Runners gear up to celebrate anniversary

Next month sees the 25th anniversary of Cromer's thriving running club, the North Norfolk Beach Runners, and to celebrate the event there will be a special evening at the Cromer Tennis Club on June 9.

All past and present members are invited and organiser, Ian Wade, would like to hear from any former members who would like to attend. Ian can be contacted on 01263 515788.

Several North Norfolk Beach Runners were amongst the prizes at Sunday's Dereham 10 Mile Race with Paul Muffett continuing his brilliant form. He got round the Dereham lanes in a superb time of 61:40 to take first place in the 50 to 59 age group, winning the county gold medal in the process and finishing a remarkable eighth overall in a field of 280 finishers. However even Paul was overshadowed by club colleague, Chris Merrylees who ran a personal best to break the one hour barrier for the first time and taking a county bronze in the under 40 category with his time of 58:44.

Club president Jim Hayes, running his first race as an over 65, was some way off his best but still managed finish first over 65 with a time of 74:49 whilst John Leach and Paul Cockaday both continued their recent improvements to finish 66th and 72 respectively.

Brenda Kinch used the race as part of her build-up to the World Masters Marathon Championships and was happy with her time of 86:02 for a county silver in the 60 plus category. Other Beach Runners breaking the 90 barrier were the fast-improving Rob Osborne with an excellent 82:40, Tony Heath and Alec Fraser and Rob's wife, Andi Osborne, who crossed the line in 89:42. Shelley Burton showed that she has made a good recovery from her Brighton Marathon run with an excellent time of 95:00.

Another Beach Runner impressing with his pace this weekend was the remarkable Steve Jones at the Oxford 10k. Steve finished ninth overall in a field of over 3,000 runners and second over-40.

Despite battling with a strong headwind for much of the race, his time of 34:19 was one of the best recorded by a North Norfolk Beach Runner for some years.