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Runners among the prizes

PUBLISHED: 11:23 13 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:41 13 July 2010

The second race in Great Yarmouth's Five-Mile Series was a Runner's Centre Grand Prix event and attracted some of the big guns from the North Norfolk Beach Runners, helping the Cromer club to a good haul of prizes.

The second race in Great Yarmouth's Five-Mile Series was a Runner's Centre Grand Prix event and attracted some of the big guns from the North Norfolk Beach Runners, helping the Cromer club to a good haul of prizes.

North Walsham's Steve Jones made a rare appearance on the race circuit and finished fifth out of 180, taking first prize in the 40-plus category with a terrific 27:13. Paul Muffett continued his great winter form by dipping just under the 30-minute barrier for 13th place overall and first place in the 50-plus age group.

With John Christopher putting in a great run to cross the line in 31:08, the Beach Runners were easy winners of the veteran team prize. Splitting up the veteran team was Darren Neale, who put in an excellent run to finish 16th in 30:22.

Chris Parker ran a pb 31:37 for 28th in one of the best races of his career, whilst Clare Donavon was second lady.

Maurice Page made a surprise return to Beach Runner colours with a steady 33:19, just ahead of Ryan Callaby, who clocked 33:44 for a top 50 finish.

Father and son Ian and Chris Wade were not far apart with Chris finishing in 25:28, just over a minute ahead of his father. Both were bested by Rob Emery's excellent 35:05 for 72nd place.

Ian Jarvis managed to stay a few seconds ahead of the evergreen Geoff Hayward, who showed that he still has some speed in his legs with a good 38:05.

Completing the contingent of 16 Beach Runners taking on the windy seafront course were Jonathan Folkard (42:01), Karen Emery (51:51) and Margaret Ison (1-01:50).

Andi Osborne ran Thetford's Breckland 10k, a race that was over-subscribed.

Andi managed to finish 217th in a field of 321 runners.


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