Horsford Cross Country – Race 2 – Sunday 20 December 2015

The second race of three in this series.  Only three Jags were brave enough to delve in the mud, those being Alan Bushell, Clare Hicks and young Billy Life.

Weather was fairly mild which made ploughing through muddy puddles a lot of fun!!

Billy Life completed the Junior race in 15.31.

Alan beating his time from race one by 43 seconds and finishing in 52.58.  Clare beating her time from race one by two minutes and 29 seconds and finishing in 64.19!!

The last race in the series is on 17 January 2016.

Buxton 5k Fun Run – Sunday 13 December 2015

After a bit of a break, the Buxton 5k fancy dress fun run was back and the Jags were prepared!  Alice and her Wonderland team, turned out in the most amazing fancy dress costumes!! Some fantastic efforts by all, landed them all a prize in the fancy dress competition.  Together with spot prizes and raffle prize wins, it was a good day for the Jags.

Oh and on to the race….first Jag home was our brilliant Jeremy Lawrence, finishing in 20.13, followed by Paul Groves in a time of 23.54.  First Jag lady back was Sharn Ponsford, dressed as a very fetching elf, in a time of 26.29.  Emma Jordan finishing just after in a time of 26.33.

The Wonderland Team consisting of Clare Hicks, Hilda Mears, Sarah Letzer, Vanessa Clements, Shirley Wilcock, Carole Neil, Henry Neal, Dee Neal, Steve Neal, Jenny Welsh, Annette Yeomanson and Becky Durant all crossing the line together in around 41.32!!!!!

What an amazingly fun day, great team spirit, brilliantly organised and of course not forgetting a charity race to raise money for Autism Anglia.

For more photos…check out facebook!!

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Turkey Trot – Sunday 13 December 2015

Four Jags braved the weather in Beccles to race this years Turkey Trot. It was a 10 mile road race, and was completely full. All four Jags came in with great times, and smiles on thier faces over the finish line.

Scott Shrubsall1.11.59YesSilver
Martin Bagnall1.17.21Silver
Paul Gerber1.26.59
Jackie Gooch1.30.19YesBronze

Well done all on a great race, and great timings.

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Cross Country Championships – 5th December 2015

It was a very windy day on the 5th December. This didn’t deter Vicky Tovell or her son, Billy Life, from producing very good results at the Cross Country Championships at UEA. Billy was 13th in his age group and Vicky 5th in hers.

Fresh from his age category win the week before at the Hadleigh Hares 5, Clive Steward was 7th in his age group.

A superb morning’s racing was enjoyed by competitors and spectators alike. The next cross country race will be the mid week series on 16th December at 2.30pm, Whitwell Station.

Why not come and watch Ken Bowman and Peter Kean -Cockburn? They love it!!

Norwich Half Marathon – Sunday 22 November 2015

The last recorded race of the club year and a superb turnout of 30 Jags! The weather was bitterly cold with on and off icy showers but as usual, Jags are not deterred!! A new course for the Norwich half as one lap replaces the usual two lap course.  A good route even with a few tough hills to contend with! Some fantastic running and plenty of PBs!!  Well done to all those who braved the run and thanks to those who turned out in the cold to support!

A big well done to Ellie for being 10th lady back and breaking the Jags ladies half marathon record!  Also to Ken and Heather who both came first in their age group!


The results are in…as you are probably aware, there was a problem with the chip timing on the day and therefore, some of your results may possibly not be accurate.  The following results have been taken from the official website, unless otherwise advised!

Andy Mulligan1.24.07YesGold
Peter Nelson1.31.22
Ellie Bye1.32.22YesGold
Rod Bye1.33.22YesGold
Melvyn Porter1.33.52Gold
Ken Bowman1.36.07Platinum
James Lambert1.35.45PBSilver
Dean Blake1.36.05PBSilver
Ben Gaskins1.37.10
James Fuller1.36.54First Time!
Jeremy Lawrence1.37.25Gold
Tom Johnson1.38.04
Scott Shrubsall1.45.17
Emma Wilcock1.44.18PBSilver
Graham Johnson1.44.16First TimeSilver
Scott Chadwick1.47.47
Josh Neale1.49.14
Nicola John1.49.56PBBronze
Sonya Wragg1.53.37PBSilver
Jackie Bye1.54.07Gold
Emma Jordan1.54.54PBSilver
Heather Hollister155.18PB
Adele Bushell1.56.16PBSilver
Paul Gerber1.59.13
Rosemary Jackson2.02.05
Owie Barber2.01.41
Emma Blake2.02.40Bronze
Jackie Gooch2.06.54Bronze
Claire Owen2.10.56
Clare Hicks2.17.08


