Wymondham races a real hit

The Wymondham 10 and 20-mile races on Sunday were hailed a great success with both reaching their limit of 250 runners. The mayor of Wymondham, Len Elston, started each race for the club which is celebrating its 30th year in 2008.

The Wymondham 10 and 20-mile races on Sunday were hailed a great success with both reaching their limit of 250 runners.

The mayor of Wymondham, Len Elston, started each race for the club which is celebrating its 30th year in 2008.

The wind played a big factor, making conditions very hard, especially at the High Oaks crossroads which is very exposed.

The 10-mile race was eventually won by Roger Aldis from Stowmarket Striders after some close racing between himself and four other runners who all managed to get under 60 minutes in the tough conditions.


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The first lady in the 10 was Nicola Alford, from City of Norwich AC.

The 20-mile race was an easy win for local athelete Guy Amos, from City of Norwich AC (CONAC) who crossed the line in 1-58:50, nearly eight minute ahead of second-place Christoher Tilbrook, from St Albans Striders, with Roddy Mccreggor taking third spot.

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First lady home was Tracy Curl, from Norwich Road Runners, in a time of 2-23:18.

In the 20 the first Wymondham AC runner home was Terry Epps, who is training hard for the London Marathon, in a time of 2-19:23,

Russel Clarke finished in 2-27:47 but he did start late and was on his own for a long way chasing the others, however he had been helping to set up the course from 7am as well!

Also competing from WAC were Ian Mclean 2-32 and Rob Howes 2-45:38.

The first Wymondham lady home was Lynne Hazelton with a very good run of 2-53:44 followed by Lucy Perrry in a time of 3-26:40.

The club's Karl Chapman said: “Thanks should go to all those who entered and supported the race on a cold windy day, the mayor of Wymondham and the town council for supporting the race and the club in the local community.

“Also to all those club members and friends of the club who gave up their time on Mother's Day for many hours to provided a great day for all.”

He added: “WAC did have some members marshalling for nearly five hours and some were lucky enough to be looked after by some local residents who provided them with

cups of tea and support during the day. It is really nice to see the local community support the race and special thanks should go to those that supported the marshalls, which really does help.”

Wymondham AC is celebrating 30 years of running this year. New members of all abilities are welcome on Monday nights at the rugby club in Tuttles Lane at 6.30pm.

The next race on the WAC calendar is the Hethel Engineering 10-mile race on June 15. Details on the website www.wymondahmac.org

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