Big turnout for Reepham 10k

A BEAUTIFUL day dawned on Reepham after torrential rain through the night as 340 runners descending on Reepham Runners for their thriving annual summer 10k race, which was a fantastic turnout.

A BEAUTIFUL day dawned on Reepham after torrential rain through the night as 340 runners descending on Reepham Runners for their thriving annual summer 10k race, which was a fantastic turnout.

The winner from Royston Runners was Simon Brown who completed the course in an incredible 35:50, followed by Robert Kett of Norwich Road Road Runners 36:49 and Neil Davidson from City of Norwich Athletics Club in 37:03.

The first lady to finish was unattached club runner Claire Couper in 39:13, second was a Reepham lady, Rachel Leathwood running for Norwich Road Runners in 41:41 and third lady was Wymondham AC's Sharon Hurren 43:07.

Finishers included host club Reepham Runners' Chris Edwards 46:39, Jude Durrant 47:24, John Woodhouse 51:54, Sarah Shelley 57:30, Chris Wade 58:31, Mark Wicker 58:43 and Tom Gayler 1:18:36.

A big 'thank you' went to all the race sponsors who provided spot prizes, and to all the marshalls who worked tirelessly for the small club to make the event possible.

Their support also allowed the luxury of having eight club members compete in the race.

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Reepham Runners are a small, friendly running club and have been growing in size gradually, apparent in their participation in other events of late.

Five members went to the Whitepeaks Marathon and half marathon in Derbyshire on a very hot day in May. Richard Bulman completed the marathon with a broken arm.

Six members competed in the Worstead five mile race in July with great finishes from Greg Quinn in 34:59 and Richard Moss-Jones 35:09. Jude Durrant collected second prize in her age category.

Three members competed in the Brandon Forest Wibbly Wobbly Log Jog which is a very popular fun run.

Finally, North Norfolk Beach Runners invited Reepham to join them in their handicap challenge run along the cliff tops from Weybourne to Sheringham Coast Guard Station and back - a demanding course on a beautifully sunny evening followed by a chip supper. Ten Reepham Runners joined in the fun.

If you would like to improve your running or even start to run, go along to a Tuesday club night at Stimpson's Piece Playing Field Reepham and 6.30pm. All levels are welcome.

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