Splattered in mud but wearing a smile – runners at The Stroke Association’s Hunstanton Beach Run returned with a sense of achievement following Sunday’s 10k challenge.
Despite the weather, a good crowd turned out to watch the 75 runners and support them as they trudged through the ankle-deep wet sand in places towards the finish line.
Organiser George Burroughs, community fundraising manager for the east of England, said: This was the third year of the event and it is growing each year, with lots signing up on the day.
“Although conditions were a little bit tasking this year with all the mud, there was a really great atmosphere and all the runners came back with a sense of achievement.”
The runners took part in an energetic warm-up led by the team at Oasis Leisure Centre just before the start of the beach run, finishing with stretches along the promenade.
This year’s beach run saw Alan Pritchard finishing first after running the 10k distance in just 37.18 minutes.
The run was fundraising for The Stroke Association, and particularly to support the stroke unit at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, but sponsorship is still being collected.
George said: “We hope to have raised a significant amount of money for the stroke unit, but we were also raising awareness and those taking blood pressures inside the Oasis were busy all afternoon with runners and passers-by.
“We’re looking forward to next year’s event, but hope the weather will be slightly better.”
George added: “We’d like to say a big thank-you to the team at Oasis Leisure Centre who were marvellous, to the council for being so supportive of the event and to the Ryston Runners who put the run together for us.
“It’s a great partnership with The Stroke Association.”