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Lord Mayors 5K – Saturday 3 July 2016

Two James’ decided to take up the challenge of the Lord Mayor’s City Centre Classic 5k race this year hosted by CONAC. James Lambert and James Fuller both aiming for that sub 20 5k on a tough and undulating course were looking forward to being spurred on by the crowds to achieve that target. The Jags support was great as usual with lots of cheering and screaming on Tombland and at other points out on the course.

I (James L) had been following a ten week training plan to achieve that first sub-20 5k and actually managed it along the way, firstly at Lowestoft parkrun and then at the first Wroxham 5k. On the day, we did make a slight schoolboy error in that we got to the back of the pack at the starting line thinking that it was chip to chip timing, however it was gun to chip timing so we lost a couple of seconds and also costing me a PB (finishing in a time of 19:08)! Never mind, James F did incredibly well again with fantastic determination and achieved his first sub-20 and PB time of 19:39.

If you can run a sub 20 5k or want to train towards one, I recommend this race due to the atmosphere and fantastic support all the way around the course.

lord mayors 5k

Bungay Black Dog – Summer Series 10k Run 2 – Wednesday 29 June

This is a great race for anyone PB hunting or just to take a trip out to enjoy the Suffolk countryside – it’s a one lap flat course which takes in a variety of terrain, and sights including geldeston lock. Always a friendly welcome at Bungay Black Dog – this one starts and finishes at their running centre near the Maltings.

Congratulations to Rod Bye for winning his age group with a fabulous time of 41.46 (Diamond) – we enjoyed the Jaguars style noisy celebration!

With only 4 Jaguars present – it was lovely to see that we managed to complete the set of awards! Clive Steward – 42.18 – Gold Ellie Bye – 43.56 – Silver (2nd lady home – well done!) Sharn Ponsford – 53.05 – Bronze

The final race in this series is Wednesday 20 July – if you are not doing Wroxham on the 21st check it out!

Humpty Dumpty 10k – Freethorpe – Sunday 26 June 2016

Humpty Dumpty 10k – Freethorpe – 26 June 2016

Organised by Great Yarmouth and District Athletics Club, sponsored by Humpty Dumpty Brewery and advertised as…. ‘A 10K Road Race around a circular route of quiet roads in the beautiful Norfolk Countryside’….. a lovely local race.

20 Jaguars completed the course on a day that initially felt like it would be a complete washout – having had torrential rain in the days and morning running up to the event. Kudos to the organisers for their determination for ensuring the race went ahead despite the elements trying everything to hinder preparations.

Soon all 515 runners were off!

It became clear that some were more prepared than others for the hills on this course!

First Jag home, Tony Alborough – with a fantastic 40.40 (PB – Gold!) was 4th in his age group so narrowly missed out on a trophy – next time Tony!

So, our one and only trophy winner was the amazing Ken – 43.18 (Platinum) – 1st in age group

Congratulations to our 1st Lady Jag home in a great time – Vicky Tovell 46.53 (Gold)

There were some more excellent PB performances – Sonya Wragg (50.48), Ruth Gainsford (52.45 – a massive 2 minutes quicker than ever before!) and Graham Robson (52.23 – just 3 seconds quicker would have been silver – good motivation for next time)

It was lovely to see some new members in Coltishall vests, and special thanks to Claire and Becky for the Jags noisy support – it really does make a difference!

Well done to all you sensible people who left before the presentation…. getting out of the car park was… interesting to say the least. Luckily GY&DAC had thought of everything including a Land Rover and rope to tow everyone off the field!

