Round Norfolk Relay

North Norfolk Beach Runners had two teams in the 31st running of the Round Norfolk Relay at the weekend. The course follows the county boundary over a distance of 198 miles, divided into 17 unequal stages starting and finishing at Lynnsport in Kings Lynn. A staggered start sees the teams leaving Lynn on Saturday morning, the first away at 5.30am, and all of them finishing on Sunday morning before the 29hrs 30min cut-off. For all teams, organisation of support vehicles and accompanying cyclists through day and night is as crucial as running prowess.
This year, 61 teams competed, City of Norwich Athletic Club claiming first place in a time of 20hrs, 23min 40 secs reflecting 6.11 per mile, but NNBR’s A team came fifth – second in the Club category and first in the Association of Running Clubs category – with a time of 22.05.34 at 6.42. Team member Tony Whitmond claimed the Darryl Davis Memorial Trophy for the best age graded performance by a male master, on Stage 4, with a grading of 75.3%.
NNBR’s B Team meanwhile clocked 27.53.36 at 8.27 to grab 48th place overall and 5th in the mixed class.
NNBR also organised two of the changeover points – at Cromer and Mundesley – and at the latter, runners, supporters and back-up teams again enjoyed refreshments provided by the Coronation Hall committee, a long-standing highlight of the race which is gaining legendary status.

BEACH RUNNER HIGHS AND LOWS

Five North Norfolk Beach Runners were among 220 finishers of the Wissey Half Marathon organised on Sunday 3rd September by Ryston Runners on a flatish and roughly circular course starting and finishing at Oxborough just off the Fens in west Norfolk.

First Beach Runner home was Chris Parker (MO) in fifth place overall in 1.25.26, followed by Lynton Battrick (M40-44) in 14th with a time of 1.29.13. Lisa Ward (F40-44), the only lady Beach Runner, finished in 2.39.55 for 212th place.

The other two Beach Runners, both NNBR SuperSeventies squad members, were necessarily competing in the 60+ age category group because the age classifications went no higher. Jim Hayes (71) was nevertheless first home among 14 runners in the category with a time of 1.46.26, while Mike Marshall (76) finished in 2.26.11.

Meanwhile, on a slightly hillier course, Ben Jones completed the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc, a 167km race over two days through alpine goat country with spectacular, and often precipitate, rises and falls. Starting at an altitude of 1000m and not dipping much below that, it involved climbs totalling 10,000m tackled through day and night. His time of 45.28.36 gained him 1638th place out of 2537 starters. 851 runners did not finish.

Worstead 5 Mile Handicap – 24.08.2017

Position 1st Name Surname Handicap Actual Difference
1 Ross Haddow 00:54:10 00:49:28 4.42
2 Robbie Birtwell 00:39:42 00:35:07 4.35
3 Shay Boyfield 00:50:55 00:47:21 3.34
4 Robert Wells 00:36:19 00:34:15 2.24
5 Sarah Morter 00:53:34 00:52:05 1.29
6 Garry Hobart 00:42:18 00:40:54 1.24
7 Jamie Stares 00:30:00 00:29:04 0.56
8 Matt Harmer 00:39:49 00:39:01 0.48
9 Shelly Burton 00:50:21 00:49:37 0.44
10 Sam Weller 00:36:59 00:36:16 0.43
11 Garry Linder 00:36:22 00:35:39 0.43
12 Graham Robson 00:41:31 00:40:51 0.4
13 Ian Windley 00:41:26 00:40:56 0.3
14 Carl Neale 00:38:33 00:38:08 0.25
15 Jacob Stares 00:30:00 00:29:36 0.24
16 John Stares 00:37:39 00:37:18 0.21
17 Nick Slade 00:33:54 00:33:40 0.14
18 Tony Witmond 00:30:13 00:30:00 0.13
19 David Dawber 00:41:07 00:40:56 0.11
20 Jim Hayes 00:38:16 00:38:13 0.03
21 Becky Maun 00:37:47 00:38:03 -0.16
22 John Gay 00:33:01 00:33:20 -0.19
23 Charlie Ennals 00:38:01 00:38:28 -0.27
24 Rachel Robson 00:41:03 00:41:40 -0.37
25 Kerry Smith 00:48:04 00:49:36 -1.32
26 Keith Dickens 00:48:14 00:49:52 -1.38
27 Sue Ilsley 00:42:49 00:44:39 -1.5
28 Rick Boyfield 00:46:44 00:48:36 -1.52
29 Clive Hedges 00:37:37 00:39:33 -1.56
30 Catherine Young 00:46:56 00:49:19 -2.23
31 Tony Gentry 00:42:10 00:44:50 -2.4
32 Molly Underwood 00:46:52 00:51:11 -4.19

NNBR at Reepham

Twenty seven North Norfolk Beach Runners were among 366 who finished the Reepham 10k, organised by Reepham Runners on Sunday 27th August.
In warm conditions, first Beach Runner home was Adrian Dyde in a time of 45.00 for in 55th position and 9th in the M50-59 category while the first lady Beach Runner was Rebecca Maun in 48.14 for 95th position overall but 4th in F 40-49.
As usual, the NNBR higher age groups showed maturity, poise and not a little pace, with Gary Linder and Sam Weller grabbing 1st and 2nd place respectively in the M 60-69, their times of 45.44 and 46.08 getting 63rd and 67th places overall. And Super Seventies squad representatives were also well in the mix with Jim Hayes 3rd in the M 70+ category and 196th overall in a time of 54.02 and Mike Marshall finishing fast in 01.01.59 for 5th 283rd overall. In the F70+, marathon specialist Brenda Kinch grabbed 2nd in F70+ category and 287th overall with a time of 1.02.28.

Reepham Summer 10k – 27.08.2017

55 Adrian Dyde 45:00
62 Tom Rivett 45:46
63 Gary Linder 45:45
67 Sam Weller 46:09
76 Nicholas Dash 46:55
77 John Stares 46:58
90 Josh Dyde 48:07
124 Graham Cornish 49:30
129 Derek Sadler 49:20
147 Andy Parish 50:57
155 Matt Harmer 51:24
158 Ivan Allen 51:50
163 David Dawber 52:11
171 Garry Hobart 52:37
186 Jim Hayes 54:03
188 Zoe Parish 53:56
196 Sal Ryder 54:36
197 Peter Grant 54:37
235 Liz Harris 57:05
264 Rob Emery 59:53
283 Mike Marshall 1:01:59
287 Brenda Kinch 1:02:28
289 Sally Dyde 1:02:31
293 Vicky Last 1:03:24
350 Claire Scott 1:13:51
364 Karen Stubberfield 1:18:18

 

DEREHAM DASH

Eight North Norfolk Beach Runners were among 341 competitors who dashed round Dereham on Sunday the 20th in the Dereham 5k organised by Dereham Runners and it was the NNBR middle order age groups who shone.
First home among them was John Stares (M 50-54) in 106th place overall with a time of 21.16, followed by Graham Cornish (M 40-45), 145th, in 22.56. Gary Hobart (M 50-54) puffed in at 176th with a time of 23.54.
First NNBR lady home was Rachel Robson, (F 50-54) 183rd in 24.19, finishing fast to beat husband Graham (M 55-59), 189th in 24.23.