Mike Groves 10k – Sunday 4th June 2017

The big day…a great achievement for our Couch to 10K, the course finished and the final race to complete.

Fantastic efforts achieved today, well done to all those who worked hard and persevered with the training.  It definitely all paid off today, a terrific turnout.  Well done!!

Rebecca Pountain45.38YESGOLD
Jack Stuttle48.02
Timothy Witting52.48FT
Graham Fryer54.15
Julian Jardine54.20
Karen Evens54.25
Claire Jones56.41
Amanda Haslam57.00FT
Clauda Roe59.27
Simone Holloway1.01.49
Charlotte Jones1.01.58
Joanna Cottrell1.02.37
Rachel Cole1.03.52
Tanya Manners1.04.23
Melissa Baines1.04.36
Catherine Whiting1.05.06
Jenny Sparks1.05.24
Dawn Sykes1.09.12
Debbie Hall1.09.46
Sharn Emery1.10.01
Donna Monk1.10.35
Penny Murray1.14.26
Paul Bloomfield1.15.05FT
Caren Maidment1.15.06
Alison Holloway1.16.28
Julie Jarden1.18.47
Debbie Prickly1.22.02
Beverly Jenkins1.22.02
Amelia Choat1.27.32
George Rodgers1.27.56


Edinburgh Half Marathon – Sunday 28th May 2017

Another Jags road trip, with 11 Jags preparing to run and friends and family tagging along for the cheering!

A huge event, brilliantly organised and taking in glorious sea views along the way.  The weather was very hot and not great conditions for running, everyone completed the half marathon apart from, of course, Ben Letzer who took on the full marathon!!

A great weekend away, thanks to Dee for organising the train trip, not an easy task for so many!!  This was  great event, thoroughly enjoyed by all, especially the beer afterwards!!

Benjamin Letzer3.23.30SILVER
Lucy Anderson1.50.53BRONZE
Owen Barber1.52.16YESBRONZE
Paul Gerber1.56.40
Dee Neal2.25.54
Henry Neal2.25.54
Hilda Mears2.38.7
Clare Hicks2.38.8
Kerri Clark2.50.56
Vanessa Clements3.04.23
Jenny Welsh3.4.24

Wroxham 5K Series – Race 1 – Wednesday 17th May 2017

The first race in the ever popular Wroxham 5k series, 38, yes 38 Jags entered this race.  That must be a record in itself!!

Some amazing times and standards were achieved.  The results table speaks for itself.  Well done all!!

Andy Mulligan18.07GOLD
Anthony Alborough18.07YESDIAMOND
Stuart Bennett18.29FTGOLD
Ben Gaskins18.56YESGOLD
James Lambert19.05SILVER
Mel Porter19.20GOLD
Graham Johnson19.27YESGOLD
Peter Nelson 19.44GOLD
Paul Rogers19.43FTGOLD
Nick Hudson19.42FTSILVER
Phil Henry20.23FTDIAMOND
Nick Eley20.23FTDIAMOND
Nicola Lambert-John22.25PBGOLD
Stephen Pointer20.38SILVER
Jeremy Lawrence20.50GOLD
Shane Bidle20.56FTSILVER
Neil Button21.06SILVER
Nicola Holden21.24PB & Age group recordGOLD
Paul Taylor21.26SILVER
Vicky Tovell21.41YES & Age group recordGOLD
Rebecca Pountain21.38FTGOLD
Emma Blake 21.34YESGOLD
Scott Shrubsall21.45BRONZE
Emma Wilcock22.11SILVER
Stuart Kenrick22.29FTBRONZE
Sonja White23.13YESSILVER
Vikki Harper23.28FTSILVER
Paul Gerber23.53YESBRONZE
Julian Smith23.53FTBRONZE
Jackie Bye24.05GOLD
Paul Emery24.13SILVER
Emma Jordan24.20SILVER
Adele Bushell24.51YESSILVER
Claire Owen24.53YESBRONZE
Sharn Ponsford25.06SILVER
Georgina Blake25.49
Ruth Gainsford25.54SILVER
Tamara Mills26.04FTBRONZE
Jenny Barrett28.21

Great Yarmouth 5 Mile Series – Race 2 – Wednesday 10th May 2017

15 runners made the trip for the second of three races along the sea front of Great Yarmouth hoping to build on the success of the first run a fortnight ago where 12 members had taken part.
The club can celebrate strong performances, with Anthony Alborough the first Jag home with an impressive time of 30:34 and Nicola Lambert-John was the first female back in 34:23. Mel Porter led the four Jags (Nick Eley, Sharn Ponsford and Barbara Button) who achieved a PB on this occasion.Confidence will be high that the Jaguars can maintain the success of the first two races with a strong attendance and times, with the next round being the Leathes Prior Grand Prix Series being an added incentive.

Anthony Albourgh30.34DIAMOND
Ben Gaskins31.54FTSILVER
James Lambert31.55SILVER
Mel Porter32.04YESGOLD
Rod Bye34.01GOLD
Nick Eley34.12YESGOLD
Nicola Lambert-John34.23SILVER
Shane Bidle35.49BRONZE
Stewart Marden36.35GOLD
Owen Barber38.45BRONZE
Jackie Bye40.19GOLD
Paul Gerber40.23BRONZE
Sharn Ponsford41.32YESSILVER
Claire Owen42.47BRONZE
Barbara Button44.09YesBRONZE

Dereham 10 Miler – Sunday 7 May 2017

13 Jags’ members all turned out for the Dereham 10 miler. The weather was ideal for the race as it was nice and cool, not like last year where we had freak hot weather. The race was a sell out as you would expect as this was the 4th race in the Leathes Prior Grand Prix Series. The results where excellent from the Jags, with great times. So well done to you all you all ran fantastically.

Nick Eley1.12.56GOLD
Emma Blake1.16.17YesGOLD
Neil Button1.19.18SILVER
Roland Talbit1.20.44FTGOLD
Vikki Harper1.24.12FTSILVER
Paul Gerber1.24.56BRONZE
Ivan Westley1.25.19FT
John Windham1.26.24FTGOLD
Ruth Gainford1.30.36SILVER
Claire Owen1.31.23BRONZE
Sharon Jones1.32.55FTBRONZE
Barbara Button 1.36.47YesBRONZE
Dee Neal1.38.13BRONZE

