Worstead 5 Miles – Friday 29 July 2016

This year it was a flood of orange, rather than the rain of last year, as the Jags came out in force for the Worstead 5 mile race. Group photos were an issue as more Jags kept appearing leading to shouts of “wait”, I think we got to at least 4 attempts to get everyone in!

The sea of orange flowed through the race, encouraged by a good turn out of locals cheering the runners from outside their houses. First Jag home was Andy Mulligan with a fantastic time of 29:26 and an overall position of 12th. Both Jeremy Lawrence and Rosemary Jackson achieved PBs and Diamond standard. There were fantastic results overall with 9 PBs including Emma Blake – taking 5.50 minutes off her previous time and Netty Yeomanson – taking 4 mins off her previous time. First timers made a great show as well with James Lambert, Julian Smith, Hayley Fenwick, Ruth Pilch and Sonja White all achieving silver standards.

Although sadly not awarded on the night Hayley Fenwick achieved the prize for First Lady Worstead Resident, with her husband getting the First Male Worstead Resident prize, he just needs to join the Jags now to make them the perfect couple!


Andy Mulligan29.26Gold
Tony Alborough32.01Gold
Dean Blake32.36YESGold
Melvin Porter32.37Gold
Tom Johnson32.39Silver
Jeremy Lawrence32.44YESDiamond
James Lambert32.52FTSilver
James Fuller33.24YESSilver
Scott Shrubshall34.03YESSilver
Rod Bye34.28Gold
Stephen Pointer34.49Bronze
Nicola Lambert John35.02YESSilver
Neil Button35.51FTSilver
Julian Smith37.03FTYes
Paul Allen38.00
Hayley Fenwick38.38FTSilver
Peter Kean Cockburn39.40Silver
Steve Neal39.17FTBronze
Ruth Pilch39.20FTSilver
Sonja White39.30FTSilver
Emma Blake40.19YESBronze
Jackie Bye40.42Gold
Tony Wilson41.05FT
Owen Barber41.29
David Platten41.38
Paul Gerber41.41
Emma Mortimer42.18FTBronze
Rosemary Jackson42.30PBDiamond
Ruth Gainsford42.33Silver
Jackie Gooch42.59Silver
Heather Hollister43.46Gold
Paul Groves44.11
Georgina Sutton44.28
Theresa Dean44.38FT
Barbara Button44.56FTBronze
Dee Neal46.13Silver
Paul Emery46.15
Tamara Mills46.38
Sharon Jones46.53FT
Gemma Frances 46.55FT
Carolyn Gerber50.54
Annette Yeomanson51.14YES
Hilda Mears53.05YES
Stewart Marden53.05
Beverley Chilson56.05

Wroxham 5k Race 2 Rescheduled – Thursday 21 July 2016

This was the final race in the series, although on paper the rescheduled race two. The weather conditions were good on this occasion, sunny and mild.  It was another excellent Jags turnout with 30 runners lining up on this occasion, in total 435 runners completed the race.  It was nice to see a good support crew out again from our fellow Jaguars; this is always appreciated by the runners.

First jag over the line was Billy Life with an excellent chip time of 18.44 and a gold standard. Other gold standards achieved were by Peter Nelson, Melvyn Porter, Graham Johnson, Nicola Holden, Rosemary Jackson, Roy Owen and Tony Alborough.  Silver standards were achieved by James Lambert, Tom Johnson, Stephen Pointer, Nicola Lambert, Lucy Anderson, Emma Wilcock, Vicky Tovell, Sonja White, Peter Kean-Cockburn, Ruth Pilch, Emma Jordan, Ruth Gainsford, Jackie Gooch and Mary Owen.  Bronze standards were achieved by Stephen Neal, Claire Owen, Carolyn Gerber and Sharn Ponsford.

Ken Bowman put in another impressive performance and won his age category in a time of 20.21, earning a platinum standard. Rosemary Jackson came third in her age category, also achieving a pb of a time of 25.51.  Heather Hollister also won her age category in a time of 26.26 earning a diamond standard.

9 pb’s were achieved by the Jaguars and Tony Alborough narrowly missed out on a pb by 1 second. Next time hey Tony!

