Personal bests galore for Lowestoft Road Runners

PUBLISHED: 07:41 25 August 2017

Lowestoft Road Runners at the Dereham 5k, from left to right Aaron Smart, James Crisp, Lee Gooderham and Neil Wood. Picture: Club

Lowestoft Road Runners at the Dereham 5k, from left to right Aaron Smart, James Crisp, Lee Gooderham and Neil Wood. Picture: Club


August is proving to be a month of personal bests for the team at Lowestoft Road Runners.

Nine members lined up among 308 to take on the Great Yarmouth Half Marathon, with seven recording new bests times.

The route, starting and finishing at Ormiston Venture Academy, took in country roads out to Lound before passing through the grounds of Somerleyton Hall.

Matthew Sutton was first to finish for the club in 14th place in a time of 1:24:50 (pb). Neil Bye, also recording a personal best, was 34th in 1:29:47.

Shaun Kay was 94th with his time of 1:42:23 (pb) and Gary McDonald, who was using the race as a training run, was 125th in 1:47:31.

First to finish for the women was Florence Ashdown with her best time of 1:56:39 placing her overall 180th (26th woman). Vanessa May was just behind in 182nd and also recording a pb of 1:56:42.

Debra Kay, with her time of 1:57:46 (pb), finished 192nd overall. Making up a full house of personal bests for was Jo Pallant in 218th with a time of 2:03:02 while Philip Laurier was in 301st in 2:36:58.

The next event was the Ipswich Twilight 10k. billed to be a fast and flat course around the town centre area, with the aim of finishing before the sunset. Three club members lined up within a field of 1,269 with all members achieving personal bests. Breaking 43 minutes for his first time with a time of 42:28 was Matthew Reynolds in 145th. Running step for step together were husband and wife team Marie and Philip Ayers both finishing in their best times of 50:49 (508 and 509th).

Four members travelled to Dereham for the annual 5k race which saw 341 runners take on the fast, central two lap route and all recorded new personal bests.

Lee Gooderham, who had only recently done his first sub 20 minute 5k, finished 41st with 19:04. Joining the ‘sub 20 club’ for the first time was Neil Wood in 59th with a time of 19:50. Aaron Smart finished 135th in 22:39 and James Crisp was just behind in 137th place in 22:45.

At Lowestoft Parkrun personal bests were achieved by David Graham in 24:30 and Marie Wallace in 31:12. At Gorleston Leigh Butcher had his best time at Gorleston, finishing in 18:48. Also recording a best time was John Drinkwater in 27:28.

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