Tom Galley sparkles for Lowestoft Road Runners with personal best

PUBLISHED: 10:07 07 April 2017

Lowestoft Road Runners at the Bungay Black Dog Festival of Running. Picture: Lowestoft RR.

Lowestoft Road Runners at the Bungay Black Dog Festival of Running. Picture: Lowestoft RR.


At the Bungay Festival of Running 15 members of Lowestoft Road Runners competed among a field of 372 which included 134 women, around the undulating course.

Twelve of those competing were in the half marathon event, which for three was their very first attempt at running this distance.

First Road Runners member home in the half marathon was Tom Galley in 15th place with a new personal best time of 1:27.56 hours. Next across the line for the club was Karen Archbold in 59th place overall and fourth woman, also winning her age group with a time of 1:40.48.

Matthew Reynolds finished in 74th in 1:43.57, his course best, while “Shotgun” Shaun Kay finished in 94th in 1:46.56 in his first half marathon.

Second woman for Lowestoft was Karen Evans in 148th, 20th woman, with a PB of 1:54.40. Stevie Bullen finished 161st with a time of 1:56.06 while together across both the start and finish lines, husband and wife Marie and Philip Ayers, finished in 2:00.32 in positions 195 (31st woman) and 196 respectively.

Debra Kay, also a half marathon first timer, finished in 2:01.10 for position 202 (34th woman) while Emma Garrard was 245th (56th woman) in 2:07.37 and Vanessa May 263 (64th woman) in 2:11.47. Gina Warford, who only started running in January, completed her goal of running a half marathon before her next birthday with a time of 2:30.57 to finish in 344th (114th woman).

Karen Archbold, Karen Evans and Marie Ayers also won the women’s team prize.

In the marathon, Matthew Sutton finished in 14th place, winning his age group with a time of 3:14.17.

Hot on his heels was John Jervis in 16th with a time of 3:14.38, a time which knocked well over an hour off of his previous best marathon time. Simon Bunting finished in 4:33.00 in 127th from a total of 177 finishers. For full details of all the finishing times in the Bungay events visit

Elsewhere in the region, Mark Elflett and Elayne Hilton both achieved personal bests at Diss Duathlon, consisting of a 30km cycle ride sandwiched between two 5km runs.

Mark finished with a personal best time of 1:57.27 and Elayne also had a personal best, finishing third in her age category in 2:02.57.

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