Charity Cross Country Race January 2018

posted 4 Oct 2017, 13:46 by

The ever popular Reepham Runners Cross Country Charity run will be taking place this winter, on Sunday 14 January 2018.

There will be mud, water, dykes, gates and railway track as usual for you all to enjoy!

The race starts at 10.30 am  at Whitwell & Reepham Station, about 1 mile outside of Reepham

This is a good event to bring your family to as they can watch from the station platform as you run past them doing the two laps and then as you sprint finish to the end!

After the race there is a good selection of cakes, beer and other food  and you can enjoy the delights the Station has to offer.

It is two laps for adults (over 15 years) and one lap for the 11-15 year olds.

We will be having the usual prizes for the ‘muddiest’, fastest dog and quickest junior.  As well as a memento for all runners.

The Charities the run is raising money for this year are: 

  • Nancy Oldfield Trust ( The Nancy Oldfield Trust offers disabled and socially disadvantaged people excitement, freedom, adventure and provides wheelchair access on the Norfolk Broads.
  • And in memory of Becky Arthurton, who was well known and much loved from Reepham - The Priscilla Bacon Centre for Specialist Palliative Care Services provides specialist advice and support for any patients with life limiting illness and those close to them 

So if you fancy blowing away the cobwebs after eating and drinking too much over Christmas and  New Year then come and join us.

Online entries available here or download the application form  

If the maximum number of entries is not reached then there will be entries on the day.

Any queries contact Nick Bowden, Race Director at

It has been a busy summer 2017 for the Reepham Runners

posted 30 Aug 2017, 12:57 by

So not only have we managed to organise our most successful summer 10k ever  it has been a busy summer for all the Reepham Runners, so busy that some of us have been a bit slack on updating the website front (sorry). So here is a bit of a photo recap of some of the things we've all been up to.

Worstead 5 Mile

Run Norwich

Dereham 5k

Great Yarmouth Half Marathon

Liverpool Half Marathon 2017

posted 30 Aug 2017, 12:32 by

Having had representation at Liverpool 'Rock n Roll' Half Marathon for the last 2 years, this year Reepham Runners contingency grew well in to double figures!

The Liverpool squad for this year included, Chairman and organiser Richard 'Splits' Dade, Mike, Dom, Grovsey, Charlotte, Vikki, Phillipa, Maree, Dave and myself. Guests included Chris who ran last year, Aaron, a work colleague of Mr Dade's and Craig Farr.

An early start on the Saturday as we left Cawston bright and early to rendezvous at Wymondham to leave in a 9 seater car Richard had pinched from work the night before! First stop Cambridge services for a fry up around 8am then back onto the bus for some more banter and eighties tunes!

We arrived in Liverpool around lunch time and we were staying at the Premier Inn Moorfields, about a mile walk from the start. Once we had sorted rooms and dropped the bags, it was time to slip one in. Mr Jolly had spotted a cracking little real ale pub around the corner from the hotel and we all arranged to meet there. Not before Mr Dade and myself managed to slip in a quick snifter at the Premier Inn bar....

Just the one in the real ale pub, we were being sensible......! Now a walk to the South Echo Arena, to the expo and catch up with Maree and Dave. The Expo is not great, a quick wander round a glimpse of the bling which was on offer tomorrow. Time for a quick photo of the squad, then it was onto Bierkeller Liverpool, a sports bar, come real ale bar and time to watch the FA Cup Final. Myself, Richard and Dom agreed that this would be our final pint in here, just the 3 today unlike others on the trip.......Mr Groves!!!

For once, a great FA Cup Final to watch. Some of the guys drifted away early. But we had arranged a great together for 7am to eat at the hotel. Last year, it was very difficult to find some where to eat in the city, as many places were booked. And given our numbers, this made sense.

Early night, prep gear for the morning. Mr Jolly had kindly organised ribbons in memory of the people who had lost their lives in Manchester the previous week. So these could be pinned to out shirts!

Alarm set for 6.30am for an 8am leave down to the arena for the start. Baggage delays meant that the start was pushed back to 9.15am as security was very tight, which was good to see. I got to my pen just before 9am for the staggered start and by the time we were ready to go it was around 9.22am. The first 3 miles is undulating round the city, taking in Matthew Street, where the original Cavern Club stood. Funnily enough we would be back down here this evening for tonights entertainment, but back to the race for now.

