PETERBOURGH 1/2 MARATHON 14/10/2018

Coltishall Jaguars very own damp dozen travelled over the Cambridgeshire border to take part in a very wet Peterborough Half Marathon.

First Jag home with a PB and Gold Standard was Jack Stuttle in an outstanding time of 1:28:37. Sonja White made light work of the puddles as the first Jag lady in a time of 1:47:06 a Silver Standard while also grabbing a PB.

There were also a PBs for Katie Fenn, who secured a Bronze Standard and Stephanie Hall who was helped along by Andy Mulligan.

Graham Fryer ran the distance for the first time and looked full of running at the end so PBs and standards await as his improvement continues.

Also running a half marathon for the first time as Jags were Lynn Lambert gaining a Silver Standard and Karen Bradley running with Sharon Jones both coming in with a Bronze Standard.

Karen Evans again broke the two-hour mark while claiming a Bronze standard.

Sue Emnett and Peter Kean-Cockburn also completed a very wet Half Marathon.

Despite the conditions, did I mention it was raining, the crowd support on route was still pretty good and special thanks has to go out to the marshals and volunteers out on the course.

All in all a well organised event on a flat city centre based event with loads of PB potential which most entrants return to.

 

Name
Time
PB
Standard
Jack Stuttle1.28.37YESGOLD
Sonja White1.47.06YESSILVER
Katie Fenn1.57.01YESBRONZE
Graham Fryer1.55.33FT
Peter Kean-Cockburn1.55.41SILVER
Andy Mulligan1.57.02
Karen Evans1.59.24BRONZE
Lynn Lambert2.06.39FTSILVER
Sharon Jones2.08.48BRONZE
Karen Bradley2.08.48FTBRONZE
Sue Emmett2.16.18

LEICESTER 1/2 MARATHON 14/10/18

I took a last minute entry and I wasn’t disappointed. It was a lovely early start of 8.45am, with the marathon and relay races starting at the same time as the half. It was mild day, with no wind and with an initial damp start it turned into a heavy downpour however, I always find the rain quite refreshing! The route started in Victoria park and headed out of Leicester down London road toWatermead park. This is the point where the half splits from the marathon and they head out towards Syston. The half return back, taking the scenic route around Watermead Park and along the canal passing the National Space Centre and through Abbey Park. It then zigzags through Leicester city centre before returning back to Victoria park to the finish.

Would I recommend this race? – Yes Why? – Very well organised, an early start and plenty of free off road parking. I also loved the route with lots of twists and turns on the return after the half way point.

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Name
Time
PB
Standard
Adele Bushell1.59.25SILVER

VILNIUS LITHUANIA MARATHON & 10K 09/09/2018

Linkejimal is Vilniaus Lietuvos (Greetings from Vilnius Lithuania)
Once again the Jags were on their travels and this time they headed to Eastern Europe for the 15th Danske bank Vilniaus Maratonas for the full marathon and 10km run. The running festival also included a half marathon, a #beactive running event from children ranging from 2-12 and a family  4.2km run. As you can tell from the dates the marathon started after the fall of communism in eastern europe and had grown each year to be one of the most competative marathons in  the baltic states.
Benjamin Letzer was in the marathon which started at 9.00am so was still reasonably cool. The start and finish were situated at the majestic Cathedral Square and the race started promptly. The race is a two lap route heading out and back along the Neris river and out towards the Vingio Parkas. It then heads back into the city past numerous squares, past the KGB building (now the museum of genocide victims) and into the old town the highlights being th epresidential palace, the university, into Uzupio (known to be the artistic area of the city and a republic in it’s own right), St Anne’s Church (the site of the first peacful protest against the communists) and back into Cathedral Square.
Ben looked amazing on both laps and was cheered on by his fellow Jags. He finished in a time of 3.10.31 finishing 51st in a field of 738 runners. A fantastic achievement as the temperatures rose and Ben had little sleep the night before due to a late arrival.
It was then the turn of the 10km runners at 2pm with the temperatures averaging 26 degrees. The runners included Sarah Letzer, Vanessa Clements, Annette Yeomanson, Hilda Mears (back in orange) and her partner Mike Peyrebrune. The route mirrored that of the marathon initially and again focussed on the old town. Alot of caution was taken initially due to the heat and although there were water stations there were concerns about water running out. At the end of the race Ben and Mike showed alot of support as the 10km runners came in. However, there does seem to be some descrepancy in the times as it was uncertain where the race actually finished as the next race was being organised and the finishers of the 10km were manouvered into a small channel rather than going over the whole finish line.
After the race the group headed off to the nearest bar to try some of the Kraft beers and sample some of the local dishes which included alot of dumplings!!. Vilnius is a beautiful City, easy to get around and relatively cheap. If you’re looking for a running festival with mostly flat courses this is for you.
Name
Time
PB
Standard
MARATHON
Ben Letzer3.10.37GOLD
10K
Hilda Mears1.14.57
Anette Yeomanson1.18.19
Vanessa Cummins1.19.30
Sarah Letzer1.23.17FT

