On a weekend packed with sporting events for Great Yarmouth Road Runners (GYRR), the Coltishall Jaguars hosted the 'Mike Groves 10 mile road race'. Nine members of GYRR made it to the start line. Race conditions were near ideal for the 111 competitors with plenty of cloud cover to start the race.
Although this race is known as a good course for a PB (Personal Best), there was just one to report from the GYRR team. This was earned by the ever-improving Darren Honour, first home for the club, who knocked seven minutes off his previous best to finish in 1.07.40. Running in his first ten mile race Paul Rivers was pleased with his time of 1.17.56.
First lady back for the club was Penny Studley in 1.19.49 who was also given a mention for finishing 2nd in her age group. Fellow club mates Lorrain Dawson and Claire Baker finished in close succession in 1.23.53 and 1,24.18 respectively; Claire also earning 2nd in her age group.
Malcolm Holmes was pleased with his finishing time of 1.37.45. The visually-impaired guiding role to support the amazing Lisa Smith was expertly filled by Peter Spandler. It was a joy to see them cross the line together, having negotiated lots of deep puddles finishing safely in 1.38.29.
Congratulations to Rachel Acamon-Carbonelli, racing this event for the first time and in her first race since the London Marathon, who finished in an impressive 1.40.02.
Report from Penny Studley.
On Wednesday 17th June, eight members from Great Yarmouth Road Runners travelled to Wroxham to compete in the second 5k road race in a series of three, organised by the Norwich Road Runners and incorporating the Norfolk County 5k championship . The course is known as fast and flat with only one incline right at the start. The only thing going against the runners this year was the unusually hot weather. There was a fantastic turnout of 380 runners from many different clubs in the area.
GYRR raced hard and managed to take home two county medals. Nicola Baker won the silver in her age group (45-49) and also came 3rd in her age group overall in the female race. John Bone won a silver county medal in his age category (65+). Marc Evans was the first Gt Yarmouth Road Runner to finish in an excellent time of 18.20. Next was Simon Bekker in a personal best time of 19.36, followed by Nicola Baker in 21.03, then John Bone in 22.33. Close at his heels was Penny Studley in 22.35, then Frankie Turner in her first race wearing a GYRR vest, recorded 23.04. Next was Jody Donaldson in 24.10. Last but not least was John Bound in 27.14.