North Norfolk Beach Runners have been running in all directions over the past week, five of them along on the prom in Race 3 of the Yarmouth 5-mile midweek series. In a field of 635, two Beach Runners nailed top-10 category places, Darren Armstrong (M 45-49) in 32.46 for 52nd  overall and 8th out of 54 in category, and Liz Letzer (F 70+) running a pb of 48.26 for 497th and 3rd.

And then on Sunday, at the Holt 10k which the club organises and thus had several dozen members marshalling, 16 Beach Runners were among 430 finishers and between them nabbed five top-three category places.

Neil Adams (M 40-44) was 4th overall and 1st in category with a time of 36.08; Finlay Swanson (MJ) ran 39.08 for 23rd and 2nd; Derek Sadler (M 65-69) in 48.29 was 136th  and 3rd, while Rachel Robson (F 55–59), like old wine, ran a pb of 51.04 for 185th and 3rd. And then for the second time that week, Liz Letzer, (F 70+) ran a pb, knocking a minute and a half off her previous best with 1.05.32 for 373rd and 2nd , and peaking nicely for this year’s  SuperSeventies’ tilt at the Ekiden marathon relay in Woodbridge in July.

Going longer than that were a handful of Beach Runners who ran the Angles Way 50k down the Waveney valley, from Beccles to Yarmouth with a 6.00am start. The results hadn’t been posted at the time of going to press, but the stand-out performer was Gemma Woolrych who was first female home.

But then going considerably longer again was Carmine de Grandis who ran the 200 mile, five-day Dragon’s Back Race, spanning Wales north to south, peaking Snowdon, Cader Idris and a few other would-be Beeston Bumps, each with precipitate drops for the inattentive. Out of 402 starters, there were 251 finishers, among whom he was 148th with a cumulative time of 63hours, 3min and 4 seconds, and crossing the line playing an accordion. He would have probably gone quicker without it but he said he couldn’t resist Snowdonia’s acoustics.

Author: John Worrall