Reepham 10k 2018

Race Date Friday 10 August 2018, report by Caroline Brash

For the first time in 4 ½ years of marriage, my husband and I found ourselves in the rare position of being able to book a UK break, child-free! Clearly our priorities were:

  1. a) which parkrun to visit?, and;
  2. b) are there any local races?.

The answer to b) came in the form of the 14th annual Reepham Summer 10k, superbly organised by Norfolk running club the Reepham Runners. The race took place on 10th August, a Friday evening, commencing at 7pm. The event was accurately described on the club’s website described as being “set across multiple terrain, taking in the quiet country lanes around Reepham and then on to the trails of the Marriotts Way. This is a friendly local event and is popular amongst runners but also attracts people who want to experience multi terrain for the first time or who just fancy a nice evening run with like-minded people. Not to mention the cake and refreshments and the free beer and event glass for all finishers”. We noted that multiple terrain in Norfolk appears to be slightly less varied (and notably flatter) than in Sheffield, where “multiple terrain” tends to mean running up a slagheap and sliding down a mountain, but the single lap course took in some beautiful rural scenery and woodland trails, really showing off what Norfolk has to offer. It was pouring with rain as we drove to the venue and walked to race HQ, “Stimpson’s Piece” in Reepham, but the sun came out as we set off, and more than made the rather frustrating 5-hour drive from Sheffield more than worthwhile!

The race was won by Finlay Swanson of North Norfolk Beach Runners, chip time 35:20.8. First lady was Leanne Finch of City of Norwich Athletics Club who set a new course record of 38:04.8.

Two Striders took part in the race, taking away the commemorative beer and glass provided by sponsor Panther Brewery, with Peter Brash setting a new 10k PB:

Position Forename Surname Gender Category Gun Time Chip Time
157 Peter Brash M M50-59 52:11.8 51:55.3
207 Caroline Brash F F40-49 55:28.7 55:12.7

Full results may be found here

(Incidentally, for anyone interested the answer to a) was that we managed to squeeze in two parkruns; Gorleston Cliffs which provided a fast course with a beautiful sea view (possibly my favourite non-Sheffield course yet), and Mulbarton; a small, friendly and flat 3 ¾ laps on grass around a common.)

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