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Norfolk Gazelles take part in many Park Runs across the county, being such a friendly club we also target Park Runs so that we can meet up and enjoy a post run coffee and cake. In some cases there is an option for a bike ride or an open water swim, all are welcome to join us. Whilst not an official race we do wear Norfolk Gazelle running tops.
In 2019 Norfolk is expecting a few new Park Runs to open, reserved dates are for these to be included in the tour once we know they are officially open. We've also added some Park Runs not previously included in the tour.
1st - 8.30am Brundall followed by Catton at 10.30am
19th - Handicap 10k or 5k with Tri Anglia details above
26th - Colney Lane Gazelles marshal take over
16th - Gorleston
23rd - Proposed Bushey Park Run (contribution to coach costs will be required)
9th - Sizewell (New in 2019 for the Gazelles On Tour)
23rd - Blickling (with possible bike ride following)
6th - Holkham
4th - Swaffham
25th - Reserved TBC
15th - Kings Lynn
22rd - Mulbarton (with possible bike ride following)
13th - Sherigham (with possible bike ride following)
27th - Bury St Edmunds (New in 2019 for the Gazelles On Tour)
3rd - Fritton (with possible bike ride following)
17th - Thetford
7th - Lowestoft
21st - Reserved TBC
5th - Brandon (with possible bike ride following)
2nd - Reserved TBC
21st - Colney Mob Match revisted
25th - Eaton
A sizeable herd of 26 Gazelles turned up for the traditional New Year's Day 10K at Wymondham, some no doubt nursing hangovers. Amazingly, 8 achieved a PB, led by James Fowler, first Gazelle home in 38:26.
Great results from Theresa Dooley, first lady (3:22:40), and Helen Mian, third lady (3:42:50), at the Snetterton Race Track Marathon. Note, these are not age category placings, these are overall race placings. Both are substantial PBs, on a windy day not suited to PBs. Great to see Ian Thomas back doing a marathon, as well (what he would think of as a 'fun run'). He was first Gazelle in, a few seconds ahead of Theresa, in 3:22:29. Ten Gazelles ran the half marathon, with first Gazelle in being John Moore in 1:23:05 (1st 50-59). Ceri Theobald set a new PB of 1:48:03.
The rescheduled race over the old undulating course was run on a pleasant mid-Autumn’s morning, with 14 Gazelles taking part. Gazelles were well represented at all age groups, but particularly to the fore were Theresa Dooley first W45, Helen Mian first W50 and Jason Brunt first M45. Also collecting an unprecedented (for him) memento from the prize-giving was Tom Townsend 3rd M55.
An impressive 33 Gazelles turned out for the Holt 10K, the final race in the Sportlink Grand Prix series for 2018, run in beautiful autumn sunshine. First home was Alan Hume in a time of 37:14. There were age category wins for John Moore and Anne Ellen (who astonishingly managed yet another PB, on an undulating course which doesn't really lend itself to PBs). Sarah Knapp also secured a new PB.
A little group of Gazelles headed over to Amsterdam for the marathon and half marathon. In the marathon, Louise Hurr (3:30) and Amelia Whiting (3:43) both got big PBs, while Phil Whiting was again agonisingly close to the sub-3 mark with a time of 3:04. It will happen soon! In the HM, Karen Rix still managed to get her target time despite falling quite badly early on and hurting her knee.
Jason Brunt was the only Gazelle at the Chelmsford Marathon, running a time of 3:09:14.
Amsterdam and Chelmsford weren't the only marathons featuring Gazelles at the weekend - there was also Abingdon, where Jeremy Rogers ran a startlingly brisk 2:46:29.
Gazelles earned another set of awards at the East Coast 10K. Elaine Hudson took first in the F60 category, while Theresa Dooley was first F45, with a new PB of 42:54. Nigel Arnold was 2nd M60 and Tom Townsend 3rd M55.
Despite heavy rain, some good times were achieved at the Peterborough Half Marathon, aka 'Perkins Great Eastern Run'. Carol Betts was first F60 in 1:52:58 and John Moore first M55 in 1:20:04 (although at the time of writing, the 23 year old Chris Darling of C&C is down as first M55, which will come as a surprise to him). Lee Oxbury set a new PB of 1:41:47.
Ideal running conditions, cool and not much wind, helped bring some good times at the Bure Valley Harriers 10 mile race at Banningham, north Norfolk, a nice course along very quiet country lanes. Louise Hurr won her age category with a PB time of 1:14:55. There were also PBs for Phil Whiting, Matthew Collier (2nd in his age group), Sarah Knapp, Jason Black, Justine Davenport, Paul Cottrell, Stephen Terry, Jo Ross and Estelle Corner. Theresa Dooley was 2nd in her age group, and Chris Moore and Pete Thompson 3rd in theirs. First Gazelle home was John Moore, in 1:00:32.
Jason Brunt managed an impressive 5th place in the 50 mile long Ladybower race in the Peak District, in a time of 7 hours 37 minutes. That was a PB for the 50 miles distance of over 15 minutes. (Who has 50 mile PBs, for goodness sake?)
15 Gazelles ran the Wissey Half Marathon on Sunday 2nd September, setting out from the village of Oxborough and looping around country lanes through little villages and returning back along Oxborough Hall to finish at the slightly less grand village hall. The course was relatively flat albeit with an unwelcome long, gradual hill around mile 9. The morning was very hot and sunny. Shade was hard to find so it wasn’t the easiest of race conditions. But the route was well marshalled and there was lots of encouragement along the way. It was a relatively small race with 255 finishers. John Moore was first Gazelle home, in 6th place overall 1:22:36 and winning his age category. Theresa Dooley was 2nd femalein 1:36:36 and Elizabeth Barnard got a half marathon PB - 2:24:49 - despite the heat. Gazelle women came 2nd in the overall club team results. Finishers all got a commemorative glass and the chance to fill it with beer!
The evening of Friday 31 August saw three Gazelles, drawn by the novelty of running in the dark, competing in the Night Trail’s chip-timed Half-Marathon run from Whitlingham Country Park to Langley School. The route followed the Wherryman’s Way trail along tracks, riverside paths (complete with wobbling duck-boards) and country lanes. The going was multi-surface but flattish, though the uphill gradient heading up the Langley School was personally unwelcome at the 11-mile mark, as were the nettles along and across the riverside path in the middle of the race. The occasional gates and stiles also tended to break one’s running rhythm, especially if you were caught behind a group of runners at those points.
Having started at 8pm, by the time we had passed the sewage works and off Whitlingham lane, we needed our mandatory head torches to see where we were putting our feet as dusk swiftly wore on to moonless pitch-black night. (A bright harvest moon did rise as we drove home from Langley.) The conditions otherwise were perfect for running; cool, calm, quiet with very little traffic on the roads and with Mars shining in the east to follow. A feeling of isolation from the rest of the world engendered a sense of camaraderie among the competitors and I felt the whole event was a friendlier experience than many daytime events often are. The scones and cake at the finish in the school were very welcome too! I finished in a time of 1.48 in 17th place and Helen Mian was 30th in 1.55. We were both 2nd in our respective age categories, with Tim Woods finishing 44th just a few minutes afterwards in 2.02. Not a fast race, given the terrain, obstacles and darkness, but definitely one I shall repeat, albeit next time with leggings rather than shorts!
Gazelles! We're always looking for simple reports of races (e.g., how many Gazelles were there, who did well), or fuller first-person accounts. If you've taken part in a race, please let us know! We need to know the date and name of the race, and the URL for any results. Please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.