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Bure Valley 10 Miles – Sunday 1st October 2017

With my anticipated race partner – Bex Pountain – sadly injured for her second 10 mile race in a row I didn’t really have a plan for this race. I’ve found racing much harder psychologically this year and had a break over the summer to try to get my mojo back.
A PB was out of the question, so I set out to achieve gold standard in my first 10 mile race in Jags colours.
For the first few miles I tried to keep up with Howard Harper and Nick Eley, but after they opened a gap I decided to run my own race and try to enjoy the experience instead.
It was hard to enjoy the conditions just after 4 miles when we made a right turn into a stiff breeze and it started to rain. I thought back to the Mental Strength Workshop in the summer, remembered Rod Bye’s race mantra and found myself repeating “Ya-ya Tou-re, Ya-ya Tou-re” to myself, to fit in with my stride pattern. Being an NCFC fan I tried to think of a different player, but as Cameron Jerome and Wesley Hoolahan didn’t scan I settled on “Nor-wich Ci-ty, Nor-wich City”.
There was respite from the wind just before 5 miles when we made a left turn to run uphill and then I stopped and walked at the first water station to get a decent drink down me.
After running a loop we reached the second water station at about 7 miles and as I slowed down to grab a cup and walk again I was passed by Vicky Tovell.
Suitably refreshed I caught Vicky up and ran with her for a while. She was targeting sub 1:20 and as we were well inside that pace and I was feeling strong again I pushed on.
Around 8 miles the wind was a factor again (“Nor-wich Ci-ty, Nor-wich Ci-ty”), but the long straight towards the finish was mainly tree-lined and offered protection most of the way.
All of a sudden there was only 400 metres to go and I heard my name over the tannoy as I approached the finish along with “…..is being caught by….” and the tell-tale thump of running shoes on tarmac getting closer. That was enough to push me to a sprint finish and I held off the fast approaching runner behind me. He took it well and we laughed and high-fived after having the chips removed from our shoes.
There were some great performances by other Jags:

  • Andy Mulligan was top Jag after benefiting from Bex’s unfortunate withdrawal
  • The ever sprightly Ken Bowman achieved platinum standard
  • Emma Blake held her position of first in age category 40-45 from last year, ran a PB and age category record
  • Vicky Tovell also ran a PB and age category record
  • Nicola Holden teamed up with Emma and Vicky to be the 1st ladies team home

Overall there was a great Jags turn out, the race was well organised and marshalled and the cake afterwards wasn’t bad either (although obviously not up to Jags standard! :-))

Phil Henry

Name
Time
PBs
Standards
Andy Mulligan1.06.35GOLD
Pete Nelson1.08.00FTGOLD
Nick Hudson1.09.24YESSILVER
Graham Johnson1.09.58YESGOLD
Tom Johnson1.10.15SILVER
Lee Emmett1.12.23FTSILVER
Emma Blake1.13.38YES & AGE GROUP RECORDGOLD
Ken Bowman1.13.53PLATINUM
Nick Eley1.13.54GOLD
Nicola Holden1.14.08YESGOLD
Howard Harper1.15.35FTSILVER
Phil Henry1.16.47FTGOLD
Vicky Tovell1.17.04YES & AGE GROUP RECORDGOLD
Vikki Harper1.24.32SILVER
Claire Owen1.32.34BRONZE
Paul Gerber1.33.14
Sharon Jones1.35.34BRONZE
Clare Hicks1.39.32
Stewart Marden1.39.31

Lowestoft Half Marathon – Sunday 1st October 2017

The second Nicholson’s (http://www.nicholsonslaw.com/) Lowestoft Half Marathon took place on Sunday 1st October, in what can only be described as ‘tricky’ conditions.  Eight jags took off from the most easterly point in England, Ness Point to cover 13.1 miles as fast they could. 

The course is two laps, starting with what on a sunny Sunday would be a gorgeous stroll along the seafront before turning up Links Road, which comes as a shock front the dead flat sea wall to what is a rather impressive hill.  The course continues out to Corton, making the first 5km turn at The Corton Inn (http://www.thecortoninn.co.uk/) which is where the wind really started to bite.  By the time you are running back down Links Road which should be a relief the wind had definitely decided it was going to make its presence felt. 

The rain had also set in by this point, although was actually quite refreshing in places did mean that we knew were in for a treat when we back on the seafront. 
Reaching the starting point, knowing that you need to turn around and do the whole thing again is slightly daunting, but all eight jags managed this with some very successful results.  Nicola Lambert-John was first Jag home and second lady earning herself a trophy with an impressive time of 1.37.29.  Radley Fenn completed his very first half marathon in 1.38.43.  Personal bests were also achieved by John Windham and Ivan Westley in 1.58. 14 and 1.58.35 respectively. 
There is nothing like Jags support and running with other team mates not only spurs us on but also giving others the encouragement, be it to the winner, middle of the pack or the last person over the line.  Coltishall Jags make it known that we are there to support and it’s the love of running that is important not the time that you finish in!