Tony Alborough40.40YESGold
James Fuller42.31Silver
Scott Chadwick43.01Silver
Ken Bowman43.18Platinum
Neil Button45.29FTSilver
Vicky Tovell46.53Gold
Stewart Marden48.19Silver
Sonya Wragg50.48PBSilver
Emma Jordan52.16FTSilver
Ruth Gainford52.45PBSilver
Graham Robson52.23PBBronze
Owen Barber53.08
Tony Wilson54.02FT
Paul Gerber54.05
Sharn Ponsford54.43PBBronze
Claire Owen55.44Bronze
Jackie Gooch56.59Silver
Gemma Frances58.24
Carolyn Gerber59.52
Barbara Button1.00.09FT


Mike Groves 10k – Sunday 5 June 2016

After much hard work behind the scenes it was finally time for the Jaguars inaugural race at our new home at Scottow Enterprise Park. It was ten years ago that the last Jaguars flew out of the former Battle of Britain base, so the site is steeped in history and provides a great location for a fast running race. You are certainly exposed to the elements here and on the day we had some sunny spells which made for some great pictures but the wind did prove to be a test to the runners at certain points around the course.

There was a fantastic turnout of runners for this our second race of the 2016 10k series of races and hopefully there will be a similar amount, if not more, for the final race in September. It proved for a great atmosphere on the day and with lots of space and grassy areas, the runners were quite happy to chill and talk about the event after the race in the lovely sunshine.

A big thank you goes out to all the marshals, café helpers, organisers and volunteers who made this event go so smoothly on the day. The support out on course was in the usual enthusiastic Jags fashion. Also thanks to everyone for baking some amazing cakes; what a spread!

Eleven Jaguars managed to participate in the race and five of these runners achieved PB’s; what a result! First Jag home was Zac Mace with a sub-40 PB of 39:43 and achieving gold standard. Fantastic effort Zac. Next in was me (James L) also getting a PB but not quite in the sub 40 zone yet but still happy with a time of 40:25. Third Jag in was Tom, achieving a PB time of 40:32 and was running so strong all the way round.

Tony Alborough was hoping for a time of around 41 minutes and was pretty accurate with his prediction completing the race in 41:10. Good to see you wearing the Jags colours now Tony! Next up was Scott Shrubshall with a PB and silver standard time of 42:01. Sub 42 for you next time Scott? It was great to see Nick Hudson back running after some recent injury troubles and he completed the race with a bronze standard time of 45:01.

The first of the three ladies competing for the Jags today was Lucy Anderson with a PB time of 47:36. Great effort and all those parkruns are certainly paying dividends! Next home was Paul Gerber with a time of 52:36, followed by Emma Mortimer 55:49 (first time) and Henry Neal 56:10 (first time). Jillie Cole completed the Jags line up achieving silver standard with a time of 56:15.

Well done everyone and we look forward to the final race in the series, The Jolly Jags 10k on 25 September!

Zac Mace39.43YesGold
James Lambert40.25YesSilver
Tom Johnson40.32YesSilver
Tony Alborough41.10Gold
Scott Shrubsall42.01YesSilver
Nick Hudson45.01Bronze
Lucy Anderson47.36YesSilver
Paul Gerber52.36
Emma Mortimer 55.49FT
Henry Neal56.10FT
Jillie Cole56.15Gold
Sarah Circuit1.00.52
Kerri Clarke1.13024
Helen Debbage1.01.24
Kevin Grady1.04.08
Lucas Gardener1.11.34
Liz Gibbons1.12.51
Julie Glasel1.12.30
Sharon Grady58.40
Evan Hancock59.21
Karen Hebble58.41
Sharon Jones1.01.23
Sam Kemp1.07.36
Mary Lee1.20.40
Rosaleen O'Brien58.35
Natalie Shrubshall1.03.30
Jules Stop58.40
Sarah Tudhope1.13.24
Karen Webb1.09.28

Alex Moore Memorial Relay Race – Sunday 29 May 2016

What a wonderful event, thank you Norfolk Gazelles!

Set at the lovely ‘Goat Inn’ Skeyton on quiet Norfolk country lanes (I think I only saw one car and I was on the course longer than most!) in the glorious bank holiday sunshine.

The opportunity to run as a team rather than an individual certainly brought out the camaraderie of Coltishall Jaguars, and the photos tell our story. Smiles, support and super team spirit.

