Lowestoft Road Runners Meets Nicholsons Solicitors

On Friday the 4th May Lowestoft Road Runners met with their sponsor Nicholsons Solicitors for the first time to show them what the club are made of. Coach Shaun Lark led the session, alongside fellow coach Leigh Butcher.

Leigh Butcher, Club Chairman, said “What better way to show our sponsor what we do and what their sponsorship supports. We are very proud of our club and it was lovely to welcome Nicholsons Solicitors to one of our sessions. We work very closely with Nicholsons Solicitors in the lead up to the Nicholsons Solicitors Lowestoft Half Marathon and it was nice to finally put some names to some faces. We look forward to now being able to cheer on #TeamNicholsons on the 7th October at Nicholsons Solicitors Lowestoft Half Marathon 2018”.

The ‘mini-Olympics’ themed session went down really well, with a natural spark of friendly competition forming between the legal heads and the Lowestoft Road Runners. Such a fun and different way to introduce the local law firm to the running club which they proudly sponsor.

Ella Nicholson, Partner of Nicholsons Solicitors, said “The club were so welcoming and soon made us forget that we were actually exercising with such a fun and friendly event. We feel privileged to be in the position to sponsor such a lovely club and long may our relationship with them last”

Contributed by Becky Lawler

 

 Fun and games at the event.

Fun and games at the event.

 Contenders at the mini olympics

Contenders at the mini olympics

Lowestoft Road Runners road trip to Great Yarmouth & Coltishall

Wednesday the 25th April saw the first race of the Great Yarmouth Road Runners’ 5 mile series and it saw yet another massive turnout for the Lowestoft Road Runners. 39 members in total took part in the race. John Jervis was first male Lowestoft Road Runner over the finish line in a precise time of 30:00, 23rd position overall. Closely followed by Simon Cook 30:10 (26th) and Martin Farr 31:05 (38th). Katy Oldman obtained a personal best and first female Lowestoft Road Runner over the line in a time of 34:40 after completing the London Marathon just days before! She was followed by Tracy Prewer, first in her age category with a time of 36:13. Vanessa May (36:17,) and Vicki Grice (36:31,) pushed each other round the flat 5 mile course along Great Yarmouth seafront coming in 3rd and 4th Lady for #TeamLRR.

 Lowestoft Road Runners at Gt Yarmouth

Lowestoft Road Runners at Gt Yarmouth

Originally set for March, due to bad weather the Coltishall Mad March Hare 10km race was postponed to last Sunday. Although, still not ideal weather conditions, five Lowestoft Road Runners took on the windy course around the RAF base in Coltishall.  May Wong was the first Lowestoft Road Runner home in an incredible 47:46 followed by Becky Lawler, a personal best of 49:10 and James Crisp 50:01. Wishing a speedy recovery to Debbie Lovegrove and John Drinkwater, who due to injury, were unfortunately unable to finish the race.

Contributed by Becky Lawler and Lee Gooderham

 Lowestoft Road Runners at Coltishall

Lowestoft Road Runners at Coltishall

Members of Lowestoft road runners participate on the hottest London marathon in recorded history & the East Coast Triathlon

As the temperatures hit a record 23.3C for Sunday's marathon, runners who had trained throughout the long and cold winter struggled to cope with the heat and sunshine. To make it more of a challenge, if any more were needed, this was the first week the runners have run without woolly hats and gloves for six months. It was to be a shock to their systems. The crowds, as ever, were wonderful as was the atmosphere of camaraderie and desire to mutually help and encourage. Our very own Bungay Marathon winner Paul Lyon led Lowestoft road runners home with an incredible time of 3:08:20. Katy Oldman was our first club lady back in 3:44:53 closely followed by Karen Archbold 3:46:03, Lisa Riley 3:56:37, Jonathan Meadows 3:58:05, Simon Bunting 4:27:15. Susan Perry deserves a special mention. She aggravated an existing injury, fracturing her heel, in a fall at seven miles .She struggled on, to complete the race in a nevertheless impressive time of 4.31.29 The heat was hard to cope with but the organisation of the event, the supporters, medics and St John's ambulance all did a wonderful job to cement this race's reputation as the world's best marathon.

 

Katy Oldman, running for Great Ormond Street Hospital said “This was my first London marathon and something I've wanted to do for many years, so I was ecstatic to finally get in alongside my fellow LRR friends. We all trained really hard together in much cooler temperatures so running in 24 degrees was a bit of a shock to the system, however we managed to cross over the finish line. The crowds were along every stretch of road cheering and shouting encouragement which helped when my legs were feeling really tired. It was an amazing experience and quite emotional too and I'm very glad I've had the opportunity to have run in such a historic event.” Katy has asked for people to, where possible, visit her just giving page and donate generously to a well worthy cause and charity close to her heart: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/katy-oldman1


Closer to home Great Yarmouth held the East Coast Triathlon event which was held over Saturday evening & Sunday morning. Carl Prewer was the only male LRR athlete who took part in the Saturday evening race & Finished in 10th with a time of 48:23. Louise Bernasconi represented the ladies and completed it in a respectable 53:24. Sunday Mornings race saw Vicki Grice shine to victory & winning the female race in 51:06, Neil Bye finished 28th position in 52:41 with it being his first ever triathlon. Florence Ashdown was 63rd in 1:00:15 closely followed by Steph Strowger in 1:00:55.

