TARPLEY! Several Road Runners travelled over the border to Suffolk this morning, despite predictions of 45mph winds and heavy rain at the Tarpley 10 mile and 20 mile races. 20 milers had it particularly tough with the rain (and headwinds for the final 7 miles!) while those of us who sensibly chose a 10 mile distance had a sunny and dry sky to start under. Both courses were undulating - so ‘undulating’ that this word is written 10 times on the souvenir t-shirt...
10 MILE REPORT
5 NRRs competing: myself, Trevor Kuhrt, Kierstan Foreman, Deborah English, Anna Wright and we’re hoping to adopt Jasmin Honour (2nd claim) who finished first U21 lady today! Congrats also to Debs who finished 2nd lady overall and 1st in her age category
20 MILE REPORT
A brilliant 9 NRRs in a very competitive field (it was a Suffolk Champs race): Simon English, Jon Shorten, Jessica B Running, Kevin James Rowe, Gary Grand, Andrew Leggett, Dios Fernandez, Bryn Mainwaring, Kelly Simmonds. Also Darren Honour (2nd claim). Simon English finished 2nd in age category. Jess also 2nd in age category!
Well done to everyone that took part in the Freethorpe 10 race yesterday. We certainly had a large turnout with the NRR vest well seen around the course!
The windy conditions at times didn't stop some of you getting PB's , personal goals or even some team prizes, great work everyone!
Thanks also to many of you who volunteered to help out at the race with marshalling, your encouraging support always helps when the legs are starting to feel tired!
Also thank you to Pat Brightman who once again put on a great event as race director!
The prize roundup is as follows:
MS 2nd Place - John Hudson
M40-44 3rd place & County Bronze - Simon Wright
M45-49 3rd place & County Bronze - Chris Bullock
M55-59 2nd place & County Silver - Mark Garrett
MS - County Gold:
John Hudson, Alex Griffiths, Chris Harrison, Ian Bray
MV - County Gold & 1st Team:
Simon Wright, Trevor Gannon, Chris Bullock, Marc Coles
3rd Overall & County Bronze - Amy Beck
FS 3rd place - Alicia Lacey
F40-44 3rd place and County Silver - Stacey Harper
F55-59 3rd place and County Silver - Wendy Smith
FS - County Gold & 1st Team:
Amy Beck, Alicia Lacey, Jessica B Running, Marianne Armstrong
FV - County Bronze:
Stacey Harper, Anne Flanagan, Nicola Norfolk, Ruth Gaunt
The race was run in wet and soddy conditions but perhaps better than the forecast predicted. After the event it really poured down making getting out of the parking area a bit tricky. Well done to Bure Valley Harriers for putting on the race despite the conditions and changing parking areas at the last minute.
John Hudson was fifth with a time of 00:58:49.1 while Jessica Behan, with a time of 01:08:04.0 was the second female home and also won the FO age category prize. Anne Flanagan took the first position in the F40-44 category, while Penny Edwards also achieved first in the F60-64 age group
In the team category prizes Norwich Road Runners took first place in the MU40 group (John Hudson, Ian Bray and David Asker)as fellas the MO40 category,( Marc Coles Chris Bullock and Neil Walpole) not to be outdone Jessica Behan Kerry Lymbery and Charlotte Lucy Hodgson took the Female U40 team prize
This was the 31st Running of this race, as ever well organised by North Norfolk Beach Runners. Its the first event of the Worstead Festival weekend so there are lots of food tents and people getting organised for the main event on Saturday and Sunday . A hot evening for running but thankfully not as hot as the previous couple of days and, I am assured, not as hot as last year.s race. The race starts in the picturesque village square and local residents gave the runners support along the route, with some sitting out on deckchairs enjoying an evening drink .Special thanks to the man who was pouring water over the runners!.
The frist Norwich Road Runner home was Trevor Gannon in 7th with a time of 00:28:51.8 He was also second in the MV40 category. Nest was John Hudson in 9th (00:28;57.4) and Simon Wright 12 in 00:29:35.1. Amy Beck, with a time of 00:31:16. was the overall female winner. Jessica Behan took 3rd female place with a time of 0:32:00.5.Marianne Armstrong was 3rd female Norwich Road Runner across the line in 0:38:38.7
Other category positions were Judy Crooks 1st in FV55,Mark Garrett 1st in MV55 and Harvey Hurrell 1st in MJ.
there were personal bests for Neil Walpole, Keith Walpole, Ian Bray( 00:32:37/00:31:27) Judy Crooks (00:44:26 00:40:46 Neil Walpole and Keith Walpole