Coltishall Jags entered 9 teams (out of a total of 41) . Our last minute entry ‘Better Late than never’ taking us to the ‘club with the most teams entered’ accolade (tipping Dereham’s – 8 teams).

There was lots of excitement and chat at the beginning about the running order within teams. Super organised Mel made it easy for us by deciding, and I suppose I should have felt more trepidation when everyone kept saying….’Oh… you are a C!’, but being a newbie it didn’t really mean anything and I was just happy to be there.

The event is laps. Person A runs 1 lap (2.2 miles), tags person B who runs 2 laps (4.4 miles) and then tags person C (6.6 miles – but is joined by person A&B on lap 3)

Being a ‘Person C’ gave me plenty of time to watch the start and cheer on A’s and B’s! James Lambert was simply awesome, coming in 2nd (13.47) setting up ‘Orange Speedo’s’ for a very competitive race (2nd overall). I did wonder why they were not wearing the Orange Speedo’s – perhaps next year boys…!

Everyone ran well, but the other notable ‘A’ performances have to be Emma Blake (Fantastic 17.09!!), Great to see Owie back with a terrific 18.09, and Sophie running faster than ever before in 18.25.

So, off went the ‘B’ runners. A real highlight here has to be Nicola’s 31.52. A brilliant time and I’m sure I heard her say she had overtaken 8 runners! Hayley and Jackie B, also had very good runs close together in 36.26 and 36.47.

Standing at the start line, I felt relaxed and round the corner came Jilly with a lovely smile to tag me. Then I heard my name – Mel overtook me as I left the pub car park! (his 2nd lap!)

Being out on the course a while I missed all the other finishers, but have seen the brilliant photos!

Of the C runners – Andy (2nd fastest B and C runner of the day) has to take pride of place! I/Ruth ran within one second of each other 37.34 and 37.35 respectively, not seeing each other on the course!

Highlight of the day had to be seeing ‘Can I bike’ (Steve, Dean and Mel) receive the ‘masters’ trophies at the presentation to big Colt Jags celebrations (stealing the limelight, glory and trophies from the ‘actual’ winners who were 8 minutes quicker!) Shame you didn’t make it home before the mistake was noticed!! Gutted!


Full results below – well done everyone!

Alex Moore 2016


2nd – Orange Speedo’s (James L, Ben and Andy) – 1.21.30

10th – Can I bike? (Steve N, Dean and Mel) –2nd vets! 1.31.12

24th – The Bee’s knee’s (Emma B, Julian, Steve P) – 1.39.13

28th – Melvyns Angels (Sophie, Nicola and Ellie) – 1.41.16

31st – Powerpuff girls (Jackie G, Jackie B and Emma J) – 1.50.57

35th – Paul (Emery, Gerber and Groves!) – 1.54.23

37th Nackered, Hot and Sweaty (Netty, Hayley and Ruth) – 1.55.00

38th Last Chance Saloon (Owen, Gavin L and Henry) – 1.57.02

39th Better Late than Never (Rosemary, Jilly and Sharn) – 1.58.04

Great Yarmouth 5 Mile Series – Race 3 – Wednesday 25 May 2016

For the third and final race in the Great Yarmouth 5 mile series we were blessed again with good running conditions as the evening was cool and calm.  There were only 9 Jags present for this race and unfortunately we didn’t have anyone to take a photo of us!

On collecting her race number, Nicola had a very nice surprise to find out that in the second race of the series she was second in her age category and so received a trophy!  This certainly put the spring in her step and she went on to take off over 1 minute from her PB achieved at the previous race, coming in at a time of 35.22.  James Fuller had a great race and was first Jag home getting a PB at 33.38, followed by Tom Johnson (34:14) and Graham Johnson at 34:16, who was the only Jag to get Gold Standard at this race plus a PB.  Paul Emery and Ruth Gainsford also achieved PB’s at 36:55 and 41:40 respectively.  Also Stewart Marden, Peter Kean-Cockburn and Paul Gerber achieved impressive times at 36:59, 37:49 and 41:11.

