RUN NORWICH 10K 21/07/2019

RN19 – race report It was the fifth year of RN19 and its grown again, 7500 spaces up for grabs this year and they sold out fast. On the morning of 21st July the sun was shining on Chapelfield gardens, by 8.45 the gardens were packed full of runners and our gazebo stood out like an orange beacon, giving us a brilliant meeting place amongst the crowds. The gardens were buzzing, some excited, some nervous, with the occasional whiff of deep heat permeating the air. After, as many Jags as possible, had gathered for the group photo. It was time to head off to the start pens, the toilet queues were long, but then that’s to be expected in a race of this size and allowing some time to wait in queue, but sharing some banter with those around you, keeping an eye out for friends in the crowds, soon helped the time pass quickly. I was in blue start and true to Run Norwich organisation, the race was underway on time, moving 6200 runners through a start line cannot be an easy task, but the organisers have ensured the start went smoothly and soon we were underway. Prepared for a very hot run, it was pleasantly cool and breezy at half nine in the morning. After the climb towards Chapelfield gardens, it is mainly flat or downhill as you make your way onto Carrow Road. The first few kilometres sailed by, with lots of support from the crowds and Jag crews along the way. The choir singing ‘I’m still standing’ at Riverside put a smile on my face as did many of the signs and excellent marshals along the way. The first main challenge of the race is Rose lane, yes it is steep, but not too long and once over and around the top, you can enjoy a nice downhill to recover from the climb. By now though, it was getting very warm and a few runners were starting to walk or ease off the pace. A good flat stretch is then had, between Prince of Wales road and around the cathedral. Between kilometres 8 & 9 its tough, you are nearly there, but you turn off away from the direction of the finish, and can see runners the other side of the road, they would be a kilometre ahead of you. They are climbing up through Tombland, and I think, that section is harder than Rose Lane, you are tired, very hot by then, and it is time to dig in and get that last kilometre done, (giving Gaynor’s son a high five at kilometre 9, if you can get near him as he had a queue of people waiting to high five him when I was there!). Turning the corner towards Castle Meadow, was the biggest shout out from the jag support crew, it was perfect and very much needed! Home stretch now, right turn at Debenhams (I apologise to anyone running near me, but I swore loudly, as I had forgotten about that last hill). One final climb and a sprint to the finish if your legs can handle it! What an event, it was well organised – I hear some people were left without a goody bag, but they are being sorted, brilliantly supported and everywhere you looked there was a member of the Coltishall Jags. My first Run Norwich as a Jag and will definitely not be my last

Daniel Smith38.54YESGOLD
Jack Stuttle39.53GOLD
Neil Button40.31GOLD
Lee Emmett42.11YESGOLD
Shane Bidle42.30YESSILVER
Jason Corner45.00SILVER
Franklyn Plume45.11FTBRONZE
Andy Foreman45.17FTSILVER
Nick Eley45.18DIAMOND
Andy Mulligan45.21BRONZE
Howard Harper45.50SILVER
Gary Cheeseman45.57FTBRONZE
Paul Rogers46.02FTSILVER
Andrew Wicks46.24SILVER
Nicholas Hudson46.31BRONZE
Barry Halkyard47.39FTBRONZE
Darren Matthewson48.31YESBRONZE
Ruth Steele48.52GOLD
Richard Peters49.11BRONZE
Luke Townsend50.11
Lucy Walker50.34YESDIAMOND
Iwona Litwiniec50.39YESSILVER
Graham Fryer51.20
Dougie Barber51.35BRONZE
Karl Dodgson52.39YES
Chris Johnson52.41
Caroline Britton52.47YESSILVER
Andrew Jarvis53.10
Karen Evans53.14SILVER
Nigel Stallard-Mulford54.15FT
Peter Keen-Cockburn54.15SILVER
Robert Dye54.55
Sharon Jones55.02SILVER
Megan Swain55.12YES
Sarah Reynolds55.30
Stephanie Hall55.40
Julian Smith55.44
Christine Barnett56.01FTSILVER
Andy Richardson56.02FTSILVER
Dave Buck56.02FT
Hattie Swain56.11
Charlotte Reed56.12
Laura Johnson56.18FT
Graham Johnson56.23
Michael Briggs56.59
Marion Bensley57.02YES
Violet Vincent57.13
Julian Jardine57.55
Karen Bradley58.18
Tamara Mills58.28
Tim Witting59.58FT
Eden Rudling1.00.20
Joanna Cottrell1.00.33
Clare Hicks1.01.13
Wayne Catchpole1.01.20FT
David Platten1.01.30
Carrie Catchpole1.02.06YES
Emma Penfold1.02.37YES
Dave Howes1.03.05FT
Timothy Evans1.03.26
Tom Johnson1.06.10
Rachael Cole1.06.10
Alison Hood1.06.32FT
Olivia Newstead1.07.40
Noel Meek1.09.19FT
Sue Emmett1.09.26
Emily Spragge1.09.26
Alison Read1.12.11
Donna Monk1.12.17YES
Paul Bloomfield1.13.03
Angela Hudson1.13.10
Martin Bishop1.13.11
Barbara Button1.14.18
Debbie Hall1.14.52
Stephen Norris1.15.50
Jamie Harkin1.15.50
Penny Murray1.20.47
Jenny Norris1.22.26
Rachael Kirkham1.22.41YES
Sarah Letzer1.23.33
Rebecca Wicks1.24.55
Julie Jardine1.26.56