This year’s race on Sunday 23rd October saw 421 runners – a record entry – from all over the country enjoy glorious autumn sunshine.
The race which is organised by North Norfolk Beach Runners, starts and finishes at Gresham’s School and takes in part of the Kelling Estate and much of Salthouse Heath. It was marshalled by around 60 Beach Runners but 35 club members were still able to compete and filled three of the top ten places. Neil Adams finished in 35.33 to take fourth place and first prize in the open age group while Chris Merrylees took sixth place in 36:07. Stephane Lustig was 10th in a time of 36:54. Together these three secured first place in the men’s team section.
The race was won by Wymondham AC’s Jack Gillick, in a time of 34:24, while the first lady was Rowena Leary in a time of 40:48.
Lisa Oakley was first Beach Runner lady home in a time of 43:24, winning the F40-44 class.
Special mention goes Beach Runner Brenda Kinch who at the age of 70 left 90 runners in her wake and 75 year old Mike Marshall who finished ahead of over 70 younger competitors.
Race Director Ross Haddow was delighted with both the high entry and with the chip timing provided by Reepham based Total Race Timing who made results available shortly after the race finished
Tracey Hagon from Bakers and Larners of Holt, who have kindly sponsored the event for several years, presented prizes in Gresham School’s main sports hall.