Fourteen North Norfolk Beach Runners ran the Mike Groves 10k, organised by Coltishall Jaguars on the runway of the former RAF base on a day when heat seeking missiles didn’t have far to look. In 28C, the field of 577 were more concerned with getting round, rather than with pbs on what in cooler conditions is a fast course.
There were nevertheless a few NNBR top 10 category finishes, first among whom was Adam Smart (MO) who ran 41.47 for 11th overall and 4th in category. Next came Jonathon Phillips (M50-54 46.30 for 52nd and 6th.
Natalie Drake (FO) was first female Beach Runner in 50.27 for 105th/9th, while Tracey Showers (F40-44) ran 56.12 for 204th and 8th.
Two of the NNBR SuperSeventies squad were there, continuing their preparation for the Ekiden marathon relay at Woodbridge on 14th July, although as Liz Letzer (F70+) said, after clocking 1.17.59 for 526th and 2nd, and opting not to run a third pb in 10 days, “It was just survival in the heat”. Robin Rush (M70+) 1.26.10 for 561st and 8th, for his part remained in the zone and declined to add further.
Photocredit: Darren Armstrong.
Author: John Worrall