Panther Brewery Reepham 10K – Friday August 4 2023

Reepham Runners are a small running club based in the market town of Reepham.  They organise two races per year the Reepham 10K and a winter cross country you could be excused for thinking we were at the winter cross country with the weather being wet and windy the whole week prior to the event. Parking was at Reepham Scout Group and a donation directly from the race proceeds goes the Scouts Group. A walk across the Stimpsons Piece Recreation Ground to the race HQ to pick up race numbers.

What better way to spend a summer evening (not sure what happened to summer this year) than doing a mixed terrain run. The 10K course takes in the quiet country lanes around Reepham finishing on the Marriott’s Way trail  for the last 4.5 Km. A good turnout for Runners-next-the-sea with a quick couple of photos before all the runners were walked back to the start of the race on Kerdiston Road. After the final instruction we were off heading down the very narrow (approximately 3 people wide) county roads. Runners hit the trail at 5.5 KM at which point the narrow roads turned into even more narrow trail – Marriott’s Way – the Aylsham to Norwich single track disused railway line that is narrow.

The road section appeared to be all uphill and the trail wasn’t as wet and muddy as I had expected. Drink stations were at 3.5 Km and 7 Km and the finish was on the recreation ground.  Fortunately, the rain held off and the evening turned out warm.  This was a well organised with race plenty of marshals plus drinks and cakes available for purchase in the HQ.

Races always sound social when a brewery is mentioned in the race title. The finishers medal was the brewery’s logo with no beer in sight!!

The RntS runners were well supported with shouts from Ana; Pete – thanks for the photos; Gemma; Evette; Kevin B; David R; Libby; Denise and Stuart G apologies if I missed anyone.

Prizes 1st three Male and Female and ONLY 1st in 10-year age bands categories Male and Female awards were Sportlink vouchers.

Official Results:

David Coslett 40:07.6
Anthony Cude 40:24.3
Kevin Heyhoe 43:36.7
Lorraine Hunt 44:21.7 – PB
Shane Hunt 44:30.6
Tara Betts 45:18.8
Stuart Williams 45:48.1 – PB
Andrew Tuckett 48:21.0 – PB
Kevin Short 48:28.0
Cameron Raven 48:41.5
William Ayley-Dodd 48:45.2 – PB
Paul Woodhouse 48:57.2
Malcolm Senior 51:54.9
Bob Lyddon 52:55.5
John Kenyon 56:14.4
Marie Pacey 58:54.3
Kerrie Coslett 59:40.0
Laura Watson 59:40.5
Andy Payne 59:51.4
Vikki Powles 01:04:15
Michelle Finnegan 01:04:16
Mark Riseborough 01:04:16
Debbie Moore 01:04:29
Angie Barker 01:15:43
Catherine Thorpe 01:19:57


Tara – 1st in age group (6th overall – only one prize per individual per category)

Lorraine – 2nd in age group (5th overall)

Malcolm – 3rd age group

Note: Panther Brewery is an award-winning microbrewery based in Reepham. The name of the new brewery is a result of the inhabitants of this small Norfolk town of Reepham claiming to have seen a large panther-like cat prowling and secretly stalking the countryside. Its handcrafted ale is dedicated to this beautiful animal. Deliciously balanced with poise and a sleek finish, it is a celebration of the beast’s cunning and prowess (that’s the brewery wording not mine, although the beer does taste good).

Report by Malcolm Senior

Full results at

Run-next-the-Sea: Wells Carnival 2023

On Thursday 3rd August Runners-next-the-Sea was delighted to once again help organise the annual Run-next-the-Sea, as part of Wells Carnival 2023

The event has two distances: a 1.3 mile ‘fun run’ for all the family, and a 5 mile competitive event for those up for more of a challenge. Funds raised are split between Runners-next-the-Sea and a charity with a local link which, this year was voted on by club members.  The charity chosen was the RNLI which was particularly fitting, not only because of the new lifeboat house and lifeboat which have become operational since last year’s event, but because as the evening wore on we all witnessed just how fast the tide moves at Wells.  We had to move the finish line up the beach several times to accommodate the incoming tide, and the last runner only just made it back with dry feet.

Despite a miserable week weatherwise, the sun made a very welcome appearance on the evening (probably the best conditions all week!) and we had 84 runners taking part in the fun run and a further 39 hardy souls running the 5 miler.  A big thank you to everyone who took part, those that helped out to make the event happen and to Black Dog Computer Services for sponsoring.  Congratulations to the winners. and we hope to see you all again next year!

