Fairlands Valley Challenge

Whilst most runners are content to compete at shorter distances, some step up to take on a marathon or two, but only the truly dedicated go further. Ben Letzer the clubs ultra specialist once more took on the the 50k (30 mile) Fairlands Valley Challenge, an off road race run in the north of Hertfordshire. Not only did he run the race but finished second overall in an amazing time of 4 hours 11 minutes. This is even more impressive when you consider that all those who enter have to navigate the route themselves armed only with a basic set of directions.
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Aylsham 10k

Steve Cannell and Jon Foot were the only members running the inaugural  Aylsham 10k. Steve was second overall in a time of 37.34 and Jon, running his first race for the club, posted a time of  45.09 but as the course was multi-terrain the times do not count for club standards.
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Dereham 5k

This was another successful day at the well organised Dereham 5k for the 7 Jags who turned out. Matt Stone and Lawrence Wade had their usual battle up front with Matt just pipping Lawrence by 2 seconds. Matt’s time of 17.35 gave him second prize in the 40+ age group. Mark Harmer tried to keep with the lads on the first lap but ran out of steam (you’ll keep with them next time Mark). I don’t know what Rod Bye had for breakfast but he took an impressive 47 seconds off  his p.b. to run a gold standard time of 19.21. Next in was Ady Jay on one of his uninjured weeks, which is very rare, but then fell off his bike later in the afternoon. Not to be outdone by the boys Ellie Bye ran another p.b. and club record and Sarah Jay took 23 seconds off  her time running 22.29 which was a new age club record and also won 2nd prize in the 45+ group.
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Matt Stone17.35diamond
Lawrence Wade17.37gold
Mark Harmer19.06silver
Rod Bye19.21 (pb)gold
Ady Jay20.15silver
Ellie Bye20.25 (pb) (cr)gold
Sarah Jay22.29 (pb) (ar)gold

Victory Sprint Triathlon and Grafham Water Duathlon

As if running wasn’t hard enough more of our members took to to the roads and water in multi-sport events this weekend. Andy Mulligan, Jonny Reader and Adele Bushell completed The North Walsham Victory Sprint Triathlon, an event comprising a 300 metre swim, 17k cycle and 3k run. Andy finished 8th overall and first in his age category with a total time of 47:10 (Swim 5:17/Bike 30:37/Run 10:00) whilst Jonny finished in 13th place and 3rd in his age group in a total time of 51:25 (5:17/32:45/11:40). Adele also finished 3rd in her age group in 1:04:22 (8:07/39:52/14:25)

Meanwhile further west conditions were fairly cool at Grafham Water near Huntingdon where Richard and Dawn Collyer had an early start for a duathlon comprising a 10k run 40k cycle and 5k run. Richard finished in a total time of 2.23.12 (46:16/1:11:08/22:55) whilst Dawn came home in 2.51.05 (54:43/1:26:09/27:35).
Victory Results   Grafham Water Results

Wroxham 5k

On another very hot and sunny evening 14 Jags ran the last race in the popular Wroxham 5k Series. First home for the club, 7th overall and 3rd senior man was new member Stephen Cannell.  His time of 16.33 was a new club record taking almost a minute off the previous time. Dean Blake was next home in a new p.b of 19.15. Ken Bowman ran his usual strong race to finish first in his category to post a new age club record of 19.55. Anthony Norris, another new member, recorded a time of 2.13.  Claire Owen is finally getting the speed back into her legs after her marathon and ‘with a little help from her friends’ ran a p.b of 25.12
Full Results

Steve Cannell16.33 (1st) (cr)diamond
Dean Blake19.15 (pb)silver
Ken Bowman19.55 (ar)platinum
Antony Norris22.13 (1st)bronze
Sarah Jay23.05silver
Sarah Stubbs23.59silver
Graham Cox25.01silver
Claire Owen25.12 (pb)bronze
Lisa Symon25.12
Adele Bushell25.20silver
Peter Kean-Cockburn25.22
Heather Hollister26.20gold
Dee Neal27.01bronze
Becky Durant28.49silver

Ekiden Relays

We had three teams enter the  Ekiden Relays at St Joseph’s College in Ipswich on Sunday 14th July.  The teams came 9th, 11th and 12th  in the mixed category which made it a good inter-club competition.  There are six people in each team running the marathon distance of 26.2 miles over a  2.5k  lap course.  It proved to be the hottest day of the year so far which was excellent for spectators but the 28 degrees was not so kind to the runners.
Team Results    Website

Snowdonia 7

So called because it takes in 7 of Snowdonia’s toughest mountains, this fell race is 22 miles long and includes 8000 feet of ascent. Although billed as a running event only the very best are able to run the whole course. The race is open to teams of 4 police officers at least 3 of whom must get round carrying a pack containing a set list of safety equipment and clothing. Normally the race attracts wind, rain and freezing temperatures. This year it was on the hottest day recorded in the area since 1976. The heat created conditions which saw over a third of competitors unable to finish and the winners, who normally average just under 5 hours took well over an hour longer. Richard Collyer was part of  a Norfolk team that finished in 8 hours 22 minutes, losing a member en route through dehydration. This was in the top half of the finishers. The last team to finish came in in well over 11 hours. Despite the tough race conditions Richard has vowed to return next year for more of the same.

Norwich Sprint Triathlon

Three of our members turned their talents to a multi-sport event at the weekend and all performed very well in their first triathlon. The event took in a 750 metre swim, 20 k bike ride and 5k run. Jon Reader took the club honours finishing 27th out of 169 in a total time of 1.13.16, followed by Rod Bye 1.16.02 and Ellie Bye 1.20.11.

Full Results

Total Time
27thJon Reader1.13.1614.0333.1622.37
41stRod Bye1.16.0216.5033.5622.20
64thEllie Bye1.20.1115.4638.3822.47


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