Suffolk Winter League XC results 2019/20

The full and final results of the Suffolk Winter League 2019/20 are now available and can be viewed here in Excel format:    in PDF format

A brief summary of the league follows…


69 Waveney Valley seniors represented the club over 5 events in the 2019/20 Suffolk Winter League. This was a fantastic turn out for the club, and it is also great to see several members finishing in the top 3 within the individual categories.

Our combined Waveney A team secured 6th place overall, with our B team claiming 4th place and our C Team 3rd place, of the 19 teams that competed.

The following athletes participated in 3 or more events in the league to help secure the clubs fantastic set of results;

Faith Brown, Lauren Finch, Lore Lambein, Emily Harding, Rosemary Plant, Debbie Foster, Helen Armstrong, Natalie Brown, Sarah Norman, Caroline Clamp, Carolyn Gosling, Sarah Bradley, Alison Cooper, Ann Millett, Mary Jones, Ben Ford, Dominic Oliver, Oliver Hogg, Tim Earl, Chris Pimlott, Paul Wright, Rob Reid, David Woods, Peter Lang, Alan Bradley, Karl Brady, Mike Bretton, David Doddington, Robin Jones, Stuart Smith, Bill Kingaby, David Mower and Tony Millett.

A big thank you to all who competed and represented the club!


11 of Waveney Valley’s juniors represented the club over 5 events in the 2019/20 Suffolk Winter League.   Our Waveney A team claimed 6th place overall, with our B team claiming 12th place, and our C team claiming 16th place, of 32 teams that competed in the series.

The following athletes participated in 3 or more events in the league to help secure the clubs fantastic set of results;

Louie Wright, William Browne, Cameron Wedon, James McAllen, James Burgess, Cohen Copeman and Zak Barber (who second claims for us).

A notably mention to James McAllen who tied with the same amount of points as the athlete awarded 1st place.

Finally a massive thank you from all at Waveney Valley to Paula Hazell who has acted as the clubs Cross Country co-ordinator for many, many years and now hands over the reins to Jon Wedon.

Thanks Paula for all you have done for Waveney Valley!



COVID-19 Coronavirus: Suspension of club training sessions extended to 31st May

With the additional restrictions recently put into place, England Athletics have now extended the suspension of all club athletics activity until 31st May.

As of 23rd March, the only permissible reasons to leave your home are as follows:

  • To shop for basic necessities and that should be limited to once a day
  • To take exercise once a day – but alone or with those you live with, no gatherings of more than two people
  • For medical reasons or to care for a vulnerable person
    To travel to essential work if that cannot be done at home. Further guidance to employers is pending.
  • Club coaches can be contacted for virtual session plans, you can either do these on a treadmill, as a solo runner or with household members providing social distancing guidelines are adhered to.

Full details on UKAthletics position here:…/n…/coronavirus-statement/

Beccles group have started a Strava art contest, Lowestoft group are welcome to join in and all to submit your solo Strava art attempts (screengrabs from other activity platforms welcome) to the email hidden; JavaScript is required email address.

A note on membership renewals – Very much appreciate those of you that have already submitted renewals (or advised they are not renewing) have done so, whilst renewals are still welcomed for the remainder of the coming year, given the enforced lockdown does now extend to the end of May if anyone prefers to hold off their renewal til club activities resume they can do so without penalty. Please though do let me know by emailing email hidden; JavaScript is required of your intention so that I can mark accordingly.

To reiterate, there will no longer be a penalty applied for renewing late as current circumstances are unprecedented in post war times.


COVID-19 Coronavirus: Suspension of club training sessions

Following this mornings update by UKAthletics and following on from the Government position all WVAC training sessions have been suspended upto and inclusive of Thursday April 30th 2020.

England Athletics have advised “…As a result, England Athletics advises that all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of April.

The decision has been taken in the interests of athletes, runners, officials, coaches, volunteers, supporters and the wider athletics and running communities. This decision is also in alignment with actions taken by the home country athletics federations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and is similar to action taken by other sports.

Where possible, athletes and runners at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.”

We will monitor and extend the suspension should this be required.

The advice is to maintain fitness where possible whilst maintaining Social Distancing, coaches can advise on suitable solo sessions if requested.


SWL XC Winter League Results – Pakenham and Woodton

Well done all of you who took part in the rearranged SWL XC Pakenham fixture, along with the Woodton fixture the week after.

Results haven’t yet been uploaded to the SWL website, but can be viewed here for the time being:

These files also contain results from the previous four rounds.

There’s a photo gallery for the Pakenham XC here, the Woodton XC Seniors here and also the Juniors here

Wymondham NYD 10k & NYD parkrun

On New Years Day four runners were representing the club at Wymondham 10k running in wonderful weather on a undulating course with the fastest WVAC runner being Ant Croucher in 47:09. Phil Acton 48:36, Peter Lang 59:46 & Dee Acton 1:06:56.

Also in force 72 club runners took part in special NYD Parkrun at Lowestoft, many thanks must go to Rob Fawcett and his team for both arranging and volunteering on the day. Five runners got PB’s being Chris McAllen, Leon Neeve, Mary Jones, Rachel Collins & Denise Osborne, well done everyone.

Ultra’s, Freethorpe, Snetterton & Parkruns

Waveney Valley AC member Bob Milner recently completed a tough long distance achievement when he finished the third of three ultra distance races within a year.  His arduous challenge started early last year with the Peddars Way 48 mile race which he finished in a time of 10 hours, 14 minutes and 53 seconds. He followed this with a 100 kilometre event in June, crossing the finish line in 14 hours, 41 minutes and 34 seconds.
His final race was the 50 kilometre King’s Forest event towards the end of last year, where he recorded a time of 4 hours and 32 minutes.  He finished in an excellent 8th place and received a ‘grand slam’ award for being a triple ultra finisher.
29 members took part in last Sunday’s Freethorpe 10m race on a day when competitors certainly felt the very cold northerly wind during the second part of the race. Trophy winners for Waveney were Zoe Chase for 2nd ladies 40-44 and Lisa Knights 2nd ladies 45-49.  Zoe and Lisa, together with Becky Langford, were also veteran team award winners. There were personal bests recorded by Lloyd Scriven 1.03:59, Mike Quantrill 1.08:28, Bob Milner 1.09:07, Lisa Knights 1.13:19, Daren Coulter 1.14:01, Christine Moore 1.27:35, Rosemary Plant 1.37:18, Gavin Hamilton 1.42:33 and Donna Milner 1.43:38. 699 runners completed the race.
At the Snetterton 10k there was another good turn out from the club with almost 30 members taking part. In fine conditions on the flat course, there were PB’s by Zoe Chase 41:44 ( 1st ladies 40-44 age category), Kerry Saunders 47:41, Louise Harrod 50:50, Lisa Stewart 52:30, Peter Lang 54:43, Alison Cooper 55:59, Jo Fisher 56:09, Lauren Finch 57:34, Jenny Caulfield 1.00:19, Claire Randall 1.00:56, Tara Carroll 1.04:23, Alison Barnard 1.04:24 and Fiona Houghton 1.10:24.
5k parkrun PB’s for January:- Sonny Neeve 24:00, John Skelly 24:49, Mary Jones 29:04, Oscar Chong 22:17, David Doddington 29:19, Emily Harding 42:43, Maggie Godfrey 29:34, Louise Carroll 31:10, Emma Collyer 41:46, Sarah Norman 23:03, Helen Wright 31:32, Geena Clarke 37:32 and Leon Neeve 19:39.

Suffolk & Norfolk XC Champs

Waveney Valley AC fielded two senior men’s and two senior women’s teams, plus one junior athlete, for the Suffolk Cross Country Championships at Culford School, near Bury St Edmunds, on Sunday. The course, consisting of grass and trails, was fast and firm with one energy-sapping gradient which the seniors had to deal with on each of the three laps. The distance for the seniors was 10k with 1 x 2k and 2 x 4k laps.

