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Valentines 10K – Sunday 14 February 2016

Whilst six Members enjoyed a warm Half Marathon Race in Barcelona six others endured a cold 10k race, nearer to home, at Easton.

At times our intrepid runners had to cope with an icy drizzle piercing their purple legs, at other moments the very cold strong winds practically blew them off the hilly course. They laughed at these hostile elements to once again produce very good times.

James Fuller was first home and 59th overall in a new PB Silver Standard time. Bearing in mind the recent problems with Chip Timing, he thoughtfully photographed his Garmin watch time in case evidence was needed. As it happened it looks as if the timing worked well and the results are accurate.

Only 14 seconds separated our two Veteran Heroes with Jeremy Lawrence’s 42.01 earning another Diamond standard and Ken Bowman a Platinum.

Paul Gerber’s time was quite near his PB even though he may well have been wondering how his wife, Carolyn, was enjoying her adventure across the sea.

Our female representatives, Emma Wilcock and Ruth Gainsford both beamed as they crossed the line. Not surprising really, Emma scored another PB and Ruth was pleased to be racing again in her first 10k for our club.

The entries for this race closed very early. We can learn from this and enter races in good time to be sure of a place. I have already missed out on the Trowse 10k.  Becky.

James Fuller41.46YesSilver
Jeremy Lawrence42.01Diamond
Ken Bowman42.15Platinum
Emma Wilcock45.00YesSilver
Paul Gerber52.50
Ruth Gainsford58.26FTBronze

Freethorpe 10 Mile Race – Sunday 31 January 2016

Once again the Orange Army stamped their authority in this 10 mile race. With 24 members competing we were hoping to claim a few prizes. In fact, Ken Bowman, Jeremy Lawrence, Ellie Bye and Sue Allen fulfilled our expectations by each winning a huge trophy. I am sure Ellie’s Uncle who travelled all the way from Spain to support his niece contributed towards her PB.

It was a grey and damp day but this didn’t deter our runners. Our first three home Zac Mace, Ellie and James Fuller crossed the line with only 40 seconds separating them. The expression on James’ face as he approached the finishing line demonstrated the determination and brave spirit of this excellent runner; this was a first 10 for him and he is sure to improve.

Close times was the theme of the day. Ken’s platinum standard was two seconds faster than Jeremy’s Diamond PB. Only 43 seconds later Ben Gaskins came storming across the finishing line. This too was his first 10 for the Jags. Peter Keane Cockburn, Sue Allen, Josh Neale and Nicola John ran together most of the way round with Peter usually in the lead with enough breath to speak to a marshall at the 5 mile point. I wonder if Sue knew this was to be a diamond standard race for her, as well as a new age record?

Three very fast ladies were next; Sonya Wragg, Ruth Pilch both first timers just a few seconds ahead of Emma Jordan’s PB of 1:22:07. Only 20 seconds separated Jackie Gooch’s and Claire Owen’s PBs.

Clare Hicks smiled all the way round. Her PB was probably due to her huge lunch and healthy cake eaten the day before at a certain cafe in Coltishall.

Paul Emery running in his first claim colours ran a silver standard time.

With 600 runners the Great Yarmouth and District Athletics Club promoted an excellent race. It was very well organised and somehow the village hall managed to accommodate all the runners. I know there are a few problems with Chip Timing but all the runners and the Jags Support Team had a thoroughly enjoyable Sunday outing. Special thanks to Mr Mulligan and Mr Simpson for their splendid photography.

Next Jags outing – Valentines 10k. Don’t miss it…….

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Many many more photos on Facebook!!!

Zac Mace1.09.00Gold
Ellie Bye1.09.05YesGold
James Fuller1.09.41First TimeSilver
Ken Bowman1.10.09Platinum
Jeremy Lawrence1.10.11YesDiamond
Ben Gaskins1.10.54First TimeBronze
Scott Chadwick1.15.02Bronze
Martin Bagnall1.17.42Silver
Peter Kean-Cockburn1.20.11YesSilver
Sue Allen1.20.16First TimeDiamond
Nicola John1.20.29First TimeBronze
Josh Neale1.20.53First Time
Paul Emery1.21.15First TimeSilver
Sonya Wragg1.21.51First TimeSilver
Ruth Pilch1.22.02First TimeSilver
Emma Jordan1.22.07YesSilver
Paul Gerber1.26.53
Jackie Gooch1.30.12YesSilver
Claire Owen1.30.36YesBronze
Clare Hicks1.38.41Yes
Carolyn Gerber1.41.05 First Time
Dawn Chapman1.41.21First Time
Hilda Mears1.48.39First Time
Annette Yeomanson1.50.09First Time

Horsford Cross Country Series – Race 3 – Sunday 17 January 2016

Five Jags braved the cold for the final race in the series. The temperature was -1!!

Of course it didn’t deter them and they had fun running around in the woods and diving through the mud!

In the Junior race, Billy Life finished in a time of 16.23 and took 1st place overall in his age group.

Alan Bushell, finished in a time of 51.49 and came 2nd in his age group overall.

James Lambert finished in a time of 56.16, Josh Neale finished in 62.09, Nicola John finished in 49.04 and Clare Hicks finished in 68.54.

