On a very wet Wednesday evening last week, the roads of the Wroxham/Hoveton conurbation were flooded with blue vests because no less than 38 North Norfolk Beach Runners were among 796 who contested Race 2 of the Wroxham 5k series organised by Norwich Road Runners.

On this short dash, none of them got very close to the winning time, 14.44, by CONAC’s Piers Arnold but they did grab several top-10 category finishes.

First among them was Neil Adams (M40-44) in 16.24 for 16th  overall and 4th out of 53 in category, while Chris Merrylees (M40-44), now back to running, ran 17.38 for 58th and 6th.  A couple of age-groups higher, Tony Whitmond (M50-54), also with legs back in order, clocked 18.04 for 88th and 2ndout of 54.

Leading lady Beach Runner, as usual, was Charlotte Neale (FO) who ran 18.08 for 93rd overall and 4thout of 101 in category. But there were two top-10s in the F 55-59s – Karen Balcombe in 22.49 for 435th and 2nd out of 23, followed by Rachel Robson in 24.37 for 530th and 4th.  Jane Steed (F50-54) came 9thout of 38 in category and 461st overall with 23:30, while Liz Letzer (F70+) who has been posting pbs all year, came 695th and 2nd  with 28:31.

Meanwhile going long and out west in the Thames Valley near Reading, a handful Beach Runners, former and current, went in for the Mizuno Endure 24 (tag line, Epic, Brutal, Relentless) which involves individuals or relay teams doing as many laps of a five mile circuit as possible in 24 hours.

Running as individuals, their top performer was Beach Runner Anita Bullen (F, rising 50) who covered 13 laps –  65 miles – in her 24  hours, with an hour’s kip around midnight, which put her 30th out of 86 individual performances. The scenery was nice apparently and, well, it beats going to Morrisons of a Saturday.


Author: John Worrall