Big entry for new road race

PUBLISHED: 09:58 04 July 2008 | UPDATED: 11:21 03 July 2010

The start of the Humpty Dumpty 10k.

The start of the Humpty Dumpty 10k.

THE Humpty Dumpty 10K was the inaugural road race by Great Yarmouth and District Athletics Club and sponsored by the Humpty Dumpty Brewery, Reedham and Pettitts Animal Adventure Park.

THE Humpty Dumpty 10K was the inaugural road race by Great Yarmouth and District Athletics Club and sponsored by the Humpty Dumpty Brewery, Reedham and Pettitts Animal Adventure Park.

The race headquarters and start/finish point was at Reedham Village Hall. The race set around the picturesque villages of Reedham, Limpenhoe and Freethorpe, a scenic rural undulating course proved to be challenging for some of the runners who always believe Norfolk to be flat.

An excellent entry of 238 runners saw many coming from longer distances like London, Corby, Sheffield and Nottingham.

The winner, Carl Prewer from Lowestoft Road Runners, was slightly held up along the course by an impeding tractor but was still pleased with his time of 34:15.

The ladies winner, Dena Parfitt from North Norfolk Beach Runners (41:11), recovering from injury and her 2-58 London Marathon, found the course tougher than expected.

Norwich Road Runners had a clean sweep of all the team prizes, male and female senior and masters categories, 216 finishers of which 50 percent were unattached runners. Each finisher was presented with a tumbler engraved with the Humpty Dumpty logo and a voucher for Pettitts.

Overall Winners. Men: 1 Carl Prewer (Lowestoft Road Runners) 34:15, 2 Andrew Jones (City of Norwich AC) 34:37, 3 Ian Day (Ely Runners) 35:32.

Female: 1 Dena Parfitt (North Norfolk Beach Runners) 41:11, 2 Angie Alstrachen (St Edmunds Pacers) 42:57, 3 Marie Clark (Norwich Road Runners) 44:03.

Age Category Winners. Men Senior: Andrew Bunn (Norwich Road Runners) 36:06. 40-44: Tony Johns (Norwich Road Runners) 35:48. 45-49: John Moore (Norfolk Gazelles) 39:39. 50-54: Andrew Houghton (unattached) 38:00. 55-59: Ray Hill (Ipswich Jaffa) 38:59. 60 plus: Mike Spragg (Great Yarmouth Road Runners) 41:28.

Female Senior: Abigail Livesey (Wimbledon Windmilers) 44:22. 35-39: Liz Fernandes (unattached) 45:54. 40-44: Julia Brooks (City of Norwich AC) 47:38. 45-49: Bobbie Sauerzapf (Bungay Black Dog AC) 48:34. 50-54: Catherine Wright (Corby AC) 45:57. 55 plus: Diane Pamplin (unattached) 48:07.

Team Winners. Senior Men: Andrew Bunn, Simon Millett, David Tandy (Norwich Road Runners).

Senior Ladies: Alexandra Smith, Catherine Piggott, Kelly Jackman (Norwich Road Runners). Veteran Men: Tony Johns, Adrian Grand, Martin Yeomans (Norwich Road Runners). Veteran Ladies: Marie Clark, Sarah Bradley, Caroline Tayler (Norwich Road Runners).

In the second race in the series of the Wroxham 5k road races at Hoveton, two athletes of extreme age ranges from Great Yarmouth and District Athletics Club took part. Frankie Turner, 13, in her first road race for the club, was exceptionally pleased with her time of 23:05. Pat Brightman - a veteran - clocked an identical time as last year of 36:12. A total of 229 runners finished.

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