North Norfolk Beach Runners who headed west to Peterborough for the Perkins Great Eastern half marathon on Sunday had a wasted trip because the event start was firstly delayed and then cancelled because of a report of a man acting suspiciously near the course. It turned out to be a false alarm (a Beach Runner suspiciously taking a selfie on the finish line and posting it on Facebook was questioned but inexplicably released without charge) but not soon enough for more than 3000 runners to be sent home.

But NNBR competitive involvement maintained the Eastern theme with four of them running the East Coast 10k at Yarmouth, along with 892 others, and gaining two top-10 category finishes and two PBs.

In a race won by Matthew Jeffries (MO) of Waveney AC in 32.22, first Beach Runner home was, not unusually, Neil Adams (M40-44) in 36.13 for 6th overall and 3rd out of 64 in category, while Euan Prosser (M45-49) ran a PB 41.17 for 57th overall and 7/65. The other PB, of 48.12, belonged to Aaron Stearman (MO) who finished 218th. Sarah Grand (FO) ran sweeper in 1.02.06 for 649th overall.

Meanwhile to the south, a sole NNBR, Rachel Welch, went long in the woods on the King’s Forest 50k Ultra near Bury St Edmunds, clocking 6,41.49 for 98th place out of 120 finishers.

And then down on Hanworth Common, a covey of Beach Runners took one of the three distance options – 7, 14 or 20km – of the Hanworth Fun Run around the lanes of adjacent parishes, the Fun Run returning after an eight year break as a fund raiser for the Memorial Hall fund. Nobody posted any times but they had a lot of fun.

Author: John Worrall