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