Waveney Valley AC runner Jeffries claims top 200 finish in Berlin Marathon

PUBLISHED: 07:34 29 September 2017

Matt Jeffries with his Berlin Marathon medal and charity t-shirt. Picture: Bill Kingaby

Matt Jeffries with his Berlin Marathon medal and charity t-shirt. Picture: Bill Kingaby


Last weekend’s busy road race programme produced some quality performances by members of Waveney Valley Athletic Club, with several personal best times recorded.

At the Berlin Marathon, Matt Jeffries took almost four and a-half minutes off his previous best time, which he achieved at last year’s Bungay race.

In Berlin, running in aid of the Get Kids Going charity, he finished in a time of 2:35.04 in 194th place. Competing in the same event as part of his 2017 10-race marathon challenge for Prostate Cancer UK was Mark Smith who ran a time of 4:04.

At the Jolly Jaguars 10k held at Coltishall, Samantha Lines ran an astonishing race to finish third from more than 300 athletes. She was first female to finish by several minutes and took more than two minutes off her previous best time, finishing in 37.50.

Leon Neeve was 30th in a PB 42.54, Antony Croucher 36th in 43.29 and Camilla Darling 176th in 55.40.

Six members took part in the Simply Health Ipswich Half Marathon. Liam Nudd finished 73rd in 1:29.14, Alan Richardson 793rd in 1:53.25 and another first in the M70 age category, Patricia Tuttle 1,403rd in 2:07.14, Lisa Wilson 1,404th in 2:07.14, Michaela Gooch 1,583rd in a big PB of 2:12.05 and Chris Hulme 2,382nd in his first half marathon in 3:05.22.

At the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon, three club members competed. Lisa Knights finished 689th in 3:54.52, David Mower 726th in 3:56.03 and Paul Harrod 1,232rd in 4:21.35. Angela Mower opted for the 10k event and recorded a time of 1:06.55 in 1,534th place. Both events had large fields of more then 2,000 runners.

Mike Quantrill took part in the West Pinchbeck 10k in Lincolnshire and finished 27th out of 151 in a time of 44.37. Earlier in September, four members travelled to Newcastle for the Great North Run. Billy Underdown, in his first half marathon, ran a time of 1:37.58. Becky Langford recorded a personal best 1:45.09. There was a debut also for Amanda Scarff who finished in 2:31.23 and Rob Knights completed the race in 3:12.44.

At the Wissey Half Marathon near Downham Market, Demelza Hammond ran a time of 2:36.53 and on the same day at the Bedford Half Marathon, Liam Nudd was 72nd in a PB 1:28.57 and Tim Moore 180th in 1:34.54.

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