A team of runners from Great Yarmouth Road Runners completed the Round Norfolk Relay over the weekend, finishing in a commendable 18th place out of 54 teams. The race starts at Kings Lynn on Saturday morning and comprises of 17 stages around the Norfolk coast to Great Yarmouth, before heading inland towards Thetford and then north back to Kings Lynn, with teams finishing between 9am and 10am on Sunday morning. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for both the day and night runners and the team from GYRR finished in 25 hours 34 minutes and 36 seconds, 45 minutes ahead of their estimated time.
This was the 29th year this race has been held and the 24th time GYRR have taken part, although for Gary Pillar, Darren Honour, Stuart Canwell, Lisa Smith, Carl Jessup, Phil Mordecai and David Silk it was the first time they’d taken part in the race and all of them came in with excellent times for their legs. John Bone achieved the best age grading score for the team with a fine run from Kings Lynn to Hunstanton, passing to Andrew Manning who achieved the best leg position in 5th place from Hunstanton to Burnham Overy. Veteran Round Norfolk runners Gary Stanley, Nicos Symeou and Neil Sibley all showed their experience with great times while Vicky Quantrill made a welcome return to the team after a few years absence to have an excellent run from Horsey to Fritton. Mark Stone showed he was more than capable of running twice in one day, having a great leg despite running parkrun earlier in the day. Nicola Baker had to negotiate the Haddiscoe Bends on her run and Mark Mountain achieved a half marathon pb for his leg. Andrew Baker took on the longest leg from Scole to Thetford with Simon Bekker anchoring the team with a superb last leg back to Kings Lynn.
Special thanks go to Sean Jermy who cycled with most of the runners covering over 70 miles, Malcolm Holmes, David Silk and Mark Mountain who drove the support car through the night kindly donated by John Grose, Rod Shulver, Peter Spandler, Roger Andrews, Jim Spong, Carole Spong, Bob Arnell who all marshalled the busy Fritton Lake handover point and Paul Rivers and Angela Wing who between them had to marshal runners around the town hall and over Haven Bridge. And lastly Angie Sibley who provided all the night runners with a plentiful supply of homemade cakes.