BURE VALLEY 10 MILE 30/09/2018

I ran this race last year and hated every minute, feeling tired and achey. I finished in over 1:24 which was not far off my PB so could not understand why I’d felt so low. Howard reminded me that I’d given blood 5 days before the race. When the Blood Service staff give you the little card telling you not to do anything strenuous for 24 hours, I ignorantly thought it only took 24 hours to get over giving blood. No, apparently it takes up to 2 weeks! This year I decided I had to put this race to bed. I didn’t give blood 5 days beforehand, I had a sports massage and hydrated well instead. While driving to Banningham, I realised I could not remember anything about the race last year, other than crossing the finish line on the village green feeling glad it was over. Oh, and the excellent W.I. cakes plus the cute train medal. I had a quick warm up run with a Ruth Pilch and then we were off. I started off running with Ruth and Sonja White who were setting a good pace and once I was past my 4k settling in distance, I was running comfortably and pulled ahead. I took in more of my surroundings this time too and appreciated the friendly marshals plus lots of Jags who had turned out to support. Usually I don’t go in to a race with a time in mind but I had three things I wanted to beat: my bad memory of this race, my lack of mojo from the summer heat wave and my Freethorpe 10 PB of 1:20. I’d got my PB in January when I was Marathon training so I’d decided to use this race as a benchmark to see how much my mojo had come back! I sprinted across the finish in 1:19 and I’m over the moon with 5 minutes off last year and 1 minute off my PB. I had my first sniff of a prize too as I was in the 3rd placed Over-40s Ladies Team with Emma and Sonja. The W.I. did some amazing cake again and there was some chunky bling too! Here’s last year’s finish photo and this year’s finish photo. I think my expressions say it all!

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Name
Time
PBs
Standard
Emma Blake1.08.15YES 2nd in Age Group,New Age Group Record & New Club RecordDIAMOND
Graham Johnson1.08.343rd In Age GroupeGOLD
Keith Brighty1.13.11FTGOLD
Julian Smith1.13.36YESSILVER
Howard Harper1.15.14YESSILVER
Douglas Barber1.16.16FTGOLD
Darren Matthewson1.17.17FTSILVER
Vikki Harper1.19.21YESSILVER
Sonja White1.20.10YESSILVER
Lucy Walker1.20.30FT 3rd In Age Group & New Age Group RecordDIAMOND
Ruth Pilch1.22.03SILVER
Ruth Gainsford1.24.36YESGOLD
Clare Hicks1.33.34BRONZE
Paul Gerber1.33.35
Helen Ganson1.33.52FT & 3rd In Age GroupSILVER
Karen Bradley1.35.15FTBRONZE
Sharon Jones1.35.15BRONZE
Marion Bensley1.43.23FT
Samantha Beals1.50.36FT
Jamie Harkin1.52.07FT
Jennifer Norris1.59.17FT

FELBRIGG TRAIL RUN 5K AND 10K 07/10/2018

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NAME
RUN
POSITION
TIME
MAX WESTMORELAND
JUNIOR JAG
5K60;24;10
SAM WESTMORELAND
JUNIOR JAG
5K70;25;02
LAURA HICK5K260;33;01
MISCHA HICK
JUNIOR JAG
5K270;33;01
STEPHEN NORRIS5K250;35;34
ANNETTE YEOMANSON5K410;39;47
REBECCA WESTMORELAND5K420;39;47
RACHAEL KIRKHAM5K450;42;18
VIOLET VINCENT5K480;43;35
NAME
MF RANK
TIME
PAUL RODGERS1400;47;11
SCOTT SHRUBSALL1500;47;51
PAUL EMERY1600;48;41
SONYA TURNER1300;54;58
PAUL GERBER3900;58;21
KAREN BRADLEY3401;00;16
SIMONE HOLLOWAY3801;01;08
JULIAN JARDINE4401;01;08
CLARE HICKS4201;03;17
ANGELA HUDSON7601;13;42
SARAH LANCHBURY7701;14;50
ALISON HOLLOWAY8601;21;01
JULIE JARDINE891;27;33
JENNIFER NORRIS881;27;33

MARRIOTTS WAY 10K 07/10/2018

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NAME
POSITION
TIME
REBECCA POUNTAIN41ST
3RD FEMALE
00;44;54
PHIL HENRY42ND00;44;56
CHRIS JOHNSON47TH00;45;29
LUKE TOWNSHEND72ND00;47;27
GRAHAM JOHNSON167TH00;53;52
KARL DODGSON170TH00;53;56
HELEN GANSON203RD00;56;07
RACHAEL COLE 246TH00;58;18
CARRIE CATCHPOLE303RD01;01;44
JAMIE HARKIN349TH01;06;36
PAUL BLOOMFIELD359TH01;07;32
MELANIE YOUNG365TH01;09;39
ALISON READ375TH01;11;20
EMILY SPRAGGE385TH01;13;45
PENNY MURRAY398TH01;21;53

RUTLAND HALF MARATHON 16/09/2018

Sorry to miss the RNR this year, but I ran the Rutland Half Marathon last weekend. Managed 2nd in age category even with a really slow time, just 10-minute miling. It was a very windy day (although that wasn’t really a problem), and the tracks were very crowded as the course was two out-and-backs along the lake side from the start area. There were more or less continual short, sharp climbs and descents (a novelty for a Norfolk girl) apart from about four level miles, but it was a really friendly, scenic event; the bonus was having a leg massage at the end – included in the price. The marathon looked gruelling and the results show that loads of people didn’t finish! There were some serious climbs in the last 13 miles, apparently. Would recommend if it weren’t on the RNR weekend, but they do hold a halfmarathon in April every year.

 

Rosemary Jackson

 

NAME
POSITION
TIME
ROSEMARY JACKSON501ST
2ND IN AGE CATEGORY
02;11;45
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