After 3 miles, you make a climb in the China Town and then a long hard climb coming up to the 4 mile mark, which I had completely forgotten about since last year. From then on, its fairly easy going. Bands adorn the route every 2 to 3 mile. A mixture of gospel choirs, rock bands, acoustic, steelpan bands makes this a very atmospheric race. And the people of Liverpool certainly turn out in force to support it. After the 4 mile mark, you run through various parks including Sefton, take in a little bit of Penny Lane, before turning onto a promenade on the 10 mile mark and heading back to the South Echo area and the finish. A head wind this year, meant that the last 3 miles was heavy going.

Upon, finishing, my second quickest half ever, I found out that Dom had finished in 3rd place!!! Exceptional running, Richard and Grovsey finishing just over the 1:30 mark. Again great running. Mr Jolly had a great run as well. Charlotte and Phillipa were both pleased with their times and Vikki banished memories of the Norwich Half Marathon, again with a great time. Sadly Maree did not make the start line due to injury but Dave again came home in a good time.

Right the serious bit out of the the concert. 90's band Republica were headlining this year and they were not on till 2pm. It was now 11.30am. First band on was 12 noon. Having picked up our medals - cracking as always, We headed to baggage - on the floor of the arena to pick up goodie bag and t-shirt. You always get a free pint as well with is run, so that went down well as we headed out of the arena and onto the concert plaza.

Needless to say more than a few beers were had - you've probably all seen the photos by now, kindly taken by Rob and Craig so I don't need to say no more!!!

I vaguely remember leaving the concert area around 5pm, a quick freshen up and then we were all out for a Pizza and onto Eric's in Matthew Street, Eric's is a longstanding venue for live music and both the bands we saw that night did not disappoint. We still all had some energy to throw some moves on the dance floor!!!

I rolled back in with Mr Dade at 1.30am.....Liverpool had again beaten me!!!!

A very subdued breakfast the next day and we were back on the bus for the long journey back home - some very tired hung over people aboard!!

We were back in Norfolk for around 2pm.

If you're not yet signed up of this race in 2018, the please do so. A great weekend - an ideal chance to get to know your fellow runners better. The last thing for me to say is a big thank you once again, on behalf of the squad, to Richard Dade for his enthusiasm and organisation of this fabulous weekend!

PEAK DISTRICT 19-21 May 2017

posted 19 Jun 2017, 12:19 by   [ updated 19 Jun 2017, 12:32 ]

Once again a group of Reepham Runners headed for the Peak District in May.  This included Jean & Geoff Gowing, Peter and Maxine Gowing, Jo West and Steve Cole, Jenni Egmore and Nick Bowden, Mary, Stew, Owen and Jo Barnes, Pip Crosby and most importantly Ellie the Dog.  Shaun Webb and Leigh Nobes were there as well but decided to keep their distance from where we stayed at Bonsall and were at Matlock – mind you with the hills they faced, I think next year they may be with us!


After the success of last year’s fell runs, marathon and ‘pretend’ half marathon, we thought we would do a similar line up.

We all arrived on Friday afternoon, at varying times.  Jo, Nick and Pippa decided to go to Hayfield for the 3 mile fell run.  So when they left, Pete, Maxine, Geoff, Jean, Jenni and Ellie decided to go to the pub, which turned out to be a really good idea as Shaun and Leigh had been roaming around Bonsall trying to find us and we bumped into them right outside the pub.


After checking out the beer for later we headed back to the cottages to start the BBQ and arrived just as Mary, Stew and the boys turned up, so all good timing.


The fell run, which was 3 miles with about 700m of climb, went well with Nick coming 46th in time of 26:45, and was first in his age group (although he forgot to pick his prize up).  Pip came 78th in a time of 29:10 and Jo came 122nd in a time of 35:12.  They were late back for the BBQ but we did remember to save them some food!