Fun Run Results (1.3 miles)

1Connor Bradley5700:06:501st Male Finisher
2Monty Wood-Davis7600:06:51
3Elliot Yaxley3700:07:15
4George Needham1100:07:40
5Rowan Whittlesey5300:07:41
6William Wood-Davis7400:07:48
7Cian Hall400:08:07
8Charlie Grieve900:08:09
9Joshua Grieve800:08:14
10Daniel Morris3200:08:21
11Wayne Bradley5800:08:25
12Sammy Nickless6400:08:25
13Bryan Cordury4400:08:31
14Chloe Munn1700:08:331st Female Finisher
15Martha Reece3500:08:44
16Chiara Patch1200:08:46
17Zander McCluskey4800:08:54
18Marsie Whittlesey5200:08:57
19Poppy Neenan3000:09:01
20Matthew Cordury4200:09:05
21Arthur North6000:09:06
22Alison North6100:09:06
23Mat Birch7700:09:12
24Ralph Birch7800:09:13
25Sascha Tillett1800:09:19
27Millie McCluskey4600:09:35
28George McCluskey4700:09:44
29Sam Nickless6200:09:52
30Connor Nickless6300:09:53
31Henry Wood-Davis7500:09:53
32Amelie Grieve1000:10:03
33Amber Wilson2100:10:05
34Eric Reece3600:10:17
35Isabel Pascel Grey6900:10:20
36Joseph Copley4000:10:24
37Clair Copley3900:10:28
38Lilly Peters3100:10:31
39Krystal Halls3300:10:42
40Benjamin Cordury4300:10:42
41Dan O'Brien700:10:48
42Nigel O'Brien600:10:50
43Esmee Saldahna2300:10:55
44Isabella Saldahna2400:11:06
45Lauren Saldahna2200:11:07
46Rosa Keene5500:11:11
47William Capley4100:11:31
48James Capley3800:11:32
49Jack Rawsell2600:11:41
50Kayobi Francis Notice4500:11:49
51Kimberley Brooks100:11:59
52Jessie O'Brian500:12:12
53Charlie Foley-Wray5100:12:24
54Leo Keene5600:12:37
55Rebecca Keene5400:12:38
56Joey Hardwicke200:12:55
57Oliver Hardwicke300:12:57
58Elise Green8300:13:04
59Tim Green8100:13:07
60Elio Conte7100:13:09
61Georgia Grey7300:13:09
62Rosie Rawsell2700:13:24
63Ruth Rawsell2500:13:24
64Megan Yorath2800:13:31
65Freya Byworth1300:13:35
66Tilly Byworth1400:13:36
67Alfie Downs1600:13:47
68Alicia Kaye1500:13:48
69Seth Foley-Wray5000:14:16
70Cat Foley-Wray4900:14:16
71Blythe Foley6800:14:50
72Iris Foley6600:14:53
73Gemma Foley6700:14:53
74Etienne Reece3400:14:58
75Claire Reece7900:14:59
76Linda Yorath2900:15:17
77Billie O'Grady6500:16:13
78Anna Pascal Grey7200:16:17
79Huxley Bartram7000:16:20
80Ned Green8200:17:07
81Nancy Southwalk8000:17:59
82Alfie Martin2000:18:47
83Stephen Lowe1900:18:48
84Kai Kozial5900:24:25

Competitive Run Results (5 miles)

1Jonathan Peters11900:29:371st Male Finisher
2Ben Simpson11700:33:23
3Oliver Grieve10400:35:36
4Dan Gillies13400:35:49
5Peter Ward12800:36:55
6Andy Page13600:37:51
7Stephen North13200:38:02
8Chris Chorley10200:38:24
9Rory Dillon10800:38:54
10Simon Steward11200:39:21
11Giles Byworth10700:39:23
12Mark Roswell11300:39:24
13Dean Jackson12700:39:32
14Alex Morton11100:39:41
15Samuel Walker12400:40:02
16Megan Neenan11800:40:121st Female Finisher
17Issy Needham10600:41:49
18Miles Needham10500:41:51
19Lauren Devine12300:41:57
20Martin Dorrell10300:42:03
21James Fogarty12000:42:25
22Susi Crane12200:42:46
23Paul Wheeler12500:42:58
24Chris Hamei12900:43:51
25Jim Staveley13100:43:57
26Mark Manley13700:44:02
27Stuart Fey12100:44:37
28Scott Barkston10900:46:22
29Bobby Sauerzapf10100:48:19
30Robert Page13500:48:49
31Barry Mercer13900:49:04
32Devon Idima11000:49:12
33Dave Keeley12600:49:37
34Jude Gillies13300:50:09
35Meredith Yorath11500:52:20
36Ceri Yorath11600:52:21
37Camilla Mercer13800:53:45
38Sally Staveley13000:53:46
39Valerie Kerrison11400:55:55

Stour Valley & Sandringham

There was lots of activity this weekend with RntS members taking part in events near and far.  Thanks to Kirsty for the report on Stour Valley Narrative Marathon, Michelle for covering Sandringham 5K and Vikki for reporting on the Sandringham Half Marathon.  Well done to everyone involved!

