Yarmouth runners rush to aid of stricken competitor

Great Yarmouth Road Runners at the Mike Groves 10k at Coltishall. Picture: Penny Studley

Great Yarmouth Road Runners at the Mike Groves 10k at Coltishall. Picture: Penny Studley - Credit: Archant

A group of 14 Great Yarmouth Road Runners flew around the Mike Groves 10k held at the old RAF base at Coltishall.

The event, which is one in a series of three, was superbly hosted by the Coltishall Jaguars RC.

This race is held annually dedicated to the memory of a local runner Mike Groves, who died in a traffic collision in 1998.

A donation from this race goes to East Anglian Air Ambulance, which is a worthy cause at any time. However, for one runner it proved to be a lifeline as a competitor from Ryston Runners collapsed at the 4k point.

First on the scene were fellow competitors who quickly summoned the help of the marshals who were able to call for the emergency services. Three competitors waited for the ambulance to arrive before carrying on their own race to finish in a much slower time.

Thank you to our local heroes Darren Honour, Matthew Morley and Dean Saunders. Everyone at the club wishes their fellow runner all the best.

Results of the race almost seem secondary after witnessing the distress of a fallen runner. However, the race went on and GYRR had a successful set of results. In the warm conditions running two laps of the RAF base provided little respite from the elements.

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First back for the club was Marc Evans who was thrilled to earn a substantial PB of 37.34. His triathlon training is clearly paying off. A warm welcome was offered to new member James Carass who completed in his first race for the club in a PB time of 43.35 and also to Rebecca Sturman who competed in her first ever 10k race.

Bringing home silverware for the club was Penny Studley who was first in the ladies’ 40-44 age group. She was also part of the winning veteran ladies’ team with Toni George and Fiona Williams.

It was great to see former member Dave Girling back racing and although he is not currently a member we hope that might change if he relocates back to the area on a permanent basis.

Full GYRR results: Marc Evans 37.34 PB, Andrew Dormer 41.25, Stephen Andrews 41.35, Matt Buckoke 42.43, James Carass 43.35 PB, Mark Stone 43.41, Penny Studley 46.33, Toni George 47.48, Emma Dawson 49.27, Fiona Williams 59.44 PB, Roger Andrews 61.02 (age group PB), Katherine Audus 74.00, Rebecca Sturman 74.02 and Dean Saunders 83.07.