King’s Lynn set for GEAR

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A record number of people will be racing around Lynn town centre this weekend when the Bespak Grand East Anglian Run goes ahead.

Organisers of Sunday’s event are thrilled that about 2,000 runners will be taking on the 10km road race while a further 750 will be involved in the Mini Gear fun run.

Large crowds are expected to gather to cheer on the runners as they set off from Tuesday Market Place at 10.30am with fun runners starting at 10.35am.

Sports development manager and race director Roger Partridge said: “We’re set for a really exciting event this year. We are going to get some excellent competition and we are hopeful that someone will get a sub 30-minute time, breaking the record set by Tedele Geremew, from Elswick Harriers, of 30 minutes and 18 seconds.

“I think we are going to see some really impressive performances this year.

“Entries for the event are coming from all over the country, so GEAR is definitely building a big reputation and is now a firm fixture on the athletics calendar.

“We’ve had marvellous support from the community.”

The route will take in the town centre, the waterfront and The Walks.

Ryston Runners, Lynnsport Ladybirds, West Norfolk AC and the Blue and Gold Supporters Trust are helping with the operation of the race. Lynn Rotary, Lynn Guides and King Edward VII High School will be running the water stations.

Lynn’s Samba Band will be spurring on the runners with a performance outside the Bank House, while the Tuesday Market Place will be filled with stalls.

Meanwhile, airmen from RAF Marham’s II Squadron will also be running 10km around their base in Kandahar, Afghanistan on Sunday.

Bespak’s new managing director, Keyvan Djamarani, said the firm was delighted to be associated with the run and the success of Mini Gear.

He said: “The whole event helps to encourage more people, especially young people, into taking up running as part of healthy lifestyle.”

Elizabeth Nockolds, West Norfolk Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing added: “It’s brilliant to see so many people have entered this event. I hope that the weather stays fine and that residents and visitors will come out in force to cheer the runners on as they make their way around the course.”