King’s Lynn GEAR race wins top national award

Presentation of national award to GEAR'left to right back Phil Davies, Chris Bamford'left to right front Roger Partridge, Jon Benstead and Simon McKenna ANL-150325-161752009

Presentation of national award to GEAR'left to right back Phil Davies, Chris Bamford'left to right front Roger Partridge, Jon Benstead and Simon McKenna ANL-150325-161752009

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All the hard work which goes into the smooth running of West Norfolk’s premier road race the Bespak Grand East Anglia Run has been recognised with a national award.

Organisers were this week celebrating news that Bespak GEAR has been awarded the national Bill Reynolds Memorial Trophy 2015 by the British Association of Road Races (BARR).

The trophy is named after Bill Reynolds, who was a past president of BARR and who always strived to improve standards of race organisation. It is now awarded annually.

Said BARR chairman, Peter Wood: “We scrutinise Bespak GEAR 10K each year to give it a grading. We have watched how the organisers continually look to improve on the way things are done and are delighted to award this trophy to such a worthy winner.”

Alive Leisure race director Roger Partridge said: “The award is testament to all the hard work that goes into organising this event.

“We couldn’t do it without all the support we get from volunteers and our partner organisations. It is a real community effort and I know that everyone give 100 per cent to keep making it better each year.”

And Jon Benstead, who is the divisional purchasing manager of Bespak, said: “Bespak is proud to be associated with this award-winning event. We have sponsored it from the start and have watched it grow into the success it is now. We would like to congratulate everyone involved in helping to achieve this accolade and look forward to being part of the event’s continued success.”

Chairman of Alive Leisure, Peter Lemon, said: “Alive Leisure is now responsible for organising the event on behalf of the borough council and we are keen to ensure that we continue to build on the success of this event.”

The story of the race, a West Norfolk Council event, began in 2006, when it started and ended in The Walks.

Since then there have been a few changes with the start and finish being moved to Tuesday Market Place and a mini-GEAR fun run.

This year the race is on Sunday, May 3, with the main race starting at 10.45am, preceded by the mini-GEAR, which starts at 10am. For full details visit www.grandeastangliarun.co.uk