BEACH RUNNER HIGHS AND LOWS

Five North Norfolk Beach Runners were among 220 finishers of the Wissey Half Marathon organised on Sunday 3rd September by Ryston Runners on a flatish and roughly circular course starting and finishing at Oxborough just off the Fens in west Norfolk.

First Beach Runner home was Chris Parker (MO) in fifth place overall in 1.25.26, followed by Lynton Battrick (M40-44) in 14th with a time of 1.29.13. Lisa Ward (F40-44), the only lady Beach Runner, finished in 2.39.55 for 212th place.

The other two Beach Runners, both NNBR SuperSeventies squad members, were necessarily competing in the 60+ age category group because the age classifications went no higher. Jim Hayes (71) was nevertheless first home among 14 runners in the category with a time of 1.46.26, while Mike Marshall (76) finished in 2.26.11.

Meanwhile, on a slightly hillier course, Ben Jones completed the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc, a 167km race over two days through alpine goat country with spectacular, and often precipitate, rises and falls. Starting at an altitude of 1000m and not dipping much below that, it involved climbs totalling 10,000m tackled through day and night. His time of 45.28.36 gained him 1638th place out of 2537 starters. 851 runners did not finish.