Name
Tme
PBs
Standards
Nicola Lambert-John1.37.29SILVER
Radley Fenn1.38.43FTBRONZE
Neil Button1.40.19SILVER
James Lambert1.47.09
Roland Talbot1.55.35GOLD
John Windham1.58.17YESSILVER
Ivan Westley1.58.35YES
Katie Fenn2.06.24FT

Lincoln Half Marathon – Sunday 1st October 2017

Paul Taylor and Kerri Clarke made the journey up to Lincolnshire to take part in the second edition of the Lincoln Half Marathon.  This race has something in common with the Norwich Half as it starts and finishes on the Lincolnshire show ground.  Unlike Norwich, however, the route goes through the middle of Lincoln and hits almost all of the big tourist attractions heading through the University of Lincoln, Brayford Water, Lincoln Castle and in front of the Cathedral (last year runners also ran through the Cathedral grounds and it would have been nice to repeat that).  The course thankfully avoids the infamous and aptly named Steep Hill but the short and very steep downhill into the village of Burton at just over two miles did a fine job of killing the quads and making the rest of the race challenging.   Some fantastic race bling, featuring the cathedral, a goody bag and free pint of (sadly non-alcoholic) beer for all finishers.  Mind you I am not sure I will get much use out of the Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo or Fudge Hair Shaper included in the goody bag!

Paul Taylor

Name
Time
PBs
Standard
Paul Taylor1.44.30SILVER
Kerri Clarke2.48.08YES

Berlin Marathon – Sunday 24th September 2017

Wow – this marathon lived up to all expectations.  I was told it was one of the flattest marathons in the world and it certainly was that.  I actually got to watch the start of the race and watched all the top famous athletes start the race. I then got myself into position way down the field.  It was perfect weather conditions and you could feel the excitement all around.

Thousands of people cheered on as we ran through the streets of Berlin.  Lots of bands and music around the course.  The highlight for me was running through the Brandenburg Gate.

Angela Bell

Clive & Angela Berlin Half 2017

Name
Time
PBs
Standards
Angela Gallen Bell4.44.11FT
Clive Cartner4.44.11FT

Robin Hood Marathon & Half Marathon – Sunday 24th September 2017

On 24th September several Jags ventured out of the county to race in a warm and sunny Nottingham at the Robin Hood marathon and half marathon.

James Lambert and David Platten had both signed up to tackle the marathon initially but injury prevented them from getting in sufficient training and so they wisely opted for the half marathon option. This meant it was just Rod Bye who ran the marathon for the club. Joining James and David in the half marathon distance was myself, Nicola Lambert-John and Jackie Bye. Those running the full and half all start together in allocated pens depending on your predicted time. I managed to find David in the pen we were in and it was good to have a chat before we headed off, 3 minutes after the pen in front. Now I mention this as I found out at mile 4 when I caught up with Rod as he wanted to stick with the 3:15 pacer who he saw at the start to then realise he was in the pen ahead and so the pacer had simply disappeared by the time we started! Rod and I ran together for a while but tough for those doing the marathon who are fed off onto the second half of their route right near the finish for those doing the half!

This was my target race for the year as it’s a race I’ve wanted to do for a couple of years in my home city. It was a tough course with some hills in the first half  and the end seemed to stretch on forever! Normally target races don’t  seem to go to plan for me and having had shin splints for the previous 4 weeks I was apprehensive that I could reach my goal. However I dug deep and hung on in there, giving myself a good talking to when I wanted to quit at mile 10 and was really pleased with my time, achieving my target.

James Lambert finished just ahead of me as he was in the previous pen and David Platten achieved his target for the race of sub 2 hours. Rod and Jackie both told me they found the course challenging and were disappointed with their times, but I feel they both did fantastic and achieved gold standards for their age categories.

The event was well organised and there was support along the closed streets, along with several bands playing.   I particularly liked the water pouches provided as they meant you could create a small fountain of water to drink from/tip over you without the difficulty of trying to run and drink from a cup simultaneously! As well as the half and full marathon they  offer a very popular children’s race.

No plans to give it another go next year, but wouldn’t rule it out for the future!

