Turkey Trot 10 miler Beccles 10-12-17
Festive weather was the talk of the day for the annual running of the 10 mile road race, affectionately known as the ‘Turkey Trot’. Hosted by Waveney Valley Club, this popular event was a sell out once again. However, quite a few runners decided to stay in the warm and dry with only 350 runners finishing today’s wintry race. With temperatures barely above freezing it proved to be a challenging event.
The race started at 11a.m and so did the snow. Conditions soon became slushy underfoot as the runners snaked their way around the quiet country lanes from the Sir John Leman High School, Ringsfield, Beccles. The course is described as picturesque but for the runners it was hard to appreciate the surroundings with driving snow and icy cold puddles flooding the roads in many areas.
This did not deter 13 hardy Great Yarmouth Road Runners from taking part. With prizes for the best dressed athletes it was good to see four of the team entering into the spirit of the event. Jane and Terry wore santa suits with Julie and Gemma in elf costumes. This turned out to be a good move on the warmth front and they all looked amazing. Sadly, team GYRR did not win any of the fancy dress awards this year but losing to a man dressed as a Christmas tree made them feel a little better!
Unsurprisingly, support on the course was sparse today. However, it was a welcome sight, just before the 4 mile point, to see some friendly faces. Thank you to Jim Spong, Roger Andrews and Richard Knibb for their superb marshalling at an otherwise bland-looking junction. A special thank you to Jim as it was his birthday! Also thanks to our photographer and travelling supporter of the day Sean Jermy.
There were no new personal bests (PBs) set today. However, for three members of GYRR it was their first 10 mile race so this will stand as their PB. Many congratulations to the rapidly-improving Andrew Thomas who successfully chased his bronze standard (a club award) and also to Fiona Williams who also managed to reach her copper with today’s race. More impressively, it was the furthest Fiona had ever run in her life and to do it in those conditions was quite incredible! Fiona was incredibly grateful to experienced runner, Carole Spong, who stayed by her side until the finish; great sportsmanship from a highly respected club runner. Gemma Aylen also completed her first ever 10 mile race today. Again, she was grateful for the support of her club mates, Jane and Julie, who ran together throughout. I am sure the newer members will have promising seasons ahead of them in 2018.
Picking up silverware for the club were experienced runners John Bone and Carole Spong, who were both first home in their age categories; huge congratulations to them both.
Full results for team GYRR:
James Carass 1.11.22, Penny Studley 1.14.46, Mark Stone 1.17.03, Terry Hubbard 1.17.53, Andrew Thomas 1.18.42 (PB), Vicky Quantrill 1.18.57, Myles Duffield 1.21.53, Jane Thomas 1.32.30, Julie Webster 1.32.30, Gemma Aylen 1.32.31 (PB), John Bone 1.32.34 (1st in age group), Fiona Williams 1.44.00 (PB) and Carole Spong 1.44.01 (1st in age group).
Report by Penny Studley.