When others were sleeping off their hangovers, 48 men, women and children completed the third Resolution Ramble at Hunstanton on New Year’s Day morning.
Starting from Hunstanton Sailing Club and running, walking or rambling to the Heacham gates and back, participants faced a head-wind on their way to Heacham and heavy rain on their return.
For the first time runners from March Athletic Club made the trip to Hunstanton to join locals in the event.
Martin Littlemore was the first home in a time of 35:43 followed by Justin Elvidge in 37:21 and Thomas Orr in 39:58.
The first lady was Suzanne Orr in a time of 47:05, closely followed by Fay Scrivener in 47:41.
Suzanne said: “I didn’t expect to get anything; a number or a medal because the event was free to enter. It was really enjoyable despite the weather and Mick Ford’s bacon rolls at the end were very tasty and great value!”
Enjoying the facilities of the newly-refurbished Sailing Club, Hunstanton Mayor Elaine Clutton said: “This is a lovely community event that’s growing year by year. I’m really pleased that everyone can enjoy it.”
One of the walkers, Hunstanton resident Susan Boxall was very pleased with her fitness, walking the distance six minutes faster than last year in a time of one hour sixteen minutes.
Organiser of the event, Cllr Richard Bird said: “I’d like to thank Mick Ford, the Commodore at Hunstanton Sailing Club and the club members who turned out early on New Year’s Day to host and support this very special event.
“With community participation growing and clubs like March AC joining us, it’s great to be able to use the fantastic facilities that the Sailing Club can offer.
“I can only see this event going from strength to strength. Thanks also to the Mayor Elaine Clutton who was our official starter today and Hunstanton Town Council and Hunstanton Town and Around for their sponsorship.”
After a morning making bacon rolls and coffee Mick Ford said: “We are delighted to host the ramble which is getting better every year. With a bit of luck and some additional funding (please) we might be able to open up the first floor for next year’s event.”