Teams run and cycle from Cromer to Norwich in the first ever Norfolk Hospital Relay Adventure Race

A group of almost 80 people turned out in Cromer today (Friday) to raise vital funds for charity while competing in the first ever Norfolk Hospital Relay Adventure Race.

A total of 15 teams and three individuals battled it out running and cycling from the town's hospital to Norwich to fund-raise for the Friends of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (N&N).

Simon Edwards, director of organisers Active Outdoor Sport, hoped the event would be the start of an annual relay between the two hospital sites.

'We all had such a really good time,' he said. 'The general feeling was that people will be back next year and they will spread the word.

'This event saw friends getting together in groups to raise money for charity and pushed those who do not normally take part in events like this.'


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Triathlon coach Simon Brierley, 33, took part solo and ran a total of 12 miles and cycled just over 21 miles.

He wanted to raise funds for the N&N as a 'thank-you' for all the support given to his four-year-old son Joel who has a rare condition called Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome.

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'The second bike section was the hardest part but I was very happy with the relay and came third overall,' he said.

'I underestimated the amount of effort it takes out of you.'

The relay was split up into three runs and two cycles - 10.5km run, 20km cycle, 5km run, 14.5km cycle and a 3.5km run.

Chairman of the N&N David Prior, also took part by walking the last 4km, despite breaking both of his hips just before Christmas.

Beth Coley, fundraising manager at the N&N, added: 'We are delighted at the number of people who have supported this first adventure race. The work of the Friends has a great impact on improving the care we can give our patients.'

The Friends has also been selected as the nominted charity for the first opening of the Bishop of Norwich's private garden and will taking place on May 13.

? Tickets are available by contacting fundraising@nnuh.nhs.uk or by calling 01603 287107.

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