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.
Twenty seven North Norfolk Beach Runners were among 366 who finished the Reepham 10k, organised by Reepham Runners on Sunday 27th August.
In warm conditions, first Beach Runner home was Adrian Dyde in a time of 45.00 for in 55th position and 9th in the M50-59 category while the first lady Beach Runner was Rebecca Maun in 48.14 for 95th position overall but 4th in F 40-49.
As usual, the NNBR higher age groups showed maturity, poise and not a little pace, with Gary Linder and Sam Weller grabbing 1st and 2nd place respectively in the M 60-69, their times of 45.44 and 46.08 getting 63rd and 67th places overall. And Super Seventies squad representatives were also well in the mix with Jim Hayes 3rd in the M 70+ category and 196th overall in a time of 54.02 and Mike Marshall finishing fast in 01.01.59 for 5th 283rd overall. In the F70+, marathon specialist Brenda Kinch grabbed 2nd in F70+ category and 287th overall with a time of 1.02.28.
Eight North Norfolk Beach Runners were among 341 competitors who dashed round Dereham on Sunday the 20th in the Dereham 5k organised by Dereham Runners and it was the NNBR middle order age groups who shone.
First home among them was John Stares (M 50-54) in 106th place overall with a time of 21.16, followed by Graham Cornish (M 40-45), 145th, in 22.56. Gary Hobart (M 50-54) puffed in at 176th with a time of 23.54.
First NNBR lady home was Rachel Robson, (F 50-54) 183rd in 24.19, finishing fast to beat husband Graham (M 55-59), 189th in 24.23.
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.