Nicola Lambert-John

 
MARATHON
 
 
NameTimePBsStandard
Rod Bye3.25.58GOLD
1/2 MARATHON
Nicola Lambert-John1.36.31YESGOLD
James Lambert1.38.57BRONZE
David Platten1.59.53
Jackie Bye2.06.24GOLD

Round Norfolk Relay – 15th to 16th September 2017

Ode to RNR

Sitting at home drinking my wine
Reflecting the weekend O’ what a time
The Round Norfolk Relay a top class event
Starting at Lynnsport where our hero’s we sent

Brave hardy runners ready to travel
Off down the road and on to the gravel
Heading for Hunstanton it’s starting to rain
It’s blowing a gale to add to our pain

No turning back our journey has begun
No rest for the runners till all miles are done
Reaching the lighthouse first leg nearly complete
Just passing the baton then time to eat

My teammate my friend has no time to chat
He’s off with the baton he’s going flat out
The weather gets worse he’s getting a soaking
He’s heading to where the rich do their boating

Third runners are waiting to take their turn
This leg is short and easy to learn
Off to the beach sand in their trainers
But runners are tough and not complainers

Baton safely delivered to the Wells runner
Off down the harbour wow she’s a stunner
The weather has abated the going is good
She’s flying along as fast as she could

Hand over at Cley he’s got a tough one to do
Four miles on the shingle it gives him the hump
Then up on the cliffs to do Beeston bump
Arriving at Cromer his job is over

The baton must continue it’s journey for many more miles
Each runner will carry it with grimaces and smiles
We run as a team together we are strong
Bound by our colours what could go wrong

Runners take the glory in their bright orange vests
But without our support crew we’d be in a mess
They are the heart of our Club this is so true
Just one thing to say we love you

Through the night it continues everyone plays their part
Till it comes full circle and they are back to the start
The runners are weary they have given their all
But so proud of their Club as they chat in the hall

They will return next year to do the same
Stronger and faster and hopefully not lame
Together forever the wind in their hair
Running with friends we hold so dear

Rod Bye

Great North Run – Sunday 10th September 2017

On Sunday 10th September six Jags were amongst the 43,127 finishers of the world’s largest Half Marathon, The Great North Run.

The extremely large crowd of runners had gathered at the mass start in the middle of Newcastle on the central motorway, ready to begin their 13.1 mile journey to the finish on The Leas in South Shields. After the Elite athletes including Sir Mo Farah were introduced to the crowds via several large screens, Brendan Foster fired the starting gun to get the event under way. Shortly after the race start, runners were treated to a fly-by from the famous Red Arrows, a long standing tradition of the Great North Run.

Just before mile two, runners made their way over the main landmark, the Tyne Bridge, and on into Gateshead where they found many people lining the roads cheering on family, friends, and other passing runners. The route continued out of Gateshead, and wound its way on to Heworth and South Tyneside.

Along the route runners were treated to numerous bands and singers as entertainment at almost every mile marker. Numerous water stations and Lucozade stops were split over the length of the course to keep runners hydrated, and unless my eyes deceived me, a cheeky beer stop had been created around mile 10 with beer being served by the side of the road (possibly by the local community!) in plastic cups.

The route eventually wound towards South Shields where after a steep downhill you entered on to the seafront road – a long, straight, last mile which on the day was rather blustery. Large crowds helped draw the runners towards the finish, where they were rewarded with a great medal & goodie bag.

Depending on your starting point, it may not be a PB course due to the sheer amount of runners sharing the same stretches of road – unless of course you are Neil Button who recorded a new PB of 1:34:02. Well done to all who took part!

Angela Bell

Clive GNR 2017Angela GNR 2017

Name
Time
PBs
Standard
Neil Button1.34.02YESGOLD
Angela Gallen- Bell2.14.11
Clive Cartner2.14.11
Carolyn Gerber2.29.52
Paul Gerber2.30.22
Barbara Button2.37.52

Wissey Half Marathon – Sunday 3rd September 2017

The Wissey Half Marathon  is an undulating rural course, in the west of the county, starting and finishing next to the National Trust’s Oxborough Hall.

Just three Jags took part this year, as with chip timing being in place for the first time, the race sold out well in advance. It was near perfect weather conditions for running, and Lee Emmett ran a great first time race, finishing in 1:40:53 for a bronze standard. Scott Shrubsall was hard on his heels with a time of 1:45:29 and I finally managed to get under 2 hours (1:59:07) PB Silver.  In fact I almost caught up with Second Claim Jag Keith Brighty (Norwich Road Runner) who limped home with a nasty blister in 1:52:04!

For those who had worked up a thirst there was real ale waiting on tap at the finish (Scott!), though I must admit an ice cream went down really well!

Ruth Gainsford

Name
Time
PBs
Standard
Lee Emmett1.40.53FTBRONZE
Scott Shrubshall1.45.29
Ruth Gainstford1.59.07YESSILVER
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