East Anglian Cross Country League – Fritton Lake, 11 November 2015

In the second race of the season Ken Bowman ran his first cross country race within the League. Although he felt it was worth the pain and was probably good for him, he said: “I have to do it to keep reminding myself why I don’t like them!”

It was a gorgeous, sunny autumnal day and the new venue at Fritton Outdoor Centre was a splendid change from some of the usual sparse and cold locations endured by the runners. There were warm beverages at the end as well as a cold hose pipe shower for the brave hardy folk.

The race was about 4.6 miles for the ladies and 6.7 for the chaps. The results will be published just before the next race in two weeks time. The cross country event is a very informal occasion. You only pay £5 for the whole season; you can run on your own, in a team or however you like. Why not come to the next one at Whitlingham Park on the 25th November at 2.30pm?


Stowmarket Scenic 7 – 8 November 2015

Paul Gerber and Sharn Ponsford travelled to Stowmarket this month to race in the Scenic 7 road race. The race was organised by the Stowmarket Striders. The route was on road and cross country, with a few hills thrown in. It was a great race with fantastic support by the marshals and the race director. Both ran great times with Paul coming in with a time of 59 mins, and Sharn with a great time of 1.03. So well done to the both of you, and next year lets get more Jags to go and race this excellent race.

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Horsford Cross Country Series – Race 1 – Sunday 1 November 2015

The first race in the series of three at Horsford. A three or four lap course through the woods and through some lovely muddy puddles!!

5 Jags turned out to frolic in the mud, James Lambert and Nicola John, Josh Neale, Alan Bushell (of course!) and Clare Hicks!!

Results as follows:

Alan Bushell55.58
James Lambert56.19
John Neale63.15
Nicola John49.39
Clare Hicks66.48


Marriots Way Ultra Marathon and Fun Run – 1 November 2015

A very misty and murky morning, but not too cold, greeted a large number of Jaguars at the start of the Marriotts Way 18 & 36 mile race on the 1st November. Having never done an ultra before, the difference from a normal road race was striking and a far more relaxed affair with no number to collect, no timing chips to attach and a complete lack of any jostling for position on the start line, fingers poised on GPS watch start buttons. A few short words from the organiser, Paul Woodyatt, and we were off. A mixture of surfaces for the run with tarmac foot and cycle paths soon giving way to gravel and dirt paths with only a few very sticky areas. Some great results and what looked like excellent cake at the cafe on Reepham station for the Jaguars who completed the fun run. Well done to Ellie for finishing first lady and 9th overall.

I was the only Jaguar who entered this year to be brave/foolhardy/mad enough to go for the full 36 miles so after a quick pitstop at Reepham I returned to the course to run all the way back to the start in Norwich. My podium finish in the full ultra becomes rather less impressive when I admit that whilst I was indeed the 3rd place finisher this was out of just 3 runners. My first ultra but it will definitely not be my last, finishing in a total time of 7:29:48.

Paul Taylor

Zac Mace2:19:03
Ellie Bye2:20:50
Ken Bowman2:21:40
Nick Hudson2:22:10
Rod Bye2:23:14
Jackie Bye3:01:15
Emma Jordan3:04:54
Adele Bushell3:11:50
Paul Taylor3:23:58

Lode Half Marathon – 1 November 2015


Another perfect running day despite a little mist, there was no wind and the temperature held up nicely with a little Autumnal sunshine to finish.

The village of Lode is adjacent to Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire on the Fens, so the route was pretty flat. The run was an out and back which I find much better than two laps.
I am beginning to like these smaller more intimate halves, there is less pressure and a friendly atmosphere, and of course as with our club, cakes are right up there with the best.
I would encourage anyone to try these smaller field races, I am taken with them, they make a good day out, so once again would do again.
Time wise I managed to knock over a minute off my pb ending up with 1.32.11 finishing 26th and 3rd in my age group.
Jeremy Lawrence
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