On Sunday 19 May, I took part in the Great Manchester Run 10km. I entered this race two years ago and wanted to take part again. I was in the orange start and the organisation was fantastic. Prior to the start, I was interviewed by the BBC who asked me various questions as to why I was there and if I was running for a charity etc. As I had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, I mentioned that I had the all clear in the February and I wanted to run for all those fighting this terrible disease. I never thought it would be shown on the television on the highlights that evening.
We set off in waves and this race is the largest 10km in Europe and there were over 30,000 runners competing in the half marathon, junior races and 10km race that day.
It is a great course, going down Deansgate in the centre of Manchester, Old Trafford (passing the football club), and Bridgewater Way and Chester Road.
The entertainment was fantastic and really kept me going and had music zones, bands, choirs, musicians etc. all the way round. Besides the allocated water stops, there were two shower mists which you ran though, which was great!. The supporters were fabulous – cheering me on and shouting my name at every corner and along every road.
Although I did not achieve a PB, I did knock nearly 2 minutes off from when I did the race 2 years ago, so I was well pleased.
It is a really enjoyable race and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have even entered to compete
A good contingent of orange was present at this Sportlink Grand Prix/County Championship event. The weather was beautiful and the venue, Neatherd High School, really ideal (with plenty of ladies’ toilets!). We also had a chance to experience the Total Race Timing numbers issue system – which looks as though it is going to save a lot of hassle for us, too.
Well over 500 runners started, and we ploughed along the old A47 for almost three miles before turning off for the loop round Elsing. It was great to see Dee and Steve at the start (and later on), and Paul Emery and Emma Jordan also cycled over to cheer us on. It was so good to see them there and the support was really appreciated. The A47 stretch back to the finish seemed VERY long, but many people were rewarded with PBs, so most were happy. Fortunately it wasn’t as hot as a couple of years ago, but one or two found the end very hard going.
It was good to spend some time with Emma Blake, who also had a very good race, and there was a nice atmosphere at the awards presentation.
In summary, not my favourite route, and I would prefer an earlier start than 10:30 a.m. for a long race, but it went like clockwork and the organisers were all very friendly and helpful.’
YES & New Age Group Record
1st in Age Group, SILVER CC Medal & New Age Group record
GY Race 2 In the second race of the series, 30 Jags took part in conditions which were less windy than in race 1, but a bit wet underfoot due to the earlier rainfall during the day resulting in a couple of big puddles/waterjumps to negotiate on the way round! Once again there was tremendous Jaguars support around the course, helping nine Jags to achieve PBs with Shane Bidle, Hattie Swain, Julian and Julie Jardine all bettering their PBs from Race 1 and Radley Fenn, Karen Evans, Caroline Britton, Megan Swain and Rebecca Wicks all achieving best times. There were awards for Jaguars with Nick Eley claiming first in his age group and Elly Young second in another new age group record, while the Senior Men’s Team of Andy Mulligan, Daniel Smith and Jack Stuttle were victorious with first place in their category.
For the fourth year in a row, my family set off to King’s Lynn for GEAR on the first Sunday of May. Starting in the Tuesday Market Place, the day was sunny, yet crisp, and I found myself behind the 55 minute pacers among the throng at the beginning. The race starts through the town centre, passing a group of singers, as we headed along the quayside, before zig-zagging back through the shopping areas. Whilst narrow in places, the great crowd really cheers you along. After about 3k, we headed out towards The Walks and a bit more space to stride out, looping around the Red Mount Chapel. By this time, I had moved forward a bit and was ahead of the 50 minute marker and more in line with my target. There is a reasonable stretch out towards the river and the turn back to the town centre. Up on the embankment next to the river, the chilly wind really caught you, and I could feel it becoming a little tougher. By the time I got back into the town centre zig-zag, I was relieved to be out of the wind, and amongst the good cheer of the crowds. It was great to hear the cheers from fellow Jags, spurring me on to the finish. I was pleased with my time of 48.47.
Chris Johnson was the first Jag in, with a time of 43.44, closely followed by Andrew Wicks, at 43.51. Stephen Norris and Paul Bloomfield both finished well achieving good times. Thanks to Penny Murray, Jenny Norris and their Junior Jags for cheering us all on and taking the photos. All in all, this is a very well organised race with plenty of facilities and a large supporting crowd.
Ready or not here we come 💪🧡🏃♀️🏃♂️ #LondonMarathon2019
Yesterday at the finish. Utter relief and a fair bit of elation. Very happy with my time; just dipped under 3.45hrs and also that I’ve raised almost £500 for Guide Dogs UK
I blooming did it! What an experience!! I loved it. London you didn’t disappoint. 4 hours 15min 39sec. Pretty happy with my pacing as well. Thank you to everyone who has sponsored me, sent me well wishes, come on long training runs with me (Vikki Harper 😘). And to the fabulous canary crew for the support today. Also thanks to the old man (Matthew Pountain) for his consistent love and support. This ones for you my darling daddy xx ❤️
So my hip went at 16 miles and the last 10 we’re slow and painful but I did it! #
Wow! What a rollercoaster of a journey this has been.. so many tears, so many injuries, so much pasta and so many miles! But it was so worth it!
Virgin London Marathon 2019 was an incredible experience that I will never forget, I can imagine I’ll still be buzzing from this for the next week or so and it honestly is a feeling like no other, especially because I’m also in a world of pain right about now haha…
Thank you to my family and friends who came to support me yesterday, you kept me going and was such a massive lift to see you throughout the course! It made my heart so happy!
I also want to thank everyone who donated to Mind charity, the money is going to do some wonderful things for people who need it most and it’s a great feeling to know that we’ve contributed to this!
It is so overwhelmingly positive to witness how many amazing people there are in this world and yesterday was definitely a celebration of that! Congratulations to all those runners yesterday, you did yourselves proud!
GY Race 1 A strong contingent of 31 Jaguars took part in the first race of the Great Yarmouth 5 mile series. The race took place along the promenade over 2 laps giving a nice flat course, however conditions proved difficult due to the strong headwind in the home straight on both laps. Despite this, six Jags achieved PBs: Jack Stuttle, Shane Bidle, Sharon Jones, Julian Jardine, Hattie Swain and Julie Jardine, while Elly Young claimed first place in her age group with a new age group record and diamond standard and Jackie Gooch achieved second place in her age group. There were also eight first timers for the Jags at this distance. The race was well organised by Great Yarmouth Road Runners with supportive marshals while the support from Jaguars who were not running was fantastic out on the course especially on the challenging run in to the finish line.