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.