Giant’s Head Marathon 2018 

How could you honestly not want to do a race when the medal not only features the Cern Abbas Giant but his ‘appendage’ spins round? Scott Shrubsall and I made the trip to Dorset to find out if the race could live up to the bling! 

 Beautiful scenery, never ending hills, free beer and shots in the (in)famous White Star Running Lovestation at mile 20, race instructions which stated that no changing facilities were available so random nudity was acceptable and a race director who may take your car for a spin around the car park but only if it’s cool enough all featured in this race of 26.2(ish) miles through the Dorset countryside. 

It was incredibly hot, neither of us had trained properly due to a combination of injury and illness plus, coming from Norfolk, even looking at the course profile was enough to make your legs ache. 

As well as being the slowest race I have ever done, this was, however, one of the best most enjoyable and fun races we have ever taken part in, there was a fabulous camaraderie between the runners with lots of people in fancy dress and a number offering themed snacks to all and sundry, I was offered more jelly willies than is really sensible! 

Yes they ran out of hot food but there was plenty of cake and beer to go around after the finish and we finished off with a delicious pub meal and a pint (or two) of Dorest Knob bitter. 

Things we learned 

1.Train properly for any marathon and get some decent hot weather acclimatisation in if you can 

2.Most places are a fair bit hillier than Norfolk but Dorset especially so 

3.If you are running with me and need to drag me, almost bodily, through the last 10 miles of a race, I may still try to outsprint you when I see the finish line and the red mist decends (Sorry Scott, I don’t know what came over me….. but I was first over the line) 

4.Buffs/Muffs, race T-shirts and medals all look much better with a willy on, especially if it spins around 

5.Yes we are still rather infantile and big kids at heart. 

6.People who play Jimmy Shand at full volume in your campsite after 10pm are the worst. Paul T ..



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HATTIE SWAIN 155TH00;51;54
KAREN EVANS156TH00;52;00
PAUL GERBER202ND00;55;01
TIM EVANS234TH00;57;19
FIONA O'HARA282ND1;01;53
LAURA HICK330TH1;11;02


Beannachtai o Bhaile Atha Cliath (greetings from Dublin). Once again we were on our Jag travels and this time we chose the Rock and Roll 10km in Dublin. The race started from the DIT college in Grangegorman Campus And was mostly down hill and flat until the hill at the finish at the Irish Museum of Modern Art at
Kilmainham. This 10km was run alongside the half marathon which seemed to go through the city whilst we were on the outskirts joining in with the half marathon at the last mile. Apparently the route was changed as the Pope is visiting in a couple of weeks ?? We both jeffed the course and there were many people around us doing the same. Great to see so people around us doing the same. Great to see so many people enjoying Run Walk Repeat. Only downside.. non alcoholic beer at the end !! Where’s the Guinness?


Annette Yeomanson1.09.55
Vee Clements1.11.30


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.


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Neil Button1.33.30GOLD
Thomas Lincoln-Kemp1.36.47FTGOLD
Emma Blake1.37.08YES New Age Group Record
1st In Age Group
Ken Bowman1.39.22New Age Group Record & 1st In 70+ Age GroupPLATINUM
Stephen Neal1.39.47SILVER
Melvyn Porter1.40.17SILVER
Dee Neal1.59.49YESGOLD
Adele Bushell2.01.19SILVER


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Andy Mulligan18.04GOLD
Jamie Bell19.41
Keith Brighty20.55GOLD
Douglas Barber21.09YESGOLD
Andrew Jarvis22.04BRONZE
Robert Dye23.09FTBRONZE
Graham Fryer23.09BRONZE
Maisie Harper25.07
Julian Jardine25.25
Finlay harper25.27
Tracey Melville26.12FTBRONZE
Rosie Murray29.32
Annette Yeomanson29.52
Paul Gerber 29.52
Rachael Kirkham33.27FT
Julie Jardine35.10


RUN NORWICH 10K 05/08/2018


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.

Wear sunscreen.

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!!

Rachael Cole


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Jack Stuttle39.12YESGOLD
Andy Mulligan39.16GOLD
Radly Fenn40.44SILVER
Neil Button41.07GOLD
Jason Corner42.55FTSILVER
Lee Emmett43.35YESSILVER
Nicholas Hudson44.56BRONZE
Elly Young45.14GOLD
Julian Smith47.14SILVER
Howard Harper45.45SILVER
Rebecca westmoreland50.49FTBRONZE
Stephanie Hall51.56FTBRONZE
Nouha Tate52.15BRONZE
Nicola Lambert-John52.39BRONZE
Katie Fenn52.40BRONZE
Owen Barber52.55
Lucy Walker53.40DIAMOND
Darren Matthewson53.40
Roland Talbot54.13
Graham fryer54.32
David Platten55.12
Peter Kean-Cockburn55.41
Karen Evans55.56BRONZE
Julian Jardine56.49
Clive Cartner56.52
Angela Bell56.53YESBRONZE
Karl Dodgson56.54FT
Sonya Turner57.40BRONZE
Hattie Swain57.40
Paul Gerber57.40
Tamara Mills58.03
Tracey Melville58.17BRONZE
Samantha Beales58.32YES
Tim Evans59.00
Tom Johnson59.27
Lynn Lambert1.00.51FTBRONZE
Graham Johnson 1.02.18 FT
Sue Emmett1.03.13
Carrie Catchpole1.06.25
Barbara Button1.06.40
Marion Bensley1.07.11
Carolyn Gerber1.07.17
Stephen Norris1.08.58
Olivia Newstead1.12.11
Sarah Lanchbury1.13.57
Melanie Young1.14.03FT
Hayley Smith1.16.30
Angela Hudson1.16.44
Caren Maidment1.17.23
Donna Monk1.20.48
Penny Murray1.22.22
Racheal Kirkham1.23.14FT
Jenny Norris1.25.45
Julie Jardine1.25.45
Stuart Kenrick1.35.02FT


Our biggest turn out with 60 Jags. Although Very hot and humid difficult conditions Emma Wilcock got a PB.

