Various Races

63 members of Waveney Valley AC competed in the Gt Yarmouth East Coast 10k, a record number of entries by the club for a race. Many were running for Waveney for the first time. Matt Jeffries followed his win from a week earlier at the Lowestoft Half Marathon, to triumph again, from a field of 816 runners, with a time of 33:04. New member Dean Bain was fifth in 35:51, Jim Burgess 12th – 1st vet 45+ – in 37:02 and Stuart Coe 28th in 38:59. Andy Ayers was 60th in a personal best 42:04 with Zoe Chase just behind in 62nd in 42:16. Zoe was awarded the trophy for first female vet 40+.The club also won trophies for 2nd men’s veteran team and second ladies open category.

There were personal best 10k runs by Chris Strange 43:44, Sarah Norman 46:39, Danni Liffen 46:46, Robin Jones 46:57, Layla Bedford 52:56, Stuart Smith 54:02, Lisa Stewart 54:10, Paul Maccormick 55:16, Natalie Brown 55:40, Lisa Cone 55:48, Lauren Finch 57:50, Kim Stone 1.09:33, Kate Howlett 1.14:46 and Paul Hierons 1.18:43.

At last Sunday’s Holt 10k, the final event in this years Norfolk Grand Prix series, Zoe Chase led her clubmates home, finishing 96th in a time of 44:05. Thirteen club members took part, with pb’s by Paul Maccormick 53:49 and Jenny Green 1.06:07.

Chris Pimlott and Lisa Wilson competed in the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon and both ran impressive personal best times on a very cold and wet day. An achilles heel problem in August had set Chris’ training back for a couple of weeks but he still managed to run 23 minutes faster than his only previous marathon – London 2011 – clocking 3.02:05. His time qualifies him for a ‘ Good for Age ‘ entry to the 2020 London Marathon. It was Lisa’s fourth marathon and she has improved her time at each. She finished in 4.27:13, more than eighteen minutes faster than her previous marathon, at Brighton in April.

Other results: Great Barrow Challenge 10k David Goosey 49:42 pb, Lisa Wilson 53:57 pb ( trophy winner 1st lady ). Saxmundham 5m Mike Quantrill 34:04, Daren Coulter 37:49, Alison Cooper 46:23, Tara Carroll 58:31, Rachael Finch 58:32, Peter Lang 1.02:34.