photocredit Ross Haddow

Eight North Norfolk Beach Runners were among 450 who ran the Worstead 5-mile on Friday 27th July. It would have been more but NNBR were marshalling the event and most of the membership were tabard-clad and scattered around the lanes of the hinterland.

In a temperature close to 30C, the race, which forms part of the Worstead Festival, was won by Dominic Blake of Reepham Runners in 27.06, with the first Beach Runner home, Chris Parker (SM), claiming 10th place in 29.46. The other Beach Runners were: Adam Smart (SM), 24th in 31.25; Dean Howard (MV45) 63rd, 33.52; Kathryn Head (FV35) 156th, 39,52; Phil King (MV60) 193rd, 41.18; Jen Armstrong, (FV40) 188th, 41.46; Kat Sanders, (FS) 230th, 44.26; and Club President, SuperSeventy and all round good egg, Noel Spruce (MV70+) 303rd , 50.42.

Author: John Worrall

John Barrow Relay Results

Team 1

Karen Emery: 20.47

Jim Balcombe: 10.30

Zoe Parish: 12.02

Steve Brown: 11.43= 55.02   (9th)               


Team 2 

Janice Hall: 14.38

Eddie Carmen: 11.02

Andy Parish: 12:21

Fish: 10.41 = 48.42   (2nd)


Team 3

Rob Emery: 13.09

Gemma Woolrych: 12.35\

Gary Hobart: 13.01

Karen Balcombe: 12.19 = 51.04   (5th)


Team 4

Molly Hobart: 15.26

Andy Blake: 12.54

Nicky Rands: 14.24

Chris Gibbons: 12.09 = 54.53   (8th)


Team 5

Sally Ryder: 14.13

Ruth Brandon (Guest): 11.29

Vikki Last: 14.00

Jim Hayes: 13.29 = 53.11   (6th)


Reephams Team 1 were the winners in 45.36, Team 2 were 4th in 49.52, Team 3 were 7th in 54.11, Team 4 were 3rd in 48.49 & Team 5 were 10th in 57.35.



North Norfolk Beach Runner and tri-athlete, Tony Witmond, is on the Danish island of Fyn this week competing in the International Triathlon Union’s world championships.

Tony, who coaches the North Norfolk Harriers (athletes in 8-18 age group) and at NNDC’s Sporting Centre of Excellence which is run in conjunction with Gresham’s school, is competing in the Aquathlon involving a 1km swim and 5k run.

Tony does have previous at this sort of thing. He was part of the GB 50-54 age group squad at the European Championships in Slovakia last year when he finished 6th, and of the GB 45-49 squad in France in 2016 when he finished 9th. Last year he was 2nd in age group at the GB national championships. By way of a warm-up for the Denmark gig, he gained age group gold in two of the three races in the recent Wroxham 5k series.

And while he’s in the groove, he’ll be at Peterborough later this month for the GB National Aquathlon championships and then at the European Triathlon Union’s championships in Ibiza in October.

None of this running around comes cheap of course, and it wouldn’t be possible without the support of his sponsors, Saxon Air.


Author: John Worrall


Forty-three Beach Runners were among 590 sweating it out on Wednesday evening at the third race in the Wroxham 5k series, organised by Norwich Road Runners.

First home among them, Finlay Swanson, was also the youngest, having only recently entered the 17-39 category, his time of 16.52 getting 12th place overall, a performance not entirely down to the coolness of youth because one of his coaches at North Norfolk Harriers, Tony Witmond, clocked 18.38 to take gold in the M 50 to 54 category for the second time in this year’s series. Tony was looking good for the European Championships in Denmark where he will compete this week in the Aquathlon.

Other notable performances at Wroxham came from Adam Smart (M 17 to 39) in 17.51 for 33rd overall, and Charlotte Neale (F 17 to 39) in 18.02 for 39th overall and 2nd in category. Gary Linder (M 60 to 64) ran 20.59 for 4th out of 21 in category. Lady Beach Runners were first and third in the F 55 to 59 category, Karen Balcombe in 22.56 and Rachel Robson in 25.47. NNBR SuperSeventies squad member, Mike Marshall, (M 65 and over – but over a decade into that anachronistic categorisation) ran 29.03 for 17th out of 21 in category.

