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

Cambridge Half Marathon 3-3-19

The majority of racing members attended the Ringland Half Marathon hosted by Norwich Road Runners, whilst 60 miles away in Cambridge a smaller contingent of GYRR members lined up for the start of their half marathon. Starting in waves 8 GYRRs took the start with the other 8346  competitors. There were 8354 finishers.

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The Big Vitality Half Marathon London 10-3-19

The Big Vitality Half Marathon London 10-3-19

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Sunday 10th March was a wet and very windy Vitality Half Marathon. The sun did come out for a little while.  Strong gusts of wind were knocking runners off their feet and making us feel like we were going backwards but we carried on.

Fantastic runs from Gareth Davies with a time of 1:50:57 a new PB and Rachel Acamon-Carbonelli 2:01:19 also a new PB 👍🏼.  Great run for Elaine Haggarty 2:28:49, Anna Spackman 2:38:56 and Steph Deeks 2:23:40.

Crowd support was great given the conditions and really makes you want to do the London Marathon.

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Report by Steph Deeks

Benidorm Half Marathon 2-3-19

Benidorm Half Marathon 2-3-19

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As the sun was setting over Benidorm, Spain 3000 runners set off to run the half marathon and 10k. The half marathon course was 2 laps around the new and old towns taking in Levante and Poniente beaches.

The support along the route was amazing - even those out on stag and hen do's! This was my first half marathon and I came in at a respectable 2.30:53. I've got the bug now so signed up for Bungay Half in April.

 Report by Sarah Cuthbertson

Ringland Half Marathon 3-3-19

Ringland Half Marathon 3-3-19

Building on the success of the Broadland Half Marathon, Norwich Road Runners moved their premier race to the new venue. The Ringland Half Marathon, with the HQ based at the Roarr Dinosaur Park and with Dippy making an appearance the 40 Great Yarmouth Road Runners had an exciting race.

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Brighton Half marathon 24-2-19

24th February 2019 was the 29th year of The Grand Brighton Half Marathon. One of the first major half marathons in the running calendar, the race is now one of the most popular races in the UK.

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LDWA Winter Poppyline Ultra 17-2-19

Loving North Norfolk trails I decided to run the LDWA Winter Poppyline rather than Peddars Way which I've run twice before. With excellent weather for February the race was challenging but really enjoyable leaving Aylsham High School and going through 5 checkpoints at Itteringham, Holt, Sheringham, Southrepps and Felmingham and finally back to Aylsham.

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Valentine 10k 17-2-19

Thank you to Norfolk Gazelles for hosting this sell-out 10k road race which started and finished at Easton College. The sun shone and the marshals gave positive encouragement around the course to help the 21 GYRRs complete the course along with the 573 other competitors.

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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Half Marathon 10-2-19

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Half Marathon 10-2-19

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Four GYRR members were enticed to London to be part of the inaugural Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park HM.  As the name suggests it was set in and around the Olympic Park and although there was no sign of Queen Elizabeth herself, 4000 plus runners made up for her absence.

The course map was very twisty-turny and in reality it turned out to be just that.  It was a course where you almost constantly saw other competitors running past or across a different section of the park.  The undulations were frequent, but it was manageable in terms of numbers of runners.  At no point did it feel over-crowded.  Similarly, the bag drop and general organisation was such that it felt like a relaxed race with everything close by. 

All four GYRR members enjoyed it enough to say they would consider returning in the future and the medal was decent.

Full results below:

Penny Studley 1.36.50, Paul Reeve 1.37.25, Emma Dawson 1.56.03 Katherine Audus 2.55.04

Report by Penny Studley