Suffolk Runner

Takes on Twelve Marathon Challenge for Meningitis

Beccles & Bungay Harriers

DECEMBER has been a very busy month for the club with the run up to Christmas, there have been Parkruns, Cross Country events, Sportshall competitions, various Christmas themed races and club events, including our annual Christmas Parties for our juniors and adults! We’ve had a great month and we’re ready to face the challenges of 2019, starting with RED January, raising money and awareness for mental health and wellbeing with the charity, Mind. Here is a round-up of events

MULTIPLE marathon runner John Fensom will be running an incredible twelve marathons– all to raise money in memory of a family friend’s son who sadly died of meningitis. John, from Halesworth

decided to run the races in the space of a year after his childhood friend Bryan Hall and wife Georgie’s six- year-old, Ollie died from Meningitis B in October 2017. The marathons, which take place all over the country including Ipswich, Edinburgh, and Richmond, will culminate with the London Marathon in April. “After seeing the devastation

to Bryan and Georgie and his younger brother Charlie by Oliver’s tragically sudden death from meningitis I knew I wanted to do something,” John said. “I’ve never seen such loss and sadness.” Although John will be

running to raise money for Meningitis Now in memory of Ollie, he will also have his father in his heart on the day. “I’m grateful that my twelfth and final marathon of the

challenge will be at London 2019. It’s a special event for me not only because it was my first ever marathon but also because my father was dying of cancer at the time. “I had to make the hard

decision to run it as I knew that’s what he wanted. Luckily, I was able to get back to him to show him my finishers medal – but he died four days later. “London 2019 will not

only be a special end to the challenge, it’ll also be two years to the day since his passing. I’ll be running with both dad and Oliver in my heart – it’ll be emotional, that’s for sure!”. John only started running

seriously four years ago after going through what he called a “pretty bad mental and emotional breakdown”. He said he fell in love with the sport, finding it to be very meditative as well as a way to gain space for his thoughts. “It’s not that I stop thinking as I run,” he said, “but it helps untangle my thoughts and create space”.

in December: The club has ran a total of 3,130 miles and collectively have ran a total of 115 Parkrun events, gaining 25 personal bests at these free weekly 5k run, jog or walk events (results taken from athletes registered on the club’s Strava account); School Cross Country trials – Isabelle Last and Sam Bullen qualifying for the next round; Suffolk Junior Sportshall Individual Championships


home a haul of medals; 24 runners at the second Suffolk Winter League XC race at Woodbridge; 17 runners at the Beccles Turkey Trot – a 10 mile race around Ringsfield and surrounding villages; 11 juniors at the Inter-club Sportshall Competition in conjunction with Waveney Valley Athletics Club, Great Yarmouth & District Athletics Club, Bungay Black Dogs and Framlingham Flyers - Individual awards: U11 girls - Tamiya Thurston 2nd; U13 girls - Kyla Butcher 3rd and U15 girls - Kaitlin Sinden 3rd; Festive Forest Challenge 10k George Shiplee 43:19 - 3rd position overall; 28 runners at the East Coast Santa Dash with 5k personal best times for Lindsay Black (22:44), Laura Button (25:12) and Louise Peck (36:25); Two track meets at Wellesley Road Athletics Track, Great Yarmouth; 25 runners at the annual Groggy Doggy Cross Country race at Bungay Common on Boxing Day. We hold twice weekly training sessions for adults and

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juniors, at the same time and the same venue meaning that all the family can come along and run, and parents are safe in the knowledge that their children are being looked after and within eyesight! The first session is free and just £1.50 per week thereafter. Sessions are adaptable for all abilities, from beginners to competitive runners, we have many coaches and run leaders able to accommodate everybody – come along and try us out!

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Juniors John Groom "A True Bungay Man"

JOHN Groom passed away suddenly this week surrounded by his family and friends aged 70.

A dedicated businessman,

John was also a Town Councillor, Town Reeve and had been Mayor of Bungay on three separate occasions. Well known for his butchers shop which he ran for 35 years as well as his popular Catering company which he ran with his

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new projects and we are particularly hoping to expand our woodwork and gardening activities. It is a pleasure to be a member of the team at Waveney Enterprises and to see the dedication and hard work of the staff, volunteers and service users reflected in the lovely items produced for our shop. It is a friendly and creative place to work and I am enjoying working with and getting to know our service users. After many years of teaching young children and working in the education sector, it is rewarding to be working with adults. For myself too there is a sense of achievement - of being able to share my creative skills with others and supporting them to develop their talents. Waveney


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