Broadland Half Marathon – 12 March 2017

I only sent my membership form to the Coltishall Jaguars about two weeks prior to Broadland ½ and had not entered as a Jag or bought a Jags vest, so it has been lovely to be welcomed into the fold so soon and to be asked to write this report.

I arrived at South Walsham Village Hall with my husband Howard and I saw a lot of orange Jags vests and thought I might have recognised a few people from the training sessions I had tried since the new year (you all look different in daylight!).

The weather was perfect: mild, no wind, not too bright and not raining. The race was well organised and the marshals were brilliant, the route was really lovely and I can see why this race is so popular and sells out so quickly.

Brundall parkrunners (including Jags Nick Eley and Paul Taylor) were popping up along the route cheering and taking photos, which was wonderful! The route went from South Walsham Village Hall through Woodbastwick, Ranworth and Salhouse and back to South Walsham. There were three loops where we occasionally saw the faster or slower runners on the other side and I noticed Neil Button and Phil were doing really well and gave them a cheer (I think Neil briefly stopped chatting to wave back). I’d practiced the Woodbastwick and Ranworth part of the route a few weeks ago and thought it was “undulating” (that deceptive word!) but not unmanageable so I was therefore not expecting the hills towards the end of the route back to South Walsham which were hard work and very tiring. At one point during the final hills I was doing a little bit of the “overtaking dance” with another Jag (who may have been Paul Gerber) we had a bit of a chat and he complimented me on my running; he also called me “young lady” so he will forever be endeared to me.

When my TomTom buzzed 20km I saw I had 9 minutes to run the last km if I wanted my sub-two and as I was running at an average of 5:30 m/km I started to feel confident despite the hills and tiredness and pain! As I turned the final corner I saw the Finish line and the time on the clock was 1:57, I ran over the timing mats at 1:57:17 absolutely beaming.

Other Jag First timers For this race were Stuart Kenrick, Sonja White, Ivan Westley, John Windham and Barbara Button sprinting over the finish line with Jackie Gooch.

The First Jaguar home was Ellie Bye with a amazing time of 1.35.19 Followed closely by Graham Johnson & Neil Button both getting Pbs. Mel porter was on their heels and next in. ‘ansome’ Paul Emery, ‘Smiley’ Nicola L-J, ‘Elated’ Emma Blake, ‘well chuffed’ Ruth Pilch, And ‘giving it every thing’ Ruth Gainsford all gained Pbs on this tough course.

Unfortunately the prize giving had to be abandoned twice until times were verified. Eventually The results came in 2nd Senior Female: Ellie Bye. 2nd 60-40 Female: Rosemary Jackson. 1st 65+ Female: Heather Hollister.

The lovely coffee and cakes in the village hall had helped towards some recovery, and all received a lovely medal and technical t-shirt; we actually received the t-shirt at registration and as it has the word “Finisher” printed on the back, I thought this might be bad luck given that we hadn’t actually run the race. I now realise that “Finisher” doesn’t mean I finished the race, but after those hills, the Broadland half marathon finished me!

I would do it all again though.

Vikki Harper

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Name
Time
PB
Standard
Ellie bye1.35.19GOLD
Graham Johnson1.36.34YESGOLD
Neil Button1.36.40YESGOLD
Mel Porter1.36.43SILVER
Paul Emery1.40.21YESSILVER
Stewart Marden1.41.20SILVER
Nicola Lambert-John1.42.08YESSILVER
Emma Blake1.47.01YESSILVER
Dean Blake1.47.01
James Lambert1.46.48
Ruth Pilch1.50.31YESSILVER
Emma Jordan1.55.19SILVER
Stuart Kenrick1.55.41FT
Sonja White1.56.56FTBronze
Vikki Harper1.57.17FTBronze
Paul Gerber1.57.45
Heather Hollister1.59.44Diamond
Rosemarie Jackson2.00.03Diamond
Ruth Gainsford2.00.10YESSILVER
Ivan Westley2.05.23FT
John Windham2.05.26FTSILVER
Owie Barber2.10.24
Barbara Button2.13.33FT
Jackie Gooch2.13.33Bronze

 

