Jags lined up for the Full and three for the half on a beautiful spring day with near perfect running conditions. The Marathon started at 9am and set off on the undulating two lap course which crosses the borders of Norfolk and Suffolk, with five Jags of very similar ability this was going to be anyone’s race? Rod Bye and Pete Nelson threw caution to the wind and started near the front of the field while James Lambert, Graham Johnson and Dean Blake took a more conservative position in the pack. The weather didn’t seem quite as perfect when we started running and we were soon getting hot and sweaty and taking water at every drinks station was essential. Pete started to succumb to the warm weather and the pace at about the half way point, probably more due to the fact that he at been at sea for seven days! sailing a yacht from England to Portugal the previous week! Rod managed to hang on to achieve his first PB for a number of years and PBs also for James and Dean and a superb first time Marathon for Graham, Pete gritted his teeth and somehow managed to complete the second lap and was treated for low blood pressure and sugar levels at the finish ( he has recovered ) the Half Marathon also had its drama’s with Emma Wilcock suffering a injury but in true Jags spirit also gritted her teeth and completed the course with Steven Pointer at her side all the way ( Awww bless him ) no such problems for Nic Holden who finished strong and second in her age category.

Rod Bye

Rod Bye3.25.09YESGOLD
James Lambert3.35.08YESBRONZE
Graham Johnson3.39.00FTSILVER
Dean Blake3.41.00YESBRONZE
Peter Nelson3.51.57BRONZE
1/2 Marathon
Nicola Holden1.48.18SILVER
Stephen Porter2.07.42
Emma Wilcock2.07.55

Broadland Half Marathon – 12 March 2017

I only sent my membership form to the Coltishall Jaguars about two weeks prior to Broadland ½ and had not entered as a Jag or bought a Jags vest, so it has been lovely to be welcomed into the fold so soon and to be asked to write this report.

I arrived at South Walsham Village Hall with my husband Howard and I saw a lot of orange Jags vests and thought I might have recognised a few people from the training sessions I had tried since the new year (you all look different in daylight!).

The weather was perfect: mild, no wind, not too bright and not raining. The race was well organised and the marshals were brilliant, the route was really lovely and I can see why this race is so popular and sells out so quickly.

Brundall parkrunners (including Jags Nick Eley and Paul Taylor) were popping up along the route cheering and taking photos, which was wonderful! The route went from South Walsham Village Hall through Woodbastwick, Ranworth and Salhouse and back to South Walsham. There were three loops where we occasionally saw the faster or slower runners on the other side and I noticed Neil Button and Phil were doing really well and gave them a cheer (I think Neil briefly stopped chatting to wave back). I’d practiced the Woodbastwick and Ranworth part of the route a few weeks ago and thought it was “undulating” (that deceptive word!) but not unmanageable so I was therefore not expecting the hills towards the end of the route back to South Walsham which were hard work and very tiring. At one point during the final hills I was doing a little bit of the “overtaking dance” with another Jag (who may have been Paul Gerber) we had a bit of a chat and he complimented me on my running; he also called me “young lady” so he will forever be endeared to me.

When my TomTom buzzed 20km I saw I had 9 minutes to run the last km if I wanted my sub-two and as I was running at an average of 5:30 m/km I started to feel confident despite the hills and tiredness and pain! As I turned the final corner I saw the Finish line and the time on the clock was 1:57, I ran over the timing mats at 1:57:17 absolutely beaming.

Other Jag First timers For this race were Stuart Kenrick, Sonja White, Ivan Westley, John Windham and Barbara Button sprinting over the finish line with Jackie Gooch.

The First Jaguar home was Ellie Bye with a amazing time of 1.35.19 Followed closely by Graham Johnson & Neil Button both getting Pbs. Mel porter was on their heels and next in. ‘ansome’ Paul Emery, ‘Smiley’ Nicola L-J, ‘Elated’ Emma Blake, ‘well chuffed’ Ruth Pilch, And ‘giving it every thing’ Ruth Gainsford all gained Pbs on this tough course.

Unfortunately the prize giving had to be abandoned twice until times were verified. Eventually The results came in 2nd Senior Female: Ellie Bye. 2nd 60-40 Female: Rosemary Jackson. 1st 65+ Female: Heather Hollister.

