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!