Bumper entry at Wymondham
Wymondham is gearing up for the traditional New Year's Day 10km race, which will attract hundreds of runners to the town tomorrow.Race organiser Paul Wightman said: "It's one of the oldest established events in the racing calendar and it will be the first race in the Runners Centre Grand Prix 2008.
Wymondham is gearing up for the traditional New Year's Day 10km race, which will attract hundreds of runners to the town tomorrow.
Race organiser Paul Wightman said: "It's one of the oldest established events in the racing calendar and it will be the first race in the Runners Centre Grand Prix 2008.
"I think we'll get a full field by the start of the race of 400 people. We have got about 340 at the moment and you can enter on the day - on a first come, first served basis. It's a good field with people coming from all over, places like Lincolnshire and London."
Wymondham Central Hall in Back Lane is the race HQ, where there will be changing facilities and toilets, and the race starts at Lady's Lane at 11am - with the finish there too.
The race fee is £7.50 (attached), £9.50 (unattached), with entry on the day £2 extra.
Minimum age on race day is 15 and entries will close half an hour before the start of the race.
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There will be prizes for the first three, and the first senior, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59 and 60+ and team prizes for seniors and 40+.
Meanwhile runners enjoyed beautiful conditions at City of Norwich AC's traditional Boxing Day Road Relay.
Teams of four were drawn from the hat before the event, with each runner completing a stage of 3,334m over two laps of Eaton Park.
Leading the way early on were Hazza's Harriers (Ashley Harrell, Louise Appleby, Harry Knowles and Kevin Hardingham) with Team Awesome (James Senior, Ruth Proctor, Danny Rogers & Mikey Beamish) in close attendance.
Meanwhile, The Spice Girls (Dale Hurren, Carley Rose, Steve Balfe and Jon Quint) were rising fast and by the end of the third stage they sat handily placed in third position.
And when the final stage had unfolded, it was The Spice Girls who prevailed on 47mins 17secs, thanks to Quint's final effort of 10.54.
Team Awesome took the runner's-up berth on 47.47 and Hazza's Harriers placed third with 48.42.
On an individual basis, there were several promising performances. Third best was Carl Goose with 10.16 on stage three while Rick Ward clocked 10.12 on the final stage.
But fastest man on the day was Ashley Harrell with an encouraging 10.07 that places him fifth on the all-time list for this event.
In the ladies' standings, Ruth Senior equalled her own course record on the first stage with 11.13 but had to concede her individual crown to Dani Nimmock who set a splendid new mark with 11.10, also on the first stage.
With 17 teams taking part £270 was raised to support the work of the Clare School.