Turkey Trot – Sunday 10th December 2017

The Turkey Trot is an undulating 10 mile road race around Beccles on the edge of the Waveney Valley.

Four jags turned out in freezing temperatures, sleet and snow to compete in this event.

First Jag home was Tony Alborough with an excellent effort for the weather conditions, achieving a diamond standard time. I was kindly paced round the course by second claim Jag Keith Brighty, finishing with numb face, fingers & toes, but worth it to get a pb (by 8 seconds)! Angela Bell & Clive Cartner also ran together to brave the biting cold & slippery conditions, their first time as Jags at this event.

The marshalls certainly had a hard job that day, standing out in the freezing cold to steer us round the course, so well done them. Some intrepid runners turned out in fancy dress with a prize awarded for this. There were no medals for this event but every runner received a christmas pudding at the end of the race, which I have to say went down very well that evening!

Ruth Gainsford

Anthony Alborough1.05.18DIAMOND
Ruth Gainsford1.29.19YESSILVER
Angela Bell1.44.37FT
Clive Cartner1.44.46FT

Nottingham Christmas Half Marathon – Sunday 3rd December 2017

The route consisted of a varying number of laps around the lake at the National Water Sports Centre.  The number of laps depended on the race you were running (lap bands were available).  My friend and I did the half marathon which was 4 laps with a staggered start.  It was a flat and fast course and could have the potential for a PB in the future (for me at least).  There was one marshal on the route and he was happy and helpful enough.  The other marshals were at the end to make sure people did not run over the finish line prematurely!  The ‘on course toilets’ sign was directed towards a wall and they ran out of Christmas cake before our final lap which was disappointing.  Upon finishing we were presented with our medals, had to buy our own finishers T-shirts and were then directed towards a pile of pre-packed, dry and unpalatable turkey baguettes!  All things considered, I would do the race again.  Next year promises a bespoke medal for each race, a goody bag for all finishers, portable toilets around the course and a lower car parking fee!  Who’s in?!

Kerri Clarke

Kerri Clark3.50.44

Rag-it Round Repps XC – Sunday 26th November 2017

On a cold but bright and sunny winters morning, made only for the brave (me not included), stood a few hardy Jags ready to hit the Norfolk Broads for the Rag-it Round Repps XC 10k race. Scott Shrubshall led the way along with Marvin the dog. Fellow runners, including Owie, Paul T, Neil, Clare and the pocket rocket that is Jackie Gooch, headed out into the unknown, only to come across the amazing and beautiful landscapes of Norfolk.

The course was very well laid out, albeit a bit uneven thanks to all the moles, and well marshalled. Therefore, it’s a must for next years virgins on this race.

Julian Smith

Rag It Round Repps 2017

Neil Button48.10
Paul Taylor49.53
Scott Shrubshall & Marvin50.10
Scott Chadwick53.54
Julian Smith56.19
Owen Barber57.52
Stuart Kenrick58.43
Stephen Pointer1.00.19
Emma Wilcock100.19
Claire Owen1.02.35
Jackie Gooch1.04.43

Breckland Forest 10k – Sunday 26th November

A real country feel to the Breckland 10k. Well organised and brilliantly marshalled, it was an excellent forest, river bank and country track course. Undulating at times with plenty of puddles, roots and mud available. Also a very understated finish line!…… But what a fab medal! After race bacon butties, cakes and tea very nice indeed.

Roland Talbot

Breckland Forest 10k 2017

James Lambert43.30 2nd Male
Darren Tubby43.44
Nicola Lambert-John48.43 2nd Female
Martin Bagnall51.39
Roland Talbot52.48
Julian Jardine53.17
Paul Bloomfield1.14.31
Caren Maidment1.16.29
Julie Jardine1.20.29

Knebworth Half Marathon – Sunday 19th November 2017

Just got home from the first Knebworth Herts Half Marathon. Not the best organised event of the season, but it was the first they had run. Perhaps they will learn from it. I counted 7 hills, all steep and long and hard. The worst of which was leading to the finish in the last 800 yards. No PB for me but still enjoyed the day and the very cold start. 2700 runners. 1.55.22. Report card says must do better. Breckland next week.

Roland Talbot

Roland Talbot 1.55.22SILVER

Holt 10k – Sunday 29th October 2017

A cool and breezy, but thankfully dry Sunday morning in North Norfolk greeted the runners for the popular Holt 10k, which was also the final event in the 2017 Leathes Prior Grand Prix series.

