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A better race experience

PUBLISHED: 11:06 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:14 13 July 2010

A month ago the Coltishall Autumn 10k had to be abandoned due to torrential rain. However, the race was re-arranged for last Sunday and was blessed with light winds and brilliant November sunshine.

A month ago the Coltishall Autumn 10k had to be abandoned due to torrential rain. However, the race was re-arranged for last Sunday and was blessed with light winds and brilliant November sunshine.

No less than 18 North Norfolk Beach Runners came out to enjoy the conditions and a fast, flat course. Once again the in-form Paul Muffett was the first Beach Runner to cross the line in a very quick time of 37:13 to win his age group and finish eighth overall.

Next in were John Christopher and the fast-improving Quinton Brown, both making the top 20.

Quinton's time of 38:47 was his first under the magic

40-minute barrier for the distance, as it was for Chris Parker who came in just behind in a terrific 39:17 for 25th place.

Clare Donovan showed the benefits of her new career as a personal trainer by finishing second Senior Lady in a superb 41:54 with Jim Hayes hot on her heels and winning his age group by more than a minute.

Terry Quigley was 52nd with a steady run whilst father and son, Ian and Jamie Wade were, as usual, hard to separate. This time Jamie beat his father by two places and his brother, Chris by nearly two minutes.

Rob Emery rounded off an autumn programme that has seen him racing in San Francisco and Cardiff with a strong time of 46:36 and Michael O'Connor also enjoyed the fast time to clock 47:23.

Just outside the top 100 were Tony Heath and Nikki Cude but just behind them Brenda Kinch, only arriving back from holiday the previous evening, took first prize in her age group.

Jonathan Folkard and Alison Swanson finished 110th and 111th with Mike Marshall and Karen Emery completing the strong showing of Beach Runners.

Two members of the Cromer Club taking a well-earned rest were the Kett brothers, Andy and Rob, who last weekend competed in the arduous Surrey Duathlon known as the Ballbuster, in which competitors are expected to make a 600ft climb of Box Hill no less than five times.

Andy paced his race perfectly and after a steady first run, had a superb cycle and second run to finish a brilliant 35th.

Rob perhaps took too much out of himself with a fast first run but still finished in the top 100 in a big field.


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