Beach Runners Blitz the Broadland Half

Twenty six North Norfolk Beach Runners were among the 360 who ran the Broadland Half Marathon on Sunday 12th March.
This early season event on the road racing calendar and the premier event organised by Norwich Road Runners, starts and finishes at South Walsham, taking in Ranworth, Woodbastwick and Salhouse on a criss-crossing out-and-back course.
First Beach Runner home was, not unusually, Neil Adams in 1.20.23 for 4th place, with Chris Parker not far behind in 1.22.48 for 8th. Ultra man Vinny Purdy was third in the 40-44 age group and 12th overall in 1.24.49 while in the same age group, Ed Rawlings was 5th and 19th overall in 1.26.26.
Charlotte Neale was the first lady Beach Runner and second female overall in an outstanding time of 1.26.46, paced by Chris Merrylees who finished in 1.26.50.
In ideal cool running conditions, several Beach Runners, some of them still relatively new to running, recorded personal best times and afterwards heaped praise on club coaches who have been helping them towards longer distances, including marathons for some later this year.