Fourteen North Norfolk Beach Runners were among 345 finishers at the North Walsham EPIC – Exercising People in Communities – 5k race on Friday evening before the heat arrived, and seven of them, clearly not particularly in need of more exercise, gained top 10 category places.

In a race won by Michael Eccles (M)) of Bure Valley Harriers in 16.26, first Beach Runner home was James Warner-Smith (MO) in 17.53 for 4th, both overall and in category out of 83. In the same category, Daryl London was 9th and 7th, in 18.26. But in between them, though two categories older, was John Fagan (M45-49) in 18:12 for 6th overall and a notable 1st out of 23 in category, while same category, Dean Howard clocked 19.34 for 26th and 4th. Eddie Carman (M 50 to 54) was 35th overall and 2nd with a time of 20.12.

Two lady Beach Runners got podiums, Natalie Drake (FO) finishing 3rd out of 65 in category and 68th overall in 22.00, while Rachel Robson (F 55 to 59) got yet another gong with 2nd in category and 124th overall in 24.38. Don’t stand too close to that mantelpiece, Rachel.

Meanwhile on Sunday, out above the marshes at Freethorpe south of Acle, 10 Beach Runners sweltered along with 467 others at the Humpty Dumpty 10k in conditions not quite as hot as Saturday’s but hot enough for running.

It was won by Matthew Jeffries (M Senior) of Waveney Valley AC in 33.11 but first Beach Runner (as usual when he’s there) was Neil Adams (M 40 to 44) in 36.30 for 5th overall and 2nd out of 53 in category. Chris Parker (M Senior) clocked 38.44 for 19th overall and 7th out of 118 in category. But the more mature Beach Runners could also take the heat, notably Derek Sadler (M 65 to 69) who 48.39 for 137th and 4th, and Phil King (M 60 to 64) who was 172nd and 2nd in 50.30. And then father of the pack, Mike Marshall, (M 70+ a few more) barely raised a sweat in grabbing 6th out of 14 in category and 412th overall with a time of 1.06.52. But then he is pretty cool, that Mike.

Author: John Worrall