Yarmouth Road Runners’ captain leads by example at Coltishall

PUBLISHED: 09:38 15 June 2018

The Great Yarmouth Road Runners contingent at the Mike Groves 10k at Coltishall face the camera. Picture: CLUB

The Great Yarmouth Road Runners contingent at the Mike Groves 10k at Coltishall face the camera. Picture: CLUB


There was a moving start to the Mike Groves 10k at Coltishall’s RAF base as race director Paul Taylor paid tribute to Sze-Ming Cheung who tragically lost his life in an accident whilst out cycling last week.

As a former member of the Coltishall Jaguars, he was clearly a well-loved and respected member of the sporting community.

A minute’s applause was perfectly observed by the 488 competitors and the countless spectators and marshals.

This gave a strong motivation for a raft of outstanding performances from the Great Yarmouth Road Runners team. Coupled with ideal racing conditions it proved to be a very positive experience.

With many newer members in attendance it was good to see the men’s club captain James Carass, providing inspiration by leading the team home. Furthermore, he managed to comfortably dip under the 40-minute mark for the first time earning, himself an impressive personal best of 39:34. Terry Hubbard cruised home in 41:22 after cycling 25 miles to the start and cycling home again afterwards. Terry has improved enormously recently and always makes running look effortless.

Ladies’ captain Penny Studley was next home, finishing in 42:56. This was a new pb for Penny, who also earned a new club record in her age group and a first place age group award. The personal bests followed thick and fast with a further eight Road Runners achieving their quickest times over 10k, namely Toni George, Mark Ollett, Kelly Shaw, Jane Middleton, Steph Deeks, Tony Ludlam, Jo Pinkney and Nicky McGee who completed her first ever 10k race.

Long-serving club member John Bone chased his grandson home to finish in 49:49 to earn himself a first place award in his age group. John continues to inspire his club mates with his many achievements throughout his running career.

Regardless of whether personal bests were achieved, many runners commented on how much they enjoyed the event and how they felt well supported by each other. Sarah Parkes said a special thankyou to team mate Anne Standerwick who kept her spirits high when she was starting to tire. This is a commonly heard sentiment which is one reason why running as part of a supportive club is so motivating.

Other Great Yarmouth sport

Yesterday, 12:43

Acle United twice came from behind before an 91st-minute goal earned them a 3-2 win over Norwich City in the Norfolk Women’s Cup.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Former Norwich City footballer Darren Eadie opens up about his own battles with mental health and tells men who may be struggling - talk about it.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Great Yarmouth Town slipped five points adrift at the foot of the table after suffering another home defeat.

Monday, November 12, 2018

National road cycling championships will next year be hosted in Norfolk, it has been announced.

Most Read

Yesterday, 17:05

Business owners have warned that people are too scared to go onto a town centre street amid fears of a rise in violence at weekends.

Read more
Mon, 12:33

A road rage incident in Great Yarmouth saw a man leave his car and try and get into another driver’s car when it was stopped at traffic lights.

Read more
Mon, 15:17

A woman who was wanted by police on recall to prison has been found in Great Yarmouth.

Read more
Norfolk Police
Yesterday, 07:17

A woman thought she was going to die as her ex-partner stamped on her head twice and broke her nose, a court heard.

Read more
Norwich Crown Court
Mon, 17:24

Emergency services were called to Great Yarmouth town centre after a disused lamp post caught fire on Monday afternoon.

Read more
Rescue Service

Local Weather

Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 7°C

Digital Edition


Enjoy the Great
Yarmouth Mercury

e-edition today


Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Great Yarmouth Mercury weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy