The 2015 Great Yarmouth Half Marathon took place this Sunday with glorious sunshine and high temperatures providing polar opposite conditions to last years torrential rain.
This years event took in a new route starting and finishing at Ormeston Venture Academy in Gorleston and heading through the Norfolk and Suffolk countryside, along quiet country roads through the villages of Lound, Ashby and Somerleyton. The route also took in the scenic grounds of Somerleyton Hall, which is widely acclaimed to be one of the most beautiful stately homes in Britain.
Many spectators came out to enjoy the sunshine and cheer on their friends and family. The spectators created a nice atmosphere on the school field with Beach Radio providing music and games while the runners prepared for the start of the race.
The event was also a Leathes Prior Grand Prix series race which helped to attract some of the top runners in the area.
The temperature did not deter the runners and the winner was Nick Earl from City of Norwich Athletics Club. His excellent finishing time of 1:13:40 was even more impressive given the grueling conditions.
The first woman home was Rose Nicholson of Waveney Valley AC in a superb time of 1:26:28
All runners were greeted home by some much needed refreshments and goody bags which included a commemorative t-shirt and bottle of Adnams beer. There was also the possibility of a massage to help aching limbs.
The main talking point after the race was the heat, with temperatures reaching the mid 20’s it was far from ideal running conditions. One runner even commented that he felt like he was “running in a microwave oven”.
Race director Cathy Tooley was pleased with how the event went on the day and thanked and congratulated the runners, marshals and volunteers for helping make the event such a success in very hot conditions.