Billy Life18.44Gold
Tony Alborough18.57Gold
James Lambert19.14Gold
Peter Nelson19.30Gold
Melvin Porter19.36Gold
Ken Bowman20.21Platinum
Tom Johnson20.16Silver
Graham Johnson20.16YESGold
Stephen Pointer20.32Bronze
Nicola Lambert-John21.14YESSilver
Nicola Holden22.02YESGold
Lucy Anderson22.13YESSilver
Emma Wilcock22.10Silver
Vicky Tovell22.42Silver
Peter Kean-Cockburn23.06Silver
Sonja White23.24YESSilver
Steve Neal24.00YESBronze
Ruth Pilch24.07FTSilver
Paul Gerber24.46
Sharn Ponsford24.48Bronze
Emma Jordan24.57Silver
Ruth Gainsford25.17Silver
Claire Owen25.31Bronze
Jackie Gooch25.48YESSilver
Rosemary Jackson25.51YESGold
Roy Owen25.57Gold
Heather Hollister26.26Diamond
Carolyn Gerber26.30YESBronze
Mark Bradley29.46
Mary Owen30.09Silver

Ekiden Relays- Sunday 17 July 2016

A Jolly Jaguars day out in sunny Suffolk!

The relays are held in the beautiful Woodbridge school grounds and a few of us did wonder why it is called ‘Ekiden’ – so for anyone curious….

The ‘Ekiden’ is a race which originated in Japan where teams of runners competed in a relay over long distances. The races are very popular and some attract TV audiences of over 1 million. Ipswich JAFFA have been staging the only Ekiden held in the UK for over 20 years.

For this event, teams of 6 compete over distances of 7.2k, 5k, 10k, 5k, 10k, 5k. (26.2 miles in total!), and it has gathered quite a following – this year 178 teams took part!

A huge thank you to Mel, who not only organised everything for us, drove the mini bus and sorted out the best way to ‘handicap’ our teams so that we held our very own race within a race.

Our 3 teams, with a few last minute alterations were evenly balanced and we were able to enjoy the junior race and have our ‘Mel’ guided tour to settle any last minute nerves!

We set up our gazebos beside the track and they provided a little shade for a very hot day. The course snaked around the school grounds enabling plenty of viewpoints for us to cheer on our runners at regular intervals.

Before the start we provided support to the 22 press ups for 22 days (in remembrance of the 22 US servicemen/woman who take their lives every day due to post traumatic stress….) – and in doing so provided the entertainment for the on looking clubs!

And we were off… it was relatively close in the battle of the jags for the first 2 legs… but an amazing 38.31 10k leg from Andy Mulligan created a lead for team 3 that despite tremendous efforts from all concerned, just could not be pulled back.

Nick Hudson’s excellent 10k also for team 3 (45.24) damaged all hopes of a close finish and I’m so pleased that after all his hard work in organising (and putting in a tough 10k leg for team 2!) Mel had the glory leg to bring team 3 home! (Had he planned this deliberately???)

A brilliant day out with a fun pub stop on the way home enabling us to refuel and enjoy the sun!

Some great times especially given the heat/conditions – well done everybody!

Team 1 Time Team 2 Time Team 3 Time
Stewart Marden 34.35 Emma Jordan 38.24 Ruth Gainsford 38.47
Paul Gerber 26.06 Sharn Ponsford 25.50 Jackie Gooch 26.45
Scott Shrubsall 46.31 Mel Porter 43.30 Andy Mulligan 38.31
Debs Jones 27.14 Lucy Anderson 22.58 Owie Barber 25.10
Sonya Wragg 53.16 Vicky Tovell 49.21 Nick Hudson 45.24
Andy Mulligan 18.54 Scott Shrubsall 25.50 Mel Porter 21.21

Overall results:

Team 1: 89th – 3.26.48 Team 2: 78th – 3.22.30 Team 3: 68th – 3.16.10

ekiden 2016

Wroxham 5K Race 3 – Wednesday 6 July 2016

Following the torrential rain and thunder storm of the previous fixture, which led to Race 2 being cancelled, it was a relief to everyone that this race was held in fine weather and could go ahead! It was also Norwich Road Runners’ 20th anniversary celebration, with spot prizes also being awarded to some lucky race numbers. The road was again closed for the start and was well-marshalled with 447 runners competing.

There was a terrific turn out from the Jaguars with 25 members taking part, earning some fantastic results including 12 PBs, 10 gold standards, plus a diamond for Jeremy Lawrence (19:37) and a platinum for Ken Bowman (20:24) – what stars they are!

