Runners gear up for Wymondham New Year’s Day 10k 2016

Action from Wymondham New Year's Day 10k 2015. Photo: submitted

Action from Wymondham New Year's Day 10k 2015. Photo: submitted - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of runners will start 2016 on the right foot by competing in the annual Wymondham New Year's Day 10k race.

Action from Wymondham New Year's Day 10k 2015. Photo: submitted

Action from Wymondham New Year's Day 10k 2015. Photo: submitted - Credit: Archant

The popular event, hosted by Wymondham Athletic Club, twists through open countryside surrounding the town, starting from Lady's Lane.

Runners head out towards High Oak Road, sweeping round through Morley on their way back to Wymondham.

More than 500 people have already signed up, with around 200 places remaining at the time of going to print.

Karl Chapman, race director, said: 'The New Year's Day 10k is a popular race for all runners to kick start the new year.

'The race has grown in popularity over the last few years and has sold out for the last three years.

'We have many runners visiting relatives in the local area who take part as well as lots of Wymondham residents who get involved each year.

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'We are always thankful for the help of our club members who give up their time to stage the race as well as the support from local residents on race day.'

The race begins at 11.30am from Lady's Lane, which is about a five-minute walk from the race headquarters at Central Hall in Back Lane.

Runners can collect race numbers and timing chips from 9.30am on race day.

It is a chip-timed race and entry costs £13 for runners who are not affiliated to a running club, and £11 for club runners.

Every finisher will be given a race memento and there will be cash prizes across various individual and team categories.

The race was won in 2015 by City of Norwich AC runner Tom Hook, who covered the course in 33 minutes 21 seconds, successfully defending his 2014 title.

The first lady home was North Norfolk Beach Runners athlete Emma Patel in 38 minutes and one second.

For more details and to enter the race, see www.wymondhamac.org.uk

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