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Athletes achieve amazing feats – with their feet

PUBLISHED: 12:42 09 June 2011

In a remarkable week for the North Norfolk Beach Runners, two of the club’s top runners achieved remarkable feats at opposite ends of the distance spectrum.

Long-distance specialist, Robbie Britton, took on the UK’s longest and toughest race, the fearsome 146 mile Grand Union Canal Race which follows the towpath all the way from Birmingham to London.

Robbie became only the second member of the Cromer Club to complete the challenge when he matched the 2010 feat of Vinnie Purdy as he crossed the finish line in Little Venice. However, his incredible finish time of just 31 hours for seventh place may never be bettered by a Norfolk runner.

Later in the week the remarkable consistency of Steve Jones saw the Beach Runner clocking up his 100th top-two finish at the Edingthorpe Four. Steve’s finish time of 21:20 gave him a comfortable victory and a new course record, an amazing 40 seconds faster than last year’s winner.

Midweek saw the Broadland 5k race, this year run over an attractive new course at South Walsham. Andi Osborne was the Beach Runners’ only prizewinner when she took first prize in the 55-59 age group.

But several others put in excellent performances on a cool and breezy evening in the Broads.

Paul Muffett was fastest of all, breaking 18 minutes with his time of 17:58 for 19th place whilst Quentin Brown missed out on the 18-minute barrier but will no doubt run faster later in the series.

Chris Wade looked sharp for 53rd place whilst Lucy Collyer clocked a personal best of 20:28 for 72nd overall. Dave Spooner, Simon Page, Rob Osborne and Alec Fraser all went well in the middle of the field whilst 78-year-old Malcolm Ball showed that he has lost none of his race ability with an excellent time of 25:06.

A little further back were Emma Muffett and Lauren Padmore running her first race in a Beach Runners’ vest who acquitted herself well with a finish time of 27:47.


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