A small select band of Jaguars assembled in orange at the Ormiston Academy School for this year’s Great Yarmouth Half Marathon, part of the GP series.The course (which doesn’t really take in Great Yarmouth) runs over an undulating (for East Anglia) route to the South and West of its base. Included is a scenic section through Somerleyton Hall Park. Weather for the day was a little overcast and dry but by the standards of this year, cool.In the race, our Jaguars experienced mixed fortunes around a tough course. Dee Neal dipped under 2 hrs for the first time for a well-deserved PB. Emma Blake stormed to her PB, first female and club records, all for her age group. Thomas Lincoln-Kemp secured an excellent PB and club Gold standard. Despite Ken Bowman’s usual understated modesty, he made yet another first in age group. Around these stars-of-the-day, the rest of us at least made it the finish. Everybody picked up a free can of beer, T shirt and medal.
This event is well organised, has an excellent base and the marshals are friendly, encouraging and efficient in action. Overall an excellent mornings sport for all.
|Emma Blake||1.37.08||YES New Age Group Record|
1st In Age Group
|Ken Bowman||1.39.22||New Age Group Record & 1st In 70+ Age Group||PLATINUM|
Run Norwich 2018
I never ever want to take part in Run Norwich, it’s in August and it’s far too hot to run.
When I returned from my holiday in the depth of winter, entries had just opened and it seemed like every single Jag had signed up. So, with the fear of missing out pulling at my shirt tails, I relented and booked up. Couldn’t believe my eyes, this 10km road race that I didn’t want to do was a £25 entry fee. WHAT?! However, it is organised by the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation who “help over 38,000 people every year achieve their goals through sport, supporting some of the most disadvantaged, disabled and talented people across Norfolk”. Fair play. Booked.
The day arrived and as had been the trend this summer, the temperature was extraordinarily hot. On a personal level, I had a thumping three-day old headache and very little energy – certainly no motivation to run 10km when every footstep hurt my head. I put on my orange vest and waited for my dear fellow Jags to transport me in to Norwich.
The event ‘village’ was set up in Chapelfield Gardens and seemed perfectly well organised with plenty of blue loo’s and free bag drop. There was a sea of orange attire from fellow members in the location and we all posed for the obligatory team photo. Time to move down to the start line.
On entering the race, you are asked to submit your predicted finish time and given a race number of a certain colour according to your time. Runners are then held in ‘pens’ until that particular area is set free. The race numbers have time chips in them so your actual start time is logged as soon you step on the timing mat.
It is worth noting that there are a serious number of participants in this event so due care and consideration is required, but at no point did I really feel hemmed in or held back by the volume. The staggered start in pace order is a great way of getting around this.
This is a closed-road event with distance markers every kilometre. There is a water station located approximately half way at the football club, and another water station further on within the grounds of the Cathedral. At the start of the ascent at Rose Lane there was a very welcome DJ with some awesome tunes playing to bring about a smile and a quick-step to the red-faced runners, and this is passed a second time when we come back down Prince of Wales Road.
Upon finishing you cross the timing mat again and your run time is recorded. Runners are encouraged to keep moving forwards to collect a very shiny medal and goodie bag, and then back through to Chapelfield Gardens which helps to keep down the congestion of so many runners.
My personal observations of this event are as follows:
The £25 entry fee was worth every penny.
The event was very well organised and the closed-road running in ‘our’ city was absolutely fabulous.
The support from spectators (both fellow Jags and strangers) was incredible and non-stop throughout the entire course.
Norwich does have a few ‘inclines and declines’, but no more than we already know about!
The kilometre markers were very welcome and made the run seem very short in bite-sized pieces.
The paracetamol for my headache started working just before I went over the start-line!
It was good to carry a small water bottle for little sips throughout.
I will absolutely and most definitely run this event again next year, without doubt.
The medal was so heavy, I took it off!
A free beer was available at the end, plus more water.
This was my slowest ever 10km but by far my favourite.
Running in the blazing heat is my new friend!
See you all at this event in 2019!!
|Nicola Lambert-John||43.03||YES & 1st In Age Group||GOLD|
Our biggest turn out with 60 Jags. Although Very hot and humid difficult conditions Emma Wilcock got a PB.
In races 1 and 2 of this series I had run inside 45 minutes for the first time in nearly a year and had finished second in my age category. As we gathered at the start the runner who had beaten me into second place did not seem to be around, so I was hopeful of an age category trophy this time.
The temperature had cooled a bit and conditions were good for another 10k on a lovely summer evening. I tried to keep up with club mate Ken Bowman for the first couple of kilometres, but his sprightly 70 year old legs again proved too quick over this distance as he sped off to yet another age category win.
I had a short walk at the water stop between 4 and 5k and was passed by a runner who I knew to be in my age category. Suitably refreshed I set off in pursuit and soon caught and passed him again. Just after passing the 7k marker in Ellingham we joined the off road path that runs parallel to the A143 almost to the finish. This is my favourite part of the course being shaded by trees, virtually straight with a grippy surface, and it is great to run on. I reeled in a few other runners and managed to squeeze past on the narrow track without being stung by the nettles on either side. One of them managed to stick with me and passed me on the run to the finish as we arrived back at the Bungay Area Running Centre. My time was 44:08, which made it my fastest time of the series and I caught up with Ken who had finished in a superb time of 43:16. There was time to cheer our other Jag team mate Paul Berner to the finish in a time of 49:11 before the trophy presentation. Ken of course won his age category and there was a new winner in the M55-59 category……….a runner from Diss who finished a mere 3:44 ahead of me! There was one amusing anecdote from Ken before we set off for home. During the latter part of the race he was passed by a runner who muttered the words “how old are you?” My thoughts exactly!
1ST IN AGE CATEGORY
Yesterday Adele and I did our 2nd Swim Run. This year I found it tough as I didn’t have the stamina gained from my Marathon training last year. But saying that we came in 4th in our category again 💪💪. We run 2.9k swim 650m R 1.4k S400m. R0.6k S180m R0.6k S 160m R 0.4k S430m R2.3k. There is no transition you swim in your running shoes, and run with your goggles and swim hat. The run is all cross country, the swim is in and out of Fritton Lake at different points having to avoid natural obstacles. Although I was completely spent on the last Run Adele Literally drag me through the finish line. Thank you
|JACKIE GOOCH & ADELE BUSHELL||26TH||01;45;31|