Search

Dereham Runners tackle Round Norfolk Relay

PUBLISHED: 08:08 21 September 2017

A runner on the first stage of the Round Norfolk Relay. Picture: Ian Burt

A runner on the first stage of the Round Norfolk Relay. Picture: Ian Burt

Archant 2017

The celebrated Round Norfolk Relay race held over the weekend saw Dereham Runners AC pit two teams of 17 members against a picturesque but punishing 198 mile long course around the county boundary.

Now in its 31st year, the unique relay attracted a record entry of 62 teams, making a total of 1,054 competitors running through the day and night, assisted by a similar number of marshals and support crews.

Beginning at the Lynnsport complex in King’s Lynn at 8am on Saturday, the circular route followed the county border in a clockwise direction, starting with challenging offroad stages along the Norfolk Coastal Path through Hunstanton, Wells and Cley, then mixed terrain legs taking in Sheringham, Cromer and Great Yarmouth.

Long night road runs then took competitors west through Scole, Diss, Thetford and Downham Market before finally ending back at Lynn.

Distances across the 17 unequal stages range from 5.49 to 19.67 miles, while the ages of the 34 Dereham Runners involved spanned 17 to 61.

The Dereham Club team finished in 25 hours and 36 minutes, with Dereham Open only just behind in 26.09.

The winners of the ultimate RNR prize, of fastest team, were City of Norwich Athletic Club.

Highlights for Dereham included a new personal best over stage two (Hunstanton to Burnham Overy Staithe) for Elizabeth Daly, who covered the tricky 14 mile multi-terrain leg in 1.42.40, an epic feat which also secured her a stage win trophy as first lady.

Jake Stearman, 17, proved one of the fastest younger runners on the course, completing stage eight (Lessingham to Horsey, 7.52 miles) in just 42.10.

A week earlier, sisters Sally Lee and Louise Juby both warmed up for the RNR by competing in the Great North Run, the hugely popular half marathon race staged between Newcastle and South Shields. Louise placed highly as 31st female finisher in a field of 57,000, covering 13.1 miles in just 1.29.34 — a new personal best by almost 90 seconds.

Younger sister Sally crossed the line in 1.53.44, and raised £176.30 for the charity Nelson’s Journey.

Elsewhere Jacquie Wood undertook a 22 mile Race for Life Hike in aid of breast cancer from Wells to Hunstanton, and came first overall in just over six hours.

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, April 22, 2018

Dereham were soundly beaten after a lacklustre performance against Tilbury.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Dereham Town make their final trip of the season when they head to Tilbury.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Norfolk professional Andrew Marshall went back in time to win another big event with his hickory clubs.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

With a victory and a second place, Adam Smalley left the opening round of the Ginetta Junior Championship with a lead of nine points for the Shipdham-based Elite Motorsport.

Most Read

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

With a victory and a second place, Adam Smalley left the opening round of the Ginetta Junior Championship with a lead of nine points for the Shipdham-based Elite Motorsport.

Read more
Shipdham

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 4°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

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

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter