Mike Groves 10k 10-6-18
It was a very moving start to the Mike Groves 10k at Coltishall’s RAF base as race director, Paul Taylor, paid tribute to Sze-Ming Cheung who tragically lost his life in an RTA whilst out cycling last week. As a former member of the Coltishall Jaguars, he was clearly a well-loved and respected member of the sporting community. A minute’s applause was perfectly observed by the 488 competitors and the countless spectators and marshals.
This gave a strong motivation for a raft of outstanding performances from the GYRR team. Coupled with ideal racing conditions it proved to be a very positive experience.
With many newer members in attendance it was good to see the men’s club captain, James Carass, providing inspiration by leading the team home. Furthermore, he managed to comfortably dip under the 40-minute mark for the very first time earning himself a very impressive personal best of 39.34. Terry Hubbard cruised home in 41.22 after cycling 25 miles to the start and cycling home again afterwards! Terry has improved enormously recently and always makes running look effortless.
Ladies captain, Penny Studley, was next home finishing in 42.56. This was a new PB for Penny, who also earned a new club record in her age group and a 1st place age group award. The personal bests followed thick and fast with a further 8 GYRRs achieving their quickest times over 10k. Congratulations to Toni George, Mark Ollett, Kelly Shaw, Jane Middleton, Steph Deeks, Tony Ludlam, Jo Pinkney and Nicky McGee who completed her first ever 10k race.
Long-serving club member, John Bone, chased his grandson home to finish in 49.49 to earn himself a 1st place award in his age group. Well done to John, who continues to inspire his club mates with his many achievements throughout his running career.
Regardless of whether personal bests were achieved, many runners commented on how much they enjoyed the event and how they felt well supported by each other. Sarah Parkes would like to say a special thank you to team mate Anne Standerwick who kept her spirits high when she was starting to tire. This is a commonly heard sentiment which is one reason why running as part of a supportive club is so motivating. Well done to all competitors and thank you to Coltishall Jaguars for doing such a professional job under testing emotional circumstances.
Full GYRR results: James Carass 39.34, Terry Hubbard 41.22, Penny Studley 42.56, Paul Reeve 45.24, Toni George 45.37, Mark Ollett 45.44, John Bone 49.49, Ivan Lees 52.34, Kelly Shaw 53.32, Jane Middleton 54.09, Steph Deeks 56.26, Tony Ludlam 56.39, Nicky McGee 56.40, Anne Standerwick 1.04.05, Sarah Parkes 1.04.06, Rochine Symonds 1.04.29, Ali Bilyard 1.04.37, Jo Pinkney 1.05.37, Anna Spackman 1.09.13.
Report by Penny Studley