Author Archives: Phil Henry

Breckland Forest 10k – Sunday 26th November

A real country feel to the Breckland 10k. Well organised and brilliantly marshalled, it was an excellent forest, river bank and country track course. Undulating at times with plenty of puddles, roots and mud available. Also a very understated finish line!…… But what a fab medal! After race bacon butties, cakes and tea very nice indeed.

Roland Talbot

Breckland Forest 10k 2017

James Lambert43.30 2nd Male
Darren Tubby43.44
Nicola Lambert-John48.43 2nd Female
Martin Bagnall51.39
Roland Talbot52.48
Julian Jardine53.17
Paul Bloomfield1.14.31
Caren Maidment1.16.29
Julie Jardine1.20.29

Knebworth Half Marathon – Sunday 19th November 2017

Just got home from the first Knebworth Herts Half Marathon. Not the best organised event of the season, but it was the first they had run. Perhaps they will learn from it. I counted 7 hills, all steep and long and hard. The worst of which was leading to the finish in the last 800 yards. No PB for me but still enjoyed the day and the very cold start. 2700 runners. 1.55.22. Report card says must do better. Breckland next week.

Roland Talbot

Roland Talbot 1.55.22SILVER

Holt 10k – Sunday 29th October 2017

A cool and breezy, but thankfully dry Sunday morning in North Norfolk greeted the runners for the popular Holt 10k, which was also the final event in the 2017 Leathes Prior Grand Prix series.

Hosted by the North Norfolk Beach Runners and starting in the grounds of Gresham School, the race commenced on the school sports fields, before heading north towards Weybourne. The undulating course was enjoyable and the section along an un-made track meant that this race would not count for official club records. The final 2 miles back to the finish were fairly tough, but some goods times were achieved by the Jags contingent. It was also great to see some on the course support from Mark Bradley and Scott Chadwick.  Mark, as always, provided some excellent race photos.

Definitely an enjoyable last 10k for 2017 and a race I would like to run again.

Neil Button

Neil Button40.37
Graham Johnson 42.25
Tom Johnson43.15
Howard Harper44.06
Julian Smith47.34
Nicholas Eley47.31
Vikki Harper47.37
Graham Fryer49.55
Roland Talbot50.13
Ivan Westley50.21
Tamara Mills51.46
Claire Owen51.48
Ruth Gainsford52.08
Sharon Jones54.05
Paul Gerber55.37
Carolyn Gerber1.01.14
Barbara Button1.04.23

Dublin Marathon – Sunday 29th October 2017

On the 29th October myself, Clive, Ian and Stuart (a Norwich Road Runner, but also a regular Brundall parkrunner so we’ll let him off) were lucky enough to fly across the Irish Sea to take part in the 38th Dublin Marathon.

Almost on cue, the sun broke through the clouds as we arrived at the start line around 9am, with our wave setting off at 9:20am.  Clive and Ian headed towards the front of the wave as they were running for a time and wanted to get off to a good start. However, Stuart and I were there to enjoy the experience and soak up the awesome atmosphere the Irish had on offer.  We progressed through the start and our first couple of miles before crossing the main waterway through the capital, the River Liffey.

Shortly after mile three we passed by Dublin Zoo and unless my eyes deceived me, a waving rhino… We then took in almost 5 miles of the gorgeous Phoenix Park, one of the biggest enclosed parks within any European city, and on towards the half way point. Mile 13 appeared just after the bridge that crosses the Grand Canal and is a popular point for crowds of people cheering on the runners.

We continued on through the Perrystown & Terenure areas of Dublin, suburbs outside of the city centre, but with some of the most amazing levels of support I have seen on any marathon – the local residents vocally urging runners on, offering water, jaffa cakes, bags of sweets.

At mile 22 we reached once of the most challenging parts of the route, a stretch of road officially called Roebuck Road, but aptly re-named by a large banner emblazoned with “Heartbreak Hill”. It is not the steepest of hills, but after 22miles and with tired legs it certainly provides a physical and mental challenge.

Before long we found ourselves running past the site of the pre-marathon expo the RDS Hall, and into the final straight alongside Merrion Square park – where crowds of supporters more than three rows deep created a wall of noise urging the runners towards the finish line.

It turned out to be a weekend of celebrations with 3 out of the 4 of us bagging a new PB. Not only are the Irish by far the friendliest, loudest, and most positive supporters in the world, but they literally came out in their thousands to line the streets for this amazing event.  The Dublin Marathon is superbly put together, highly organised, has one of the best pre & post run goodie bags, plus an awesome medal and finishers top to boot.  I am so extremely proud of the three guys achieving new PB’s, they worked really hard to get them.

I would definitely run this event again, and would recommend it to others. A superb experience!

