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XC Champs, Santa Dash, Groggy Doggy & New Years Day 10K

The Suffolk Cross Country Championships took place on Sunday at Culford School near Bury St Edmunds. There were nine races covering 11 age groups, from Under-11 boys and girls through to Senior Men and Women. There were awards for the first three in each age group and for the veterans 5-year age bands. Waveney Valley A.C. entered five runners, though Matt Jeffries withdrew from the event due to a foot injury.
There were 139 athletes in the Senior Mens 12k race and Bill Kingaby’s first race of the year brought him success as he finished first in the Men’s 65-69 age category. He was 92nd overall in a time of 57:28. Chris Pimlott finished 30th in 48:28 and Carl Prewer of Lowestoft Road Runners was 10th in 44:23 and 2nd in the Men’s 45-49 category.
In the Women’s Under-17 event over a distance of 5k, Harriet Lyman was the 3rd place trophy winner, in a time of 21:36 and Sam Stevens competed in the Men’s Under-17 race (6k) and was very pleased with his fifth place as he recently entered the age group and was one of the youngest in the race. His time was 23:08.

Several club members took part in a variety of events over the Christmas and New Year period. At the East Coast Santa Dash 5k at Gorleston, Mark Thompson recorded a personal best 17:59 in finishing 4th from an entry of 211. Other Waveney results: 56 Louise Harrod 26:25, 57 Grainne Purvis 26:25, 66 Lee Roth 26:33, 101 Beth Stephens 29:16, 154 Simon Cross 33:16 (pb), 186 Denise Bjorck 37:07 (pb), 187 Jane Jackson 37:07, 204 Paul Hierons 41:42, 205 Jan Piggott 49:15.

The popular Groggy Doggy races, organised by Bungay Black Dog R.C. on Boxing Day, always attracts a keen entry as man’s four-legged friends lead their masters to Outney Common in Bungay. In the one lap plus dog 2.1mile race, Susannah Close finished 9th in 19:40 with Jay Butcher 20th in 24:31 and Beth Bell 37th in 30:20. In the two lap plus dog 4.2mile race, Chris Bradford was 16th in 47:49. In the events with no dog, Oliver Owen in the 1.5mile 9-12 age group was 6th in 9:55 and in the 2.1mile senior race, Rebecca Harris was 12th in 21:46 and Janet Markwell 44th in 33:44. Waveney results in the 4.2mile event: 16 Steve Barber 34:23, 18 Richard Aukland 34:33, 23 Chris Meadows 35:27, 26 Peter Rogers 35:40, 37 Tim Earl 37:16, 43 Darrel Roberts 37:36, 83 Matt Plummer 42:14, 111 Nicole Goffin 45:47, 112 Phillip Goffin 45:49, 159 Jane Hunt 53:40.

Wymondham New Year’s Day 10k results: 284 Alan Richardson 52:30, 407 Louise Adamson 57:13, 428 Alan Varle 58:21, 432 Jane Hunt 58:32 and 484 Jayne Richardson 1.01:23. There were a total of 635 runners.

