Breckland 10K – Monday 2 May 2016

May day bank holiday saw six Jags take part in an alternative to those heading for Milton Keynes and instead head for the delightful village of Croxton for the Breckland 10k.

First Jag home was Scott Chadwick in a time of 44:15 and a Bronze Standard. Next home was Peter Kean-Cockburn being chased all the way by Lucy Anderson with times of 49:11 and 49:12 respectively. Both Peter and Lucy gained PBs and Silver Standards.

Claire Owen with her longest run for some time recorded an excellent 54:18 and a Bronze Standard. The two Pauls (Gerber and Taylor) completed the Jag six with times of 54:46 and 58:39.

The Breckland 10k is a well organised race with supportive marshals and anyone looking for a different race next year would find this rewarding.


Milton Keynes Marathon and Half Marathon – Sunday 1 May 2016

Four Jags travelled to the MK Dons stadium on what started as a dreary bank holiday monday.

This didn’t last and as the races got under way the sun came out, and it slowly warmed up through the race.

Andy entered the far shorter mere 13.1 mile jog, leaving the full marathon for the experienced more mature runners.

In his own words he went out to quickly ( not like him at all then ) but did achieve a creditable Gold standard 1.26.15. Well done Andy.

The marathon course was a mix of roads, roundabouts, and cycle paths meandering around the town and countryside of Milton Keynes, and the dreaded underpasses providing an added challenge.

All Jags gave their best, Mel obviously didn’t want to buy the beer at the finish so kept back finishing with a silver standard 3.43.34. Rod also achieved a silver standard 3.35.56. Jeremy was very pleased to buy the beers in a diamond standard time of 3.22.24.

Well done all.

( I probably would not have got this time if Mel and Rod had not been there )


mk 2016

GEAR 10K – Sunday 1 May 2016

It was a sunny day and great conditions in Kings Lynn for this years GEAR 10k race in which there were a total of 2092 runners taking part

The course starts in the Tuesday Market Place and takes in some of the town centre before heading alongside the River Ouse, heading back into town, completing a lap of “The Walks” park and then some more of Kings Lynn town centre with a finish back in the Market Place. It’s a great place for a PB as the course is very flat and therefore some impressive times were achieved.

First Jag back was Sam Nicholls in his first race for the club in a gold standard time of 38:37 and overall race position of 79th. The next two Jags home were James Lambert (40:54 – PB – 145th) and Tony Alborough (40:58 – first time for club – 139th gun position) both achieving silver standards. Next in was Alan Bushell with a gold standard time of 41:23 (159th) who I believe has competed in all 11 GEAR’s and this was also just one week after running the London Marathon! For the ladies, Nicola John achieved her second silver standard within a week and a PB at 10k with a time of 47:13 and 451st position. Georgina Sutton also completed her first 10k race for the club with an excellent time of 53:25.

It was a great atmosphere with plenty of support and encouragement from the crowds along the route.

Great Yarmouth 5 Mile Series – Race 1 – Wednesday 27 April 2016

13 Jags turned out for the first race in the series and the previous days’ cold winds very kindly eased off just in time! It was a 2 lap, very flat course along the sea front, and this provided us with some great times for everyone. It was well marshalled, with various obstacles on the course to watch out for including lamp posts, benches, ramps and a low ceiling under a bridge for the taller runners!

First Jag home was Tom Johnson (31:54) who achieved a FT silver standard, closely followed by Tony Alborough running his first race for the club (32:36) and Graham Johnson (35:00) with his first Gold. Silver standards also went to Nicola John (FT 36:47), Lucy Anderson (FT 37:24), Stewart Marden (38:01), Ruth Gainsford (FT 42:15), Jackie Gooch (PB 42:40) and Peter Kean-Cockburn (PB 37:23) who narrowly missed out on a gold by 3 seconds – next time Peter!  Paul Emery, returning following a nasty dose of man flu, finished with a creditable 40:07, with Paul Gerber hot on his heels at 42:10. Georgina Sutton (42:39),running her first race as a Jaguar, was paced round by Andy Mulligan who did a fantastic job motivating all those around him, thanks Andy!

yarmouth race 1 2016

Tom Johnson31:54FTSilver
Anthony Alborough32.36FTGold
Graham Johnson35:00FTGold
Nicola John36:47FT Silver
Peter Kean Cockburn 37:23 YESSilver
Lucy Anderson37:24FTSilver
Stewart Marden38:01Silver
Paul Emery40:07FT
Paul Gerber42:10
Ruth Gainford42:15FTSilver
Georgina Sutton42:39FT
Jackie Gooch42:40YesSilver
Andy Mulligan42:40

Virgin London Marathon – Sunday 24 April 2016

The much awaiting event of the year…. the Virgin London Marathon!