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Anthony Albourgh32.18SILVER
Clive Cartner32.20YESSILVER
Neil Button32.22GOLD
Melvin Porter32.50GOLD
Graham Johnson34.04GOLD
Thomas Lincoln-Kemp34.46GOLD
Stephen Neal35.10SILVER
Alan Bushell35.13SILVER
Emma Blake35.25GOLD
Stephen pointer35.36BRONZE
Shane Bidle35.43BRONZE
James Fuller35.46BRONZE
Ken Bowman35.54PLATNUM
Elly Young36.08GOLD
Emma Wilcock35.38YESSILVER
Howard Harper36.38FTSILVER
Paul Emery37.08GOLD
Julian Smith 37.29BRONZE
Keith Brightly37.29FTBRONZE
Nick Eley38.01FTGOLD
Nicholas Hudson38.09
Nick Richards38.45
Vicky Tovell38.50SILVER
Rebecca Pountain38.54SILVER
Paul Berner39.13FT
Ruth Pilch39.55SILVER
Sonja White41.19BRONZE
Owen Barber42.34
Graham Fryer42.41
Adele Bushall43.19SILVER
Julian Jardine43.30FT
Darren Matthewson43.41FT
Vikki Harper43.40BRONZE
Ruth Gainsford44.39SILVER
Rosemary Jackson45.02GOLD
Paul Gerber46.05
Claire Owen46.10
Charlotte Reed46.08FT
Joanne Corrrell46.08
Samantha Beales46.15FT
Hatti Swain46.09
Dawn Chapman46.58FT
Clare Hicks49.11
Neil Laughton50.18
Barbara Button52.40
Charlotte Harmer53.53FT
Olivia Newstead56.09FT
Sarah Lanchbury58.55FT
Vee Clements59.40
Laura Hick1.00.25FT
Angela Hudson1.00.33FT
Caren Maidment1.00.15FT
Donna Monk1.02.48FT
Rachael Kirkham1.03.54FT
Jennifer Norris1.03.56
Sarah Letzer1.04.23
Penny Murray1.06.31FT
Julie Jardine1.06.49FT
Jenny Welsh1.11.06
Angela Bell1.16.53



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!

Phil Henry

Phil Henry-Bungay 10k

Paul Berner-Bungay 10k


PHIL HENRY44TH00;44;08


Fairlands Valley Challenge – 50k Ultra – Sunday 15th July.
The day started early for Angela Bell & I as we made our way to run our first Ultra, the Fairlands Valley Challenge 50k in Stevenage – on what turned out to be the hottest day of the year, with temperatures reaching (and feeling!) between 30c-35c at points during our run.
We lined up on the start line with 65 other participants ready for the off at the Marriotts School, eagerly anticipating the lengthy challenge that lay ahead of us. At exactly 8am a horn sounded and we were away. Turning out of the school gates we made our way along a short road and off between two trees on to a grassy track with only our route instructions and a printed map to guide us to the finish.
Much of the route is on public footpaths, byways and across fields which make describing the route fully a bit of a challenge, but before long we around 4 miles in, were wondering if we had taken wrong turning as we could neither see the runners ahead of us or behind. Continuing up a hill along the edge of a field we found a road and checked the map.. still unsure we were on the right track, we were pleased to see a friendly Irish lady & fellow ultra course runner appear out of a bush on the same track we had run. She cheerily informed us that we were indeed heading the right way and we ran with her to our first checkpoint – where we were met with all manner of water, squash, cake, biscuits and crisps (which were also supplied at every checkpoint).
We again set off on our way. Some of the instructions were a little hard to follow and before long we were again wondering if we had been running the correct route. Seeking the advice of a couple of locals we soon found ourselves heading to the Village of Stapleford – but not before we encountered a chap running in the opposite direction, who had also found the instructions a little hard to follow. After stopping for a brief chat and wishing each other luck we continued onward.
With the miles and checkpoints ticking by as we followed the extremely pretty route through the countryside, before long we found ourselves around 22 miles in and came across a small group of three runners who we ran with for most of the last 9-10 miles, sharing the navigating duties and even a headscarf to keep the heat at bay.
As we neared the final few miles we started to wind our way into Stevenage past the football ground and across a large area of parkland. Knowing that we were not so close to the finish we pushed ourselves on, keen to complete the whole 31.1 miles having never run that distance before. We soon found ourselves climbing a small hill which lead back to the school grounds and our finish line awaited – we had made it – and were rewarded with a medal for our efforts.
Whilst the route is hard to describe (roughly 85-90% is off road) we found passing through many miles of footpaths, fields, byways and woodland was such a refreshing change from the usual road based marathons & races, just pounding the tarmac. The open space made running 50k so much more enjoyable.
Another great thing about running an Ultra is that runners are simply taking part for the challenge of completing the route. Fellow runners were always willing to chat, offer advice, help and encouragement. Even if you were overtaking another participant, you would hear a cheery ‘well done, keep going’ – no matter how tired others were. We were only too pleased to offer the same encouragement to those who passed us.
Above all, the challenge was a very memorable run due to the beautiful countryside that the route passed through – and for the friendliness and camaraderie that such a distance brings out in fellow participants – making it a pleasure to run with others we met along the way.

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