Angela Bell

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Angela Bell5.02.10
Clive Cartner3.56.15YES

Norfolk Coastal Marathon and Half Marathon – Saturday 28th October 2017

5 Jaguars had an early start Getting themselves to Morston Quay for 9am to run Norfolk coastal marathon, following the Coastal path. Although reasonably flat there was a strong westerly wind, relentlessly in your face for most of the Race. The 1/2 Marathon started at Burnham Overy an hour and a half later, with 10 Jags running. By the time I was 2 miles in I had already been overtaken by Ben Letzer running strong in the marathon. Although the wind, making the run difficult, we had no rain and when the Sun was out it got quite warm, my jacket was on and off every few miles. The views were wonderful, I now realise what poets mean by the Norfolk Skies , and when we saw the sea it was raging because of the wind, it looked amazing. The uneven terrain caused both Sonya and Jackie Bye to fall but thankfully they were not injured too badly, mainly just their pride. We had been told the distance was more than a marathon and half marathon, but when we got off the beach we thought we only had 800m to go, we just kept running on and on for another mile. Crossing the strangest finish line as it was inside the church hall where everyone was having their post race cups of tea and cake. Ben Letzer came in 6th in the marathon, and Mel was first Jag home in the half marathon in 7th place. All the Jags enjoyed this race despite the wind.

Jackie Gooch

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Ben Letzer3.29.06
Rod Bye4.02.29
Ellie Gaskins4.02.30
Scott Shrubsall4.45.47
Paul Taylor5.04.53
Mel Porter1.50.35
Paul Emery1.59.32
Emma Jordan2.12.26
Stewart Marden2.13.49
Rosemary Jackson2.15.14
Sonya Wragg2.28.27
Adele Bushall2.37.57
Jackie Gooch2.39.16
Clare Hicks3.17.51
Sarah Letzer3.17.51

Trowse 10k – Sunday 22nd October 2017

On the morning of Sunday 22nd October, ten Coltishall Jaguars made their way to Trowse, to take part in 14th edition of the Trowse 10k.

The route of the race, weaving through the heart of Trowse takes in a 0.6 mile incline from the White Horse Pub by Trowse common, up to its highest point at the end of the cycle track just before Whitlingham Hall. With this being tackled twice, it must surely be one of the toughest 10k races in Norfolk.

Undeterred by the prospect of such a challenge, the ten Jags set off from the Snowsports Centre race HQ, at the foot of what the centre affectionately calls Trowse Mountain.

The race began at 9am prompt, with runners making their way along Whitlingham Lane towards the Whitlingham Country Park visitors centre, and on towards the broad.

After negotiating the first turn, a slight bottle-neck, runners make their way back along the waters edge towards the start point, and continue into the centre of the village, cheered on by family and friends along the route. Reaching the common, the field begins to tackle what is regularly referred to amongst runners as “that hill..”.
Many a runner has been caught out by the turn in the cycle-track, not realising that they are only 2/3 of the way up the hill.
As a resident of Trowse living half way up the hill, I also had to fight the added temptation of diving into my house and having a sit down when passing my front door.

After negotiating the climb runners make their way down the hill though the campsite, before looping back towards the start point and centre of the village again, ready to tackle a second lap.

Despite the tough challenge the course provides there were new PB’s for both Julian & Julie Jardine, and several club standards reached. Angela Bell, Martin Bagnall & Jack Stuttle all achieved the Bronze standard, whilst Lee Emmett & Clive Cartner achieved Silver.

Charlotte Reed also made her debut as a Coltishall Jaguar – not the easiest course to tackle for your first race!

Well done to all who ran!

Clive Cartner

Clive Cartner42.06FTSILVER
Lee Emmett43.30SILVER
Jack Stuttle46.30BRONZE
Martin Bagnall50.44BRONZE
Julian Jardine52.52YES
Paul Gerber53.24
Charlotte Reed53.57FT
Angela Bell 56.26BRONZE
Julie Jardine1.15

Venice 10k – Sunday 22nd October 2017

The Venice Marathon is a celebration of running and includes a 10km race following the last 6 miles of the full marathon course. This is a fully inclusive race including competitive runners, fun runners, walkers, dogs and anyone else who wants to join in ! Just the ideal event for Jenny Welsh, Vanessa Clements and Netty Yeomanson who were back on the road together.

The run starts in San Guiliano park on the outskirts of Venice. The first 4 km takes you over the Liberty Bridge which connects the main land to Venice. Following the tram lines you get amazing views of the lagoon with the outline of Venice in the distance. Heading into the newly developed port area the passengers on the cruise ships are starting to disembark and cheer you on.

For a magnificent piece of engineering there is a specially built pontoon bridge which takes you over the Grand Canal and before long you are running over the 15 bridges (which aren’t as easy to run over as you’d think)  and into St Marks Square with the Basilica and Doge’s Palace as a back drop. The course eventually ends at Rive Sette Martiri in a really scenic position entering the lagoon.

This was a truly amazing route even though many competitors recorded it as 7 miles rather than 6 and the marathon leaders were taken the wrong way !!. A real bonus was a can of lager in the goody bag.

At the end of the race it was straight to  a cafe to watch the marathon runners start to come in, with a hot cappuccino .

