|Ellie Gaskins||39.24||Yes & New Club Ladies Record||DIAMOND|
Great South Run at Portsmouth on Sunday 20th October. The weather was perfect – sunshine and blue skies. 20,000 runner lined up along Southsea promenade to run ten miles around the city – historic Portsmouth, the Dockyard with HMS Warrior and Nelson’s Victory. There was a wonderful atmosphere- lovely crowds, music everywhere and a fantastic flat course, finishing along the seafront. A great run – well worth the journey! My first 10 mile race, quite slow but really enjoyable!
|Joanna Cottrell||1.58.17||First Time||BRONZE|
|Ellie Gaskins||41.29.1||PB and New Age Group Record||GOLD|
|Nicholas Eley||44.24.2||2nd in age group||DIAMOND|
|Elly Young||46.38.2||1st in age group||DIAMOND|
|Rosemary Jackson||51.22.6||1st in age group, new age group record, PB||DIAMOND|
|Ruth Gainsford||51.32.7||1st in age group||GOLD|
|Graham Johnson||1.13.36||3rd in age group||GOLD|
|Nicholas Eley||1.15.25||3rd in age group||GOLD|
|Vikki Harper||1.28.22||3rd in age group||SILVER|
|Sharon Jones||1.30.33||3rd in age group||SILVER|
The day dawned bright and warm for the last of the 2019 10k series at Scottow Enterpise Park, but a cloud hung over the future of the races at the airfield, the management still in talks with the Jags committee about our future there. It felt strange arriving to run in the Jolly Jaguars race rather than helping at the event, but as this was part of the Grand Prix series I had decided to give it a go. My niece was marshalling in my place, bribed with a bottle of Prosecco!
The race director gave his pre race briefing, he hoped it wouldn’t be our last race at the airfield, this was greeted with applause from over 700 runners.
The race was two laps around the perimeter track, with marshalls at regular intervals cheering us on, there were pacers for those who wanted to achieve a certain time and cyclists patrolling the route keeping an eye on us all. I spotted at least 3 runners who had succumbed to the heat and were being attended to by first aiders, though luckily none needed hospital treatment this time.
It was too hot a day for a personal best, for me anyway, but I was pleased with my place in age category and the very nice medal of course!
An enjoyable and successful event, including the junior 2k and wheelchair race, all on the fast, flat and safe course, let’s hope this isn’t the end of the road for Coltishall Jaguars running events at the airfield.
|Neil Button||1.29.26||New Age Group Record||Diamond|