Search

Two teams of Great Yarmouth Road Runners compete in Round Norfolk Relay

PUBLISHED: 00:23 29 September 2018

Great Yarmouth Road Runners' teams for the Round Norfolk Relay line up for a photograph Picture: PENNY STUDLEY

Great Yarmouth Road Runners' teams for the Round Norfolk Relay line up for a photograph Picture: PENNY STUDLEY

Archant

Two teams from Great Yarmouth Road Runners competed in the 32nd Round Norfolk Relay.

The course mirrors the county boundary over a distance of 198 miles, divided into 17 unequal stages, and this year’s event was blessed with beautiful weather throughout the weekend.

A staggered start for the 60 teams, based on anticipated finishing times, ensures that teams of similar ability start together, with faster teams chasing.

For the two Great Yarmouth Road Runner teams the race started at Lynnsport in Kings Lynn at 6.30am. The first leg finished at Hunstanton, following the stunning coastline through five multi-terrain stages taking the Norfolk Coastal path as far as Cromer. The 40 miles (four stages) from Cromer through to Horsey Mill and on to Belton were on the road. By the time the teams reached Belton it was dark. It was good to see lots of club members marshalling at this point.

From Belton, the course turns south-west following main roads for 62 miles (four stages), all run in darkness. From Feltwell (Stage 14) the four remaining stages covering the last 33 miles are run across the flat Fens through the early morning mist. Finally, following the Great Ouse River into historic King’s Lynn runners passed by the old Custom House, through the famous Tuesday Market Place and then on to the finish at Lynnsport.

Unique in character and concept, the race presents not only a tough physical challenge, but also a test of the organisational prowess of a club. Run over 24 hours, without a break (and carrying a baton), the event is much more than just a normal relay.

Special thanks must go to club coach and chairman Andrew Baker, who co-ordinated the event for GYRR and with the help of countless club members to support him, made it another safe and successful event. Running the 17 stages is one small part of being part of the team. Equally valued are the drivers of the minibuses and night cars, cyclists, marshals, time-keepers and everyone who supported in their own way.

The GYRR teams finished in times of 26 hours, 35 minutes and 11 seconds and 27 hours, 31 minutes and 11 seconds respectively.

Other Great Yarmouth sport

Tue, 12:15

Acle United Women moved to the top of the ERWFL Premier Division after a 1-0 victory at Haringey Borough.

Martyn Sinclair and Adam Mason didn’t have a win to cheer them after their 50 mile charity walk despite a brave show from the young Bloaters.

Friday, November 30, 2018

An injury-time penalty condemned Gorleston to their third defeat in a row.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

This newspaper and Bullards are offering four lucky people the chance to spend an exclusive day behind the scenes at Norwich City Football Club’s training ground.

Most Read

Fri, 12:40

Taco Bell has opened its doors in Great Yarmouth for the first time after a surprise early opening, much to the delight of fans of the Tex-Mex fast food chain.

Read more
United States
Mon, 16:52

A care home where mattresses were getting soaked through to the base with urine has been put into special measures.

Read more
Care Quality Commission
Thu, 08:02

A parent who was “frightening” children by wearing a face mask outside of a Norfolk secondary school has been captured having a heated argument with a police officer after he refused to remove it.

Read more
Norfolk Police
Wed, 07:03

A former American diner’s £350,000 transformation could help to improve the reputation of one of Great Yarmouth’s main urban thoroughfares.

Read more
Mon, 09:14

Witnesses are being sought after a teenage girl was punched in the face in Gorleston High Street.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 0°C

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the Great
Yarmouth Mercury

e-edition today

Subscribe
Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Great Yarmouth Mercury weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy