STRADBROKE TRIATHLON 19-20/05/2018

Stradbrook sprint triathlon 20th may

This was advertised as a great tri for first timers ! And it certainly was ! The organisers put on training in the months before on all aspects of the 3 disciplines and both transitions.
Sunday morning was an early start from Norwich and a little chilly. Registration was straight forward and the race briefing was light humoured ensuring everybody was aware that the local council had laid on extra pot holes on this years cycle route.
Start time of the swim was 8;30am women first followed by the men at 30 second intervals. The bike ride was 17k though local countryside, a little undulating but very pretty scenery. The run was a 2 mile was around a field, a bit rutted under foot because of the dry weather.
Crowds were small as this was a local and fairly small event with 119 finishers. The marshals were friendly and helpful, there were changing facilities available and as entrants were small, readily available. In an effort to be greener, at the finish was my own bottle of water and a medal.
This event was just as advertised small, friendly and great for the first time triathlon. I would definitely recommend it and will be entering next year.

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EVENT
NAME
POSITION
SWIM
T1
CYCLE
T2
RUN
GUN TIME
SATURDAY 19th TRIATHLONJILL COLE63 FIRST FEMALE IN 60-64 AGE CATEGORY04:0301:2339:140:2517:561:03:04
NAME
POSITION
SWIM
T1
CYCLE
T2
RUN
GUN TIME
DEBORAH HALL1134:262:0547:300:3723:511:18:31

DEREHAM 10 MILE 13/05/2018

 

 

 

 

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Name
Time
PBs
Standard
Anthony Alborough1.03.37YESDIAMOND
Neil Button1.07.12YESGOLD
Graham Johnson1.07.36YESGOLD
Melvyn Porter1.08.17GOLD
Rod Bye1.09.303rd In Age GroupDIAMOND
Thomas Lincoln-Kemp1.11.15GOLD
Stephen Neal1.11.36YESGOLD
Ken Bowman1.12.043rd In Age Group & New Age Group RecordPLATINUM
Elly Young1.12.52FT 2nd In Age Group & New Age Group RecordDIAMOND
Darren Tubby1.13.16FTSILVER
Vicky Tovell1.14.00YESGOLD
Keith Brightly1.14.50FTSILVER
Julian Smith1.16.27YESSILVER
Dean Blake1.17.09BRONZE
Emma Blake1.17.10GOLD
Nick Richards1.17.47FTBRONZE
Nouha Tate1.19.15FT SILVER
Jackie Bye1.24.133rd In Age GroupDIAMOND
John Windham1.28.20SILVER
Ruth Gainsford1.28.31YESSILVER
Adele Bushell1.28.53SILVER
Dee Neal1.30.23GOLD
Sharon Jones1.32.16YESSILVER
Barbara Button1.37.40

GT YARMOUTH 5 MILE SERIES RACE 2 09/05/18

The temperature in Yarmouth was about 8 degrees cooler than when I had left home in Lingwood and with a cool sea breeze it promised to be more challenging conditions to race in than for race 1 two weeks before.
I was running this race with a young lad by the name of Rory Fairfoot, who has learning difficulties and attended the same school as my son Chris.
Rory started running with his Dad Monty a few years ago before Monty tragically lost his life at far too young an age. Since then he has really taken to running with support from his Mum Jenny and sister Ellie, who recently completed the London Marathon raising over £7,000 and I’m sure his Dad would be very proud. Mum Jenny can no longer keep up with him, so she was pleased when I offered to run this race with him. Based on what Jenny said I had anticipated that Rory may be able to complete the race in about 40 minutes and set up my watch accordingly. Rory has no speech, but can understand instructions and after making sure he was ok and understood who he was running with Jenny left us to watch the race.
It was cold waiting for the race to start, but at last we were off and Rory set off quicker than I was expecting and I ran alongside him encouraging him not to go too quickly. The first mile was easy with a tailwind, but as soon as we turned at the Waterways we faced a stiff breeze that was unrelenting all the way down to the Marina Centre. Rory slowed down significantly and I offered him some words of encouragement that we would soon be out of the wind and pointed out the mile markers so he understood how far we had run and how far we still had to go.
We turned at the Marina Centre to head back up to the Waterways on lap 2 and the pace picked up until without any warning Rory slowed and started to walk as we passed the 3 mile marker. Running into a headwind must have taken more out of him than I had anticipated and after walking for half a minute I encouraged him to start running again. We did, but then we faced the headwind all the way to the finish and Rory slowed to walk again as we reached 4 miles. After another half a minute recovery we started to run again, but I could tell he was finding it hard as many other runners started to catch and pass us as we neared the Marina Centre again. Finally the finish line appeared and when I pointed this out it definitely spurred Rory on as he made a strong finish.
We finished with a time of 43:17 and after collecting our medals and some water we soon saw Mum Jenny with a big beaming smile. Like me she was a little surprised that Rory elected to walk a couple of times, but when I explained how hard the conditions were it was put down to that. It was great running with Rory and is something I will definitely do again. Now if only I could get Chris to do the same…….
There were some great performances by the other 27 Jags who ran the race, with 10 PBs, age group records for Emma Blake and Nicola Lambert-John and second in age group for Elly Young. Well done everyone and here’s looking forward to race 3!

Phil Henry

Me & Rory running

Me & Rory after the race

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Name
Time
PBs
Standard
Andy Mulligan30.08GOLD
Anthony Alborough30.57DIAMONND
Neil Button32.14GOLD
James Lambert32.17SILVER
Jack Stuttle32.28YESSILVER
Graham Johnson32.35GOLD
Radley Fenn33.05YESSILVER
Thomas Lincoln-Kemp34.33FTGOLD
Elly Young34.412nd Lady In Age GroupGOLD
Nicola Lambert-John35.15New Age Group RecordGOLD
Emma Blake35.36YES & New age Group Record
Paul Taylor36.34YESSILVER
Stephen Neal36.37SILVER
Peter Kean-Cockburn39.40SILVER
Sonya Wragg40.13YESSILVER
John Windham41.33YESSILVER
Joanna Cottrell40.41YESBRONZE
Tamara Mills42.30SILVER
Stephanie Hall 42.27
Claire Owen42.45BRONZE
Phil Henry43.17
Dee Neal43.28GOLD
Jackie Gooch45.13SILVER
Sharon Jones45.22YESBRONZE
Barbara Button45.26BRONZE
Neil Laughton47.02
Sue Emmett48.01
Jennifer Norris1.02.17

BERLIN 25K 06/05/2018

On the 6th May Ian Bell and i took part in Berlin’s 25k with just over 14,000 others.It started in front of the Olympic stadium, We got to run through the Bradenburg Gate and the finish was an actual lap of the Olympic stadium which was amazing. It was extremely hot and the drink stations were every 5k which didn’t seem enough for the temperatures.

Once you had collected your medal you left the stadium and proceeded to beer stands people were taking up to 5 pints at a time. It was a very social occasion and a first for Ian and i to be drinking anything other than water!

Angela Bell

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NAME
POSITION
TIME
IAN BELL2780 (MENS)2:50;12
ANGELA GALLEN-BELL8782:50:13

GEAR 10K 06/05/2018

On what felt like the hottest day of the year so far it was time to run my first 10k in orange. I was one of 16 Jags running the Kings Lynn GEAR and was made to feel very welcome even though I’m an unfamiliar face and still a bit of a newcomer. 

I’d love to say I enjoyed it…well I did until 7km when a combination of heat and self doubt kicked in. The flat route itself was lovely with a mixture of paths through the park, roads and a narrow pathway along the water, hearing shouts of ‘go jags’ from marshals, spectators and fellow runners gave me the push I needed to get to the end. The occasional areas of shade and water stops were much appreciated, even if only to tip the water over our heads in an attempt to try and cool down!!!!

Well done to all my fellow runners and amazing achievement to those that got a PB in the heat. I’ll definitely be back next year for a PB

 

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Name
Time
PBs
Standards
Anthony Alborough38.33DIAMOND
Neil Button41.34SILVER
Alan Bushell45.19SILVER
Stuart Bennett46.08BRONZE
Joanna Cottrell52.07BRONZE
Julian Jardine52.50YES
Graham Fryer54.19
Karen Evans54.49SILVER
Adele Bushell55.57SILVER
Timothy Evans58.41FT
Barbara Button1.00.40
Olivia Newstead1.06.43FT
Julie Jardine1.23.57
Jennifer Norris1.24.08FT
Penny Murry1.25.08
Donna Monk1.27.08

BRECKLAND 10K 07/05/2018

I wasn’t really looking forward to this race given the unseasonably hot Bank Holiday weather and the fact a lot of my friends had really struggled with GEAR the day before. On the other hand, a number of my GEAR friends had sent me messages along the lines of “How did you do 26 miles in that? I struggled with 6!” So I figured I would have to “man up” and get on with it. At least I’d get my money’s worth out of the all-day sunblock I’d bought for the marathon.

