Eleven North Norfolk Beach Runners were among 609 finishers (and 750 entrants) in the 25th running of Stamford St Valentines 30k, organised by Stamford Striders and sponsored this year by Rutland Radio. In conditions variously described as “snow/rain/wind” and “……. freezing”, the course explored the undulating lanes north of the eponymous town, commendably staying clear of the A1.
First Beach Runner home was Peter Moor, (MV45) in 126.96.36.199 for 89th overall and an age grading of 68.39% while Stuart Drummond (MV40) wasn’t far behind in 188.8.131.52 for 125th overall and a grading of 62.59%. First female Beach Runner home was Lisa Oakley (FV40) in 184.108.40.206 for 169th overall and a grading of 67.19%.
Meanwhile, after seven races completed out of the ten in the East Anglian Cross Country Winter League (EACCL) which take place on Wednesdays at various locations around Norfolk and Suffolk, Beach Runners are showing well in the female category. Karen Balcombe (F50) is in 18th place – and 18th overall – on 83 points while Gemma Woodrych (F45) is 25th in category and overall on 76 points and Rachel Robson (F50) in 40th in category and 42nd overall on 61 points. Runners have to complete a minimum of eight races to be eligible for awards and the next race will take place at Stowmarket on the 21st February.