First Jag home was Billy Life gaining himself a gold standard with a PB of 18:32 – well done Billy! Tom Johnson was hot on his heels, also with a gold standard and PB (18:49). Gold standards also went to the newly wed James Lambert (PB 18:56)- glad to see married life hasn’t affected his form – Tony Alborough (18:59 PB), Dean Blake (19:30), Graham Johnson (20.28 PB), Vicky Tovell (22:13), Nic Holden (22:22 PB), Peter Kean-Cockburn (22:52) and Heather Hollister (26:15).

There were silver standards for Stephen Pointer (20:36), Peter Nelson (20:24), Nicola Lambert-John (21:23 PB – married life is suiting you too Nicola!), Nicole Rogers (FT 21:53), Ruth Gainsford and Jackie Gooch. Emma Blake ran a PB of 24:03 to earn bronze as did Sharn Ponsford 25:12 (thanks for a great race Sharn)! Bronze standards also went to Emma Wilcock (22:50), Claire Owen (25:51), Carolyn Gerber (26:33 PB) and Dawn Chapman (26:38 PB). Well done also to Mark Bradley who achieved a FT run of 29:16.

We look forward to more great work from the Jags at the rescheduled Race 2 on 21st July.



Lord Mayors 5K – Saturday 3 July 2016

Two James’ decided to take up the challenge of the Lord Mayor’s City Centre Classic 5k race this year hosted by CONAC. James Lambert and James Fuller both aiming for that sub 20 5k on a tough and undulating course were looking forward to being spurred on by the crowds to achieve that target. The Jags support was great as usual with lots of cheering and screaming on Tombland and at other points out on the course.

I (James L) had been following a ten week training plan to achieve that first sub-20 5k and actually managed it along the way, firstly at Lowestoft parkrun and then at the first Wroxham 5k. On the day, we did make a slight schoolboy error in that we got to the back of the pack at the starting line thinking that it was chip to chip timing, however it was gun to chip timing so we lost a couple of seconds and also costing me a PB (finishing in a time of 19:08)! Never mind, James F did incredibly well again with fantastic determination and achieved his first sub-20 and PB time of 19:39.

If you can run a sub 20 5k or want to train towards one, I recommend this race due to the atmosphere and fantastic support all the way around the course.

lord mayors 5k

Bungay Black Dog – Summer Series 10k Run 2 – Wednesday 29 June

This is a great race for anyone PB hunting or just to take a trip out to enjoy the Suffolk countryside – it’s a one lap flat course which takes in a variety of terrain, and sights including geldeston lock. Always a friendly welcome at Bungay Black Dog – this one starts and finishes at their running centre near the Maltings.

Congratulations to Rod Bye for winning his age group with a fabulous time of 41.46 (Diamond) – we enjoyed the Jaguars style noisy celebration!

With only 4 Jaguars present – it was lovely to see that we managed to complete the set of awards! Clive Steward – 42.18 – Gold Ellie Bye – 43.56 – Silver (2nd lady home – well done!) Sharn Ponsford – 53.05 – Bronze

The final race in this series is Wednesday 20 July – if you are not doing Wroxham on the 21st check it out! http://bungayblackdogrunningclub.co.uk/our-races/summer-series/

Humpty Dumpty 10k – Freethorpe – Sunday 26 June 2016

Humpty Dumpty 10k – Freethorpe – 26 June 2016

Organised by Great Yarmouth and District Athletics Club, sponsored by Humpty Dumpty Brewery and advertised as…. ‘A 10K Road Race around a circular route of quiet roads in the beautiful Norfolk Countryside’….. a lovely local race.

20 Jaguars completed the course on a day that initially felt like it would be a complete washout – having had torrential rain in the days and morning running up to the event. Kudos to the organisers for their determination for ensuring the race went ahead despite the elements trying everything to hinder preparations.

Soon all 515 runners were off!

It became clear that some were more prepared than others for the hills on this course!

First Jag home, Tony Alborough – with a fantastic 40.40 (PB – Gold!) was 4th in his age group so narrowly missed out on a trophy – next time Tony!

So, our one and only trophy winner was the amazing Ken – 43.18 (Platinum) – 1st in age group

Congratulations to our 1st Lady Jag home in a great time – Vicky Tovell 46.53 (Gold)

There were some more excellent PB performances – Sonya Wragg (50.48), Ruth Gainsford (52.45 – a massive 2 minutes quicker than ever before!) and Graham Robson (52.23 – just 3 seconds quicker would have been silver – good motivation for next time)

It was lovely to see some new members in Coltishall vests, and special thanks to Claire and Becky for the Jags noisy support – it really does make a difference!