Mud, mud, glorious mud……


Wymondham 10K – 1 January 2016


The first race of 2016 welcomed no fewer than 12 Jolly Jags at the Wymondham 10k.

This was Paul Emery’s debut in Jag’s colours and how well he ran in the cold and icy conditions considering he was nursing a calf injury.

Three brave Jag spectators cheered on our intrepid runners as they raced up the last hill in the final kilometre of the race. For James Fuller his relaxed, yet determined style made it look as if he had just begun the race instead of being within yards of the finish line. A personal best was definitely on his mind and he succeeded too.

Rod Bye was our first runner home sporting a new secret “go fast” garment, well two to be precise.

Jackie Bye ran a superb time of 50.55. Such good preparation for her marathon in three weeks.

Adele was particularly pleased as she was only about 15 seconds away from a PB. Special mention must go to Tom Johnson who produced a very brave performance as he was feeling poorly. He looked very unwell as he struggled up the hill and was clearly suffering but still ran to the end. Well done Tom. We hope you are feeling better now.

Rod Bye42.00Gold
James Fuller44.39First TimeBronze
Alan Bushell45.28Silver
Paul Emery46.18First TimeSilver
Graham Johnson47.04YesSilver
Paul Taylor47.57Bronze
Scott Chadwick48.36
Jackie Bye50.55Gold
Paul Gerber52.10
Adele Bushell52.30Silver
Tom Johnson52.31
Claire Owen54.52Bronze

Groggy Doggy Cross Country Run – 26 December 2016

Groggy Doggy Boxing Day XC Run, Outney Common, Bungay
Billed as being set in a rural riverside setting with plenty of mud!
Indeed we were not disappointed, there was plenty of mud. This was Adele’s 4th time competing in the Groggy Doggy XC and it has become a favourite of hers.
This year Adele was the only Jag running in the event, although was accompanied by two of her children, who ran in the junior event.
It was a very mild day for the time of year, 15oC, but also very windy which made it feel a lot colder than it was.
The senior race consisted of 1 or 2 laps a total of 5 miles. There was also the option of running in fancy dress and/or with your dog. This year, runners with their dogs started 2 minutes behind the start of the senior race. This was so much better and avoided any dog tripping accidents at the start.
The route took you across muddy fields, up paths and through a river, although there was the option of a foot bridge for those that didn’t want to get their feet wet. The race was hard going, but good fun, and there is something exhilarating about running through the mud. But if nothing else a good way to ‘blow away the cobwebs’ and burn some extra calories from the excess consumed over the festive period.
Adele completed 2 laps without a dog or in fancy dress in a time of 48.38!!

Adele Groggy



Horsford Cross Country – Race 2 – Sunday 20 December 2015

The second race of three in this series.  Only three Jags were brave enough to delve in the mud, those being Alan Bushell, Clare Hicks and young Billy Life.

Weather was fairly mild which made ploughing through muddy puddles a lot of fun!!

Billy Life completed the Junior race in 15.31.

Alan beating his time from race one by 43 seconds and finishing in 52.58.  Clare beating her time from race one by two minutes and 29 seconds and finishing in 64.19!!

The last race in the series is on 17 January 2016.

Buxton 5k Fun Run – Sunday 13 December 2015

After a bit of a break, the Buxton 5k fancy dress fun run was back and the Jags were prepared!  Alice and her Wonderland team, turned out in the most amazing fancy dress costumes!! Some fantastic efforts by all, landed them all a prize in the fancy dress competition.  Together with spot prizes and raffle prize wins, it was a good day for the Jags.

Oh and on to the race….first Jag home was our brilliant Jeremy Lawrence, finishing in 20.13, followed by Paul Groves in a time of 23.54.  First Jag lady back was Sharn Ponsford, dressed as a very fetching elf, in a time of 26.29.  Emma Jordan finishing just after in a time of 26.33.

The Wonderland Team consisting of Clare Hicks, Hilda Mears, Sarah Letzer, Vanessa Clements, Shirley Wilcock, Carole Neil, Henry Neal, Dee Neal, Steve Neal, Jenny Welsh, Annette Yeomanson and Becky Durant all crossing the line together in around 41.32!!!!!

What an amazingly fun day, great team spirit, brilliantly organised and of course not forgetting a charity race to raise money for Autism Anglia.

For more photos…check out facebook!!

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Turkey Trot – Sunday 13 December 2015

Four Jags braved the weather in Beccles to race this years Turkey Trot. It was a 10 mile road race, and was completely full. All four Jags came in with great times, and smiles on thier faces over the finish line.

Scott Shrubsall1.11.59YesSilver
Martin Bagnall1.17.21Silver
Paul Gerber1.26.59
Jackie Gooch1.30.19YesBronze

Well done all on a great race, and great timings.

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Cross Country Championships – 5th December 2015

It was a very windy day on the 5th December. This didn’t deter Vicky Tovell or her son, Billy Life, from producing very good results at the Cross Country Championships at UEA. Billy was 13th in his age group and Vicky 5th in hers.

Fresh from his age category win the week before at the Hadleigh Hares 5, Clive Steward was 7th in his age group.

A superb morning’s racing was enjoyed by competitors and spectators alike. The next cross country race will be the mid week series on 16th December at 2.30pm, Whitwell Station.

Why not come and watch Ken Bowman and Peter Kean -Cockburn? They love it!!

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