Four members of Waveney Valley AC completed energy sapping ultra marathons recently, at events in Sussex and closer to home in North Norfolk. James Cousins took part in the Race to the King 53.5 miles event which started at Arundel and finished at Winchester, near the burial ground of some of England’s first Kings. Most of the race took place over the hilly terrain of the South Downs and James crossed the finish line in a time of 13-57:48, raising money for his favourite charity Tommy’s, which funds research to save babies lives.
Bob Milner, Patricia Tuttle and Lisa Wilson competed in the Norfolk 100k, which started with a loop around Castle Acre then followed the Peddars Way to Holme-Next-the-Sea. The route then followed the coastal path to the finish at Sheringham. Bob completed the race in 14-41:34 with Pat and Lisa deciding to stay together, reaching the finish line in 15-55.54 for Pat and 15-55:55 for Lisa.
A dozen club members competed in the Humpty Dumpty 10k race, organised by Great Yarmouth & District AC in hot conditions at Freethorpe. An uphill climb, leading out of Reedham at about the half way point, made it even tougher for the competitors battling the hot weather. Results: 41 Chris Pimlott 39:02, 43 Mark Thompson 39:07, 48 Steve Carruthers 39:32, 197 Bill Kingaby 47:04 ( 3rd prize M65+ age category ), 222 Becky Langford 47:54, 235 Ian Hawkes 48:40, 380 John Skelly 53:47 PB, 393 Louise Harrod 54:22, 479 Phil Hazell 59:22, 484 Gavin Hamilton 59:26, 512 Grainne Purvis 1-01:05, 558 Alan Varle 1-03:34. There were 682 finishers.
Jim Burgess achieved another personal best run this year when he led his Waveney club mates home in race two of the Bungay summer 10k series. He finished third out of 221 runners in a time of 36:47. Other Waveney Valley results: 35 Neil Gooch 42:39, 42 Stuart Spurgeon 43:35 PB, 49 Chris Strange 44:38 PB, 73 Robin Jones 47:05 PB, 81 Daniel Critoph 48:14 PB, 113 Jon Andrews 52:21, 148 Lisa Stewart 56:36, 149 Cheryl Goymer 56:39, 152 Alison Cooper 57:09, 158 Tina Winney 57:56, 163 Demelza Hammond 58:31, 201 Rachel Maydom 1-08:40.
There were 826 finishers at last Saturday’s Holkham 10k. Waveney results: 37 Ricci Wilson 44:00, 46 Antony Croucher 44:59, 56 Colin Galer 45:30, 475 Natalie Brown 1-01:34, 488 Louise Adamson 1-01:58, 496 Rachel Finch 1-03:01, 566 Debbie Foster 1-06:03, 570 Alan Varle 1-05:47, 661 Sarah James 1-10:35 and 718 Donna Milner 1-13:54.