Spare a thought also for Shay Boyfield (lady veteran 40) who chose this summer for her first ultra, the Ultimate Trails 55k at Ambleside in the Lake District mountains. In temperatures “somewhere between 24 degrees and inferno”, she finished 338th out of 375 in a time which was academic but was certainly hours rather than days.  “It was epic” she said. Short sentences are always best when you’re out of breath.

Author: John Worrall


Seven North Norfolk Beach Runners and 332 others braved the heat in the Breckland Badlands to run the Harling 10k on Sunday 1st July.

First Beach Runner home was Neil Adams (M40-44) in 36.29 for 3rd overall and 2nd in category, followed at some distance by Phil King, (M60-64) in 47.51 for 101st  overall but 3rd in category. The others in the chase were Kathryn Head (Senior F) in 49.43 –  116th and 9th; Dave Spooner (M 45-49) 51.53 – 135th and 21st; Chris Spooner (Female 45-49) –  51-54, 136th and 9th  ; Jen Armstrong  – 52.00, 138th and 10th ; and Liz Ashton 1.08.47, 284th and 43rd.

Meanwhile, the day before and closer to Beach Runner home, seven were among the 828 who ran the Holkham 10k with the slight comfort of a sea breeze, if a somewhat disconcerting categorisation system.  Alex Curtis (M 30-34) was the first Beach Runner in 49.25 for 11th overall and 3rd in category, followed by Sophie Saunders (F 25-29) in 56.11 for  309th and 13th with  Ivan Allen (M 50-54) in close attendance in 56.10 for 308th (on the gun but it’s the chip that counts) and 31st . Others from NNBR were Matt Harmer (M 30-34) in 1.00.34 for 442nd and 35th ; Helen Lewis (F 45-49) in 1.02.14 for 482nd  and 25th;  Vicky Hampson (F 25-29) in 1.03.45 for 502nd and 20th; and Mrs L M Bygrave  (F50-54) in 1.09.00 for 620th and 21st.

At the other end of the spectrum, both meteorologically and geographically, was the marathon in Wellington, New Zealand, where in driving, torrential rain, not unusual in “Windy Wellington” as they call it, the first Beach Runner home, indeed the only Beach Runner home, was Nathan Bayle in 3.37.28.


Author: John Worrall

NNBR on the Broads

Forty Seven North Norfolk Beach Runners were among 630 entrants in the 2nd race of the 3-race Wroxham 5k series organised by Norwich Road Runners on Wednesday evenings, counterintuitively in Hoveton but that’s close enough.

First Beach Runner home was Neil Adams (so what’s new?) (M40-44)  in a time of 16.26 for 11th place overall and 3rd in category, followed closely in the NNBR order of things by Chris Merrylees (M40-44) in 16.52 for 17thoverall and 4th in category. Two other relatively senior NNBR citizens – Tony Whitmond (M50-54) in 17.48 for 39th overall but FIRST  in category, and Euan Prasser, in 18.34 for 85th overall and 11th in category – completed the foursome which carried off the Masters Gold. Somewhere in among them was Chris Parker (M17-39), 17.32 for 29th overall and 17th in category, who’s not yet a master but he isn’t getting any younger.

First lady Beach Runner was Charlotte Neale (again so what’s new?) (F18-39)  in 18.06 for 59th overall  and 5th in category.

Two NNBR SuperSeventies were there,  Mike Marshall clocking 29.17 for 549th, and Liz Letzer, in 33.12 for 599th, but since this was yet another event still not categorizing beyond “65 and over”, category positions are irrelevant because they wouldn’t be comparing like with like.



Author: John Worrall

The Mike Groves 10k

The Mike Groves 10k, the second race in The 2018 Coltishall Jaguars 10K
series, took place around RAF Coltishall on Sunday 10th June when a flat
runway course attracted 10 North Norfolk Beach Runner potential pb
baggers, first home among whom, in the absence of Neil Adams, Chris
Merrylees and one or two others, was Darren Armstrong (M40-44) in 39.12
for 26th out of 488 finishers and 9th in category.
More particularly, 88th overall was Gary Linder (M60-64) in 43.12 for
1st in category. And not far behind him was Sam Weller (M65-69) in 44.41
for 113th overall but 3rd in category, which augers well for his
imminent qualification for the Super Seventies squad. First lady home,
paradoxically, was Vicky Last (F 18-34) in 51.29 for 221st overall and
14thin category.
Meanwhile, going back a week and three years after she started running,
Beach Runner Beck Maun (FV40), tackled the 28.5 mile Calderdale Way
Ultra (short), a Pennine course substantially off-road in West
Yorkshire. Finishing fast in 6.40.35 to grab 26th place out of 46
finishers, she would have done better, had not her navigation led her
adrift a couple of times, eventually to cover 31 miles. But fair enough,
this wasn’t Roman Camp and practice makes perfect.




