North Norfolk Beach Runners had 53 starters of all ages among more than 4000 who ran the Perkins Great East Run half marathon at Peterborough at the weekend. Theirs was the second largest club attendance among the many clubs who took part.
In warm conditions, the runners followed a course around the streets of the city with applauding spectators lining the way. Several Beach Runners were running their first half marathon, having come to running fairly recently through the club’s introductory courses or through Park Runs, but the first Beach Runners home were Chris Merrylees (124th place in 1.21.44) and Chris Parker, (125th in 1.21.45), the latter running a personal best. Septuagenarian Mike Marshall who, himself, has been running for only a few years, finished fast to grab 3115th place – and 8th in the 70-79 category – in 2.25.45.
Closer to home, because of the club commitment at Peterborough, only three Beach Runners were among the 330 who ran the Marriott’s Way 10k, although Neil Adams flew the flag by taking first place in 35.55, seven seconds ahead of the second placed runner, and nearly a minute ahead of the third. Sam Weller was first in the Male 60+ group (and 39th overall) in 45.57, more than four minutes ahead of the next in the category. The Beach Runner trio was completed by Ivan Allen who came home in 51.20 for 84th place.