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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!

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)!

Newmarket Heath Race ‘The Gallops’

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Newmarket Heath Race ‘The Gallops’

Results from Newmarket Heath Race
‘The Gallops…’

as its colloquially known! :)

Steve Neale 22:42
Steve Brodie 28:24
Sophie Harrison 30:15
Stephen ‘Frank’ Spencer 30:18
Carolyn Cordner 33:53
Julie Ebbage 34:34
Lisa Plumb 35:57
Dianne Calvert 38:24

Special mention to Lily who came second in the U15 Girls ‘Fun Run’ in a time of 09:13!

The event raised over £1500 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Great turn out again, well done everyone!