North Norfolk Beach Runners at Norfolk Cross Country Championships

Four North Norfolk Beach Runners made the metaphorical podium at the Norfolk Cross Country Championships held at Thetford Common on December 4th.

Louise Pegg came second in the Women’s 50-54 category, while Tony Witmond was third in the Men’s 45-49.

Jim Hayes gained third in the over-65s although he would have qualified for the over-70s (over-75s?) category, had there been one, and has stated long and often that race categorisation should keep up with rising longevity.

That sentiment may eventually be shared by star of the team, John Gay, who came first in the 55-59s.

Meanwhile the evergreen and ubiquitous Jim Hayes also turned up at Waveney Valley AC’s 10- mile Turkey Trot just outside Beccles on Sunday 11th where, on a chilly day of hazy sunshine – almost perfect running conditions – he finished in 117th place out of 375 finishers in a time of 77.26 but, more particularly, 1st in the over-65s. One other Beach Runner took part, Ed Rawlings, who finished 52nd in 67.45, but he’s nowhere near as old