Super views for Yarmouth athletes

RUNNING: Despite losing an hour’s sleep, four ladies from Great Yarmouth & District Athletic Club were on the road by 5.45am heading for the Newham London 10K.

Breathtaking views of the Olympic Park were a highlight as nearly 2,500 runners took to the streets for the event.

They passed a stunning Olympic backdrop as the race took in the athletes’ village, Stratford and the Greenway. They also got a sneak preview of the Westfield Stratford City, which will be Europe’s biggest shopping centre when it opens in September.

The ladies were met at the start by Andrew McNamara, having just returned from Hong Kong on Saturday afternoon. He completed his jet-lagged run in a time of 52:21.

The first lady home, in full preparation for her forthcoming London marathon, was Sue Ryles, who was eighth in her age category in a time of 60:57.

Elaine Haggarty was next to finish in 66:46. Despite running with a broken wrist following a fall last week, Maureen England was exceptionally pleased with her time of 67:26, placing her second in her age category.

Pat Brightman, still suffering from a chest infection, thought she had a bad run, so was very pleased with a finish of 75:37, her best time at this distance for some seven years.

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The next race locally is the Broadland half-marathon this Sunday, starting from the South Walsham Village Hall at 9.30am.