Impressive Sean races home in new personal best at Cambridge half

Nineteen Great Yarmouth Road Runners (GYRR) took part in the Cambridge Half Marathon. Picture: ARCHA

Nineteen Great Yarmouth Road Runners (GYRR) took part in the Cambridge Half Marathon. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Ian Burt

The Cambridge Half Marathon is an amazing event as it continues to grow in popularity and 19 Great Yarmouth Road Runners (GYRR) took part this year.

Running 13.1 miles is never easy so when the heavens opened and the wind started to gust prior to the start, it added to the challenge.

However, all the hard training paid off for the team who had an incredibly successful day. Whether it was getting a personal best time, racing to gain momentum for spring marathons, completing the distance for the first time or camaraderie of supporting clubmates, GYRR saw all its members home in under two hours and 40 minutes.

First home was Sean Jermy, with a pb of 1.18.33. This was particularly impressive as Sean was 56th out of the 6,885 runners who completed the race. Almost half of the team earned pbs on the flat and fast course, amongst them Darren Honour, finishing in 1-21.26.

Club coach, Andrew Baker, hasn’t competed at the distance recently as he has been focussing on the marathon and Ironman events. He got a substantial pb of 1-29.47 which is a reward for leading the club training which seems to paying dividends in terms of club results.

Husband and wife, Jacquie and Myles Duffield ran together. Myles paced Jacquie to a superb pb of 1-53.36. Jacquie was thrilled to knock six minutes off her previous best. She had time to high-five two of the youngest supporters, Darci and Noah Baker, who with mum Claire provided much appreciated support at the nine-mile stage. They were proud to cheer their dad Steven, onto his new pb of 1-33.13.

Lisa Smith and Dave Silk are another formidable duo. Dave does an incredible job of guiding Lisa, who is registered blind. Lisa was thrilled with her pb of 2-03.11 which bodes well for the Bungay Marathon in April.

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Results: Jermy 1-18.33, Honour 1-21.26, A Baker 1-29.47, S Baker 1-33.13, Simon Bekker 1-34.11, Vicky Quantrill 1-34.38, Penny Studley 1-34.44 (pb), Gary Pillar 1-36.34 (pb), Jo Anverali 1-41.36 (pb), Nicki Baker 1-45.13, M Duffield 1-53.35, J Duffield 1-53.36 (pb), Jane Thomas 1-55.38, Julie Webster 1-55.38, Smith 2-03.11 (pb), Silk 2-03.12, Linda Drew 2-07.30 (pb), Elaine Haggarty 2-26.26 and Adele Godbolt 2-37.08.