Abingdon Marathon 21-10-18

Many congratulations to seasoned marathoner, Phil Quantrill. Phil ran the Abingdon Marathon in 3.03.57, comfortably securing his Good For Age qualification for the 2020 London Marathon (as per the current requirements).

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Bury St Edmunds 10k 28-10-18

St Edmunds Running Festival 28-10-18

Three ladies from GYRR travelled to Bury St Edmunds, to take part in the 10k race. It was a cold, wet day. The course was fairly flat around Bury. 315 runners took part.

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Lorrain Dawson 28th lady in time of 52.12

Stephanie Deeks 88th lady 1.01.04

Liz Cox 118th 1.05.16

Report by Lorrain Dawson

King's Forest 50k Ultra and Half Marathon

It was a glorious day for Kings Forest 50k and half marathon trail races with Autumn well and truly here but with hot temperatures in the mix. The West Stow Country Park just outside Bury St Edmunds delivered on a beautiful trail course 2 laps of 13 miles for the 50 k runners with an added 5 mile loop and 1 lap for the half marathon runners. There was also a marathon.

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Broadland Half Marathon 4-11-18

Norwich Road Runners organised the annual Broadland Half marathon. The event was due to be held in March but due to adverse weather conditions it was postponed. This proved to be a good choice because the 273 runners were met with ideal weather conditions.

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Colchester 15 miler 30-9-18

Colchester 15 miler 30-9-18

On a beautiful, calm day, ten Great Yarmouth Road Runners travelled to Langham, near Colchester to compete in a new race at the unusual distance of 15 miles. As this distance is so rare it meant everyone achieved a PB, apart from Phil who had raced the distance previously. With only 97 competitors in the race it was a friendly, intimate event. 

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Round Norfolk Relay 2018

The course of the Round Norfolk Relay mirrors the county boundary over a distance of 198 miles, divided into 17 unequal stages. Norfolk's enormous skies, vast sandy beaches, open spaces and picturesque towns and villages, with their attractive cottages and medieval churches, all contribute to making the race a unique running experience. In its 32nd year the 2018 relay was blessed with beautiful weather throughout the weekend.

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Langham 10k Colchester 9-9-18

Langham 10k Colchester 9-9-18


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While many other events were on around the country, just one GYRR member headed to the Langham 10K event near Colchester.

On what was a mainly flat course with exception of the first km, 778 runners ran the event which was one lap of the village.  Sean Jermy came home with 3rd place overall in the race, just out- sprinting 4th placed runner by 1 second and finishing in a time of 35:15, just short of a PB.

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Report by Sean Jermy.

Kimbolton Castle HM 19-8-18 and Greater Cambridge 10k 9-9-18

Kimbolton Half Marathon 19-8-18 and Greater Cambridge 10k 9-9-18

It was a late summer Cambridgeshire double for Simon Bekker, who as the sole GYRR representative participating in the rural backdrop of the Kimbolton Castle Half Marathon on 19 August.  He then followed this up by returning on 9 September to compete in the Greater Cambridge 10K held in the impressive complex of the Cambridge University of Sport.

Equally supportive and well organised events with Simon putting in solid performances meant for an enjoyable couple of away race weekends.

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01:34:46 – Half Marathon

00:42:12 – 10K

Report by Simon Bekker


Ipswich Twilight 10k 3-8-18

On another warm evening, 15 GYRR took to the streets of Ipswich to run the Twilight 10k road race.  Advertised as a flat race the course comprised of two laps starting and finishing at the Suffolk College.

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Run Norwich 10k 5-8-18

A healthy number of Great Yarmouth Road Runners turned out to race in the popular Run Norwich 10k race on Sunday. Along with 5475 other competitors, 35 GYRR lined up to take on the challenging route through the landmarks of Norwich City.

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Worstead 5 mile Road Race 27-7-18

Twelve Great Yarmouth Road Runners (GYRR) braved the sweltering temperatures to participate in the Worstead 5 mile road race.  In it’s 30th anniversary year it was a sell-out event with 381 finishers on the night. Set in the evening made no difference as competitors started with a temperature of 32 degrees.

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Wroxham 5K Series Race 3 4-7-18

The third and final race of this popular series, hosted by Norwich Road Runners, took place on the 4th of July. Twenty-0ne Great Yarmouth Road Runners (GYRR) lined up at the start with the other 569 competitors.

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Ham and Lyme 50k ultra 10-7-18

When Lisa Smith asked me whether I thought she could do a 50k of course I said yes, you can do anything you want but most 50k runs are off-road so she set about including cross country into training seriously over a year ago. I started to guide her around Fritton parkrun as well as other routes and with my off road and ultra experience we began to attack some different trails and tricky terrain to get used to it. Even after breaking her arm last summer she faced her fears and got on the trails. Being off road is a joy and we live in an amazing area with lots of interesting trails rather than running on roads and being around traffic. Lisa loves the freedom of these routes as much as me, so I sought out a race and emailed the organisers to see whether the route would be suitable.

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East Harling 10k 1-7-18

A select group of GYRR travelled to East Harling to compete in the 8th annual 10k event. We have been enjoying an extended period of hot, sunny weather.  Today’s race was one of the hottest to date.  Thankfully it was only a 10k compared to the Outlaw Triathlon that was taking place at Holkham where three members were covering the distances of a half Ironman.  Well done to Eirrin Thompson, Fran Elle and Emma Dawson. 

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Perth Marathon (Australia!) 10-6-18

GYRR members are always looking for a new challenge, somewhere different to run and hopefully bag a PB.  Anna Coulborn went quite a few thousand miles further than most to achieve her new marathon PB by travelling all the way to Perth In Australia!

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Humpty Dumpty 10k 24-6-18

The popular annual 10k hosted by Great Yarmouth & District Athletics Club boasted its first ever sell out race with all 800 places being filled before the day. This led race director, Pat Brightman, to take the decision to start the competitors in three different waves to ease congestion.  Finishing positions were decided on the chip times of all the competitors to make it fair for the 682 finishers.

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