Suffolk Trail Festival July 2019

After a little rest from coming 3rd in the Angles Way 100 k 3 weeks ago Karen Peck headed to Shimpling Farm just past Bury St Edmunds for the Suffolk Trail Festival. The 24-hour set off at 12 noon Saturday in good weather and consisted of an undulating cross-country course boggy in places after the weeks rain. After leaving a big box of essentials and kit to fuel up on the way round I set off on a good 100-mile pace in 24 hours. I don't mind laps, and this was a picturesque course but tough in places.

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Humpty Dumpty 10k 30-6-19  

With hot and sunny weather ideal for a day lazing on the beach 477 runners and their supporters headed inland to Freethorpe instead, for the popular Humpty Dumpty 10k. Three waves of runners set off to tackle the undulating course heading out towards Limpenhoe and Reedham before returning to Freethorpe.

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Aylsham 5K - 7th June 2019

5 ladies represented the Great Yarmouth Road Runners at the inaugural Aylsham 5k on June 7th starting at 7.30pm

The 421 participants were led around a multi-terrain route which included running on roads, grass and an off-road track. Some parts were quite narrow, winding and uneven at times but this did not phase our ladies at all!

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Bamburgh 10k 2-6-19

It is easy to understand why this beautiful Northumbrian Coastal Village has recently been rated as the Country's most popular seaside resort with its sweeping beaches, rolling dunes, high rocky cliffs and of course most impressive of castles you are ever likely to see.

This was never going to be about setting fast times. With a challenging course boasting hills galore and dramatic scenery it was easy to understand why runners had travelled from far and wide to be part of the event. 

Our own Simon Bekker was amongst the competitors flying the good flag for GYRR and whilst only just on the way back from injury this was not an opportunity to run in such majestic surrounds that he was easily going to let slip by.    

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Officially Recorded Times:

Simon - 00:48:43

Angles Way 100k May 2019

An early race start for Karen Peck as she ran the first Angles Way 100k race put on successfully by Top Day Events. After getting to the race finish in Yarmouth for race briefing at 4.30 am just under 40 runners set off by bus to the start in Diss. Setting off at 6 am in good conditions but rather hot. The trail heads East to Homersfield, Harleston, Earsham, Beccles, Oulton Broad, Somerleyton, Fritton, Belton, Burgh Castle and then 62 miles later running over Haven Bridge to the finish.

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Henham 5k and 10k 12-5-19

Henham 10k 12-5-19

Four GYRR members attended the Henham Festival of Running which included both a 5k and a 10k event. Katherine Audus and Leigh Taylor both opted for the 10k.  Although, due to the nature of the course being a challenging trail route, it wasn’t a course for fast times. It was perfect hill training for Katherine for her upcoming hilly half marathon… this space!  

Sue Hurst and Lorrain Dawson both did the 5k route.  Enjoyment was the order of the day for all our members.  Congratulations to you all.

Katherine can be seen pictured with two of her biggest fans.

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Holt 10k 26-5-19

The Holt 10k, hosted by North Norfolk Beach Runners, is the 6th grand prix event of the year. This is traditionally an autumn race but has now switched to a late spring fixture.

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Edinburgh Marathon Festival (EMF) Half Marathon 26-5-19

Edinburgh Marathon Festival (EMF) Half Marathon 26-5-19


Two members of GYRR made the trip to Edinburgh to take part in the long-established EMF half marathon.

The race started in the heart of the city, heading past the castle along the iconic Princes street. Then out along the promenade, heading to Mussleburgh racecourse with a big loop finishing at the park.

The run was well organised and supported with lots of encouragement on the way round.

Like all mass city events there was a lot of congestion early on, resulting in walking several sections.

Fortunately, the predicted heavy rain held off and conditions were good for running, with light rain and drizzle on and off.

With the congestion and weather, Jane Thomas ran an awesome 2 hours and 1 minute. Tony was a further 18 minutes behind.

Report by Tony Ludlam

Dereham 10 miler 12-5-19

Dereham 10 miler 12-5-19

Dereham Road Runners hosted this popular 10-mile road race which doubled up as the County Championships and a Sportlink Grand Prix event.  It comprises an out and back route around quiet country lanes starting and finishing at Netherd High School.  With recent cooler weather the runners got excited that it would be a cool run but true to form the sun came out and conditions were warm.

