The 27th Birketts Round Norfolk Relay was run over a weekend of traditional British weather with Saturday morning showers and high winds making the early legs very tough, particularly for the teams leaving Lynn at 5-30am.
Luckily the weather calmed down and by Sunday morning blue skies were evident when the teams returned to Lynn at the end of the 197 mile course.
The unique relay event had 54 teams taking part this year, with the City of Norwich AC winning the coveted Club Class Trophy and were the fastest team to complete the course in a time of 20.22.39, ahead of Coltishall Jaguars Running Club and Paddock Wood AC.
The City of Norwich AC Ladies won the ladies class in a time of 25.26.10.
Ely Runners won the open class in a time of 20.34.38 with Cambridge and Coleridge AC finishing runners up and Norwich Road Runners A team third.
Ely also won the Associated Running Clubs award and the Visitors Club Award.
Two Ryston teams took part with 17 runners apiece
Ryston’s B team finished third in the mixed class and 25th overall.
The outstanding individual performance came courtesy of Kelly De Gol, who won her category on stage 13, contributing 1.34.39 to the team’s overall time of 26.04.57.
The A team, competing in the open class, had had some last-minute changes to make due to injuries to original team members, but still acquitted themselves admirably to clock a sub 22-hour time of 21.51.37 for fourth spot in category and fifth overall.
The team hailed one overall stage winner in Adam Matthews (junior man), who covered the penultimate stage, from Downham to Stowbridge, in 31.43.
Full results are available online by visiting www.roundnorfolkrelay.com.