Hundreds of runners compete in Wymondham AC New Year’s Day 10k 2016

Wymondham New Year's Day 10k, 2016. Photo: Roy Harvey

Wymondham New Year's Day 10k, 2016. Photo: Roy Harvey - Credit: Archant

City of Norwich AC athlete Tom Hook completed a hat trick of wins at the Wymondham AC New Year's Day 10k 2016.

Wymondham New Year's Day 10k, 2016. Photo: Roy Harvey

Wymondham New Year's Day 10k, 2016. Photo: Roy Harvey - Credit: Archant

He led the field of more than 600 runners to finish the course in 32 minutes five seconds, bettering his winning times in 2014 and in 2015.

There were 790 entries, nearly 100 more than last year, and 676 finishers on the day.

The race route starts in Wymondham and heads out towards High Oak and Morley before heading back to the finish in Wymondham.

Organised by Wymondham Athletic Club, it attracts runners of all abilities who want to kick start their new year in a healthy way.

Wymondham New Year's Day 10k, 2016. Photo: Roy Harvey

Wymondham New Year's Day 10k, 2016. Photo: Roy Harvey - Credit: Archant

The first real frost of the winter was evident, however the sun soon broke through to greet runners with some spectacular view across the local area, with still conditions perfect for racing.

Simon Millet (Norwich Road Runners) ran with Hook for the majority of the race but struggled to keep with him in the latter stages of the race with the final hill taking its toll.

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He finished in 32 minutes 45 seconds for second place, with James Senior (City of Norwich AC) in third podium slot just 10 second behind.

In the women's race Kelly Grant (City of Norwich AC) worked hard to win in 37 minutes eight seconds ahead of Rose Nicholson (Waveney Valley AC).

Emma Patel took third in 38 minutes.

All three ladies were placed well in the field overall, finishing in the top 30 places in a competitive race.

Race director Karl Chapman thanked all those that made the day a success.

'It's been a great race and the numbers of people taking part was fantastic,' he said. 'Our races keep going from strength to strength and it's great to see.

'Of course we need people to keep entering and we are really pleased that everyone has enjoyed the race with some really positive feedback.

'As ever a big thank you to Wymondham AC members who turned up to help marshal and to all those that have helped in advance of race day.

'We also appreciate the support of the local community and their patience when the race is taking place.'

Wymondham AC's next race is the Spring 20 Miler on April 3.

Organisers say it is a great way to help train for a marathon or to try a new distance.

It is also part of this years Leathes Prior Grand Prix Series and is sure to be a competitive event.