The next day was the ‘pretend’ half marathon.  ‘Pretend’ due to last year entries were filled within a couple of days of opening and none of us managed to enter and as we had accommodation booked we decided to run it anyway.  As it worked really well last year we decided to repeat this year. The route is on the Tissington Trail and the proper race starts at 11 am, so we started at 9.15 am.


The great thing about doing the race this way was that everyone who wanted to run managed to do the distance they wanted.


Pippa, Leigh, Nick, Peter, Mary and Jenni ran the half, Jo did 7 miles, then Steve, Jean and Maxine did about 3 miles (well apart form Maxine who took a wrong turn so ran more like 4!)  Shaun and Geoff were our support on the bikes.


The timing was perfect as just as we finished it started to rain.


That night in the local pub, where Wallace & Karen Gowing meet us to catch up with their family, and meet all of us once again, we had our medal ceremony.  The times for the half were as follows:


Leigh Nobes                1:37

Nick Bowden               1.41

Pippa Crosby               1.41

Peter Gowing               1.42

Mary Floate                 1.59

Jenni Egmore               1.59

Annual Nominations, Club Standards & Christmas Meal

posted 2 Mar 2017, 12:43 by Jenni Egmore   [ updated 2 Mar 2017, 12:45 ]

The annual Christmas Meal took place on Saturday 28 January at Whitwell & Reepham Station.  Mavis Thompson was responsible for a well organised evening with three course meal, live music and interesting speeches!

Everyone seemed to enjoy the food which was followed by an interesing, entertaining speech from our Chair, Phil Cooper, which had everyone in laughter. 

Jenni Egmore then read the winners of the annual nominations that the Club had voted for, which were:

Most Improved Runner, Male            -    Shaun Hurr
Most Improved Runner, Female        -    Vikki Kirk
Volunteer of the Year                       -     Mike Jolly
Best Individual Performance,Male     -    Jon Thetford for 10 half marathons
Best Individual Performance,Female -    Nina Atkinson for Gt Yarmouth Half

For the Round Norfolk Relay, the team captains voted for Charlotte Mears and Greg Quinn.

All of the nominations are in the attached document.

Mike Jolly organised for the first time this year Club Standards, where members had to run 3 races of different lengths and then submit the races and times to Mike.  The standards were awarded at the meal, which was a professional looking certificate and a voucher for a running club top -  from the new range sourced by Carl Willimott.

The evening was finished dancing the night away to the Rock Garden.  Brilliant!

Peak District Weekend 20th May – 23rd May:

posted 14 Jul 2016, 05:00 by Carl Willimott

This is annual weekend away for Reepham Runners, but be warned all newbies welcome but it is not for the faint hearted!  Imagine ale, BBQ, cakes, running several times and some more drinking and eating.

The usual Eyam Half Marathon had been cancelled this year, attempts were made to gain entry for multiple runners for the White Peak Half but sadly it was sold out. Jenni Egmore Club Secretary tried valiantly to secure a deal but was rebuffed. So Jenni and Nick decided why not run a large portion of the route before the official race, so that’s what happened on Saturday the 21st May.

In Hayfield nearby a weekend of Fell races occurs every year as well called 3 days in May. It is open to all at a mere cost of between £3-4 per race. Believe me if you knew how much it hurts in advance you probably would not want to pay more! Last year I completed the Saturday race but this year felt compelled to try 2 races, Leigh Nobes entered and completed all 3.

May Queen Race:

Friday night was the first fell race, it’s a relatively 5K tough route, largely off road with some climbs and fabulous views.  Jo West, Jenni Egmore and Mary Float successfully completed this race, alongside Nick Bowden, Sam Kingston and Leigh Nobes.

Nick Bowden


Leigh Nobes


Sam Kingston


Jenni Egmore


Mary Floate


Jo West


Sam Kingston was so taken by the experience he decided to commit to running the second fell race the following morning. He was advised that the Saturday race was considerably harder with 5.5 miles to cover with 1800 ft climbs to the summit. He was not shakable in his decision.

Reepham Runner’s Version of White Peak Half Marathon:

On Saturday Jenni, Mary, Nick B, Chris, Pete, Pip and Jo West for a portion of the route. Well done to all.


