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Broadland 5K Series Race 1

Five Waveney Valley Athletic Club members competed at the Broadland 5k, the first of a series of three races this summer held at South Walsham and organised by Norwich Road Runners.

The event proved particularly satisfying for two club members who improved their finishing times during last winter and have continued their progression into the summer.

Tim Earl ran a personal best time of 19:01, finishing in 37th place from a field of around 230 runners while Alan Fairs took nearly ten seconds off his previous best time to record 20:33, in 76th.

Veteran Bill Kingaby, whose best times remain a distant but pleasant sporting memory, finished 90th in a time of 21:07, with Kevin Booth just a few places behind, running very well in his first race at the 5k distance, in 93rd in 21:16.

Dale DePasquale crossed the line in 174th, in 26:28, despite being affected by a severe stitch in the latter stages of the race.

Great Yarmouth 5 Mile Series Race 3

Over 200 runners converged on Gt Yarmouth seafront for the last of three races in the 5 mile evening series organised by Great Yarmouth Road Runners. There were some strong runs from the eight members of Waveney Valley Athletic Club who entered and most encouraging this year so far has been the number of personal bests attained by WVAC members.

Paula Lambert set a new best time of 39:21, finishing in 132nd position and former local rugby player David Lewis also achieved a p.b of 42:55, in 172nd. Another former rugby player, David Pryce, finished in 159th in a time of 41:32 and though running in the over 60’s category for a few years now, shows no sign of hanging up his racing shoes.

Son and father Chris and Kevin Booth finished 96th in 35:32 and 103rd in 36:37 respectively and are enjoying their first season of competitive running.
Alan Fairs led the team home again in this series finishing 73rd in 33:53 with Bill Kingaby not far behind in 82nd in 34:13. Ravenna Bartholomew, despite injuring her leg, battled bravely to the finish line in 208th in 62:57.

The series has been well organised by Rod Shulver and his friendly team at GYRR and there was a gift of a mug commemerating the recent Royal Wedding to all runners completing all three races.

Waveney Valley’s spring/summer schedule continues apace with races at South Walsham and Broome next for club members.

Tracy sets new PB

Waveney Valley AC Member Tracy Mayne ran the Norwich 5k Race For Life on Sunday, despite being injured for the last few months Tracy managed to set a new PB of 32 minutes 56 seconds as well as raising money for a good cause.

Great Yarmouth 5 Mile Series Race 2

Waveney Valley Athletic Club matched their entry of eleven runners in race one, when they competed at the second in the Great Yarmouth Road Runners 5 mile series. The race formed part of the Runners Centre Grand Prix series so a bumper entry of almost 250 runners lined up at the start on the seafront.

Waveney members with performances that stood out include David Pimlott who is benefiting from his recent marathon training. He was very pleased with his time of just under 43 minutes. Catherine Carfoot, accompanied throughout the race by Tim Earl, knocked almost two minutes off her time from race one while Bradwell based Dale De Pasquale shook off a hamstring problem to record a much improved time.

First to finish for Waveney Valley was Alan Fairs, in 59th place in a time of 33:43, just a fraction outside his personal best, with Bill Kingaby close behind in 64th. Chris Booth was next in 78th followed by his father Kevin in 101st. Paula Lambert, David Lewis and Ravenna Bartholomew all had satisfying runs in their first outing in this series this year.

Waveney Valley results: 59th Alan Fairs 33:43, 64th Bill Kingaby 34:06, 78th Chris Booth 34:50, 101st Kevin Booth 36:49, 142nd Catherine Carfoot 39:33, 143rd Tim Earl 39:34, 159th Paula Lambert 40:25, 185th David Pimlott 42:49, 188th David Lewis 43:20, 203rd Dale De Pasquale 45:41, 226th Ravenna Bartholomew 50:31

Roger Wing Memorial 10k

Tim Earl and Alan Fairs were back in their racing shoes two days later, on Good Friday morning, at the Roger Wing memorial trophy 10k hosted by Bungay Black Dog Running Club. They were joined at Broome village by seven other Waveney Valley members in what proved to be very warm and sunny conditions for the field of over 200 runners.

Waveney Valley results: 18th Tim Earl 41:16, 71st Glenn Doy 48:11, 72nd Alan Fairs 48:12, 101st Paula Lambert 52:38, 109th Catherine Carfoot 54:08, 149th Stuart Smith 1-00:38, 151st Stephanie Pimlott 1-01:04, 152nd Chris Pimlott 1-01:05, 191st David Pimlott 1-18:07.