Contributed by Becky Lawler & Lee Gooderham

 Katy, Simon, Karen, Lisa, Susan and Paul with their London Marathon Medals

Katy, Simon, Karen, Lisa, Susan and Paul with their London Marathon Medals

Lowestoft Road Runners out in full force

Team LRR dominated the Lowestoft 5 mile prom dash this weekend.  Thirty five club members took part in the race. Chris Haylock was first home for the club finishing in 8th place with a time of 30:08 closely followed by Simon Cook in 9th finishing in 30:14 but it was Lowestoft ladies who really showed what the club is made of! Vanessa May, Becky Lawler & Rachel Plant picked up the winning team prize. Overall, a massive turn out for Team LRR and great results across the board.


Six members also took on the tough City of Norwich Half marathon with 1887 runners in total. Aaron Mckoy finished in 37th position and come 3rd in his age category with an incredible time of 1:27:11. Next was Ian Marshall 1:45:29, May Wong 1:47:28, Rebecca Palmer 2:18:47, Suzy Grant 2:20:05 & Philip Laurier 2:38:40.


Brighton marathon saw five members take on the course with four of them taking on 26.2 miles for the first time ever. Tom Galley was home first for the club with an incredible time of 3:16:27. Tom said “it wasn't without its difficulties and I had to dig in really deep for the last few miles.”  Next saw the clubs married couple Shaun & Debra Kay finish with a time of 4:16:43 running and crossing the finish line together. Both new club members and first time racing for Lowestoft Road Runners was Lee Roth with 4:56:07 and James Clark at 6:16:00.

Ian Chilley also obtained a new personal best of 1:47:39 at Boston Half marathon, the only Lowestoft Road Runner to take in this course, this year.

Contributed by Becky Lawler, Lee Gooderham

 Team LRR at the Lowestoft 5 Mile Prom Dash

Team LRR at the Lowestoft 5 Mile Prom Dash

Lowestoft Road Runners at Bungay Festival of running 2018

Sunday 8th April saw Bungay Black Dog’s annual running festival which consisted of a half marathon, a full marathon and a 10km race. The weather may have been questionable but there was certainly nothing dull about the running results achieved by Lowestoft Road Runners this weekend.

Lowestoft Road Runner’s Paul Lyon bought home the title this year coming 1st in the full Marathon with a smashing time of 2 hours 58 minutes and 9 seconds. It was not an easy win though, it come down to a sprint finish with just 3 seconds between Lyon and second place runner Jason Taylor. Other Team members in the race included, Matthew Sutton, Simon Cook, Gary McDonald, Aaron Shrimpton, Ian Chilley and Gina Warford.

First Home for team LRR in the half Marathon was Martin Farr with a recorded chip time of 1 hour 28 minutes closely followed by Katy Oldman 3rd place for the woman with an outstanding 9-minute personal best, finishing in 1 hour 33 minutes and 26 seconds, other team members which ran include Lisa Smith, Leila Bye, Neil Bye, Stephen Bullen, Matthew Reynolds, Rachel Plant, Karen Evens and Mark Smith.

With a great turn out In the fast paced 10k race and with ten of our members running our chairman Leigh Butcher was first in with a recorded time of 39:32 followed by Matthew Reynolds 47:52 and Florence Ashdown 52:09 other members to run this portion of the festival include David Smith, Emma Fountain, Su Wilson, Caroline Moore, Marie Wallace, Nicola Watson and David Graham. 

Matthew Reynolds was the only Lowestoft Road Runner to complete both the 10k and the half marathon (double doggy) on the same day. Overall, the festival attracted over 1100 entries in total, raising money for SPCC and the Beccles and Bungay community transport service.

Lowestoft Road Runners also saw some great results from Diss Duathlon, it was many of our members first attempt at this kind of event. Great results from Carl Prewer, who come third in his age category. Mark Elflett, Steph Strowger and James Crisp.

Meanwhile, across the border Lowestoft Road Runner’s couple, Vicki Grice (3 hours 52 minutes and 57 seconds) and Karle Howard (4 hours 1 minute and 48 seconds) both obtained person bests at a marathon in Milano!

Leigh Butcher, Club Chairman, said “What an absolutely amazing day had by all at the Bungay Running festival. To be able to run one race and watch two was brilliant. I am very proud to see so many blue and yellow vests, particularly on the new members of the club. Watching those new runners achieve their personal goals and the more experienced runners bring home trophies is what it’s all about. My proudest moments have to go to Regina Warford for completing her first ever marathon, just over 12 months after joining the club and seeing Paul Lyon win his first road race. We also had great results and PB’s coming in from Diss, Kent and Milan, where some of our other members were competing. ”

Contributed by Aaron Smart, Becky Lawler & Lee Gooderham

  Ian Chilley   Matthew Sutton, Simon Cook, Gary McDonald, Aaron Shrimpton and Gina Warford

Ian Chilley Matthew Sutton, Simon Cook, Gary McDonald, Aaron Shrimpton and Gina Warford

 Paul Lyon about to win the Bungay Marathon

Paul Lyon about to win the Bungay Marathon

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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