Horsford Cross Country Series – Race 3 – Sunday 17 January 2016

Five Jags braved the cold for the final race in the series. The temperature was -1!!

Of course it didn’t deter them and they had fun running around in the woods and diving through the mud!

In the Junior race, Billy Life finished in a time of 16.23 and took 1st place overall in his age group.

Alan Bushell, finished in a time of 51.49 and came 2nd in his age group overall.

James Lambert finished in a time of 56.16, Josh Neale finished in 62.09, Nicola John finished in 49.04 and Clare Hicks finished in 68.54.

Mud, mud, glorious mud……


Wymondham 10K – 1 January 2016


The first race of 2016 welcomed no fewer than 12 Jolly Jags at the Wymondham 10k.

This was Paul Emery’s debut in Jag’s colours and how well he ran in the cold and icy conditions considering he was nursing a calf injury.

Three brave Jag spectators cheered on our intrepid runners as they raced up the last hill in the final kilometre of the race. For James Fuller his relaxed, yet determined style made it look as if he had just begun the race instead of being within yards of the finish line. A personal best was definitely on his mind and he succeeded too.

Rod Bye was our first runner home sporting a new secret “go fast” garment, well two to be precise.

Jackie Bye ran a superb time of 50.55. Such good preparation for her marathon in three weeks.

Adele was particularly pleased as she was only about 15 seconds away from a PB. Special mention must go to Tom Johnson who produced a very brave performance as he was feeling poorly. He looked very unwell as he struggled up the hill and was clearly suffering but still ran to the end. Well done Tom. We hope you are feeling better now.

Rod Bye42.00Gold
James Fuller44.39First TimeBronze
Alan Bushell45.28Silver
Paul Emery46.18First TimeSilver
Graham Johnson47.04YesSilver
Paul Taylor47.57Bronze
Scott Chadwick48.36
Jackie Bye50.55Gold
Paul Gerber52.10
Adele Bushell52.30Silver
Tom Johnson52.31
Claire Owen54.52Bronze

Groggy Doggy Cross Country Run – 26 December 2016

Groggy Doggy Boxing Day XC Run, Outney Common, Bungay
Billed as being set in a rural riverside setting with plenty of mud!
Indeed we were not disappointed, there was plenty of mud. This was Adele’s 4th time competing in the Groggy Doggy XC and it has become a favourite of hers.
This year Adele was the only Jag running in the event, although was accompanied by two of her children, who ran in the junior event.
It was a very mild day for the time of year, 15oC, but also very windy which made it feel a lot colder than it was.
The senior race consisted of 1 or 2 laps a total of 5 miles. There was also the option of running in fancy dress and/or with your dog. This year, runners with their dogs started 2 minutes behind the start of the senior race. This was so much better and avoided any dog tripping accidents at the start.
The route took you across muddy fields, up paths and through a river, although there was the option of a foot bridge for those that didn’t want to get their feet wet. The race was hard going, but good fun, and there is something exhilarating about running through the mud. But if nothing else a good way to ‘blow away the cobwebs’ and burn some extra calories from the excess consumed over the festive period.
Adele completed 2 laps without a dog or in fancy dress in a time of 48.38!!

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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?


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