Mount Famine Fell Race:

Leigh, Sam and myself completed the Mount Famine Race. The conditions were not great, it was cooler but the terrain is treacherous and with some intermittent rain made things harder especially on the rocks. As per usual local runners sailed down the hills past us but on any flat we could make some headway.  For the first time since I became a runner I obtained a worse time in a same race. However, in the back of my mind I was thinking what about tomorrow’s alleged ‘sprint’ race.

Leigh Nobes


Sam Kingston


Leona Broughton



White Peak Marathon: 

Shaun Webb had entered the White Peak Marathon and with only a few weeks training behind him he hoped for a 3:30 completing time.  Leigh, Sam and I did not even have time to have a cup of tea post the fell race as we hopped in the Discovery to watch him finish. On arrival at the car park we made the decision to run to the finish line, which was the right decision.

As we were hobbling / walk / running we arrived to see him screaming looking strong, with a truly amazing completion time of 3:15.  What a legend! Shaun came 5th in his overall age category not bad for a Norfolk chap.

Later, when we were all rested and recovered a wonderful evening ensued with great food and drink and lovely company. Jenni had gone to great lengths to ensure all runners who had raced received a medal, which was a very thoughtful and welcome gesture.


Lantern Pike Dash:

Leigh and myself entered this ‘dash’ which is almost a mile and quarter in total with a 600 ft climb. You literally run (walk / bear crawl / complain) up to a monument then sprint (slide / feel the fear) the way back down.

Despite the build up of lactic acid in our quads especially and our general dread when we had an opportunity to survry the route – the monument was a dot on the horizon at the top of a large hill.

It was a ‘dash’ start with stiles to jump over and rivers to cross – by the time I reached the top Leigh was probably nearly home.  A local runner assured me that I needed a secret weapon to help with the downhill. Intrigued I asked for more advice only to realize that he had stashed an empty cement bag down his shorts and proceeded to slide down the hill! I took a few tumbles (my legs were very tired) and slide down without so much control.

Leigh Nobes


Leona Broughton


It was an amazing achievement to complete the fell races, it’s a very different type of running but it is friendly and all local clubs were welcoming to us from Norfolk.  The main problem is the training needed is very difficult to replicate locally. Perhaps next year Ill enter all three.

Sunday was spent resting or travelling back home. Myself, Leigh and Shaun enjoyed an afternoon dirty burger and pints of shandy and tried to ignore all the strange looks we got as we tried to perform basic human functions such as walk, get in and out of the car.

Why put ourselves and bodies through it??  Because you only live once and experiences are everything. Plus it’s amazing what mentally and physically each of us is capable of!

Congratulations to Leigh Nobes who ranked 22nd overall for the 3 Days in May races. 

5K Time Trial Results

posted 14 Jul 2016, 04:45 by Carl Willimott

On Tuesday 12th July we had the pleasure of a 5K time trial along Marriotts Way. The trial started close to Kerry's Pine and saw 34 runners (including Leona) head out in 4 groups 5 minutes between each group. At 2.5K, marked with a yellow stake and a cone under the 2nd bridge (Phil was very specific about this!) all runners then turned back on themselves for the return journey. 

Well done to all those who took part, including Leona who was full of cold but still managed to start, and a big thank you to Phil and Pippa for being the 'official' organisers.

Dereham 10 Miles – 8th May 2016

posted 17 May 2016, 04:18 by Carl Willimott

The fifth round of the Leathes Prior Grand Prix series took us to Dereham for their annual 10-mile race. The weather was due to be fine with sunshine. The lead up to the race had seen temperatures try so hard to reach double Celsius figures with 5°C and 6°C being the norm. Richard Dade, Mike Ottley, Leigh Nobes, Tessa Morgan and I were the five Reepham Runners to contest this one with John Morgan giving huge support and official photographer; Craig Farr put in an appearance at the start but his BBQ was calling.

However, upon leaving at 0900 in the morning my car registered 16°C outside temperature and 20°C when I arrived at Dereham – it was getting hot.

