John Barrow Relay Results

Team 1

Karen Emery: 20.47

Jim Balcombe: 10.30

Zoe Parish: 12.02

Steve Brown: 11.43= 55.02   (9th)               

 

Team 2 

Janice Hall: 14.38

Eddie Carmen: 11.02

Andy Parish: 12:21

Fish: 10.41 = 48.42   (2nd)

 

Team 3

Rob Emery: 13.09

Gemma Woolrych: 12.35\

Gary Hobart: 13.01

Karen Balcombe: 12.19 = 51.04   (5th)

 

Team 4

Molly Hobart: 15.26

Andy Blake: 12.54

Nicky Rands: 14.24

Chris Gibbons: 12.09 = 54.53   (8th)

 

Team 5

Sally Ryder: 14.13

Ruth Brandon (Guest): 11.29

Vikki Last: 14.00

Jim Hayes: 13.29 = 53.11   (6th)

 

Reephams Team 1 were the winners in 45.36, Team 2 were 4th in 49.52, Team 3 were 7th in 54.11, Team 4 were 3rd in 48.49 & Team 5 were 10th in 57.35.

NNBR CAN TAKE THE HEAT

On one of the hottest Sundays of an already hot summer, North Norfolk Beach Runners sent three teams to the Ekiden marathon relay organised by Ipswich Jaffa Running Club at Woodbridge.

Ekiden, an idea which began in Japan, is a marathon length race run in six stages of ranging from 5k to 10k. The Woodbridge event, which snakes around the grounds of Woodbridge school and is the only one in the UK, was established over 20 years ago. This year’s involved 200 senior teams which, together with juniors, added up to more than 1600 runners.

NNBR’s squad comprised firstly five female runners and a male competing as Pearls and Dean (he’s a diamond) who lost a lot of moisture in accumulating a time which had still to be confirmed at the time of going to press.

And then,  in keeping with the club’s previous two years of participation, the mature end of the membership was represented by the SuperSeventies and SuperSeventies Too squads, which respectively gained second and first places in the over-70s category, not bad for a cumulative age of 891, which is slightly more than Norwich cathedral and yet more mobile.

A significant contributor to that statistic was the legendary and inspirational Malcolm Ball, 84, back on track after a health blip, who knocked off a 5k leg in 30C and hardly raised a sweat. Therein should lie the aspiration of all runners.

 

Photocaptions  (credit: John Worrall – IMYTM  (Infinitely More Youthful Team Manager))

The NNBR squad at Woodbridge Ekiden

 

The legendary Malcolm Ball at Ekiden – and that’s sun cream, not sweat.

NNBR 10k Handicap – 12.07.2018

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Position Name
1 Nick Hoyle (guest) 0.41.33
2 Rachel Welch 0.55.33
3 Nick Dash 0.49.04
4 Lisa Stickles 0.51.05
5 Russel Harmer 0.50.07
6 Nia Heycocks 0.50.18
7 Ross Ratallack 0.47.37
8 Alex Curtis 0.39.41
9 Gemma Woolrych 0.48.52
10 John Christopher 0.46.02
11 Steve Brown 0.45.34
12 Stephen Rowe 0.49.36
13 Anne Smith 1.04.19
14 Karen Balcombe 0.47.20
15 Libby Ashton 0.59.10
16 Carl Neale 0.51.44
17 Vinnie Purdy 0.37.47
18 Alex Ewbank 0.58.50
19 Richard Price Thomas 0.41.52
20 Dean Howard 0.40.57
21 Martin Eden 0.48.29
22 Richard West 0.57.50
23 Nicki Rumsby 0.57.41
24 Jen Hamilton Emery 1.07.50
25 Darren Neale 0.37.27
26 Kevin Smith 0.58.11
27 Lis Harris 0.52.30
28 Natalie Drake 0.53.50
29 Tom Gay 0.39.52
30 Jim Hayes 0.49.55
31 Karen Stubberfield 1.16.58
32 Neil Adams 0.35.32
33 Charlotte Neale 0.38.39
34 Chris Tindall 0.45.40
35 Chris Merrylees 0.38.59
36 Claire Scott 1.13.24
37 Ian Wade 0.50.34
38 Nicola Rands 0.54.39
39 Colin Stark 0.44.12
40 Phil Hurr 0.44.12
41 Rick Boyfield 0.55.36
42 John Gay 0.43.13
43 Rachel Robson 0.56.14
44 Tracey Showers 0.54.27
45 Ian Smith 0.49.45
46 Debora Gillespe 1.04.21
47 Michael O’Connor 0.17.56
48 John Folkard 1.21.06
49 George Gay 0.38.57

BEACH RUNNER GOES (NORTH-) EAST

 

North Norfolk Beach Runner and tri-athlete, Tony Witmond, is on the Danish island of Fyn this week competing in the International Triathlon Union’s world championships.

