Six North Norfolk Beach Runners were among the 307 finishers in the Great Yarmouth Half Marathon, a County Championship race, on Sunday 13th August and it was a case of Golden Oldies to the fore.
Neil Adams gained the gold medal in the 40-44 category, and 7th place overall, with a pb of 1.18.35, while Derek Sadler won gold in the 60-64 category, and was 110th overall, in 1.45.35.
Jim Hayes was quicker, in 1.44.16, and first home in the 70+ category, but because the County classification only goes to 65+, he had to make do with silver.
Paradoxically, Brenda Kinch was beaten into second place in the 70+ category by someone from out of the county but still won county gold in the 65+ category.
NNBR also-rans were Chris Parker, (men’s senior, 18-39) in 1.30.07 for 39th overall and 19th in category, while Ivan Allen (men’s 50-54) finished in 1.54.54 for 168th overall and 22nd in category.
Forty five North Norfolk Beach Runners were among the 4704 finishers in this year’s Run Norwich, the 10-kilometre road race around the Fine City organised by Norwich City FC Community Sports Foundation (CSF), this year in warm conditions on Sunday 7th August.
Club honours were a family affair with the first Beach Runner home being George Gay in 168th place with a time of 42.09, followed by his dad – and category 55-59 – John Gay in 197th place at 42.52, apparently chasing a fiver he was owed.
Here we have the NNBR squad getting into the zone with a Mobot – except the Super-70s among them who are holding onto their toupes.
On Friday, 28th July, North Norfolk Beach Runners again organised the Worstead 5-mile road race which, as usual, kicked off the Worstead Festival.
The undulating course, starting from the village square and run mostly over quiet lanes, was contested by 477 runners of all ages from 15 upwards, with the winner, Dominic Blake (no 48) of Reepham Runners coming home in 26.52.9, well ahead of second placed Gary Crush (unattached) who clocked 27.34.8.
With dozens of Beach Runners marshaling the course, running the registration tent, organising the start/finish and manning the water points, only a few ran the race. But Chris Parker was 7th in 29.33.5 and Rachel Robson came 8th in the FV50 category with a personal best of 41.21.1.
North Norfolk Beach Runners sent five teams to the Jaffa Ekiden marathon relay at Woodbridge at on the 16th July. An idea originating in Japan, the event is for teams of six, each team member covering one of six stages: three of them of 5k, two of 10k and one of 7.5k. Ipswich JAFFA Running Club have for 20 years been organising the only Ekiden to be held in the UK; it takes place in the grounds of Woodbridge school.
This year, 199 teams took part and the first NNBR team home completed the distance in 3.21.29 for 80th place overall and 29th in the Men’s Open category. Next came the NNBR Blister Sisters squad in 3.47.20 for 143rd place and 10th in the Ladies Vets.
The NNBR Ladies Open team finished in 4.03.18 for 127th overall and 17th in category, while the NNBR SuperSeventies clocked 4.10.20 for 183rd overall and second place in the 70+ category.
But stars of the NNBR contingent were SuperSeventiesToo who came home in 4.01.56 for 177nd overall and first in the 70+ category. The team, comprising Jim Hayes, (71), Jean Gowing, (72), Ken Bowman, (70), John Milton (74), Malcolm Ball, (84) and David Hutcheon (73) won a very nice engraved salver. Jim Hayes, it should be noted, hedged his bets on the trophy front by also running a leg for the SuperSeventies following a late withdrawal.
Over the weekend of 15th/16th July, Beach Runner Chris Gibbons ran the Dixons Carphone Race To The Stones, a 100k route from Lewknor in Oxfordshire to the stone circle at Avebury in Wiltshire. The race takes in the Ridgeway National Trail, reckoned to be Britain’s oldest road and in use for over 5000 years, these days comprising mainly footpaths and trackways. Starting at 9.18am, he finished just after midnight in a time of 15.05.25 to take 406th place out of 961 finishers, and 41st out of 108 in the V50 male category.
North Norfolk Beach Runners and TriHarman-Norfolk Triathlon Club are pleased to announce their Group Coaching Collaboration. This collaboration prevents the need for each club to duplicate training sessions or for members wanting to improve their skills in both running and the other triathlon disciplines to join both clubs.
NNBR members wishing to improve their Triathlon skills will have access to all TriHarman-Norfolk group coaching sessions the same as TriHarman members. Similarly TriHarman-Norfolk members will have access to NNBR group training sessions to help improve their running.
Put simply, if Beach Runners want to improve their Triathlon skills they will be made very welcome at TriHarman-Norfolk sessions. If TriHarman members need more help with their running they will be welcomed as guests at Beach Runners group sessions.
You will find details of TriHarman-Norfolk sessions at http://www.TriHarman.com.
Details of the Beach Runners sessions can be found at http://nnbr.co.uk/members-area/calendar/.
The club is very proud to learn that Robin has been awarded an MBE in recognition of his charity raising efforts over the past 40 years.
Robin, who celebrates his 76th birthday next month, has raised more than £150,000 for good causes, ranging from Buxton and Lamas Sea Scouts, to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), by competing in cycling and running events all over the UK and Europe.
As well as running ten marathons, he has taken part in Cromer’s Boxing Day swim for 20 years and completed cycling challenges including riding 1,000 miles from Switzerland to Budapest. Last year he gained the accolade of being the oldest of 20 riders to complete the 1,000 -mile journey from Lands’ End to John O’Groats.
To add to this incredible list Robin will be raising money in a couple of weeks’ time for WheelPower (who are a children’s wheel chair sports charity) by cycling the Diss 100. If you would like to donate to this charity then you can either donate via his fund raising page http://virginmoneygiving.com/RobinRush or alternatively send a cheque to: 13 Pound Lane, Aylesham, Norfolk, NR11 6DR.