The Holt 10K starts and finishes in the beautiful grounds of the prestigious Gresham School and, as ever, the sports fields look wonderful and the facilities are great. Parking is easy and the registration desks, cafe and bag drop are all under the same roof with the ever necessary, and sufficient in number, toilets close to hand. Arriving to start the race amongst all those wonderful buildings and well kept lawns seems to have a calming effect on the nerves. To me it was one of those 'what if' days. What if it rains? Should I put on a rain jacket? What if it stays cool? Tee shirt or running vest? As it turned out it was warm enough to run in a vest and the rain held off till after the race. I found the wind a bit of a nuisance and, to me, the description of the race as 'mostly flat' was playing fast and loose with the truth!
Norwich Road runners had a good turn out, despite the attraction of the Liverpool Rock and Roll and Edinburgh Marathons and other races. Simon Wright was the first Norwich Road Runner home in 9th place with a gun time of 00:37:48.3 (Chip time)00:37:40. Marc Coles was 13th overall and second in the M 40-44 age group (Gun 00:38:11.9 Chip 00:38:10.4) and Chris Bullock wasn't too far behind him with a gun time of 00:38:35.3 (Chip 00:38:33.6). Mark Garrett came second in the M55-59 age group in 00:39:29.9 (Chip 00:39:29.9). Marc Evans also put in a good effort as the 4th NRR home thus helping the Marcs to make their mark! (Sorry)
Jessica Behan again did us proud crossing the line with a gun time of 00:41:33.5 ( Chip 00:41:33.5) to come second in the Female Open group and Alison Stewart ( Gun 00:50:44.1 Chip 00:50:30.4) came second in the F60-64 group