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Colchester Half Marathon – Sun 26th March’18. With the race getting underway at 9am, Angela Bell & I had an early 6:45am start (especially after the clocks had gone forward!) to take part in our third consecutive Colchester Half Marathon. The race starts outside the Weston Homes Community Stadium, home of Colchester United & after a lap of the pitch to warm up we joined the rest of the participants on the start line. At 9am we joined a starting pen ready for the off. A number of people had already joined ahead of us, so we slotted in to the 2hrs 10min pen. As the race began we made our way through the first couple of miles, downhill, into the centre of town. Once there we were met with a road aptly named North Hill, a steep incline that leads to a left turn on to Colchester High St. On both the hill and Main Street, crowds were lining the streets cheering the runners on. From there the course undulated through the suburbs and business parks of Colchester until we reached the halfway point, a bridge that crosses the A12. Once over the bridge the course was mainly flat, winding though the quaint village of Langham and on to Boxted. The latter, has a long straight road almost two miles in length, with groups of people cheering you on every 200 metres or so. Once at the end of the road, the stadium appears back in sight and after turning left, crossing a second bridge over the main road, you drop down into the finishing straight. The end of of this race must be one of the best supported half marathons around, with the noise level increasing dramatically as people urge you to push for the finishing line. Having started within the 2:10 pen and Angela running just over the two hour mark, the race was made all the more enjoyable by being able to target and catch those in front of us – it is definitely more motivating to overtake than be overtaken! After crossing the line you are rewarded with a t-shirt, goody bag, along with a great medal that features a different yet brilliant design each year. This is one of our favourite halves – and we would recommend it to all.

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Angela Bell2.01.44YesBRONZE
Clive Cartner2.01.45YES



We walked to the Start line and I said goodbye to my family as I headed to the race pens. There was only actually one race pen and each wave was supposed to wait their turn but people were just doing what they liked. I got carried along with the crowd and inadvertently ended up in wave 2 instead of 3 but what the heck, I figured I’d be a little faster than my PB of 1:57 which I ran last year at the hilly Broadland Half Marathon.

It took a while to shuffle to the Start line and as the start of the route was so narrow, I couldn’t manage any sort of pace or overtake anyone so just relaxed. As we turned the corner to Trafalgar Square, the crowd blew me away as there were so many people cheering like crazy! The London Landmarks Half Marathon is predominantly a charity event and the cheer squads and entertainment organised by each charity was incredible! I was very close to tears for the first 3k as everything was so overwhelming.

At 5k I took a bottle from the water station and shortly after that saw Mr H and the Mini-H’s who cheered and gave me high-5s.

This gave me such a lift and then I ran through more cheer stations and music. At one point all I could hear was church bells, a huge steel and drum band, whistles and cheers and it was fantastic, overwhelming and emotional all at the same time. There was also a police helicopter hovering closely overhead all through the race which was unnerving but also reassuring.

I had a gel at 9.5k, then grabbed a bottle of Lucozade Sport and saw Mr H and the kids a few more times as they’d found a spot that I’d pass closely about 4 times

I did pass a lot of Landmarks and I tried to take them in but any runner will tell you that it’s hard to look side to side when you’re running! I saw the London Eye, Kings College, Fleet Street, Nelson’s Column, the Thames, MI6, the Shard, the Walkie Talkie, the Tower of London, Big Ben and ran over Waterloo bridge. Somehow I missed St Paul’s Cathedral and realised why when I saw this photo.

There were chip timing mats and cameras at various points around the route and they posted updates and photos to my Facebook page.

My GPS signal was all over the place, probably due to 10000 runners all trying to connect to the same signal! I decided I was going to have to self-pace and that it would be good practice for the marathon in case I could not get a decent pace signal again. I found that the course was pretty much flat and that I sped up with crowd support and music and settled comfortably during the quieter parts.

At about 7 miles I passed the Alzheimer’s Research cheer stations, the reception I got was incredible, the supporters were all screaming my name, whooping, shaking pom-poms and clapping bang-sticks, I loved it!

As I neared the last two km, I saw a 2 hour pacer in front of me and as I overtook him, I checked my watch convinced I had gone faster. My watch confirmed that the pacer was from the wave in front of mine and that I was doing great!

At 20.2k I dumped my drink and started to sprint. I passed the 13 mile marker, turned left into Whitehall and ran ecstatic to the Finish line.

