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Runners brave the snow

PUBLISHED: 09:13 28 March 2008 | UPDATED: 10:45 03 July 2010

Road Runners at Trowse.

Road Runners at Trowse.

RUNNERS hardly needed the dry ski slope at Trowse to remind them of winter at last weekend's 10k race staged by the City of Norwich Athletic Club. There was plenty of snow around to remind them of that.

RUNNERS hardly needed the dry ski slope at Trowse to remind them of winter at last weekend's 10k race staged by the City of Norwich Athletic Club. There was plenty of snow around to remind them of that.

Even so, the race limit of 300 runners had long been reached and the two members of the Great Yarmouth Road Runners gave in quality what was lacking in quantity.

First home was Paul Brookshaw, a little outside his personal best but none-the-less pleased with his effort in the difficult conditions and over the tricky two-lap course with a double-dose of hills.

Likewise, Mark Peach in his first outing this year. In many respects fast, quality 10k road races of this sort underpin much of what takes place on the roads throughout the year.

A few days earlier, on the first day of the holiday weekend, there was a slightly more respectable turn-out of local runners at the Broome 10k.

Here Andrew Manning ran effortlessly to finish as highly-placed newcomer Ashley Waller recorded a perfectly respectable time. Karen Manning enjoyed her race and her time, Derek Ribbands made a welcome return to road-racing after a long lay-off and Chris Harbord brought his usual bonhomie to the proceedings.

Forthcoming 10k races are at Thorney this weekend and at King's Lynn and Croxton on subsequent dates, the two latter being unfortunately scheduled for the same date. Interspersed with all that is the five-mile series in Great Yarmouth beginning in April. More details on this next week.

Mike Spragg

Results. Trowse 10k, Sunday, March 23

Great Yarmouth Road Runners finishing order and times: 1 Paul Brookshaw 42: 27, 2 Mark Peach 49:01.

Broome 10k, Friday March 21

Great Yarmouth Road Runners finishing positions and times: 13 Andrew Manning 38:22, 42 Ashley Waller 44:03 (pb), 63 Karen Manning 48:00, 140 Derek Ribbands 57:23, 160 Chris Harbord 68:45.

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