Norfolk XC Championships – Sunday 7th January 2018

A fantastically bright January morning saw four Coltishall Jaguars travelling to the Charles Burrell Centre in Thetford for the 2018 Norfolk Cross Country Championships. With over 450 competitors from all around Norfolk, ranging from under 11 to over 70 years of age, the atmosphere was bustling. A strong cold wind meant that most pre-race conversations deliberated whether to wear gloves or a hat or both. Fantastic to see so many junior runners braving the chilly weather and showing the adults how to run properly. Elly Young was the first Jaguar to race, in the women’s 6.8km event. Elly started off steadily but was well in contention with her peers. The women’s race was one long lap of the very exposed playing field and then two shorter laps of the heath land. Running was hard going, requiring total concentration on the frequent hazards; mole holes, tree routes and abrupt changes in surface and gradient. On the second lap Elly had moved through the field and with a fast finish attained an excellent fifth place in the 45-49 age category, in a time of 33:01 (4.51/km). The men’s race started afterwards. Neil Button (45-49yrs), Thomas Lincoln-Kemp (50-54yrs) and Jason Corner (40-44yrs) were in the men’s race. The course was the same as the women’s but with an extra loop making the distance 10.8km. All three men began cautiously, slowly working their way through the field of 142 runners, at one point Neil experimented with falling over, but subsequently decided an upright two legged running style was more effective. Jason did a very stylish sprint finish, unfortunately this was one lap too early, 7 miles is the furthest he has run and he had optimistically shortened the actual distance. Eventually a sea of orange approached the finish line, Neil was the first Jaguar in an impressive 48:56 (4.31/km) 11th in his age category, Jason fell over the line in 49.09 (4.33/km) 21st in his category.Thomas was next, excellently timing his sprint finish to perfection picking off one last competitor in the last twenty metres, finishing in 50:54 (4.42/km) 8th in his category. All the jaguars were new to cross country and despite it being a Norfolk Championship it was still a very inclusive event with a great supportive atmosphere. Next year let’s take a bigger team! Go Jags!

Jason Corner

Name
Time
Jason Corner49.09
Neil Button48.56
Thomas Lincoln-Kemp50.04
Elle Young33.01

Wymondham NYD 10k – Monday 1st January 2018

The New Years’ Day 10k was always going to be a tough race, especially for those who had stayed up to see the New Year in, and even more so for those who had had a few drinks to celebrate!

We all squeezed into a very narrow start over a bridge on the edge of the town and, for most runners,  the sheer volume of numbers meant it was hard to get into your stride from the gun. After an initial pleasant downhill there was then a long, tough uphill stretch towards Morley.  The course then flattened out and formed a  complete loop before heading back along the same country lane back into Wymondham, with a final testing uphill to the finish line.

A great turnout of 16 Jags entered this race, with Jason Corner and Thomas Lincoln-Kemp both making their Jags road race debuts. There was a fair smattering of gold standards, with Emma Blake achieving a fantastic new age group record, and PBs for the ever-improving Claire Owen, Karen Evans and Rachael Cole. Husband and wife Rod and Jackie Bye both did brilliantly, coming 2nd in their respective age groups and winning cash prizes. Neil Button had the dubious honour of being congratulated by a Road Runner after the race for his impressive ‘dry-heave’ at the finish line! “Maximum effort”, Neil told me, but I wonder just how may drinks he had had the night before?!

Ruth Gainsford

Name
Time
PB
Standard
Andy Mulligan38.24GOLD
Neil Button40.28GOLD
Thomas Lincoln Kemp42.52FTGOLD
Jason Corner43.46FTSILVER
Rod Bye44.00GOLD
Emma Blake45.36YES & NEW AGE GROUP RECORDGOLD
Shane Bidle45.36
Scott Chadwick49.38
Claire Owen52.01YESBRONZE
Jackie Bye53.13GOLD
Julian Jardine53.28
Ruth Gainsford55.47SILVER
Karen Evans54.04YESBRONZE
Angela Bell58.43FT
Clive Cartner58.45
Racheal Cole1.00.31YES

Turkey Trot – Sunday 10th December 2017

The Turkey Trot is an undulating 10 mile road race around Beccles on the edge of the Waveney Valley.

Four jags turned out in freezing temperatures, sleet and snow to compete in this event.

First Jag home was Tony Alborough with an excellent effort for the weather conditions, achieving a diamond standard time. I was kindly paced round the course by second claim Jag Keith Brighty, finishing with numb face, fingers & toes, but worth it to get a pb (by 8 seconds)! Angela Bell & Clive Cartner also ran together to brave the biting cold & slippery conditions, their first time as Jags at this event.

The marshalls certainly had a hard job that day, standing out in the freezing cold to steer us round the course, so well done them. Some intrepid runners turned out in fancy dress with a prize awarded for this. There were no medals for this event but every runner received a christmas pudding at the end of the race, which I have to say went down very well that evening!

Ruth Gainsford

Name
Time
PB
Standard
Anthony Alborough1.05.18DIAMOND
Ruth Gainsford1.29.19YESSILVER
Angela Bell1.44.37FT
Clive Cartner1.44.46FT

Nottingham Christmas Half Marathon – Sunday 3rd December 2017

The route consisted of a varying number of laps around the lake at the National Water Sports Centre.  The number of laps depended on the race you were running (lap bands were available).  My friend and I did the half marathon which was 4 laps with a staggered start.  It was a flat and fast course and could have the potential for a PB in the future (for me at least).  There was one marshal on the route and he was happy and helpful enough.  The other marshals were at the end to make sure people did not run over the finish line prematurely!  The ‘on course toilets’ sign was directed towards a wall and they ran out of Christmas cake before our final lap which was disappointing.  Upon finishing we were presented with our medals, had to buy our own finishers T-shirts and were then directed towards a pile of pre-packed, dry and unpalatable turkey baguettes!  All things considered, I would do the race again.  Next year promises a bespoke medal for each race, a goody bag for all finishers, portable toilets around the course and a lower car parking fee!  Who’s in?!

Kerri Clarke

Name
Time
PB
Standard
Kerri Clark3.50.44

Rag-it Round Repps XC – Sunday 26th November 2017

On a cold but bright and sunny winters morning, made only for the brave (me not included), stood a few hardy Jags ready to hit the Norfolk Broads for the Rag-it Round Repps XC 10k race. Scott Shrubshall led the way along with Marvin the dog. Fellow runners, including Owie, Paul T, Neil, Clare and the pocket rocket that is Jackie Gooch, headed out into the unknown, only to come across the amazing and beautiful landscapes of Norfolk.

The course was very well laid out, albeit a bit uneven thanks to all the moles, and well marshalled. Therefore, it’s a must for next years virgins on this race.

Julian Smith

Rag It Round Repps 2017

Name
Time
Neil Button48.10
Paul Taylor49.53
Scott Shrubshall & Marvin50.10
Scott Chadwick53.54
Julian Smith56.19
Owen Barber57.52
Stuart Kenrick58.43
Stephen Pointer1.00.19
Emma Wilcock100.19
Claire Owen1.02.35
Jackie Gooch1.04.43

Breckland Forest 10k – Sunday 26th November

A real country feel to the Breckland 10k. Well organised and brilliantly marshalled, it was an excellent forest, river bank and country track course. Undulating at times with plenty of puddles, roots and mud available. Also a very understated finish line!…… But what a fab medal! After race bacon butties, cakes and tea very nice indeed.

Roland Talbot

Breckland Forest 10k 2017

Name
Time
James Lambert43.30 2nd Male
Darren Tubby43.44
Nicola Lambert-John48.43 2nd Female
Martin Bagnall51.39
Roland Talbot52.48
Julian Jardine53.17
Paul Bloomfield1.14.31
Caren Maidment1.16.29
Julie Jardine1.20.29

Knebworth Half Marathon – Sunday 19th November 2017

Just got home from the first Knebworth Herts Half Marathon. Not the best organised event of the season, but it was the first they had run. Perhaps they will learn from it. I counted 7 hills, all steep and long and hard. The worst of which was leading to the finish in the last 800 yards. No PB for me but still enjoyed the day and the very cold start. 2700 runners. 1.55.22. Report card says must do better. Breckland next week.

Roland Talbot

Name
Time
PB
Standard
Roland Talbot 1.55.22SILVER

Holt 10k – Sunday 29th October 2017

A cool and breezy, but thankfully dry Sunday morning in North Norfolk greeted the runners for the popular Holt 10k, which was also the final event in the 2017 Leathes Prior Grand Prix series.

Hosted by the North Norfolk Beach Runners and starting in the grounds of Gresham School, the race commenced on the school sports fields, before heading north towards Weybourne. The undulating course was enjoyable and the section along an un-made track meant that this race would not count for official club records. The final 2 miles back to the finish were fairly tough, but some goods times were achieved by the Jags contingent. It was also great to see some on the course support from Mark Bradley and Scott Chadwick.  Mark, as always, provided some excellent race photos.

Definitely an enjoyable last 10k for 2017 and a race I would like to run again.

Neil Button

Name
Time
Neil Button40.37
Graham Johnson 42.25
Tom Johnson43.15
Howard Harper44.06
Julian Smith47.34
Nicholas Eley47.31
Vikki Harper47.37
Graham Fryer49.55
Roland Talbot50.13
Ivan Westley50.21
Tamara Mills51.46
Claire Owen51.48
Ruth Gainsford52.08
Sharon Jones54.05
Paul Gerber55.37
Carolyn Gerber1.01.14
Barbara Button1.04.23
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