Busy time for Reepham Runners

IT'S been a busy training period for Reepham Runners with great turnouts at the Tuesday and Sunday sessions.

In February they hosted a 10k cross-country as a trial event which went well, and they aim to make it an annual event.

The leading man was Mark Haynes from Coltishall Jaguars in 44:02, leading lady Kim Reader of Wymondham AC in 53:09.

The proceeds of the race were donated to the East Anglian Air Ambulance who attended the event. A big thanks went to all the marshals, landowners and Whitwell Station.

Two cross-country series were completed in with the East Anglian League. Nick Bowden finished six races. His final standing was 17th overall and fourth in his age category. Jude Durrant completed all 10 races and finished ninth overall and second in her age category.

In the Horsford series hosted by Norwich Road Runners, Nick Bowden completed all three races and was unlucky in his age category not to be in the prizes. Phil Cooper was third in his category and Jude Durrant first in hers.

In the Norfolk Gazelles, Valentines 10k, Donna King knocked eight minutes off her previous personal best with 1-08. Nick Bowden ran 42:17, Jenni Egmore 57:03, Richard Cadman 52:47, Phillip Cooper 46:05 and Jude Durrant 46:38, who also won her age category.

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Richard Bulman 3:07 and Phillip Cooper 2:55 competed in the Wymondham 20-mile race.

Three members completed the Norwich Half Marathon which was a first attempt at this distance for John Woodhouse 1-54 and Chris Wade 1-58.

At the Coltishall Jaguars Spring 10K on Sunday, first home for Reepham was Nick Bowden with a fantastic 41:55, followed by Phil Cooper in 46:13, a pre-race sharpener for his Brighton marathon.

Next was John Woodhouse with a fantastic pb of 48:50, and there was yet another pb for Chris Wade, 49:29, who really seems to be finding his feet. A great result for the men.