Turkey Trot 2017

Around 355 hardy runners, just short of last year’s record 375 finishers, tackled Sunday’s Beccles Turkey Trot 10-mile road race in cold wintry weather, many braving the conditions in festive costumes. The race was organised by Waveney Valley Athletic Club with first-time sponsors Galloper Wind Farm, Sportlink and Wine Vaults of Beccles provided further sponsorship support.
Only on one occasion in recent years, in 2010, has the race been cancelled due to icy roads, but the go-ahead was given this year with just puddles and slush underfoot for the competitors to deal with. Early morning rain turned to sleet as the race got under way from outside Sir John Leman High School.The route then took in the country lanes – many with unavoidable deep puddles – of Ilketshall St Andrew and Ringsfield, before returning to the school.
The event winner for the third time, and second successive, was Joe Skipper of Team Skipper, who took an early lead which he held onto to cross the finishing line in a time of 56:26. Second was Rob Chenery of Ipswich Jaffa in 56:56 and third Framlingham Flyer’s Jim Last in 58:10. Emma Attwood of Stowmarket Striders, who was third lady last year, was this year’s winning lady in a time of 1:09.05. Second was her team mate Gemma Porch in 1:10.31 and third Jessica Behan of Norwich Road Runners in 1:11.13. Framlingham Flyers were the Men’s team winners and Stowmarket Striders won the ladies.
The fancy dress entry was again well supported. The trophies were sponsored by Wine Vaults of Beccles and the men’s winner was ‘ Mr Christmas Tree ‘ Ben Hadingham with ‘ Lady Burlesque ‘ Sarah-Jane Lumley, the ladies winner.
Host club Waveney Valley had 33 finishers, more than a dozen of them running a 10-mile race for the first time. There were personal best times, despite the tough conditions, by Steve Carruthers, Chris Bradford, Stuart Spurgeon, Stephanie Pimlott and Donna Milner. Club results: 23 Steve Carruthers 1:05.53, 37 Chris Bradford 1:08.22, 55 Daniel Harris 1:11.05, 60 Tim Earl 1:11.40, 62 Ricci Wilson 1:12.10, 67 Rob Milner 1:12.58, 83 Lisa Knights 1:15.58, 84 Stuart Spurgeon 1:16.19, 86 Bill Kingaby 1:16.46, 92 Leon Neeve 1:17.59, 93 Darrel Roberts 1:18.08, 119 Becky Langford 1: 21.26, 139 Stephanie Pimlott 1:23.23, 142 Daren Coulter 1:23.40, 147 Ian Hawkes 1:23.53, 165 David Mower 1:25.59, 166 Paul Harrod 1:26.00, 178 Daryl McKeown 1:27.07, 218 Grainne Purvis 1:30.54, 224 Louise Harrod 1:31.33, 225 Joe Mayne 1:31.34, 243 Lee Roth 1:33.20, 244 Stuart Smith 1:33.33, 250 John Skelly 1:35.06, 255 Camilla Darling 1:36.04, 266 Dave Catchpole 1:38.04, 277 Demelza Hammond 1:40.09, 280 Rosemary Plant 1:40.39, 288 Beth Stephens 1:43.28, 299 Caroline Clamp 1:44.50, 311 Lisa Farrington 1:46.35, 322 Donna Milner 1:50.06, 323 Lisa Cone 1:50.08.
There were trophies and vouchers for first three men and women and for age category winners, with wine for team winners and Christmas puddings for all finishers.
Before presenting the prizes, race organiser Tim Earl, who also competed in the race, thanked the sponsors and all marshals, caterers and volunteers for their help and support.

Various Races

Waveney Valley A.C. members Bill Kingaby and Becky Langford attended the Leathes Prior Norfolk Grand Prix series awards evening at the Assembly House in Norwich on 17 Nov. The 2017 series had ten races from which points from the best seven for each runner were calculated to find the top three in each age category. Bill finished top in the Men’s 65+ category.
Medals were also awarded for the Norfolk ‘ Postal ‘ Marathon Championships. With no marathon taking place in Norfolk, eligible runners were invited to send in their best times at events during the year. Becky was awarded 2nd place in the Female 40-44 age category with her time of 3:34.51 achieved at Milton Keynes in May.
At the Snetterton Race Track Half Marathon a few day’s later, almost all members taking part either recorded a PB or were running the distance for the first time. Steve Carruthers finished 46th out of 775 in a PB 1:28.58. Leon Neeve was 101st in 1:34.22 (PB) with 131 Anthony Croucher 1:37.23, 146 Ricci Wilson 1:38.34, 208 Stuart Spurgeon 1:43.30 (PB), 233 Steve Gibbs 1:45.14 (PB), 486 Lee Roth 2:04.32 (PB), 508 Demelza Hammond 2:06.32 (PB), 604 Sarah Etherton-Nicoll 2:14.30 (PB) and 638 Emma Hollidge in a debut 2:19.08.
In the Hadleigh 10 mile race, Tim Earl finished 55th from a field of 265 in a time of 1:11.03. Mark Smith’s challenge of completing ten marathons this year in aid of Prostate Cancer UK concluded with the ‘ Running the Rift Marathon ‘ in Uganda. With just six day’s rest since race nine in New York, he found the very hilly terrain even tougher but still managed to complete the race in a time of 5:42.16.
Around half of club members competing in the Southwold 10k recorded personal best’s. Results: 25 Lloyd Scriven 40:13, 28 Steve Carruthers 40:33 (PB), 40 Tim Moore 40:48, 60 Andy Ayers 42:32 (PB), 81 Matt Baldry 43:51, 92 Billy Underdown 44:27, 159 Jason Browne 47:13, 203 Tris Holtzer 48:26 (PB), 250 Anita Drake 50:49, 251 James Drake 50:50, 272 Jon Andrews 50:47 (PB), 330 Louise Harrod 52:52 (PB), 417 Dave Catchpole 55:54 (PB), 468 Beth Stephens 56:56 (PB), 469 Rob Knights 56:47, 496 Kate Holtzer 58:06, 536 Demelza Hammond 59:01 (PB), 647 Angelene Ayers 1:04.44 (PB), 683 Sarah James 1:08.09, Jo Illingworth 1:09.43. There were 732 finishers.
Member’s 5k parkrun personal best’s for November: Josh Smith 22:09, Demelza Hammond 29:01, Simon Cross 33:50, Emily Harding 45:15, Tim Moore 19:36, Fiona Houghton 29:05, Tara Carroll 30:10, Theo Chong 22:22, Rebecca Harris 23:46, Pat McCabe 24:22, Lisa Cone 27:15, Caroline Clamp 27:15, Michelle Lyman 27:27, Natalie Brown 27:42, Sarah Jones 32:00, Bev Hudson 32:28, Phil Acton 25:18 and Emma Hollidge 27:31.