There was a closely contested field in the ladies race and Samantha Lines kickstarted the new year in fine style by finishing second in a time of 38:51, less than half a minute behind an international athlete from Aldershot & Farnham  AC. Completing Waveney’s two strong ladies teams were Zoe Chase 17th in 45:43, Jess Hall 21st in 47:01, Sarah Norman 34th in 48:10, Susannah Close 41st in 51:31, Stephanie Pimlott 45th in 51:56, Kerry Saunders 46th in 51:57 and Rebecca Harris 55th in 54:09. Zoe Chase won the trophy for 2nd in the V40 age category.  88 runners completed the course with Waveney’s teams performing well to finish third (bronze) and 11th out of 16 teams

In the men’s race, Matt Jeffries finished fourth out of 165 runners, in a time of 34:14 with Dean Bain 23rd in 37:44, Jim Burgess 36th in 38:54, Chris Meadows 42nd in 39:46, Chris Pimlott 47th in 40:11, Leon Bernasconi 57th in 40:49,  Chris Bradford 63rd in 41:20, Tim Earl 100th in 44:21 and Steve Carruthers, affected by an injury, 102nd in 44:28. Waveney’s ‘A’ team finished a very respectable 5th from 11 teams and Jim Burgess was the award winner for 3rd in the V45 category.

In the boy’s under-13 3k event,  Waveney’s James Burgess finished 19th in a time of 14:39.

Sam Lines and Matt Jeffries have been selected to run for Suffolk in the Inter-Counties Championships at Loughborough on March 9.

At the Norfolk Cross Country Championships held at Thetford,  Antony Croucher finished 32nd.

Groggy Doggy, Santa Dash & Parkruns

Waveney Valley AC members enjoyed competing in a number of festive events over Christmas. Bungay Black Dog AC’s annual Groggy Doggy races always attracts a good turn out on Boxing Day, as mans – and ladies best friend – lead their masters to the muddy field of Outney Common in Bungay.

There were one and two lap races on offer, to be run with or without a dog. In the two laps 4.2 miles plus dog event, Lee Cook and Benji emerged the winners in a time of 31:16. Zoe Chase and Dudley were fourth in 38:09.  Also completing the course with their dogs were Chris Bradford in 10th in 44:51, Alison Cooper 18th in 51:45 and Demelza Hammond 21st in 52:32.

There were well over 200 participants in the two laps with no dog event, Waveney results:- 25 Dylan Neeve 34:53, 26 Richard Aukland 35:03, 38 Leon Neeve 36:13, 55 Tim Earl 38:20, 79 Matt Baldry 41:48, 84 David Mower 41:53, 107 Stephanie Pimlott 43:08, 108 Sarah Norman 43:18, 137 Nicole Goffin 46:50, 174 Cheryl Goymer 50:23, 221 Angela Mower 61:39 and 222 Jane Eaglen 62:09. 

In the one lap 2.1 miles plus dog event Jim Burgess was 2nd in 16:38, Steve Carruthers 3rd in 17:19, Jay Butcher 56th in 32:28 and Lloyd Scriven 59th in 34:46. In the one lap with no dog race, Peter Lang was 5th in 21:13, Jane Hunt 38th in 28:02, Sarah James 58th in 31:48 and Rachael Finch 59th in 31:49.

33 members took part in the East Coast Santa Dash 5k which took place at Gorleston. The top ten for Waveney were 9 Mark Thompson 19:48, 12 William Browne 20:36, 27 Danni Liffen 22:36 PB, 53 Susannah Close 24:50, 63 Peter Lang 25:49, 65 Jo Fisher 25:59, 80 Julie Waters 26:58, 81 Cheryl Goymer 26:58, 82 Jay Butcher 26:59 and 98 Rachael Finch 27:50. There were PB’s also by Debbie Foster 27:55, Louise Carroll 32:56 and Victoria Cable 33:00.

5k parkrun personal bests for members for Nov and Dec: Vicky Wood 24:46, Michelle Smith 29:39, Karen Harrod 31:38, Sue Cole 36:42, Chris Meadows 18:08, Pam Warne 28:33, Emily Harding 44:11, Finley Drake 27:51, Lisa Cone 25:55, Peter Lang 25:10, Demelza Hammond 27:34, Zoe Chase 20:43, Leo Stead 21:45, Natalie Brown 26:36, Louise Carroll 32:39, Daren Coulter 21:17, Stuart Spurgeon 20:35, Lisa Wilson 25:56 and Mary Jones 29:36.

Brian Boardley 1942 – 2019

It is with great sadness, we have to advise members and friends that Brian Boardley has passed away.

Many of you will know Brian has not been coaching or officiating with the club since the summer, having had an operation for cancer and undergoing radiotherapy. For the past few weeks Brian has been in hospital, and he passed away today in Beccles.

