Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 3°C

Kings of Anglia Issue 9 Magazine Offer

Jeffries leads home bumper field at Lowestoft Half-Marathon

PUBLISHED: 15:48 09 October 2018

Matt Jeffries crosses the finish-line to win the Lowestoft Half-Marathon. Picture: MICK HOWES

Matt Jeffries crosses the finish-line to win the Lowestoft Half-Marathon. Picture: MICK HOWES


Matt Jeffries, of Waveney Valley AC, triumphed at the third staging of the Lowestoft Half-Marathon, the UK’s most easterly 13.1-mile challenge.

Runners along the sea front, taking part in the Lowestoft Half-Marathon, including eventual runner-up Robert Chenery (No.  70). Picture: MICK HOWESRunners along the sea front, taking part in the Lowestoft Half-Marathon, including eventual runner-up Robert Chenery (No. 70). Picture: MICK HOWES

Jeffries led home a field of 411 finishers, clocking a swift time of 1hr 11mins 37secs to enjoy a winning margin of more than three minutes.

It was also a personal best time for Jeffries, eclipsing his effort of 1:12:26 while on his way to victory at the Great Yarmouth Half-Marathon in 2016. He was ninth at this year’s Great Yarmouth Half in 1:22:43, while other 2018 highlights have included a second spot behind Ipswich Harriers’ John Millar at the Framlingham 10K in early September.

Runner-up Robert Chenery, of Ipswich JAFFA – he also runs second claim for Bungay Black Dog – registered 1:14:48 at Lowestoft to also celebrate a PB.

An in-form Chenery, a regular first-place finisher on the parkrun scene, especially at the Lowestoft and Gorleston Cliffs events, had a previous half-marathon best of 1:15:04 from last year’s Great East Run in Ipswich.

Chenery, a regular competitor, was third at the Bungay Half-Marathon last March, and dipped under 27 minutes with a swift 26:58 at the Wortwell Friday Five in August.

Lee Cook, of Waveney Valley AC, was third in 1:15:20, just nine seconds outside his PB, while the top five was completed by Ben Toye (1:16:47) and Tim Osborn (1:17:49).

Framlingham Flyers’ Jim Last was sixth overall and the leading over-40 veteran in 1:17:54.

Other veteran winners included Simon Cook (over-35, 1:21:51), Great Yarmouth RR’s Andrew Dormer (over-50, 1:25:11), Norfolk Gazelles’ Jason Brunt (over-45, 1:26:30), Robin Mackenzie (over-55, 1:28:12) and Framlingham Flyers’ Stephen Dunnett (over-60, 1:33:50).

Meanwhile, Kathryn Mathias, of City of Norwich AC, won the ladies’ title, finishing 17th overall in a time of 1:24:44. Mathias was nearly nine minutes clear of her closest rivals, with Waveney Valley’s Zoe Chase in second with 1:23:32. Stacy Tovell was third lady in 1:35:05, and also the leading over-45 veteran.

The event, which features a fast course along the sea-front, was organised by Nicholsons Solicitors and supported by Lowestoft Road Runners, with funds raised for ‘Break Charity.’

The course was a two-lap challenge, starting and finishing at the bottom of the Lowestoft sea wall, approximately 200 yards north of Ness Point.

The family of a brutally murdered Ipswich woman have made an impassioned plea for help in finally bringing her killer to justice, 25 years on.

Worried neighbours in an Ipswich street claim brazen drug dealing is taking place in front of children returning home from school.

There is good news for bargain hunters in Stowmarket as a discount store bids to make a return to the town.

A 17-year-old youth accused of being involved in a fight in the car park of an Ipswich McDonald’s restaurant during which a 16-year-old boy was stabbed has admitted an offence of violent disorder.

Police are looking to speak to a man in connection with incidents of stalking in the Norwich Road area of Ipswich.

Families on the Ravenswood estate have spoken of their disappointment after it was announced Rudolph and Santa won’t be passing through their streets this year.

Ipswich singer/songwriter Richard Osborne - who records under his surname - Osborne, has a worldwide hit on his hands with his debut dance single.

MP Dr Dan Poulter has demanded that Mid Suffolk Council takes action to ensure there is no development on land at Brockford in his constituency without planning permission.

Strictly Come Dancing attracts millions of viewers every Saturday evening to the BBC and the show has breathed new life into what has been a popular pastime in Ipswich for decades.

David Button will lead by example as he joins more than 400 fundraisers to brave the wintry weather on Christmas morning and run into the sea at Felixstowe.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24