Merrylees leads Beach Runners’ challenge in Freethorpe 10

PUBLISHED: 08:56 01 February 2018

North Norfolk Beach Runner No 45 Chris Merrylees at the Freethorpe 10k.

North Norfolk Beach Runner No 45 Chris Merrylees at the Freethorpe 10k.


Thirty North Norfolk Beach Runners were among the 676 who ran the Bam Nuttall Freethorpe 10 mile, organised by Great Yarmouth & District Athletics Club on Sunday.

In blustery but mild conditions, first home among them was Chris Merrylees, now competing in the M40-44 category.

He came second, and ninth overall, with a time of 59.17.

Second Beach Runner home was Chris Parker (senior) in 1:01.53 for 24th overall, while first female Beach Runner was Charlotte Neale in 1.05.00 for 49th overall, with Neil Adams (M40-44) right alongside.

Two Super Seventies squad members were there. Club president Noel Spruce (M70+) claimed fifth in category and 523rd overall in 1:37.40 while Brenda Kinch, classified in F65+ though a septuagenarian, gained third in category and 580th overall with a time of 1:43.29.

First home was Alan Darby from Ely Runners, who won in 54.26, at his third attempt.

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