Peterborough Half Marathon and Oxford Half Marathon

The weather gods were not particularly kind for the 8 Coltishall Jaguars who completed the Peterborough Half, but this did not stop 4 of them running personal bests in the wet and windy conditions. Breaking the 1.30 barrier for the first time Mel Porter was first Jaguar across the line, Mel was joined in the p.b club by Ben Dennington, Stewart Marden, and Melanie Burch. Roy Owen, Paul Gerber and Sonya Wragg ran the distance for the first time.

On the same day Lisa Symon ran the Oxford Half Marathon and in her first run at the distance completed the race in 1.58.45

Full Results

Mel Porter1.29.43 (pb)Gold
Ben Dennington1.33.49 (pb)Silver
Stewart Marden1.34.12 (pb)Gold
Melanie Burch1.51.37 (pb)Silver
Paul Gerber1.53.58 (1st)
Sonya Wragg1.54.24 (1st)Silver
Roy Owen1.54.33 (1st)Silver
Dee Neal2.15.10Bronze

Chester Marathon

Closed roads, large crowds at the start and finish and in all the villages throughout the route, a mostly flat but very scenic course and excellent organisation at the start and finish are just some of the reasons why, last year, the readers of Runners World voted the Chester Marathon the best in the UK. This year there was the additional bonus of some excellent weather. Temperatures rising to 19 degrees throughout the morning made the aid stations every 3 miles a welcome sight for Richard and Dawn Collyer who joined 3000 other runners on the start line. In their first ever marathon Richard and Dawn ran together and had enough energy left for a sprint finish to complete the course in the same time of 4:29:21. Richard came away with a lovely red head and shoulders (suntan lotion in October in the north west was not even considered) and Dawn came away with the club under 35 age group marathon record.
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Pinewood Leisure Triathlon

Adele Bushell and Jackie Bye took part in this sprint triathlon consisting of a 300 metre swim, 10.6 mile bike and 2 mile run. Adele completed the course in 1.10.13 (8.05/42.46/17.53) finishing 3rd in her age category whilst Jackie crossed the line in 1.13.55 (10.24/44.18/16.35) finishing 1st in her age group.
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Chase the Train

North Norfolk Beach Runners once again hosted the 8.9 mile race from Aylsham to Wroxham alongside the Bure Valley Railway. The race has been moved from Spring to Autumn and was blessed this year with unseasonably warm temperatures. Only 2 Jaguars took part this year, Alan Bushell finishing in 7th place overall in a time of 1.01.37 and Jonathan Foot in 23rd in 1.09.07.
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Gatorade Dorney Triathlon

Rod and Ellie Bye had an early start to travel to the Olympic rowing lake at Eton Dorney for a standard Olympic Triathlon consisting of a 1500m swim/ 40k bike / 10k run. Rod finished in a time of 2.46.02 (33.08/1.23.40/45.11) and Ellie finished in 2.57.16
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Jolly Jags 10k

The Jolly Jags 10k had a finishing field of 127 runners and our own club member Richard Bateson was 3rd overall. Richard smashed the club record by a massive 2 minutes in a time of 34.26. Richard is just back from a stint in America and admitted to being on a diet of pizzas and donuts so it makes you wonder what he could have run had he eaten a wee bit healthier.  The best part of the morning had to be the wonderful cakes baked by the ladies and possibly some men members. Many thanks to all who helped to make it another succesful race.

Berlin Marathon

Sze-Ming Cheung, on one of his many trips, travelled to Berlin to compete in the Berlin Marathon. In doing so he ran a fantastic gold standard time of 3.04.47 taking  8 minutes off  his previous best time. As Sze goes up an age group in December he should qualify for an automatic entry to London 2015. In preparation for this he has entered the Rotterdam Marathon for 2014 hoping for a sub 3 hours.
Sze’s Result      Full Results

Round Norfolk Relay 2013

Becky’s Report on RNR

On the 15th September 2013, after running 197.2 miles, the Jaguars roared home in 23 hours 23 minutes and 26 seconds. This was the fastest time we have ever run this prestigious race. Well done Jags!

The club can be proud of its 8th position overall, 2nd in the Club Class Category and 3rd in the ARC Long Distance Relay category. Superb results for a relatively small club.

