Yarmouth Road Runners make their mark at popular Worstead event

Greatt Yarmouth Road Runners in good spirits at the Worstead Five Mile Road Race. Picture: Penny Stu

Greatt Yarmouth Road Runners in good spirits at the Worstead Five Mile Road Race. Picture: Penny Studley - Credit: Archant

North Norfolk Beach Runners hosted the 29th Worstead 5-mile road race on Friday evening.

Starting in the centre of the village the course took the competitors around the pretty, but slightly undulating, country roads before finishing on the green at the heart of the Worstead Festival event.

There was a healthy field of 417 runners, with 17 of them from Great Yarmouth Road Runners. Marc Evans has had a solid season with another great result finishing in 23rd place overall in a time of 30.34.

Three club members managed to secure personal bests. Andrew Dormer was delighted to knock a staggering three minutes off his previous best to finish in 32.35. The ever-improving Katherine Audus also improved her best by over three minutes to finish in 54.48.

The performance of the evening must go to Vicky Quantrill who had an outstanding run. Vicky was third lady overall in a time of 33.52. In doing so she not only secured a substantial personal best but also broke the GYRR club record for the female 40-44 age group.

Joining Vicky in collecting an award for the team was Penny Studley who got first in 40-44 age category and Pauline Leeves who got second in 55-59. The three ladies narrowly missed out on the team award to Wymondham AC who had a very strong trio.

This event was also the eighth of 10 Grand Prix races where athletes accumulate points over the season to compete for an award. Several of team GYRR are doing very well in this additional competition with some even hoping for a top three finish. With two events remaining it will be an exciting end to the season. The next Grand Prix race is the East Coast 10k, hosted by GYRR on October 15.

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Lisa Smith also deserves praise for her encouragement on the course. Lisa is currently injured but her team mates were delighted she made the trip to offer support at the finish.

The full GYRR results: Marc Evans 30.34, Andrew Dormer 32.35, Simon Bekker 33.03, Vicky Quantrill 33.52, James Carass 34.46, Penny Studley 34.47, Eddie Greenland 37.27, Terry Hubbard 37.30, Emma Dawson 38.55, Pauline Leeves 39.28, Julie Webster 40.01, Rob Bailey 40.41, Lorrain Dawson 41.09, Ivan Lees 41.21, Anna Coulborn 42.59, Fiona Williams 48.59 and Katherine Audus 54.48.