On a pleasantly cool but sunny evening the Worstead 5 mile was back on after a break of 2 years and a total of 35 Jags had turned out to run. A special mention should also though be given to the wonderful Jags supporters that were dotted around the course and the finish and really helped motivate the runners.
There was some amazing running, including of course Jack Stuttle and Ellie Gaskins setting new club male and female records for the distance with times of 27.03 and 32.05 respectively. In addition Ellie won the Senior Women’s prize for being first in her age category. Jack was 10th overall in a field of 458 runners. Second in for the men was Daniel Smith with a time of 28.52 followed by Stephen Pointer with 31.03. For the women there were also some incredible times with Sandra Roberts coming in at 36.40 followed by Vicky Tovell at 37.46.
Strong running and times were a feature throughout the club with everyone coming in within an hour. The wooden medals were a lovely feature as was the choice of snacks at the finish line so well done on the organising NNBR. It was also lovely to be able to stay around and enjoy the festival atmosphere and beverages afterwards.
Yes and New Club Record!
Yes, First in Age Category and New Club Record!
First Timer, 3rd in Age Category and New Club Age Category Record
This year instead of the traditional series of 3 races, there was just the one 5k at Wroxham. As it was a Sportlink Grand Prix event as well as a County Championship race, there was a huge field of 721 runners turning up on the evening. On the doorstep for Coltishall Jaguars, not surprisingly we had a large turnout of 45 taking part, with 10 Jags running their first in club colours, and didn’t they do well?!
There was a free fun run on the school field for the younger children before the main race. Three Junior Jags then took part in the 5k race, along with their parents, with some amazing results, they are all little stars in the making!
It was a warm, dry evening with a light breeze, perfect for the spectators who came out to cheer us along the closed roads, and there was great support from fellow Jags around the course with Mel shouting out our halfway times to spur us on! It was well organised by Norwich Road Runners, thanks also to all the encouragement from the marshals.
The course is fairly flat with a few gentle inclines, so it is always popular with runners chasing pbs and 11 Jags managed to achieve this. Jack Stuttle and Ellie Gaskins both set new 5k club records of 16:12 and 19:06 respectively, congratulations to both on such amazing times!
Ellie was ahead of her dad Rod Bye by 3 seconds, although hopefully he wasn’t too disappointed as he achieved a pb and also earned himself a county silver medal!
Rosemary Jackson set a new F65+ age category record of 25:03 and both she and new member Sandra Roberts (F55-59) were awarded county bronze medals.
So a great evening race for the Jags, hopefully they treated themselves to an ice cream at the end before heading for home!
Nine Jags set out for Brighton on Saturday 25th June to take part in the inaugural Trail Marathon there, and managed to arrive safely at our Air BnB in spite of the train strike and busy roads.
Early on Sunday we walked to the start in East Brighton Park and all set off at once -instead of the planned four waves going off at intervals – and ground to a halt after half a mile waiting for 1000 people to file through the first gate! After that it was plain sailing on an absolutely beautiful day. It was fairly breezy on the high ridges and we were pleased it wasn’t raining … The views were stunning. Nearly everyone just walked up all the (very long and steep) climbs, so it was a more relaxed event than a road marathon. It gave you the chance to chat to other runners as well as club mates, making for a friendly atmosphere. The aid stations were well stocked with gels, snacks and isotonic drink as well as water and the route was clearly marked over the bridleways and grassy downland paths. The final section was a few miles of mainly downhill wooded trail to Stanmer Park; I’m still paying for that with very sore quads two days on! Everyone was pleased to finish with a respectable time – it certainly was good endurance training.
We all had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the route over the South Downs behind Brighton. We would all recommend taking part next year, if you enjoy trail running.
Sunday 5th June saw Marham Flyers host their Summer 10k Jubilee Race, anything with summer in the title means chance of rain in Great Britain. I arrived at 10 am and was the only Jag taking part on a course which was a 1 lap of the RAF Marham in airbase, home to the F-35 Lightning. The skies where grey but there was no rain, only a moderate wind. After collecting my number and warming up we headed to the start for a briefing aswel as a best of luck from the station commander. 11am we set off with a small field of 117 runners and my early pace was quick as I settled into my stride. The course was flat and open and just after 4k the moderate breeze became a head wind for about the next 3k. Going through the half way point at 19.40 my thoughts turned to a possible PB but that would depend on the wind. I was holding my position in the race and as the course came towards the finish we ran between some buildings meaning the wind wasn’t such a problem and my pace picked up. The last 1.5k I gave it my all as I realised I had a chance of getting a sub 40 minutes and that spured me to cross the line in 39.44 and a 6th place finish. This race was well hosted and at the finish I was presented with a medal and goody bag with beer and crisps aswel as a table with water, banana, pears, melon, strawberries, teas, coffeeand cake. A great race on a course with PB potential and a race I will certainly do again.
After 2 yrs off due to Coronavirus (like many other races) Holt 10k was back in full force!
A total of 395 runners took part and 14 of them were our fabulous Jaguars! In true British style, for late May, the weather was shall we say, a bit on the “chilly” side! A good breeze blowing and rain showers forecast, runners kept well wrapped up until it was really necessary to ditch that extra layer.
Lining up on the start line, the North Norfolk Beach Runners kept everyone’s spirits up and everyone seemed raring to go! And then came the rain as soon as the race starter shouted “GO!”
Now, I’ve only ever ran this race once before and could only really remember the lovely hill at 7k so had it in my head that it was a fairly level course. Silly me, Norfolk may not have many “hills” but it’s definitely not flat!!
The breeze and light rain kept runners refreshed and cool, so to be fair, the perfect running conditions and the lovely 1k off road just added to the fun (of the hills)!
Turning for home the rain eased and with the breeze behind us helped runners on those last couple of kilometres to the finish line (mind you for me this was now too hot ).
Daniel Smith was first home for us in an amazing time of 37:14, followed by Stephen Pointer in 41:40 and Julian Smith in 44:52. Ruth Gainsford came 3rd in her age category in 50:47 and likewise for Rosemary Jackson who also came 3rd in an amazing time of 51:07, both ladies paced fantastically well by the marvellous Nick Eley (both ladies asking me to give Nick a big shout out!) Some fab times from our Orange army, great team spirit and support as always and once again proud to be a Jag!
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!
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!
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.
Yes, 2nd in Age Category and a Silver County Medal