Round Norfolk Relay

North Norfolk Beach Runners had two teams in the 31st running of the Round Norfolk Relay at the weekend. The course follows the county boundary over a distance of 198 miles, divided into 17 unequal stages starting and finishing at Lynnsport in Kings Lynn. A staggered start sees the teams leaving Lynn on Saturday morning, the first away at 5.30am, and all of them finishing on Sunday morning before the 29hrs 30min cut-off. For all teams, organisation of support vehicles and accompanying cyclists through day and night is as crucial as running prowess.
This year, 61 teams competed, City of Norwich Athletic Club claiming first place in a time of 20hrs, 23min 40 secs reflecting 6.11 per mile, but NNBR’s A team came fifth – second in the Club category and first in the Association of Running Clubs category – with a time of 22.05.34 at 6.42. Team member Tony Whitmond claimed the Darryl Davis Memorial Trophy for the best age graded performance by a male master, on Stage 4, with a grading of 75.3%.
NNBR’s B Team meanwhile clocked 27.53.36 at 8.27 to grab 48th place overall and 5th in the mixed class.
NNBR also organised two of the changeover points – at Cromer and Mundesley – and at the latter, runners, supporters and back-up teams again enjoyed refreshments provided by the Coronation Hall committee, a long-standing highlight of the race which is gaining legendary status.