A spring in runners’ stride

NORTH Norfolk Beach Runners were in great form at Sunday's Coltishall Spring 10k race with two of the Cromer club's fastest runners finishing in the top three.

Steve Jones rounded off a fantastic cross- country season earlier in the week by winning the final race of a series of five which made up the East/Southern Cross-Country Championships.

At the same time he also took the veterans' title for the winter series.

At Coltishall, Steve reigned supreme, winning the race by almost two minutes in a spectacular time of 34:12, and with Andy Kett also going well to take third place it was a remarkable day for the Beach Runners.

Paul Muffett continued his impressive build-up to the London Marathon with a steady 15th place in 38:39 and with Paul Cockady also running well in 46th place.

The two were able to team up with Steve Jones to take third place in the veteran team competition.

Terry Quigley ran a typically steady race to clock an excellent time of 44:53 whilst Rob Osborne recorded a top-100 finish and continues getting close to breaking the 50-minute barrier.

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A little further back Emma Muffett continued her improvement as she crossed the line in 52:40 and Linda Holt ran an excellent race to take second place in the ladies' over 60 category.

Other Beach Runners going well were Andi Osborne, Mike Marshall and Trine Middleton, who just dipped under the crucial hour mark with a time of 59:50.

Meanwhile, much further from home than Coltishall, Rob and Karen Emery were competing in the Washington DC half marathon.

Rob thoroughly enjoyed his return to road racing with an excellent time of 1-42:28 for 1148th place in a field of 3,500 whilst Karen completed the course in 2-45:48.