Tony, who coaches the North Norfolk Harriers (athletes in 8-18 age group) and at NNDC’s Sporting Centre of Excellence which is run in conjunction with Gresham’s school, is competing in the Aquathlon involving a 1km swim and 5k run.

Tony does have previous at this sort of thing. He was part of the GB 50-54 age group squad at the European Championships in Slovakia last year when he finished 6th, and of the GB 45-49 squad in France in 2016 when he finished 9th. Last year he was 2nd in age group at the GB national championships. By way of a warm-up for the Denmark gig, he gained age group gold in two of the three races in the recent Wroxham 5k series.

And while he’s in the groove, he’ll be at Peterborough later this month for the GB National Aquathlon championships and then at the European Triathlon Union’s championships in Ibiza in October.

None of this running around comes cheap of course, and it wouldn’t be possible without the support of his sponsors, Saxon Air.

 

Author: John Worrall

BEACH RUNNERS RUNNING HOT

Forty-three Beach Runners were among 590 sweating it out on Wednesday evening at the third race in the Wroxham 5k series, organised by Norwich Road Runners.

First home among them, Finlay Swanson, was also the youngest, having only recently entered the 17-39 category, his time of 16.52 getting 12th place overall, a performance not entirely down to the coolness of youth because one of his coaches at North Norfolk Harriers, Tony Witmond, clocked 18.38 to take gold in the M 50 to 54 category for the second time in this year’s series. Tony was looking good for the European Championships in Denmark where he will compete this week in the Aquathlon.

Other notable performances at Wroxham came from Adam Smart (M 17 to 39) in 17.51 for 33rd overall, and Charlotte Neale (F 17 to 39) in 18.02 for 39th overall and 2nd in category. Gary Linder (M 60 to 64) ran 20.59 for 4th out of 21 in category. Lady Beach Runners were first and third in the F 55 to 59 category, Karen Balcombe in 22.56 and Rachel Robson in 25.47. NNBR SuperSeventies squad member, Mike Marshall, (M 65 and over – but over a decade into that anachronistic categorisation) ran 29.03 for 17th out of 21 in category.

Spare a thought also for Shay Boyfield (lady veteran 40) who chose this summer for her first ultra, the Ultimate Trails 55k at Ambleside in the Lake District mountains. In temperatures “somewhere between 24 degrees and inferno”, she finished 338th out of 375 in a time which was academic but was certainly hours rather than days.  “It was epic” she said. Short sentences are always best when you’re out of breath.

Author: John Worrall

BEACH RUNNERS BLOW HOT AND COLD

Seven North Norfolk Beach Runners and 332 others braved the heat in the Breckland Badlands to run the Harling 10k on Sunday 1st July.

First Beach Runner home was Neil Adams (M40-44) in 36.29 for 3rd overall and 2nd in category, followed at some distance by Phil King, (M60-64) in 47.51 for 101st  overall but 3rd in category. The others in the chase were Kathryn Head (Senior F) in 49.43 –  116th and 9th; Dave Spooner (M 45-49) 51.53 – 135th and 21st; Chris Spooner (Female 45-49) –  51-54, 136th and 9th  ; Jen Armstrong  – 52.00, 138th and 10th ; and Liz Ashton 1.08.47, 284th and 43rd.

Meanwhile, the day before and closer to Beach Runner home, seven were among the 828 who ran the Holkham 10k with the slight comfort of a sea breeze, if a somewhat disconcerting categorisation system.  Alex Curtis (M 30-34) was the first Beach Runner in 49.25 for 11th overall and 3rd in category, followed by Sophie Saunders (F 25-29) in 56.11 for  309th and 13th with  Ivan Allen (M 50-54) in close attendance in 56.10 for 308th (on the gun but it’s the chip that counts) and 31st . Others from NNBR were Matt Harmer (M 30-34) in 1.00.34 for 442nd and 35th ; Helen Lewis (F 45-49) in 1.02.14 for 482nd  and 25th;  Vicky Hampson (F 25-29) in 1.03.45 for 502nd and 20th; and Mrs L M Bygrave  (F50-54) in 1.09.00 for 620th and 21st.

At the other end of the spectrum, both meteorologically and geographically, was the marathon in Wellington, New Zealand, where in driving, torrential rain, not unusual in “Windy Wellington” as they call it, the first Beach Runner home, indeed the only Beach Runner home, was Nathan Bayle in 3.37.28.

 

Author: John Worrall

NNBR Beach Race Handicap – 22.06.2018

Position Name Time Difference
1 Gav Dent 1:13:24 – 04:06
2 Ian Wade 1:22:15 – 01:15
3 Steve Brown 1:16:48 00:18
4 Ian Smith 1:18:23 00:23
5 Gemma Woolrych 1:18:31 01:01
6 Nick Dash 1:10:34 02:34
7 Ivan Allan 1:24:45 02:45
8 Alex Ewbank 1:19:39 03:09
9 Gary Linder 1:10:30 03:30
10 Dean Howard 1:05:19 04:19
11 Natalie Drake 1:25:53 04:23
12 Rick Boyfield 1:26:03 04:33
13 Wayne Gibbs 1:09:44 04:44
14 Tracey Showers 1:26:23 04:53
15 Darren Armstrong 1:04:04 05:04
16 Sam Weller 1:15:10 05:10
17 Chris Tindall 1:12:17 05:17
18 Anne Smith 1:45:17 05:17
19 Kevin Smith 1:33:43 05:43
20 Andy Blake 1:19:55 05:55
21 Derek Sadler 1:16:09 06:09
22 Neil Adams 0:57:44 06:44
23 Jim Hayes 1:18:19 06:49
24 Tom Kelly 1:30:27 06:57
25 Daryl London 1:10:02 07:02
26 Anita Bullen 1:24:57 07:27
27 Karl Harper 1:25:10 07:40
28 Vinnie Purdy 1:05:22 08:52
29 David Dawber 1:20:48 09:18
30 Nicola Rands 1:27:43 10:13
31 Keith Reardon 1:33:58 10:28
32 Andy Parish 1:20:33 10:33
33 Rachel Smith 1:32:06 10:36
34 Zoe Parish 1:25:12 10:42
35 Sue Ilsley 1:28:21 10:51
36 Alex Curtis 1:25:24 10:54
37 Adam Smart 1:10:03 11:03
38 Martin Eden 1:22:24 11:24
39 Liz Harris 1:26:36 12:06
40 Amy Worley 1:36:51 12:21
41 Fish Sadler 1:23:24 12:24
42 Richard West 1:37:12 12:42
43 Matt Harmer 1:31:13 13:13
44 Tony Gentry 1:33:26 13:26
45 Rachel Robson 1:28:39 14:09
46 Ian Windley 1:28:14 14:44
47 John Folkard 2:08:22 17:52
48 Shay Boyfield 1:40:32 19:02
49 Jen Armstrong 1:45:09 27:39
50 Annette Boreham 1:45:09 27:39

 

NNBR on the Broads

Forty Seven North Norfolk Beach Runners were among 630 entrants in the 2nd race of the 3-race Wroxham 5k series organised by Norwich Road Runners on Wednesday evenings, counterintuitively in Hoveton but that’s close enough.

First Beach Runner home was Neil Adams (so what’s new?) (M40-44)  in a time of 16.26 for 11th place overall and 3rd in category, followed closely in the NNBR order of things by Chris Merrylees (M40-44) in 16.52 for 17thoverall and 4th in category. Two other relatively senior NNBR citizens – Tony Whitmond (M50-54) in 17.48 for 39th overall but FIRST  in category, and Euan Prasser, in 18.34 for 85th overall and 11th in category – completed the foursome which carried off the Masters Gold. Somewhere in among them was Chris Parker (M17-39), 17.32 for 29th overall and 17th in category, who’s not yet a master but he isn’t getting any younger.

First lady Beach Runner was Charlotte Neale (again so what’s new?) (F18-39)  in 18.06 for 59th overall  and 5th in category.

Two NNBR SuperSeventies were there,  Mike Marshall clocking 29.17 for 549th, and Liz Letzer, in 33.12 for 599th, but since this was yet another event still not categorizing beyond “65 and over”, category positions are irrelevant because they wouldn’t be comparing like with like.

 

 

Author: John Worrall

NNBR 5 Mile Handicap – 07.06.2018

Run Time Handicap Time Difference
1 Lisa Stickells 00:42:44 01:00:00 00:17:16
2 Simon Gibson 00:37:36 00:45:00 00:07:24
3 Tom Rivett 00:36:20 00:39:57 00:03:37
4 Alex Ewbank 00:40:58 00:44:30 00:03:32
5 Michael O’Connor 00:57:27 01:00:49 00:03:22
6 Garry Hobart 00:40:09 00:43:23 00:03:14
7 Jane Stead 00:39:55 00:43:00 00:03:05
8 Anne Smith 00:53:46 00:56:42 00:02:56
9 Vinnie Purdy 00:30:17 00:32:56 00:02:39
10 Gemma Barnes 00:52:25 00:54:54 00:02:29
11 Nicki Rumsby 00:45:58 00:48:16 00:02:18
12 Phil Hurr 00:33:05 00:35:02 00:01:57
13 Liz Letzer 00:54:48 00:56:20 00:01:32
14 Lisa Appleton 00:39:41 00:41:05 00:01:24
15 George Gay 00:39:41 00:41:05 00:01:24
16 Kevin Smith 00:47:19 00:48:30 00:01:11
17 Deborah Gillespie 00:49:01 00:49:56 00:00:55
18 Sam Weller 00:37:05 00:37:56 00:00:51
19 Nancy Crow 00:48:03 00:48:52 00:00:49
20 Gary Linder 00:35:34 00:36:21 00:00:47
21 Kirk Price 00:40:31 00:41:16 00:00:45
22 Janice Hall 00:46:30 00:47:12 00:00:42
23 Ali Lowe 00:44:13 00:44:54 00:00:41
24 Michelle Parsons 00:53:26 00:53:55 00:00:29
25 Nicola Rands 00:42:03 00:42:25 00:00:22
26 Sue Ilsley 00:43:57 00:44:16 00:00:19
27 Adrian Dye 00:36:54 00:37:10 00:00:16
28 Graham Robson 00:42:37 00:42:53 00:00:16
29 Vicky Last 00:42:05 00:42:18 00:00:13
30 Sarah Morter 00:57:54 00:58:00 00:00:06
31 Jen Emery 00:54:03 00:54:05 00:00:02
32 Alex Curtis 00:32:10 00:32:07 00:00:03
33 Derek Sadler 00:37:50 00:37:33 00:00:17
34 Mike Marshall 00:51:41 00:51:19 00:00:22
35 Darren Armstrong 00:32:25 00:32:01 00:00:24
36 Nicholas Dash 00:45:06 00:44:38 00:00:28
37 Keith Reardon 00:47:28 00:46:56 00:00:32
38 John Gay 00:32:50 00:32:14 00:00:36
39 Dean Howard 00:33:32 00:32:55 00:00:37
40 Eddie Carmen 00:35:43 00:35:05 00:00:38
41 Ian Windley 00:40:22 00:39:39 00:00:43
42 Neil Adams 00:28:30 00:27:46 00:00:44
43 Richard West 00:46:25 00:45:33 00:00:52
44 Carl Neale 00:41:56 00:40:56 00:01:00
45 Chris Tindall 00:36:43 00:35:36 00:01:07
46 Ivan Allen 00:45:16 00:44:04 00:01:12
47 Tom Gay 00:31:58 00:30:16 00:01:42
48 Steve Roe 00:40:28 00:38:12 00:02:16
49 Noel Spruce 00:47:17 00:44:56 00:02:21
50 Charlie Ennals 00:39:14 00:36:45 00:02:29
51 Eddie Rawlings 00:34:34 00:31:01 00:03:33
52 Gemma Wooldridge 00:43:44 00:40:06 00:03:38
53 Steve Brown 00:40:56 00:37:18 00:03:38
54 Tony Gentry 00:45:13 00:41:17 00:03:56
55 Natasha Summer 00:46:18 00:41:55 00:04:23
56 Karen Stubberfield 01:01:53 00:57:22 00:04:31
57 Lesley Winston 00:48:07 00:43:36 00:04:31
58 Peter Eaton 01:09:18 00:58:30 00:10:48

 

 

The Mike Groves 10k

The Mike Groves 10k, the second race in The 2018 Coltishall Jaguars 10K
series, took place around RAF Coltishall on Sunday 10th June when a flat
runway course attracted 10 North Norfolk Beach Runner potential pb
baggers, first home among whom, in the absence of Neil Adams, Chris
Merrylees and one or two others, was Darren Armstrong (M40-44) in 39.12
for 26th out of 488 finishers and 9th in category.
More particularly, 88th overall was Gary Linder (M60-64) in 43.12 for
1st in category. And not far behind him was Sam Weller (M65-69) in 44.41
for 113th overall but 3rd in category, which augers well for his
imminent qualification for the Super Seventies squad. First lady home,
paradoxically, was Vicky Last (F 18-34) in 51.29 for 221st overall and
14thin category.
Meanwhile, going back a week and three years after she started running,
Beach Runner Beck Maun (FV40), tackled the 28.5 mile Calderdale Way
Ultra (short), a Pennine course substantially off-road in West
Yorkshire. Finishing fast in 6.40.35 to grab 26th place out of 46
finishers, she would have done better, had not her navigation led her
adrift a couple of times, eventually to cover 31 miles. But fair enough,
this wasn’t Roman Camp and practice makes perfect.

 

 

 

Author: John Worrall