Tony Alborough31.50YesGold
James Fuller33.38YESSilver
Tom Johnson34.14Silver
Graham Johnson34.16YESGold
Nicola John35.22YESSilver
Paul Emery36.55YESSilver
Stewart Marden36.59Silver
Peter Kean-Cockburn37.49Silver
Paul Gerber41.11Bronze
Ruth Gainsford41.40YESSilver


Chase The Train – Sunday 22 May 2016

Chase The Train – a very accurate title as the train was indeed ahead of me for all but the first 2km.  However I believe the idea is to beat the train, as you run the 8.9 mile soft track alongside “Norfolk’s longest narrow gauge railway” from Aylsham to Wroxham, with the train setting off 10 minutes after the race start.  It’s a pretty route, with lots to look at, and plenty of people to talk to (or get in your way on the narrow track – depending on your perspective). I’ve since been told that I’d like it less if I’d repeatedly trained there like the rest of the Jags.

The day was warmer than expected – the forecast cloud burning away to leave blue skies.  The North Norfolk Beach Runners did well with supplying water though, with two well marshalled water stations on route. Plus bridges and overhanging trees supplied occasional shade and the ground was cooler than when racing on a road. There were many supporters on route to cheers us on (thanks for the shout out, Emma Jorden!) including our Alan, plus some slightly confused looking dog walkers.

Tony Alborough had better success in the beating the train, speeding off at the sound of the gun.  The disappearing act was probably because he was embarrassed at wearing GREEN rather than Jag orange!!! Nothing embarrassing about the time though, coming in at an impressive 1.03.05 and 15th place out of 169 finishers.

The more appropriately attired Julian Smith, clearly knew what he was doing, predicting a time of “about 1.10” and coming in at 1.09.25 and 40th place.

I took it cautiously at the start due to the warmth, further slowed by the congestion (chatting). However, having got to halfway and feeling good, I put my foot on the gas and was delighted to come in at 1.13.19, 56th position, 5th women and first in 35-44 age category.

The extra treat with this race is the free train journey back to Aylsham, which I really enjoyed with Julian, coffee in hand.  (Tony got picked up from Wroxham – I expect still feeling shy about the green.) There were an interesting range of walks from those alighting at Aylsham station, sitting down for an hour not being the best race cool down.

One thing that could improve the day would be to have some sort of welcome back at Aylsham – there was little post-race atmosphere.  I overheard one other club in the Aylsham station cafe commenting that the car park had nearly emptied and wondering where everyone was. I still enjoyed my post-race fish pie and cuppa – food tastes so good after a good race.

One I’d be keen to do again. (Unless you Jags train the enthusiasm out of me.)

