NNBR ON THE RUNWAY

NNBR ON THE RUNWAY

A squadron of 21 North Norfolk Beach Runners, along with 629 others, battled a stiff wind during the Mad March Hare 10k organised by Coltishall Jaguars on the former RAF Coltishall airbase, but good flying conditions, down-wind anyway, produced a few notable performances.

In a race won by Callum Simpson, (MO and unattached), in 36.01, NNBR had three in the top 30, two of them of a certain age: John Fagan (M45-49) in 39.33 for 16th overall and 2nd out of 51 in category, and same category Darren Armstrong in 40.59 for 30th and 3rd. But the marginally more hirsute Adam Smart (MO) prevented a bald blokes one-two with an intervening 39.52 for 19th and 11th out of 117.

Maturity nevertheless led the way further down the field, with Christine Thorne (F65-69), now back to competitive running, posting 1.00.10 for 463rd overall and a category 1st, while perennial category winner, Derek Sadler (M65-69), maintained form with 47.58 for 155th overall and a standard procedure 1st.

But neither was the youth wing left in the hangar, Natalie Drake (FO) clocking 49.48 190th and 13th out of 122, and Liz Harris (F 40-44) in 52.18 for 255 and 7th out of 56.

All others returned safely to base.

 

Author: John Worrall

SPRINGING FORTH

An unseasonably warm mid-February Sunday saw North Norfolk Beach Runners flourish like spring flowers in four separate events over the weekend.

The biggest bunch – 13 – was to be seen at Norfolk Gazelles’ Valentine 10k to the south and west of Norwich. In a race won by CONAC’s George Gay in 32.59 (he nevertheless with an umbilical connection to NNBR), first Beach Runner home was usual suspect Neil Adams (M40-44) in 35.52 for 10th overall out of 593 and 4th in category, followed by Chris Parker (M Senior) in 36.42 for 15th and 9th. Phil Hurr (M 60 to 64) was first out of 17 in category and 47th overall in 39.36, while first lady Beach Runner was Hilary Peachment (F Senior) in 51.43 for 286th and 24th.

Then in the Marriott’s Way trail marathon, Darren Neale (M 40-44) stormed along the former railway, like HS2 but more cheaply, in 3.02.48 for second place out of 99 finishers but still only 2nd in category because the race was won by similar vintage Cambridge Harrier Mitchell Dann in 2.56.16. Also second in category – but a different one – was Adrian Dyde (M60-64) with 4.28.03 for 48th overall. Lady Beach Runner Rachel Welch F40-44 completed the NNBR triumvirate in 86th and 8th with 5.26.30.

Meanwhile, out west at the Stamford 30k, won by David Hudson of BRG Run and Tri in 1.44.36, leading Beach Runner was Mrs Neale – Charlotte – (Senior Female) in 2.11.49 for 72nd out of 625 but 5th in category, while Beck Maun (FV45) was 244th and 10th with 2.35.06. Karl Harper (MV45) finished fast to grab 345th and 45th with 2.46.46.

And then down south, a long way down south, Nathan Bayle (M18-39), still parading the NNBR blue in an Antipodean late summer flowering, completed the NZ South Island’s Shotover trail half marathon – “some crazy mountains and creek crossings“, (like Roman Camp on a rainy day, then) in 1.59.16 for 10th out of 127 and 7th in category.

Author: John Worrall

New Years Day Fun Run Results

Please note: The names of the runners  were on a sheet of paper that blew way in the wind – never to be seen again!