Holt 10K, Norfolk Coastal Trail & Snowdonia & Parkrun PB’s

North Norfolk and Snowdonia were the destinations for members of Waveney Valley Athletic Club at the weekend. On Sunday, ten members took part in the Holt 10k, the final fixture in this year’s Leathes Prior Grand Prix series. The entries limit of 450 was reached many weeks before the race and just under 400 made the start line at Gresham’s School. In cool and very windy conditions, on an undulating country lanes course, the first over the finish line back at the school for Waveney was Wayne Freeman in 63rd place in 43:15. Next was Mike Quantrill in 86th in 44:39 with Bill Kingaby just one place and three seconds behind, in 87th in 44:42. Bill was the trophy winner for first in the M65+ age category and should finish the series as category champion when the 10-race series final table is published.
Becky Langford finished 133rd in 47:35, just a few seconds outside her best time, with Paul McCormick, in his first race for the club, apart from 5k parkruns, in 226th in 55:18. Lisa Cone and Emma Branch finished together in 291st and 292nd in 1:00.10, a personal best for Emma with Lisa just outside her fastest time. Tara Carroll, in her debut race for the club, was 321st in 1:04.28, then Donna Milner 337th in an excellent personal best 1:07.02. Jenny Green, in her debut race for Waveney, was delighted to be close to her target time of 75 mins, finishing 361st in 1:15.47.

Five members competed in the Norfolk Coastal Trail Marathon and Half Marathon on Saturday which weaved along a 27 mile section of the Norfolk Coastal Path from Morston Quay to Holme-Next-The-Sea. The 124 marathon runners set off alongside the creeks and marshes towards Stiffkey. There was some respite from the 30mph gusts by a last minute route change through the pine forests of Wells and Holkham. The route picked up the half marathon runners at Burnham Market then led to a scenic but tricky board-walk section to Brancaster Staithe. The race then included a long hill with open views before the final punishing dune section to the finish. Matt Jeffries finished very strong in the marathon in 2nd place in 3:22.38, despite an unplanned one mile detour. Chris Bradford finished a superb fourth in 3:28.15 with Richard Aukland 16th in 3:44.36. In the half marathon, Matt Plummer finished 41st in 2:07.52 out of 140 with Chris Mills 76th in 2:24.20.

In the Brooks Snowdonia Marathon on Saturday, experienced long distance runner Tim Earl finished 156th in 3:30.46 and Matt Baldry was 521st in 4:00.10, just seven minutes outside his best time, a magnificent achievement on one of Britain’s toughest races.