Lucy Anderson

chase the train 2016

Wroxham 5 K Series – Race One – Wednesday 18 May 2016

It wa‎s a cloudy and rain threatened the evening for the Norwich Road Runners Wroxham 5k series race 1 held at Broadland High School. 26 Jag runners turned out, some knowing the course from Mel’s handicap a few weeks previous. With everyone kitted out in their orange vest and numbers on we gathered for a photo call and then headed out on the road for the start which was to be chip timed from the start line.  With near to 500 starters it was a very crowded start but the rain was holding off and the cool weather made for ideal conditions and with the course being flat the chance of some good times were up for grabs.
With great support on the route from marshals and the supporting Jags not running we were soon round and heading for the finish. Many notable finishers‎ and some great times too.  Twelve pbs were set, 3 diamond standards, 8 gold standards, 9 silver standards and 4 bronze standards acheived. First Jag home was Andy Mulligan, young Billy Life got a first gold standard with a great 18.56, Rod Bye and Jeremy Lawrence did quick times and both gained diamond standard (Rods 1st), Peter Kean-Cockburn took a massive 1.13 of his PB which was set 8 years ago to gain a 1st gold standard so very well done for that. So many people set first time standards and PBS so very well done to all the runners. There will be some hard work to be done if records from this race will be beaten but team Jags work hard and run faster. Here’s to the next race!!
wroxham 5k1 2016
Andy Mulligan17.19YESDiamond
Sam Nicolls18.14FTGold
Billy Life18.58FTGold
James Lambert19.07YESSilver
Peter Nelson19.16YESGold
Tony Albourgh19.28FTGold
Rod Bye19.55Diamond
Jeremy Lawrence20.05Diamond
Stephan Pointer20.15FTSilver
James Fuller20.20YESSilver
Graham Johnson20.40YESGold
Alisia Lacey21.40YESSilver
Vicky Tovell21.53YESGold
Nicola John22.01YESSilver
Lucy Anderson22.17YESSilver
Peter Kean-Cockburn22.19YESGold
Nicola Holden22.38YESGold
Paul Emery24.52FTSilver
Emma Blake24.52Bronze
Sharn Ponsford25.18Bronze
Claire Owen25.36Bronze
Ruth Gainsford25.46FTSilver
Jackie Gooch26.08Silver
Carolyn Gerber27.39Bronze
Dawn Chapman27.59
Annette Yeoman29.28

Great Yarmouth 5 Mile Series – Race 2 – Wednesday 11 May 2016

It was a pleasant evening in Great Yarmouth for race two of the 2016 five mile series of which a total of 290 runners were taking part. It was also a Leathes Prior Grand Prix race, just three days after the Dereham ten miler.

As with the first race of the series it was a well organised event with plenty of encouragement from the marshals as well as our fellow Jags Paul Emery, Ruth Gainsford and the Gerbers!

First Jag back was Andy Mulligan with a gold standard time of 29:15 and in 17th position. Next home was Tom Johnson with a PB at 31:00 (silver standard), followed by James Fuller at 34:53 (FT).  Silver standards were also achieved by Vicky Tovell, Graham Johnson, Nicola John, Peter Kean-Cockburn and Jackie Gooch.  Paul Gerber finished in a respectable time of 41.54, spurring Jackie on to get her PB.

A special mention needs to be mentioned to Vicky who at her first time at 5 miles achieved a new age group record for this distance, smashing the previous record by taking off just under 2 minutes!

GYRR race 2

Andy Mulligan29.15Gold
Tom Johnson31.00YESSilver
James Fuller34.53FTBronze
Vicky Tovell36.17FTGold
Nicola John36.31YESSilver
Graham Johnson36.32Silver
Peter Kean-Cockburn37.45Silver
Paul Gerber41.54
Jackie Gooch42.03YESSilver

Dereham 10 – Sunday 8 May 2016

Apparently not remembering all of your own race, never mind anyone else’s, is not a good enough excuse to get out of doing the race report. (Jackie G cracked her whip.) So here it is…

Ahead of the race there were hopes by many for good conditions. E.g. It was Ellie’s first race since London, Sophie’s first race with the Jags and her longest distance yet, and Paul E coming back from injury. I, earlier in the year, had targeted it for a good time. Nicola was similarly hopeful of silver. But despite the disappointment of the heatwave, and trepidation at what lay ahead, 18 Jags turned out to make the best of it. Acclimatised we were not – 2 weeks ago it was snowing.  Still the usual Jag camaraderie took hold and we were in good spirits.   Peter KC manned our private check-in desk and distribution of race numbers was slick.  Sun-creamed up (pink simply does not work with orange), photos taken, whoops of joy at spotting a cloud in the sky, and we were lined up and ready to go.

