Beach Runners rise to two-race challenge

Despite 20 members of the North Norfolk Beach Runners running at the Reepham 10k race last Sunday, the Cromer club still managed to field 16 starters at the Wroxham 5k just three days later.

Despite 20 members of the North Norfolk Beach Runners running at the Reepham 10k race last Sunday, the Cromer club still managed to field 16 starters at the Wroxham 5k just three days later.

The evening's best performance came from Andy Kett, once again demonstrating the short distance speed he used to exhibit on the track as a top 800m runner to finish 10th in a lightning quick 16:44.

Chris Parker and Quinton Brown also showed a good turn of speed to record sub-19 minute times, although the latter admitted to being disappointed not to improve on his early-season times.

The next four Beach Runners across the line - John Christopher, Richard Blake, Jim Hayes and Lucy Collyer - were amongst nine brave enough to take on both the Reepham and Wroxham races.


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All four recorded excellent times, but Richard Blake picked up the county silver medal in the 60-plus age group with a finish time of 19:43 for 63rd place overall.

Dave Spooner enjoyed the cool, damp evening to record a superb time of 21:52 and Simon Page

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was just a few seconds behind in 128th place.

Ian Jarvis, Rob Osborne, Alec Fraser, Malcolm Ball and Andi Osborne all acquitted themselves extremely well in their second race of the week, with Malcolm's performance in completing two races in four days at the age of 76 being particularly noteworthy.

The last two runners sporting the Beach Runners' blue and gold vest were Michael O'Connor, finishing in 25:21, and Alison Swanson making a rare race appearance to finish 208th with a very respectable 25:36.

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