Club members 5k parkrun PB’s for October:- Jim Burgess 18:33, Susannah Close 22:16, Paul Brown 22:20, Stuart Smith 26:41, Kirsty Howe 29:37, Tara Carroll 30: 23, Theo Chong 22:42, Josh Smith 23:00, Phil Acton 26:57, Andy Ayers 20:09, Malcolm Huggins 22:19, James McAllen 23:16, Caroline Clamp 28:17, Emma Hollidge 30:00, Bev Hudson 33:18, Rebecca Tate 40:38, Jenny Green 37:08, Mike Illingsworth 21:22 and Dave Catchpole 26:44

Yarmouth 10K, Sax 5 and various Full and Half Marathons

Waveney Valley Athletic Club member Sam Lines put in a first-class performance at the East Coast 10k by finishing first lady, completing the race more than two minutes faster than last year. Sam has made considerable progress since rejoining Waveney Valley two years ago and continues to build a reputation as one of the region’s top female athletes.
The race, staged at Gt Yarmouth, had over 700 runners, with Sam finishing 10th overall, and first Waveney, in a time of 37:59. There were 37 members of the club in the race with Mark Thompson next in 14th in a time of 38:16 followed by Lloyd Scriven in 57th in 42:27 and Andy Ayers in 81st in a personal best 43:11, more than seven minutes faster than last years race, when, as a new member, he ran his first 10k.
There were PB’s also for Sarah Norman (50:17), Stephanie Pimlott (50:54), Jon Andrews (53:00), Lee Roth (55:20), John Skelly (55:21), Dave Catchpole (57:18), Gavin Hamilton (59:15), Caroline Clamp (59:19) and Emma Hollidge (1.00:57). There were debut 10k’s by Darrel Roberts, Grainne Purvis, Mark Spackman and Amy Liddell-Andrews.
Tim Earl competed in the Melbourne Marathon and finished in 426th place in 3.09:45 and also running marathons were Alan Richardson in the Leicester Marathon in 4.51:02, Mark Smith, Budapest Marathon in 4.11:09 and Jason Browne, Palma de Mallorca Marathon in 3.48.
Jayne Richardson achieved a personal best at the Leicester Half Marathon, recording a new best time of 2.17:41 and Daren Coulter took part in the Saxmundham 5 mile event and finished 51st out of 166 in 39:52.
On Sunday, Six members competed in the Trowse 10k. Colin Galer was 50th in a personal best 42:56, Louise Adamson 380th in 58:36, Alan Varle 385th in 58:49, Emma Hollidge 400th in 59:46, Sarah Etherton-Nicoll 436th in a personal best 1.02:10 and Beth Bell 520th in 1.11:11. At the Great South Run (10 miles) in Portsmouth, also on Sunday, David Joyce recorded a time of 1.28:02 and Louise Harrod 1.29:57, both in their 10-mile debut races for Waveney Valley and Claire Evans ran the Venice Marathon in 4.45.06

Marathon’s, Half’s and Parkruns

Lisa Wilson, who joined Waveney Valley Athletic Club as a beginner two years ago, has taken part in her second marathon and produced a stunning performance by knocking more than half an hour from the time she recorded at her debut at the distance in May. At the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon on Sunday, she ran a personal best time of 4.49:36. Having progressed from the beginners’ sessions, Lisa has been an inspiration to those taking up running for the first time.

Two club members were part of a 4,000 strong field in the Perkins Great East Run (Peterborough Half Marathon), also last Sunday. Lee Cook finished in an excellent 36th in a time of 1.15:49 and new member Patrick McCabe was placed 1,182nd in 1.49:33.

Grainne Purvis, Lisa Joyce and Chris Hulme took part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon. The event is one of Central London’s most popular races as the route takes in many of the capital’s world famous landmarks, including four of the Royal Parks. Over 16,000 runners completed the race with Grainne finishing in 2.00:46 Lisa in 2.38:23. Chris who started running last winter as part of a beginners group finished in 2.49:12, this was Chris’ 3rd half marathon in 2 weeks knocking over 15 minutes off his time over the 3 races.

At the Martlesham 5k last weekend, Demelza Hammond finished 84th from a field of 148 in 29:30. On Monday six members, Patricia Tuttle, Alan Richardson, David Mower, Stuart Smith, Phil Hazell and Bill Kingaby were presented with the trophy for the Ekiden Relay over 60’s team. Following a review of the results from the event in July, the Waveney Valley team have been awarded first place.

