FENS, FARMS AND BIG HILLS

Eight North Norfolk Beach Runners headed west to the edge of the Fens for the Wissey Half Marathon on Sunday 2nd September and spread themselves fairly evenly among the 255 finishers.

On a warm sunny day, the first Beach Runner home home was ultra man and member of the 100 marathon club, Vinnie Purdy (M40-44) in 1.25.57 for 14th place but first in category. He was followed by a triumvirate of M60+ Beach Runners: Adrian Dyde  in 1.46.30 for 99th overall but 8th out of 20 in category; Derek Sadler in 1.48.32 for 113th overall and 9th, and Jim Hayes, a SuperSeventy-plus-a-few showing the younger lads  how it’s done with 1.51.33 for 128th and 10th. Hopefully all races will soon have categorisations which acknowledge that people are running well in their eighth decade.

Completing the NNBR contingent were: Keith Phillips (M50-54) in 2.09.41 for 196th and 19th; Nicky Phillips (F50-54) in 2.12.26 for 201st and 7th; Nancy Crow (F45-49) in 2.36.53  for 250thand 18th; and Karen Stubberfield (F50-54) in 3.12.19 for 254th and 14th.

Meanwhile, down on the farm the weekend before, Fish Sadler (M55) went to the East Farm Frolic marathon near Blandford Forum in Dorset and over eight laps of agricultural terrain clocked 3.54.54 for 6th overall out of 128 starters and 1st in category. He also put in the 3rd fastest lap with 25.52.

And then,  on a higher plane again, Colin Stark took part in the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc which involves running up Mont Blanc. He covered 170.1km (105 miles) in 36.20.19 and temperatures down to -10C but at the time of going to press, his finishing position out of 2561 starters wasn’t known because some were still out there. A bit like training nights at Roman Camp, really.

Fish Farm – Fish Sadler down on the farm in Dorset. (Photocredit F Sadler.)