North Norfolk Beach Runners – Round Norfolk Relay

North Norfolk Beach Runners had two teams among the 58 which contested this year’s Round Norfolk Relay on the 17th/18th September. The 198-mile race, run in 17 stages varying from 5.49 to 19.67 miles, takes in most of Norfolk’s perimeter, starting and finishing in King’s Lynn.

The NNBR A team came sixth overall with a time of 22 hours, 49 minutes, 48 seconds, an average of 6 minutes 55 seconds a mile. Ten of their runners clocked less than 7 minutes a mile – it would have been more but for a blustery headwind on the early stages – with stand-out performances from Stephane Lustig who was the fastest runner over the 7.52 mile Stage 8 from Lessingham to Horsey at a brisk 6.00 per mile, and Chris Merrylees who was second fastest over the 10.59 mile Stage 15, Wissington to Downham Market at an even brisker 5.56 per mile.

NNBR’s B team came 38th overall in 27 hours, 30 minutes, 59 seconds, an average of 8.20 a mile. Notable performers included Chrissie Spooner who averaged 7.52 a mile over the 18.13 mile Stage 10 and husband Dave at 8.26 over the 12.45 mile Stage 11 – do keep up, Dave – and septuagenarian Jim Hayes who covered the 9.24 mile Stage 7 at an average of 7.38 a mile.