As I stopped my watch, I was amazed to see 1:48 flash up on the screen. The last time I had run an official half marathon was March 2017 when I had completed the Broadland Half in 1:57 so I had set myself a target of sub-1.55. A thought of sub-1:50 had briefly crossed my mind due to the Marathon training and this being a flatter course but I’d dismissed that as silly. “You can’t knock over 7 minutes off in a year.” This morning when I was feeling sorry for myself, I’d never have believed that I’d knock 9 minutes off my PB.

I wasn’t happy with the GPS issues though! It messed up my distance so I didn’t get a half marathon Strava PB. Looking at my splits it went wrong at 3k. I’m bloody impressed with the rest of my splits though – wow!

Vikki Harper1.48.28YESNEW SILVER


Myself, Elly Young, Sonya Wragg, Joanna Cottrell and Jackie Gooch made the trip down to Thetford for the Hoohah Thetford Forest 10k. Hoohah events raise money for a chosen charity in this case Addenbrookes charitable trust and runners have the option open to them to raise sponsorship although this is completely voluntary and not compulsory.

The race village itself is based at St Helens campsite a short drive from the A11 car parking is on a field so can get interesting if it rains ( as I found out when it came to leave!!), We took the short walk to the start where after picking up our race numbers we met Paul Rodgers bringing the Jags tally up to 6, A line of portaloos is on hand for any last minute calls of nature and a Gazebo is provided for Baggage storage.

At the start line we were met by the very enthusiastic Ben who led us through a very energetic 5 minute warm up before handing us back to the race director who unleashed 511 of us on the forest at 10am, The course winds its way around the forest over the occasional moderate incline on mixed terrain of tarmac and dirt track and is a really nice route to run with a water station at the half way point and people dotted around the course cheering everybody on.

I was first Jag home finishing 12th overall closely followed by the lovely Elly Young who  scooped the 2nd lady trophy for her efforts next up was Paul then Sonya followed by Jo who managed to secure a place on the day Jackie completed the Jags charge on the forest finishing shortly after. Post race we were treated to a bag of crisps, bottle of water delicious home made flapjack and of course the race medal. Post race massages are also available as well as a coffee stall we opted for the latter and headed for home all in all a great morning out highly recommended.

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Nick Hudson43.2712th place
Elly Young44.222nd Female
Paul Rogers45.1824th place
Sonya Wragg55.59
Joanna Cottrell57.23
Jackie Gooch58.38


The Barcelona Marathon completed & enjoyed by Angela Gallen Bell, Her husband and new member Ian Bell and Clive Cartner. The course is undulating in parts, but it more than makes up for that with some stunning scenery and warm sunshine. Very well organised, with great shiny rewards at the end… Add it to your to do lists!

For Angela this was her 9th marathon and It’s been quite a journey with fighting a virus since before Christmas, meaning she had hardly trained. She felt unfit and unprepared as and only knew she was definitely coming to Barcelona 4 hours prior to leaving England. She cried herself across the start line being full of emotion. But no tears at the end, just relief. She completed in 4:36. She didn’t stop once. Running is all in the head. Have a strong mind and you’re halfway there!

Ian has just completed his third marathon in 6 months. This is amazing considering he only started running 8 months ago. Ian was on track for a 3:15 finish but his leg popped (as he put it) then he walked two miles. He feels a bit hard done by as his Garmin shows a faster time but in the big picture it doesn’t matter. Ian has 2 more marathons coming up to get the result he wants!  In the end Ian was just sub 4 but few problems with his chip timing. He also hasn’t trained due to injury. It’s been a really fantastic day!

This was also Clive’s 9th Marathon, he managed to get to 18 miles before the aches kicked in, but having not trained properly it wasn’t as bad as he thought it would be

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Ian Bell4.06.11 not correct awaiting correct time
Angela Bell4.36.19YES
Clive Cartner4.36.22

ANGLESEY 10K 04/03/2018


The week leading up to the race organised by Always Aim High Events was filled with anticipation.  Most of the country was covered in snow, especially Norfolk and there were conversations going back and forth between runners and organisers as to whether this race would actually take place.  The organisers were adamant it would and when we arrived the day before we could see why, there was no snow there at all!!

We got up bright and early on Sunday morning as the Menai Suspension Bridge was being closed off to all vehicles from 8am.  Once we had parked we arrived the other side of the bridge and walked across it to the start line, this was a wonderful experience as the bridge is not closed for pedestrians very often.  It was very breezy and extremely cold.  There were more than 1,500 people participating in the races which were ½ marathon, 10k and the Dragons Dash – 1 mile for children.  This is the second year that the 10k has been included in this event.

