BEACH RUNNERS IN FLOWERS, SOUP AND FAR AWAY PLACES. 8/10/19

In rain of biblical proportions, seven North Norfolk Beach Runners got very wet, along with 362 others, in the Marriot’s Way 10k where runners were sent off in waves, in every sense.

The race was won by Angus Clark (MO) of Harling AC in 37:42 but John Stares (M55-59) led the Beach Runners home with 49th overall and third out of 21 in category in a time of 46:47, followed by Elizabeth Goodliffe (F40-44) in 59th and 2/38 with a pb 47:18. Even higher on the category podium was Beck Maun (F50-54) in 49.09 for 82nd and 1/18.

There were two other top-10 category Beach Runners: Natasha McGlinchey (FO) with 51.29, also a pb, for 106th overall and 8/75, and David Dawber (M55-59) in 137th and 10/21 with 54:02.

Three other Beach Runners were among 260 who got equally wet in the Thetford 10k in Thetford Forest. The race was won by Tom Kingsworth (Senior Male) of St Edmunds Pacers in 36:09 but Beach Runner Karl Harper (Male Vet 45) ran 47.49 for 51st overall and 10th in category, while Leslie Winston (Female Vet 55) was 251st overall and 4th with 1.11.12. In between them was Anita Bullen (F Vet 45-49) in 157th and 7thwith 58.34.

Otherwise Beach Runners ran a scattering of marathons near and far, the nearest being the equally wet Flower of Suffolk from Walberswick which was Vinnie Purdy’s 144th. He didn’t mention a time and no results were posted by press deadline, but at that stage of the game, the number is more interesting than the clock. Chris Gibbons was also there but some way short of his 144th.

Meanwhile, north of the border, Sal Ryder (F50) ran the Baxters Soup Loch Ness marathon along with 3580 others, clocking 4.25.08 for 1680th and 432nd female, not bad considering it was compulsory tinned soup at each water stop.

And then out east, in the Berlin marathon, Gav Dent (M40) pushed Keninisa Bekele (winner in 2:01:41) hard but eventually had to settle for 9186th with a nevertheless more than decent 3.35.26.

Finally, and even more exotic, was SuperSeventy Jim Hayes, the only Brit among 15 nationalities who ran the NOVO21 ( half marathon) at Novo Mesto in south-eastern Slovenia, which is somewhere south-east of Ipswich. On a course described as “largely flat with 3 significant hills”, he reports that the “flat” needed to be considered in a mountainous Slovenia context and undulated endlessly, including an off road section. Again, no overall results were available but his very creditable 1:52:10 gained 2nd place in the 70+ category while conceding several years to the category winner who had only just graduated.

Author: John Worrall