Ladies and Masters win at Round Norfolk Relay

Norwich Road Runners triumph at the Round Norfolk Relay 2017

Both the club's Ladies team and the Masters team have triumphed at the 31st Round Norfolk Relay, winning their respective team categories. 2017 marked the 30th year the Norwich Road Runners have taken part in the relay.

This year, as with previous years, the club entered four teams - Ladies, Masters, Open and Mixed.


Above: Deborah English with the Ladies Trophy, and Paul Sullivan and Neville Knights, with the Masters Trophy.

Before we get into the results, the club would like to thank all of the runners who took part in the relay, but especially to those who helped in support roles, organising the teams, cycling alongside runners, moving vehicles, marshalling at Cley, and ensuring all four teams ran as smoothly as possible. Without you, the club couldn't enter the event, so thank you!

Ladies Team

The ladies team has tough competition from five other teams, from Ryston Runners, Wymondham AC, Great Yarmouth Road Runners, and Fenland Running Club. The team put in a fantastic performance, beating all the other ladies teams and winning their team category!

The team was captained by Deborah English and Stacey Harper, the timekeeper was Rachel Miller, and was ran by (in order of appearance): Joanna Killingworth, Catherine Henery, Roisin Marks, Stacey Harper, Deborah English, Anna Kirkham, Jessica Behan, Alicia Lacey, Ruth Steele, Julz Williams, Claire Rackham, Caroline Houghton, Ali Middleton, Ruth Gaunt, Lisa Owen, Amy Beck, and Niki Park.

The Ladies team finished in 26:25:35, 17 minutes ahead of their second place rivals at Ryston Runners, and 26th overall.

Masters Team

The masters team had strong competition from two other teams - Ryston Runners and Reepham Runners. The team powered around the 197 mile, 17 stage course, and won their team category! This year marks the fifth time the master's team have won the relay.

The team was captained by Paul Sullivan, the timekeeper was Marion Powell, and was run by (in order of appearance): Francis Hale, Martin Horlock, Adie Grand, Simon Dobbs, Karl Sherry, Mark Betts, Graham Watering, Jonathan Cordle, Simon English, Dave Ledward, Kevin Mace, Dave Tandy, Mark Garrett, Mark Edwards, Richard Sales and Paul Smith.

The Masters team finished in 22:48:37, more than 3 1/2 hours ahead of their second place rival, Ryston Runners, and finished 6th overall.

Open Team

The open team is the most contested team category of the relay, with 26 teams entered. The club assembled a very strong set of runners to take on the challenge, being the joint-last team to start, at 12.30pm. The team started strongly, though headwinds in the first few miles pushed them back a few minutes. However, at the half way stage, the team were making good time, catching up rivals from Bure Valley Harriers and Wymondham AC. Unfortunately, a runner became injured on a middle leg, and the decision was taken to withdraw them from their stage, and not risk further injury. The team carried on, completing the relay, and every single runner put in 110% effort into their stages.

The team was captained by James McFarlane and David Welsh, the timekeeper was Aston Martin, and was run by (in order of appearance): Alec Francis, Chris Bullock, Chris Harrison, Jonathan Kemp, Paul Martin, David Houghton, Daniel Middleton, Nick Gurney, John Hudson, Simon Millett, Stephen Gibbs, Ben Russell, Graham Jenvey, Ashley Hobbs, Ben Snelling, Neil Walpole and James Dunne.

The open team finished in 23:08:42, were 6th in their team category, and 10th overall.

Club Team

And last, but by no means least, the club team. Assembled through a ballot process, with members entering the ballot for a stage they would like to run. 9 mixed team were declared, giving the team some good competition.

The team was captained by David Allen and Jonathan Eagle, the timekeeper was Andrew Cooper, and was run by (in order of appearance): Guy Shearwood, Gary Grand, Brian Moore, Tina Moseley, Ashley Yellop, Sarah Boosey, Maureen Hamis, Wendy Smith, Glyn Manton, Mark Mardell, Ray Lindsay, Stephen Moseley, Caroline Allen, Nicky Dowson, Lucy Spinks, Danielle Crane and Chris Read.

The club team finished in 28:34:14, and finished 57th overall.