VIDEO: Thousands enjoy GEAR in King’s Lynn

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“A dream of an event” is how organisers have described this year’s Grand East Anglian Run (GEAR).

Thousands of people descended on Lynn town centre on Sunday to support the runners who were taking on the 10k challenge.

Start of GEAR in the Tuesday Market Place Kings Lynn ANL-160105-165606009

Start of GEAR in the Tuesday Market Place Kings Lynn ANL-160105-165606009

The 2016 GEAR attracted a record number of entries with 2,400 people applying for the 10km race and 1,200 youngsters taking on Mini Gear.

Runners had travelled from as far as Scotland and Bristol to take part in the 11th event.

Race director Roger Partridge is thrilled with the day.

He said: “It was a fantastic day and the conditions were perfect. It went without a hitch.

GEAR in the Tuesday Market Place Kings Lynn ANL-160105-170536009

GEAR in the Tuesday Market Place Kings Lynn ANL-160105-170536009

“Last year we were disappointed by the torrential rain but this year’s weather conditions were ideal for runners and spectators.

“It was a dream of an event.”

An estimated 2,500 people gathered in the Tuesday Market Place to watch the start and finish of this ever popular race.

More crowded around the course to cheer on the runners as they made their way through South Lynn, the Walks and the Vancouver Quarter.

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Mini GEAR ANL-160105-165507009

People donned a variety of colourful outfits, including superhero costumes.

Among them were some Norfolk firefighters who ran the course in their uniforms.

Runners’ spirits were also lifted thanks to the tunes supplied by King’s Lynn Samba Band and the Springwood High School Band.

Mr Partridge said: “We have a very special atmosphere at GEAR and it is tremendous.

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Mini GEAR ANL-160105-165402009

“The original inspiration for the event was not really a sporting one but doing things to bring people to town and show off Lynn.

“We have had so many marvellous comments on the Facebook page from visitors.”

The men’s race was won by Andrew Challenger, from Hallam Harriers, at 31:42, while Sophie Cowper, of Lincolnshire, took the women’s title with a time of 34:47.

As the success of GEAR grows, there are hopes of potentially expanding the entry numbers.

Mr Partridge said: “There’s real potential for more numbers if we feel it safe.

“For Mini Gear as it goes around the quayside so there is good possibilities there.”

Mr Partridge has put out his thanks to the people who helped, competed and supported the event.

He said: “I would like to say thank you for the massive support we have from the town.

“Bespak have been a fantastic sponsor and we have support from Ryston Runners.

“The scots and Air Training Corps help by delivering road closure leaflets.

“Everyone plays their part.”

- A women’s beginners running course will start in Downham on June 15.