It was a rain-lashed Coltishall runway which hosted 503 runners for the Jolly Jaguars 10k organised by Coltishall Jaguars on Sunday but it wasn’t too wet for some flying North Norfolk Beach Runner performances when a dozen of them got their flaps down and tails up.
In a race won by Kevin Holland (M 40-44) of Wymondham AC with a time of 32.50, the first Beach Runner home was Darren Armstrong (M 40-44) in 12th position overall and second in category with a time of 38.43. Following on came Beck Maun (F 45-49) in 43.57 for 94th but 3rd in category, after whom came Super Seventy and increasingly usual suspect Sam Weller (M70-74) in 44.35 in 110th and 1st in category.
Finishing order thereafter in the NNBR pack was: Karl Harper (M45-49), 50.26, 206th and 23rd; Alison Lowe (F18-34) 50.28, 207th and 10th; Sophie Saunders (F18-34) 51.10, 222nd and 14th; Vicky Last (F18-34) 52.35, 243rd and 16th; Richard West (M45-49) 54.56, 292nd and 32nd; Vicky Hampson (F18-34) 59.59, 371st and 40th; Karen West (F55-59) 1.06.14, 45st and 6th; Super Seventy Liz Letzer (F70+) 1.06.52. 457th and 1st; and Super Seventy Robin Rush (M75+) 1.09.44, 475th and 1st.
Meanwhile, at the Norfolk Coastal Half and Full Marathons, Gemma Woolrych (F45-49) ran the half in 2.09.52 for second in category while Sue Ilsley (F55-59) got third in category for her 2.12.45. In the full, ultra runner Hazel Wray (F50-54) enjoyed a gentle training jog in 4.57.36, but special mention goes to Nancy Crow (F45-49) who completed her first marathon in 5.58.18 which included an entirely intentional solo side track through Holkham dunes to admire the view. North Norfolk’s like that.
Author: John Worrall