2 Mile Handicap 2022 – Run 1

A bit late adding this news event, but well done to everyone who took part in the 1st 2 mile handicap of 2022.

Results as follows:-


NameRun1 180422
Andy S12:21
David C12:34
Kevin H12:56
Cat FW13:16
Cam 13:17
Michael T14:22
Malcolm S14:45
Andy P15:24
Bob L16:19
Peter A16:32
Rachel D16:32
Hayley J18:29
Lucy M19:11
Sophie D19:31
Marie P20:04
Denise L25:00

Club Presentation Evening 2022

RntS award winners 2021:
The winners are:
Men's beach run: Darren Smith
Women's beach run: Hayley Jane
Coaches women's award: Sarah-Jane Smith
Coaches men's award: Rob Jackman
Committee award: Kerrie Coslett
Runners' runner award: Paul Woodhouse
Lifelong membership and honorary presidency awards: Evette Price and Kevin Short
Congratulations to Lynne Dowdy who will be running the London Marathon in October 2022 representing the Club - good luck Lynne.

Kings Lynn GEAR

Well done to all the runners who took part in Sunday's run.  From what I heard it was a great run with lots of support.

Official Results

Stuart Cameron - 00:49:48

Marie Duncan - 00:59:36

Tash Heley - 00:59:46

Sophie Defew - 01:06:26

Ceri Howell - 01:08:17

Amy Howes - 01:11:20

Tasha Woodhouse - 01:13:01

Angie Barker - 01:18:35

Fakenham Active Easter Run

Well done to everyone who ran, volunteered and supported at the Active Fakenham Easter Run


Official Results:

Ant Cude - 20:01

Liam Dawson - 21:00

Cam Raven - 22:02

Darren Smith - 22:04

Rob Jackman - 22:45

Paul Woodhouse - 22:52

Andy Payne - 24:03

Julie Fisher - 27:21

Nita Jackman - 28:09

Libby Woodhouse - 28:12

Sophie Defew - 30:54

Ceri Howell - 33:05

Jenn Simmons-Brack - 36:42

Chloe Fisher - 36:42

A Weekend of Beautiful sunshine at Brighton and Bungay

Bungay Marathon - 10th April 2022

Very well done to Andy Sutton running Bungay Marathon resulting in a huge pb.  Andy has provided me with his write up:-

The day started with an hour drive to Bungay. A lovely sunny day lots of people around for the event. The first 7 miles to Beccles is very hilly. The next 6 is a lot flatter. Then passing the start line we get to do it all again! My pb was a 3 hr 49 I was aiming for a 3:40, but managed to complete in 3:27 finishing 18th out of 150. The last 5 miles were very difficult. At every water and marshal station there was lots of encouragement.

Official Result - 03:27:26 - PB

Brighton 10km

Well done Mat & Hayley for completing the Brighton 10km before cheering on the marathon runners.

Unofficial Results at the time of typing:-

Mat Eyre - 45:47

Hayley Wright - 1:00:59

Brighton Marathon

Tara Betts & Kirsty Lack both took on Brighton Marathon - very well done to both of them and from what I hear some fabulous supporters along the course.

Kirsty has written up the race report:-

I always remember when I started running and had finished a parkrun, someone said to me ‘marathon soon’ and I was very much ‘no way’ as I wouldn’t be able to commit enough time to all the training required. Roll on a few years and I’ve been completing a half marathon a month as a personal challenge to myself. I then had the opportunity last year for a place in Brighton marathon which I decided to take up. I made myself a training plan which fitted around being a mum and working full-time and committed myself to it. I really enjoyed the training, even the long runs; there was just one day where I doubted myself but the lovely Rnts crew were there with support as always.

So Brighton weekend came. And it was AMAZING! We had all been so hyped up and excited in the weeks leading up to it. We had to collect race numbers the day before and the buzz in the air was brilliant. Up until we stepped into the tent for collection I’d felt absolutely fine but then the nerves kicked in a little but soon passed, it just didn’t seem real. We then dropped off my bag with what I wanted post-race in the bag drop area and looked at the merchandise. I didn’t want to jinx myself by buying a finisher top before the actual run so I had a look at what was on offer and made some selections which Paula and Clare would then get for me once I passed the halfway point. We also bumped into Hayley and Mat who were there for the 10k and also Ian which was really nice to see some familiar faces.

Race day! I’d slept awful the night before so was up earlier than planned and prepping myself for the day. Felt a bit nervous again on the park & ride bus but it soon passed thanks to Paula and Clare. The bus dropped us off and it was a short walk to Preston Park where the 10k and marathon started from. Paula and Clare had worked out where they were heading for spotting and supporting but I didn’t know so every time I saw them it was a lovely surprise. They left to get to their first spot and Hayley and Mat went down to the corrals for their race to start. The compere was talking about some of the runners and he spotted the Rnts top as I heard him read it out! Standing on my own was a bit weird as everyone else seemed to be in groups but then Ian found me so we started together.

