East Coast 10k 13/10/2019

Daniel Smith39.19.2GOLD
Ellie Gaskins41.29.1PB and New Age Group RecordGOLD
Nicholas Eley44.24.22nd in age groupDIAMOND
Elly Young46.38.21st in age groupDIAMOND
Julian Smith48.07.3SILVER
Richard Peters48.18.5PBSILVER
Douglas Barber50.51.2BRONZE
Rosemary Jackson51.22.61st in age group, new age group record, PBDIAMOND
Violet Vincent51.25.2PBBRONZE
Ruth Gainsford51.32.71st in age groupGOLD
Megan Swain52.26.3PBBRONZE
Karen Evans52.45.1PBSILVER
Laura Johnson55.48.3PB
Marion Bensley56.58.8PBBRONZE
Alison Hood58.53PB
Sue Emmett1.09.37
Annette Yeomanson1.12.49
Hayley Smith1.15.38

Bure Valley 10 29/9/2019

Graham Johnson1.13.363rd in age groupGOLD
Ginny Fellows1.13.41FTSILVER
Nicholas Eley1.15.253rd in age groupGOLD
Howard Harper1.16.56BRONZE
Phil Henry1.18.44GOLD
Richard Peters1.20.10PBBRONZE
Rebecca Westmoreland1.25.07FTSILVER
Sonja White1.25.16SILVER
Dougie Barber1.25.22SILVER
Darren Matthewson1.27.20
Vikki Harper1.28.223rd in age groupSILVER
Ruth Gainsford1.28.28GOLD
Eden Rudling1.28.45FT
Sharon Jones1.30.333rd in age groupSILVER
Joanna Cottrell1.30.40FTBRONZE
Marion Bensley1.33.50PBBRONZE
Karen Bradley1.36.13BRONZE
Caroline Britton1.36.13BRONZE
Helen Ganson1.36.24SILVER
Emma Penfold1.37.33FT
Jackie Gooch1.38.19SILVER
Lynn Lambert1.41.12BRONZE
Laura Hick1.42.12FT
Emily Spragge1.56.11FT
Noel Meeks1.56.44FT
Rebecca Wicks1.57.26

JOLLY JAGUARS 10K 22/09/2019

The day dawned bright and warm for the last of the 2019 10k series at Scottow Enterpise Park, but a cloud hung over the future of the races at the airfield, the management still in talks with the Jags committee about our future there. It felt strange arriving to run in the Jolly Jaguars race rather than helping at the event, but as this was part of the Grand Prix series I had decided to give it a go. My niece was marshalling in my place, bribed with a bottle of Prosecco!

The race director gave his pre race briefing, he hoped it wouldn’t be our last race at the airfield, this was greeted with applause from over 700 runners.
The race was two laps around the perimeter track, with marshalls at regular intervals cheering us on, there were pacers for those who wanted to achieve a certain time and cyclists patrolling the route keeping an eye on us all. I spotted at least 3 runners who had succumbed to the heat and were being attended to by first aiders, though luckily none needed hospital treatment this time.
It was too hot a day for a personal best, for me anyway, but I was pleased with my place in age category and the very nice medal of course!
An enjoyable and successful event, including the junior 2k and wheelchair race, all on the fast, flat and safe course, let’s hope this isn’t the end of the road for Coltishall Jaguars running events at the airfield.

Ruth Gainsford

Daniel Smith39.13GOLD
Dave Buck48.13FTSILVER
Ruth Gainsford52.15SILVER
Claire Rushen55.18FT
Christine Barnett59.35SILVER
Rachel Jackson59.09FT
Noel Meek1.14.05


What an amazing experience for a first half marathon! Every step along the 13.1 mile route was filled with a flood of cheering Geordie supporters, all offering goodies such as ice pops, sausage rolls, jelly babies and even beer! There were even several walk-through showers along the course to keep you cool. I’d never experienced such a great party atmosphere while running my furthest distance ever. ‘Enjoy it’ was my PT’s advice and I certainly did. With 57,000 runners it’s not surprising that you cover quite a distance just walking to your pen. I’d been so obsessed with being hydrated enough in the heat that the need to jump the fence and join my fellow runners in the bushes for a quick wee seemed like the natural thing to do – so much so that I jumped the fence twice! It didn’t take long to get to the start line and once we were off I remembered to go left under the bridge to be rewarded with the ‘Oggy Oggy Oggies’ from above. Magic. Running across the Tyne Bridge was an iconic moment. I decided to head straight down the middle, little realising that a camera would capture the magic moment. Fab. At around mile 8 someone behind me was distracted eating their bag of Haribo that they stood on the back of my trainer, whipping it off my foot! It’s definitely not easy recovering your trainer in the middle of a road with so many runners heading towards you! Once I hit mile 10 an inner smile appeared – ‘just a parkrun to go’ – woo hoo! That’s when mile 11 arrived with a steep hill to climb followed by a rather steep descent trying to protect your knees. Your hard work over the last couple of miles is rewarded with a beautiful view of the sea as you enter South Shields – along with the never ending last mile to the finish line where you’re treated to jubilant faces, so many charity vests and time to share stories. Amazing. My journey to the start line hadn’t been an easy one. I’d unexpectedly got a ballot place in the January, just when I couldn’t walk due to glute issues. Time, patience and effort got me to Newcastle and I can honestly say that it was definitely worth it – so much so that I’ve signed up for the next 3 years! If you get the chance, do it. Up the Toons!!!

Karen Evans1.56.52YESSILVER
Dave Buck2.15.23FT
Christine Barnett2.15.23FTSILVER
Tim Evans2.24.41
Alison Read2.37.42FT
Paul Bloomfield3.18.09

WISSEY 1/2 MARATHON 01/09/2019

Wissey Half Marathon The Wissey Half Marathon starts in Oxborough with a nice undulating route passing through the countryside of West Norfolk. It was a very nice, smaller scale race with around 300 runners taking part and was well marshalled throughout, and reasonably well organised although the queues for the portaloos caused a short delay to the start of the race. The weather for the race was good, with temperatures not too high, but the long incline through most of mile nine proved to be very challenging – I was certainly pleased that the last 3-4 miles were mainly downhill! Two Jags competed in this race with Sharon Jones achieving a great time of 2:03.31 and a Silver standard. There was also great support from Charlotte Read out on the course! Personally, I was very happy to achieve a new PB, knocking 1 min 11 off my previous best to claim 13th place overall.

Daniel Smith1.23.18YESGOLD
Sharon Jones2.03.31SILVER

DEREHAM 5K 18/08/2019

Daniel Smith 17.48YESGOLD
Jack Stuttle18.05GOLD
Neil Button18.49DIAMOND
Franklin Plume19.49YESSILVER
Nick Eley20.13DIAMOND
Ken Bowman20.56PLATINUM
Luke Townshend22.01BRONZE
Vicky Tovell22.22GOLD
Keith Brighty22.20GOLD
Dougie Barber23.20SILVER
Peter Kean-cockburn23.26GOLD
Megan Swain23.54BRONZE
Ruth Gainsford24.12GOLD
Sarah Reynolds24.21BRONZE
Graham Fryer24.48
Rosemary Jackson25.26DIAMOND
Marion Bensley25.50BRONZE
Laura Thompson26.42FT
Hattie Swain28.32
Alison Read30.45
Paul Bloomfield31.47
Rebecca Wicks32.29
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