Runner's remarkable season

NORTH Norfolk Beach Runner Richard Blake's remarkable season continued at the weekend with a comfortable win in the over 60s category at the Wymondham 10 mile race.

NORTH Norfolk Beach Runner Richard Blake's remarkable season continued at the weekend with a comfortable win in the over 60s category at the Wymondham 10 mile race.

Even more startling was the fact that Blake had already covered 25 miles before the race started by cycling to Wymondham from Ludham.

His superb time of 1-07:11 for 14th place gave the former Yarmouth runner first over 60 prize by a huge margin just two weeks after he had won his age group at the inaugural Chester Marathon by a full 30 minutes.

Also at Wymondham were Phil Rowland, Geoff Hayward and Lindsay Kitchen.

Rowland was the best of the trio with an excellent time of 1-14:16 for 32nd place.

But Geoff Hayward showed his liking for the distance with a steady 1-20:09 and Lindsay Kitchen finished strongly for 77th place in 1-27:01.

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Six North Norfolk Beach Runners took part in the Long Distance Walkers Association Poppyline Marathon, an annual event which takes in some of the best tracks and trails of North Norfolk.

Colin Stark got round the testing 26 miles in four hours and 39 minutes.

The remaining Beach Runners were somewhat delayed as one of the five running together became lost for 30 minutes in Holt Country Park.

Nevertheless Lucy Collyer, Christine Thorne, Christina Walker, Brenda Kinch and Dave Spooner all arrived safely back in Sheringham after five hours and 41 minutes.

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