The Great Yarmouth Half Marathon 2016
Sunday morning saw the Great Yarmouth Half Marathon take place in near perfect conditions for running. The annual event is organised by Great Yarmouth Road Runners and always proves popular with runners from all over the region. It was a good turnout of runners again this year with over 350 runners completing the distance.
The race started and finished at Ormiston Venture Academy in Gorleston again this year, taking the runners through Lound and Somerleyton Hall before returning to Gorleston and completing an agonising lap of the school field before crossing the finish line.
Matthew Jeffries of Waveney Valley stormed home to win the race. With his time of 1:12:26 he was almost 2 minutes ahead of Dominic Blake who came home second in1:14:19. Robert Chenery of Ipswich Jaffas was in third place with 1:16:52.
The first female finisher was Sara Bird of Ipswich Jaffas. She finished in an impressive 1:27:25.
A number of Great Yarmouth Road Runners also took part in the event. Darren Honour continued his superb form with a 1:30:36 finish time. Steve Baker was taking part in his first ever half marathon and showed his class by outsprinting “The Great” Mark Stone in an exciting finish. Steves finishing time of 1:37:45 is a superb time to set for a first time at the distance.
GYRR then finished as follows:
01:41:06 Andrew Dormer
01:47:32 Joe Jermy
01:48:22 Jane Thomas
01:56:57 Julie Webster
02:01:14 Carole Spong
02:09:51 Pandora Buck
02:15:01 Jamie Mordecai
As the final runners crossed the line Race Director Cathy Tooley was pleased with how the race went. She would like to thank all the runners, spectators , volunteers and marshals for helping to make the race a huge success again this year. Thanks should also go to Beach Radio for keeping all the spectators entertained during the wait for the runners to finish, and Richard Knibb for taking many superb photos of the event.
Full results of the race can be found by going to http://www.nice-work.org.uk/ and clicking on the results link at the bottom of the page.