Vitality North London Half Marathon – 12 March 2017

On Sunday 12th March myself (Stephen Pointer) and Emma Wilcock were in London to take part in the Vitality North London Half Marathon. The race was an 8.30am start from outside Wembley Stadium with the finish to be inside the stadium itself. The weather was cool, overcast but dry for the start which was ideal conditions for ‎nearly 6000 runners taking part. The course was undulating with hills during the first 4 miles and the last 4 miles as the course took on an out and back route with Saracens Rugby Stadium being the half way point. As the race went on the weather turned to light rain and was steady by the end. Not dampened by the weather the course had several brass and drum bands playing keeping the runners going aswell as the regular water and lucozade stops. We approached Wembley Way to conclude the race and entered into the stadium with good crowds to see all the runners past the line. We collected our race medals, goody bags and t-shirts and took a seat in the stadium to take in our achievement. Our finishing time was 1.53.24 and a great day had by the both of us, all be it with some aches and pains!

Em and Steve 2017

Cambridge Half Marathon – Sunday 5 March 2017

We arrived for the race the weather was very cold and sunny. We made our way to our designated pens 15 minutes before the start and the heavens decided to open and the wind whipped up. I could not wait to get going so I could warm up. The conditions were not ideal, but at least the rain did stop in the end. This was mine and Scott’s second year on the trot of running this half. It is a huge event and even increased its capacity to 9,000 runners this year from 5,000 the previous year. Although I did notice the increased congestion for the first couple of miles and struggled to get past people. The route takes you through the city of Cambridge, past Kings College, out to Trumpington and Granchester, before heading back into Cambridge on an out and back loop. There was lots of support on the route around with drinks and energy gels handed out at various points. There were a couple of bands playing on route which added to the great atmosphere.
8 Jags attended this event. Silver standards were achieved by Scott Chadwick, Paul Taylor and Jackie Gooch. Bronze standards were achieved by Claire Owen and Claire Hicks.
PB’s were achieved by Claire Owen and Clare Hicks, both chasing the sub two hours, but could not quite get there.
I would highly recommend this event, great t-shirt, huge medal and goody bag also. They even handed out lager at the end, unfortunately though it was non-alcoholic. The only other criticism was the baggage collection. They did not appear to have enough staff to cover the volume this year, although this was not an issue the previous year. Scott spent an hour in a queue trying to pick up our bags, which was not good when soaking and freezing cold at the end of a race.

Name
Time
PB
Standard
Scott Chadwick1.36.04SILVER
Paul Taylor1.47.04SILVER
Owen Barber1.54.54
Paul Gerber1.57.20
Claire Owen2.01.05YesBRONZE
Clare Hicks 2.02.58YesBRONZE
Stewart Marden2.02.58
Jackie Gooch2.04.02SILVER

Valentine’s 10K – Sunday 19 February 2017

The most romantic race of the year was not only one of the races in the Leathes Prior Grand Prix series, but also a County Championship event as well, so there was a good turn out of runners as you would expect. The weather for February was kind to us, I bravely stripped down to 2 layers and didn’t even need to wear a hat!
This course started and finished with up hill climbs, incorporating the villages of Easton, Colton and Marlingford, but of course the 12 Jags taking part were undaunted, helped on our way by the supporters and marshalls along the route.
Both Ken Bowman and Rod Bye did us proud, winning gold and silver County Championship awards in their age groups. Ken’s gold was particularly impressive as he later revealed he had been out partying the night before!
The awesome Tony Alborough added to his impressive tally of PBs with a diamond standard, and there were diamonds too for Rod Bye and Nicholas Eley (FT) and of course Ken Bowman. Neil Button and Graham Johnson were also on top form, both gaining PBs and gold standards and Claire Owen, one of only 2 ladies running in orange vests today, had a brilliant run and achieved a PB and bronze standard.
All in all, it was a very enjoyable Valentine’s event for anyone with a love for running!