Club members personal best times in the 5k parkruns for September:- Lee Cook 16:48, Daren Coulter 22:12, Alan Richardson 23:34, Sue Cole 39:12, Paul McCormick 24:47, Dave Catchpole 26:52, Emma Branch 28:17, Beverley Hudson 34:36, Amy Liddell-Andrews 36:27, Andy Ayers 20:10, David Martindale 25:41, Natalie Brown 28:06, Lisa Cone 28:20, Paul Hierons 36:19, Jack Gooch 20:44, Paul Brown 22:23, Susannah Close 22:49, Sarah Norman 23:29, Lee Roth 24:45, Caroline Clamp 28:19, Lauren Finch 30:46, Theo Chong 23:17, James McAllen 24:20, Michelle Lyman 28:27, Rachael Finch 28:28, Angeline Ayers 29:25, Maggie Godfrey 30:35, Mandy Roberts 30:46, Denise Bjorck 37:54, Samantha Lines 17:41 (overall winner of Gorleston event Sept 16), Ricci Wilson 19:49.

September races

Last weekend’s busy road race programme produced some quality performances by members of Waveney Valley Athletic Club, with several personal best times recorded. At the Berlin Marathon, Matt Jeffries took almost four and a half minutes off his previous best marathon time, which he achieved at last years Bungay Marathon. In Berlin, running in aid of the Get Kids Going charity, he finished in a time of 2.35:04. Competing in the same event as part of his 2017 10- race marathon challenge for Prostate Cancer UK was Mark Smith who ran a time of 4.04.

At the Jolly Jaguars 10k held at Coltishall, Samantha Lines ran an astonishing race to finish third from more than 300 athletes. She was first female to finish by several minutes and took more than two minutes off her previous best time, finishing in 37:50. Leon Neeve was 30th in a PB 42:54, Antony Croucher 36th in 43:29 and Camilla Darling 176th in 55:40.

Six members took part in the Simply Health Ipswich Half Marathon. Liam Nudd finished 73rd in 1.29:14, Alan Richardson 793rd in 1.53:25 and another first for him in the M70 age category, Patricia Tuttle 1,403rd in 2.07:14, Lisa Wilson 1,404th in 2.07:14, Michaela Gooch 1,583rd in a big PB time of 2.12:05 and Chris Hulme 2,382nd in his first half marathon, in 3.05:22.

At the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon, three club members competed. Lisa Knights finished 689th in 3.54:52, David Mower 726th in 3.56:03 and Paul Harrod 1,232rd in 4.21.35. Angela Mower opted for the 10k event and recorded a time of 1.06:55 in 1,534th place. Despite both Loch Ness events having large fields of more then 2,000 runners, there were no reported sightings of the Loch Ness monster.

Mike Quantrill took part in the West Pinchbeck 10k in Lincolnshire and finished 27th out of 151 in a time of 44:37. Earlier in September, four members travelled to Newcastle for the Great North Run. Billy Underdown, in his first half marathon, ran a time of 1.37:58. Becky Langford recorded a personal best 1.45:09. A debut also for Amanda Scarff who finished in 2.31:23 and Rob Knights completed the race in 3.12:44.

At the Wissey Half Marathon near Downham Market on September 3, Demelza Hammond ran a time of 2.36:53 and on the same day at the Bedford Half Marathon, Liam Nudd was 72nd in a personal best 1.28:57 and Tim Moore 180th in 1.34:54.

