Leicester Half & Full Marathon – Sunday 15th October 2017

Well, the time had finally come to tackle the full marathon distance for the first time. Preparation was not ideal, but I was looking forward to this one in a masochistic kind of way!

It was great to meet up with Team Blake and the Taylor family for the all-important Saturday night carb-load session and Leicester-linked Jags Hilda and Netty on the morning of the race. A large field had gathered, with approximately 75% opting for the Half option. When the race started, the majority of the first 2 miles seemed fast and downhill and it was time for discipline when it came to pacing. Heading north out of the city, the streets were lined by enthusiastic locals and friendly marshals. Before we knew it, we were out in open countryside and the route took us through some picturesque villages, before turning for home.

After the half-marathoners had gone their separate ways on approximately 6 miles, the field thinned-out dramatically and there was almost the feel of a Sunday training run for long stretches. A bit of climb on 15 miles and then the long run back towards Leicester. For me, the first 16 miles was great. 16-20 miles, however, I began to realise what I had let myself in for and by the start of the 23rd mile the wheels began to come off, with cramp in both feet and ‘that voice’ telling me I should have  a little walk! So, with a walk-run strategy (!) adopted for the last 3.5 miles I headed into the city centre and lost my earlier cheery persona, but thankfully managed the gruelling last uphill mile to cross the line.

Over the next 30 minutes or so I went through just about every emotion, but was ultimately pretty happy with my first attempt at the distance. It was great to see Dean and Emma at the finish after their brilliant runs (in the full and half respectively), before cheering Paul over the line.

A great weekend overall and one that certainly gave me a taste for longer races (I seem to have accidentally entered Manchester Marathon in April…).

Neil Button

Annette Yeomanson2.30.28YES
Dean Blake 3.24.23YESSILVER
Neil Button3.47.10FTSILVER
Paul Taylor4.05.29FTBRONZE

Budapest 30k – Sunday 15th October 2017

Emma and I headed to Budapest for a 5 day city break with the prospect of a 30km race on the Sunday for Budapest’s marathon weekend. The weather was lovely and warm and there were 32,000 participants taking part in numerous races over the course of the weekend. The distances ranged from 10km, 30km, a marathon and a marathon relay with 2 or 4 members to a team. Our race, the 30km, joined the marathon runners at the 12km mark and we ran the 30km alongside them. The course took in the sights of the city running along the River Danube, Parliament and Heroes Square, to name a few. It was a fast and reasonably flat course and was very well supported along the way with crowds and bands spread about the city. We both finished the race in 2 hours 54 minutes 17 seconds. We had a great experience at the race and enjoyed seeing the sights and hearing the sounds of Budapest.

Stephen Pointer

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Stephen Pointer2:54:17
Emma Wilcock2:54:17

East Coast 10k – Sunday 15th October 2017

The East Coast 10k was my pb course in 2016, so when entering this race earlier in year my intention was to attempt a pb again with my running partner Phil Henry. Unfortunately picking up an injury early August put paid to this. In fact it had meant I had to pull out of the Bure Valley 10m race 2 weeks earlier. That rubbish feeling of not being able to run/race really hit home that day seeing all the great results other Jags had that weekend.

A friend Donna Monk (fellow jag and Brundall parkrunner) was in the same situation, with the same injury. Donna likes to refer to us as the Shin splint sisters! A week before the East Coast race, we got chatting at Brundall parkrun, and hatched a plan. We would run the race together, taking it easy and not aiming for pbs. We decided that as long as we were pain free we would stick together and complete the race.

We both turned up taped up to the max, we quickly dismissed the idea, that tying both bad legs together would make one good leg, and run a 3 legged race!

We set off in glorious sunshine (albeit quite a strong sea breeze). We supported each other all the way round, making sure each others dodgy leg was holding up ok. The support was fantastic from everyone. At the top near the pleasurebeach, we decided we would get a bit of a move on as we suddenly had a fear that they would run out of ghost ship and we crossed the line both pain free with smiles on our faces.

This race has taught me a lot. Not every race has to be end in a pb, the support from the marshals and crowd was the same for the people at the front, middle and back of the field, a race means as much to everyone that runs from the front, middle or back of the field. The running community is fantastic (especially being a Jag) and running friends are simply the best!!

