Trowse 10k – Sunday 30 October 2016

Foggy conditions on the morning of the race did not deter over 500 runners from lining-up for the start of the second Trowse 10k of 2016. 6 Jags were amongst the sea of runners that crossed the chip-start mats on Whitlingham Lane, taking a short scenic diversion around the Broad before commencing the first of 2 laps around the testing Trowse loop.
A good turn-out of enthusiastic spectators lined the route and shouts of encouragement from the host club’s marshalls were heard all round the course. After a flat and fast opening 1.5 miles, the course climbed through Trowse village for the first time; a half mile drag which seems much longer for some reason! What goes up must come down, however and the downhill sweep back towards Whitlingham Lane was a good opportunity to get that heart-rate down again.

Second time round the hill seemed even longer to some (well, me anyway) and one or two competitors resorted to walking the last part. Time to pick up the pace for the last mile and a half and to offer some words of encouragement to some back markers, before turning in to the ski centre car park and the finish gantry!
Goody bags, medals and complimentary ales from the Redwell/Bullards micro-brewery, based in Trowse, were gratefully received!

First finisher overall was Jonathan Earl in 35.26, ahead of a trio of CONAC runners. Mabel Beckett completed a good day for the hosts by winning the ladies’ race in 38.53.

First Jag home was Neil Button with a silver standard and PB time of 43.48, closely followed by Lucy Anderson with a cracking PB time of 46.19 (just 19 seconds short of Gold standard!). Scott Chadwick finished with a bronze standard 48.26, with Zep (Giuseppe) Ciarla next in 53.13. Claire Owen was second Jags lady in a bronze standard 56.26 (not bad in an apparently very hung-over state!), closely followed by Barbara Button with a PB and bronze standard 58.13, a really good effort after missing so much training with injuries and the March running of the event through illness (well done Hon!!).

Credit to CONAC for a well-organised and popular event, which will certainly be pencilled-in to the diary for 2017.
Neil Button


Leicester Marathon and Half Marathon – Sunday 23 October 2016

The Leicester full and half marathon was the latest Jags tour outside of Norfolk. Both full and half runners left at the same time of 9.15 from Victoria Park and on this occasion there were some 3000 runners.
The jags group consisted of Paul and Carolyn Gerber, Annette Yeomanson, Vee Clements, Hilda Mears, Clare Hicks, Ben Letzer and Rodney Bye who were all running and Sarah Letzer and Jenny Welsh as our loyal supporters.
Ben and Rodney were tackling the full Marathon with the others all doing the half. Weather on the day was perfect, cloudy and cool with some very mild but welcome drizzle. The route itself was both interesting and picturesque, it takes you through the city centre but also through Watermeade Park, the National Space Centre and Abbey   Park which were very tranquil and lovely to see the lakes. Support was good at the gathering points and the water stations and marshalling was very efficient.
Sarah Letzer, Jenny Welsh and Michael Peyrebrune done a sterling job cheering us along and had the happy jag banner flying and Netty’s family were also out to wave us on. The support was much needed on the last uphill mile on New Road which was tough!
Both Ben and Rodney completed the Marathon in fab times. First in on the half marathoners was Paul Gerber followed by Carolyn and Clare and Carolyn taking a massive 8 mins off her previous half marathon race. Hilda then followed in, then Annette and Vee.
So three PBs in the bag for Carolyn, Hilda and Vanessa, a lovely t shirt, goody bag and great medal  at the end sealed a great run.
All in all it was a fabulous day with many of us saying it was the best half marathon we had run. The whole weekend was a treat with some great Jags for company. Roll on the next one!
Ben Letzer3.03.55Gold
Rod Bye3.37.39Gold
Paul Gerber2.05.49
Carolyn Gerber2.08.19YESBronze
Clare Hicks2.08.22
Hilda Mears2.24.52YES
Annette Yeomanson2.34.28
Vee Clements2.35.09YES

Holt 10K – Sunday 23 October 2016

So it was with slight trepidation and a growing sense of nervous excitement as Tamara Mills and I set off just after 9.00 am for the Bakers & Larners 10k race on Sunday 23rd October 2016. It was a relief we had to say, to see as always, the welcoming smiles and support of Peter Nelson, Ken Bowman, Paul Emery, Paul Taylor, Stephen Pointer, Nic Holden, Emma Wilcock, Peter Kean-Cockburn, Ruthie Roo, Vicky Tovell, Emma Blake, Emma Jordan, Tom Johnson and Peter Kean-Cockburn.

