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!!
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.
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!
|Emma Wilcock||45.50||First Time||Silver
|Adele Bushell||52.17||PB|| Silver
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
When it was suggested that the Jaguars enter a ladies only team for the RNR there was an immediate enthusiastic response; the different legs were soon allocated by the RNR Committee. Training for this event has been at the back of our minds for quite a few months and last weekend, 19th and 20th September it all came to fruition. Despite a last minute drop out and consequent re-organisation of three of the legs (including a very willing Dee Neal as reserve) the team pulled together, showed their flexibility and commitment and were not perturbed in the slightest – except perhaps Jackie Bye, who had an extra 11 miles to tackle!
The weather was glorious (not too hot, and wind generally in a helpful direction), which lifted everyone’s mood – although all the runners were already massively excited by the opportunity to represent the club in this prestigious event! Ellie Bye was narrowly pipped to the post as first woman home on the first leg, and this set the tone for the rest of the race. Some of the legs were extremely challenging due to length or terrain, but the ladies rose to every challenge.
The finishing position of fourth out of five ladies teams was gratifying and some sums reveal that the 50 Shades of Orange had the oldest average ladies’ team age, by five years compared with the winners. We were only 14 minutes slower that our predicted time too which was achieved by some impressively quick legs on the weekend.
Massive thanks go to the Committee for efficiently organising everything and then giving up so much time (and sleep) to be time-keepers or drivers. The cyclists kept everyone’s spirits up by their encouragement and the men certainly gave their support, especially by driving, cycling, taking pictures and baking sustenance for the team!!
The comments and photos on Facebook say it all on behalf of the 17 runners: it was a real honour to have been picked to run, we know each other so much better by working as a team on the RNR and the whole weekend exemplifies the joy of running!
Five Jaguars ventured to Lowestoft to tackle the hills and steps in the 20th Lowestoft Scores race. The conditions on the day were near perfect with little wind and some cloud cover. A well organised race all in all and the crowds were especially lively at the top of the scores.
Whilst James Lambert, Melvyn Porter, Becky Durant and Nicola John were having this photograph taken just moments before the race started, the fifth Jaguar ran past to pick up her number with just minutes to go! Quite a spectacular way to start a race Adele Bushall!
First Jag home was Mel Porter in 34th place and a great time of 32:36. James Lambert was the second Jag home in a time of 33:33 knocking over 5 minutes off his previous time at this event. Next in was Nicola John sneaking in a sub 40 minute time of 39:59. Adele’s time was 42:30 (who technically ran one extra score than everyone else in a dash to collect her race number at the start)! Becky won her age category with a time of 46:33; fantastic running!!!
It was a near perfect day for running on the Cambridgeshire Fens, a slight cooling breeze, warm but not too hot.
The course was very slightlly undulating, on quiet rural roads, a friendly half with good support from the Ely Runners and locals.
Although a smallish field, there were good after race treats in the way of massages, local beer stall, pizza stall, along with drinks and salted caramel brownie to die for.
The race was chip start and finish which is always good.
Flying the flag for the Jags was Jeremy who achieved a pb of 1:37:36. Finishing 95th out of 455.
The last in this years series was attended by 3 Jags, Paul Allen, Jackie Gooch & Josh Neal all doing the 10k race.
The Nelson’s Head had had a beer festival the previous evening and still had the marque and kitchen set up, ideal for registration which was undercover and the smell of bacon and coffee was a distraction from pre-race nerves.
The weather was overcast as the runners met before the race chatting and exchanging stories, there is definitely a chilled & fun atmosphere to the Dune Runs.
Together the 5k and 10k runners lined up to loud music at the start, the sun then appeared and decided to stay through out the race.
The first mile was along a narrow uneven footpath eventually coming out behind the dunes joining a sandy path. Mile 2 bought us up into the dunes for the first time and then on to the beach with soft sand. Most runner ran to the sea edge where the sand was firmer, but by doing this we then had to move up the beach to get over the groins, we did this a few times, being watched by the seals, which there were plenty of.
Mile 3.5 to 4.5 was the toughest on the legs as once again we were in the sand dunes, but now the sun was blearing down, the water station was a welcome sight made better by Sue Allen’s encouragement and a cup of water over the Jags heads.
Soon we are homeward bound along the sandy path, and eventually the last mile up the uneven path to the finish line.
Josh Neal was first Jag home with a time of 50:10 but realised after, he had gone wrong!! He went straight rather than doing a loop & was not happy, as his last Dune run, the signs were moved and he got lost.
Paul Allen came in next @ 53:00 Followed later by Jackie Gooch 1:03:31
All seemed to enjoy this race, and because the car park had too stay closed till the last few runners had arrived home, there wasn’t a mass exodus. Many people mingled and chatted with a pint and the presentation was well attended.
Two Jags, Clive Steward and Scott Shrubsall made the trip across the border into Suffolk to run a new for 2015 Trail race, the King’s Forest Half Marathon. There was also a full marathon option but it was agreed after completing the half that neither runner fancied a second lap!
After a shortish (about 1/4 mile) walk to the start there was a race briefing and then the run was under way and straight into forest tracks through pine forest. This opened up and the early morning rain and cloud had cleared to make for a warm start to the race. Various changes in terrain followed from sandy tracks to gravel and finishing with grass, the threatened muddy section turned out to be a bit of a let down and easily missed.
Clive proved the fastest of the Jags finshing well up the field in around 1hr 45. Scott not too far behind finished in 1:50:49 – times by Garmin.
Feed stations were well stocked and runners received a race t-shirt and medal. For those running the Norfolk Coastal Marathon or Half in October you’ll be in for a well organised and enjoyable event!
Three Jaguars made the trip to Oxburgh Hall for this event which was part of the Grand Prix series and the British and Eastern Masters Championships. Only one of our runners was old enough to qualify as a veteran but as he was not a member of EVAC that ruled him out of those competitions. The weather was fine with a slight wind which helped keep runners cool for the first 8 or 9 miles. However, when they turned for home with the sun out and the wind on their backs everybody got very warm.
First Jag home was Ken Bowman in a PB of 1:32:01 in a Platinum standard, second was Ellie Bye in a Gold standard 1:35:40 and third was Ben Gaskins in a Bronze standard 1:41:47.