Bex Pountain

Donna & Bex East Coast 10k 2017

Graham Johnson43.22YESGOLD
Phil Henry44.28GOLD
Nicholas Eley44.35GOLD
Nicola Lambert-john44.49SILVER
Howard Harper45.36SILVER
Julian Smith48.43BRONZE
Vikki Harper49.29SILVER
Ruth Pilch51.03FTSILVER
John Windham51.53YESSILVER
Julian Jardine53.03
Ivan Westely53.08FT
Ruth Gainsford54.39SILVER
Neil Laughton1.02.27
Rebecca Pountain1.17.40
Donna Monk1.17.40

Palma de Mallorca 10K & Half Marathon – Sunday 15th October 2017

When Rod, Jackie, Ellie, Ben and Ken decided to run in Palma de Mallorca little did they know that Hurricane Ophelia would blow in a heatwave!
In blazing sunshine Ben sensibly opted for the 10k and managed a respectable time, even if he wasn’t happy about it.
The others were in the half marathon thanking their fortune for not entering the full. Rod went off too fast (there’s a surprise!) and struggled after halfway to record 1:41:59. Jackie nearly gave up at halfway, but got going again to finish in 2:14:50. Ellie ran steadily for 1:42:14. Ken ran half the race with his Mallorcan friend, but then got left behind (Spain 1 England 0) and eventually recorded 1:39:34.
The 10k and first half of the half marathon was an out and back along the coast. Nice surface, but unrelenting sun. The half marathon then ran up into and in ever decreasing circles around the old town. Shaded but airless.
All enjoyed the experience, especially lunch in Plaza Mayor with a good rock band. Lovely city, good race, tough course.

Ken Bowman

Ben Gaskins46.47SILVER
Rod Bye1.41.59DIAMOND
Ellie Gaskins1.42.14SILVER
Jackie Bye2.14.50

Royal Parks Half Marathon – Sunday 8th October 2017

After an early morning start us Jags and approximately 15,998 other runners made it to the start line for 9am, ready for the off, in our various coloured waves.

Starting on the southern edge of Hyde Park, we set off towards Buckingham Palace, passing through the Wellington Arch & the edge of Green Park, before reaching Horseguards Parade via Birdcage Walk – a lot of sights for the first two miles!

From there we headed through Admiralty Arch on to Whitehall, towards Downing Street & the poppy adorned Cenotaph.

After looping back towards Trafalgar Square, the route took in a number of streets, before heading back up The Mall towards the Palace & back into Hyde Park.

The route explored the majority of Hyde Park, doubling back along a stretch on the edge of the Serpentine lake, where a large number of supporters for all of the runners had gathered, with all kinds of bells, whistles and signs – the noise was phenomenal.

Soon the finish was in sight, and our medals awaited. In keeping with the park theme, the medal was made of wood & leaf shaped – a refreshing change!

It was a very well organised event that we would definitely recommend to others & hope to run again.

Angela Bell

Clive Carter2.17.08
Angela Gallen Bell2.17.09

Peterborough Half Marathon – Sunday 8th October 2017

A bright October morning and ‘Jaguars on Tour’ assembled on the Embankment for the flat, fast and friendly Great Eastern Run. Some had chosen to arrive on the Saturday and rest up overnight, others made an early start from Norwich and area. This is a well organised event (though toilet queues can be long) there is plenty of room at the start and parking is reasonable.

The weather was perfect for racing, Jags took up places in appropriate pens and the race was underway on time. The start is not too congested and space is quickly available, giving everyone the chance to stretch their legs. Andy ‘Runner’ Mulligan disappeared into the distance. Despite, in his own words, ‘not having the best of days’ he finished easily the 1st Jaguar home. Indeed all Jaguars finished without too much trouble, including Claire who went to the start carrying an injury. Jack came home in a club Silver time, an excellent effort for his 1st competitive half.

After the race many of us trooped into the town centre to increase Costa Coffee’s profits at Stewie’s insistence. It’s a club tradition (according to Stewie). A good day for the Jaguars.

Andy Mulligan1.28.22GOLD
Stephen Neal1.39.26YESSILVER
Jack Stuttle1.49.01FT
Sonja White1.50.46YESSILVER
Debs Jones1.51.05SILVER
Rollie Talbot1.52.46SILVER
Julian Smith1.55.02
Dee Neal2.00.31YESGOLD
Paul Gerber2.04.16
Sonya Wragg2.04.32BRONZE
Sue Emmett2.11.03FT
Clare Hicks2.25.47
Stewart Marden2.25.47

Bure Valley 10 Miles – Sunday 1st October 2017

With my anticipated race partner – Bex Pountain – sadly injured for her second 10 mile race in a row I didn’t really have a plan for this race. I’ve found racing much harder psychologically this year and had a break over the summer to try to get my mojo back.
A PB was out of the question, so I set out to achieve gold standard in my first 10 mile race in Jags colours.
For the first few miles I tried to keep up with Howard Harper and Nick Eley, but after they opened a gap I decided to run my own race and try to enjoy the experience instead.
It was hard to enjoy the conditions just after 4 miles when we made a right turn into a stiff breeze and it started to rain. I thought back to the Mental Strength Workshop in the summer, remembered Rod Bye’s race mantra and found myself repeating “Ya-ya Tou-re, Ya-ya Tou-re” to myself, to fit in with my stride pattern. Being an NCFC fan I tried to think of a different player, but as Cameron Jerome and Wesley Hoolahan didn’t scan I settled on “Nor-wich Ci-ty, Nor-wich City”.
There was respite from the wind just before 5 miles when we made a left turn to run uphill and then I stopped and walked at the first water station to get a decent drink down me.
After running a loop we reached the second water station at about 7 miles and as I slowed down to grab a cup and walk again I was passed by Vicky Tovell.
Suitably refreshed I caught Vicky up and ran with her for a while. She was targeting sub 1:20 and as we were well inside that pace and I was feeling strong again I pushed on.
Around 8 miles the wind was a factor again (“Nor-wich Ci-ty, Nor-wich Ci-ty”), but the long straight towards the finish was mainly tree-lined and offered protection most of the way.
All of a sudden there was only 400 metres to go and I heard my name over the tannoy as I approached the finish along with “…..is being caught by….” and the tell-tale thump of running shoes on tarmac getting closer. That was enough to push me to a sprint finish and I held off the fast approaching runner behind me. He took it well and we laughed and high-fived after having the chips removed from our shoes.
There were some great performances by other Jags:

  • Andy Mulligan was top Jag after benefiting from Bex’s unfortunate withdrawal
  • The ever sprightly Ken Bowman achieved platinum standard
  • Emma Blake held her position of first in age category 40-45 from last year, ran a PB and age category record
  • Vicky Tovell also ran a PB and age category record
  • Nicola Holden teamed up with Emma and Vicky to be the 1st ladies team home

Overall there was a great Jags turn out, the race was well organised and marshalled and the cake afterwards wasn’t bad either (although obviously not up to Jags standard! :-))

Phil Henry

Andy Mulligan1.06.35GOLD
Pete Nelson1.08.00FTGOLD
Nick Hudson1.09.24YESSILVER
Graham Johnson1.09.58YESGOLD
Tom Johnson1.10.15SILVER
Lee Emmett1.12.23FTSILVER
Ken Bowman1.13.53PLATINUM
Nick Eley1.13.54GOLD
Nicola Holden1.14.08YESGOLD
Howard Harper1.15.35FTSILVER
Phil Henry1.16.47FTGOLD
Vikki Harper1.24.32SILVER
Claire Owen1.32.34BRONZE
Paul Gerber1.33.14
Sharon Jones1.35.34BRONZE
Clare Hicks1.39.32
Stewart Marden1.39.31

Lowestoft Half Marathon – Sunday 1st October 2017

The second Nicholson’s (http://www.nicholsonslaw.com/) Lowestoft Half Marathon took place on Sunday 1st October, in what can only be described as ‘tricky’ conditions.  Eight jags took off from the most easterly point in England, Ness Point to cover 13.1 miles as fast they could. 

The course is two laps, starting with what on a sunny Sunday would be a gorgeous stroll along the seafront before turning up Links Road, which comes as a shock front the dead flat sea wall to what is a rather impressive hill.  The course continues out to Corton, making the first 5km turn at The Corton Inn (http://www.thecortoninn.co.uk/) which is where the wind really started to bite.  By the time you are running back down Links Road which should be a relief the wind had definitely decided it was going to make its presence felt. 

The rain had also set in by this point, although was actually quite refreshing in places did mean that we knew were in for a treat when we back on the seafront. 
Reaching the starting point, knowing that you need to turn around and do the whole thing again is slightly daunting, but all eight jags managed this with some very successful results.  Nicola Lambert-John was first Jag home and second lady earning herself a trophy with an impressive time of 1.37.29.  Radley Fenn completed his very first half marathon in 1.38.43.  Personal bests were also achieved by John Windham and Ivan Westley in 1.58. 14 and 1.58.35 respectively. 
There is nothing like Jags support and running with other team mates not only spurs us on but also giving others the encouragement, be it to the winner, middle of the pack or the last person over the line.  Coltishall Jags make it known that we are there to support and it’s the love of running that is important not the time that you finish in!

Nicola Lambert-John1.37.29SILVER
Radley Fenn1.38.43FTBRONZE
Neil Button1.40.19SILVER
James Lambert1.47.09
Roland Talbot1.55.35GOLD
John Windham1.58.17YESSILVER
Ivan Westley1.58.35YES
Katie Fenn2.06.24FT

Lincoln Half Marathon – Sunday 1st October 2017

Paul Taylor and Kerri Clarke made the journey up to Lincolnshire to take part in the second edition of the Lincoln Half Marathon.  This race has something in common with the Norwich Half as it starts and finishes on the Lincolnshire show ground.  Unlike Norwich, however, the route goes through the middle of Lincoln and hits almost all of the big tourist attractions heading through the University of Lincoln, Brayford Water, Lincoln Castle and in front of the Cathedral (last year runners also ran through the Cathedral grounds and it would have been nice to repeat that).  The course thankfully avoids the infamous and aptly named Steep Hill but the short and very steep downhill into the village of Burton at just over two miles did a fine job of killing the quads and making the rest of the race challenging.   Some fantastic race bling, featuring the cathedral, a goody bag and free pint of (sadly non-alcoholic) beer for all finishers.  Mind you I am not sure I will get much use out of the Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo or Fudge Hair Shaper included in the goody bag!

Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor1.44.30SILVER
Kerri Clarke2.48.08YES
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