Dereham Runners enjoy their morning run in Norwich
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Dereham Runners put in a strong showing at the Run Norwich 10k road race on Sunday morning, which attracted a filed of more than 5,000.
Now in its third year, the hugely popular all-abilities event has previously raised over £200,000 in support of local causes and national charities.
Club chairman Todd Lake was the first Dereham athlete home, crossing the line in 60th place with a time of 38.52. Louise Juby powered home in 41.56, placing her seventh female finisher and 156th overall.
First place. and a prize of £500. went to visiting Cardiff runner Michael Kallenberg in 31.12 — more than a minute ahead of the Ash Harrell of City of Norwich AC.
'It's a great event and incredibly well organised and supported,' says DRAC member James Nice. 'Spectators line almost the entire route — and believe me you need all the help you can get on the long hill up Rose Lane to the back of the Castle. It's quite a technical course, with lost of twists and turns, and certainly not flat, but the sheer number of familiar landmarks means you can break it down into numerous short sections. That really helps over a medium distance like 10k.'
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Other Dereham Runners taking part were Stephen Lee (42.02), Tate Devlin (42.22), Carol Devlin (42.36), Craig Farr (43.47), Andrew Hood (45.28), Andy Rowles (46.54), James Nice (47.55), Steven Rix (48.03), Phillip Websdale (49.42), Matthew Freezer (50.57), Matt Plunkett (52.09), Sally Lee (52.24), Helen Harrison (52.24), Lucy Mann (1.00.25), Caroline Fletcher (1.00.37), Stuart Bizley (1.01.07), Jan Totterdale (1.04.24), Richard Daly (1.04.54), Amanda Cook (1.04.54) and Megan Oram (1.07.49).
Further afield, Emma Potter-Campbell ran a 10k race around the picturesque walled city of York, finishing in 44.58 and 58.16. By way of light relief, on Friday evening a team consisting of Philip Websdale, Paula Olley and Ryan Middleton negotiated the Wibbly Wobbly Log Jog, a trail run held at the High Lodge Forest Centre near Brandon, completing the course in 51.49.
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Forty five North Norfolk Beach Runners competed in the big race in Norwich.
Club honours were a family affair with the first Beach Runner home being George Gay in 168th place with a time of 42.09, followed by his dad — and category 55-59 — John Gay in 197th place at 42.52.