RAF Marham plays host to Marham Flyers Jubilee 10k and Brick Duathlon
The cold, wet weather of the Jubilee Sunday did not dampen the spirits of athletes from across the west of the county competing in the Marham Flyers Jubilee 10k and Brick Duathlon.
RAF Marham was first opened in 1916 to defend Norfolk from raids by the German Zeppelin airships during World War, also boasting the home of the F-35 Lightning, a fifth generation, multi-role, stealth fighter.
Around this aeronautical military theme, runners battled the elements to race around the outskirts of the RAF base to compete in the popular event.
This year’s event was held in aid of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Lynn, and the RAF Marham Community Families Fund.
The finish medal was a unique platinum jubilee special edition this year to mark that landmark event being celebrated countrywide.
Thirty-two Ryston Runners members were to the fore with almost half of those racing featuring in the top 2 of their age categories.
Warren Armstrong was second overall/first M45 in the 10k event in 36.32, with Steven Franklin finishing a couple of minutes later (38.42) to take second spot in that category and fourth overall.
Behind Franklin, in fifth, was Oliver Foxwell, second senior man in 39.10.
Then came Dawn Robinson, in seventh, sweeping all before her in the women´s race, winning it in a PB time of 40.30, the first of three consecutive Ryston category wins as Martin Ive then took the M55s, in ninth with 40.59, and Owen Jary the M50s in 11th with 41.14.
The other category win went to Lesley Robins who has been rewriting the club W50 records recently, this time running 44.19 for 24th place overall.
Second category places also went to Stewart Robins (M55/21st/43.53), Kirsty Butters (W40/26th/44.34), Elaine Lumley (W4543rd/47.03), Carl Manning (M60/45th/47.12), Pauline Drewery (W50/48th/47.44) and Martin Blackburn (M65/74th/51.43).
Steve Franklin, in fourth place at Marham, did so with a seven-second PB.
Julie Williamson recorded her second PB in three days and was placed 39th/fifthSW in 45.53, over a minute’s improvement on her previous best, while new member Christine Mooney, in her first race in club colours, set a PB of 65.31 for eighthW45109th overall.
Matty Parker set a PB by 39 seconds, clocking 47.32 (47th/ 8thM45), and Caine Burton, who is preparing to join Rob Skillings on the Norfolk 100k, took 31 seconds off his previous best in 18th place, 10th SM/43.10, after a very close finish with Ehan Taylor, who pipped him on the line by a second. Kerrie Page -78th/seventhW40/52.18 and Charlotte Price 83rd/ ninth SW/ 54.16 also checked in with PBs.
Olivia Ord, inspired by having won the unior 1k race, ran with her father James and they crossed the line together in 79th and 80th places, both being given 52.48, the latter as 18th SM and Olivia being recorded as eighth SW.
Other Ryston results included: Anna Smith fourth W40/47:25, Louise Frankin fifthW40/50.29, Ian Milburn 16thSM/51.43, Irena Marcinek 6thW40/52.13, Jon Benstead seventhM55/ 62/17, Helen Driver sixthW50/65.32, Kellie Stevens 15thSW/66.50.
The accompanying duathlon event, comprising a 20k cycle ride and then 10K run, saw Nic Bensley take the M50 category in sixth overall in 78.26.
Justin Walker, making his duathlon debut, was 19th/sixthM45 in 90.45.
West Norfolk Athletic Club's Katrina Wasteney out sprinting Rick Bailey and Paul Edwards to see all three dip under 50 minutes.
Sally Edwards was pleased with her 53.50 run and, deep into Holkham Outlaw triathlon training, Ben Collison took a very respectful top 10 finish.
For Renegade Runners, Ryan Oakes again showcased his dual sports prowess by finishing fifth overall, fourth senior male, in 74.58.
Finishing eight minutes behind Oakes, Mark Moden also made the top 10, while Beth Moden, the only female Renegade to take on the two challenges, finished in 1 hour 39 minutes.
Excellent debuts at the two disciplines came from Adam Hitchcock 1 hour 36 mins and Dan North 1 hour 45.
Cody Pearman, 14, performed well in the 10k to finish 16th in 42.25 and category success arrived for for Dave Dimech, who was M60 winner in 46.44.
Jean Streeter was placed second F65 in 54.29, while Andy Doyle was third M50 in 44.49 and Jit Patel third M60 49.41.
George Munson recorded a personal best time of 45.21.
Other Renegade times on the day: Charlotte Barrett 44.50, Ian Taylor 48.24, Andy Wicklen 48.24,Erin McNeil 49.56, Nick Mackay 50.50, Ramune Simanaviciene 51.48, Richard Thompson 56.29, Lisa Wilson 57.42, Leo Munson 59.50, Kerry Hitchcock 85.02.
Daniel Guppy, Mark Moden, Charlie Wilson, Lynne Howlett, and Paul Freear all tore up the runway for King's Lynn Triathlon Club.
First across the line was Guppy in 1.08.37, first M40, with Moden placed ninth in 188.8.131.52, Freer 24th in 1.35.02.7, new member Howlett 34th in 1.39.46, and Wilson 40th in 1.55.30.