Name
Time
PB
Standard
Tony Alborough38.38YESDiamond
Rod Bye41.08Diamond
Neil Button42.10YESGold
James Fuller42.14Silver
Nicholas Eley42.24FTDiamond
Scott Chadwick43.28Silver
Graham Johnson43.29YESGold
Ken Bowman44.15Diamond
Peter Kean- Cockburn50.06Silver
Claire Owen52.59YESBronze
Paul Gerber53.48
Ruth Gainford54.15Silver

Freethorpe 10 – Sunday 29th January 2017

It was quite a cold morning, but that didn’t seem to deter the Jags, a good turnout of twenty Jags, which was somewhat surprising as it was the day after the Celebration Dinner!!

First Jag home was Dean Blake in a PB time of 1.07.59 and a gold standard time!  Followed closely by Tom Johnson in another PB time of 1.08.11 and a silver standard time!

A few first timers at this distance including new member Nicholas Eley who finished in 1.11.01 and earned himself a diamond standard!!  Other first timers included Steve Neal, finishing in 1.22.38, Ruth Gainsford, finishing in 1.29.27 and Sharn Ponsford, finishing in 1.31.17.

Several PBs were also achieved by Neil Button, Scott Chadwick, Graham Johnson, Paul Emery and Dee Neal.

Great running from all, also a good start to the year’s standards for Jackie’s records!!!

Name
Time
PB
Standard
Dean Blake1.07.59YESGold
Tom Johnson1.08.11YESSilver
Rod Bye1.09.38Diamond
Neil Button1.10.19YESGold
Nicholas Eley1.11.01FTDiamond
Scott Chadwick 1.11.24YESSilver
Ken Bowman1.12.58Diamond
Graham Johnson1.13.14YESGold
Stewart Marden1.15.09Silver
Paul Emery1.16.06YESSilver
Paul Taylor1.18.38Silver
Ruth Pilch1.22.13Silver
Steve Neal1.22.38FTBronze
Jackie Bye1.24.23Diamond
Paul Gerber1.29.41
Ruth Gainsford1.29.27FTSilver
Sharn Ponsford1.31.17FTBronze
Dee Neal1.33.35YESSilver
Claire Owen1.33.21Bronze
Rosemary Jackson1.34.36Silver

 

Wymondham 10k – Monday 2 January 2017

The first race of the year took place a day later than normal January 2nd 2017. This was perhaps a blessing because it gave us an extra day to recover from the New year celebrations. It’s a race I traditionally attend with a large field of runners (800 registered) and a great atmosphere. 16 Jags lined up for the 10.30 start only to be told that the race would be delayed for another 15 mins because of the icy conditions. The start is on a very narrow lane and it takes a while for 800 runners to filter through, at the top of the lane you turn left and the road opens out and the race really starts, the first 2 miles are a gentle climb then its good running until a short sharp hill just before the finish. There were some great performances on the day with Tony Alborough first Jag home and smashing the 40 minute barrier for the first time (39.18) and PB’s for Dean Blake, Ben Gaskins and the ever improving Emma Blake, well done everyone a great start to the year.

Rod Bye

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NAME
TIME
PB
STANDARD
Anthony Alborough39.18YESDIAMOND
Dean Blake 41.02YESGOLD
Ben Gaskins41.43YESSILVER
Rod Bye42.30DIAMOND
Ellie Bye43.13GOLD
Neil Button44.07SILVER
Scott Chadwick45.37
Paul Emery46.46SILVER
Emma Blake47.00YESGOLD
Lucy Anderson47.07SILVER
Paul Taylor46.50FTBRONZE
Jackie Bye51.03DIAMOND
Claire Owen54.44BRONZE
Paul Gerber56.26
Ruth Gainford56.01SILVER
Barbara Button1.00.11

Buxton 5K Charity Fun Run – Sunday 11 December 2016

The fun run theme for the Jags this year was Cinderella. The judging took place first thing and the Jags won first prize as best fancy dress group!

After heading out the door into glorious sunshine, the troop assembled at the back of the field and agreed to all run together. Even though Julian Smith dressed as a horse wanted to vault all the hedges, Laura Payne, dressed as a carriage, wasn’t keen. Seeing all the characters running up a muddy hill was hilarious and Hilda Mears, dressed as Cinderella, was more worried about her gown than her speed!

The support all the way around from the marshals was superb and we would’ve all gotten PBs if we didn’t have to keep stopping for photos. The ugly sisters were played by Vee Clements and Jenny Welsh and were scary, even worse once makeup was applied!

