Runners out in force

A record 11 runners from Great Yarmouth & District Athletic Club took part in the revised Broadland 5km Series last Wednesday.

Organised by Norwich Road Runners, this annual race series had to be moved from Wroxham for one year only.

With a total of 223 finishers, the club were proud of their junior members who both finished first in their categories.

Keelan Pywell was exceptionally pleased with his time of 17:52 and Catherine Lee, after several attempts, triumphed with a PB win in 19:43.

Other results: Mark Turner 19:24, Kevan Pywell 21:25, John England 24:09, Sue Fraser 24:24, Dawn Clegg 30:38, Maureen England 31:50, Elaine Haggarty 32:42, Karly Fox 33:09 and Pat Brightman 36:01.

GYDAC’s race is the Humpty Dumpty 10k on Sunday, June 26, start 10.30am. Details available from

Great Yarmouth Road Runners: Wednesday night saw the first of the three 5k races held by Norwich Road Runners. A good club turnout again meant that 15 club members were in attendance.

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Andrew Manning obtained a club record and Sean Jermy and Mark Peach got new pbs.

The ladies’ team of Karen Manning, Marie Worrall and Kate Evans won the vet ladies’ trophy.

Richard Blake also won his age category.

Results: Andrew Manning 17:38 (13th), Sean Jermy 17:43 pb (14th), Neil Sibley 19:08 (40th), Jeff Helmore 19:34 (48th), Richard Blake 20:01 (57th), Andy Peck 20:13 (63rd), Steve Dady 20:42 (81st), Paul Evans 20:59 (87th), Mark Peach 21:15 pb (92nd), John Bone 22:12 (109th), Karen Manning 22:19 (113th), Steve Etherington 22:31 (115th), Steve Stringer 23:00 (127th), Marie Worrall 24:56 (155th), Kate Evans 26:27 (173rd).

Nine Road Runners were in another 100-runner field at the parkrun.

There were some excellent times on a blustery day: 10 Stephen Leeves 21:14, 12 Andy Baker 21:23, 14 Mark Mountain 21:36 First 5k and Park Run and GYRR PB, 26 Steve Stringer 22:36 Park Run and GYRR PB, 41 Michael Dale 24:13, 56 Pauline Richardson 26:05, 76 Bob Arnell 29:53, 77 John Bound 30:18 Park Run PB, 91 Matthew Sutton pacing at 34:06.

Race entries are now being taken for the third Marriott’s Way 10k race organised by Broadland District Council, and entrants are urged to sign up quickly to secure a place.

The predominantly off-road race takes on the Marriott’s Way from Aylsham to Reepham and is being held on Sunday, October 9.

In addition this year there will be a Corporate Challenge where businesses are encouraged to enter a team and compete against local organisations to be the fastest team on the day.

There will also be a beer festival to celebrate the event at Whitwell and Reepham Railway — the sponsors of the race. It should be an enjoyable day out for serious competitors, leisure runners and anyone who turns out to watch.

Competitors must be at least 16 years old. Entry forms can be downloaded from or you can apply online at