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THE Dereham 10 mile didn't disappoint with five Great Yarmouth Road Runners turning up to tackle the course.The weather was warm with a nice tail wind from the start.

THE Dereham 10 mile didn't disappoint with five Great Yarmouth Road Runners turning up to tackle the course.

The weather was warm with a nice tail wind from the start. At six miles there were several test climbs and the final two and a half miles was one long straight which seemed to go on for ever.

First home was Steve Dady with a good strong run, just missing out on a pb .Next was Mark Peach with a good steady run after coming back from a knee injury, followed closely by Carol Spong with another great run.

Then coming in was Annette Carter with a good run on a challenging course and followed up by Jim Spong with a sterling run, not letting the course get the better of him. He is a inspiration to any budding runners.

If you would like to take up running or want a few fashion tips from Mark Peach, the club meets at Cliff Park High School on a Tuesday and Thursday night at 6.45pm.

On a fine sunny morning 71 people gathered for the weekly 5k parkrun along Gorleston seafront starting at 9am. Great Yarmouth Road Runners were out in force.

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First home for the club was Matthew Sutton in sixth in 19:39 followed by Stephen Leeves 21:22 (13th) with an age grading of 70.12. He was very closely followed by Andrew Baker in 22:42 (14th).

Andy Peck crossed the finish line in 22:50 in only his second parkrun (20th). Next came Steve Stringer in 24:24 (28th). Lorrain Dawson was the first lady home for the club completing the course in 24:31 coming fourth out of the ladies and 30th place overall. Peter and Paul Spandler continued their brotherly rivalry by both finishing together in 27:32 in 49th and 50th place respectively, Paul recording a pb.

Great Yarmouth and District Athletic Club: Two members took part in the last race of the GYRR five mile series.

The weather conditions were very blustery and cold but Kevan Pywell, taking part in his second race this season, improved his time by four minutes to finish in 35:58.

Dave Drewitt, who completed the three races, finished with a best 2010 time of 39:54.

Next local race in Wroxham 5K on Wednesday, May 26 at 7.15pm.

GYDAC are once again organising the Humpty Dumpty 10K on Sunday, June 27 starting at Reedham Village Hall. A good family day out, full details and entry forms are now available from

Just three weeks after completing the Virgin London Marathon, Yvonne Jackson, Dawn Clegg and Pat Brightman joined two other members - Elaine Haggarty and Cindy Durrant - at midnight on Saturday to take part in the 13th Playtex Moonwalk.

Along with 15,000 other 'stars' all in decorated bras, they walked a marathon, 26.2 miles, around the streets of the capital starting at Hyde Park, then taking in all the sights before returning to Hyde Park in the early morning.

This unique challenge has brought together women and men who have the united goal of raising money and awareness for vital breast cancer causes. The ladies were pleased with their performance and finished in 7hr 50min.

The annual Dereham 10 miles run took place on Sunday with two members from GYDAC taking part.

Sue Ryles, fresh from the London Marathon, ran at a good steady pace and was pleased with her time of 103:45, in 238th place. Maureen England finished in 242nd position, in 107:48.

This race was part of the Grand Prix series and was excellently organised by Dereham Runners.

Gorleston Cliffs parkrun 56: On a lovely spring morning 71 runners took to the cliffs in perfect conditions.

This proved ideal for Shaun Lark of Lowestoft Road Runners who won in 18:21 followed by David Hughes in 18:55 and Rich McLellan of Tri-Anglia in 19:11.

In the ladies' race Sarah Kimpton of Lincoln Wellington AC triumphed in 22:03 with Abi Gooch of Marshall Milton Keynes AC in second place 23:01 with Pauline Richardson third in 24:29.

Congratulations to everyone who took part especially the volunteers who, at last, had a morning of not getting wet or cold. Also to Nick Overy who finally cracked the 20-minute barrier with 19:54.

After four races in the new running year David Hughes leads the men's points table by 14 points and Elaine Stone the ladies' table by 19 points.

Elaine Stone won the April Gorleston Cliffs Sweatshop prize of the month.

5k runners are reminded that an informal run around the course is now held every Thursday evening at 6.30pm. Meet on the cliff path opposite Park Road.

(Latest parkrun results on page 56).