The first 3 miles are effectively sloped downwards and we ran into a light head breeze with Dade and Nobes leading the way, followed by Ottley, then me and Tessa completing the Reepham Runners. The water station at 2.5 miles was much needed with fluids taken on by all because at 3 miles we turned left into a country lane with high hedges and no head wind. To say the heat was sapping was an understatement – the next 3 miles took it out of all of us. The temperature had risen to 24°C and was energy sapping. This was not helped by an extended run to the next water station at 6 miles. I think we all stopped to take on water here with a minimum of two cups. Both Leigh and Richard were out front and this is where I caught up Mike Ottley. I was drained, albeit Mike was more so – “I’ve just got nothing left, my legs are like lead” he muttered as I passed him.

The final 4 miles were a grind for all of us. The heat, dead air and the ‘take me home’ upward slope tried so hard to finish us off. Leigh came in first for the club with an incredible 1:14:24 and 61st finisher. Next home was Richard Dade in 88th with a time of 1:18:42, then Mike Jolly with a time of 1:30:33, followed by Mike Ottley 1:39:50 and Tessa Morgan with a time of 1:48:34.


We all agreed this was one of the hardest races we had entered. Hard it most certainly was and if you set out for a 10 mile training run in this heat you would have completed 4 or 5 miles and gone home. That said, we did all complete it and are better people for it – when the going gets tough, Reepham Runners just get on with it!!

Mike Jolly

Nominations for 2015 awards

posted 21 Mar 2016, 01:33 by Jon Beverley


Most Improved Runner for 2015 – Male



Most Improved Male Runner


1st place - Matt Phelps – 6

2nd place -  Mike Grand – 3




Other Nominations received


Steve Plackett – 1

Mal Taylor – 1

Nick Bowden – 1

Phil Cooper – 1

John Morgan – 1

Carl Willimott – 1

Craig Farr – 1

Jack Barker - 1


Most Improved Runner for 2015 – Female



Most Improved Female Runner


1st  place - Shayney Blyth – 5

2nd place - Leona Broughton – 3


Other Nominations received

Hayley Thompson – 2

Mavis Thompson – 2 (2 mins of park run time)

Julie Wade – 1


Volunteer of the Year (not a Committee Member)




Volunteer of the Year


Joint 1st - Geoff Gowing – 3

Joint 1st - Jean Gowing – 3

Joint 2nd - Maree Latham – 2

Joint 2nd - Binks Neate-Evans -2


Other Nominations received

Clem Vogler – 1

(Vikki Kirk – 1)

Richard Bulman – 1


Best Performance at the Round Norfolk Relay

(as chosen by Team Captain)



Richard Bulman



Best Individual Performance – Male



Best Individual Male Performance


1st place -Dom Blake (RNR & Nch Half) – 3

2nd place - Nick Bowden (overall) – 2



Other Nominations received

Shaun Hurr – 1

Richard Bulman – 1

Craig Farr (breaking 20 mins at Wroxham 5k) – 1

Shaun Webb for Worstead 5 mile run – 1

Phil Cooper – 1

Rob Groves (half marathons) – 1

Mal Taylor (RNR%) – 1


Best Individual Performance – Female



Best Individual Female Performance


1st place - Pippa Crosby – 3

Joint 2nd place - Binks Neate-Evans (London Marathon) – 2

Joint 2nd place - Natalie Southgate (12 marathons in yr) – 2

Joint 2nd place - Julie Wade – 2



Other Nominations received

Leona Broughton (fell run & hare & hound) – 1

Nina Atkinson (Marriotts Way 10k) – 1

Liz Harris (3rd place age category Wroxham 5k) – 1





Thames Meander Marathon

posted 21 Mar 2016, 01:28 by Jon Beverley

On Saturday 12 March 2016, Richard Bulman completed the “Thames Meander Marathon” in a time of 4 hours 30 minutes. The race started from the YMCA in Kingston upon Thames and the route was nice and flat being next to the River Thames for the whole course, although there were many puddles and muddy bits. Thousands of rugby fans in Richmond, all enjoying a pint or four before the England Wales rugby match that day proved to be an unexpected obstacle.

Richard had not done a marathon for over 2 years but decided to struggle through one more to help granddaughter Emily reach her £6,000 target to buy Great Ormond Street a new ECG machine as a thank you for how well she was looked after when she had open heart surgery at the age of 7 (she is now 10). Richard would like to thank all those who supported him during training, and the many people who were kind enough to sponsor him.

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