Paul Gerber was the wicked step mother and ran the whole route with his wife Carly Gerber dressed as a down trodden Cinders as he wanted to look as glamorous as possible.

Sarah Letzer dressed as the prince managed to run the whole 5k carrying a glass slipper resting on a cushion which was impressive until the end when she informed me it was glued on! Lucy Anderson was hoping for a PB, but that was not going to happen dressed as a pumpkin and stopping for photos.

The pace on the way back got a lot faster when Clare Hicks, dressed as Buttons, pulled 6 packs of chocolate buttons out of her leggings which had melted and started offering them around. Luckily, nobody recognised me dressed as a fairy so I kept getting asked who I was!

Adele Bushell ran well dressed as a Christmas pudding, a costume she had made herself, and had managed to finish still smiling. Tamara Mills and Sharon Jones, who ran dressed as mice, finished together slightly ahead and a nice finale was everyone else crossing the line together.

The fairy was the last person home, whoever he was??

Barbara Button looked good in a Christmas hat and tinsel but that won’t be happening next year; it’ll be a full costume for her!

Vicky Tovell’s son, Billy Life, won himself a trophy in the kid’s race which was great to see. What a wonderful day made all the better by the appearance of Becky Durant, dressed as a mouse, although not running this time, but great for everyone’s morale.

A few more Jags dressed as elves and santas were spotted around the course, namely Sonja White, Ruth Gainsford and Zep Ciarla!

 

Stewie.

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Name
Time
Sonja White24.27
Adele Bushell26.34
Ruth Gainsford27.03
Sharon Jones30.05
Tamara Mills30.05
Barbara Button31.16
Zep Ciarla31.54
Team Cinders44.33

Adnams Southwold 10k – Sunday 20 November 2016

 

After 72 hours of nervously checking the BBC Weather website, the morning of Sunday 20 November arrived and thankfully Storm Angus had abated. Heading along the A146 towards Lowestoft the sun even made an appearance! Southwold was buzzing and the marshall teams were receiving their pre-race briefings at the finish line when we arrived in town. Walking down towards the start line at the harbour, it became clear that the wind would still be a factor, as would the considerable amount of standing water!
Harbour Road was particularly affected, with water filled potholes strewn along its length; time to plot a course for the first of 3 passes along the river! At the start line, most of the 700 hardy runners were sheltered in cars, or the pub. When the race started, Conac’s Dominic Oliver hit the front of the field and stayed there to win in an impressive 34:19, to celebrate his 21st birthday in style. The leading lady on the day was Laura Thomas of Ipswich Jaffas (possible east Anglia’s 2nd best team in orange?), in a brilliant time of 39:25.
Us mortals had to battle the conditions and each lap seemed like a constant challenge, be it puddles, wind, hills, or loose pebbles. However, the enthusiastic crowds and beer station helped to drag us round. Having names on the race numbers was a nice touch too, with lots of personalised shouts of encouragement around the course.
It seemed odd only having 2 Jags present after the orange horde at Banningham a couple of weeks earlier and very few representatives of the Norwich/Norfolk clubs were in the field (maybe not surprising with this year’s 27 minute sell-out of places).
The uphill finish was pretty challenging, but the Adnams themed goody bag was impressive, particularly the medal that doubles-up as a bottle opener! I scraped an unofficial PB of 43:44 and Barbara an impressive 59:47.
Neil Button