For the first time, this race was chip timed at the start as well as the finish which avoided the battle for a good positon off the start. The course was described as a lollipop – out and in on the same main road, with a loop along small country lanes.  This would have made for a pleasant run if it was not for the baking heat. It was undulating flat – slightly down for first half, slightly up for second. The course was well marshalled (presumably in case any numpties overexert themselves…), enthusiastically clapping and encouraging us on. There were 3 water stops including sponges at the last one.  Ken, Jackie B, Rod and Nick had come to support and were particularly appreciated on the final stretch getting everyone over the line.

  • First Jag home honours go to Zac (1.08.13 gold), closely followed by Jeremy (1.09.45 diamond and a PB). Guys, didn’t you notice it was hot?
  • James PB-ed (1.14.20 bronze) with Tom (1.15.51) not far behind.
  • Ellie perfectly showed us how to get a silver (1.20.00 required) without exerting any more energy than necessary, coming in at 1.19.59 with Ben at her side.
  • Stephen at his first time came in at 1.20.07 with Vicky hot on his heals with a silver 1.21.17
  • Nicola sprinted the last half mile or so to get 1.22.56 and a bronze.
  • Next in was Graham in 1.24.32 also picking up a bronze.
  • I came in next (1.25.12 bronze FT) being steered by a marshal having lost the ability to walk in a straight line somewhere in the final mile of the race (no sniggering please).
  • Paul E’s comeback continued, coming in at 1.28.10.
  • A prowl of jaguars came in around the 1.37 mark: Clare H (1.37.08) proved that her hot weather performance in Barcelona was not a one off with a PB and a sprint finish. Sadly the sprint was accompanied by a “pop” in her foot and later found she had torn a ligament. (Best wishes for speedy recovery, Clare.) Close behind was Peter KC (1.37.19) and Jackie G (1.37.54 bronze).
  • Paul Gerber was not far behind at 1.41.33
  • Ruth and Sophie completed the Jags home, in 1.46.36 and 1.49.21 FT respectively.
  • The Jags put supporting others ahead of their own achievements.  Presentations missed, holding me up for an hour despite being injured (Clare), offering to give up own race to walk me in (Nicola) and thanks to Jackie G for playing mum!

Special congratulations must go to Jeremy and Vicky who each won the Silver Championship Medal for their age category. Super achievement!  Well done both.  Unfortunately the race presentation was missed due to all the Jags supporting a collapsed member (that’d be me).

A few months ago I did my first race – Freethorpe 10 – as an unattached runner. I saw the Jags enjoying being a group and thought that I’d love to be part of that.  A few weeks later I joined up.  I did not realise how important that decision was and how much I’d need the club at my next 10 miler.  I’ve learnt a number of things:

  • Heat cannot be underestimated. Even if feeling fine for most of it, when you tire, if you haven’t taken on enough water / food, the meltdown is rapid
  • The Jags are terrific runners at all levels – a small club producing 2 county winners, both new and experienced runners committing to completing the race despite the conditions
  • The Jags put supporting others ahead of their own achievements. Presentations missed, holding me up for an hour despite being injured (Clare), offering to give up own race to walk me in (Nicola)
  • The Jags’ have a keen sense of humour. Being extremely unwell does not exempt you from their mickey-taking.
  • There are ways to make yourself known at the club other than going to training or winning races

A heartfelt thanks you to all. Here’s to the Jaguars!
Lucy Anderson

dereham 10 2016

Zac Mace1.08.13Gold
Jeremy Lawrence1.09.45 YESDiamond
James Lambert1.14.20YESBronze
Tom Johnson1.15.51Bronze
Ellie Bye1.19.59Silver
Ben Gaskin1.19.59
Stephen Pointer1.20.35
Vicky Tovell1.21.17Silver
Nicola John1.22.56Bronze
Graham Johnson1.24.32Bronze
Lucy Anderson1.25.12FTBronze
Paul Emery1.28.10FT
Clare Hicks1.37.08YES
Peter Kean-Cockburn1.37.19
Jackie Gooch1.37.45Bronze
Paul Gerber1.41.33
Ruth Pilch1.46.36
Sophie Overall1.49.21
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