Great times for area’s runners

ON Wednesday evening 15 Great Yarmouth Road Runners took to a 10k course with gusto.

In a record entry for the Bungay club with 119 entrants, the showing from the Yarmouth club was excellent. The course is one of the most scenic and pleasant in appearance anywhere for a local race.

It was good to see John Bound and Chris Harbord back out in the club colours with returning fellow club comrade Dianne Crosby.

The series of races is always popular but tinged with sadness as it is now two years since the passing of fellow clubmate and friend Paul Brookshaw.

Karen Manning was in superb form in winning her age group while also beating her previous personal best by at least one minute.

Confirmed race times: Neil Sibley (9th) 39:29, Jeff Helmore (14th) 40:18, Richard Blake (17th) 40:50, Andy Peck (26th) 42:12, Steve Dady (32nd) 43:15, Steve Etherington (44th) 44:58, Karen Manning (52nd) 46:03 pb and age cat winner, Ivan Lees (83rd) 52:37, Carol Spong (87th) 54:28, John Bound 89th 55:40, Peter Spandler (94th) 59:26, Dianne Crosby 102nd 1-03:50, Bob Arnell (106th) 1-06:53, Jim Spong (110th) 1-17:23 and Chris Harbord 111th 1-27:31.

The Woodhall Spa 10k saw great conditions for running.

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One lonely Road Runner ran the Lincolnshire road race. Sean Jermy tackled the flat course that travels out and around neighbouring villages of Woodhall Spa, finishing 25th in a field of 965 runners in total, in a time of 37:03. He shaved 89 seconds of his personal best time.

Jeff Helmore competed in the Middlesbrough parkrun and finished 20th in a field of 292 in a time of 19:33.

There was an excellent turn-out again at the Gorleston parkrun last Saturday with the Road Runners supplying over 10 per cent of the field, 11 Seasiders competing in a field of 105.

John Bound did another pb as Sylvia and Steve Dady were welcomed to the event.

Results: (2nd) Mark Thompson 18:29, (9th) Matthew Sutton 21:07, (11th) Stephen Dady 21:37, (32nd) Michael Dale 25:01, (34th) Lorrain Dawson 25:15, (46th) Sylvia Dady 26:34, (52nd) Peter Spandler 27:28, (58th) Dianne Crosby 28:19, (73rd) John Bound 30:09, (75th) Chuck Weigand 30:34, (84th) Bob Arnell 34:08.

GREAT YARMOUTH & DISTRICT ATHLETIC CLUB: In preparation for their forthcoming Deloitte Ride Across Britain, two ladies took part in the British Heart Foundation Norwich 100 Bike Ride on Sunday.

Adele Postle, a member of GYDAC and Great Yarmouth Cycling Club, and Pat Brightman, a member of GYDAC, took this opportunity for a final ride out together along with approximately 3,000 other cyclists.

The weather was very blustery most of the way around the course. Starting at 7am at Norwich Cathedral, the route passes the villages of Reepham and Melton Constable before hitting the coast at Morston Quay. It then follows the coastline through to Somerton, heads inland to Martham, Wroxham and Coltishall to return back to the Cathedral.

They completed their challenge in nine hours five minutes, well within their expected finish of 10 hours.

Tomorrow they will start their epic John O’Groats to Land End cycle ride — 953 miles in nine days raising funds for the British Paralympic appeal.

They will be accompanied by James Cracknell – the adventurer, Olympian and organiser of this event – and around 600 riders.