Wymondham 20 miler 25-3-18
Wymondham A.C hosted the popular 20 mile road race in their 40th year as a club. It was a sell out with many people using it as a tester for upcoming spring marathons. It was also the 3rd race in the 2018 Grand Prix series.
A record number of Great Yarmouth Road Runners (GYRR) lined up at the start. Twenty one GYRR members started which is the most in recent history. There were 371 finishers in total.
The weather conditions were ideal for distance running; no wind, dry, overcast but a little warmer than recently, starting at about 8 degrees.
Running his first ever 20 miler was Marc Evans. He finished in 2 hours 16 minutes and 38 seconds. It is good to see Marc stepping up to the longer distances. Earning himself a massive personal best (PB) was Andrew Dormer. He ran 2.21.28 and got 2nd in his 50-54 age group. Phil Quantrill was next home in 2.26.28. Another PB came from James Carass who ran 2.30.14; narrowly missing out on his personal goal of sub 2.30.
The first ladies home were Vicky Quantrill and Penny Studley. Vicky missed her PB by a matter of seconds but finishing in a superb time of 2.31.55 she earned a new club record and was 2nd in the 40-44 group. Penny managed a substantial PB of 2.33.52 which also broke a club record and gave her 1st place in the 45-49 group. Both ladies will be lining up in London for the marathon on 22nd April.
Matt Buckoke had to ease off a bit because he has had an injury scare. However, he still finished in 2.37.42. He will also be running the London Marathon. Terry Hubbard was next home for the club. He loves a challenge. He looked very comfortable at the end dipping under 2.40 to finish in 2.39.23.
Paul Reeve ran a PB of 2.42.00. With Manchester marathon only 2 weeks away he had to be a little cautious. Mark Stone ran 2.45.44 with Ian Tooley finishing in 2.50.16. Nicola Baker and Jo Anverali ran together as a training run in 2.55.48. They then carried on to run a further 2 miles to meet their training schedule target for the day!
Jane Trudgill was delighted with her first 20 miler finishing time of 2.58.16, particularly as she will also be racing Manchester marathon on 8th April. The final prize winner of the day for GYRR was the ever-impressive Anna Coulborn (3.01.25). She picked up first place in 55-59 group. This was also her first time at this distance.
Dean Saunders ran a solid race in 3.08.52. Nicos Symeou ran 3.23.04 and is busy preparing for another London Marathon where he will be running to raise money for the charity ‘Action Against Hunger’. Lisa Smith (3.29.11) raced with David Silk dressed as a pair of wallies. This was good preparation for their London Marathon where they will wear the Where’s Wally costumes once again. Many congratulations to Adele Godbolt (4.27.23) and Anita Betts (4.41.21) for achieving their first 20 milers. Pandora Buck was unable to finish on this occasion with an injury niggle that she daren’t risk making worse ahead of London. Congratulations to all of the club members and the organisers from Wymondham A.C who put on an excellent event once again.
Report by Penny Studley.