Sixteen Beach Runners made the trip to the south coast at the weekend to be among 12,561 starters in the Brighton marathon, on what turned out to be the hottest day of the year so far. First Beach Runner home was ultra specialist Colin Stark in 3.12.53 for 280th place overall and 261st male finisher out of 7743. First lady Beach Runner – and 68th lady out of 4818 – was Lisa Oakley in 3.29.48 for 835th place overall. Eight Beach Runners cracked four hours.
Closer to home but, without a sea breeze, even hotter, ten Beach Runners were among 2016 finishers of the Larking Gowen Norwich half marathon organised by City of Norwich AC from Norwich Showground. First Beach Runner home was Tim Francis in 1.46.51 for 331st place, with Natasha Sumner the first Beach Runner lady in 2.05.05 for 936th place. NNBR SuperSeventies runner, Mike Marshall, clocked 2.28.41 for 1668th place, and 18th out of 25 in the 65+ age group although he qualifies for the 75+, and will be part of the team for the Ekiden marathon relay at Woodbridge on July 16th.
North Norfolk Beach Runners were putting themselves about to some effect at the weekend across East Anglia and elsewhere.
Star performer was Andy Kett who led all the way to win the Bungay Black Dog Marathon in a time of 2.55.04. Other Beach Runners in the field of 177 included Ivan Allen (M50-59) in 4.15.01, and Janice Hall and Hazel Wray (both F45-54) who finished together in 4.45.34.
Another nabbing a first was Phil J Hurr who won the V60 category in the Diss (biking and running) Duathlon.
But further afield, and further up the age scale, Jim Hayes (71) came 5th out of 23 runners in the V70 category (and 4110th overall among 8686 finishers) in the Great Manchester Marathon, in an outstanding time of 3.58.42, adding weight to his campaign for a V70 category to be a standard inclusion for all races. Jim will again competing in the Ekiden Marathon Relay at Woodbridge on 16th July as part of the NNBR SuperSeventies team for which he has agreed to run all six stages.
Twenty six North Norfolk Beach Runners were among the 360 who ran the Broadland Half Marathon on Sunday 12th March.
This early season event on the road racing calendar and the premier event organised by Norwich Road Runners, starts and finishes at South Walsham, taking in Ranworth, Woodbastwick and Salhouse on a criss-crossing out-and-back course.
First Beach Runner home was, not unusually, Neil Adams in 1.20.23 for 4th place, with Chris Parker not far behind in 1.22.48 for 8th. Ultra man Vinny Purdy was third in the 40-44 age group and 12th overall in 1.24.49 while in the same age group, Ed Rawlings was 5th and 19th overall in 1.26.26.
Charlotte Neale was the first lady Beach Runner and second female overall in an outstanding time of 1.26.46, paced by Chris Merrylees who finished in 1.26.50.
In ideal cool running conditions, several Beach Runners, some of them still relatively new to running, recorded personal best times and afterwards heaped praise on club coaches who have been helping them towards longer distances, including marathons for some later this year.