City runners put on a good show in annual Great East event
The Suffolk-based Jordan twins completed a unique double at the annual Great East Run staged at Bungay yesterday.
Tamara Jordan won the 20k race, leading from start to finish. And while she was out on the course sister Rebecca set off in the 10k event – which she also led from the off.
The Stowmarket Striders twins both made light of the conditions around the rural course of country lanes south of Bungay, and recorded good times. Tamara, who has previously won the event, completed the 20k in 1hr 19mins 23 secs, over seven minutes ahead of second placed Julia Parsley, of City of Norwich Athletics Club, who clocked 1-27:05.
Rebecca clocked 43:03 for her 10K, three and a half minutes ahead of runner-up Stacey Danielle Owen of Thetford Athletics Club, who finished in 46:36. She was 15 seconds ahead of third-placed Caroline Challis, an unattached runner, whose time was 46:51.
Norwich runners generally had a good day at the event, staged by the Bungay Black Dog Running Club and moved from its usual February start to November.
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Three of them vied for honours in the men's 20k, the lead changing between Tim Topper and Stephen Gibbs, both of Norwich Road Runners, and Andy Jones, of City of Norwich AC, as the race developed.
Gibbs led in the early stages before Jones overtook both, but eventually Topper and Jones dropped Gibbs, with Topper ultimately stamping his authority on the event to come home in 1-12:05, 29 second clear of Jones, who took second place with 1-12:34. Gibbs faded to finish nearly two minutes behind in third place in 1-14:28.
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In the men's 10k there was a close race from start to finish, though Ross Fawcett of Ipswich Harriers led from the gun to win in 36 minutes dead – six seconds ahead of Jamie Shaw (Newmarket Joggers) and Robert Cheverton (City of Norwich AC). Both were clocked at 36:6, but Shaw was given the nod for second place.
There were also prizes in six ladies' and seven men's veteran catergories. Among the men's winners in the 20k were Stefan Glaysher (Norwich RR, over 45s, 1-18:59), John Moore (Norfolk Gazelles, over 50s, 1-20:19), Colin Robilliard (Coltishall Jaguars, over 55s, 1-23:00), Martin Yeoman (Norwich RR, over 60s, 1-24:45), and Alec Fraser (North Norfolk Beach Runners, over 70s, 1-50:27. Ladies 20k – Angela Mann (City of Norwich AC over 40s), Sue Cooke (City of Norwich, over 50s), Penny Edwards (Norwich RR, over 55s), Carol Sponge (Great Yarmouth RR, over 65s).
Adnams's Brewery of Southwold were main sponsors of the event. Prizes were presented by Belinda Jennings, of Adnam's.