The past few years has seen a healthy rise in the number of NNBR participating in the East Anglian Cross Country League. Along with some success but also a huge amount of fun.
The 2019/2020 season, the club was represented by a dedicated group of Beach Runners. Races taking place at West Runton Beach, Whittlington Country Park, Caister on Sea, Whitwell Station, Blickling Park, Thetford Rugby Club, Chilton Fields, Sandringham Centre, Nowton Country Park, whilst we await the final race at Catton Park as soon as normality resumes. NNBR had a particularly hard core of runners from the male contingency. Notably Martin Eden and Jonathan Phillips who have competed in 9 events, Phil King, Fish Sadler, Andy Toogood, Sam Weller, Garry Hobart, Kevin Smith and Dean Howard.
NNBR excelled at the Blickling Park event. Neil Adams coming in first to win the event, followed Tony Witmond, Dean Howard, Chris Parker, John Gay, Jonathan Phillips, Sam Weller and Martin Eden.
The Ladies were regularly represented by Angie Smith and Rachel Robson, with appearances from Lesley Winston, Kirsty Hobart, Elizabeth Goodliffe, Sal Ryder, Sarah Mapes and Karen Balcombe.
Team and individual results can be found on the EACCL website.
About the league
A Cross Country league of ten races run from late October and mid March at various locations through Norfolk and Suffolk.The series is a great way to visit different places and take on some tough (but ultimately rewarding) cross country running. Expect plenty of muddy trails, grassy routes and woodland running.Men generally run 10k and Ladies 5k, but this can vary.
Points are awarded based upon your finishing position, so 1st place gets 150 points, 2nd place 149 points etc. You need a minimum of 8 appearances to be in the running to pick up a prize at the end of the season. Your best 8 races are added together for your series total, but you can run as many or as few races as you like.
At each race the best 4 men from each club count towards a male club prize and the best 3 ladies count towards a female club prize. There is no limit on the number of teams each club can enter.