Well done to all you sensible people who left before the presentation…. getting out of the car park was… interesting to say the least. Luckily GY&DAC had thought of everything including a Land Rover and rope to tow everyone off the field!

Tony Alborough40.40YESGold
James Fuller42.31Silver
Scott Chadwick43.01Silver
Ken Bowman43.18Platinum
Neil Button45.29FTSilver
Vicky Tovell46.53Gold
Stewart Marden48.19Silver
Sonya Wragg50.48PBSilver
Emma Jordan52.16FTSilver
Ruth Gainford52.45PBSilver
Graham Robson52.23PBBronze
Owen Barber53.08
Tony Wilson54.02FT
Paul Gerber54.05
Sharn Ponsford54.43PBBronze
Claire Owen55.44Bronze
Jackie Gooch56.59Silver
Gemma Frances58.24
Carolyn Gerber59.52
Barbara Button1.00.09FT


Mike Groves 10k – Sunday 5 June 2016

After much hard work behind the scenes it was finally time for the Jaguars inaugural race at our new home at Scottow Enterprise Park. It was ten years ago that the last Jaguars flew out of the former Battle of Britain base, so the site is steeped in history and provides a great location for a fast running race. You are certainly exposed to the elements here and on the day we had some sunny spells which made for some great pictures but the wind did prove to be a test to the runners at certain points around the course.

There was a fantastic turnout of runners for this our second race of the 2016 10k series of races and hopefully there will be a similar amount, if not more, for the final race in September. It proved for a great atmosphere on the day and with lots of space and grassy areas, the runners were quite happy to chill and talk about the event after the race in the lovely sunshine.

A big thank you goes out to all the marshals, café helpers, organisers and volunteers who made this event go so smoothly on the day. The support out on course was in the usual enthusiastic Jags fashion. Also thanks to everyone for baking some amazing cakes; what a spread!

Eleven Jaguars managed to participate in the race and five of these runners achieved PB’s; what a result! First Jag home was Zac Mace with a sub-40 PB of 39:43 and achieving gold standard. Fantastic effort Zac. Next in was me (James L) also getting a PB but not quite in the sub 40 zone yet but still happy with a time of 40:25. Third Jag in was Tom, achieving a PB time of 40:32 and was running so strong all the way round.

Tony Alborough was hoping for a time of around 41 minutes and was pretty accurate with his prediction completing the race in 41:10. Good to see you wearing the Jags colours now Tony! Next up was Scott Shrubshall with a PB and silver standard time of 42:01. Sub 42 for you next time Scott? It was great to see Nick Hudson back running after some recent injury troubles and he completed the race with a bronze standard time of 45:01.

The first of the three ladies competing for the Jags today was Lucy Anderson with a PB time of 47:36. Great effort and all those parkruns are certainly paying dividends! Next home was Paul Gerber with a time of 52:36, followed by Emma Mortimer 55:49 (first time) and Henry Neal 56:10 (first time). Jillie Cole completed the Jags line up achieving silver standard with a time of 56:15.

Well done everyone and we look forward to the final race in the series, The Jolly Jags 10k on 25 September!

Zac Mace39.43YesGold
James Lambert40.25YesSilver
Tom Johnson40.32YesSilver
Tony Alborough41.10Gold
Scott Shrubsall42.01YesSilver
Nick Hudson45.01Bronze
Lucy Anderson47.36YesSilver
Paul Gerber52.36
Emma Mortimer 55.49FT
Henry Neal56.10FT
Jillie Cole56.15Gold
Sarah Circuit1.00.52
Kerri Clarke1.13024
Helen Debbage1.01.24
Kevin Grady1.04.08
Lucas Gardener1.11.34
Liz Gibbons1.12.51
Julie Glasel1.12.30
Sharon Grady58.40
Evan Hancock59.21
Karen Hebble58.41
Sharon Jones1.01.23
Sam Kemp1.07.36
Mary Lee1.20.40
Rosaleen O'Brien58.35
Natalie Shrubshall1.03.30
Jules Stop58.40
Sarah Tudhope1.13.24
Karen Webb1.09.28

Alex Moore Memorial Relay Race – Sunday 29 May 2016

What a wonderful event, thank you Norfolk Gazelles!

Set at the lovely ‘Goat Inn’ Skeyton on quiet Norfolk country lanes (I think I only saw one car and I was on the course longer than most!) in the glorious bank holiday sunshine.

The opportunity to run as a team rather than an individual certainly brought out the camaraderie of Coltishall Jaguars, and the photos tell our story. Smiles, support and super team spirit.