Position Time Number Name
1 6m 07s 473
2 6m 08s 475
3 6m 09s 462
4 6m 18s 492
5 6m 28s 484
6 6m 45s 466
7 6m 48s 433
8 6m 49s 435
9 6m 59s 435
10 7m 04s 478
11 7m 10s 499
12 7m 12s 465
13 7m 15s 497
14 7m 20s 493
15 7m 33s 453
16 7m 38s 464
17 7m 42s 463
18 7m 53s 458
19 7m 55s 452
20 7m 56s 451
21 7m 79s 472
22 8m 25s 460
23 8m 30s 423
24 8m 31s 424
25 8m 32s 447
26 8m 33s 467
27 8m 34s 470
28 8m 35s 469
29 8m 36s 500
30 8m 37s 468
31 8m 38s 454
32 8m 39s 438
33 8m 45s 457
34 8m 46s 491
35 8m 47s 490
36 8m 54s 439
37 9m 12s 476
38 9m 21s 489
39 9m 22s 487
40 9m 23s 488
41 9m 32s 471
42 9m 33s 483
43 9m 43s 436
44 9m 44s 437
45 9m 45s 480
46 9m 47s 459
47 9m 48s 477
48 9m 50s 430
49 9m 53s 461
50 9m 55s 445
51 9m 57s 442
52 10m 05s 486
53 10m 06s 485
54 10m 08s 421
55 10m 09s 422
56 10m 10s 429
57 10m 11s 428
58 10m 12s 450
59 10m 13s 449
60 10m 33s 448
61 10m 34s 431
62 10m 35s 432
63 10m 36s 455
64 11m 07s 479
65 11m 08s 495
66 11m 10s 494
67 11m 12s 443
68 11m 13s 444
69 11m 46s 446
70 11m 47s 441
71 13m 00s 440
72 13m 01s 482
73 13m 09s 481
74 14m 03s 496
75 15m 29s 474
76 15m 30s 425
77 15m 30s 426
78 15m 31s 427

 

 

2019 UP AND RUNNING.

Fifteen North Norfolk Beach Runners were among 667 who got 2019 off to a flying start by running the Wymondham 10k on New Year’s Day. In a race won by Jack White of City of Norwich Athletic Club on a course with its share of early bottlenecks, Neil Adams (M 40 to 44) stretched his neck to grab 6th place overall and 3rd in category with a time of 35.18, followed in the NNBR scheme of things by Chris Parker (M Senior) in 36.34 for 15th and 8th. Charlotte Neale (F Senior) was, as usual, the first lady Beach Runner, clocking 38.12 for 25th and 3rd.
Club senior citizens again showed good form, particularly Phil Hurr (M 60 to 64) who ran 38.27 for 31st but 1st in category, while not-quite-so-senior Darren Armstrong (M45 to 49) grabbed second in category and 41st overall with 40.96. But back up the age scale, Derek Sadler (M 60 to 64) ran 48.49 for 194th and 7th, while Jim Hayes (M 65+ but rising 73) clocked 50.20 for 236th and 5th (out of 25). And then Mike Marshall, (M 65 + plus a few more than Jim) was 523rd and 17th out of the same 25 in 1.02.47.
Some of this form transferred to the Norfolk County Cross Country Championships at Thetford on Sunday 6th when 13 Beach Runners won four gongs between them, two of them golds.
In the men’s senior race over 10.6 km, won by Logan Smith of City of Norwich Athletic Club in 34.48, Phil Hurr (V60) was again first in category and 46th overall in 43.14, while SuperSeventy Sam Weller (V70) nursing all sorts of afflictions was nevertheless also first in category and 114th overall with a time of 59.18.
Over the U.20s’ 8 km course, Finlay Swanson was third in 28.43, while Karen Balcombe (V55) clocked 34.49 for the 6,4 km women’s course, finishing in 68th and 3rd.

 

Author, John Worrall

NNBR XC Race 3 (Bacton Woods) – 27.12.2019

1 Darren Armstrong 48:34
2 Daryl London 50:35
3 Dean Howard 52:56
4 Gavin Payne 52:57
5 Harry Haughton 54:49
6 Stephen Haughton 56:28
7 Zac Last 56:59
8 Josh Craske 57:21
9 Karl Neale 57:53
10 John Stares 57:53
11 Eddie Carman 57:53
12 Kevin Ames 58:17
13 Gemma Woolrych 1:01:48
14 Jim Hayes 1:02:27
15 Ian Wade 1:04:34
16 Jen Armstrong 1:04:53
17 Lisa Ward 1:06:12
18 Vicky Last 1:08:52
19 Andy Toogood 1:08:52
20 Liz Rayner 1:15:35
21 Emma Culley 1:17:15

 

TIS THE SEASON …….

……..to be jolly and North Norfolk Beach Runners have been finding jolly things to do, starting with the three who battled a howling icy wind to take on the Festive Forest Challenge organised by Positive Steps at West Stow Country Park in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care in Bury St Edmunds.

Three options were available – 10k, half marathon and 20 miles – and two Beach Runners were among 132 who went for the sprint, Sal Ryder (F50-54) covering the 10k in a very creditable 53.40 for an even more creditable 13th overall and 1st in category. Libby Ashton (F35-39) was mid-table at 64th and 5thwith a time of 1.07.27. The 10k winner was Simon Wright (M35-39) of Norwich Road Runners in 39.43.

Jim Hayes (M70+(4)), never one to do things by halves, opted for the 20-miler and claimed a very impressive 15th out of 37 overall and, naturally enough, 1st in category, with a time of 3.14.11. Race winner, paradoxically, was Jim Last of Framlingham Flyers in 2.12.50.

Meanwhile, on a jollier, not to say sillier, note, a dozen Beach Runners were among 215 who tackled the even more challenging – because it was in seasonal dress – 5k Buxton Santa Run sponsored by Sportlink in aid of Autism Anglia and organised by Norfolk Gazelles in and around the eponymous village.

First Beach Runner home, but only because his Santa hat fell off, was SuperSeventy Sam Weller (M65+(5)) in 23.32 and 1st in category, followed by Garry Hobart (M55-59) and his dog (M-4 legs) for joint 25th (with dog) and 4th (and 1st) in categories. Category podium finishes were also achieved by Natalie Drake (FO) in 24.16 for 29th and 1st; Helen Hagon (F55-59) in 25.28 for 33rd and 1st; Fiona Morrison (65+) in 33.11 for 105th and 2nd , Carl Neale (M50-54) in 24.16 for 29th and 3rd, and Rachel Welch (F40-44) in 28.05 for 52nd and 3rd.

Meanwhile, in sunnier climes, Beach Runner Robbie Britton ran 2.29.31 for the Valencia Marathon, his first sub-2.30 and the fastest by some way that an NNBR vest has covered the distance, the superior aerodynamics of the svelte new design achieved by club kit manager, Peter Eaton, having, he said, played a significant part.

Author: John Worrall

BEACH RUNNERS ON TRACKS

 

Photocredit: Nathan Bayle.

Five North Norfolk Beach Runners were among 566 who ran the Snetterton Half Marathon at the eponymous race track on Sunday. In fine and dry conditions, all five opted for super soft compounds and a no-stop strategy and spread themselves evenly down the field.

In a race won by Ben Spratling of City of Norwich AC in 1.12.15, Beach Runner Neil Adams (M40-49) claimed 8th overall and 2nd in category with 1.38.26 while Alex Curtis (Male Senior) ran 1.38.26 for 99th overall and 49th in category. Next in the NNBR order of things was Miles Wiggington (M 40-49) in 1.51,03 for 231st and 70th, followed by Richard West (M 40-49) in 2.10.46 for 406th and 158th . Libby Ashton (F Senior) kept an eye on the chaps from astern with 2.14.50 for 438th and 76th out of 117 in category.

Meanwhile down south, in fact a long way south, Nathan Bayle (M 20-29) ran the wonderfully scenic Queenstown marathon in New Zealand in 3.48.23 which made him 253rd out of 2150 finishers, 63rd in category and officially a PB (Pommie Bastard). From the photograph, it seems to have been a hair-raising experience.

Going longer again but closer to home, Beach Runners Vinnie Purdy and Colin Stark ran the Marriott’s Way Ultra, 37.4 miles from Norwich to Reepham and back, finishing together in 5.28.54 for joint 3rd, although Vinnie in particular admitted to blowing hard all the way on the return leg. Trains used to have the same problem on that line. But in his case, it was part of his preparation for the Great Union Canal Race at Whitsun, involving 145 miles along the canal from Birmingham to London without a narrowboat, running as he will be mostly on the bank because it is of course a bank holiday.

Author: John Worrall

Fourteen North Norfolk Beach Runners were among 273 who finished the Broadland Half Marathon, organised by Norwich Road Runners on Sunday 4th November. The race, on a course through autumn leafiness south of the River Bure with three water stations and Woodfordes Brewery, was won by Joe Skipper (M Senior) in an impressive 1.13.03, more than three minutes in front of second placed Dominic Blake (M40-44) in 1.16.18.

But Beach Runner Darren Neale (M40-44) was 8th in 1.21.55 for 3rd in category, while the first lady Beach Runner home, Beck Maun (F 45-49), ran 1.39.37 for 64th overall and 2nd in category. Another notable performer was the always notable Derek Sadler (M60-64) in 1.46.00 for 96th overall and 2nd in category.

Meanwhile, down in Suffolk, at the Endurancelife CTC Suffolk marathon, more notable again was Beach Runner Charlotte Neale (FO) who was first female home and a hugely impressive third overall in an even more impressive course record of 3.30.15.

And then closer to home, on 28th October, five Beach Runners were among 569 at the Trowse 10k organised by City of Norwich Athletic Club on a course centred around Whitlingham Broad where two senior Beach Runners demonstrated yet again that old Beach Runners never die, they just lose their pebbles. In a race won by CONAC’s Ben Spratling (M Senior) in 31.44, the first Beach Runner was Gary Linder (M 60-64) for 141st and 5th in category, while septuagenarian Sam Weller, officially the fastest 70-year-old in the county, as evidenced at Run Norwich 10k back in the summer, but at Trowse categorised as 65+, clocked 46.53 for 148th but 2nd in category, beaten by a younger man.

Letting those old men – but not just any old men – go first were three lady Beach Runners, (all F 15-39): Kathryn Head in 50.26 for 234th ; Libby Ashton, 58.35 for 425th and Vicky Hampson, 58.40 for 427th

Author, John Worrall

NNBR XC Race 1 (Holt) – 28.10.2019

Name Position Time
Vinnie Purdy 1 35.18
Sean Robson 2 37.22
Eddie Carmen 3 39.07
Dave Spooner 4 40.39
Gary Hobart 5 41.54
Ian Wade 6 42.26
Phil King 7 42.51
Jim Hayes 8 42.59
Chris Spooner Joint 10 43.08
Rebecca Maun Joint 10 43.08
John Stares Joint 12 43.10
Derek Sadler Joint 12 43.10
Adrian Dyde 13 44.12
Martin Eden 14 45.12
David Dawber 15 45.15
Andy Toogood 16 47.33
Karen Balcombe Joint 18 48.43
Gemma Barnes Joint 18 48.43
Janice Hall 19 51.48
John ? 20 52.52
Catherine Young 21 55.16
Emma Culley 22 55.32

 

LET US SPRAY

Fifteen North Norfolk Beach Runners were among the 3500 or so who got their motors running for the Perkins Engines Great Eastern Run on Sunday on one of the wetter days of this autumn so far. And there was a bit of Mister and Missus about their endeavours, because kicking up spray at the front of the NNBR pack were Mr Darren Neale (M40) who ran 1.18.50 for 89th overall and 11th in category and Missus Charlotte Neale (F Sen) in 1.24.18 for 159th and 13th. Somewhere between them in the NNBR order of things, but in no way disrupting domestic bliss, was Chris Parker (M Sen) in 1.21.44 for 123rd and 85th.

A mention in dispatches goes to Darren Armstrong (M40) who also flew the flag for the older male with a time of 1.25.43 for 190th and 28th.

Equally rained upon were the three Beach Runners who finished the Leicester marathon along with 566 others, first home among whom was Vinnie Purdy (M40) in 3:10:45 for 28th overall and 10th out of 121 in category, Tony Money, also M40, ran 3:39:32 for 117th and 33rd in category, while the third of the triumvirate was Andy Mclaren (M V50) clocked 3:48:09 for 164th overall and 26th out of 81 in category

Meanwhile, a further straggler from last week’s NNBR diaspora, which saw members competing in races near and far, was Emily Haughan (F35) who ran the Yorkshire marathon at York in 3.51.00 for 1212th position overall out of 4234 and 27th in category.

But going large this week was ultra-woman Maria Greaves who ran the Autumn 100, a 100-mile course in four 25-mile out-and-back spurs radiating from the villages of Goring and Streatley in the Thames Valley. Completing the whole thing in 24 hours, 40 minutes, she said “Everything that could go wrong did go wrong”, but even finishing would be success for most people. Indeed, some could still be out there because no results were available at the time of going to press.

Author: John Worrall