Hosted by the North Norfolk Beach Runners and starting in the grounds of Gresham School, the race commenced on the school sports fields, before heading north towards Weybourne. The undulating course was enjoyable and the section along an un-made track meant that this race would not count for official club records. The final 2 miles back to the finish were fairly tough, but some goods times were achieved by the Jags contingent. It was also great to see some on the course support from Mark Bradley and Scott Chadwick.  Mark, as always, provided some excellent race photos.

Definitely an enjoyable last 10k for 2017 and a race I would like to run again.

Neil Button

Neil Button40.37
Graham Johnson 42.25
Tom Johnson43.15
Howard Harper44.06
Julian Smith47.34
Nicholas Eley47.31
Vikki Harper47.37
Graham Fryer49.55
Roland Talbot50.13
Ivan Westley50.21
Tamara Mills51.46
Claire Owen51.48
Ruth Gainsford52.08
Sharon Jones54.05
Paul Gerber55.37
Carolyn Gerber1.01.14
Barbara Button1.04.23

Dublin Marathon – Sunday 29th October 2017

On the 29th October myself, Clive, Ian and Stuart (a Norwich Road Runner, but also a regular Brundall parkrunner so we’ll let him off) were lucky enough to fly across the Irish Sea to take part in the 38th Dublin Marathon.

Almost on cue, the sun broke through the clouds as we arrived at the start line around 9am, with our wave setting off at 9:20am.  Clive and Ian headed towards the front of the wave as they were running for a time and wanted to get off to a good start. However, Stuart and I were there to enjoy the experience and soak up the awesome atmosphere the Irish had on offer.  We progressed through the start and our first couple of miles before crossing the main waterway through the capital, the River Liffey.

Shortly after mile three we passed by Dublin Zoo and unless my eyes deceived me, a waving rhino… We then took in almost 5 miles of the gorgeous Phoenix Park, one of the biggest enclosed parks within any European city, and on towards the half way point. Mile 13 appeared just after the bridge that crosses the Grand Canal and is a popular point for crowds of people cheering on the runners.

We continued on through the Perrystown & Terenure areas of Dublin, suburbs outside of the city centre, but with some of the most amazing levels of support I have seen on any marathon – the local residents vocally urging runners on, offering water, jaffa cakes, bags of sweets.

At mile 22 we reached once of the most challenging parts of the route, a stretch of road officially called Roebuck Road, but aptly re-named by a large banner emblazoned with “Heartbreak Hill”. It is not the steepest of hills, but after 22miles and with tired legs it certainly provides a physical and mental challenge.

Before long we found ourselves running past the site of the pre-marathon expo the RDS Hall, and into the final straight alongside Merrion Square park – where crowds of supporters more than three rows deep created a wall of noise urging the runners towards the finish line.

It turned out to be a weekend of celebrations with 3 out of the 4 of us bagging a new PB. Not only are the Irish by far the friendliest, loudest, and most positive supporters in the world, but they literally came out in their thousands to line the streets for this amazing event.  The Dublin Marathon is superbly put together, highly organised, has one of the best pre & post run goodie bags, plus an awesome medal and finishers top to boot.  I am so extremely proud of the three guys achieving new PB’s, they worked really hard to get them.

I would definitely run this event again, and would recommend it to others. A superb experience!

Angela Bell

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Angela Bell5.02.10
Clive Cartner3.56.15YES

Norfolk Coastal Marathon and Half Marathon – Saturday 28th October 2017

5 Jaguars had an early start Getting themselves to Morston Quay for 9am to run Norfolk coastal marathon, following the Coastal path. Although reasonably flat there was a strong westerly wind, relentlessly in your face for most of the Race. The 1/2 Marathon started at Burnham Overy an hour and a half later, with 10 Jags running. By the time I was 2 miles in I had already been overtaken by Ben Letzer running strong in the marathon. Although the wind, making the run difficult, we had no rain and when the Sun was out it got quite warm, my jacket was on and off every few miles. The views were wonderful, I now realise what poets mean by the Norfolk Skies , and when we saw the sea it was raging because of the wind, it looked amazing. The uneven terrain caused both Sonya and Jackie Bye to fall but thankfully they were not injured too badly, mainly just their pride. We had been told the distance was more than a marathon and half marathon, but when we got off the beach we thought we only had 800m to go, we just kept running on and on for another mile. Crossing the strangest finish line as it was inside the church hall where everyone was having their post race cups of tea and cake. Ben Letzer came in 6th in the marathon, and Mel was first Jag home in the half marathon in 7th place. All the Jags enjoyed this race despite the wind.