Lowestoft Scores Race

A record entry of runners took part in the 22nd staging of the Lowestoft Scores Race on Sunday, a challenging annual hilly event which also attracts a large number of spectators, particularly along the High Street.
The race, organised by Waveney Valley Athletic Club, started in the High Street and followed a route along the sea wall, Gunton Cliff and all of the town’s historic Scores before finishing at the Triangle Market, covering a distance of approximately 4.75 miles.
255 competitors completed the tough course, beating last years previous highest total of 233. The race winner, for the second year in a row, was Michael Eccles of Norfolk Gazelles AC, in a time of 26:23, just two seconds slower than his winning time last year. Second was Robert Chenery of Ipswich Jaffa RC in 27:01 and third Lee Cook of Rock Estate in 27:18. There was a new winner for the ladies with Great Yarmouth & District AC’s Colleen Mukuya crossing the finish line in 29:50, the second fastest ever female time. Second was last years female winner Jo Andrews of Bungay Black Dog RC, in 30:32 and third Louise White of Thetford AC in 32:58.
Winners of the team prizes were Mens Affiliated – Lowestoft Road Runners, Ladies Affiliated – Bungay Black Dog RC, Mens Unaffiliated – Rock Estate, Ladies Unaffiliated – Ormiston Denes Academy, Mixed Affiliated – Waveney Valley AC, Mixed Unaffiliated – Ormiston Denes Academy.
In the Junior race, which also had a record number of finishers (68), over a distance of 1.4 miles, the boys’ winner of the 9-12 age group was Joel Burgess of Waveney Valley AC in 8:30, with Finn Howes second in 8:49 and Jack Gooch third in 9:02, making it a clean sweep of the prizes for Waveney Valley. The girls winner was Tess Andrews in 9:27, with Alice Craddock second in 9:43 and Agatha Gouldby third in 10:28.
In the 13-15 age category, first boy was Samuel Stevens (GYDAC) in 7:55. Second was Billy Heseltine (GYDAC) in 8:02 and third George Browne (WVAC) in 8:21. Girls winner was Holly Bunn (CONAC) in 9:06, second was Brooke Oram (GYDAC) in 9:32 and third Ellen Lockhart (BBDRC) in 10:38.
With commitments to organising, marshaling and helping, host’s Waveney Valley had a reduced entry of 23 members in the senior race. Highest placings went to 26 Lloyd Scriven in 31:47, 27 Richard Aukland 31:55, 32 Karim Ouaddane in 32:25, 43 Andy Ayers in 33:06, 54 Matt Baldry in 33:49 and 55 Harriet Lyman in 33:52. There were top 30 placings, in addition to the club’s prize winners, in the Juniors by Thomas Spurgeon, Thomas Supple, William Browne, James Burgess, Benjamin Cone and Nathan Littlejohns,
At the prize presentation, race organiser Tim Earl thanked the sponsors, which included Birds Eye and Lowestoft Vision, Christchurch for facilities for registration and all of the marshals, traffic management officers and helpers who ensured the event was a success.

Great Yarmouth Half & Run Norwich

The Great Yarmouth Half Marathon took place last Sunday with eight members of Waveney Valley Athletic Club joining more than 300 runners at the race headquarters Ormiston Venture Academy in Gorleston.
Weather conditions were ideal for the participants as they headed south on a route that included the village of Lound and through the grounds of Somerleyton Hall, before returning to the Academy. Waveney’s Lee Cook was aiming to achieve a championship time for entry into the London Marathon and clubmate Matt Jeffries assisted with his pace. However, Lee fell just short of his target, finishing in a time of 1-18.53 in fourth place with Matt recording the same time for fifth. Both runners were presented with half marathon awards for top three placings in the Norfolk County Championships.
Leon Bernasconi finished 21st in 1-27.32 and also received a county top three award in his age category. Lowestoft Scores Race organiser Tim Earl finished 33rd in 1-29.31 and Steve Carruthers was 62nd in 1-36.27. Bill Kingaby was 92nd in 1-41.32 and was the trophy winner for first in the Mens 65-69 age category. Sarah Etherton-Nicoll, in her debut half marathon, finished 284th in 2-27.19 and Beth Bell 287th in 2-28.03.
The previous weekend, a near record club turnout of 40 members took to the streets of Norwich for the second staging of the Run Norwich 10k. Just under 5,000 runners completed this highly popular event. WVAC results: Liam Nudd 40:45 (PB), Matt Baldry 43:07, Bob Milner 43:44, Andy Ayers 43:47 (PB), Leon Neeve 44:02, Colin Galer 44:16, Dan Critoph 50:36, Jenni Hoye 50:39, Alan Richardson 50:42, Mark Smith 53:09, Paul Peek 53:19, Jon Andrews 53:40, Sarah Norman 53:59, Louise Adamson 56:44, Camilla Darling 56:44, Kate Holtzer 56:59, Tris Holtzer 57:00, James Gooch 57:16 (PB), Lee Roth 57:41, Alan Varle 58:24, Claire Evans 1.00:12, Cheryl Goymer 1.01:37, Dave Catchpole 1.01:58, Michaela Gooch 1.02:11, Emma Hollidge 1.02:15, Demelza Hammond 1.02:20, Karen Hamilton 1.02:31, Gavin Hamilton 1.02:55 (PB), Natalie Brown 1.03:19, Sarah Etherton-Nicoll 1.06:18, Amy Bourton 1.06:22, Angelene Ayers 1.07:49, Emma Branch 1.07:52, Lisa Cone 1.08:36, Graham Jackson 1.08:40, Jacqui Perring 1.10:09, Jessica Steer 1.10:25, Amanda Scarff 1.11:07, Laura Head 1.11:51, Donna Milner 1.15:51.

