Bungay Festival of Running – 17 April 2016

A very smiley reception party greeted Great Yarmouth Road Runners at their new race meeting flag. Lots of pre-race photos and cuddles followed!

First off were the two marathon runners Sean Jermy and Mark Stone. Perfect running conditions weather-wise, just a few “hills” to contend with! Nevertheless both put in absolutely incredible performances and finished in fantastic times, buoyed by incredible support from the sidelines courtesy of fellow club mates Penny, Darren and Vicky.

With the sun still shining the 10K runners started with Club Chairman Malcolm and our very own Pandora there to see them off. First over the line was Jessica Vincent followed by Lorraine Dawson who despite still recovering from injury managed a respectable time and came 1st in her age category.  Dianne Crosby shortly followed in an outstandingly quick time, deservedly achieving 1st in her age category. Chuck Weigland also finished in a fantastic time achieving a faster time than he expected.

Stood huddled around the meeting flag were the half marathon runners, who were at this point getting rather cold and took it upon themselves to have their very own team warm-up. Team Coach Andrew Baker would have been proud.  At 10.55 am they all moved themselves to the start line and were promptly waved off by Malcolm and Pandora at 11am. The course was very hilly for the first few miles and the weather was really sunny and warm, everyone settled into comfortable pace. Then came the hail…. Cold, wet and it stung! (Believe me I know!) Still team GYRR managed to get through the race and finish it in some exceptional times.  First over the line was Jane Thomas, followed closely by Julie Webster, who had an amazing run.  Not far behind was Pauline Leeves who finished superbly to also finish first lady in her age category.  Next was Jodie Lee who was helped throughout the race by fellow teammate Mark Womack and subsequently collapsed at the finish line! Both achieved fantastic times. Paul Rivers also had a fantastic first race back after returning from injury. Rachel A-Carbonelli stormed through the finish line in a new personal best after running a marathon the previous week. The wonderful Ivan Lees was last home in a very respectable time and of course still smiling!

All runners were cheered through the finish by Malcolm, Mark and Pandora (who also took on the role of race photographer for the day)!

Fantastic team spirit and support made this a great day all round!

Bungay Marathon Results:
Sean Jermy 3.21.22
Mark Stone 3.42.14 (PB)

Bungay Half Marathon Results:
Jane Thomas 1.47.34
Julie Webster 1.53.58 (PB)
Pauline Leeves 1.55.58
Mark Womack 1.56.01
Jodie Lee 1.56.04
Paul Rivers 2.02.10
Rachel A-Carbonelli 2.03.44 (PB)
Ivan lees 2.07.33

Bungay 10K Results:
Jessica Vincent 0:48.04.(PB)
Lorraine Dawson 0.53.27.
Dianne Crosby 1.00.52
Chuck Weigland 1.09.04