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BURE VALLEY 10 MILE 30/09/2018




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Emma Blake1.08.15YES 2nd in Age Group & New Age Group RecordDIAMOND
Graham Johnson1.08.343rd In Age GroupeGOLD
Keith Brighty1.13.11FTGOLD
Julian Smith1.13.36YESSILVER
Howard Harper1.15.14YESSILVER
Douglas Barber1.16.16FTGOLD
Darren Matthewson1.17.17FTSILVER
Vikki Harper1.19.21YESSILVER
Sonja White1.20.10YESSILVER
Lucy Walker1.20.30FT 3rd In Age Group & New Age Group RecordDIAMOND
Ruth Pilch1.22.03SILVER
Ruth Gainsford1.24.36YESGOLD
Clare Hicks1.33.34BRONZE
Paul Gerber1.33.35
Helen Ganson1.33.52FT & 3rd In Age GroupSILVER
Karen Bradley1.35.15FTBRONZE
Sharon Jones1.35.15BRONZE
Marion Bensley1.43.23FT
Samantha Beals1.50.36FT
Jamie Harkin1.52.07FT
Jennifer Norris1.59.17FT

GREAT NORTH RUN 2018 09/09/18

Great North Run 2018

A full weekend of events, with an opportunity Saturday to watch the Citygames, seeing Greg Rutherford jump his last ever long jump and Jonny Peacock make his return to sprinting. Inspired by the junior 5k that ran along the Tyne and enjoyed the buzzing atmosphere of the ‘pasta party’ and expo area. Managed to hold back from spending too much on GNR merchandise as lovely as it was! Plenty of picture opportunities on the iconic Tyne bridge and working out where to situate supporters for the start ahead of the big event. All so worth doing to get a real feel for the friendly support and inclusiveness of the Great North Run.

We collected local friends who were running their 4th GNR and met up with Donna & Ian to travel into Newcastle. With the local knowledge we managed to park easily, 0.5 mile from the start, so we could join the masses of people wandering through the streets to the town moor and starting pens on the dual carriageway.

Having said goodbye to our supporters Tim, Ian & Carol (so they could get to their vantage point just over the Tyne bridge) we walked another half mile from the start line towards our pens, spotting Lee and Jack in their Jags tops along the way, amazing considering the volume of people. I had planned to run with Sharon’s sister, Lynda, but despite our prior planning for meeting up at the start, we managed to miss each other. The toilet queues were never ending, with many opting for the outside option (so much easier for the men!)

Despite arriving in Newcastle a good couple of hours ahead of the starting time, the waiting time just disappeared. Donna and I said our good byes and good lucks half way along the pens as we were starting in different areas. There was plenty of water in constant supply and space to stretch alongside the pens, but once in the waiting pens the space soon disappeared. The mass warm up was great to be a part of, but limited space to do properly.

The big screens allowed us to see the start of the race, with the wheelchair athletes and elite ladies leading the way, followed by Mo and the elite men, the masses then began to move forward. The red arrows roared overhead as we neared the start-line and still people ducking out for the last minute toilet stop! 35mins after the race had started I crossed the start line and started my run, (Mo was only 24 mins from the finish line by then!)

The Run itself

The volume of people around was not going to allow a pb even if I was hoping for one, I wasn’t setting myself any targets except to enjoy the whole experience and that is exactly what I did. The support was amazing from the off, people lining the verges, central reservations and the bridges above.

Miles 1-3

No chance of starting too fast, so took it easy with plenty of high fives and joining in the oggies and singing in the underpasses.  (I chose to stay left so could follow the underpass route, on the advice from seasoned GNR friends). Before long I was out of the tunnel and heading for the Tyne bridge around a mile and half. Soon spotted Tim & co. having passed over the bridge, more high fives and then tried to find a line to pick up the pace a little. Many runners appeared to stop having crossed the bridge, so a fair bit of dodging about to try and get some running rhythm. I didn’t notice the hill between Tyne bridge and Felling bypass and soon spotted the Gateshead stadium. The most comfortable first three miles of a run I have done in a while! Distracted by the encouraging crowds, live music and trying to dodge other runners, Mr Bump, firemen & numerous unicorns! Soon caught up with a 2hrs 15 min pacer so was feeling good. Time for a haribo or two (other confectory was also in constant supply, along with ice pops, brownies, orange segments and much more!)

Miles 4-6

At Heworth around the 5k mark there was another incline due, but this came and went with the steel band entertaining and plenty more high fives. Had to remember not to high five the St Johns teams as they were offering large dollops of vaseline on their gloved hands!

Managed to pass two 2hrs 10 pacers before the 10k mark and around this point the two lines of runners combined, where the dual carriage way merged. Running slowed as the road became more congested.  At the six/ seven mile point we came to a mass stop, for no apparent reason but sheer volume of runners. Short opportunity to take on more water and take in the enormity of this race.

Miles 7-10

John Reid road leads all the way down to South Shields and to the sea. Despite a short shower of rain as we started, the clouds had cleared and pure blue skies above meant the temperature increased with the distance. The constant water stops, road side showers and ice pops were much appreciated. I’ve never eaten & drank so much in a race! With the increase in temperature, volume of runners and queuing for an opportunity to pass through the showers my pace slowed, I seemed to be playing cat & mouse with the third 2hrs 10 pacer!