Bungay 10K Race 3, Fort William & Worstead

Sixteen Waveney Valley A.C. members took part in the third and final race in this years Bungay Summer 10k series on a very warm, breezy mid-week evening. Peter Rogers was first to finish for Waveney, in 12th place in 39:59. Lloyd Scriven finished 18th in 40:50 and Billy Underdown, who has had a busy summer of races, was 28th in 43:22.
Bob Milner finished 37th in 44:22, Bill Kingaby 49th in 46:16 and Alan Richardson 73rd in 50:03, again winning the trophy for first in his M70+ age category. Remaining club results: 91 Rebecca Harris 52:16, 101 Louise Harrod 55:03, 103 Tina Winney 56:03, 131 Beth Bell 59:59, 132 James Gooch 1.00:04, 135 Jayne Richardson 1.00:40, 142 Demelza Hammond 1.02:49, 143 Lisa Cone 1.02:51, 149 Emma Branch 1.03:33, 168 Donna Milner 1.13:12.

On Sunday, Mark Smith competed in the Fort William Marathon, the sixth of ten marathons he is taking part in this year in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. The tough race is set in the heart of the Scottish Highlands in the shadow of Ben Nevis and just under 400 competitors completed the race. Torrential rain gave the 26.2 miles an added difficulty. Mark finished the race in 262nd place in a time of 4.56:15.

On Friday July 28, the Worstead 5-mile event took place, which is part of the Worstead weekend festival. The race was number eight (of ten) in this years Leathes Prior Norfolk Grand Prix series. There were well over 400 runners taking part with two from Waveney Valley. Mike Quantrill finished 118th in 35:19 and Stuart Smith, who rarely misses this annual event, in 312th in 44:15.

5k parkrun PB’s for July:- Matt Baldry 20:19, Tim Moore 20:04, Andy Ayers 20:44, Daniel Critoph 22:53, Tina Winney 26:47, Angelene Ayers 30:29, Christopher Hulme 35:21, Callum Dootson 33:28, Laura Oliver 33:30, James Drake 19:16, Lee Roth 25:50, Charlie Mudd 26:11, Nicola Verrechia 27:50, Finlay Drake 29:13, Kirsty Howe 30:31, Daren Coulter 22:31, Paul Herons 41:01, Mike Illingsworth 21:54, Dave Catchpole 29:05, George Browne 20:08.

Ekiden, Wroxham 5k, Lord Mayors, South Downs Ultra & New Forest 10

Waveney Valley Athletic Club took six teams, consisting of six runners per team, to the Ekiden relay event last Sunday. Staged at Woodbridge School on a very hot day and organised very efficiently by Ipswich Jaffa R.C., the event was a sell-out with 200 teams competing.
The event has its origins in Japan and the marathon distance of 26.2 miles is covered by six runners in relay legs. It is one of the most popular on the regional fixture list with all of the competing clubs gazebo’s providing a colourful display.
Last year, Waveney’s mixed team were victors in their category, setting a record time in the process but this time they were pipped to first place by just over two minutes by Ipswich Jaffa who set a new best time of 2.37:26 to Waveney’s 2.39:34. WVAC times: Chris Pimlott Leg 1 (7.2k) 27:49, Harriet Lyman Leg 2 (5k) 21:17, Karim Ouaddane Leg 3 (10k) 39:03, Dylan Neeve Leg 4 (5k) 19:03, Matt Jeffries Leg 5 (10k) 33:27, Samantha Lines Leg 6 (5k) 18:57.
A category victory also eluded Waveney’s over 60’s team who lost out to Woodbridge Shufflers by a even smaller margin of 33 seconds after more than three and a half hours of running. Waveney’s time was 3.36:59 compared to the winners’ 3.36:26. The six overall team placings for Waveney were 7th, 39th, 114th, 120th, 156th and 169th.

