Mammoth Half Marathon – 15/05/2022

The Day started overcast and it was cold as we arrived at Mundesley for the half marathon start. Jaguar’s past and present (and perhaps future) met, chatted, and caught up many not having seen each other since the start of the pandemic. The race director and team were present and obviously enthusiastic about the race to come. Runners from across Norfolk and further afield were marshalled into the start area on a closed road in the heart of the village.

Staring up the hill from Mundesley toward Trimmingham already looked like hard work and so it proved. I’ve no doubt that many runners were thinking about the full Marathon participants who would only get here at the half-way point. It was indeed a taxing course with a lot of ‘elevation’ and many fast starters fell back as we ‘ground’ on toward Sheringham. Cromer was full of crowds cheering us on and for me the sight of Jaguars cheering support on the road as we left the town gave me a specific boost which was sorely needed.

As we piled on toward the finish we were treated to Common Lane, initially an innocent road taking us around the back of the tourist route. It turned into an unforgiving double kink, uphill all the way. This amounted to a brutal last mile or so culminating in a long finish across the full length of the high school playing field.

All in an excellent event coupling a challenging course with good organisation and excellent marshalling. Roads were calm and drivers though obviously inconvenienced behaved themselves. The finish area was well appointed with good coffee and plenty of space. Our Jags all came home in good spirits having put up some excellent times – despite the hills!

Steve Neal

Julian Smith1:41:22Yes and 3rd in Age Category
Stephen Neal1:44:20Gold
Vicky Tovell1:45:523rd in Age CategoryGold
David Buck1:52:21Gold
Claire Hicks2:10:51
Dee Neal2:11:51Gold
Laura Johnson2:16:16First Timer
Emma Penfold2:16:52YesBronze
Kelly Piesse2:19:02

Great Yarmouth 5 mile series race 3 – 18/05/2022

Interlocking medals from races 1 & 3

Fifteen Jags turned out to race the final 5 mile race in this years series, and after a very hot day the weather was surprisingly cool with a sea breeze.

After a 2 year break due to the coronavirus, Great Yarmouth Road Runners had changed the course, it was now 3 laps around the sea front instead of 2, which I felt was better as we got to see all the Jags supporters more often as we ran round, thank you to all those who made the trip over to Yarmouth to cheer us on! It was a flat course as promised but with one little obstacle where you had to run down a slope under the pier and back up the other side, without hitting your head if you were tall!

We had some great results from our runners, with several PBs and the brilliant Jack Stuttle winning his age group with an amazing time of 27:38.

The medals interlocked to form a seaside beach scene, although I’d only got the 1st and 3rd.

Well done to all those that did all 3 races and I hope, like me, you managed to get some sneaky chips in before heading off for home!

Ruth Gainsford

Jack Stuttle27:38Yes, 1st in Age Category and 4th place overallDiamond
Neil Button33:523rd in Age CategoryGold
Keith Brighty37:40Silver
Sonja White37:47Yes and 3rd in Age CategoryGold
Megan Swain37:58YesBronze
David Buck39:02YesGold
Ruth Gainsford40:03YesGold
Hattie Swain40:58YesBronze
Andy Smith46:33Yes
Laura Johnson46:39First Timer
Kelly Piesse47:17
Hayley Smith48:27
Lindsay Smith49:11
Debbie Hall59:14
Emily Spragge1:01:40

Dereham 10 incorporating the Norfolk County Championsips – 15/05/2022

The Dereham 10 returned for 2022 after being cancelled for the previous two years. This popular race attracted 400 runners but the numbers of Jags were down because it clashed with lots of other events. It was, as always a friendly and well organised race with good weather conditions on the day. It’s a relatively flat course with one significant climb around mile seven, which caught me out as usual! However, the Jags produced some great performances! Notably, our talisman Jack Stuttle finishing with a PB, 9th place overall, second in age cat and a silver county medal with an impressive diamond standard time of 58.04. Sonja White ran an excellent race and bagged a big PB, just missing out on a gold standard with a time of 1.21.03.  I was happy with my performance and diamond standard time of 1.09.07 after four months of struggling.

Rod Bye

Jack Stuttle58:04Yes, 2nd in Age Category and a Silver County MedalDiamond
Rod Bye1:09:07Diamond
Sonja White1:21:03Silver

Mammoth Marathon – 15/05/2022

Daniel Smith2:51:484th place overall and 2nd in Age CategoryDiamond
Nicola Lambert-John3:42:50First TimerSilver
Paul Rogers3:52:37Bronze
Mel Porter4:00:59Bronze
Nouha Tate4:05:15First TimerBronze
Luke Townshend4:18:18First Timer
Emma Jordan4:18:43Silver
Franklyn Plume4:19:44First Timer
Stephanie Hall4:19:45First Timer
Rosemary Jackson4:34:03First in Age CategoryGold
Iwona Litwiniec4:37:08
Katie Fenn4:44:45First Timer
Karen Evans4:44:45Bronze

Aylsham 10k – 08/05/2022

Daniel Smith35:583rd place and 2nd in Age CategoryDiamond
Ellie Gaskins41:372nd in Age CategoryGold
Graham Johnson42:413rd in Age CategoryDiamond
Julian Smith43:32YesGold
Barry Halkyard44:05YesGold
Keith Brighty44:35Gold
Radley Fenn47:23Bronze
Iwona Litwiniec49:54YesSilver
Ruth Gainsford51:31Gold

Great Yarmouth 5 mile series race 2 – 04/05/2022

Coltishall Jaguars Vest
Daniel Smith28:29Yes and New Age Category RecordDiamond
Jack Stuttle28:32YesDiamond
Neil Button34:26Gold
Megan Swain38:31YesBronze
Sonja White38:59Silver
Nick Eley39:55Gold
Rosemary Jackson40:01Yes, 2nd in Age Category and New Age Category RecordPlatinum
Hattie Swain41:06YesBronze
Kelly Piesse46:47Yes
Andy Smith48:03
Lindsay Smith48:31
Anna Spackman51:44
Debbie Hall59:18
Jenny Norris1:00:20Yes
Emily Spragge1:01:24
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