BURE VALLEY TO GOWER

Twenty North Norfolk Beach Runners were among 246 finishers in the inaugural Bure Valley 10 Mile race on Sunday 6th November.

The race, run in two laps over a flat course, had personal best potential although torrential rain watered that down a bit. But it was the first race organised by Bure Valley Harriers and drew wide praise for the marshalling and general administration.

Stand-out Beach Runner performers included some usual suspects, Neil Adams finishing fourth in 59 minutes 11 second, a personal best; Colin Stark seventh overall – and first in the 40-45 age group – in 1hr, 1min 7secs and Chris Parker 12th overall in 1hr, 3min, 10 secs.

Meanwhile, on 12th November, a small posse of Beach Runners drove to the Gower peninsular in South Wales to take part in an Endurance Life Trail Series Race which had distance options of 10k, half marathon, marathon and 35-mile ultra. The hilly and muddy trail followed the coastal path before turning inland for the return.

In the 10k, Jenny be Grandis came 147th out of 205 finishers in 1hr, 42min, 14 secs while Chris Merrylees came third out of 466 finishers in the half marathon in 1hr, 46min, 36 sec. In the marathon, Ben Jones came 73rd out of 161 finishers in 5 hrs, 46 mins 50 secs, while two Beach Runners did the 35-mile ultra, Carmine de Grandis taking 31st place out of 132 finishers in 6 hrs, 50 mins 39 seconds, and Colin Stark taking 2nd place in 5hrs 38 mins 22 seconds.