Starting at Preston Park the first mile was a loop around that on a gradual incline and then we headed out into the city. Having all the crowds clapping and cheering was such a boost and I was trying to look both sides for Paula and Clare desperate not to miss them, especially as Paula had made me a poster! Even though I was running on my own, it wasn’t lonely. I was trying to spot people wearing leggings by the brand that I wear so we could boost each other and it was nice seeing people with their charity vests on, their reasons for running and some amazing costumes: batman, a rhino, Scooby Doo, the Gruffalo, a team from a hospital running together pushing a hospital bed, there was a man who ran it all backwards and we also spotted a barefoot runner too. I loved looking at the posters as well, some people had made generic ones which made me smile and there was so many personalised ones – you get a bit emotional reading them all. A few times the route doubles back on itself so you get to see runners in the faster groups and some of the runners who are behind you too. A couple of killer hills are thrown in for good measure but the hilly parts are mainly in the first half and a lovely flat last six miles to a glorious finish line. Such amazing views and luckily the wind had died down from the previous day and the sun came out – I am sporting a rosy glow today and some odd tan lines!

The crowd support was amazing, especially as I got to see Paula and Clare five times and Hayley and Mat came to support once they completed their 10k’s.

The hardest part of the course was in the dock area which had very little supporters (it’s the furthest point away from the finish line in the last six or so miles) and I was flagging a little. There was so many fuel stations and I made the most of them even though I was carrying all my drinks and snacks – I definitely needed a lot more drink than I had anticipated due to the heat.

The last four miles took us back along the seafront which was a mixture of angry stomping/power walking and running as my Garmin had a meltdown!! I was so angry but I think it helped me to just keep going. Seeing friends and everyone's posters, cheers of support and other runners encouraging each other just made the whole experience a fantastic one. Now to work on a few more longer runs during the day to get used to running in the heat...bring on the next one – I can’t wait!

Unofficial Results at the time of typing:-

Tara Betts - 03:49:19

Kirsty Lack - 05:45:54

Well done to the runners who took part in 2 races this weekend

London Landmarks Half Marathon

4 runners took part in this event, which started out very cold but turned into a lovely sunny day. 

My day started by getting up at 4:30am, with Lucy picking me up at 5am to travel down to London.  We had decided to travel on the day and Lucy had booked a parking space in Central London.  She easily navigated her way there and was certainly braver than me!  We walked the 10 minutes to the start area, which was already busy and very well organised - different waves with different start time.

I got into my pen at 9:30 ready for a 9:45 start (chocolate wave), the atmosphere was exciting and it was buzzing.  We bumped into Angie, Teresa and Shirley who were watching the start of the race waiting for their pen to open. 

This is my second time running this race and it did not disappoint again.  The run goes by so quickly (in my opinion) due to looking out for all the different landmarks that the route passes - St Paul's Cathedral, The Royal Courts of Justice, Big Ben and The London Eye in the distance and The Bow Bells  ringing loudly.

The crowd were loud and encouraging, steel bands, choirs and musical groups playing and singing along the way.  Libby and Paul were a welcome surprise along the way and Lucy cheering me to finish and encouraging me to push for a pb.

I would thoroughly recommend this event to anyone, very well organised and a lovely route. 

Official Results

Kerrie Coslett - 02:11:03 pb

Teresa Abel - 03:12:39 

Angie Barker - 03:12:40

Shirley Browell - 03:12:40


Goodwood Motor Circuit

Flying the flag for RntS at Goodwood Motor Circuit - Alex Wray taking part in the Goodwood 20mile race.

02.58.48 (unofficial time) - pb

On a lovely Spring morning 2 events took place

Blicking Half Marathon - 6 club members took part this morning, resulting in 3 pb's - well done everyone.

This weeks write up is by Kirsty Lack:-

With what looked like promising weather for a run, I set off earlier than usual for today's race which started at 8:30am. A two lap course starting and finishing in front of Blickling Hall was well supported by the marshalls all the way round and of course the RntS cheerleading crew - especially Oliver (thank you all!). Heading away from the hall we were on track for some beautiful scenery on a mixture of road and compacted trails with a few hills thrown in for good measure. Was nice to be at a steady pace to be able to appreciate the views and chat with other runners, especially other club members. Blickling hall made a beautiful backdrop to the all-important finish line with a sprint finish to be rewarded with a lovely medal and refreshments. Would definitely recommend 😊

Official Results:-

James Goddard - 1:27:34

Andrew Sutton - 1:30:04 - pb

Lorraine Hunt - 1:40:10 - pb

Allison Graves - 2:15:09

Lynne Dowdy - 2:22:02 - pb

Kirsty Lack - 2:21:59

Ryston Runners XC Series - Race Number 6 - well done Mat & Hayley.

