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First Reedham 10 big success

PUBLISHED: 12:10 05 February 2009 | UPDATED: 12:57 03 July 2010

Reedham 10 competitors on the road.

Reedham 10 competitors on the road.

'OVERWHELMED' was the comment from the race director Pat Brightman at the response to the first Reedham 10-mile road race held on Sunday around the beautiful villages of Reedham, Limpenhoe, Freethorpe and Wickhampton.

'OVERWHELMED' was the comment from the race director Pat Brightman at the response to the first Reedham 10-mile road race held on Sunday around the beautiful villages of Reedham, Limpenhoe, Freethorpe and Wickhampton.

Unfortunately, the conditions were not kind to the runners, marshals and all the supporters who turned out.

The race was started by the mayor of Great Yarmouth, Terry Easter, accompanied by his wife Jenny. In bitterly cold, Siberian weather, accompanied by sleeting snow, 226 runners tackled this undulating course.

They found much encouragement along the way from the villagers and were greeted on every corner by the frozen marshals with their cheerful smiles.

Not all the competitors were from the Norfolk area, there were several entrants from Sleaford, Essex and London, all of whom battled the weather to reach this remote location.

The winner Neil Davison from the City of Norwich AC finished in a creditable time of 57:57. The ladies' race was very closely contested with the winner Tanya Crofts from Wymondham AC finishing in 1-11:31, followed by Natalie Etches from Ely Runners in 1-11:32.

All the winners received excellent prizes from the mayor and his wife and every runner received an engraved silver coaster as a reminder of the day.

Thanks went sponsors and supporters the Great Yarmouth Mercury, the Reedham Ship Freehouse, Cobalt Systems Reedham and MR Scaffolding.

The day could not have been a success however without the help of the Reedham Village Hall committee, the members of GYDAC and their families, the Red Cross, all the runners and their supporters.

The club's next race is the Humpty Dumpty 10k on Sunday, June 28 at 10.30am.

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