At the Wroxham 5k series race 3 on July 5, Sam Lines finished 2nd lady and 2nd in the Norfolk County 5k championships. She was placed 39th overall in a personal best 17:48. Jon Andrews finished 374th in 24:07. Three members took part in the Lord Mayors 5k in Norwich on July 8. Matt Jeffries was 11th in 15:53, Chris Pimlott 70th in 18:08 and Liam Nudd 113th in 19:10.
Lisa Knights travelled to the South Downs in Sussex to compete in ‘ The Race to the King’, an ultra distance event that covered a distance of 53.5 miles. She completed the hilly – or in Lisa’s words ‘ mountainous ‘ – race in a time of 11 hours 37 minutes 54 seconds. Also competing for Waveney in the race was David Joyce. On July 9, David and Angela Mower took part in the New Forest 10 mile event and crossed the finish line in times of 1.28:38 and 2.11:03 respectively.

Humpty Dumpty, Bungay 10K & Parkruns

Members of Waveney Valley Athletic Club were active recently in two of the regions 10k road races. On Sunday, in very warm, sunny and breezy conditions, 20 of the club’s athletes competed in the Humpty Dumpty event, one of the race sponsors being the nearby brewery of the same name.
The event took place at Freethorpe, near Acle and included a steep hill at about halfway as the runners went through Reedham to head back to the race HQ at Freethorpe. With the northerly breeze against them at this point, the second part of the race proved very tough.
First to finish for Waveney was Liam Nudd in 43rd in a personal best 41:36, then Steve Carruthers 62nd in 42:10, Billy Underdown 67th in 42:52, Wayne Freeman 93rd in 44:30 and Andy Ayers 110th in a personal best 44:56. Bill Kingaby was the club’s trophy winner of the day with 1st place in his age category. He was 131st overall in 45:49. Other results:- 136 Mike Quantrill 45:57, 153 Jason Browne 46:26, 171 Becky Langford 47:37, 221 Mark Smith 50:31, 303 Louise Harrod 54:22, 351 Lee Roth 55:41, 372 Emily Skelly 57:02, 374th John Skelly 57:03. 411 Jenni Skelly 59:40, 428 Demelza Hammond 60:23, 464 Caroline Clamp 63:53, 485 Lisa Joyce 66:25, 488 Angelene Ayers 66:30, 507 Claire Green 68:59, 527 Camilla Darling 72:30.
A few evenings earlier, 15 members took part in the Bungay 10k series race 2. Lloyd Scriven finished 10th from a field of 169 runners in 39:53. Billy Underdown was 22nd with a pb 42:39 then Bill Kingaby 38th in 45:13. Bob Milner was 39th in 45:14, Steve Gibbs 67th in 49:05 and Daniel Critoph 71st in 49:51. Alan Richardson was 73rd in 50:01 and was awarded the first place trophy in the 70+ age category. Louise Harrod was 94th in 53:47 then 108th Stuart Smith 56:05 and Beth Bell 109th in 56:38, a personal best for Beth by almost four minutes.
Phil Hazell has just returned to the road race scene after around 15 years. In recent years he has been assisting his wife Paula in her role as Cross Country Co-ordinator but has also now made a welcome return to competition. He finished 117th in 57:49. Lisa Cone was 133rd in 60:03 (PB) with 135th Amy Bourton, 60:10, 140th Emma Branch 61:52 and 159th Donna Milner in 70:25 (PB).
Parkrun PB’s for June :- Antony Croucher 21:04, Daren Coulter 22:39, Daniel Critoph 23:29, Michael Illingsworth 21:50, Emily Skelly 26:06, Owen Hughes 32:08, Jan Piggott 41:55, Tina Winney 27:04, Caroline Clamp 29:47, Nicola Verrechia 30:00, Callum Dootson 34:00, Laura Oliver 34:30, Thomas Spurgeon 21:50. On June 24, Matt Jeffries set a new Lowestoft parkrun course record with a time of 15:57.