Forty seven North Norfolk Beach Runners were among 819 who ran the third and final race in the Wednesday evening Wroxham 5k series, organised by Norwich Road Runners.

The winner was CONAC’s Piers Arnold (M Senior) in 15.39 but in the balmy Broadland air, Beach Runners claimed a number of category podiums, several top-10s and a deluge of pbs.

First home among them was Neil Adams (M40-44) in 16.16 (pb) for 11th overall and 2nd out of 54 in category, while Charlotte Neale (FO) clocked 17.48 (pb) for 55th and 2nd/119. Neil thereby claimed a series 3rd and Charlotte 2nd over the three races.

Other podiums included Tony Witmond (M50-54) in 18.08 for 69th and 3rd// 55; Helen Hagon (F55-59) in 24:27 (pb) for 496th and 3rd/20; sprightly Sam Weller (M70+) in 25.21 for 556th and 3rd /12, and Liz Letzer, (F70+) with 28.07 (pb for the umpteenth time this year) for 682nd and 1st/4

Other pb-ers were Finlay Swanson 16:46, James Warner-Smith 17:14, Daryl London 17:57, Dean Howard 19:00, Gav Dent 20:58, Natalie Drake 21:45, Gary Hobart 22:06, Zoe Parish 22:36, Sophie Saunders 24:26, Katherine Wright (post natal pb) 25:59, Catherine Howard 26:11 and Sara Holroyd 32:13.

Up on the coast, meanwhile, nine Beach Runners, along with 755 others, opted for grand designs at the Holkham 10k. In a race where Framlingham Flyers’ Jim Last (M40-44) paradoxically came first, in 36.06, first Beach Runner home was Alex Curtis (M 30-34) in 34th place with 42.35, while Natalie Drake (F 35-39) was first female Beach Runner in 156th with 48.46.

And then up in Yorkshire, Beck Maun went for Saturday morning High Life in the Punk Panther 50k, taking 7.17.00 for the moorland course which took in Ilkla Moor Baht ‘at, not even a sun ‘at. Now that’s cool.

Author: John Worrall