Great Yarmouth 5 Miles Series Race 1

Waveney Valley Athletics Club had an impressive entry of just under a dozen runners for the first in Great Yarmouth Road Runners series of three races covering a distance of 5 miles.

Three new members joined established Waveney Valley athletes for this popular annual spring event covering two laps of Great Yarmouth’s seafront and promenade.

Tim Earl, competing again just a week and a half after setting a personal best at the Bungay Marathon, maintained his recent excellent form, recording another p.b. Alan Fairs also set a new best time for the distance. Teenager Chris Booth has been running for just a few weeks and posted a very fast time for his first race whilst fellow new members Lauren Dixon and Jane Ward finished comfortably inside the one hour mark.

Waveney Valley results: 29th Tim Earl 30:59, 40th Seb Herrod 31:46, 70th Alan Fairs 33:42, 72nd Chris Booth 33:51, 73rd Bill Kingaby 33:53, 87th Nigel Herrod 35:41, 97th Kevin Booth 36:24, 157th Catherine Carfoot 41:21, 200th Dale De Pasquale 48:19, 210th Lauren Dixon 58:23, 211th Jane Ward 58:39.

Waveney Valley Four Raise £4500 for Their Charities.

Four Waveney Valley Athletic Club runners completed this years race. First home was Christopher Pimlott(36) in
his first marathon in a time of 3:25:51, his father David(63) in his third London completed in 4:49:45, Followed by
Paul Harrod(49) in 5:00:21 and Lisa Potter(34) in 5:01:33. It was also Paul and Lisa’s first marathons, Paul only
started running with David’s beginners group in May last year.

The £4,500 raised is going to Sense, Children with Leukaemia, JPH Pallative Care Unit and E.A.C.H. the runners
are most grateful to those who donated.

Bungay Full & Half Marathon & Brighton Marathon

Waveney Valley Athletic Club member Tim Earl produced an outstanding performance at Sundays Bungay Marathon,
knocking nearly twenty minutes off his personal best for the distance. He finished in an excellent 14th place with a
new best time of 3:09:29.

Competing in the Half Marathon for Waveney Valley were Jonathan Comyn, who recorded a time of 1:42:39 in his first
race at the distance. He was placed 88th. Also running his first Half Marathon was Stuart Smith who finished 347th in
a time of 2:16:00. Stuart’s daughter Stephanie Pimlott finished just ahead of her dad in 326th in 2:13:11.

Further afield, Pat Tuttle ran the Brighton Marathon and from an entry of well over 7,000 runners, finished 5,208th
in 4:47:52.

Broadland Half Marathon

Waveney Valley A C members Kevin Booth and Paul Harrod ran the Broadland Half Marathon on Sunday. Both runners were racing this distance for the first time and they were both pleased with their finishing times. Kevin who was running well inside his training pace finished 93rd in 1.44.50 and Paul used the race as a warm up for the marathon finished in 195th in 2.05.10.

Bury XC Report

The third fixture in the Suffolk Winter Cross Country League was hosted by St. Edmund Pacers at NowtonPark, Bury St. Edmunds. The firm dry underfoot conditions on the parkland course was ideal for the runners, the only thing that hampered the runners was the strong blustery wind, but still some very fast times were recorded on the 5 mile course.

Waveney Valley Athletic Club who for the past two meetings, had fielded large teams, unfortunately were down on numbers at Nowton Park, but more importantly lacking some of the key runners. But nevertheless full credit must go to the fifteen senior members who turned out for the team, despite slipping down one place in the league; there were some very fine individual performances.

Mark Betts posted a very speedy 33.41 to clinch 13th place. Chris Pimlott was in good form, and looked very strong on the last lap of the course, overhauling several runners to record his highest placing so far this season in crossing the line in 22nd place with his time of 35:42. It was good to see Bill Kingby coming back to form, after being sidelined with injuries for several months, he posted a very creditable time of 40:20 in finishing in 82nd place overall. David Pryce took 2nd place in his age category 65+. The men’s team are still in third place overall in the league, just a few points ahead of Ipswich Harriers.

In the ladies section, Ann Millett was the leading lady for the club, was in top form, and once again she was first in her age group V50+. In the middle of her marathon training, Ann still managed to put in fast sprint to the line to take 126th place overall in 44:02, then after a short break, she carried on to do her usual Sunday long steady run in preparation for the marathon. The ladies team are currently in 8th place in the league. The combined ladies and men’s team are in 4th place overall.

Megan Soanes was the only Waveney runner in the junior section, recorded her hat-trick of wins in the Girls U15 section, in clocking 11.03 in 9th place overall. A good individual performance, especially as she competed the day before, running for Suffolk Schools in the Anglian Schools Championships.

