Norwich Half Marathon – Sunday 22 November 2015

The last recorded race of the club year and a superb turnout of 30 Jags! The weather was bitterly cold with on and off icy showers but as usual, Jags are not deterred!! A new course for the Norwich half as one lap replaces the usual two lap course.  A good route even with a few tough hills to contend with! Some fantastic running and plenty of PBs!!  Well done to all those who braved the run and thanks to those who turned out in the cold to support!

A big well done to Ellie for being 10th lady back and breaking the Jags ladies half marathon record!  Also to Ken and Heather who both came first in their age group!


The results are in…as you are probably aware, there was a problem with the chip timing on the day and therefore, some of your results may possibly not be accurate.  The following results have been taken from the official website, unless otherwise advised!

Andy Mulligan1.24.07YesGold
Peter Nelson1.31.22
Ellie Bye1.32.22YesGold
Rod Bye1.33.22YesGold
Melvyn Porter1.33.52Gold
Ken Bowman1.36.07Platinum
James Lambert1.35.45PBSilver
Dean Blake1.36.05PBSilver
Ben Gaskins1.37.10
James Fuller1.36.54First Time!
Jeremy Lawrence1.37.25Gold
Tom Johnson1.38.04
Scott Shrubsall1.45.17
Emma Wilcock1.44.18PBSilver
Graham Johnson1.44.16First TimeSilver
Scott Chadwick1.47.47
Josh Neale1.49.14
Nicola John1.49.56PBBronze
Sonya Wragg1.53.37PBSilver
Jackie Bye1.54.07Gold
Emma Jordan1.54.54PBSilver
Heather Hollister155.18PB
Adele Bushell1.56.16PBSilver
Paul Gerber1.59.13
Rosemary Jackson2.02.05
Owie Barber2.01.41
Emma Blake2.02.40Bronze
Jackie Gooch2.06.54Bronze
Claire Owen2.10.56
Clare Hicks2.17.08


East Anglian Cross Country League – Fritton Lake, 11 November 2015

In the second race of the season Ken Bowman ran his first cross country race within the League. Although he felt it was worth the pain and was probably good for him, he said: “I have to do it to keep reminding myself why I don’t like them!”

It was a gorgeous, sunny autumnal day and the new venue at Fritton Outdoor Centre was a splendid change from some of the usual sparse and cold locations endured by the runners. There were warm beverages at the end as well as a cold hose pipe shower for the brave hardy folk.

The race was about 4.6 miles for the ladies and 6.7 for the chaps. The results will be published just before the next race in two weeks time. The cross country event is a very informal occasion. You only pay £5 for the whole season; you can run on your own, in a team or however you like. Why not come to the next one at Whitlingham Park on the 25th November at 2.30pm?


Stowmarket Scenic 7 – 8 November 2015

Paul Gerber and Sharn Ponsford travelled to Stowmarket this month to race in the Scenic 7 road race. The race was organised by the Stowmarket Striders. The route was on road and cross country, with a few hills thrown in. It was a great race with fantastic support by the marshals and the race director. Both ran great times with Paul coming in with a time of 59 mins, and Sharn with a great time of 1.03. So well done to the both of you, and next year lets get more Jags to go and race this excellent race.

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Horsford Cross Country Series – Race 1 – Sunday 1 November 2015

The first race in the series of three at Horsford. A three or four lap course through the woods and through some lovely muddy puddles!!

5 Jags turned out to frolic in the mud, James Lambert and Nicola John, Josh Neale, Alan Bushell (of course!) and Clare Hicks!!

Results as follows:

Alan Bushell55.58
James Lambert56.19
John Neale63.15
Nicola John49.39
Clare Hicks66.48


Marriots Way Ultra Marathon and Fun Run – 1 November 2015

A very misty and murky morning, but not too cold, greeted a large number of Jaguars at the start of the Marriotts Way 18 & 36 mile race on the 1st November. Having never done an ultra before, the difference from a normal road race was striking and a far more relaxed affair with no number to collect, no timing chips to attach and a complete lack of any jostling for position on the start line, fingers poised on GPS watch start buttons. A few short words from the organiser, Paul Woodyatt, and we were off. A mixture of surfaces for the run with tarmac foot and cycle paths soon giving way to gravel and dirt paths with only a few very sticky areas. Some great results and what looked like excellent cake at the cafe on Reepham station for the Jaguars who completed the fun run. Well done to Ellie for finishing first lady and 9th overall.

I was the only Jaguar who entered this year to be brave/foolhardy/mad enough to go for the full 36 miles so after a quick pitstop at Reepham I returned to the course to run all the way back to the start in Norwich. My podium finish in the full ultra becomes rather less impressive when I admit that whilst I was indeed the 3rd place finisher this was out of just 3 runners. My first ultra but it will definitely not be my last, finishing in a total time of 7:29:48.

Paul Taylor

Zac Mace2:19:03
Ellie Bye2:20:50
Ken Bowman2:21:40
Nick Hudson2:22:10
Rod Bye2:23:14
Jackie Bye3:01:15
Emma Jordan3:04:54
Adele Bushell3:11:50
Paul Taylor3:23:58

Lode Half Marathon – 1 November 2015


Another perfect running day despite a little mist, there was no wind and the temperature held up nicely with a little Autumnal sunshine to finish.