Hayley received a memento of the Series at today's event. 

Hayley has kindly written the race report for this event:-

It was perfect XC race conditions today and a lot drier underfoot than previous races. I’ve managed 5 out of 6 races this year with some tricky weather conditions at times. It’s a great series, Ryston hold a very well organised but relaxed race with an incredible cake stall! They’re a welcoming club and a series momento is a lovely touch for those of us who turn up each month but are not in the medal placings. The medal/ trophy presentation at the bowls club afterwards today was well supported and a lovely way to end the XC series.

Ceri was very supportive marshalling as we started the run up the killer hill!

Official Results:-

Mat Eyre - 29:23

Hayley Wright - 38:14

Mad March Hare 10km – Coltishall

Very well done to the 7 runners and 2 volunteers who braved the wind at The Mad March Hare this morning.  Andy has kindly provided this weeks race report and photo.

A lovely morning for a 10km in the sun although a bracing headwind made for a bit of extra effort around the 2nd and 7th kilometres. The course itself was lovely and flat but unless you were a fan of concrete, solar panels and sheep there wasn't too much in the way of scenery.
With Kevin and Evette marshalling at the 5km point the main topic of conversation before the race began was making sure we all had good form as we ran past them. The encouraging shouts though were very much appreciated and certainly made sure my arms were pumping (thanks to you both). 
Pacers provided by Coltishall Jaguars was a nice touch and certainly helped a couple of us secure a PB.
The next race in the series the Mike Groves 10km takes place on the 22nd of May for anyone interested and definitely worth a shot for anyone gunning for a PB.
Additional race report received from Malcolm Senior:-

Mad March Hare 10K – March 13th 2022

It was supposed to be a 70-minute drive to the Mad March Hare 10K race at Scottow Enterprise Park located on the former RAF Coltishall airbase. However, a diversion on the main A149 at Hillington due to total road resurfacing added 10 minutes to the journey. Not that we minded as we travelled through rural Norfolk with blossom starting to show and daffodils out on this spring like morning. We arrived to see the Junior race start at 9:15 am, the 10K started at 10:00, so plenty of time to pick up my number and warm up. We didn’t see any hares, mad or otherwise.

This was the first in a series of three 10K races organised by the Coltishall Jaguars. The course two laps in anti-clockwise direction of the mainly old airbase perimeter track.  On the inside of the course solar panels and concrete jet blast deflectors to the right open fields across which the wind was howling. For the first 3K the wind was relentless, I felt for every step forward the wind was blowing me back two. As we turned the wind dropped and I could catch my breath only to be repeated on the next lap.

The race is well organised, with plenty of parking, race start and finish near to the car park. Plenty of marshals and support not that they actually need many marshals on this simple loop course. Javabean café serving good coffee, bacon baps and cake at reasonable prices.

All finishers receive a medal, this year’s medals are themed around three of the Polish squadrons based at RAF Coltishall in WW2 and feature the insignia and one of the aircraft operated by the squadron. Finished in a chip time of 48:42 overall place 76 from a field of 239. Good to meet other Runners-Next-The-Sea, now my first claim club.

 First in my 70+ age group, a very nice award, flat packed which I assembled while drinking a cool beer.

Malcolm Senior


Official Results:-
Tara Betts              43:55 - 2nd Female and PB
Liam Dawson        43:59
Malcolm Senior    48:42 - 1st in Age Group
Andy Payne           49:17 - PB
Tash Heley            58:49 - PB
Kevin Barker      1:06:33 - PB
Angie Barker     1:14:27

Cambridge Half Marathon

6 Runners travelled to Cambridge on Sunday to run the 11th Cambridge Half Marathon.

Bob has kindly written the race report

"This was my first big race with thousands of runners. It was well organised with a beautiful course, and arriving at the venue with 45 minutes to spare was fine for dropping off my bag, using the loo, and getting into the pen. What with driving from Wells on the day there wasn’t time to worry about the race itself. One thing did phase me: people I didn’t know shouting out my name. I thought I must be surrounded by well-known Bobs (Hope, Mortimer, Monkhouse)."

Official Results

David Coslett - 1:25:02 (pb)

Rob Jackman - 1:42:33

Bob Lyddon - 2:01:08

Hayley Wright - 2:09:12

Kerrie Coslett - 2:13:39

Nita Jackman - 2:16:19

British Championships at Lee Valley, London.

Very well done to Chris who qualified for the 60 metre final with a pb of 09:50.  Then got another pb of 09:37 to finish 4th in the final - 0.2 seconds off a medal.

Great running Chris.