On your marks: East Anglian Air Ambulance the winner ahead of Mike Groves 10k at former Coltishall airbase

The former airbase hosted the Mike Groves 10k race.
Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

The former airbase hosted the Mike Groves 10k race. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE - Credit: Archant

A local running club has made a flying start to its first full year at its new home.

Coltishall Jaguars held its first race at its new home - the former airbase at RAF Coltishall, now Scottow Enterprise Park - at Badersfield 12 months ago.

And it is aiming to celebrate the occasion with a record turnout at the Mike Groves 10k race on Sunday, June 4, with all proceeds from entry fees being gifted to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

The original Mike Groves race in 2000 was named by the club's founder Alan Groves in memory of his son Michael, a keen athlete who died in a traffic accident.

The race became an annual event and it was then Alan realised there was potential for a local club. He founded the Coltishall Jaguars Running Club in 2004.


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Organisers of this weekend's event are hoping to better their record-breaking 'Mad March Hare 10K', which saw over 440 participants, and raised over £600 through sales of homemade cakes and biscuits.

In March the money was donated to the Disasters Relief Commission to go towards famine relief in Africa.

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Race Director Paul Taylor said: 'It is a great opportunity to take part in an organised race, get a medal for your efforts and to also know your efforts will be benefitting a good cause.'

In addition, this year the Jaguars will be offering club 'pacers' running times between 45 and 70 minutes for those who wish to chase PBs, or 'personal best' times.

Making it a family affair, there is also a free 2K Fun-Run for children before the main race starts at 10 am. Children who wish to run should arrive at 9am.

If you would like to be part of this event, the club welcomes entries from runners of all abilities. The course, at the old RAF Coltishall airbase, is flat, fast and suitable for wheelchair athletes. For more details or an entry form visit www.coltishalljaguars.co.uk

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