WYMONDHAM 20 MILER 24/03/2019

On a lovely sunny spring morning a respectable number of Jaguars convened at Wymondham for this race, which is traditionally part of the build-up for the Marathon season – although Keith and Ruth had already successfully done Tarpley shortly before (gluttons for punishment). The whole event is very good-natured, and the town waives parking fees for the morning, which is a bonus. Wymondham AC have got it down to a fine art over the years, evidently! The course is rather like a lollipop in shape, and you pass through three villages twice on the loop; it certainly is a picturesque route. It was especially good to see Neil cheering us (and Barbara) on but there are plenty of water stations and all who manned them were very encouraging to the runners. There was a surprise hill at mile 19, which I confess to walking up because of cramping calves. It was SO good to see the finish line crammed with supporters on the little bridge at just over 20 miles. There is a good long walk back to the hall behind the Abbey at the end, but that acted as a cool-down on such a lovely day. Many people achieved really well, so that was the icing on the cake, and the Marathon folks must have benefited from the race practice and gained confidence from it. I would certainly do it again, and recommend it as an enjoyable event – inasmuch as running 20 miles can be!

Daniel Smith2.16.40FTGOLD
Graham Johnson2.25.08YESGOLD
Paul Rogers2.36.45FTSILVER
Elly Young2.44.29FT 1st In Age Group & New Age Group Record DIAMOND
Rebecca Pountain2.59.59FTSILVER
Ruth Gainsford3.02.01YESGOLD
Keith Brighty3.04.24BRONZE
Rosemary Jackson3.07.19FT 1st in Age Group & New Age Group RecordDIAMOND
Karen Evans3.12.34FTBRONZE
Dee Neal3.16.17YESGOLD
Rebecca Wicks3.41.51FT
Barbara Button3.50.37FT
Jamie Harkin3.59.48FT