Breckland 10K – Monday 1 May 2017

I have fond memories of this race. I have run it twice before, firstly in 2014 when I broke through 45 minutes for 10k for the first time and again last year when I beat my PB by over a minute.
This time it was my first race in Jags colours, after recently making the switch from the Bungay Black Dogs, and, along with friends Rebecca (Bex) Pountain and Vikki Harper, I was looking forward to breaking in our new club vests.
I knew I would have to go some to beat my current 10k PB (42.31 set at the Marriotts Way 10k in October last year), but was optimistic of a good time on what is a fast and flat course. There is only one hill and as that is in the first kilometre it is good to get it out of the way when you are feeling fresh. I set my Garmin to pace at 4:10 per kilometre and just after 11am we were off.
The race starts in the village of Croxton near Thetford and there is a nice downhill to begin with and then the aforementioned hill out of the village. I was a bit quicker than planned as usual, completing the first kilometre in 4:00, but soon settled into my target race pace and completed the first 5k in just under 21 minutes. By now though I was regretting not having eaten a bigger breakfast and the late morning start meant that I was feeling a bit short of fuel to sustain the same pace for the second half of the race. There is a water station at 6k and I decided to stop and walk to make sure I got a decent drink down me. This is not something I tend to do in a 10k race as I’m always concerned about being able to pick up the same pace, but I was soon up and running again whilst not feeling that great. At this point the course loops back on itself so you get to see other runners heading towards you who are a few minutes behind. I was lifted when I saw and high-fived Bex and then shouted over a word of encouragement to Vikki (smiling broadly as usual 😁), who was not far behind. The next kilometre and a half were the toughest psychologically for me as I struggled to maintain my pace and could feel a PB slipping away. The heat was also a factor and at 8k I chose to stop and walk again to grab one of the wet sponges that were being handed out at this point to cool me down. I decided to take another and squeezed the cold water over my head and then found it hard to get back up to my race pace, a fact borne out by my split time for the 9th kilometre which was up to 4:37 when I checked back later.
The last part of the race is great as a very slight downhill enables you to stride out and, feeling recovered, I picked up again over the last kilometre. As the finish line came into view I could see the clock on 42 minutes something and gritted my teeth for one final push. As I crossed the line I knew I had just missed out on a PB and inevitably thoughts went back to the start of the 9th kilometre when I walked to cool down with a wet sponge. If I had continued running then would I have had enough left in the tank for a PB? Conversely would I have been flagging for the last kilometre if I hadn’t stopped to cool down? Maybe I shouldn’t have gone out so quickly over the first 5k or had a bigger / later breakfast? It was all academic of course and no runner I know ever found it easy to run a PB and there is always another race to have another go.
After having my chip removed I went back up the course to cheer Bex and Vikki to the finish. Bex judged her race perfectly to beat her 10k PB by 3 seconds and as for Vikki, well she totally smashed hers by over 2 minutes! We celebrated afterwards with our families by having a picnic at nearby High Lodge, which included a delicious cake baked by my wife Gail.
Claire Owen also ran for the Jaguars. Sorry we didn’t get to see or speak to you Claire. Will look out for you next time.
Our chip times were as follows:
Phil – 42:41
Bex – 46:29
Vikki – 48:48
Claire – 53:44
One final thing: When I run or race on my own I sometimes have a song going through my head that I cannot shake off. This time is was “You’re in love with a Psycho” by Kasabian that had wormed it’s way into my ear and refused to budge for the duration of the race. I’ve no idea where that came from unless it was on the radio on the way there!

Phil Henry

Phil Henry42.41FTDiamond
Rebecca Pountain46.42FTSilver
Vikki Harper48.48FTSilver
Claire Owen53.44Bronze

Great Yarmouth 5 Mile Series -Race 1, Wednesday 26 April 2017

12 runners from the club travelled to Great Yarmouth for the first of 3 races in the Great Yarmouth 5 mile series. All were keen to do their best and they all did, with some excellent times and also some PBs.  It was a great turn out from the Jags and well done to everyone that ran. Lets look forward to race 2 and lets get some more great times and PBs!

Anthony Alborough30.30YESDiamond
James Lambert31.39YESSilver
Nicola Lambert-John34.11YESGold
Nic Eley34.34FTGold
Shane Bidle35.47FTBronze
Stewart Marden36.26Gold
Owie Barber39.04Bronze
Paul Gerber39.27YESBronze
Claire Owen42.05YESBronze
Sharn Ponsford42.33FTBronze
Barbara Button44.32YESBronze
Dee Neal45.18Silver

Virgin London Marathon – Sunday 23 April 2017

THE race of the year, and what an amazing experience for our runners, after months of hard training!

Well done to those running this distance for the first time including Jackie Gooch, Emma Mortimer, Kerri Clarke and Alicia Lacey, and to those returning to have another go including Ellie Bye, Jeremy Lawrence and Mel Porter.

Weather was dry and actually got out quite warm which was great for the spectators!!

Jeremy Lawrence3.33.57GOLD
Ellie Bye3.43.56SILVER
Melvin Porter3.42.32SILVER
Roland Talbot4.29.09FTBRONZE
Emma Mortimer4.52.43FT
Jackie Gooch4.59.24FT
Kerri Clarke6.05.47FT


City of Norwich Half Marathon – Sunday 9 April 2017

The City of Norwich Half Marathon is a race I hold with fond memories. It was the first long distance race I completed long before I joined the club and still recall passing the finish line feeling rather emotional as if I had travelled the earths circumference twice and endured demons and dragons on the way. Sorry fellow Jags, I didn’t know you then. It was a cold November day, wet and windy.