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London Marathon 28-4-19

With the spring marathon season well under way Great Yarmouth Road Runners have had representation at numerous recent marathons including Brighton, Manchester and Bungay. Each year dozens of GYRR members enter for the London Marathon.  This year 10 members were lucky enough to take to the start.

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Boston (UK) Marathon 14-4-19

Boston (Lincolnshire, UK) Marathon 14-4-19

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On a bitterly cold April morning, one GYRR ventured to Lincolnshire to take part in the Boston UK marathon.

Ivan Lees is in excellent form at the moment having recently reached the GYRR Silver Standard for his age group. He started the race strong and although plagued with cramps towards mile 20, managed to complete the course in a very respectable and strong 04:14:34, aided by some fantastic family support (no prizes for guessing who owns a loud voice!). The race itself was very well organised and although the rural fields and open landscape would not be to everyone’s taste, Ivan greatly enjoyed the peaceful course.

This was Ivan’s 7th full marathon and he is already considering what his next challenge will be!

Report by Katherine Audus.

Manchester Marathon 7-4-19

Since its inception in 2012, Manchester Marathon has grown to be the second largest marathon in the United Kingdom and among the largest in Europe. It prides itself on fantastic crowd support and a fairly flat course, good for PBs.

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Norwich HM 7-4-19

Norwich Half Marathon 7-4-19

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Today saw a small group of GYRR attending the 34th Norwich half marathon at The Norfolk Showground. A very foggy start to the day but with the race not starting until 10:30 we were hopeful of it clearing, only for the rain to arrive 5 minutes before the start. It was WET, very WET and  lots of big puddles but the rain finally gave up after almost 90 minutes and the sky began to brighten. Brilliant run from Iain Johnstone who was running his 1st half marathon and came in at a very impressive 1:54:18. PB’s for Gareth Davies, Shell Leach and a PB for myself by 8 mins 26secs and finally getting my bronze award. Fantastic runs from NIcky Mcgee (my own personal pacer), Jane Thomas, Chris Tyrell, Kate Wakefield, Jane Middleton and Kelly Shaw who had already run 9 miles before the half started as part of her 22 mile marathon training run.

By Rochine Symonds.

Daffodil Dawdle Trail Marathon 31-3-19

Daffodil Dawdle Trail marathon 31-3-19

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As a training run, I decided to run the LDWA Daffodil Dawdle Trail Marathon as I had enjoyed the 51-mile Poppy line Ultra just a few weeks ago. The race started at 9 am for the runners with the walkers heading off an hour before from Stradbroke with a loop across fields and trails and little road.

The weather was good for Gary and I and with 3 checkpoints to check into and a couple of quick toilet stops we were very happy with our 4 42 clocking. Bang on target for our training plans for the Suffolk trail festival solo 24-hour endurance run and Angles Way 100 k. No bling here but we were well looked after with plenty of food at checkpoints although Gary and I kept going and lovely hot food at the end. A different sort of marathon but well worth a go if you fancy something a bit different.

Report by Karen Peck.

London Landmarks HM 24-3-19

Sunday 24th March was the date for the second London Landmarks Half Marathon. 5 ladies from the Great Yarmouth Road Runners travelled to the capital to take part in the race which had an impressive 13,000 participants. Fiona Williams, Lisa Smith, Lorrain Dawson (unfortunately unable to run due to injury), Jane Middleton and Kate Wakefield.

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Reading HM 17-3-19

On the start line for this year’s 36th running of the Reading Half Marathon were the club’s Simon Bekker and Phil Quantril. A mass participation event encouraging 15000+ runners including a number of international athletes this was always going to be a wonderful experience in terms of atmosphere alone with thousands of spectators and varying forms of musical entertainment lining the route through the roads of Reading and the majesty of a finishing in the impressive surrounds of the Madjeski Stadium home to Reading FC and London Irish Rugby Club.

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Long Sutton 10k 17-3-19

Long Sutton 10k March 2019

Today I ran the Long Sutton Spring 10k. I knew I shouldn’t as I had hurt my Achilles at training on Tuesday night but being a stubborn runner I decided to tape my leg up and run .

I was on a really good time until I turned at the 5k mark where the wind was so strong which  then caused me to push harder.  This then cause the pain to travel up my leg to my calf . I was in so much pain I had to limp and walked back to the finish I finished in a time of 57.52 . Gutted with the time as I was on target to do a sub-50.

Report by Lorrain Dawson