The past week has seen North Norfolk Beach Runners racing at distances ranging from 5k right up to the ultimate challenge of the London Marathon.
In the heat of last weekend, six members of the Cromer club took on the 5k, five lap circuit of Fakenham town centre. Neil Adams ran a super quick time of 16:57, a great effort round the twisty street course. It was good enough to earn him 3rd place overall and 1st place in the 40-44 age group.
Garry Hobart looks to be running really well this year and clocked 23:28 for 98th place with Jim Hayes not far behind in a time of 24:50. Jim’s run was good enough to give him 2nd place in his category, which we believe is the Over 65 men, not Fastest Men with a Ponytail!
Making up the sextet of Beach Runners were Graham Robson who clocked an excellent 25:47 and the evergreen Mike Marshall. Rachel Robson bravely completed 4 laps despite a fall and was back out training with the club just two days later.
Midweek and a typically chilly evening on the Yarmouth seafront saw the first race in the Yarmouth 5 Mile Series which attracted a huge field of nearly 700 runners. Club coach Darren Armstrong ran well to finish 40th in a time of 31:58 and Natalie Drake had a great race to clock 38:39 for 188th spot.
Sam Weller, who has been plagued by a host of injuries this year, was happy to get round the two lap circuit in 47:25 whilst Elizabeth Letzer was delighted to finish 3rd in her age group with 51:12.
A word too for the ever-present Jonathan Folkard who has run almost every one of the Yarmouth Series over the past twenty years, over 50 races in total.
After the dizzy heights of Fakenham and Yarmouth, the London Marathon could only be something of an anticlimax for the 8 Beach Runners who were amongst the 42,000 runners pounding the London streets from Greenwich to The Mall on Sunday.
John Fagan was the first Beach Runner across the line in a superb time of 3:01:43. Surely it will not be long before John dips under the magic three hour barrier. Emma Blake was the first lady to complete the 26.2 mile course in a brilliant 3:15:37.
Rebecca Maun had a wonderfully steady run, her pace barely falling off in the second half as she clocked a Good For Age time of 3:40:33 whilst Miles Wigginton, Mearl Brown and Simon Gibson were separated by just five minutes, Miles recording the best time of the trio with 4:11:34.
Further back Nicola Rumsby did well to hold her pace in the gruelling second half of the race as she recorded 5:10:04 and former Holt 10k Race Director Ross Haddow made a rare race appearance to get round the London streets in just over 6 hours.
Author: Jeremy Bolam standing in for John Worrall