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Marham Flyers host postponed race from New Year's Eve

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With the imposition of Tier 4 restrictions shortly before Christmas the annual New Year’s Eve race which takes place at Marham had to be quickly postponed.

All the runners who were booked to take part being promised that their entries would be deferred until restrictions allowed the race to take place.

That, together with fitting the run in around the recent activity on the airfield, meant the earliest opportunity that the race could be held was early in May and it was therefore on a hot sunny Sunday morning that runners gathered for what was to be their first competitive 10k for 15 months.

Marham Flyers (47090265)
Marham Flyers (47090265)

The usual pre-race apprehension was, to a large extent, offset by the relief of being able to at last take part in an organised event and to see so many of their friends from the local running community, for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

Covid restrictions were in place and rigorously adhered to throughout, with a staggered start seeing runners setting off at five second intervals.

Station Commander, Gp Capt Jim Beck, who was running with his wife Amy, was on hand to welcome the runners to the station and to press the button to start the first runners off.

The weather, having gone from the previous days heavy rain and cold, to bright and sunny conditions was a very welcome change, albeit the surprising heat of the day did affect many of the runners’ performances.

The additional planning to ensure the event was Covid secure were all in place went very smoothly and with more than 200 entrants taking part, everyone went away looking forward to the return to some kind of normality both in running and sport generally.

Race director Gary Walker said: “It was great to be able to hold the event after such a long time. The atmosphere amongst those taking part with their running buddies in their first organised race after more than a year, was a delight and made all the additional organisation required to ensure the race was Covid secure, so very worthwhile”

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