The day was bright with a little chill in the air but that did not seem to deter the runners from lining up for the start. The banter amongst the entrants was lively and kept my thoughts away from the race ahead.

We tucked ourselves at the back then we we’re off! Across the playing field of Greshams School, a tad slippery but no accidents, thank goodness, cheers and claps along the way. We turned left at the gate and then straight onto the road onto a road with club marshals and spectators cheering us on again and in the most beautiful countryside with glorious autumnal colours with the sun pushing through.

We continued to run on a more or less flat surface then our first ‘slight’ hill! Remembering the running tips shared by the Jags (shorten your cadence, use your arms, head up, look ahead) and yes we were soon at the top.

Then we were turning onto a track and ‘off roading’ and as described the ‘bottle neck’ by the water stations but no mishaps and were soon back on the road again and this time with a downward hill (most welcome relief for the legs) but what goes down must then go up. And boy did it go up and up and then some but then I could see the junction in the road we had passed previously and it would appear we were heading more or less towards the home straight.

Coming into the last 200 metres whilst my eye sight isn’t always the best I could clearly see the bright orange tops of the jags cheering me on, which spurred me to cross the finish line in what I was later to discover was a PB for me.

Thank you jags for that but the loudest thanks must go to NNBR for putting on a great event in a fantastic location and I have to say the tea and cake at the end was delicious!

Definitely will be returning in 2017!!


PB (unofficial)
Peter Nelson42.15Gold
Ken Bowman43.25Platinum
Tom Johnson44.46Bronze
Paul Taylor45.17Silver
Stephen Pointer45.18YesSilver
Nicola Lambert-John45.49Silver
Vicky Tovell45.59Gold
Emma Blake46.54Silver
Paul Emery46.55Silver
Nic Holden47.58YesSilver
Emma Wilcock48.23Bronze
Peter Kean-Cockburn50.02Silver
Emma Jorden50.41YesSilver
Ruth Pilch52.20YesSilver
Sharon Jones55.24YesBronze
Tamara Mills56.42Bronze

Shouldham Woods XC Series – Sunday 16th October 2016

It was a proper family outing to Shouldham Woods on Sunday 16th October in the first of the Ryston Runners Cross-Country series.  Billy Life’s little brother ran in the Under 9s, his sister in the Under 11s, Billy in the Under 13s and Mum and Dad as Veterans.   The distances varied with the adults being the longest at 5k.  The course wound through the trees, sometimes muddy, sometimes grassy, sometimes sort of sandy.  There were several uphill parts and an occasional downhill!!

Billy came second in his age category and keeping it in the family so did Mum Vicky.  The next race in the series is 13 November and is a 9k, the following race is 6.5k.  You can register on the day and it costs £4 for adults and £2 for children.  Details are on the Ryston Runners website. We hope to go back and it would be great if there were more Jags next time.  One thing – don’t expect any changing facilities, or toilets for that matter – there are plenty of trees to hide behind.


East Coast 10K – Sunday 16th October 2016

On October 16th five Jags went to Great Yarmouth to tackle the East Coast 10k.

The flat course is always a favourite for a PB but on this occasion as we arrived to feel strong winds we realised it was going to prove difficult and so it was.

Despite the conditions all five of us ran really good times.

Anthony Alborough 40:50 – Gold
Rod Bye 43:31 – Gold
James Lambert 43:46 – Silver
Paul Gerber 53:18
Adele Bushell 54:25 – Bronze

Thanks to the supporters on the day, Jackie, Ellie, Zep, Nicola, Ben & Ken much appreciated.


Perkins Great Eastern Run – Sunday 9 October 2016

17 members of the Jags had an early start on Sunday, piling into a minibus to travel to Peterborough to run the Perkins Great Eastern Run. The weather was not great but that did not hinder the runners that day. The day was a road trip with great banter along the way. We would also like to thank Jackie Gooch and Jerry who was supporting us on the day and taking pictures, plenty of which are on Facebook!  Some good results achieved and strangely a ghost runner appeared in the midst!