Six Jags made their way to the capital for this year’s race.  The weather started off slightly chilly but the sun broke through and made it quite a pleasant day!

Zac Mace came in first for the club in a PB time of 3.05.24 and qualifying for Good for Age entry.  Shortly followed by Ben Letzer in 3.09.20 and Alan Bushell in 3.16.56.

Ellie Bye finished in 3.28.40 and also qualified for Good for Age entry!  Stephen Pointer running his first marathon in aid of the Benjamin Foundation finished in 3.57.41.  Heather Hollister came in with a time of 4.14.37 and also qualified for Good for Age entry.  Well done everyone for all their hard work and training.

Thanks also to the support crowd, consisting of Mel, Paul Emery, Peter KC, Jackie, Jerry, Sonya, Emma, Clare and Sarah who followed the runners down to London with banners and flags, Emma and Dean and of course, Rod and Jackie who got THAT flag on the TV!!

An amazing day, amazing crowds and of course an amazing achievement for all those who took part!!!


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Bungay Festival of Running – Sunday 17 April 2016

Well what a birthday! When faced with the option of spending it alone whilst Pete did the marathon I duly signed up for the half.  With so much going on that weekend and marathons booked elsewhere there was only one Jag for the marathon, Pete Nelson who smashed his PB goal and got silver standard for his 3:28:53.

Another lone jag in the 10k race was Ruth Gainsford who also clocked a PB and silver with a fabulous time of 54:56.
Seven Jags hit the hills of Bungay half. First time half for Lucy Anderson showed very promising things to come (I’d better watch out!) with a great time of 1:54:39 and bronze. Andy Mulligan whose race preparation meant dead batteries in his watch but this didn’t stop him; powering in to a gold standard PB at 1:24:04. I (Nic Holden) had a great birthday present of a PB, a gold standard, achieving what I thought was an unachievable time of under 1:45 (by 2 seconds) and lots of cake to refuel.
Paul Groves (1:59:38) Emma Blake (2:06:39) Dean Blake achieved bronze for his 1:43:10 and Jackie Gooch having decided the day wasn’t for PBs achieved silver for her 2:06:14.
Thank you to the support crew: Berenice Groves at the top of the toughest hill, Ben Gaskins, Jackie and Ellie Bye for the poster entertainment and getting us over the finish line and well done to all who completed the challenging hilly courses, you are all awesome!
Nic Holden
bungay 2016
NameTime PBStandard
Peter Nelson3.28.53YesSilver
Andy Mulligan1.24.04YesGold
Dean Blake1.43.10Bronze
Nicola Holden1.44.58YesGold
Lucy Anderson1.54.39FTBronze
Paul Groves1.59.38
Jackie Gooch2.06.14Silver
Emma Blake2.06.39
10 K
Ruth Gainsford54.56YesSilver

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!

Emma Blake

Wymondham 20 2016

Zac Mace2:18:34YesGold
Mel Porter2:33:32Gold
Nick Hudson2:38:35FTBronze
James Lambert2:40:16Bronze
Stephen Pointer2:45:55FT
Nicola John3:02:55Bronze
Heather Hollister 3:07:44FTDiamond
Josh Neale3:17:44FT
Jackie Gooch3:19:05FTSilver
Clare Hicks3:36:49FT
Emma Blake 3:46:31

Trowse 10K – Sunday 27 March 2016

On a sunny Easter Sunday two runners joined the other 698 early risers to run the Trowse 10k. The runners being Ruth Gainsford and Annette Yeomanson. The two lap race resulted in a spectacular silver award for Ruth running her first 10k in club colours finishing in 56.16 followed up by Annette achieving a new PB of 1.06.13.