Brian was born on 16/10/42, and in November 1970, with three like-minded running friends, formed Lowestoft AC. Brian had been a notable athlete in London with a best time of 53:12 for 10 miles but retired from competition through knee injury seven years after moving to Lowestoft in 1969.

A qualified coach and race timekeeper, Brian was very much involved in the merger between Lowestoft AC and Beccles AC in the spring of 1996 with the new club being called Waveney Valley Athletic Club. He had served as Club Chairman for Lowestoft AC and has since for Waveney Valley AC.

In recent years, in addition to officiating at numerous track and field events, and timekeeping at the clubs and other local races, Brian has coached the Junior athletes, with his passion especially coaching the middle distance athletes. Brian recently received the Chairman’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and was also made Life President at the AGM. Brian was also recognised by Suffolk Sport in 2016 for his dedication to sport with the Unsung Hero award.  Brian inspired so many young athletes, he will be greatly missed.

Rest in peace Brian xx

Fram 10K, Wissey Half, Jolly Jags 10K + Others

Waveney Valley AC are celebrating a successful start to competitive road running this autumn with the crowning of a county champion to add to numerous personal best times achieved by members. At the Framlingham 10k, which served as the county championships, Samantha Lines ran almost a minute faster than her previous best to record a time of 36:58. She was the first lady to finish and was duly crowned Suffolk champion. Coach, and Sam’s training partner, Matt Jeffries ran a season’s best 33:10 to finish second overall.

At the Wissey Half Marathon, Jim Burgess and Steve Carruthers achieved PB’s. From a field of 255 runners, Jim was placed 13th in 1.25:40 and Steve 18th in 1.26:54. Sarah Norman ran a PB by almost seven minutes at the Great North Run, finishing in a time of 1.45:32. Other GNR times:- Leon Neeve 1.36:00, Andy Ayers 1.40:35, Matt Baldry 1.43:24, Dylan Neeve 1.58:13, Sonny Neeve 1.58:13, Chris Pitman 2.11:38, Angela Mower 2.39:14, Donna Cuppleditch 2.51:44. At the Great East Run held at Ipswich, Stuart Spurgeon ran a personal best 1.38:23, with a PB also for Daren Coulter in 1.45:49. Other GER times:- Andy Ayers 1.45:49, Vladimir Laptikhovsky 2.02:28, Lisa Wilson 2.06:50, Michaela Gooch 2.17:58, Kirsty Howe 2.23:24, James Gooch 2.30:57.

The Jolly Jaguars 10k, held at the former RAF base at Coltishall, proved a happy event for Waveney’s athletes. From a field of 503 runners, new member Stuart Coe finished 14th in 38:49, with personal best runs from Mike Quantrill, 42nd in 40:55, Dave Catchpole 213th in 50:48, Demelza Hammond 279th in 54:27, Debbie Foster 348th in 58:32, Rachael Finch 363rd in 59:05 and Peter Lang 366th in 59:03. Phil Hazell finished well placed in the 70+ age category, and an overall 285th in 54:50.

Eight members competed in the Bure Valley 10m race. Zoe Chase and Chris Strange, in their debut 10m races, finished 53rd in 1.11:28 and 55th in 1.11:50 respectively. There were personal best times for Matt Baldry, 57th in 1.12:02, Lisa Knights 73rd in 1.14:38, Ian Hawkes 82nd in 1.16:14, Louise Harrod 171st in 1.26:44 and Angela Mower 286th in 1.50:11. David Mower was close to his best with 87th place in 1.16:28.

Four members, Becky Langford, David Mower, Danni Liffen and Bill Kingaby, took part in the annual Reebok Ragnar White Cliffs Experience, a coastal relay race covering approximately 177 miles from Sittingbourne in Kent to Brighton, East Sussex. Ten runners per team competed over the 30-leg race, with each competitor running three legs each. Waveney’s part team of four, plus local runner Carl Frisby, were joined by Google employees, mostly from Seattle, to make a full team named Googling Warriors. In wet, muddy conditions, with several steep gradients, the team, with very little sleep, were pleased with their finishing placing of 37th out of 114 teams, in just under 26 hours.

Other results:- Greater Cambridge 10k – Antony Croucher 41:27. Nottingham Half Marathon – Stuart Smith 2.04:51.