National contest success for North Norfolk Surf Life-Savers Club

Surf life-savers in north Norfolk are celebrating national success.

A team representing North Norfolk Surf Life-Savers Club fielded a gold-medal winning runner and came home with an overall ranking of seventh nationwide.

Members travelled to Polzeath in Cornwall for the annual Surf Life-Saving National Championships where Jo Thompson stormed her way to gold in the women's two-kilometre beach run.

Miss Thompson, 23, of Mundesley Road, North Walsham, works as a beach lifeguard at Mundesley.

It was only the second time that the north Norfolk club, based at Cromer, had entered the contest.


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The team's rankings were: surf swim men: Vince Pank 18th, Jack Ollington 20th. Surf swim women: Jess Frere-Smith 10th, Sophie Liddament 11th. Men's rescue board race: Alex Foster, Wes Frere-Smith and Jake Maddox, semi-finalists. Beach flags men: Scott Davidson, Jake Maddox, semi-finalists. Tube rescues, women: Jess Frere-Smith and Sophie Liddament, 6th. Tube rescues mens: Jack Ollington and Vince Pank, semi-Finalists. Board rescues, women: Jess Frere-Smith and Jo Thompson, semi-Finalists. Board rescues men: Stu Thopmson and Vince Pank, Wes Frere-Smith and Alex Foster, semi-finalists. 2km beach run women: Jo Thompson, 1st, Jess Frere-Smith, 5th; 2km beach run men: Scott Davidson 5th, Alex Foster 8th. Beach sprints, women: Jo Thompson, 5th, Beach sprints men: Scott Davidson, semi-finalist. Beach relay sprints men, Wes Frere-Smith, Scott Davidson, Alex Foster and Vince Pank 4th.

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