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Klaxon sounds to start Great Yarmouth’s first ever marathon

09:44 21 October 2012

Athletes set out on the marathon race, as part of the East Coast Run 2012 in Great Yarmouth.

Athletes set out on the marathon race, as part of the East Coast Run 2012 in Great Yarmouth.

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More than 200 athletes are winding their way round the roads of Great Yarmouth on the town’s first ever marathon.

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Mayor Colleen Walker sounded the klaxon at 9am to get the East Coast Run marathon under way at St George’s Park.

A field of around 400 will compete in the 10k race beginning at 10.30am, and race director Jeffrey Helmore said conditions have fallen in favour of the runners.

“It’s turned out brilliant, touch wood,” said Mr Helmore, who is also chairman of the Yarmouth Road Runners club. “We’re just hoping the rain will hold off.”

Today’s races are a celebration of the club’s 25 year anniversary, and brought many spectators to Yarmouth.

The marathon route takes runners along Marine Parade, in three laps of the town.

Mr Helmore anticipated the fastest marathon runners to complete the course in around two hours 30 minutes, and the fastest 10k runners to be around 30 minutes.

Winners presentations will take place in St George’s Park or the Drill Hall in York Road if it rains.

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