We watched the ½ marathoners go off and it was a magnificent sight watching them run across the bridge and down along the coast.  Next it was the time for the Childrens Dragon Dash, lots of children all excited and waiting for their count down and off they went across the bridge.

Whilst waiting for our start we were chatting to other people waiting and the organisers had arranged for the runners to donate a jumper to their charity which we contributed to….which meant I could wear my jumper right up until the start.  There was a photographer taking group and spectator shots and there are a couple of Julian and not me and I was with him at all times,  it looked as if he was there on his own.

They began the countdown, the wind had died down and it didn’t feel so cold, we were then off and we ran across the magnificent bridge, the route was absolutely gorgeous and we ran along the coast with the bridge in the background.  When you book your event they advertise the event by having runners running along with the bridge in the background…and now we have one of those photos.  It was very hilly and they were long gradual hills, but the people running alongside were very friendly and the sights were beautiful.

As you come towards the end of the race the street is lined with loads of spectators and you can hear the sounds of cowbells, they love ringing these to encourage you, then on to receive your bling, t shirt and nibbles to eat.

I cannot rave enough about this race, certainly one to add to your list.

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Julian Jarden54.11
Julie Jarden1.25.48

BENIDORM 10K & 1/2 MARATHON 03/03/18

Benidorm 10k/Half Marathon – 2018


Twelve Jaguars fought through the snow to get to Luton and (eventually) Benidorm for this year’s Half Marathon/10k event.

The prolonged journey was not exactly good preparation for any race. However, our Friday lunchtime arrival combined with early evening start on the Saturday gave us some time to catch-up.

Both races, 10k and ½ had a conjoined mass start, just downhill from the ‘cubist’ municipal building close by the old town. The route for both races ran along the wide boulevard which is one street back from the sea front. A loop at the northern end of the town, retrace your steps and then north along the seafront before sweeping back down the boulevard. At this stage as we approached the old town, 10k racers went right and back uphill to the finish by the municipal building.

Half marathon runners threaded their way through the old town and out into the southern bay area. A long loop along the esplanade including a mile-long uphill at the southern end of the town proved challenging. This effort was followed by another loop along the northern sea front and back down the boulevard before finishing uphill at the same finish as the 10k participants.

Whilst it wasn’t cold there was some early evening drizzle and standing water. Nevertheless, all Jags got to the finish. ‘Netty’ Yeomanson scoring a PB, Sonya Wragg a Silver club standard and Dee Neal, Silver standard and 3rd in age group (despite suffering a mystery illness). Particularly noteworthy was Andy Mulligan carefully husbanding his 10k effort, closely following doctor’s orders. After-race activities extended long into the night/next morning as Karaoke systems across the resort were battered into submission. Thankfully we didn’t fly home until Monday giving everyone ample time to recover from their exertions!

All in all, an excellent weekend in the company of many like-minded people from across the UK courtesy of ‘Running Crazy’. Special thanks to ‘Netty’ for the effort in coordinating the Jags participation, especially the 48 hrs prior to getting to Luton.

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Sonya Wragg1.57.37SILVER
Stephen Neal2.04.50
Dee Neal2.04.513rd in Age GroupSILVER
Stewart Marden2.14.20
Clare Hicks2.14.22
Dawn Chapman1.00.09
Andy Mulligan1.00.13
Carolyn Gerber1.02.47
Annette Yeomanson1.02.47YES
Sarah Letzer1.13.09

HUNNY BELL XC 26/02/2018


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Junior Jags 1 Lap
Emily Haslam16.02
Georgia Corner20.55
Ralph Lambert-John25.12
Senior Jags2 Laps
Radley Fenn32.46
James Lambert33.22
Elly Young33.53
Nicola Lambert-John36.26
Julian Smith38.11
Katie Fenn42.36
Amanda Haslam43.31
Marion Bensley48.38
Olivia Newstead52.33

TARPLEY 20 MILE 26/02/2018

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We were going to run the Tarpley 20 and it took about an hour to get to just outside Bury St Edmunds and the area looked really pretty. After getting to race HQ I made the all important loo visit and we collected our race numbers and got ready for the race. I had an energy bar then put loads of Vaseline on my feet and ankles, or as my running friend P puts it “I got vazzed up before my run”. I didn’t feel too self-conscious as the men in front of me were slathering loads of Deep Heat inside their compression socks. That’s a new one on me!

We dropped our bag off and found 2 Marathon group besties A and K who were also running and S who’d come to support. A was road testing her London Marathon unicorn outfit and she looked amazing!

After a banana (I’m taking this fuelling thing seriously) we made our way to the start line. I had a tiny water bottle in my hand that Verena had given me and decided to carry it until the next water station. In the end I found the little bottle so easy to carry that I kept it and filled it at each water station.

As we crossed the start line the first thing I noticed was that there wasn’t a rush to get ahead, the runners all jogged at an easy pace chatting to each other. This wasn’t a 10k race where runners were looking for PBs, it was a spring marathon training race and the runners were just looking to get over the Finish line.

Mr H and I don’t run together in races, training runs are different as they are done at “conversation pace” but in a race, everyone has their own goal so we run separately as Mr H is faster than me. I wanted to run slower than my usual pace and build up if I was not in pain so I did 5 miles at 6:00min/km pace and after that started to gradually increase. This was nice because I was comfortable, warming up nicely and chatted to A and K before going ahead.

The weather was beautiful, the route was so pretty and I was feeling really good. Another thing I forgot to mention last week was that Verena has always told me to “activate my glutes” while running but last week the physio told me not to. I wondered if that had been my downfall last Sunday as muscles are all joined so my glutes would have stretched my hamstrings and IT Bands. So I decided to squeeze my little butt cheeks as much as I could and after 20 miles I reckon I now have buns of steel!

From behind I must have looked a right state with my clenched bum, race vest that will not stay on my hips (Dear Jags, can we have new ladies vests please? Love Vikki xxx) and a back pocket full of gels with my lucky stone. I must have looked as if I had a growth on my lower spine.

I had a gel at 9k as I was feeling great and didn’t want to wait until I was tired. There was very little cross wind or head wind and although the route was undulating, most of the hills were down rather than up. The route was a single lap too so we didn’t have to look at anything twice. We ran though some beautiful villages and I had a fair bit of house envy!

I kept an eye on my pace and passed 10 miles at 1:35. My Freethorpe 10 PB was 1:20 so I was pleased that I was finding this pace comfortable but still in good time. I passed 13 miles at 2:04 which was my Lowestoft half marathon time in 2016. Again I felt really good. I had another gel at 18k and chatted to a few runners as I overtook them. I was glad I had not gone out too fast as a few of them looked quite worn out. I started to feel really warm but every now and then I’d pass a puddle with half an inch of ice on it which reminded me how cold I’d be if I stopped moving.

S popped up every now and then which was great for support and to see a familiar, friendly face, he got some fab photos of us all too!

At 25k I had another gel and then heard a cyclist call out “good running Vikki!”. I have to say the marshals were fantastic all the way round but there were also a lot of cyclists going back and forth giving people encouragement. I don’t know whether the cyclists were marshals or just from running clubs giving their runners support but it was a nice touch. As I looked at the cyclist who had called out to me (I have my name on my race vest) I realised he was Tom from Bungay black Dogs RC and TP Fit Coaching. Tom cycled with me for 2 miles and we had a really nice chat which helped me increase my pace and take my mind off the last few miles. As we chatted Tom asked if I’d seen Bill Wyman’s house earlier in the route. I’d craned my neck being nosey at so many houses but totally missed that one! Tom very kindly asked if I needed any rubbish taking away and if I wanted any more gels but I was fine so we parted ways as I headed for mile 20.

At 30k my left knee twinged, Argh! I had one gel left and I didn’t need it but decided to have it anyway to pass the time and take my mind off my knee. At my Marathon training day, the coach said to sip gels slowly over 1-2km as it helps digestion plus gives you something to do!

The next thing I knew I could see the finish line! Mr H was beaming when he saw me, he’d obviously been worried too. I crossed the finish line at 3 hours, 4 minutes and 44 seconds which I was over the moon with, I’d actually sped up for the last few miles, even dipping down to 5:00min/km a few times!

There was no medal although I had known about that, it was just a t-shirt. But it was a nice t-shirt and I was so happy to have completed 20 miles and enjoyed such a nice race that I could live without bling.

Howard Harper2.51.24FTBRONZE
Vikki Harper3.04.44FTBRONZE
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