Runners take to the roads

North Norfolk Beach Runners took to the roads to test their winter training.Most went to Honington for the Norfolk Gazelles 10k where two finished in the top ten, Rob Kett a superb eighth in an extremely quick 35:52 with Will Dorsett ninth.

North Norfolk Beach Runners took to the roads to test their winter training.

Most went to Honington for the Norfolk Gazelles 10k where two finished in the top ten, Rob Kett a superb eighth in an extremely quick 35:52 with Will Dorsett ninth.

John Christopher finish 15th in just over 38 minutes, Terry Quigley did 43:41 for 42nd whilst John Leach and Jeremy Boreham, a new name to Beach Runner colours, were both inside the top 60.

Rob Emery surged to 47:11, nearly 20 minutes ahead of wife Karen Emery whilst another new member, Jen Armstrong finished strongly to beat Alec Fraser to the line.

Rob Saines, Mike Marshall and retiring club chair Andi Osborne all finish comfortably inside the hour.

Geff Hayward took first prize in the men's 65 plus category at the Bungay 20k in 1-36:32. First Beach Runner across the line was Colin Stark for a highly creditable 62nd place in a field of over 400 with Clive Hedges not far behind. Also going well were Trevor Emery and Tony Heath.

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The performance of the day came from Paul Muffett, who joined Dena Parfitt and Chris Merrylees at the Stamford 30k.

For the second weekend in a row, Muffett put in an astonishing performance, finishing 13th out of 630 in 1-55:28, comfortably first in his age group.

Dena Parfitt was a superb 49th place overall, second lady in 2-05:32, just four seconds behind Chris Merrylees.

Paul Muffett's astonishing start to the running year continued at the Reedham 10-mile race.

He finished fifth in a field of more than 200, only just outside the one hour mark and winning his age group by more than six minutes, a brilliant run given the conditions. Muffett beat the next Beach Runner, Andy Kett, by nearly two minutes, Kett's run good enough for an excellent 10th place.

John Christopher finished in the top 20 with 1-05:37 and Ryan Callaby finished 34th, only just outside 70 minutes.

Just outside the top 100, four Beach Runners came in within about a minute of each other. Tony Heath, Geoff Hayward and Ian Jarvis were separated by the first lady Beach Runner across the line, Deborah Jones, who had an excellent run, finishing strongly in a time of 1-19:31.

Mike Marshall, Michael O'Connor and Maurice Copeland completed the flat and exposed 10-mile course.

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