Adnams Southwold 10K – Sunday 20 November 2016

After 72 hours of nervously checking the BBC Weather website, the morning of Sunday 20 November arrived and thankfully Storm Angus had abated. Heading along the A146 towards Lowestoft the sun even made an appearance! Southwold was buzzing and the marshall teams were receiving their pre-race briefings at the finish line when we arrived in town. Walking down towards the start line at the harbour, it became clear that the wind would still be a factor, as would the considerable amount of standing water!
Harbour Road was particularly affected, with water filled potholes strewn along its length; time to plot a course for the first of 3 passes along the river! At the start line, most of the 700 hardy runners were sheltered in cars, or the pub. When the race started, Conac’s Dominic Oliver hit the front of the field and stayed there to win in an impressive 34:19, to celebrate his 21st birthday in style. The leading lady on the day was Laura Thomas of Ipswich Jaffas (possible east Anglia’s 2nd best team in orange?), in a brilliant time of 39:25.
Us mortals had to battle the conditions and each lap seemed like a constant challenge, be it puddles, wind, hills, or loose pebbles. However, the enthusiastic crowds and beer station helped to drag us round. Having names on the race numbers was a nice touch too, with lots of personalised shouts of encouragement around the course.
It seemed odd only having 2 Jags present after the orange horde at Banningham a couple of weeks earlier and very few representatives of the Norwich/Norfolk clubs were in the field (maybe not surprising with this year’s 27 minute sell-out of places).
The uphill finish was pretty challenging, but the Adnams themed goody bag was impressive, particularly the medal that doubles-up as a bottle opener! I scraped an unofficial PB of 43:44 and Barbara an impressive 59:47.
Neil Button

Bure Valley 10 – Sunday 6 November 2016

“Happy (running) anniversary”, she said. “As a gift, I’ll let you do the race report.” Doesn’t miss a trick, does Clare.

So, indeed one year on from my first venture out with the “NHS Couch to 5k” podcast (it clearly works), I lined up in the wet and cold (“Met office for Aylsham: 8C feels like 4C, gusting 26mph”) wondering if this really could be the best use of the small amount of free time I get, with a young family and demanding work life.

Absolutely yes! Well 29 of us Jags thought so. Despite the conditions we had a ball. We laughed nervously on arrival when shown the muddy field to park in (but BVH had it under control with straw, strong people to push and a tow on standby). We giggled at BVH grappling with putting up their flag. We chattered and grinned for the club photo. And when the race started we just got on with it. Some running hard, some having a training run and a fair few assisting others in the usual Jags tradition. And at the finish the earlier finishers hung around cheering on those behind with several joining in again those last few yards to push others over the line. The camaraderie seems greatest when conditions are hardest.

BVH did a great job – the marshals being particularly sunny-natured given the conditions they had to put up with, including happily unlacing our shoes to get to the chips with their frozen fingers. It was all well organised and seemed to go to plan, and you had to remind yourself that this was the first race they’d organised. Many fed back that they enjoyed the course – it will be particularly good one to do on a brighter but still Autumnal day.

For me, “Man of the Match” goes to Emma Blake, who’s had a great purple patch in recent weeks. She worked (I quote) “fecking hard” to get not only a Jags gold standard time and age category record, but a race win: the 1st 40-45 year old – having entered the age category a few days previously – happy birthday Emma!

For all our happiness at a great day we also remember that for some it was the saddest day. Mark Ring of the Norwich Road Runners became ill after the race and died later in the evening. I did not know Mark but many of you did and it is clear from the tributes coming in he was highly thought of. It is a reminder to us all to enjoy the here and now. Our thoughts I’m sure are with his family and friends.
Some experiences from the field:

Andy Mulligan: First jag home, 13th place overall, and a gold standard. Bizarrely no incidents to report.

Melvyn Porter: Achieved a personal cramp record – nothing until after mile 9. Happy with a gold standard sub 7 minute miles but frustrated with what could have been given where another runner he was with pre cramp had finished.

