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Great Yarmouth Road Runners make presence felt at Wymondham New Year’s Day race

PUBLISHED: 21:44 02 January 2018 | UPDATED: 21:45 02 January 2018

Great Yarmouth Road Runners at the Wymondham AC New Year's Day 10k race. Picture: Penny Studley

Great Yarmouth Road Runners at the Wymondham AC New Year's Day 10k race. Picture: Penny Studley

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Celebrating their 40th year as a club, Wymondham AC hosted their annual New Year’s Day 10k.

Starting close to the centre of Wymondham the course took the runners out into the undulating countryside.

As with most races it was full, with the 800 places selling out at the end of November. There were 634 finishers and 14 of them were from Great Yarmouth Road Runners.

The group saw no fewer than five personal bests and three age group placings but first and foremost everyone enjoyed it.

Credit must go to Sean Jermy who is in a very competitive age category (senior men). Not only did Sean set a new personal best by about 30 seconds but he also claimed second in his age group. Sean has been running for years but it shows that continued hard work is rewarded and improvements are still possible.

His new personal best of 35.52 and seventh place overall is a real achievement.

Marc Evans, Jacquie Duffield, Anna Coulborn and Vikki Brownsell also earned personal bests with several other members getting very close. Marc was surprised with his time as he had run a fast 5k a few days earlier. Jacquie was delighted with hers. She ran with her husband and fellow club mate Myles Duffield who paced her to perfection.

Vikki Brownsell knocked over two minutes off her previous best with some impressive running.

Other age group awards went to Anna Coulborn, who annihilated the competition in the 55-59 group, winning by several minutes and earning a personal in the process.

Penny Studley bowed out of the 40-44 age group with a first place. The cash prizes will no doubt be reinvested towards new trainers or another race entry, such is the dedication of team GYRR running on a bank holiday.

It was lovely to see support from fellow club mates Katherine Audus and Nadine Heseltine too.

Full results for GYRR: Sean Jermy 35.52 (PB), Marc Evans 37.26 (PB), Gary Pillar 44.12, Penny Studley 44.30, Paul Reeve 44.34, Terry Hubbard 45.45, Jacquie Duffield 51.01 (PB), Myles Duffield 51.02, Anna Coulborn 51.10 (PB), Mark Stone 51.15, Ivan Lees 54.48, Tony Ludlam 59.14, Vikki Brownsell 1:05.55 (PB), Leigh Taylor 1:06.45.

Visitors from the United States, Ben Fletcher and girlfriend Ruth Senior, over to visit family, took the overall honours in times of 31.59 and 38.17 respectively.

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