The village of Lode is adjacent to Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire on the Fens, so the route was pretty flat. The run was an out and back which I find much better than two laps.
I am beginning to like these smaller more intimate halves, there is less pressure and a friendly atmosphere, and of course as with our club, cakes are right up there with the best.
I would encourage anyone to try these smaller field races, I am taken with them, they make a good day out, so once again would do again.
Time wise I managed to knock over a minute off my pb ending up with 1.32.11 finishing 26th and 3rd in my age group.
Jeremy Lawrence

Holt 10K – Sunday 25 October 2015

A good turnout of Jags today for this 10k course starting at Gresham School in Holt.

Despite the fairly hilly course, and slight off road, Jeremy Lawrence continued his run of PBs, adding yet another one to the list, completing in a time of 41.15 and was the first Jag home.  Paul Gerber also earned himself a PB, finishing in 51.27.  Also gaining another PB for the year was Clare Hicks, finishing in 57.07.

A well organised race by the North Norfolk Beach Runners, and the cake table at the end was nearly as good as ours!!

Nearly everyone made it into the photo including a couple of extras!!! Apologies to Ken, Tom and Graham who weren’t around at the time of photo, probably already at the cake stall!!

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Please note as this is a multi terrain race, the PBs obtained cannot be counted in our official Club Records as a 10k PB, as the accuracy of distance cannot be guaranteed.

Jeremy Lawrence41.15Yes
Dean Blake41.17
Ken Bowman41.35
Tom Johnson44.20
Graham Johnson44.20
Emma Wilcock44.52
Josh Neale45.39
Paul Gerber51.27
Ruth Pilch51.45
Jackie Gooch55.24
Emma Blake55.53
Sharn Ponsford56.08
Clare Hicks57.07Yes

East Coast 10K – 18 October 2015


541 runners and two wheelchair competitors were drawn to Gt Yarmouth for the annual race. Was the main attraction the free beer in the goody bag, the cash prizes, the chance to shake the Lady Mayoress’s hand or the flat fast course? Anyway, two Jags pocketed some cash – Ellie Bye was second lady and Ken Bowman was first male pensioner. Several PB s as follows but disappointment for Mel Porter who missed out by a couple of seconds. The Jags were led home by Andy Mulligan who was 12th overall. Several bottles of wine were also won by Jags in the post race raffle!

Andy Mulligan36.48YesGold
Mel Porter40.40Gold
Ken Bowman40.59YesPlatinum
Rod Bye42.12Gold
Jeremy Lawrence42.38YesDiamond
Ellie Bye42.40Gold
Emma Wilcock45.50First TimeSilver
Paul Gerber51.43Yes
Adele Bushell52.17PB Silver
Scott Chadwick53.36
Claire Owen56.15
Becky Durant58.12Gold

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Peterborough Half Marathon – 11 October 2015

It was a beautiful sunny day in Peterborough for this years’ Perkins Great Eastern Run.  In a field of around 5,000 runners, were 13 Jaguars!

Described as a flat and fast course, it certainly was and that is reflected in the many PBs that came the Jaguars way!

First home for our club was, of course, the phenomenal Jeremy Lawrence!  Running his way to yet another PB and a Diamond standard with a time of 1.33.32! First lady home was Vicky Tovell, who with a first time record at this distance ran a time of 1.43.26 and a Gold standard!!

Some fantastic PBs, including Rosemary Jackson gaining a Diamond standard and a sub 2 hours time with a time of 1.58.54 and Clare Hicks knocking nearly 7 minutes off her previous PB with a time of 2.07.49!!

Well done all that took park, in what was a well organised and enjoyable race!!

Jeremy Lawrence133.32YesDiamond
Scott Shrubsall139.42YesBronze
Vicky Tovell1.43.26First Time!Gold
Martin Bagnall1.45.44Bronze
Deb Jones1.47.32Silver
Emma Jordan1.56.37YesBronze
Michael Fairchild1.58.40Silver
Rosemary Jackson1.58.54YesDiamond
Clare Hicks207.49Yes
Dee Neal207.56Silver
Dawn Chapman2.20.12Yes
Vanessa Clements2.48.43Yes
Jenny Welsh2.48.43Yes

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Felbrigg Trail Run – 4 October 2015

Surf Life Saving – Felbrigg Trail Run

Driving to Felbrigg Hall on the morning of Sunday 4th October, the fog was a real pea-souper and the idea of a scenic cross-country run in National Trust grounds seemed unlikely.

But just as the race briefing began, amazingly the fog lifted to reveal bright blue skies and sunshine – and a really interesting course. The 10k route which all five Jags opted for was two laps of a figure of eight course, either side of the Hall itself. A single lap (5k) or single loop (2.5k), were also available.

It was tough but good. The undulating course had it all; gravel paths, woods, grassy slopes, cow fields, lakeside path, a couple of muddy bits and even a kissing gate….but no time to stop for any of that malarkey!

Andy Runner Mulligan did himself proud, romping home to claim overall first place for the Jags in 39.46

Vickie was second lady across the line….and also managed to promote the Jags with some surprise photographic coverage in the Eastern Daily Press!

The race was the run by NNSLSC North Norfolk Surf Life Saving Club and was the first one they had opened for general entries. It was chip-timed, well marshalled, well organised and very friendly. And definitely worth keeping an eye open for in the future.

Andy Mulligan 39.46

Vicky Tovell 48.50

David Platten 51.17

Josh Neale 52.36

Paul Gerber 57.37


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