Back in 2004, Aylsham was the second small town in the UK to embrace the Italian Cittaslow philosophy which rebuts the concept of cloned communities and fast food. And it works. No-one rushes in Aylsham these days, except now those running the Aylsham EPIC 5km which is like Park Run but more worthy.

Thus it was that on Friday night, 14 worthy Beach Runners, along with 407 others, upped the pace a bit by dashing out of Market Place around the streets and back again and, in a race won by Callum Bowen-Jones (MO) of Dereham Runners in 16,06, claimed several top-10 category finishes.

First among them was James Warner-Smith (MO) in 17.40 for 9th overall and 8th out of 89 in category, while Natalie Drake (FO) ran 22.15 for 91st and 6th out of 109. Somewhere in between them came Matt Andrews (M45-49) in 19.52 for 40th and 3rd out of 28.

Natasha Sumner (F 40-44) ran 26.51 for 213th and 8th while Angela Smith (F60-64) clocked 38.15 for 402nd and 8th , those ladies not quite catching Garry Hobart (M55-59) who steamed in on 22.35 for 96th and 7th.

But the big NNBR one-two came in the F55-59 category where Karen Balcombe grabbed 1st – and 99thoverall – with 22.46, hotly pursued by Rachel Robson in 2nd – and 130th overall – with 24.01.

And then, in F40-44, Elizabeth Goodliffe was not only 1st out of 26 (and 78th overall) but ran a pb of 21.29.

Meanwhile out west, Michael Fish Sadler (M50-59 top end) ran the Yeovil marathon over Somerset undulations in 3.16.01 for 30th out of 194 and 5th in category.

Author: John Worrall