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Renegades Runners were in winning form at the Alex Moore Relay, organised by Norfolk Gazelles in memory of a former member who died in a sky diving accident.

The Renegades trio of Danny Smith, Joel Espley and Matt Pyatt took the final place available amongst the 101 other teams and their late entry paid dividends as they went on to take top spot at the event.

The relay consisted of the first runner Danny Smith covering one 2.2 mile lap which he did having a fantastic run placing third on his stage in 12.05.

Renegades trio (57630243)
Renegades trio (57630243)

He then handed over to Espley who by the end of his first 2.2 mile lap gained a healthy lead and Espley, 16, went on to complete another 2.2 mile lap showing running maturity far beyond his tender years completing his stage in 24.22.

He then handed over to Matt Pyatt who, like a few other runners in the event, was given permission by the event organisers to not run in a masters category and run in the male open section with men under 40.

Pyatt showed age was just a number against the younger runners extending the Renegade lead further to complete his two laps of 4.4 miles in 24.12.

Smith, Espley and Pyatt then ran a 2.2 mile lap together in a time of 12:56 and completing a combined half marathon distance in a time of 73 minutes and 35 seconds to win the event by 1.38 seconds.

Renegades were grateful of the support of Ryan Espley, Lisa and Stanley Pyatt and noted the great camaraderie of the runners in attendance.

Meanwhile, members enjoyed tropical conditions for the first of the Peterborough 3/5k 5 race series at Eye, near Peterborough. Running in the junior 3k race was Thomas Elsdon who was placed as third U11 boy in 13.12.

In the adult 5k race, Lisa Pyatt, doing shorter distances in the summer after three marathons this year, was placed fourth V40 in 21.43, just behind Steve Bennington in 21.37.

Lucy Chadderton made her 5k race debut after several park runs at the distance and finished in a very respectable time of 24.06 and was placed fourth V35.

Sharon Elsdon followed in her son's footsteps with a similar fine effort finishing in 28.49 and 11th V45.

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