Coltishall Jaguars reveal plans for future following Jolly finish to 10k series

More than 350 runners took part in the Jolly Jags 10k. Pictures: ALLY McGILVRAY

More than 350 runners took part in the Jolly Jags 10k. Pictures: ALLY McGILVRAY - Credit: ALLY McGILVRAY

More than 350 runners took part in the final race of the Coltishall Jaguars' first 10k series at its new home - the former airbase at Badersfield.

The first three men home - Dominic Oliver (City of Norwich), Tom Greenacre (City of Norwich), and Ch

The first three men home - Dominic Oliver (City of Norwich), Tom Greenacre (City of Norwich), and Chris Merryless (North Norfolk Beach Runners). Pictures: ALLY McGILVRAY - Credit: ALLY McGILVRAY

Many were attracted by the prospect of a personal best on the flat course along the redundant runways at RAF Coltishall, which still boasts many of its landmark buildings - including air traffic control tower and aircraft hangers - and is now known as Scottow Enterprise Park.

Dominic Oliver, from City of Norwich running club, was first over the finish line in the Jolly Jaguars' 10k with a time of 34 minutes and 9 seconds.

He was followed home in second place by club mate Tom Greenacre, who finished just a second ahead of third placed Chris Merryless, of North Norfolk Beach Runners, in a time of 35 minutes and 30 seconds.

Janice Manning, of Ryston Runners, was the first lady home in a time of 45 minutes and 21 seconds. Nicola John, of host club Coltishall Jaguars was second with a time of 45 minutes and 38 seconds, while Maria Spillane was third with a time of 46 minutes and 43 seconds.

The first three ladies home - Janice Manning (Ryston Runners), Nicola John (Coltishall Jaguars) and

The first three ladies home - Janice Manning (Ryston Runners), Nicola John (Coltishall Jaguars) and Maria Spillane (Unattached). Pictures: ALLY McGILVRAY - Credit: ALLY McGILVRAY


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And North Norfolk Beach Runners were the first team home.

Oliver, 20, the overall winner from Lowestoft, said: 'It was a lovely flat course, just the wind was a little bit strong.'

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It was the first time the club had opened the doors to its new headquarters on the site.

And it hopes the flat, traffic free course may encourage

more new members to join them - including more visually impaired and disabled runners.

Reflecting on the race, Melvyn Porter, vice-chairman of Coltishall Jaguars running club, said: 'It has been very good. Around 350 people registered for the race and everyone enjoyed themselves.

'We're now starting to train up here as a club; we're trying to encourage as many people as possible to come and train with us as we are off-road a bit more here.

'And, hopefully, next year we're going to try to encourage more impaired runners because of how the course is laid out and possibly more wheelchair users to race.'

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