A squadron of 21 North Norfolk Beach Runners, along with 629 others, battled a stiff wind during the Mad March Hare 10k organised by Coltishall Jaguars on the former RAF Coltishall airbase, but good flying conditions, down-wind anyway, produced a few notable performances.

In a race won by Callum Simpson, (MO and unattached), in 36.01, NNBR had three in the top 30, two of them of a certain age: John Fagan (M45-49) in 39.33 for 16th overall and 2nd out of 51 in category, and same category Darren Armstrong in 40.59 for 30th and 3rd. But the marginally more hirsute Adam Smart (MO) prevented a bald blokes one-two with an intervening 39.52 for 19th and 11th out of 117.

Maturity nevertheless led the way further down the field, with Christine Thorne (F65-69), now back to competitive running, posting 1.00.10 for 463rd overall and a category 1st, while perennial category winner, Derek Sadler (M65-69), maintained form with 47.58 for 155th overall and a standard procedure 1st.

But neither was the youth wing left in the hangar, Natalie Drake (FO) clocking 49.48 190th and 13th out of 122, and Liz Harris (F 40-44) in 52.18 for 255 and 7th out of 56.

All others returned safely to base.


Author: John Worrall