James Lambert: PB and silver and delighted other Jags with letting go of his unflappable demeanour and joining the collection of the “in agony at the finish line” photos
Nick Hudson: Brought his family along to see his first attempt at 10 miles (and silver standard) who did a marvellous job of cheering all Jags home with the Jags banner.
Tom Johnson: Yet again finishing in the top few Jags and with a silver standard.
Neil Button: Also his first running anniversary. Took part in a local derby rematch with Bungay Black Dog Phil Henry who he got the better off by incessant chitchat. Phil dropped back for some peace and quiet, whilst Neil went on to finish just 26s outside gold.
Graham Johnson: Storming run with Gold standard and 9 and a half minute PB.
Paul Taylor: Got his mojo back with only 26s off gold at his first attempt at 10 miles. Brought a tear to the eye of the Buttons and myself with a hug and a comment of, “I can’t believe I’ve only known you guys for a year”. We love you too, Paul!
Stewart Marden: Silver standard and subject of the post race picture caption competition.
Nicola Lambert-John: If she was on X-factor she’d be told “you just don’t know how good you are”. Ran with me despite wanting an easy-ish one and my upping the ambition from previously agreed pace, and (bizarrely) believing it was faster than she could manage. Smashed it! 1 min ahead of target. 4 and half minute PB. Told you so!
Paul Emery: Determined not to be beaten by the girls went past Lucy, then Emma but couldn’t catch Nicola. Fabulous 8 minute PB.
Emma Blake: amazing. ‘Nuff said.
Dean Blake: support runner for Team Blake. Gave blood (two plasters needed) and sweat, and let Emma have the tears (of joy).
Jeremy Lawrence: Unconcerned about his race, joined me for last 3 miles or so, to help me in my attempt for gold. Great windbreak, and diamond geezer in more ways than one.
Lucy Anderson: Attempt at gold standard, as icing on cake for celebration of past year. 22s off target. Enjoyed the cake anyway. Icing is over-rated.
Nicola Holden: A strong run for Nicola getting silver at her first time at this distance.
Scott Shrubsall: Going well until ankle problems resurfaced at half way. Still had smile on his face asking others about their race at the finish line.
Sonya Wragg: A cracking silver time and made Emma’s day by finding the watch she’d left at the village hall (all that effort and lost the evidence!)
Sonja White: Another impressive first time silver standard for Sonja.
Emma Jordan: A silver standard for our Emma J, coming in with Sonya and Sonja.
Peter Kean Cockburn: Looked to be enjoying his day running with Sonya, Sonja and Emma, arriving at the finish a couple of minutes behind with a fab silver standard.
Running/drinking buddies Owie Barber and Paul Gerber raced together with Owie picking up a Bronze.
Adele Bushell: Adele chased the boys down and also grabbed a bronze standard.
Rosemary Jackson: A first time 10 miler for Rosemary, landing a diamond standard and second in age category, less than a minute behind the winner. Looked so elegant doing it too.
Clare Hicks: “Had a great day. Loved the weather.” I don’t know if this was sarcastic or not, but the PB suggests she meant it.
Jackie Gooch: A “determined” final mile – kept pushing harder as pace number appeared to be increasing the more effort put in. Then realised watch was set to distance not pace. I was going to blame it on the usual “race ending brain mush” that we all can suffer from due to oxygen going to our legs, but she later on tried to go home with the wrong people. So I suspect it was more to do with the vino for breakfast. Thanks for the entertainment!
Josh Neale: Having somewhat lost his racing mojo, Josh chose a cracking day to venture back. Well done mate!

Barbara Button: Our lovely Barbs, enable to train due to injury and barely done this distance before, wins the prize for being determined to do the full 10 miles anyway. Could be heard yelling at her watch, daring the pace to move out, when realising she was coming in below 10min miles. Joins Jackie in the “barmy brigade”.

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Name
Time
PB
Standard
Andy Mulligan1.03.43Gold
Melvin Porter1.08.35Gold
James Lambert1.09.24YESSilver
Nicholas Hudson1.10.53FTSilver
Tom Johnson1.11.22Silver
Neil Button1.12.26FTSilver
Graham Johnson1.13.54YESGold
Paul Taylor1.14.21FTSilver
Stewart Marden1.15.19Silver
Nicola Lambert-John1.16.02YESSilver
Paul Emery1.16.25YESSilver
Emma Blake1.17.01YES Silver
Dean Blake1.17.01Bronze
Jeremy Lawrence1.17.11Diamond
Lucy Anderson1.17.22YESSilver
Nicola Holden1.20.37FTSilver
Scott Shrubsall1.21.24
Sonya Wragg1.23.20Silver
Sonja White1.23.24FTSilver
Emma Jorden1.23.35Silver
Peter Kean-Cockburn1.25.52Silver
Owen Barber1.27.52Bronze
Paul Gerber1.27.51
Adele Bushell1.28.46Bronze
Rosemary Jackson1.30.10FTDiamond
Clare Hicks1.33.09YESBronze
Jackie Gooch1.35.04Bronze
Barbara Button1.39.02FT

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