The lovely coffee and cakes in the village hall had helped towards some recovery, and all received a lovely medal and technical t-shirt; we actually received the t-shirt at registration and as it has the word “Finisher” printed on the back, I thought this might be bad luck given that we hadn’t actually run the race. I now realise that “Finisher” doesn’t mean I finished the race, but after those hills, the Broadland half marathon finished me!

I would do it all again though.

Vikki Harper

broadland half 2017

Ellie bye1.35.19GOLD
Graham Johnson1.36.34YESGOLD
Neil Button1.36.40YESGOLD
Mel Porter1.36.43SILVER
Paul Emery1.40.21YESSILVER
Stewart Marden1.41.20SILVER
Nicola Lambert-John1.42.08YESSILVER
Emma Blake1.47.01YESSILVER
Dean Blake1.47.01
James Lambert1.46.48
Ruth Pilch1.50.31YESSILVER
Emma Jordan1.55.19SILVER
Stuart Kenrick1.55.41FT
Sonja White1.56.56FTBronze
Vikki Harper1.57.17FTBronze
Paul Gerber1.57.45
Heather Hollister1.59.44Diamond
Rosemarie Jackson2.00.03Diamond
Ruth Gainsford2.00.10YESSILVER
Ivan Westley2.05.23FT
John Windham2.05.26FTSILVER
Owie Barber2.10.24
Barbara Button2.13.33FT
Jackie Gooch2.13.33Bronze


Vitality North London Half Marathon – 12 March 2017

On Sunday 12th March myself (Stephen Pointer) and Emma Wilcock were in London to take part in the Vitality North London Half Marathon. The race was an 8.30am start from outside Wembley Stadium with the finish to be inside the stadium itself. The weather was cool, overcast but dry for the start which was ideal conditions for ‎nearly 6000 runners taking part. The course was undulating with hills during the first 4 miles and the last 4 miles as the course took on an out and back route with Saracens Rugby Stadium being the half way point. As the race went on the weather turned to light rain and was steady by the end. Not dampened by the weather the course had several brass and drum bands playing keeping the runners going aswell as the regular water and lucozade stops. We approached Wembley Way to conclude the race and entered into the stadium with good crowds to see all the runners past the line. We collected our race medals, goody bags and t-shirts and took a seat in the stadium to take in our achievement. Our finishing time was 1.53.24 and a great day had by the both of us, all be it with some aches and pains!

Em and Steve 2017

Cambridge Half Marathon – Sunday 5 March 2017

We arrived for the race the weather was very cold and sunny. We made our way to our designated pens 15 minutes before the start and the heavens decided to open and the wind whipped up. I could not wait to get going so I could warm up. The conditions were not ideal, but at least the rain did stop in the end. This was mine and Scott’s second year on the trot of running this half. It is a huge event and even increased its capacity to 9,000 runners this year from 5,000 the previous year. Although I did notice the increased congestion for the first couple of miles and struggled to get past people. The route takes you through the city of Cambridge, past Kings College, out to Trumpington and Granchester, before heading back into Cambridge on an out and back loop. There was lots of support on the route around with drinks and energy gels handed out at various points. There were a couple of bands playing on route which added to the great atmosphere.
8 Jags attended this event. Silver standards were achieved by Scott Chadwick, Paul Taylor and Jackie Gooch. Bronze standards were achieved by Claire Owen and Claire Hicks.
PB’s were achieved by Claire Owen and Clare Hicks, both chasing the sub two hours, but could not quite get there.
I would highly recommend this event, great t-shirt, huge medal and goody bag also. They even handed out lager at the end, unfortunately though it was non-alcoholic. The only other criticism was the baggage collection. They did not appear to have enough staff to cover the volume this year, although this was not an issue the previous year. Scott spent an hour in a queue trying to pick up our bags, which was not good when soaking and freezing cold at the end of a race.

Scott Chadwick1.36.04SILVER
Paul Taylor1.47.04SILVER
Owen Barber1.54.54
Paul Gerber1.57.20
Claire Owen2.01.05YesBRONZE
Clare Hicks 2.02.58YesBRONZE
Stewart Marden2.02.58
Jackie Gooch2.04.02SILVER

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