An unseasonably warm mid-February Sunday saw North Norfolk Beach Runners flourish like spring flowers in four separate events over the weekend.

The biggest bunch – 13 – was to be seen at Norfolk Gazelles’ Valentine 10k to the south and west of Norwich. In a race won by CONAC’s George Gay in 32.59 (he nevertheless with an umbilical connection to NNBR), first Beach Runner home was usual suspect Neil Adams (M40-44) in 35.52 for 10th overall out of 593 and 4th in category, followed by Chris Parker (M Senior) in 36.42 for 15th and 9th. Phil Hurr (M 60 to 64) was first out of 17 in category and 47th overall in 39.36, while first lady Beach Runner was Hilary Peachment (F Senior) in 51.43 for 286th and 24th.

Then in the Marriott’s Way trail marathon, Darren Neale (M 40-44) stormed along the former railway, like HS2 but more cheaply, in 3.02.48 for second place out of 99 finishers but still only 2nd in category because the race was won by similar vintage Cambridge Harrier Mitchell Dann in 2.56.16. Also second in category – but a different one – was Adrian Dyde (M60-64) with 4.28.03 for 48th overall. Lady Beach Runner Rachel Welch F40-44 completed the NNBR triumvirate in 86th and 8th with 5.26.30.

Meanwhile, out west at the Stamford 30k, won by David Hudson of BRG Run and Tri in 1.44.36, leading Beach Runner was Mrs Neale – Charlotte – (Senior Female) in 2.11.49 for 72nd out of 625 but 5th in category, while Beck Maun (FV45) was 244th and 10th with 2.35.06. Karl Harper (MV45) finished fast to grab 345th and 45th with 2.46.46.

And then down south, a long way down south, Nathan Bayle (M18-39), still parading the NNBR blue in an Antipodean late summer flowering, completed the NZ South Island’s Shotover trail half marathon – “some crazy mountains and creek crossings“, (like Roman Camp on a rainy day, then) in 1.59.16 for 10th out of 127 and 7th in category.

Author: John Worrall