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