We Would definitely recommend this event to the other Jags.

Netty Yeomanson

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Leicester Half & Full Marathon – Sunday 15th October 2017

Well, the time had finally come to tackle the full marathon distance for the first time. Preparation was not ideal, but I was looking forward to this one in a masochistic kind of way!

It was great to meet up with Team Blake and the Taylor family for the all-important Saturday night carb-load session and Leicester-linked Jags Hilda and Netty on the morning of the race. A large field had gathered, with approximately 75% opting for the Half option. When the race started, the majority of the first 2 miles seemed fast and downhill and it was time for discipline when it came to pacing. Heading north out of the city, the streets were lined by enthusiastic locals and friendly marshals. Before we knew it, we were out in open countryside and the route took us through some picturesque villages, before turning for home.

After the half-marathoners had gone their separate ways on approximately 6 miles, the field thinned-out dramatically and there was almost the feel of a Sunday training run for long stretches. A bit of climb on 15 miles and then the long run back towards Leicester. For me, the first 16 miles was great. 16-20 miles, however, I began to realise what I had let myself in for and by the start of the 23rd mile the wheels began to come off, with cramp in both feet and ‘that voice’ telling me I should have  a little walk! So, with a walk-run strategy (!) adopted for the last 3.5 miles I headed into the city centre and lost my earlier cheery persona, but thankfully managed the gruelling last uphill mile to cross the line.

Over the next 30 minutes or so I went through just about every emotion, but was ultimately pretty happy with my first attempt at the distance. It was great to see Dean and Emma at the finish after their brilliant runs (in the full and half respectively), before cheering Paul over the line.

A great weekend overall and one that certainly gave me a taste for longer races (I seem to have accidentally entered Manchester Marathon in April…).

Neil Button

Annette Yeomanson2.30.28YES
Dean Blake 3.24.23YESSILVER
Neil Button3.47.10FTSILVER
Paul Taylor4.05.29FTBRONZE

Budapest 30k – Sunday 15th October 2017

Emma and I headed to Budapest for a 5 day city break with the prospect of a 30km race on the Sunday for Budapest’s marathon weekend. The weather was lovely and warm and there were 32,000 participants taking part in numerous races over the course of the weekend. The distances ranged from 10km, 30km, a marathon and a marathon relay with 2 or 4 members to a team. Our race, the 30km, joined the marathon runners at the 12km mark and we ran the 30km alongside them. The course took in the sights of the city running along the River Danube, Parliament and Heroes Square, to name a few. It was a fast and reasonably flat course and was very well supported along the way with crowds and bands spread about the city. We both finished the race in 2 hours 54 minutes 17 seconds. We had a great experience at the race and enjoyed seeing the sights and hearing the sounds of Budapest.

Stephen Pointer

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Stephen Pointer2:54:17
Emma Wilcock2:54:17

East Coast 10k – Sunday 15th October 2017

The East Coast 10k was my pb course in 2016, so when entering this race earlier in year my intention was to attempt a pb again with my running partner Phil Henry. Unfortunately picking up an injury early August put paid to this. In fact it had meant I had to pull out of the Bure Valley 10m race 2 weeks earlier. That rubbish feeling of not being able to run/race really hit home that day seeing all the great results other Jags had that weekend.

A friend Donna Monk (fellow jag and Brundall parkrunner) was in the same situation, with the same injury. Donna likes to refer to us as the Shin splint sisters! A week before the East Coast race, we got chatting at Brundall parkrun, and hatched a plan. We would run the race together, taking it easy and not aiming for pbs. We decided that as long as we were pain free we would stick together and complete the race.

We both turned up taped up to the max, we quickly dismissed the idea, that tying both bad legs together would make one good leg, and run a 3 legged race!

We set off in glorious sunshine (albeit quite a strong sea breeze). We supported each other all the way round, making sure each others dodgy leg was holding up ok. The support was fantastic from everyone. At the top near the pleasurebeach, we decided we would get a bit of a move on as we suddenly had a fear that they would run out of ghost ship and we crossed the line both pain free with smiles on our faces.

This race has taught me a lot. Not every race has to be end in a pb, the support from the marshals and crowd was the same for the people at the front, middle and back of the field, a race means as much to everyone that runs from the front, middle or back of the field. The running community is fantastic (especially being a Jag) and running friends are simply the best!!

Bex Pountain

Donna & Bex East Coast 10k 2017

Graham Johnson43.22YESGOLD
Phil Henry44.28GOLD
Nicholas Eley44.35GOLD
Nicola Lambert-john44.49SILVER
Howard Harper45.36SILVER
Julian Smith48.43BRONZE
Vikki Harper49.29SILVER
Ruth Pilch51.03FTSILVER
John Windham51.53YESSILVER
Julian Jardine53.03
Ivan Westely53.08FT
Ruth Gainsford54.39SILVER
Neil Laughton1.02.27
Rebecca Pountain1.17.40
Donna Monk1.17.40
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