North Norfolk Beach Runners were scattered to several points of the compass at the weekend.

Closest to home were the Magnificent Seven who tackled the Marriott’s Way 10k between Aylsham and Reepham, the most magnificent among whom was SuperSeventy Sam Weller. Competing in the M60+ category despite his advancing years – and because yet again that was the highest age category – he was the first Beach Runner home, running 46.28 for 27th out of 404 finishers and 3rd in category, having probably conceded a few years to the two in front of him.

Following on came Lisa Stickells (FO) in 51.51 for 140th and 10th in category out of 102; Helen Hagon, (F55-59) in 53.07, 157th  and 2nd out of 13; Richard West (M45-49), in 55.47, 207th and  26th; Heather Morton (F50-54), 59.20, 280th and 6th; Linda Melton, (F55-59), 1.02.16 for 315th and 9th; and Karen West (F55-59), 1.06.28 for 351st and 11th.

Out east, at the Lowestoft Half Marathon, Fish Sadler (V55) grabbed 32nd place out of 411 finishers and 2nd in category with a time of 1.30.31. Two other Beach Runners were there,   Becky Garratt (V40 W) running 1.53.10 for 158th and 5th; and Deborah Gillespie (V50 W) in 2.25.45 for 367th and 10th.

Down south in Carrot Cruncher country, four Beach Runners were seen running the Flower of Suffolk Marathon from Walberswick which took in such Cruncher eccentricities as trotting Dunwich Greyfriars Priory, dodging coastal erosion and negotiating the seasonal deer rut on Dunwich Heath.  No results had been seen at the time of going to press but neither had Anita Bullen, Chris Gibbons, Kirk Price and Colin Stark. Nuff said.

Meanwhile well out west, Beck Maun (F45-49) ran the Oxford Half Marathon  along with around 8500 others and posted a pb of 1.39.32 for 1372nd overall but 8th out of several hundred in category.  And even further out west, Neil Adams (V40) did the Plymouth 10k in 36.08 for 14th out of 1298 and 2nd in category.

But this week’s award for farthest flung Beach Runner goes to Nathan Bayle (M16-39) who ran the Aroraki-Mount Cook 21km on South Island, New Zealand in 1.36.21 for 27th out of 226 runners and 20th in category. But then he’s been kicking around down there for a while and is just showing off, really.


Author: John Worrall