Worstead 5 miler 28-7-17
The 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 417 competitors around the pretty, but slightly undulating, country roads before finishing on the green at the heart of the Worstead Festival event. The festival itself has been held annually for 52 years but for 29 of them the race has marked the start of the weekend’s events.
With many local club runners and local residents being encouraged to take part there was a healthy field of runners, with 17 of them from Great Yarmouth Road Runners (GYRR). Marc Evans has had a solid season with another great result finishing in 23rd place overall in a time of 30.34.
Personal best times (PBs) are chased by many runners as a way of measuring their own performance and progress. Three club members managed to secure one. Andrew Dormer was delighted to knock a staggering 3 minutes off his previous best to finish in 32.35. Similarly, the ever-improving Katherine Audus also improved her best by over 3 minutes to finish in 54.48. Katherine is a very positive runner and although she is relatively new to the club she is seeing the enormous benefits of the support she receives from her club mates.
For experienced runners it can be hard to achieve a PB and it takes a lot of dedicated training to obtain one. The performance of the evening must go to Vicky Quantrill who had an outstanding run. Vicky came 3rd lady overall in a time of 33.52. In doing so she not only secured a substantial PB she also broke the GYRR club record for the female 40-44 age group; very impressive running!
Joining Vicky in collecting an award for the team was Penny Studley who got 1st in 40-44 age category and Pauline Leeves who got 2nd in 55-59. The three ladies narrowly missed out on the team award to Wymondham AC who had a very strong trio of ladies picking up the prize this year.
This event was also the 8th of ten 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 2 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 15th October.
Finally, thank you to Lisa Smith 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 are below:
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.
Report by Penny Studley.