JOLLY JAGUARS 10K 22/09/2019

The day dawned bright and warm for the last of the 2019 10k series at Scottow Enterpise Park, but a cloud hung over the future of the races at the airfield, the management still in talks with the Jags committee about our future there. It felt strange arriving to run in the Jolly Jaguars race rather than helping at the event, but as this was part of the Grand Prix series I had decided to give it a go. My niece was marshalling in my place, bribed with a bottle of Prosecco!

The race director gave his pre race briefing, he hoped it wouldn’t be our last race at the airfield, this was greeted with applause from over 700 runners.
The race was two laps around the perimeter track, with marshalls at regular intervals cheering us on, there were pacers for those who wanted to achieve a certain time and cyclists patrolling the route keeping an eye on us all. I spotted at least 3 runners who had succumbed to the heat and were being attended to by first aiders, though luckily none needed hospital treatment this time.
It was too hot a day for a personal best, for me anyway, but I was pleased with my place in age category and the very nice medal of course!
An enjoyable and successful event, including the junior 2k and wheelchair race, all on the fast, flat and safe course, let’s hope this isn’t the end of the road for Coltishall Jaguars running events at the airfield.

Ruth Gainsford

Daniel Smith39.13GOLD
Dave Buck48.13FTSILVER
Ruth Gainsford52.15SILVER
Claire Rushen55.18FT
Christine Barnett59.35SILVER
Rachel Jackson59.09FT
Noel Meek1.14.05