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Breckland 10K 2018

Six Fern Hoppers battled record temperatures for a May bank holiday to compete in our neighbouring club’s annual 10k event at Croxton near Thetford.
The Breckland 10K is a popular event which is always well supported by the Fern Hoppers whether running, marshalling or just shouting at people!
Well done to all our runners who turned in some excellent times, especially considering the heat!




Run – Bike May 2018

The next Brandon Fern hoppers club Run -Bike event (or Wibbly Wobbly Cog Jog!) will be on Tuesday 22nd May 2018.

Meet at Brandon Country Park, Orchard Car Park Picnic Area. If you are parking there, please note that we will be there during the paying period.

The usual rules and arrangements apply which you can view in full here:
We hope to see lots of you there!

Newmarket Heath & Tower of London 5k

A busy period for the Fern Hoppers continued this week with Stephen ‘Frankhopper’ Spencer taking part in the British Heart Foundation 40th anniversary 5k at the Tower of London. An event which provided him with ample opportunity to indulge in some of his much loved puns. I don’t know what his ‘beef’ is, but I wish he’d stop ‘raven’ on about it!
Afterwards he observed that it was the first time he had run in a moat. Perhaps you should give Framlingham a try Frank!

On Thursday evening it was the turn of an old favourite in the form of the Newmarket Heath Race, or ‘The Gallops’ as it is sometimes affectionately known. I’m personally very fond of this race as it often seems to herald the start of the summer and longer evenings, although I have also stood at the start in the biting cold and the rain!
We had a great turn out of club runners as well as some friends of the club there to run or support, with a total representation of eight Fernhoppers and Paul to shout at us!
It’s a challenging course (I pity the poor horses, but I suppose they are pros!) but everyone did well, top billing has to go to Lily who walked away with the F-U21 prize. Very well done to her!

Marathons in London, Brighton & Thetford

The Fab Five! Thomas, Tasha, Alan, Greg and Tim

The club had great representation at The London Marathon this year with Thomas, Alan and Tim all doing us proud! Meanwhile Greg was tackling the off-road Thetford Forest Marathon on the same day as London.
The week before Natasha had performed well in the Brighton Marathon.

Of course hardly a week goes by that David isn’t running a marathon somewhere! He’s just back from the Betteshanger Marathon.

Chase the Train

Chase the Train 2017
Fernhoppers Chase the Train!
From left: Tim, Dianne, Julie, Lisa, Carolyn, Liz and Helene

Great turnout of Fernhoppers again at the Aylsham to Wroxham ‘Chase the Train‘ 8.9 mile run. Great times were achieved in the afternoon heat of a warm day.

Tim. 1hr 13 mins
Carolyn 1hr 23
Lisa 1 hr 33
Julie 1hr 37 mins
Dianne 1 hr 45
Liz 1 hr 53
Helene 1 hr 55 mins

Full results here!

Chase the Train is a 8.9 mile race from Aylsham to Wroxham. It follows the footpath next to the Bure Valley Railway, Norfolk’s longest narrow guage steam railway. Then catch a Free Return Train from Wroxham

Fern Hoppers Summer Run Bike Event

Wibbly Wobbly Cog Jog

The Fern Hoppers next Run/Bike event will take pace on Tuesday 22nd June at 7pm


Meet at Brandon Country Park, Orchard Car Park Picnic Area at 18:45 for a 19:00 start. If you are parking there, please note that we will be there during the paying period.

Brandon Country Park – Orchard Car Park

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– Teams consist of 2 people with 1 bike (can be a 3 if necessary).
– Swap over as many times as you like, but runner and cyclist must must swap at least once and stay within 10 meters of each other.
– Follows Brandon Park Blue route (6ish miles) – or as close as forestry operations allow.
– Family/Friends are welcome.
– Have fun!

Current records:
Kate/Derek 44.08.80 – Full 6 miles route
Ian/Liz 41.25 – shorter route (anti-clockwise)
Kevin/Ken 37.27 – shorter route (clockwise)

Actions if you want to take part:
– If there’s someone you want to pair up with let us know.
– If you’re interested but don’t have a partner, you can let us know at the usual club email address, and we can start to pair you up but we can also arrange teams on the nght if necessary. We will try and pair experienced forest people with those who have less knowledge of the route so you don’t get lost! (maps will be available) and we will be following the marked blue route.
– If you have a suitable off road bicycle please bring it, if it i not required it can be safely left with the timekeepers.

Post Event
Previously we’ve had post run-bike drink and nibbles on the picnic tables so if the weathers nice bring a drink with you.

Hope to see lots of you there and fingers crossed for nice weather (this time)!

David Reaches Marathon Milestone!

Longstanding Fern Hopper David Toms reached a major running milestone over the Easter weekend by completing his 200th marathon!
Competing in the Great Barrow Challenge ‘Two in Two’ David completed his 199th marathon on Good Friday and then completed back to back marathons on the Saturday to make it a round 200 marathons so far!

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Brandon Fern Hoppers are immensely proud to count David as one of our own, and grateful for wonderful  way he represents the club wherever he goes. Well done David!