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.
January 20th - Thetford
February 17th - Brundall
March 24th - Colney
April 28th - Fritton (with possible bike ride)
May 19th- Brandon (with possible bike ride)
June 23rd - Lowestoft
July 21st- Holkham
August18th - Swaffham
September 22nd - Blickling
October 20th - Gorleston
November 24th - Kings Lynn
December 22nd - TBC
At the inaugural Scottow Sundowner 5K race at former RAF Coltishall, once again the veteran Gazelles put on a good showing, with age group wins for Jason Brunt (with his fastest time in 3 years), Lou Hurr (a PB), Pete Thompson and John Moore. A total of 11 Gazelles took part. It's a fast, flat course, although a bit of a breeze (from which there is no shelter there) and warm temperatures probably meant times weren't quite as fast overall as they might have been.
Although we can't hope to compete with the Norwich Road Runners' extraordinary turnout of over 200 runners for the Run Norwich, we didn't do badly ourselves with 53 Gazelles showing up for a rather hot race through the city. There were age group wins for Anne Ellen, Nigel Arnold and John Moore (first Gazelle home). Top outfit awards go to Sam Barwick and Imogen Lees in their Hawaiian hula hula skirts and leis, Lee Oxbury braving the heat in full Forrest Gump hair and beard, and Phil Whiting, surely the only tutu-wearer under 40 minutes.
There was another good showing by the Gazelles at the first of the Wroxham 5K series, with age group wins for Anne Ellen and John Moore, and first mens vets (Alan Hume, John Moore, James Fowler). Susan Moore was 2nd in her age group and Theresa Dooley 3rd in hers.
Dudley Garner and Mark Drysdale made the trip to South Norfolk on a nice, cool evening to take on the first running of BBDRC's 5 mile 'Wortwell Sizzler'.
With only 200 entrants - there was space for up to 700 - this was run over a rolling course through some gorgeous countryside. (only spoilt by one or two vicious uphills and an equally vicious downhill!)
Mainly set on clear, well marshalled country back lanes and with almost no traffic at all to contend with, this was a lovely race over a great course and is sure to be a much busier race next year once word gets out. Even the non-alcoholic beer from the pop up pub afterwards was good! Definitely one for the diary.
A group of Gazelles arrived in Reepham looking forward to a cool summer's evening run. We were disappointed to see the rain had decided to visit and at first, dampened our spirits. However when the race was started the sun came out to give us that dry, cool summer evening we were all craving. The course starts off in a residential road, which after a couple of rather embarrassed residents had parted the sea of runners to squeeze through, the race was started.
The route itself was lovely, rolling through the country lanes, passing by so much beautiful scenery and heading to the Marriot's Way track. The route was undulating but very manageable. Runners of all abilities and from various clubs were in attendance, some with tired legs from the previous weekend's Run Norwich.
I personally really enjoyed the run. Despite not feeling overly enthusiastic I felt surprisingly strong. Being a slower runner, I can often find myself near the back and fighting to keep up with others. At one point I was running on my own, which at times hampers my motivation and enthusiasm. I was able to eventually catch up with some other runners and found myself catching up with more and more people in front. The end of the course finishes along Marriot's Way. I somehow managed to miss the 9k sign, which is probably why the last 2k felt like it was going on forever. Eventually I turned into the finishing field and hearing the cheers of my ever supportive Gazelle buddies.
I may have been last Gazelle home but that doesn't bother me.
I am proud to be a Gazelle, proud to be part of a fantastic and supportive running club and proud to be a runner.
12 weeks ago I had the privilege and opportunity to start to work alongside Dudley, Alan and others in helping deliver support and training to a group of people with mental health issues. Initiated by MIND the idea was encouraging people to improve their emotional wellbeing by exercising.
It was aimed at people in the Tuckswood/Lakenham part of the city as this was where the funding was meant to be spent.
We were fortunate to have Paul Evans as the lead trainer. And the target was to get people to be able to do the Run Norwich 10K at the end of the 12 weeks if they wanted to. Which when you think about it is a massive step for people to take when you realise some of them were very self- conscious and scared of running in view of others.
We had 2 training sessions a week, daytime/evening to give all interested parties the opportunity to take part be they working/full time parents with young children
The training sessions were great fun, including the warm up/cool down exercises where a certain persons’ lack of co-ordination entertained the group immensely. But at least he never got lost!
We were able to keep in touch/encourage etc. by using WhatsApp.
Paul was very good at involving the experienced runners and letting us contribute, including myself successfully making one of the ladies cry when I said to the group how well they had done and what a privilege and how fulfilling it was to see how far they had come in such a short time.
We started right at the back on the day, which was incredibly hot again. I was supposed to be pacing a small group, two of whom sprinted off after 2K and I couldn’t get back to them. It was a bit disconcerting running along Castle Meadow and seeing the first two men coming in the opposite direction with about .5K to go. It was incredibly tiring weaving a way through a constant sea of runners and by halfway I decided to look after myself as the heat was affecting me and Rose Lane was still to be conquered.
I’m pleased to say that everyone who entered safely completed the race and seemed to enjoy themselves. And Dudley tells me 2 of them are in the process of joining us as Gazelles.
Seeing a race from the back of the field and trying to improve my starting position was a totally new experience, and was enjoyable.
A few of us went from the park to the Bell for a celebration pint, and I won’t embarrass the culprit by naming him, but one of us managed to polish off two meals as well.
I’ve also managed to persuade some to enter the Trowse 10K. And some of them are regulars @ Eaton Park parkrun.
I’m a shocker for putting names to faces, sometimes this is good! One of the ladies (don’t know who), said on WhatsApp that although the exercise was good, what she enjoyed the most was the sitting round having refreshments and a chat afterwards.
Some of us feel we can’t now abandon these people so are intending on keeping the sessions going.
Is it the Asics philosophy-A healthy mind in a healthy body? I think the last 12 weeks experience answers this.
Run Norwich: Race report. Race won by Nick Earl from CONAC in 30:49, a new course record. First Lady was Danielle Nimmock also of CONAC in 35:03. First Gazelle home was Ed Whiting in 37:18, a pb, but Ed is only second claim for us and was running in CONAC colours, so first home honours should go to John Moore in 37:39, who also won his age category. First Gazelle Lady home was Theresa Dooley in 44:56. Other notable results: Age category wins for Nigel Arnold and Anne Ellen, and a second place for Kevin Youngs. First ever 10k by Craig Smithernan. PBs by Jo Ross and Amelia Whiting. Sarah Knapp missed a PB by 6 seconds and Jason Black missed by 4! Amelia Whiting won the prize for most overtaking : passing approximately 3000 runners as she battled her way round from the pink pen. Lee Oxbury was first person dressed as Forest Gump and Mark Fitch first Elvis. In the battle of the tutu Phil beat Jason, so expect to see Mr Brunt at Monday Club nights in the red skirt. Thank you also to Lou, Emma, Julie, Steve, Kevin and Andy (and anyone else) who helped to Marshall. All in all a great race.
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