Trowse 10k 2016

Broadland Half Marathon – Sunday 13 March 2016

A sea of orange (and Paul Emery who was running in his Ilford AC colours) brightened up an already sunny Sunday morning with an amazing 34 Jags in attendance at the Broadland half and spurred on by equally enthusiastic support, produced some stellar performances.
Plenty of Bronze, Silver and Gold standards were achieved… as well as the now obligatory Platinum performance from Ken Bowman, whilst Jackie Bye’s demands for PB’s was met by many of the runners, with no less than 16 PB’s recorded!
Now knocking a couple of minutes off your PB might seem like quite a big achievement, 6 minutes would be pretty amazing even (Jackie Gooch), so how good was Nick Hudson’s PB by NINE MINUTES!?! This just underlines the progress Nick has shown in training recently. Jackie was agonisingly close to dipping under 2hrs too, it won’t be long Jackie!.
Nick showed well against regular top performers finishing just behind Ben Letzer, Mel Porter and Alan Bushell who all completed the course in under 1hr 30 minutes. Ben taking first Jag home honours and finishing 27th overall and Mel getting 1st prize in his age group, well done Mel!
Not to be outdone and continuing his domination of the Leathes Prior Grand Prix Series, Ken Bowman grabbed another trophy for 1st in age.  There was also success for the ladies as Ellie Bye grabbed 2nd place in her age group and Heather Hollister 3rd in age, running a Diamond standard time in the process.
Further congratulations to Mel and Ken for winning their age group in the County Championships and to Ellie and Heather for winning third place! Well done all!!
There were also success for the O40 ladies team consisting of Vicky Tovell, Emma Jordan, Heather Hollister and Ruth Pilch finishing in second place and the men’s U40 team of Ben Letzer, Nick Hudson, Tom Johnson and James Lambert finishing in third place.
Regardless of results there seemed to be smiles all round and this was a great day out for the Jags. Perhaps the biggest smiles of all though were seen when Stewie got his van stuck in the car park! Of course, we all jumped to his rescue… eventually.
Also thanks to the fantastic supporters around the course –  Becky, Shirley, Dee, Ruth, Sonya, David, Rod, Jackie, Zep and of course Alan!! (hope that’s everyone!!).
Broadland group
NameTime PBStandard
Ben Letzer1.27.56YesGold
Melvin Porter1.29.45Gold
Alan Bushell1.29.54YesGold
Nicolas Hudson1.30.46YesSilver
Tom Johnson1.31.36FTSilver
Peter Nelson1.32.00Gold
Ken Bowman1.33.33Platinum
James Lambert1.33.45YesSilver
Ellie Bye1.35.47Silver
James Fuller1.36.08YesSilver
Scott Shrubsall1.37.33YesSilver
Scott Chadwick1.40.06Bronze
Graham Johnson1.41.34YesSilver
Paul Emery (IlfordAC)1.42.14Silver
Vicky Tovell1.46.20Silver
Paul Taylor1.48.12Bronze
Nicola Holden1.49.03YesSilver
Peter Kean-Cockburn1.49.30YesSilver
Emma Jordan1.50.41YesSilver
Stewart Marden1.51.08Bronze
Nicola John1.52.27Bronze
Josh Neale1.52.25
Heather Hollister1.53.13YesDiamond
Ruth Pilch1.53.15FTSilver
Adele Bushell1.55.37YesSilver
Stephen Neal1.56.08FT
Jackie Gooch2.00.05YesSilver
Rosemary Jackson2.02.38Gold
Paul Gerber2.02.38
Clare Hicks2.03.19YesBronze
Claire Owen2.08.07
Emma Blake2.08.36
Dawn Chapman2.16.54Yes

Hunny Bell Cross Country – Sunday 28 February 2016

Sunday 28th Feb Hunny Bell Cross Country run in aid of Break Charity.

The day started with the threat of rain and very cold morning air. We quickly found our way to Hunny Bell Public House and with excellent organisation and car park marshalls we found our parking space with ease. The short walk across to the meeting point showed the welcoming sight of the gathering crowd of over 500 runners eager and keen to begin their run. A large group of orange vested Jags stood out in the crowd showing the excellent Jaguar turnout.

The juniors race went off at the earlier time of 9 am for the under 13 yr olds with the under 17 yr old promptly following at 930am. Races for them being 2.3 miles for under 13 yrs and 2.6 miles for under 17yrs.

The seniors/veterans race was due to start at 10 am a 5.1 mile race cross country terrain. As the race started, the sight of the sea of brightly coloured running vests as they surged forwards was inspiring. The sun began to shine pushing us on to follow the route through the muddy sections and across the wooded area. A challenging route of several hills and inclines though the course levelled out across the fields offering a welcome respite. As the 2.5 mile counter passed the route was repeated after the water station provided the valued customary rehydration taking us the back through the woods and fields. The route was marshalled well and appreciation noted to all of those volunteers who provided the much needed encouragement and praise for efforts made.

The finishing line was a welcome sight after the last corner at the bottom of the hill. By then the sun was shining enhancing the beautiful country rural scenes of the Stody Estate.

Medals and goody bags were given out to all participants, photographs taken and winning awards to leading runners.

Many thanks to Break Charity and all their sponsors and volunteers for providing a memorable day.

Congratulations to all Jags on completing this challenging course and especially to Ellie Bye and Billy Life.  The team awards have yet to be announced.

Report by Carole Neil


Many more pics on facebook…

Billy Life14.56 (U13 )
James Lambert33.42
Alan Bushell33.49
Ben Gaskins35.00
Ellie Bye35.01
Josh Neale35.46
Paul Emery38.10
Nicola John38.21
Emma Wilcock38.34
Vicky Tovell39.40
Paul Groves44.32
Martin Bagnall44.52
Jackie Gooch45.12
Ruth Gainsford47.34
Clare Hicks50.47
Shirley Wilcock58.05
Annette Yeomanson58.06
Carole Neil58.06


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