Coltishall Jags entered 9 teams (out of a total of 41) . Our last minute entry ‘Better Late than never’ taking us to the ‘club with the most teams entered’ accolade (tipping Dereham’s – 8 teams).

There was lots of excitement and chat at the beginning about the running order within teams. Super organised Mel made it easy for us by deciding, and I suppose I should have felt more trepidation when everyone kept saying….’Oh… you are a C!’, but being a newbie it didn’t really mean anything and I was just happy to be there.

The event is laps. Person A runs 1 lap (2.2 miles), tags person B who runs 2 laps (4.4 miles) and then tags person C (6.6 miles – but is joined by person A&B on lap 3)

Being a ‘Person C’ gave me plenty of time to watch the start and cheer on A’s and B’s! James Lambert was simply awesome, coming in 2nd (13.47) setting up ‘Orange Speedo’s’ for a very competitive race (2nd overall). I did wonder why they were not wearing the Orange Speedo’s – perhaps next year boys…!

Everyone ran well, but the other notable ‘A’ performances have to be Emma Blake (Fantastic 17.09!!), Great to see Owie back with a terrific 18.09, and Sophie running faster than ever before in 18.25.

So, off went the ‘B’ runners. A real highlight here has to be Nicola’s 31.52. A brilliant time and I’m sure I heard her say she had overtaken 8 runners! Hayley and Jackie B, also had very good runs close together in 36.26 and 36.47.

Standing at the start line, I felt relaxed and round the corner came Jilly with a lovely smile to tag me. Then I heard my name – Mel overtook me as I left the pub car park! (his 2nd lap!)

Being out on the course a while I missed all the other finishers, but have seen the brilliant photos!

Of the C runners – Andy (2nd fastest B and C runner of the day) has to take pride of place! I/Ruth ran within one second of each other 37.34 and 37.35 respectively, not seeing each other on the course!

Highlight of the day had to be seeing ‘Can I bike’ (Steve, Dean and Mel) receive the ‘masters’ trophies at the presentation to big Colt Jags celebrations (stealing the limelight, glory and trophies from the ‘actual’ winners who were 8 minutes quicker!) Shame you didn’t make it home before the mistake was noticed!! Gutted!


Full results below – well done everyone!

Alex Moore 2016


2nd – Orange Speedo’s (James L, Ben and Andy) – 1.21.30

10th – Can I bike? (Steve N, Dean and Mel) –2nd vets! 1.31.12

24th – The Bee’s knee’s (Emma B, Julian, Steve P) – 1.39.13

28th – Melvyns Angels (Sophie, Nicola and Ellie) – 1.41.16

31st – Powerpuff girls (Jackie G, Jackie B and Emma J) – 1.50.57

35th – Paul (Emery, Gerber and Groves!) – 1.54.23

37th Nackered, Hot and Sweaty (Netty, Hayley and Ruth) – 1.55.00

38th Last Chance Saloon (Owen, Gavin L and Henry) – 1.57.02

39th Better Late than Never (Rosemary, Jilly and Sharn) – 1.58.04

Great Yarmouth 5 Mile Series – Race 3 – Wednesday 25 May 2016

For the third and final race in the Great Yarmouth 5 mile series we were blessed again with good running conditions as the evening was cool and calm.  There were only 9 Jags present for this race and unfortunately we didn’t have anyone to take a photo of us!

On collecting her race number, Nicola had a very nice surprise to find out that in the second race of the series she was second in her age category and so received a trophy!  This certainly put the spring in her step and she went on to take off over 1 minute from her PB achieved at the previous race, coming in at a time of 35.22.  James Fuller had a great race and was first Jag home getting a PB at 33.38, followed by Tom Johnson (34:14) and Graham Johnson at 34:16, who was the only Jag to get Gold Standard at this race plus a PB.  Paul Emery and Ruth Gainsford also achieved PB’s at 36:55 and 41:40 respectively.  Also Stewart Marden, Peter Kean-Cockburn and Paul Gerber achieved impressive times at 36:59, 37:49 and 41:11.

Tony Alborough31.50YesGold
James Fuller33.38YESSilver
Tom Johnson34.14Silver
Graham Johnson34.16YESGold
Nicola John35.22YESSilver
Paul Emery36.55YESSilver
Stewart Marden36.59Silver
Peter Kean-Cockburn37.49Silver
Paul Gerber41.11Bronze
Ruth Gainsford41.40YESSilver


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