Dean Blake1.31.37YESGold
Jeremy Lawrence1.32.54Diamond
Neil Button1.39.29YESSilver
Lucy Anderson1.44.18YESSilver
Paul Emery1.45.10Silver
Emma Blake1.48.38YESSilver
Julian Smith1.52.58FT
Emma Jorden1.53.22Silver
Stephen Neal1.54.53YES
Sonya Wragg1.56.00Silver
Paul Taylor1.56.41
Paul Gerber2.01.04
Rosemary Jackson2.03.21Gold
Dee Neal2.07.02YESSilver
Clare Hicks2.07.09
Stewart Marden2.07.10
Dawn Chapman2.08.17YesBronze


Felbrigg Trail Run – Sunday 9th October 2016

This was a truly beautiful spot for a Sunday morning race and the sun came out for the majority of it!

We had a hand full of Jags attending, so Felbrigg saw a little blast of orange!

North Norfolk Surf Life Saving Club treated us to very well organised event with super friendly and supportive marshals. A yoga warm up was provided for all those who wanted to be totally race ready and Up & Running treatments providing some massage and T.L.C. if needed.

The trail was open to 200 runners and was suitable for novice and experienced runners from aged 7 years and up. The run circulated Felbrigg hall and offered staggered start times for novice to more experienced runners.

A big thank you to the North Norfolk Surf Life Saving Club for such a well organised event, keeping us well hydrated and fuelled with bananas!



Billy Life5K21.15
James Lambert10K46.03
Nicola Lambert-John10K49.04
Emma Mortimer10K55.59
Ruth Gainsford10K100.11

Lowestoft Half Marathon – Sunday 2 October 2016

It was a windy day on the coast for the inaugural Lowestoft Half Marathon. The race jointly organised by Break charity and Lowestoft Road Runners started on the sea wall with a strong head wind. The waves were splashing up the side of the wall to emphasise how strong the winds were coming off the sea. After about a mile run down the sea wall, runners were greeted with Links Hill. Those who have run the Scores Race will know this one; it’s the first hill of that race and a steep one too! The race continued along Gunton cliff top before heading back towards Corton including a little lap of a playing field. Runners then headed back to the start to complete the first lap of this out and back course.
It was a surprisingly nice route and definitely one to do as it does have some decent long flat stretches. There was a laid back atmosphere and all runners received a medal, race t-shirt and goody bag.

First Jag home for this one was Stewart Marden with an impressive gold standard time of 1:40:55. Next up was Neil Button with a PB and silver standard time of 1:44:23. Seconds behind was Nicola Lambert-John in a time of 1:44:26, narrowly missing out on a PB by 10 seconds but still winning the senior female category prize and free entry into next years race! James Lambert was one second behind, having run the distance with his wife. A great run by Paul Gerber too, finishing in a chip time of 1:59:26.

Great effort everyone!


Jolly Jaguars 10K – Sunday 25th September 2016

A fantastic end to the 2016 Jaguars 10K series with the Jolly Jaguars race on 25 September. We were lucky as the weather held out, we had over 350 runners, the support from club members was as good as ever and the same can be said of the amazing cakes.
Being one of the lucky ones able to run I can confirm it is a great course to race on; although flat it still has its challenges when in parts you find yourself fighting against the wind.

All the home runners this time were Jaguar ladies, with the lovely Hilda Mears (first timer) making a return visit from Leicester (we all hope to see her again soon).

It was a great performance all round, with three PBs, for Nicola Lambert John, Julie Glasel and me, with Nicola Lambert John putting in a sterling effort of achieving a silver standard and romping over the finish line with a fantastic time of 45.31 and being second lady in – amazing! Well done Nicola! Rosemary Jackson (first timer) achieved a gold standard with a brilliant time of 54.48 and both Julie and I were over the moon with us both achieving bronze standards.

The support all around the course was great and thanks to all the marshalls, riders and the ladies at the water stations – fighting against the wind makes you thirsty!
To be cheered in so loudly at the end of a race is pretty uplifting and am sure this helped in boosting us all to do so well. I would also like to say thanks to our leader for his sound advice to look up and run to the clock – it certainly worked!!
All in all an extremely successful day – well done ladies, well done Jaguars.


Nicola Lambert-John45.31YESSilver
Rosemary Jackson54.48FTGold
Dawn Chapman57.40YESBronze
Hilda Mears1.5.33FT
Julie Glasel1.6.44PBBronze

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