New Waveney Valley member smashes new personal best at New York Marathon

PUBLISHED: 10:15 16 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:15 16 November 2017

Ross Lambert with his medal in New York

Ross Lambert with his medal in New York


Two members of Waveney Valley Athletic Club took part in the New York Marathon recently.

Ross Lambert, who comes from Lowestoft and works abroad, joined the club a few weeks ago, and the New York race was his first appearance for Waveney Valley.

His previous best marathon time was around two hours 45 minutes but in the Big Apple he crossed the finish line in Central Park in an impressive personal best 2-39:40 in 133rd place. Ross has a ‘Good for Age’ entry in next year’s London Marathon and hopes to compete for Waveney in some local races early next year.

For Mark Smith, New York was the ninth event this year in his ‘Challenge of Ten’ marathons in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. He finished in a time of 4-38:16, after assisting a struggling fellow competitor during the last few miles of the race. The ‘Running the Rift’ Marathon in Uganda, which takes place this month, will complete his challenge.

Closer to home, Mike Quantrill took part in the inaugural ‘George Munday 10k’ race near Wisbech on Sunday. True to the reputation of the Fens, the race was flat so had PB potential, but 20mph winds with no hedges made the going very tough. Out of 198 runners Mike finished in a worthy 24th place in a time of 44:29. The Stowmarket ‘Scenic 7’ was also held on Sunday and this long established race had an entry of almost 450. Louise Adamson finished in 255th in 1-03:32 and Alan Varle 291st in 1-06:09.

New members are always welcome with training in Lowestoft for seniors held at Normanston Park and at Sir John Leman High School for the Beccles area. Visit for more information or contact Alan Fairs for Lowestoft on or Richard Aukland for Beccles on

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