Snetterton and Hadleigh Races

Whilst more commonly associated with rubber from racing cars, on 19th November Snetterton Race track welcomed the rubber from the soles of 775 runners for the Snetterton Half Marathon.  A change from road running traffic was not an issue and with the weather being cool, calm and dry it made way for good racing conditions. The race started on the Senna straight and following an anti-clockwise (the opposite to motor racing) 3 lap route around the track with an extension over the bridge from the Agostini bend to make up each 7km lap before rejoining the track. The race finished in the pit lane.  Of the runners were eight members of Lowestoft Road Runners (LRR).  First to finish for LRR was Chris Haylock returning on good form after recent injury blights to finish in 20th place in 1:24:41.  Followed by Simon Cook 24th in 1:25:13, Martin Farr 57th in 1:30:30, Aaron Shrimpton 91st in 1:33:41, Matthew Reynolds 144th in 1:38:22, Susan Perry 150th in 1:39:04, Ian Chilley 404th in 1:56:52 and Emma Garrard in 505th in 2:06:53.

 

 

Simon Cook, Matthew Reynolds, Martin Farr, Emma Garrard, Susan Perry, Aaron Shrimpton and Ian Chilley.

Simon Cook, Matthew Reynolds, Martin Farr, Emma Garrard, Susan Perry, Aaron Shrimpton and Ian Chilley.

On the same day three members of LRR travelled across the county to Hadleigh for their Hadleigh 5 five mile race.  Weather conditions also proved favourable being cold but sunny for the race around what was described as a challenging and hilly course.  Regardless of the challenges the course presented there were successes all around for all members.  Of the 133 finishers Karen Archbold finished in 35:12 finishing 16th overall but 3rd lady. This was also enough for Karen to achieve her club platinum standard.  Simon Bunting was 21st finisher in 38:38, winning his age group.  David Graham, running in only his second ever road race, finished 22nd in 38:57 which is another qualifying time towards his bronze club standard after only joining the club earlier this year.

David Graham, Karen Archbold and Simon Bunting at Hadleigh 5 mile race.

David Graham, Karen Archbold and Simon Bunting at Hadleigh 5 mile race.

Lowestoft Road Runners at Framlingham Cross Country

Sunday 5th November was obviously a date to remember for Lowestoft Road Runners with 40 members, consisting of 15 ladies and 25 men, heading down the A12 to Framlingham Castle for the opening fixture of the Suffolk Winter Cross Country League. For many this was the first time running Cross Country and their first time running in club colours too.

Final positions were as follows:

For the Ladies: Colleen Nicole Mukuya (first lady) 41st, Karen Archbold 212th, Tracy Prewer 222nd, Nadine Hesseltine 231st, Susan Perry 264th, Jo Bisset-Smith 291st, Amanda Smith 307th, Cat Fletcher 332nd, Debra Kay 343rd, Marie Ayers 373rd, Vanessa May 383rd, Gina Warford 464th, Claire Collier 486th, Jo Clark 488th, Su Wilson 493rd.

In the men's contingent: Carl Prewer 16th (first in his age group), Paul Lyon 36th, Arron McKoy 48th, Tom Galley 61st, Martin Farr 73rd, Simon Cook 74th, Lee Gooderham 99th, Robert Cheverton 101st (first in his age group), Jonathan Payman 103rd, Bernard Mukuya 106th, Aaron Shrimpton 129th, Gary McDonald 142nd, Neil Wood 163rd, Matthew Reynolds 204th, Shaun Kay 218th, Tom Spalding 226th, Ian Marshall 227th, Allan Ing 237th, Ian Chilley 252nd, Mark Elflett 267th, Philip Ayers 270th, Simon Bunting 283rd, James Crisp 297th, David Graham 314th.

These results see Lowestoft Road Runners starting the league in a strong position with the team standings as follows: Mixed A team 6th, mixed B 4th and the mixed C team also currently standing 4th. The women’s A, B and C teams the standings are 4th, 2nd and 2nd respectively and the men’s 9th, 7th and 5th.

Sadly Shaun Crowley had to pull out of the event due to an existing injury causing difficulties. The club are now looking towards the next fixture on 3rd December in Woodbridge and hoping for an equally strong, if not stronger attendance.

Lowestoft Road Runners at Framlingham Cross country

Lowestoft Road Runners at Framlingham Cross country

October Race Report

October proved to be a month of marathon achievements for members of Lowestoft Road Runners.

On the 15th two members travelled out of the region, both for Marathon firsts. Vanessa May travelled to Amsterdam for the TCS Amsterdam Marathon for her very first marathon. She ran a very consistent race, with her split times for the first and second half being almost identical. She finished in 5730th place of 11,442 finishers with a time of 4:01:02.

On the same day Matthew Reynolds was running at the inaugural Birmingham International Marathon.  He finished in 1547th place of 5217 with a time of 4:03:44.

Taking to the trails, also completing her first marathon Amanda Smith finished the Endurance Life Suffolk Coastal Marathon around Dunwich Heath and surrounding areas finishing in 41st of 87 finishers in 4:45:56.

The following weekend, 22nd October, saw Susan Perry finishing Chelmsford marathon in a blistering 3:44:00; 160th place of 572.

October 28th saw Gary McDonald taking on Snowdonia Marathon for the third time and tackled typically Welsh hills and weather beating his previous best time on this race by 3:59 with 4:05:40 in 622nd position of 2216 finishers.

Continuing with the achievements Chris Haylock lead the club home at the Holt 10k in 10th position overall, winning his age group and getting a new personal best time of 37:19. Matthew Reynolds was next home for the Road Runners in 74th place with a time of 44:06 with John Drinkwater completing the club field finishing in a strong 56:01, 239th place of 361 finishers.

Left to Right Vanessa May, Chris Haylock, Gary McDonald, Matthew Reynolds, Amanda Smith, Susan Perry.

Left to Right Vanessa May, Chris Haylock, Gary McDonald, Matthew Reynolds, Amanda Smith, Susan Perry.

Race Report - Reepham 10K, Salford 10K, Bedford Half Marathon, Wissey Half Marathon & Waveney Autumn Triathlon

In a phenomenal finish to what was a strong August for Lowestoft Road Runners Chris Haylock ran the Reepham 10k on the 27th August finishing 5th overall in time of 38:14.

Chris Haylock at Reepham 10k

Chris Haylock at Reepham 10k

 

Starting what is looking to be a very busy month for members of the club, on Sunday 2nd September with several events taking place, Emma Garrard ran the City of Salford 10k in 56:39

Emma Garrard at the City of Salford 10k

Emma Garrard at the City of Salford 10k

Three members of Lowestoft Road Runners also partook in Bedford Half Marathon which for Aaron Smart and James Crisp was their first over the distance. They finished in respective times of 1:57:58 and 1:58:02. Lee Gooderham also continued his personal bests streak by finishing in 1:29:26.

Left to right, Lee Gooderham, James Crisp, Aaron Smart at Bedford Half Marathon

Left to right, Lee Gooderham, James Crisp, Aaron Smart at Bedford Half Marathon

Also running a half marathon was Jo Clark who ran the Wissey Half Marathon and finished in 2:36:53 even though she struggled for the last 5km.

Jo Clark at Wissey Half Marathon

Jo Clark at Wissey Half Marathon

As well as running some members of Lowestoft Road Runners also partake in triathlon events. 3rd September was also the Waveney Autumn Triathlon at Bungay pool. The event consisted of a 400m swim, 20km swim and a 3.2km run. Completing his first triathlon event in over a decade Carl Prewer was first to finish for the Road Runners, coming in fourth over all, and second in his age category with a time of 52:55. Winning his age group and 13th over all Tom Galley was next to finish in 56:02. Still within the hour was Jonathan Meadows in 21st with a time of 58:03. Competing in their first triathlon were Florence Ashdown and Steph Strowger finishing 3rd and 4th in their category with respective times of 1:10:32 and 1:11:06

Lowestoft Road Runners at Waveney Triathlon Left to right Carl Prewer, Jonathan Meadows, Florence Ashdown, Steph Strowger, Tom Galley

Lowestoft Road Runners at Waveney Triathlon

Left to right Carl Prewer, Jonathan Meadows, Florence Ashdown, Steph Strowger, Tom Galley

On September the 9th the triathlon action continues with Lowestoft Road Runners members as 4 club members take on the Challenge Almere Ironman in Holland. More on that in the next report.

Race Report - August Half Marathon, 10k and 5k

August is proving to be a month of personal bests for the team at Lowestoft Road Runners. On Sunday 13th August 9 of Lowestoft Road Runners lined up among 308 to take on the Great Yarmouth Half Marathon with 7 members recording new personal bests. The route, starting at Ormiston Venture Academy follows country roads out to Lound before passing through the grounds of Somerleyton Hall before completing a loop back to Lound to follow the route back to the start/finish.

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