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Runners look for best times

PUBLISHED: 13:36 06 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:40 30 June 2010

AFTER the excitement of the London Marathon, the 10k had members of Great Yarmouth Road Runners out in force.

At the Great East Run in King's Lynn the club's sole entrant Steve Stringer ran a personal best of 52:58 for a very creditable 681st out of 1,480 runners.

AFTER the excitement of the London Marathon, the 10k had members of Great Yarmouth Road Runners out in force.

At the Great East Run in King's Lynn the club's sole entrant Steve Stringer ran a personal best of 52:58 for a very creditable 681st out of 1,480 runners. With more structure to his training that comes with joining a club, Steve is quickly becoming a regular at events and also seeing his times start to tumble.

Bank Holiday Monday was the Breckland 10k near Thetford. A strong turnout from GYRR were pushing each other to better times.

An extremely windy day hampered some from getting the first of the season's personal bests. Some were mere seconds away.

Nine runners from the Seasiders battled hard in the 310-strong field with runners from all over the county and further afield taking part. First home in 20th, running strongly at the moment and the first to get close to the pb was Andrew Manning in 37:24.

Again running strongly were Sean Jermy 39:15 and Steve Dady 41:53 both again close to pbs and finishing highly placed.

First lady home and the only Seasider to clinch the pb was Lorraine Dawson in 49:22. Next to follow were Carole Spong and Sylvia Dady in times of 53:40 and 53:49, Sylvia making this her fourth 10k of the year. To follow came three older members with plenty of experience in this distance: Ivan Lees getting quicker as the year progresses in a time of 54:29, Bob Arnell 64:11 and Jim Spong 67:48.

The final set of results come from the Race for Life held in Norwich. Times not required as it's all for a good cause so well done to both Heidi and Maddie Peach for running the race.

THE second of Great Yarmouth Road Runners five-mile series took place last week and as it was a Runners Centre Grand Prix race - they had 210 finishers.

Amongst those were six members of Great Yarmouth and District Athletic Club.

Competing in his first road race for many years Kevan Pywell was extremely pleased with his finishing time of 37:59.62.

Next club finisher, just recovering from a long-term knee injury, was Chris Gay who completed in 38:24.21. Dave Drewitt was next in 40:32.46.

Three ladies also ran. First home was Sue Fraser in 42:01.02, followed by Maureen England in 49:47.58 and Elaine Haggarty in 52:43.62.

The third race in the series is next Wednesday, 7.15pm start.

Since the Gorleston Cliffs parkrun's first birthday last week, several parkrunners have qualified for their special shirts: Peter Smith (50 runs), Howard Wilcox (50), Liam Sparkes (10), Dominic Bound (10). More '50' shirts are expected to be won by some ladies over the next few weeks.

Tim Grose (VM40-44) visiting from Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets AC won in 18:06; while on home ground, David R Hughes (VM45-49) was second by only 25 seconds. Keelan Pywell, (JM14), one of 12 local running club members, was placed third in a time of 19:30.

In her eighth appearance, Sandra Allison (VW45-49) won in a time of 22:34 for the sixth time, heading Lorrain Dawson (VW50-54) by

110 seconds at 24:24. Pauline Richardson, (VW50-54) was third in a time of 24:40.


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