Traditional race gets Worstead Festival up and running
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More than 400 runners took part in a traditional race to get a Norfolk village's annual festivities under way.
Michael Eccles, from Norwich, of Norfolk Gazelles, won the 28th Worstead 5, which set off from the village square last night, in a time of 26 minutes and 55 seconds – retaining his crown from last year.
He was closely followed home by second placed Richard Bateson, running for the RAF, in a time of 27 minutes 18 seconds and third placed Callum Stanforth, of Ryston Runners, in a time of 27 minutes 30 seconds.
The five-mile race was organised by the North Norfolk Beach Runners and marks the start of the 51st Worstead Festival, near North Walsham.
Club chairman Clive Hedges said: 'It was a tremendous start to the weekend. Last year was a little bit down on numbers because of the weather – it was horrendous – so having a nice clear day made for a good race.'
More than 5,000 visitors are expected to attend this year's Festival today and tomorrow, from 10am to 6pm. Among the attractions are a mini music festival, a dog show, medieval re-enactments, live Goldilocks-themed theatre and face painting. Brand new this year will be live pig racing and a BMX track.