Photocredit: Nathan Bayle.

Five North Norfolk Beach Runners were among 566 who ran the Snetterton Half Marathon at the eponymous race track on Sunday. In fine and dry conditions, all five opted for super soft compounds and a no-stop strategy and spread themselves evenly down the field.

In a race won by Ben Spratling of City of Norwich AC in 1.12.15, Beach Runner Neil Adams (M40-49) claimed 8th overall and 2nd in category with 1.38.26 while Alex Curtis (Male Senior) ran 1.38.26 for 99th overall and 49th in category. Next in the NNBR order of things was Miles Wiggington (M 40-49) in 1.51,03 for 231st and 70th, followed by Richard West (M 40-49) in 2.10.46 for 406th and 158th . Libby Ashton (F Senior) kept an eye on the chaps from astern with 2.14.50 for 438th and 76th out of 117 in category.

Meanwhile down south, in fact a long way south, Nathan Bayle (M 20-29) ran the wonderfully scenic Queenstown marathon in New Zealand in 3.48.23 which made him 253rd out of 2150 finishers, 63rd in category and officially a PB (Pommie Bastard). From the photograph, it seems to have been a hair-raising experience.

Going longer again but closer to home, Beach Runners Vinnie Purdy and Colin Stark ran the Marriott’s Way Ultra, 37.4 miles from Norwich to Reepham and back, finishing together in 5.28.54 for joint 3rd, although Vinnie in particular admitted to blowing hard all the way on the return leg. Trains used to have the same problem on that line. But in his case, it was part of his preparation for the Great Union Canal Race at Whitsun, involving 145 miles along the canal from Birmingham to London without a narrowboat, running as he will be mostly on the bank because it is of course a bank holiday.

Author: John Worrall