It was an absolute joy to watch as each runner prepared for the start. Whether it was Sue Allen’s attempt at world record shingle assisted Press-Ups or Mark Harmer’s efforts for a prize in the Ministry of Funny Jumps competition, each person’s idiosyncratic style produced excellent results. Everyone ran magnificently and judging by the smiles and laughter afterwards all enjoyed the experience. Our average minute mile pace was 7 minutes and 7 seconds, four seconds quicker than our previous best in 2011 and a huge 12 second improvement on last year.

The day began cold, wet and windy. Ben Letzer had to contend with a strong head wind, rain and shingle all the way to Hunstanton. The following hours continued in a similar vein and although it was dry during the night, the clear, star-filled sky meant it was only 4 degrees for our brave night time runners.

Congratulations to Jackie Bye for getting up early to go to work, then coming to help at the RNR, then returning home for only a few hours rest before her epic early morning Sunday run from Feltwell to Wissington. Her efforts produced an excellent time and a very high  72.02 age grading. This is just one example of the dedication and commitment needed to succeed and is indicative of the enthusiasm, training and generous spirit our runners show in their willingness to compete in this very tough event.

Of course without the helpers there wouldn’t be a race. Special mention must go to Martin Bagnall for serenading and providing musical as well as motorised horse- power support for some of our lucky runners. Janet Neale offered 60 Freddo Frogs for our 17 athletes. I am not sure what happened to 43 of these and I do apologise to Sze-Ming Cheung, as I don’t think he received one.

Next year?  Our tradition of enthusiasm, good will and dedication will secure good results I am sure.

I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend. Thank you Coltishall Jaguars.

***The following is a copy of an e-mail I have just received from the Chair of CONAC:-***


Congratulations to you and all your club members for a fantastic result in this year’s Round Norfolk Relay.

That’s no mean achievement, I should know and I’m delighted for you.

Best wishes

Granville Courtnell
City of Norwich AC

RNR Website here for full results

Names in stage orderDistanceTime & pos in stageMin mile paceAge Graded
Ben Letzer16.81 1.55.50 (5th)6.5367.36
Alan Bushel14.06 1.43.27 (18th)7.2164.65
Sue Allen5.76 0.46.21 (24th)8.0270.49
Mark Haynes11.14 1.18.11 (11th)7.0164.16
Lawrence Wade10.811.14.55 (6th)6.5566.16
Ellie Bye7.900.57.00 (13th)7.1267.87
Mel Porter9.241.01.33 (12th)6.3971.75
Debbie Jones7.52 0.56.40 (22nd)7.3266.68
Scott Chadwick11.301.20.00 (21st)7.0464.03
Andy Mulligan20.062.29.19 (27th)7.2663.87
Mark Harmer14.601.42.06 (16th)6.5966.75
Colin Robilliard19.672.17.38 (10th)6.5980.63
Sze-Ming Cheung13.251.29.36 (8th)6.4568.57
Jackie Bye7.27 0.58.28 (29th)8.0172.02
Jeremy Lawrence10.591.16.29 (18th)7.1371.72
Sarah Jay5.49 0.40.57 (22nd)7.2771.11
Matt Stone11.731.15.01 (9th)6.2373.58

Lowestoft Scores Race

The 4.75 miles Lowestoft Scores is Britain’s most easterly hill race with a total of 401 steps so you need to be pretty fit to run it. Three of the five Jags who turned up to run found the hills helpful in their build up to the Round Norfolk Relay.  Lawrence Wade was first home for the club finishing in 8th position overall in a time of 28.45 .  Alan Bushell ran 34.00 and finished in 45th position. Sarah Jay ran 38.07 and came away with the first 45+ lady trophy. Emily Hannant, back after a break from running, ran 39.16.  Adele Bushel ran  42.24. and was 3rd 45+ lady.   Full Results

North Norfolk Triathlon

Andy Mulligan and Jonny Reader tok the plunge into Wells Quay and beyond for the North Norfolk Triathlon. The Olympic distance race comprised a 1 mile swim, 40k cycle and 10k run, and just for fun a great deal of the run was on the beach!! Both had excellent results. From a field of 242 Andy finished in 28th place with a total time of 2.14.41 (swim 23.30/cycle 1.06.02/run 42.46) and Jonny came in 51st in 2.18.28. (24.10/1.08.44/43.13)

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