Beach Runners stride to success

DESPITE the windy conditions for Sunday's Fenland 10, several North Norfolk Beach Runners turned in superb performances with three members of the Cromer club picking up first prizes in their age groups.

First round the flat 10-mile course was John Christopher, who ran another sound race for 53rd place in the field of 341 runners.

He was closely followed by Richard Blake, whose amazing run of success shows no sign of letting up.

Richard took yet another first 60 plus prize with a time of 1-05:53, almost three minutes ahead of his nearest challenger, Jim Hayes, current chairman of the Beach Runners and no stranger to picking up trophies himself.

Ian Wade and Tony Heath ran well to finish in the top 200, as did Christine Thorne whose excellent time of 1-19:47 proved to be good enough to be placed first lady 55 plus.

Just outside the top 200 but nevertheless picking up a rare trophy was Briston's Noel Spruce who came in first 65-plus with a strong run to cross the line in 1-20:43.

But Malcolm Ball suffered a surprise defeat in the 70-plus age group as his time of 1-25:07 proved to be only good enough for second place.

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Other Beach Runners enjoying the challenge of the windy Fenland course were Rob Osborne and Shelley Burton, who both finished with excellent times.

Meanwhile two North Norfolk Beach Runners were enjoying their own challenge some 4,000 miles away at the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC.

Rob Emery battled his way through a huge field of nearly 30,000 runners to cross the line in 3-54:00 minutes and 3,649th place whilst his wife, Karen ran in the 10k race finishing in 1-18:00.