Freethorpe Ten - Race Report

Sean breaks the ‘Golden Hour’ barrier

Conditions were ideal for the 35 Great Yarmouth Road Runners (GYRR) who travelled to Freethorpe at the weekend to compete in the popular ten mile race, hosted by Great Yarmouth and District Athletic Club. The race attracted a record sell out number of entries being the first of the Grand Prix races for 2017.

Unbroken sunshine and a light wind paved for the way for 20 of the club members to earn personal best times.  The course was undulating with a challenging hill at half way.  That didn’t stop a record 662 runners completing the course. 

First home for GYRR was Sean Jermy, in 17th place, who was delighted to dip comfortably under the hour mark for the first time in 59 minutes and 33 seconds.  Also knocking 2 minutes off his previous best was Darren Honour 1.01.49.  Darren, continuing his winning ways from the 2016 season, picked up a trophy for 3rd in his age group. Marc Evans ran 1.06.38 finishing in 60th overall. 

The next five athletes home all collected personal best times. They were Andrew Dormer 1.10.08, Steve Baker 1.10.24, Gary Pillar 1.11.14, Penny Studley 1.12.04 and Mark Womack 1.12.28.  As well as being first lady home for the club Penny won a 2nd place age group trophy. 

Mark Stone ran 1.14.33 with Vicky Quantrill close behind in 1.14.57.  New member, Nadine Heseltine, was ecstatic to have such a strong run in a best time of 1.15.55 pushed by experienced club member Mark Mountain coming in just behind Nadine in 1.16.

Long-standing member, Mark Peach, received a loud cheer from his club mates to run 1.20.33.  Paul Rivers and Jane Thomas had solid runs to achieve 1.21.32 and 1.21.43 respectively.  

By this stage half of the 662-strong field had crossed the finishing line.  This gave a great atmosphere at the finish for those remaining competitors battling it out on the course.  Joe Jermy was pleased with his 350th place in a best time of 1.23.19 as was Jane Trudgill with her best time of 1.23.01. Andy Clark used today’s race as a marathon training run but still finished in an impressive 1.24.15. Emma Crow and Julie Webster both finished in close succession obtaining their fastest times of 1.24.23 and 1.24.55; great running ladies. 

Another trophy for the club was won by Pauline Leeves, who was surprised when she was awarded3rd in age group running 1.26.39.  Lorrain Dawson was hot on her heels in 1.27.03.  Claire Baker and Emma Dawson, who made her ten mile debut, provided good support to each other.  Both ladies were pleased to make the start line after a week of illness and finished in 1.27.41 and 1.27.25 respectively. 

Two more best times were achieved by Lucy Daisley-Cramp (1.31.19) and Rob Bailey (1.32.00).  John Bound(1.34.27) finished just ahead of Pandora Buck who was delighted with her best time of 1.34.43.  Next to finish were Kerry Nicholls (1.35.17), Carole Spong (1.35.43) and Linda Drew (1.35.42).  Linda was amazed at her improvement since her last race and delighted with her personal best time. 

Maintaining her club diamond standard time from 2016 Dianne Crosby had a strong finish in 1.45.37, now known to her club mates as ‘Diamond Di’. Two of the newer members, Vikki Brownsell and Anita Betts, ran together finishing in 1.57.41 and 1.57.42.  Finally, the 35th club member to cross the line in 2.01.31 was the much-loved Bob Arnell.  Well done to whole team which includes the many supporting club mates who cheered on from their marshalling positions.  All the runners appreciated this superbly organised event headed by Pat Brightman and her team and I’m sure GYRR will return again next year.