Runners brave windy conditions for East Coast Run in Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth East Coast 10K 2015.The start of the race.Picture: James Bass

Great Yarmouth East Coast 10K 2015.The start of the race.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

Hundreds of runners laced up their trainers to battle windy conditions, as this year's East Coast Run took place in Great Yarmouth.

More than 300 competitors of all abilities turned up for the annual road race, which was organised by the Great Yarmouth Road Runners and Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

Starting and finishing in St George's Park, the route took participants on a 10km circuit, taking in some of the town's most recognisable sights.

Despite relatively unkind running conditions, with strong winds, runners were able to make it around the course, which included South Denes Road and South Marine Parade.

The race began at 10.30am, with the fastest runners making it to the finish line at just after 11am.

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Participants were then given a head start on taking their early showers, as the heavens opened just as the last few were collecting their medals.

The first over the line was 27-year-old Piers Arnold from Norwich, who completed the course in just over 34 minutes.

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Mr Arnold said: 'The wind made it really tough, so I was a little slower than I was last year but it was still a great run.

'I've taken part the last few years, it's a great one to do so I'm almost definitely be back next year.'

Jonathan Baxter, 48 of Norwich, who ran in around 41 minutes, said: 'I felt quite strong in the first five kilometres, but the last five were very difficult. It was still a great race though.'

Mark Solway, 48, also of Norwich, whose time came in at around 41:20, said: 'I thought the race was very well organised.'

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