Waveney club climbs up to third in table

HAUGHLEY Park, Stowmarket, was the venue for the second fixture in the Suffolk Winter Cross Country League. Waveney Valley Athletics Club
fielded a good quality team in the senior race, which paid dividends as the combined ladies and men’s team moved up to third place in the league
table.

In the very competitive men’s section Carl Prewer, obviously found the parkland course to his liking, he made light work of the very difficult
underfoot conditions at Haughley, in clinching second place overall, but top in his age group V40+ in 32:28. Robert Cheverton clocked 34:19 finishing in 11th place overall and second in his age group V50+. Paul Sullivan, Mark Edwards, Seb Herrod, Chris Pimlott and Tim Earl all packed in well, finishing in the top 60. It was a great team performance from all our runners, which earned the men third place overall on the day, but more importantly moved
them up to second place in the men’s league table.

In the ladies’ section, Elise Mann was the top finisher for the club, finishing in 13th place (124th overall) Ann Millett put in a strong performance crossing the line in 23rd position (146th overall) which earned her top spot in her age group V50+. Making their debut for the club in cross country was Catherine Carfoot and Ravenna Bartholomew who both put in creditable performances over the testing course. The ladies team finished in sixth place overall.

Waveney had two runners in the junior race, Jamie Finch and Megan Soanes, who are experienced cross country runners, both did well with Jamie clocking 13:03, to finish in eighth place overall and second in his age group U13s. Megan claimed first place in the girls section finishing in 12th place overall with her fast time of 13:31. Next fixture in the league is at Nowton Park, Bury St. Edmunds this Sunday.

Senior results: 2 Carl Prewer 32:28, 11 Robert Cheverton 34:19, 30 PauI Sulivan 36:59, 37 Mark Edwards 38:00, 39 Seb Herrod 38:17, 48 Chris Pimlott 38:54, 57 Tim Earl 39:37, 76 Alan Fairs 41:23. 90 Jonathan Comyn 42:04, 95 BiIl Kingaby 42:35, 112 Nigel Herrod 44:07, 124 Elise Mann 44:55, 126 Kevin Booth 45:09, 146 Ann Millett 47:39, 159 David Pryce 49:25, 179 Catherine Carfoot 53;54, 190 Stuart Smith 56:08, 193 Ravennna Bartholomew 57:40.

Castle is stormed by Waveney stars

The first fixture in the Suffolk Winter Cross Country League was held at Framlingham which has the reputation of being the most challenging course in the league – and it certainly lived up to its billing. Despite not being quite as muddy as previous years, runners still found it very slippery underfoot especially on the steep climbs out of the moat around the castle.

Waveney Valiey Athletic club fielded a strong team of 16 runners in the senior race, which attracted a large field of 220 runners. The seniors had to face three large laps around the castle. Carl Prewer, representing Waveney in this league, led the way for the team, putting in a strong run to finish third in a very swift time of 27:20, also claiming the top spot in the V40+ category Robert Cheverton was also in fine form crossing the line in eighth place overall. He also won his age group V50+ 1st with his time of 28:40. Young Seb Herrod, who represented Waveney as a junior, and is now making a comeback to the sport as a senior, registered a very creditable time of 31:00 to clinch 24th place.There were several other notable performances – Paul Sullivan, Mark Bee and Chris Pimlott all Packed in well in finishing in the top 35. Alan Fairs continues to improve and was pleased with his time of 34:11 to take 61st place. Jonathan Cowyn, Kevin Booth and Tracy Mayne were making their first outing in cross country running, and are all part of David Pimlott’s beginners group, and have only been running for a few months.

In the ladies section, Sarah Bradley was first home, but close on her heels were her team-mates Ann Millett and Elies Mann. Bradley and Millett both
finished third in their age groups. The Senior Men’s team finished third overall and the ladies finished eighth. The combined team finished fourth overall. The juniors also fared well in their one-lap race, which attracted another large field of about 90 runners. Jamie Finch was the top performer for the club, in finishing in flfth place overall in 9:26 and was first in the U13 boys section. Megan Soanes also Ied the way in finishing in first place
in the girls section, taking 11th place overall in 10:03. Alice Cheverton was the second girl home clocked 10:24 in 17th place overall.
Coach David Pimlott was pleased to see how well the juniors fared at Framlingham Fun Run – Archie Wallis 42nd overall and seventh in the U13s, Zac
Herrod 46th and 10th in the same age group. Juliet Cookson, was also 10th in the girls U13 section.