I had really enjoyed Breckland last year, the course is pretty much flat with a downhill finish from 7.5km, the route is on road but scenic and Thetford AC are a friendly club with a well-organised race. I had not only got my first sub-50 on this route, but my first sub-49 and I suppose I was disappointed that I would not be able to try for a new PB in the heat. Howard and I met up with Darren Matthewson and Lucy Walker, we have been running with them for years and recently encouraged them to join the Jags. We picked up our race numbers and relaxed in the sun outside Croxton Village Hall before the start of the race, conserving our energy as it was so hot. We met Paul Bloomfield and Caron Maidment, then had to laugh when Andy Mulligan bounced over like Tigger and suggested we all go for a warm-up run around the field. He was met with stunned silence.

The race started on the road outside the village hall and I had a quick chat with Claire Owen. I decided to take it easy for the first 2k where I knew there would be an incline, then settle into whatever pace felt comfortable in the heat and try for negative splits on the way back when I knew I’d be going downhill. I don’t usually take a drink on a 10k but the organisers had stressed that they were unable to provide water before 6km so I carried a bottle of water with an electrolyte tablet and sipped from it at every 1km. I ran the first 2km at 5.15min/km pace and increased to under 5min/km and I noticed Lucy had settled next to me to pace with me so that she wouldn’t go out too fast. We stopped to walk at the water station and I struggled to get going again but I needed a cold drink and to be able to pour a bit of the water over my head and neck.

After the water station we were then on the straight road back to the village and fortunately this was mainly in the shade of the trees. When we hit the downhill section from 7.5km I tried to pick up the pace but got stuck behind a group of runners while waiting for traffic to pass us on our side. Eventually I was able to overtake and as I hadn’t suffered any dizzy spells in the heat, I decided to sprint and managed a negative split in the last 1km, crossing the line in 50:19 – not bad in 27 degree heat!

Lucy sprinted home seconds behind me, we were the 18th and 19th ladies back out of 112 ladies, I placed 6th in my age group but Lucy came 1st in hers and won a lovely trophy! For £14 affiliated, this was a really lovely race with a nice medal and goody bag, sponsored by the local cinema. I have done this race twice now and would still go back – one of my favourites.

 

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Name
Time
PBs
Standard
Andy Mulligan40.04SILVER
Howard Harper47.35SILVER
Darren Matthewson49.38FTBRONZE
Vikki Harper50.19SILVER
Lucy Walker50.32FT 2nd in age group & New Age Group RecordDiAMOND
Claire Owen55.38BRONZE
Paul Bloomfield1.16.21
Caren Maidment1.18.57

/MAD MARCH HARE 10K

On the 29th April the postponed Mad March Hare took place on the Coltishall Jags home turf. This was my first official 10k race as a Jag and I was really looking forward to getting my 1st medal. The children’s race followed by the wheelchair race was a joy to watch whilst I was waiting for the main race to start, it certainly helped to take my mind of the Great British weather. The weather was not kind…the clouds were ominous, the wind was threatening and every so often it felt like the rain was really going to kick in but none of that mattered as thanks to the incredible support from the marshalls and the spectators (who must have been absolutely frozen!) I managed to get round and achieve a personal PB. Running round the flat course, I got to experience first hand just how friendly and encouraging our fellow running clubs are, I ended up running alongside two women from the Bungay Black Dogs who kept me going especially when the going got rough on the runway when we were running straight into a rather nasty head wind. After finishing the race… a visit to the cafe was a must.. it was lovely to see the cafe so busy, the volunteers running it did an amazing job all morning.. A cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake later, I left the race feeling I had really achieved something, hopeful for a slightly better PB as without that head wind, I feel I would have been quicker.. I have only been running for six months and when I first started.. never did I think I would run 10k! Well done to everybody involved.

Angela

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Name
Time
PB
Standard
Nick Richards46.43FTBRONZE
Chris Johnson49.14FT
Darren Mathewson49.38FTBRONZE
Jillie Cole55.10YESGOLD
Racheal Cole56.07YES
Sarah Lanchbury1.04.17FT
Angela Hudson1.06.37FT
Graham Fryer1.10.05
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