Great week for runners

In a superb week for the North Norfolk Beach Runners, the Cromer club carried off a terrific haul of trophies and medals at the Dereham 10-mile and Yarmouth five-mile races.

In a superb week for the North Norfolk Beach Runners, the Cromer club carried off a terrific haul of trophies and medals at the Dereham 10-mile and Yarmouth five-mile races.

Sunday's Dereham 10 was also the County Championship event and so gold medals were won by Paul Muffett and by Jim Hayes in the over-60s. County bronze medals were won by Robb Kett in the under-40s, whose time of 60:21 was also a personal best, and by Geoff Hayward in the 60+ age group.

A surprise team gold was won by the under-40 ladies' team of Claire Foulkes, Nikki Kavanagh and Emma Dennis, whilst the men's 40+ team of Paul Muffett, Richard Blake, Jim Hayes and John Leach won the county bronze.

On an outstanding morning for the Beach Runners, other race trophies were won by Richard Blake (third in the 55-59 age group), Alec Fraser (second in the 65+) and by Christine Thorne, also third in her age group.


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Just three days later, Paul Muffett competed in the Yarmouth five-mile race and again took first prize in the 50+ category with a blistering 29:39 for 14th place overall.

But the outstanding performance of the night came from Steve Jones, who finished sixth in 27:24 to win the over-40s age group by more than a minute.

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Assisted by the resurgent Clive Hedges, the two veteran fliers took the team prize for the Beach Runners for the second time in the three-race series.

Chris Parker put in another tremendous run to finish 27th in 31:40, whilst Clare Donavon was third senior lady with another excellent run. Clare also finished as second lady in the overall series.

Ryan Callaby recovered quickly from running at Dereham to clock a sound 33:42, but Ian Jarvis missed a pb by just 12 seconds to finish 84th. Jonathon Folkard, Emma Dennis and Shelley Burton all enjoyed the evening on the Yarmouth front to finish closely grouped at around 42 minutes.

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