Miles 10 – 13.2

Only a park run to go! Loved the live music and motivation stations, even Elvis made an appearance in the centre of the road as runners filtered either side of the roundabouts. Started to keep an eye out for my support team around 12 miles and wasn’t disappointed as they appeared to my left just as I was about to switch sides again! A real boast for the final mile and slight uphill before spotting the sea. What a beautiful sight, as then headed downhill with a little space to stretch the legs and then turning left along South Shields sea front. I’d finally managed to stay ahead of the 2hrs 10 pacer!

Mo had won the men’s race, the crowds were louder and larger and any space to increase the pace in the final mile was nonexistent, so time to enjoy the final moments of this iconic race. The four finish lanes were finally in sight and the clock was reading 13:14, a finish time of 2:08:00 and arrived just in time for the full Red arrows display, which started as I collected my medal, what a fantastic way to end to my run.

Wasn’t a race for PB’s, a potentially frustrating run if you go with a target time in mind.   A run, not a race, to enjoy being a part of, for the fun and full experience of the Great North run.  The niggles and injuries that had hampered training were forgotten as I was carried along by the amazing crowds out in force all along the route. Surrounded by inspiring runners, most running for a charity or in memory of a loved one. So much money raised for so many valuable charities, an experience truly worth travelling up North for. Fab Medal, T-shirt and goody bag a bonus!

An amazing well done to Donna Monk on completing her first half marathon, a privilege to share the experience with her and Ian in support, along with Tim. Brilliant finish times for Lee Emmett and Jack Stuttle, well done everyone.

If you’re thinking about giving it a go, get your name in the ballot January or run for a charit

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Jack Stuttle1.31.40FTSILVER
Lee Emmett1.40.21YESBRONZE
Karen Evens2.08.00BRONZE
Donna Monk2.57.30FT


Taking a break from running to a particular pace, time or distance, the idea was to create a social run that anyone can take part in an enjoy.  This involved meeting at the Britannia Cafe, Mousehold, Norwich where we would take our first group picture with the Kett’s Oak Moon gazing hare before beginning our three hour run to all the other 50 City Trail Hares.  In typically club fashion, the temptation for a group photo was never passed up, along with many more selfies.

The first week saw 9 Jags join me for this run on the 22nd July, with the success of first run increasing the numbers to 20 for the 29th July and plenty of demand to warrant a third run on the 12th August with 40 Jags doing the GoGo run in total, with a few coming back and running this twice because they enjoyed the 10 miles that much!

For some, it was a distance that they didn’t think was possible for them and redefined their capabilities, while the atmosphere and great group dynamics on display throughout means this will be an experience that all will struggle to forget, even for those who witnessed the mass of orange running through Norwich time and again.
We also made the EDP with double page pull out see photos below.
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This popular race was renamed to commemorate the end of World War 1, with a trumpet solo playing The Last Post and a minute’s silence prior to the race in honour of the many brave soldiers who lost their lives.

After the unusually warm summer weather it was a relief, for the 32 Jags competing, that this Sunday morning was a little cooler. The course was 2 laps around the town centre, with a tricky hare-pin bend in the market place, both well-supported and well marshalled, promising a fast, flat PB course.

And we were not disappointed.  Emma Blake continued to impress with a new age group record and first diamond standard,  coming 2nd in her age group, Ken Bowman was also 2nd in his age group achieving platinum standard and Dee Neal, who has been doing so well this year, achieved 3rd in her age group.

Hatty Swain, Julie Jardine and Samatha Beales were amongst the 7 Jags achieving pbs, while Rachel Kirkham and Nick Richards completed their first 5k race. There were also diamond standards for Mel Porter and Nick Eley and at last a first diamond as a Jag for Keith Brighty!

New member Doug Barber managed to drop his keys at the start of the race, and had to avoid being trampled to retrieve them, but still managed to gain a gold standard and pb! He also very kindly brought along lemon drizzle cake for us all to enjoy at the end of the race. There was also a childrens’ race with some great running from Junior Jags Georgie and Rosie.

As  for the finishers medal, I think it is probably one of the best I have ever received, a fitting tribute to those brave soldiers 100 years ago.

Ruth Gainsford

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Neil Button18.52GOLD
Melvyn Porter19.19DIAMOND
Graham Johnson19.41GOLD
Dean Blake19.43GOLD
Emma Blake19.43YES & New Age group Record &2nd In Age GroupDIAMOND
Shane Bidle19.56SILVER
Thomas Lincoln-Kemp20.20GOLD
Tom Johnson20.28SILVER
Ken Bowman20.322nd In Age GroupPLATINUM
Keith Brighty20.32DIAMOND
Stephen Neal20.33YESGOLD
Elly Young21.04GOLD
Douglas Barber21.08YESGOLD
Nick Richards21.30FTSILVER
Nicholas Eley21.36DIAMOND
Paul Emery21.45GOLD
Vicky Tovell22.07GOLD
Joanne Cottrell23.15SILVER
Graham Fryer23.41SILVER
Hattie Swain23.51YESBRONZE
Ruth Gainsford24.00YESGOLD
Julian Jardine24.19BRONZE
Lucy Anderson24.52BRONZE
Adele bushell24.53SILVER
Dee Neal25.053rd In Age GroupGOLD
Emma Jordan25.08SILVER
Claire Owen25.31BRONZE
Samantha Beales26.14YES
Annette Yeomanson31.54
Racheal Kirkham32.33FT
Vee Clements33.09
Julie Jardine33.47YES
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