Club in focus: Norwich Road Runners
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This week's club focus features Norwich Road Runners, a club who were originally formed by Ray Lindsey, Steve Sadd and Mike Futter for the first Norfolk Marathon in 1982 under the name Fitt Signs.
By the following year's race they had been joined by Richard Sales, who went on to become the club's fastest senior athlete over distances from 10k to the marathon.
They decided to actually enter as an unaffiliated team and changed their name to Norwich Road Runners. Not only did they win their category, but they also finished ahead of all the affiliated clubs too.
For the next two years they still preferred to compete under the status of a non-affiliated group, but by 1985 the membership was increasing by the week and they registered as an affiliated club to give all members official status.
Since that time 32 years ago they have grown to be one of the biggest in the county, whilst also seeing amalgamations with the Woodruff Runners in 1987 and The Village Runners in 2001.
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With membership currently standing at 402, the Road Runners are a very well club, catering for all standards with 22 coaches overseeing three specific training nights. Monday nights are for beginners and new runners, Tuesday for intermediates and advanced with the focus on performance and speed work and Thursday is a general club run up to eight miles. They also have a very well organised junior section with members ranging from the ages of seven to 16.
The headquarters have also moved during the years since formation having started at the Crome Centre before moving to The Norman Centre prior to its present site at The Sewell Park Sports Centre.
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They organise several events including the Broadland Half Marathon, The Wroxham 5k Road Race Series, Horsford Winter Cross Country Series and the light hearted Braydeston Mile summer and winter races.
Special mention has to go to one of the club's very first founders and longest serving member Ray Lindsey who also holds one of the club records having ran a 2:41:58 marathon aged 44 in the London Marathon, April, 2000 along with Richard Sales, Karl Sherry and Mick Powell who have all been with the club for over 30 years.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Norwich Road Runners then check out www.norwichroadrunners.com