Search

Dereham Runners host stellar 5K event as Jack White and Sarah Astin take honours

PUBLISHED: 11:06 22 August 2017

Adult winners

Adult winners

Archant

A record number of 400 entrants gathered for the seventh annual Dereham 5k race on Sunday.

The event saw competitors of all abilities tackle a flat but winding course through the centre of the town.

Both the first and third finishers were visitors from City of Norwich AC, with Jack White breaking the tape in 15:43, and fellow ‘striper’ Gary Crush not far behind in 16:10. Second place went to Michael Eccles of Norfolk Gazelles, who stormed home in 15:57.

The fastest ladies were Sarah Astin (Manx Harriers) in 17:39, Jo Coates (St Edmunds Pacers) in 18:02, and Eleanor Grubb (City of Norwich) in 18:57.

With most members handing out numbers and marshalling the course, only five competitors from host club Dereham Runners AC runners took part in the race itself. Jake Stearman turned in yet another high octane performance, crossing the line in 16:48 to finish seventh overall and scoop the male U21 trophy, while Sally Lee managed a new personal of 23:06. Veteran Andy Rowles ran a creditable 21:16, Ali Elouassi 23:45 and Jenny Neave 26:42. A dozen graduates of DRAC’s Fit for 5k training course also took part.

The 1k FunRun for under-12s held immediately after the adult race saw 100 children vie for pole position in a spirited sprint around the recreation ground opposite Parkwood Leisure.

“I am delighted at how well the event played out,” said Dereham Runners chairman Todd Lake. “To have a record number of entries for both the 5k race and kids’ fun run, along with an increase in spectator numbers, is really fantastic and puts Dereham firmly on the map. We’re also very grateful for the support of the Town Council, as well as Tesco and all those who helped put the show on the road.”

Stearman added: “It was a really well organized race with brilliant support from spectators the whole way round.”

For a full list of timings and results go to www.totalracetiming.co.uk/raceresults/35

Elsewhere, Chris Searle took part on the Monster Middle at Ely, a daunting half-ironman triathlon requiring a 1900 metre swim, 92 k bike ride and 21 k run. ‘My first attempt at this crazy distance,’ says Chris – and a very impressive one too, since Chris finished 33rd out of 210 competitors, in a fast time of 5.01.05.

Over the weekend of August 12/13 Ian Odgers completed marathons 113 and 114, the first of them a tough trail course run at night near Woodbridge in Suffolk.

Despite mischief makers removing directions from the course, Ian’s enviable endurance base saw him run each 26 mile leg in 5-51:06 and 6-31:22.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Dereham Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Dereham Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Dereham Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Dereham sport

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Dereham Town made a dreadful start to the season with a heavy defeat at the Parkside Stadium.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Dereham Town boss Neal Simmons is targeting a play-off spot as he prepares for the Magpies’ first Bostik League North game of the season at Aveley this afternoon (3pm kick-off).

Friday, August 10, 2018

Chris Baker has missed out on a place in the men’s high jump final at the European Championships in Berlin.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Young golfer Pippa Hill is following in a proud family tradition.

Most Read

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Dereham Town made a dreadful start to the season with a heavy defeat at the Parkside Stadium.

Read more
Dereham Town
Friday, August 10, 2018

Young golfer Pippa Hill is following in a proud family tradition.

Read more
Norwich
Sunday, April 8, 2018

Dereham made a timely return to form with a convincing win.

Read more
Neal Simmons
Thursday, January 18, 2018

There were only two matches in Division One of the Barnes Print Central & South Norfolk League.

Read more
Thursday, January 11, 2018

At their annual awards ceremony held last Friday Dereham Runners AC honoured many of the senior and junior athletes whose efforts have seen the club go from strength to strength in 2017.

Read more
James Nice

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 17°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Dereham Times e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Dereham Times weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy