Waveney Valley runners in action in Norfolk and Snowdonia

PUBLISHED: 09:09 03 November 2017

Waveney Valley AC's Coastal Marathon trial runners face the camera, from left to right Chris Bradford, Matt Jeffries and Richard Auckland. Picture: Richard Auckland

Waveney Valley AC's Coastal Marathon trial runners face the camera, from left to right Chris Bradford, Matt Jeffries and Richard Auckland. Picture: Richard Auckland


North Norfolk and Snowdonia were the destinations for members of Waveney Valley AC at the weekend.

On Sunday, 10 members took part in the Holt 10k, the final fixture in this year’s Leathes Prior Grand Prix series.

Just under 400 made the start line at Gresham’s School and in cool, windy conditions, on an undulating course, the first over the finish line back for Waveney was Wayne Freeman in 63rd place in 43:15.

Next was Mike Quantrill in 86th in 44:39 with Bill Kingaby just one place and three seconds behind in 87th in 44:42. Bill was the trophy winner for first in the M65+ age category and should finish the series as category champion.

Becky Langford finished 133rd in 47:35, just a few seconds outside her best time, with Paul McCormick, in his first race for the club apart from parkruns 226th in 55:18. Lisa Cone and Emma Branch finished together in 291st and 292nd in 1:00:10, a personal best for Emma with Lisa just outside her fastest time.

Tara Carroll, in her debut for the club, was 321st in 1:04:28 and Donna Milner 337th in an excellent personal best 1:07:02. Jenny Green, in her debut race for Waveney, was delighted to be close to her target time, finishing 361st in 1:15:47.

Five members competed in the Norfolk Coastal Trail Marathon and Half Marathon on Saturday which weaved along a 27 mile section of the Norfolk Coastal Path from Morston Quay to Holme-Next-The-Sea. Matt Jeffries finished strongly in the marathon in second place in 3:22:38, despite a one mile detour. Chris Bradford finished a superb fourth in 3:28:15 with Richard Aukland 16th in 3:44:36. In the half marathon, Matt Plummer finished 41st in 2:07:52 out of 140 with Chris Mills 76th in 2:24:20.

In the Brooks Snowdonia Marathon on Saturday, experienced long distance runner Tim Earl finished 156th in 3:30:46 and Matt Baldry was 521st in 4:00:10, just seven minutes outside his best time, a superb achievement on a tough course.

Club members 5k parkrun PB’s for October: J Burgess 18:33, S Close 22:16, P Brown 22:20, S Smith 26:41, K Howe 29:37, T Carroll 30:23, T Chong 22:42, J Smith 23:00, P Acton 26:57, A Ayers 20:09, M Huggins 22:19, J McAllen 23:16, C Clamp 28:17, E Hollidge 30:00, B Hudson 33:18, R Tate 40:38, J Green 37:08, M Illingsworth 21:22, D Catchpole 26:44.

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