Jackie Gooch

Norfolk Coastal Marathon 2017Norfolk Coastal Half Marathon 2017

Ben Letzer3.29.06
Rod Bye4.02.29
Ellie Gaskins4.02.30
Scott Shrubsall4.45.47
Paul Taylor5.04.53
Mel Porter1.50.35
Paul Emery1.59.32
Emma Jordan2.12.26
Stewart Marden2.13.49
Rosemary Jackson2.15.14
Sonya Wragg2.28.27
Adele Bushall2.37.57
Jackie Gooch2.39.16
Clare Hicks3.17.51
Sarah Letzer3.17.51

Trowse 10k – Sunday 22nd October 2017

On the morning of Sunday 22nd October, ten Coltishall Jaguars made their way to Trowse, to take part in 14th edition of the Trowse 10k.

The route of the race, weaving through the heart of Trowse takes in a 0.6 mile incline from the White Horse Pub by Trowse common, up to its highest point at the end of the cycle track just before Whitlingham Hall. With this being tackled twice, it must surely be one of the toughest 10k races in Norfolk.

Undeterred by the prospect of such a challenge, the ten Jags set off from the Snowsports Centre race HQ, at the foot of what the centre affectionately calls Trowse Mountain.

The race began at 9am prompt, with runners making their way along Whitlingham Lane towards the Whitlingham Country Park visitors centre, and on towards the broad.

After negotiating the first turn, a slight bottle-neck, runners make their way back along the waters edge towards the start point, and continue into the centre of the village, cheered on by family and friends along the route. Reaching the common, the field begins to tackle what is regularly referred to amongst runners as “that hill..”.
Many a runner has been caught out by the turn in the cycle-track, not realising that they are only 2/3 of the way up the hill.
As a resident of Trowse living half way up the hill, I also had to fight the added temptation of diving into my house and having a sit down when passing my front door.

After negotiating the climb runners make their way down the hill though the campsite, before looping back towards the start point and centre of the village again, ready to tackle a second lap.

Despite the tough challenge the course provides there were new PB’s for both Julian & Julie Jardine, and several club standards reached. Angela Bell, Martin Bagnall & Jack Stuttle all achieved the Bronze standard, whilst Lee Emmett & Clive Cartner achieved Silver.

Charlotte Reed also made her debut as a Coltishall Jaguar – not the easiest course to tackle for your first race!

Well done to all who ran!

Clive Cartner

Clive Cartner42.06FTSILVER
Lee Emmett43.30SILVER
Jack Stuttle46.30BRONZE
Martin Bagnall50.44BRONZE
Julian Jardine52.52YES
Paul Gerber53.24
Charlotte Reed53.57FT
Angela Bell 56.26BRONZE
Julie Jardine1.15

Venice 10k – Sunday 22nd October 2017

The Venice Marathon is a celebration of running and includes a 10km race following the last 6 miles of the full marathon course. This is a fully inclusive race including competitive runners, fun runners, walkers, dogs and anyone else who wants to join in ! Just the ideal event for Jenny Welsh, Vanessa Clements and Netty Yeomanson who were back on the road together.

The run starts in San Guiliano park on the outskirts of Venice. The first 4 km takes you over the Liberty Bridge which connects the main land to Venice. Following the tram lines you get amazing views of the lagoon with the outline of Venice in the distance. Heading into the newly developed port area the passengers on the cruise ships are starting to disembark and cheer you on.

For a magnificent piece of engineering there is a specially built pontoon bridge which takes you over the Grand Canal and before long you are running over the 15 bridges (which aren’t as easy to run over as you’d think)  and into St Marks Square with the Basilica and Doge’s Palace as a back drop. The course eventually ends at Rive Sette Martiri in a really scenic position entering the lagoon.

This was a truly amazing route even though many competitors recorded it as 7 miles rather than 6 and the marathon leaders were taken the wrong way !!. A real bonus was a can of lager in the goody bag.

At the end of the race it was straight to  a cafe to watch the marathon runners start to come in, with a hot cappuccino .

We Would definitely recommend this event to the other Jags.

Netty Yeomanson

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