This year I was really looking forward to the new route and not running twice round the route which makes me dizzy just thinking about having to slog it out along the same path again. Those who remembered the snow last time couldn’t help but be pleasantly surprised by the sunshine. Ideal running conditions I thought.

Like a coiled spring we all stand waiting for the start bugle and then……. we shuffle.
Probably no more than 6 paces and stop. Off again, this time maybe eight steps. Slowly but surely we make our way past the start line in the knowledge that each step costs us another second of our run time.

As a sun lover I remarked how I love to run in the heat and am rarely affected by it, boasting how I had run in Athens a couple of years previously. A remark I regretted at mile 4 as the pace was increasing and shade nowhere to be found. Mad dogs and Englishmen came to mind!

The best had certainly been kept till last with this race. The hills, yes hills in Norfolk were noticeable and the last part of the route before turning into the showground was certainly one to be conquered. I was determined to run this but two thirds of the way up I decided there was a reason everyone else was walking and did the same.

Finally, back in the grounds we were welcomed by the Jaguars Banner with Peter Kean-Cockburn and Dee Neal (I think?) cheering us on. Having passed the horses grazing in the fields, all I could see was a sea of runners battling it out behind the post and rail fence which seemed to wind its way into the distance and ironically I thought this must look to the horses like a human form of flat racing. One last corner to turn and finally the finish line, the medal and all important goodie bag.

The first Jaguar to finish was Paul Rogers, achieving 1:38:34, followed by Nick Eley 1:47:06. Roland Talbot who came 3rd in age group completed in 1:53:21 and myself, David Platten, just scraping a sub 2 hour at 1:59:07. Ruth Pilch achieved a bronze standard with 2:03:24, Ivan Westley 2:05:07, Paul Gerber who put his own race on hold to assist a fellow runner who collapsed in front of him, but still achieving 2:09:31. Claire Owen 2:11:48 and John Windham who was injured at 6 miles but determined to complete came in at 2:21:05.

A huge thank you to all who turned out to support us. I personally saw Neil Button, but sure there were others. Also to three spectators who held hoses for us to run through providing a split second of pure refreshment.

To sum up the day, there is only one word which describes the 32nd Norwich Half and that is HOT!

David Platten

Paul Rogers1.38.34FTSILVER
Nick Eley1.47.05FTSILVER
Roland Talbot1.53.21SILVER
David Platten1.59.07FT
Ruth Pilch2.03.24BRONZE
Ivan Westley2.05.07YES
Paul Gerber2.09.31
Claire Owen2.11.48
John Windham2.21.05

Greater Manchester Marathon – Sunday 2nd April 2017

This was a first marathon for me and I was so pleased to be running this along side my husband Alan, who is a seasoned marathon runner. The only problem was our pace difference! However, he was committed to running the marathon with me and he definitely gave me the best personal support prior, during and post marathon.

My training didn’t quite go according to plan, but then who’s does? It’s marathon training so I’ve been told! One thing I have learnt, you just have to get on with it and never under estimate the power of cross training if you get injured, as it was in my case.

Greater Manchester Marathon is billed as being UK’s fastest and friendliest Marathon, It did not disappoint. We stayed in the centre of Manchester and only had a short tram ride to the start at Old Trafford. The forecast for the Marathon was spot on and indeed perfect conditions. The race started at 9am and it took almost 20 minutes to cross the start line. The route took us around old Trafford, heading out towards Altrincham and back round to Sale and then to Urmston and finally finishing back at old Trafford. The crowd support was amazing, with steel bands, gospel singers and just about anyone who could sing or play an instrument had a go. I did have a chuckle at some of the hand written signs as we ran round, in particular “don’t worry, toenails are overrated” and “short cut this way, we won’t tell anyone” believe me that was so tempting at mile 22!

I didn’t quite reach my goal of a sub 4.30 marathon…. But so please with my time, completing it with Alan in a time of 4:43:21 achieving a bronze standard and new age group record. Adele and Alan Bushell.


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