15 road runners made the journey to Wymondham for this year's race. It started off cold with heavy rainy - leaving Chloe Harcourt to lament forgetting to bring her bin bag. It soon brightened up for what I - but nobody else - would call perfect running conditions.
The course will be familiar to anyone who has done the Wymondham New Year's Day 10km. The only difference is you don't have a hangover and you're less likely to see somebody puking in a bush. Basically the first four km up hill, most of the rest down hill except for a fun little kick up towards the end.
We had some really good results. Simon Wright was the first road runner and Becky Willett and Theresa Flint were second and third women overall. There were also good PBs including for Andy Tibble and a massive four minute PB for Chloe.
Despite the early hills, this is a course with potential for a good time and all of us came away happy.
My favourite aspect of the day was the lucky dip goody bags. While most of had to make do with a fun size Mars bar and a load of leaflets, Becky walked away with a veritable luxury hamper with a packet of crisps and - count them - two chocolate bars.
Oh and the medal is massive and you get a nice t-shirt too. Overall a good day out and another highlight on the steady return to racing normality.
Race report from our Race Director
Some great performances in the Marriotts Way 10K today 🙌
Well done guys 🏃♂️🏃♀️
2nd - Ashley Yellop 00:43:24.9
1st - Theresa Flint 00:47:08.0
3rd - Jo Bygrave 00:53:05.6
1st - Jane Yardy 00:49:43.9
Mike Groves 10K - Winners
Well done to those who braved the heat today
Some cracking results 🤩
2nd place - John Hudson 00:34:46.8
Well done to Chris Bullock who was 7th Overall and also ran a PB 🙌 - 00:36:25
2nd place - Martin Howard 00:45:53.4
3rd place - Barry Wells 01:01:53.1
Male U40 - 1st place
Norwich Road Runners 1 (02:42:43.7)
00:34:46.8 John Hudson
00:36:31.3 Matt Howard
00:39:15.5 Ian Bray
00:52:10.1 Lewis Brooker
Male O40 - 1st place
Norwich Road Runners 1 (02:50:52.)
00:36:25.6 Chris Bullock
00:43:46.9 Jamie Smith
00:44:46.9 Neil Boyce
00:45:53.4 Martin Howard
Well done all 🙌
The Norfolk racing scene continues to gather momentum for 2021 this time the Norfolk Gazelles put on their delayed Valentines 10K event at the Norfolk Showground.
The popular event was still very much that, despite a change in venue and the course itself, with 59 NRR's finishing the event.
Much talk of the new course surrounded the inclusion of gradient towards the finish, used in the Norwich Half Marathon too, proved to certainly take the sting out your stride when you needed it least!
Conditions finally started to appear Spring like as once again 'waved' starts based on estimated finishing time were in order. The use of the showground provided plenty of space for everyone and the event itself was brilliantly organised.
The headline result as some of you will have seen was that our own Alicia Lacey took overall victory in the ladies race with a superb time of 37:32.
We had brilliant success throughout the field too.
Male Team 3rd Place:
Female Team 3rd Place:
M55-59 2nd place Jonathan Cordle
M65-69 2nd place Martin Howard
2nd Place John Causer
3rd Place Barry Wells
2nd Place Nicola Hill
3rd Place Theresa Flint
F60-64 2nd place Jane Yardy
For many, this was the first time racing at an official chip timed event for over a year.
The feeling around the inside of the circuit was very much one of showing that events can and will be back for this year - it was definitely nice to be back in a race atmosphere, catching up with faces from our own club but also from others too.
Differences are naturally in place and for some of us the start procedure isn’t quite the same, almost just turning up at the line to be told ‘right off you go in your own time..!’ Not quite the buzz of waiting for the starters orders. Still a race is better than none so kudos to the organisers for getting it done.
Naturally at an open race circuit you are never far from windy conditions and Snetterton didn’t disappoint..!! Parts of the track knocked you back sometimes making it tricky to manage pace at times.
The race results link is included but not yet updated, presumably to arrange the finishing order - the other slight downside to the waved starts not knowing who might have actually won until much later.
Still hope yet for a race season this year
🏆Snetterton 5K/10K awards🏆
10K - 1st Female Team prize 🥇
5K - 1st Female Team prize
Charlotte Lucy Hodgson
3rd Female Senior
2nd place - 60-69
2nd Female Senior
2nd Female- 40-49
Well done all 🏆🙌
Additional Kudos to Alicia Lacey who broke the club woman's 10K record that was previously recorded in 2005.