Photo gallery: Hundreds of runners hit the road for Freethorpe 10

10:44 30 January 2015

The Freethorpe Ten race through the country lanes and villages around Freethorpe.

Picture: James Bass

The Freethorpe Ten race through the country lanes and villages around Freethorpe. Picture: James Bass

Archant Norfolk © 2015

A record-breaking entry of more than 500 runners took part in the Freethorpe 10-mile road race.

Runners enjoyed the dry, but chilly, conditions around the villages of Southwood, Limpenhoe, Reedham, Wickhampton before returning to Freethorpe and is organised by the Great Yarmouth & District Athletic Club.

Entrants for the race, which was organised by Great Yarmouth & District Athletic Club, were not only from Norfolk and Suffolk, but several runners had travelled some distance to reach this remote location and included runners from Wales, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and London.

Woodbridge Shufflers runner Tom Fairbrother, inset, took victory in a course record time of 53:15 with Joe Skipper from City of Norwich AC runner-up in a time of 53:30. Last year’s winner, Daniel Middleton, took third place in 53:59, beating his previous time in the process. The ladies’ race was won by Odette Robson from St Edmunds Pacers in a time of 1:01:52 and second was Charlotte Rose from City of Norwich AC in a time of 1:02:39. Third was Anna Blackwell from Cambridge Tri Club in a time of 1:07:31.

Many runners enjoyed personal best times even with the breezy conditions. Norwich Road Runners won the Senior Men’s and Ladies’ Masters team prizes, whilst North Norfolk Beach Runners won the Men’s Masters team prize and City of Norwich AC won the Senior Ladies’ Team prize.

All the finishers received a goody bag at the finish line whilst all age category and team prize winners picked up trophies. Thanks must go to sponsors and supporters – BAM Nuttall, Booker Cash & Carry, Sportlink and D&F McCarthy.

The day could not have been a success without the help of Freethorpe Village Hall committee, the members of GYDAC and their families and friends, Freethorpe First Responders and Freethorpe Scouts, all the runners and their supporters. The club’s next race is the Humpty Dumpty 10K on Sunday, June 28, which includes the Leathes Prior Grand Prix Series Race.

•Overall winners

Men: 1 Neil Fairbrother (Woodbridge Shufflers) 53:15; 2 Joe Skipper (City of Norwich AC) 53:30; 3 Daniel Middleton (Norfolk Road Runners) 53:59.

Ladies: 1 Odette Robson (St Edmunds Pacers) 1-01:51; 2 Charlotte Rose (City of Norwich AC) 1-02:39; 3 Anna Blackwell (Cambridge Tri Club) 1-07:31.

Wheelchair: Peter Downing 1-20:18

•Age category winners


Senior: 1 Gareth Williams (Unattached) 57:31; 2 Mark Thompson (Great Yarmouth RRC) 57:49; 3 Robert Chenery (Ipswich Jaffa) 57:54

40-44: 1 Jeremy Rogers (Abbey Runners) 57:55; 2 Colin Stark (North Norfolk Beach Runners) 59:55; Adam Howlett (Unattached) 1-01:12

45-49: 1 Anthony Witmond (North Norfolk Beach Runners) 1-01:43; 2 Mark Clues (Tri-Anglia) 1-02:54; 3 John Walshaw (City of Norwich AC) 1-04:33

50-54: 1 Kevin Vaughan (Thetford AC) 1-02:02; 2 Paul Nickells (Woodbridge Shufflers) 1-03:12; 3 Steve Hughes (Stowmarket Striders) 1-06:53

55-59: 1 Phil Hurr (North Norfolk Beach Runners) 1-04:55; 2 Ian Thomas (Norfolk Gazelles) 1-07:17; 3 Stephen Pugg (Ipswich Jaffa) 1-11:15

60-64: 1 Colin Robilliard (1-05:44); 2 Peter Johnson (Ryston Runners) 1-06:26; 3 Terry Epps (Wymondham AC) 1-09:51.

65-69: 1 Ken Bowman (Coltishall Jaguars) 1-08:45; 2 John Bone (Great Yarmouth RRC) 1-15:29; 3 Peter Edmunds (Bungay Black Dog AC) 1-17:11

70+: 1 Mike Smith (Wymondham AC) 1-26:51; 2 John Tilbrook (Unattached) 1-35:58


Senior: 1 Julia Parsley (City of Norwich AC) 1-10:25; 2 Kate Murrell (Tri-Anglia) 1-11:48; 3 Laura Parry (Unattached) 1-14:41

35-39: 1 Zoe Ashe (Unattached) 1-10:46; 2 Deborah English (Norwich Road Runners) 1-14:21; 3 Silje Hovstad (City of Norwich AC) 1:17:12

40-44: 1 Sarah Adcock (City of Norwich AC) 1-09:19; 2 Sabrina Spencer (City of Norwich AC) 1-15:43; 3 Rachel Miller (Norwich Road Runners) 1-15:47

45-49: 1 Karen Archbold (Lowestoft Road Runners) 1-11:07; 2 Emma Potter-Campbell (Dereham Runners AC) 1-12:30; 3 Niki Park (Norwich Road Runners) 1-13:46

50-54: 1 Dianne Hughes (Stowmarket Striders) 1-16:47; 2 Robyn Olington (Unattached) 1-19:49; 3 Inger Mak-Pearce (Norwich Road Runners) 1-29:27

55-59: 1 Anne Ellen (Norfolk Gazelles) 1-20:40; 2 Bobbie Sauerzapf (Bungay Black Dog AC) 1-21:59; 3 Lorrain Dawson (Great Yarmouth RRC) 1-22:32

60-64: 1 Fran Crawford (Ely Runners) 1-30:52; 2 Andrea Osborne (Unattached) 1-32:55; 3 Lynda Moore (Norwich Road Runners) 1-45:42

65+: 1 Brenda Kinch (North Norfolk Beach Runners) 1-30:59; 2 Carole Spong (Great Yarmouth RRC) 1-31:11; 3 Pamela Brown (Bungay Black Dog AC) 1-39:49

•Team winners

Senior Men: Norwich Road Runners (Daniel Middleton, James Ashton, Alec Francis)

Men’s Masters: North Norfolk Beach Runners (Colin Stark, Anthony Witmond, Phil Hurr)

Senior Ladies: City of Norwich AC (Charlotte Rose, Julia Parsley, Katie Mack)

Ladies Masters: Norwich Road Runners (Niki Park, Deborah English, Ruth Steele)

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