Valentine 10K – 2019

It was another fantastic morning for Bure Valley Harriers at the 10th Norfolk Gazelles’ 2019 Valentine 10K, with members walking away with several prizes, personal bests, club and age group records. 

There were 25 BVH runners on the start line for this year’s race, despite some suffering from persistent illnesses over recent few weeks, which has kept them off the road, along with other members, friends and family to cheer and support them, on what was a pleasant February morning, feeling more like spring than winter.

After brief announcements at the front of the race, it was a very quick “1-2-3” count before the field were on their way at 9:30am. Conditions on the course were pretty good, with plenty of sunshine, cool temperatures and just a little bit of a breeze at various points. 

As runners went through the bright Norfolk countryside, residents were out encourage people as they passed, with a few posters on the way too. But the biggest cheers came as the undulating course entered its final kilometre and people pressed on and raced for the finish line.

Race prizes went to:

Sam Coyne – Second Male

Ryan Davidson – First Senior Male

Glen Nelson – First Male 65-69

Frank Gribben – Second Male 65-69

Faith Viney – First Female

Amy Balaam – Second Senior Female

Sabina Spence – First Female 45-49

Gail Hardingham – Third Female 60-64

As this year’s Valentine event also doubled as the 2019 Norfolk 10K County Championship race, there were County prizes for:

Sam Coyne – Individual Senior Male Silver

Sabina Spence – Individual Female 45-49

Gail Hardingham – Individual Female 60-64 Silver

Glen Nelson – Individual Male 65-69 Gold

Frank Gribben – Individual Male 65-69 Silver

Sam Coyne, Ryan Davidson, Simon Partridge and Jake Stearman – Team Senior Male Silver

The full rundown of times and places was: 

P2: Sam Coyne – 33:03

P4: Ryan Davidson – 34:14 (diamond standard PB by 33s)

P16: Simon Partridge – 36:43

P22: Matt Stone – 37:36 (diamond standard PB by 6s)

P30: Faith Viney – 38:00 (diamond standard new club record and PB by 49s)

P44: Phil Wright – 39:26

P48: Jake Stearman – 39:38 (gold standard time and first 10K for BVH)

P49: Arron Coe – 39:53 (gold standard PB by 2m58s)

P50: Chris Mickleburgh – 39:55

P84: Amy Balaam – 42:35 (gold standard time, first 10K for BVH and new club F35-39 record)

P85: Glen Nelson – 42:42 (platinum standard, new club M65-69 record)

P91: Sabina Spence – 43:02

P109: Denver Slowther – 43:46

P124: Frank Gribben – 44:23 (diamond standard time and first 10K for BVH)

P138: Matthew Crane – 44:56

P172: John Dungar – 46:18

P182: Jonathan Edwards – 46:34 (gold standard M55-59 PB by 40s)

P191: Karyn Bray – 46:55 (gold standard PB by 1m14s)

P259: Gail Hardingham – 50:06 (new club F60-64 record)

P283: Jonathan Foot – 51:26 (silver standard M60-64 PB)

P286: Piers Ranson – 51:47

P314: Dan Porter – 52:45

P379: Becky Hitchens – 55:37 (new PB by 3m51s)

P434: Sally Porter – 57:43 (silver standard F55-59 PB)

P448: Katherine Mortlock – 58:33 (new PB by 17s)

The full results listings are here (