Photo gallery: East Coast Run in pictures as winners are crowned
PUBLISHED: 14:35 21 October 2012 | UPDATED: 10:37 22 October 2012
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The winners of Great Yarmouth’s first ever marathon will be honoured this afternoon, after racking up the miles around the seaside resort.
Some 600 competitors entered today’s two races - 400 in the 10k and 200 in the marathon - and the fastest times have now been established.
Craig Holgate, of Ely Runners, won the men’s marathon with a time of 2hrs 39mins 15secs, and Karen Doak, an independent, won the women’s in 3hrs 25mins 49secs.
Meanwhile in the 10k Nick Earl, of City of Norwich running club, took the men’s race in 33mins 22secs and Eleanor Matthews, also of City of Norwich, took the women’s in 37mins 9secs.
Mayor Colleen Walker had sounded the klaxon at 9am to get the East Coast Run marathon under way at St George’s Park.
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.
Unfortunately the rain did arrive, and the awards ceremony had to be held in the Drill Hall in York Road instead of in St George’s Park
Today’s races were a celebration of the club’s 25 year anniversary, and brought many spectators to Yarmouth.
The marathon route took runners along Marine Parade, in three laps of the town.