GEAR a triumph once again for King's Lynn
Thousands of people of all ages took to the streets of Lynn for the annual Grand East Anglia Run (GEAR) 10K on Sunday.
In contrast to 12 months ago’s scorching conditions, the weather was distinctly cool on Sunday morning but that didn’t stop spectators from coming out to fill the Tuesday Market Place to see runners set off.
Not only did the 14th Asda Foundation GEAR, organised by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All provide participants with the opportunity to enjoy a scenic route of Lynn, including The Walks, River Ouse pathway, and a number of historic buildings including the Red Mount, the Custom House and Greyfriars Tower, but it also saw a host of good causes boosted by the efforts of fundraisers.
The runners were called home by Simon Rowe, of KL.FM, who was on the podium by the finishing line alongside the borough mayor, Nick Daubney.
Finishers were given a goody bag containing a medal and a T-shirt.
Tristan Batley-Kyle, head of events at Run For All, which organises the event in partnership with Alive Leisure and West Norfolk Council, said: “We are delighted with the success of today’s GEAR’s 10K.
“It was wonderful to see so many runners and spectators turning out for an event that supports the work of some great causes.
“We are particularly grateful to the excellent voluntary groups of Eventeers who gave up their time to ensure everyone enjoyed a safe run.”
First across the finish line was Adrian Mussett in a time of 32mins 46 secs, followed by James O’Neill in second place in 33mins 32 secs and Kieron Brady in third in 33mins 34secs.
Kathryn Mathias was the first woman home in 38mins 45secs, with Rebecca Sharpe in second place who clocked 39mins 51secs, and Fenella Sunaway who took third spot in 40mins 45secs.
Molly Hunt was the first female wheelchair finisher through the finish line with Peter Downing the first male wheelchair finisher.
Mandy Rivett, co-ordinator of the Asda Foundation said: “The way people across East Anglia get behind this event is a joy to see.
“We are delighted to be associated with it and congratulations must go to everyone – runners, supporters and volunteers – who came together to make it such a success.”
There was also plenty of friendly rivalry in the Bespak GEAR 10K Corporate Challenge in which teams battled to be crowned fastest team in the race, including a team representing the Lynn News - for which the results will be announced soon.
Also popular was the Bespak Mini GEAR - a 1.2-mile fun run for people of all ages and abilities, with every finisher receiving a Mini GEAR medal and a goody bag to show off their achievements.
Keyvan Djamarani, Bespak managing director, said: “We are delighted to see the great response the race has received this year and to see the Mini GEAR go from strength to strength.
“The whole event helps to encourage more people, especially young people, into taking up running as part of healthy lifestyle.
The event’s partner charities were the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, West Norfolk Mind, the Purfleet Trust, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, Forward, the Benjamin Foundation, Headway, Theresa’s Tiny Treasures and Nelson’s Journey.