Hunny Master and the One that went to Brighton!

Hunny Bell XC
Wow!  What a difference a day makes!  If today’s weather had been the same as yesterday’s at parkrun, things could have been an awful lot worse!  As it was, the weather at the Hunny Bell XC, held on the Stody Estate at Hunworth was lovely.  In fact, I even took my hat off (the forceast ‘Feels like’ or 2 deg C was a little way out).

Once again, it was the newer (longer) route which was introduced last year (about 1km longer than 2020) which gave us the joyful march up into the woods twice!  And anyone who has done it would be pleased to know the field edge section, where you can see the runners a good km ahead and above you, is still there!

Support from the NNBR was once again, very well received and there were lots of mentions that the must be ‘nobody in Wells today’ and there would be ‘plenty of parking spaces in Wells’ due to the fantastic turn-out by the club.

The club tent (Gazebo) got another outing and served as a great meeting point.

Well done everyone.  It’s one of those events you always say ‘never again’ and then sign up as soon as you can for next year! – Mark

A team of over 30 runners from Runners-next-the-Sea took on the undulating Hunnybell 5mile Cross Country event, held at Stody Estate on Sunday. A beautiful, yet challenging course over hilly fields and through woodland  pay dividend to the runners as they came home with an array of successful results.  RntS would like to thank the organisers for such a great event, with wonderful marshals and volunteers who give up their time to make these events happen. The club had 5 finishers in the top 20, including first lady overall, Cat Foley-Wray.  First male home for the club was Kyle Hastings in 8th place in a time of 35.47. Kyle has made a huge amount of progress since joining the club less than a year ago and is a great asset to the strong mens team. Ant Cude was 10th in 36.30, followed by Liam Dawson, 14th in 37.07 and Shane Hunt, 19th in 39.09.

RNTS had 3 ladies in the top 6, a fantastic achievement. Cat Foley Wray was 1st lady overall, coming home in 17th place in a time of 38.08. Recently returning to running after a foot operation in January, this sets her up nicely as she continues to improve her fitness in preparation for the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships on 11th March where she will be representing Norfolk.  Lorraine Hunt was 2nd lady home for the club (39.50), finishing, 4th lady and 24th overall.  Kirsty Daniels was 3rd lady home for the club, her first cross country race in a number of years, achieving 6th lady and 42nd overall. RNTS pride themselves of the breadth of runners they have and their inclusivity, along with the many members who come to spectate and offer their support, creating a great team spirit for all. – Cat FW

Official Results:
Kyle – 00:35:47.6
Ant – 00:36:30.6 – 2nd in category
Liam – 00:37:07.8 – 2nd in category
Cat FW -00:38:08.8 – First female finisher
Shane – 00:39:09.6 – 3rd in category
Lorraine – 00:39:50.8 – 2nd in category
Cam – 00:41:40.4
Kirsty – 00:42:07.9
Stuart – 00:42:33.1
Kevin – 00:42:49.9 – 3rd in category
Bob H – 00:43:59.9 – 2nd in category
Sean – 00:44:35.1
Rob – 00:45:11.3
Paul – 00:47:17.6
Luke – 00:47:34.0
Roland – 00:48:08.0
Will – 00:48:37.0
Michael – 00:50:06.6
Ana – 00:50:11.6
Evette – 00:50:13.3 – 2nd in category
Lucy – 00:50:44.9
Laura – 00:50:53.6
Pete -00:51:04.3
Nita – 00:52:50.6
Susannah – 00:54:06.6
Marie – 00:56:11.0
Michelle – 01:00:21.0
Mark – 01:04:28.8
Vikki – 01:04:28.8
Denise – 01:10:18.5 – 3rd in category
Kerrie – 01:10:19.1

National Champtionships
4 races in a day, running for Eastern Masters in the National Championships at Lee Valley today. 4th in the V70 400m, 3rd in both the 60m and 200m and then dropping down a decade to run the V60 200m relay, finishing 5th. The Eastern Masters men’s team won the competition and the combined team was overall winners. – Chris

Brighton HM
The weather conditions were perfect for the Brighton 1/2 this morning but unfortunately my sister has been out of action with a nasty chest infection so I had to run it on my own. I got into my pen nice and early and found the 2 hour pacer and decided to stick as close to him as I could for as long as I could. I had no time in mind, just to cross the line. I hadn’t done my long training runs due to a pulled hamstring but had kept up my fitness by swimming. I fell into a good rhythm and had the pacer just in front of me for most of the race until the road widened and we were in line. I overtook him with 5k to go and went for it! At mile 11, I could really feel the lack of long distance running training but was so close to the end so dug deep! I had my Beyoncé moment as I crossed the line in 1:59:24 and collected my medal! – Cat

Official Result: