NNBR Bring Home The Silver

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.

Group Coaching Collaboration

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/.

Robin Rush

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.


Sixty North Norfolk Beach Runners were among 594 who dashed around Wroxham in the first race in the Wroxham 5k series organised by Norwich Road Runners on Saturday May 17th.
Outstanding performers included, as usual, Neil Adams, 8th overall but first in the M 40-44 category with a time of 16.35, while not far behind, 3rd in the same category, and 25th overall, was Colin Stark in 17.31. The two of them, with Tony Witmond, 4th in the 45-49s and 39th overall in 17,59, nailed the vets’ team prize.
Chris Parker, meanwhile was 12th in the 17-39s and 20th overall in 17.10.
First female Beach Runner home was Charlotte Neale, 4th in the 17-39s and 73rd overall, while Lisa Oakley was took first place in the 40-44s in 20.37.
Other notable performers in the male categories included John Gay, 3rd in the M 55-59s in 19.06; club president Noel Spruce, 13th in the 65-99s, for which he still qualifies, in 27.06 and octogenarian Malcolm Ball 16th in 29.39.
Brenda Kinch was third in the F 65-99s in 28.56.
The performances of the U-16 North Norfolk Harriers were particularly impressive. In the Female division, Abigail Durand was first U-16 home and 33rd overall in 17.48 while Eliska Watling was second, and 97th overall in 19.12.
The lads were equally successful. with Jamie Stares first home among the U16s and 12th overall in 16.55, while Jacob Stares was 2nd and 16th overall in 17.04, all of which bodes well for the future.

Beach Runners in GEAR

Twenty-six North Norfolk Beach Runners were among the 2100 finishers at the Grand East Anglia Run 10k which took place in breezy conditions at King’s Lynn on Sunday 30th April.

First home among them was Lynton Battrick in 39.21 for eighth place in the 40-44 category and 58th overall. Second Beach Runner was Phil Hurr in 39.45 to take first place in the 60-64s and 67th overall. Another prize winner was John Gay who took first place in the 55-59s and 87th overall in a time of 40.53, and yet another was Sam Weller, third in the 65-69s and 221st overall in 44.41.

First NNBR lady was Becky Garratt in 49.57 for 16th place in the 35-39s and 545th overall.

Special mention must be made of three members of the NNBR SuperSeventies squad, presently preparing for a return to last year’s triumph at the Ekiden marathon relay at Woodbridge, this year’s event taking place on 16th July. At King’s Lynn, Jim Hayes came second in the 70-74 category and 310th overall in 46.37 while Mike Marshall was first in the 75+ category and 1388th overall in a time of 1.00.27. Club president, Noel Spruce, clocked 57.25 for 7th place in the 70-74s and 1116th overall, narrowly missing out on the 70-74 King of the Mountains award.

Beach Runners near and far

Sixteen Beach Runners made the trip to the south coast at the weekend to be among 12,561 starters in the Brighton marathon, on what turned out to be the hottest day of the year so far. First Beach Runner home was ultra specialist Colin Stark in 3.12.53 for 280th place overall and 261st male finisher out of 7743. First lady Beach Runner – and 68th lady out of 4818 – was Lisa Oakley in 3.29.48 for 835th place overall. Eight Beach Runners cracked four hours.

Closer to home but, without a sea breeze, even hotter, ten Beach Runners were among 2016 finishers of the Larking Gowen Norwich half marathon organised by City of Norwich AC from Norwich Showground. First Beach Runner home was Tim Francis in 1.46.51 for 331st place, with Natasha Sumner the first Beach Runner lady in 2.05.05 for 936th place. NNBR SuperSeventies runner, Mike Marshall, clocked 2.28.41 for 1668th place, and 18th out of 25 in the 65+ age group although he qualifies for the 75+, and will be part of the team for the Ekiden marathon relay at Woodbridge on July 16th.

Bungay & Manchester Marathons, Diss Duathlon

North Norfolk Beach Runners were putting themselves about to some effect at the weekend across East Anglia and elsewhere.
Star performer was Andy Kett who led all the way to win the Bungay Black Dog Marathon in a time of 2.55.04. Other Beach Runners in the field of 177 included Ivan Allen (M50-59) in 4.15.01, and Janice Hall and Hazel Wray (both F45-54) who finished together in 4.45.34.
Another nabbing a first was Phil J Hurr who won the V60 category in the Diss (biking and running) Duathlon.
But further afield, and further up the age scale, Jim Hayes (71) came 5th out of 23 runners in the V70 category (and 4110th overall among 8686 finishers) in the Great Manchester Marathon, in an outstanding time of 3.58.42, adding weight to his campaign for a V70 category to be a standard inclusion for all races. Jim will again competing in the Ekiden Marathon Relay at Woodbridge on 16th July as part of the NNBR SuperSeventies team for which he has agreed to run all six stages.