North Norfolk Beach Runners have been on the road in search of interesting races.
Emma Culley and Andy Toogood together ran the Robin Hood marathon at Nottingham where, in windy conditions on a hilly course, they registered a time of 5 hours 18 minutes.
And the Armstrong family were putting themselves about. On 29th October, Darren travelled to Eastbourne to do the Beachy Head Marathon which took in some of the South Downs Way along with the villages of Alfriston, Jevington and Lidlington, before climbing over the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head itself with climbs totalling 4,500 feet.
“We were in cloud at the highest points and it was cool” says Darren, “But at lower levels the weather was perfect, the views stunning and the support fantastic.”
He came 389th out of 1750 finishers in 4 hours 32 minutes.
On November 5th, his partner, Jen, not to be outdone, ran the King’s Forest 50km Ultra near Thetford where cold drizzle greeted the 85 starters, though they soon warmed up over the four undulating woodland laps. Despite being a little unsure how she would do, she grabbed a podium as third lady home, in 5hrs 29 minutes.
“The marshals were fantastic, the scenery breathtaking and it was a thoroughly enjoyable event recommended to any runner looking for a longer distance but friendly challenge!”