Author: John Worrall


Sixteen North Norfolk Beach Runners took a change of evening sea air by running the third race in the Great Yarmouth Promenade 5-mile series organised by Great Yarmouth Road Runners on Wednesday May 23rd.

First home among them and first also in the M40-44 category was Neil Adams in 27.58 for 8th overall in a field of 562. Not far behind, though considerably further in age, was Ethan Davies (M 15-17) with a time of 29.45 for 29th overall and 2nd in category.

First lady Beach Runner was Chris Spooner (F 45-49) in 38.04 for 205th and 8th in category, closely followed by club chairman Clive Hedges, (M 55-59) in 37-13 for 208th and 11 th in category. And talking of hierarchy, club president, Noel Spruce (M70+) was in the mix with 45.02 for 398th overall and 4th in category. But high office was outrun by soon-to-be-SuperSeventy Sam Weller (M65-69) in 36.38 for 193rd and 2nd.

Meanwhile, north of the border, two Beach Runners ran the Edinburgh marathon, Alex Curtis running 3.10.42 for 380th place, while Karl Harper, (m 45-49) ran 4.14.47 for 3806th place and a third pb in three marathons.

Chase the Train 20/05/18 Results

4 Felicity Quinn 00:56:28.161
8 John Fagan 01:00:40.931
11 Nick Slade 01:01:12.138
12 Edward Rawlings 01:01:38.950
13 Dean Howard 01:01:49.757
21 Daryl London 01:04:19.462
25 Tom Rivett 01:06:07.844
26 Clive Hedges 01:06:29.311
27 Gary Linder 01:06:48.736
29 Derek Sadler 01:07:23.751
33 Chris Tindall 01:09:39.207
42 Karl Harper 01:11:28.275
47 Stephen Roe 01:14:43.801
58 Rebecca Garratt 01:16:55.965
62 Garry Hobart 01:17:59.528
68 Sal Ryder 01:18:45.824
75 Lisa Stickells 01:19:39.904
76 Hilary Peachment 01:19:42.314
77 Nicola Rands 01:19:58.716
78 Vicky Last 01:19:58.716
87 Rick Boyfield 01:21:15.210
88 Shay Boyfield 01:21:18.410
90 Kirk Price 01:22:16.222
91 Matt Harmer 01:22:16.222
94 Sophie Saunders 01:22:50.247
96 Kat Sanders 01:23:30.484
127 Natasha Sumner 01:30:09.455
142 Lesley Winston 01:32:09.890
158 Andrew Toogood 01:33:59.217
161 Nancy Crow 01:34:49.880
169 Vicky Hampson 01:35:43.157
172 Linda Bygrave 01:37:48.844
173 Kerry Smith 01:38:35.360
174 Emma Culley 01:38:46.236
175 Hayley Griggs 01:39:39.259
176 Emma Allright 01:40:53.915
186 Rhianwen Smee 01:48:14.132
188 Claire Scott 01:48:16.540


Nineteen North Norfolk Beach Runners were among the 484 who ran the Dereham 10 mile at the weekend, first home among them, as usual, being Neil Adam (M40-44) in 59.00 for 7th place overall but 2nd  in category. He was followed, in 8th overall, by Chris Parker (MO) in 59.56 which was good enough for 1st in that younger category, the finishing order nevertheless demonstrating again the health benefits of sea air for the ageing male.

First lady Beach Runner was Chrissie Spooner (F45-49) in 1.17.03 for 180th overall and 6th in category.

Other Beach Runners ranged far and wide, with Colin Stark doing the Ultra Trail Snowdonia, a 53-mile jolly involving a 5.00 am start on the Saturday and 20,000 ft of climbing with two visits to the top of Snowdon. Running for 17 hours, he came 34th out of 206.

More particularly, in a private park in Hampshire, Maria Greaves did the Triple Enduroman  Triathlon – a 7.2mile swim, 336 mile bike ride and a 78 mile run, finishing in 59 hours and first in category because she was the only UK female to finish at all. Now that’s what you call a park run.



Author: John Worrall