December 8 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Runners will pound the streets of Great Yarmouth in a bid to beat their personal bests during the East Coast Run 2013 this weekend.
More than 300 people have so far signed up for the annual 10km road race, which is a chance to improve fitness while taking part in an established mass-participation community event. Entries are still accepted on the morning of the race.
It is organised by Great Yarmouth Borough Council, in association with the Great Yarmouth Road Runners running club, and is open to people aged 16 and over of all abilities.
All finishers will receive a quality bespoke memento – a gold coloured trainer featuring the name of the event – and the over 18s will also be presented with a bottle of beer donated by Adnams.
Rod Shulver, the club’s treasurer, who is also deputy race director, said: “So far we have had 342 runners sign up in advance, which is a very strong level of interest and should allow us to get 500 or more runners on the day, in what has become the highlight of our club’s race calendar.
“People can still sign up on race day, but we urge runners not to leave it to the last minute as we won’t have enough time to get everyone’s data on the chip timing system if there are huge numbers of late entries.
“We hope all the participants, whether beginners or seasoned runners, are fit and well-prepared, and that we have good weather for running. There are some showers forecast but it should be around 17 degrees Celsius, which will be ideal for the spectators, and should allow a strong turnout. This will create a wonderful atmosphere as runners power across the finish line to collect their memento and bottle of Adnams beer.”
Free car parking for runners only will be provided at King Street car park. From 8.30am they will be able to collect their race number and race chip from St George’s Theatre, where refreshments will also be available at the new Pavilion throughout the event. There will also be a food concession at St George’s Park.
Cllr Colleen Walker, the deputy mayor, will sound the horn to start the race at 10.30am. The circuit itself, which is all on road, starts and ends at St George’s Park, and includes historic landmarks around the town and seafront.
Finishers will collect their memento at the finishing line and their beer from St George’s Theatre. The presentations to the winners in each category at will take place once all participants have crossed the line at approximately 12.30pm.
Cllr Walker said: “I wish good luck to everyone who has been training to take part in the East Coast Run 2013 and look forward to starting the race. This year is extra special for the borough as it is the first time the newly-refurbished St George’s Theatre has been used as the race headquarters.”
The Great Yarmouth Mercury is the media partner for this year’s race which is also supported by Active Norfolk, Adnams, Great Yarmouth Town Centre Partnership and St George’s Trust.
The entry fee is £12 or £14 for unaffiliated runners. Entry and further race details are available online at www.gyrr.co.uk.