Record entry for 20-mile Wymondham Athletics Club event
- Credit: Archant
Another record entry created a buzz of excitement for runners as they lined up ready to test themselves over an undulating 20 mile course.
The Wymondham AC 20 miler is a key race for many club runners who are training for spring marathons such as London.
The weather, although mostly sunny, served up an extra challenge with winds whipping up in places around the course proving a real test for all those competing. Even the winds couldn't stop some great performances across the field and Craig Holgate (Ely Runners) put in a strong run to steadily break away from his rivals to finish in a time of 1-56:57. Chris Merrylees (NNBR) was in touch throughout the race but just couldn't bridge the gap and finished second in 1-57:58. It was a similar story for Dominic Blake (Reepham Runners) in third place. Once again he was in sight of Chris but could never quite find the extra speed to close the gap. He did still manage to finish in 1-58:44.
Marie French from Ryston Runners had a great run, putting everything into the race with an impressive victory and margin over her rivals. Marie was a spent force at the end, paying the price for her early speed, but nonetheless it was a well deserved victory in 2-20:38.
Anne Swift worked hard battling to keep under two and a half hours and finished strongly with a time of 2-27:47. Karen Doak (Norwich Road Runners) rounded off the top three in a great time of 2-29:10.
Andy Terry was the first Wymondham AC runner home, finishing in 17th place and breaking the club age group record (40-44) for 20 miles in a time of 2-14:26. Andy hit the end of the race hard as planned, covering the last five miles in 31 minutes.
The race could not happen without the support of club members who helped marshal the race and their enthusiasm helped all runners achieve their goals on the day.
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The club issued a big thank you to all helpers from the club, the St John Ambulance and the Ex-Servicemen's Club for their hospitality.