Long distance footpath celebrations end with new course record

From left:1st Senior, Simon Wright; Broadland District Council chairman John Ward; winning male runn

From left:1st Senior, Simon Wright; Broadland District Council chairman John Ward; winning male runner, Neil Adams; sponsor Chrissy Payne, manager at Whitwell and Reepham Railway; John Scoggins, 2nd placed male; and Jonathan Stockwel,l 3rd placed male runner. Picture: GRAHAM CORNEY - Credit: GRAHAM CORNEY

More than 350 runners competed in the eighth annual Marriott's Way 10k on Sunday.

Broadland District Council chairman Cllr. John Ward starts the Marriott’s Way 10k race in Aylsham. P

Broadland District Council chairman Cllr. John Ward starts the Marriott’s Way 10k race in Aylsham. Picture: GRAHAM CORNEY - Credit: GRAHAM CORNEY

The race, which is organised by Broadland District Council, marked the end of a week of events to celebrate the long distance footpath between Norwich and Aylsham.

This year's winner was Neil Adams, of North Norfolk Beach Runners, who finished in a time of 35 minutes, 55 seconds.

The first lady home was Emily Woodfield, who recorded a new female course with a time of 41 minutes, 33 seconds.

Broadland District Council Chairman, Councillor John Ward, started the race at Aylsham and presented the winners with trophies at the finish line in Reepham Market Place where runners were met by a cheering crowd.

Winning male runner Neil Adams at the finish line in Reepham. Picture: GRAHAM CORNEY

Winning male runner Neil Adams at the finish line in Reepham. Picture: GRAHAM CORNEY - Credit: GRAHAM CORNEY


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Other attractions during the week included an art exhibition in Reepham showcasing the wildlife, nature and heritage of the 26-mile footpath, bridleway and cycle route.

Families were also encouraged to take part in the 'get stamped challenge' which rewarded anyone who collected five or more fun stamps from local businesses with a free train ride at the Whitwell and Reepham Station.

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Councillor Ward said: 'The Marriott's Way 10k race always proves popular with runners and spectators and this year hasn't been any different. It has been great to see local residents cheering on runners in the last stretch of the race and taking part in the other celebration events in the area.

'We are lucky to have the Marriott's Way in our area and I'm pleased to see it being used and celebrated by so many. Congratulations and well done to all who took part in the race.'

From left, runners Emily Leason, Angie James and Rebecca Foster at the finish in Reepham. Picture: G

From left, runners Emily Leason, Angie James and Rebecca Foster at the finish in Reepham. Picture: GRAHAM CORNEY - Credit: GRAHAM CORNEY

For a full list of results, log on to the following website: www.broadland.gov.uk/mw10k

Runners in the Marriott’s Way 10k race. Picture: GRAHAM CORNEY

Runners in the Marriott’s Way 10k race. Picture: GRAHAM CORNEY - Credit: GRAHAM CORNEY

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