Stour Valley Narrative Marathon

On Saturday 17th June, Lucy and I set off at 6am to go to Nayland for the Stour Valley narrative marathon. We arrived in good time to register and got ourselves ready for the 9am start.

The course is a figure of eight so they also had two half marathon races; one starting at 9:15am in the same direction we had started from and then the second one starting at 11am to encompass the other loop which was our second half. 

The first half was extremely hilly and it felt like it was mostly uphill. There was a nice mix of woods/shady areas, rivers, field and road throughout the race which made the navigation a bit easier rather than endless fields! We also well-timed coming out of a wooded area to see some of the flyover for King Charles which was an added bonus to the beautiful scenery.

We had a slight setback within the first two miles where Lucy encountered a tree but after checking she was OK (and thanks to a couple of other runners who also stopped) she said she felt OK to carry on which we did. She’s a strong woman 💪

Towards the end, the heat was beginning to make me feel a bit sick but we made it over the finish line well within the eight hour cut-off time. There was a four hour cut-off time to do the first loop which we done really well so had extra time. 

Would highly recommend this race and would love to do it again.


Official Results

Kirsty & Lucy –  6:56:28.6


Sandringham 5K

It was lovely and cool when I arrived at Run Sandringham for the 5k. Not too many people do the 5k race, around 200 ish so it’s a great race if you want something low key.

Just me racing the 5k so it was lovely to see Marie had arrived very early for her race to support me.

The race starts on grass and then heads towards the house on farm tracks, there are a few undulations on the course and the first one comes quite soon after the start to stop you going off to quick! The course takes you on a lap around the house and along past the church before heading into the woods where there’s a finally some shade. After a lovely long downhill you head back out of the woods across the grass and turn to sprint through the finish.

All the half marathon runners are there now and there’s a real party atmosphere.  I met up with all the other RntS racing the half and stayed on to offer them support and man the supersoaker.


Official Results

Michelle – 30:12

Sandringham Half Marathon

It had been over 4 years since I completed the half marathon distance and although I had been considering working up to it again I hadn’t made any solid plans.  That is, until one day in April, when someone sent a message to see  if I wanted to take up their place at Sandringham Half, and I accidentally found myself saying yes!

Now I must confess here, I often feel a bit of a fraud with my RntS kit on because I don’t actually like running-next-the-sea, nor on trails very much.  This is because I’m lazy and I don’t like to lift my feet up!  I’m much more comfortable getting back to my city-girl routes and pounding roads and pavements, so Sandringham Half probably wouldn’t have been my first choice, and I found myself dreading it a bit in the lead up.  Added to that the weather forecast said ‘Scorchio!’ and I had a terrible run in Fakenham on the Thursday night.  It felt hard to imagine getting round 13.1 miles when 5 was such a struggle just a few days before, and I did think at one point I may not bother.   However, supportive clubmates and  friends got me to the start, along with a realisation that I needed to prepare my fuel, hydration and strategy better  – rather than just wing it as usual.

Sandringham Half Marathon is quite a big event, with around 1000 runners taking part.  As the race start time ticked closer the toilet queues weren’t moving fast enough for everyone to get together.  The solution?  Have a team photo in the queue!  Ingenious RntS problem solving!

On paper the course looked very windy-bendy, and I was a little worried it would feel a bit convoluted, like we were continually covering the same ground to make up the distance.  However there was only one little stretch like that and the course was actually very interesting, with a varied mixture of paths, road, field and woodland, along with the money shot view of Sandringham House to enjoy on the way too.  The mixed terrain was a little uneven in places and twice I nearly came a cropper on a tree root but managed to save myself.  I told you I didn’t like picking my feet up!

It was a hot, hot day but thankfully there was some shade and a little breeze – though annoyingly never at the same time!  There were 4 water stations en route, plus the added bonus of Mark and Michelle popping up along the course with Super Soakers.  Getting sprayed was so cooling and was appreciated by so many runners, not just RntS.  A random stranger even bought them a drink and a cookie to say thank you for their important work!  I decided as part of my strategy that I would wear my hydration vest and I sipped my way through a litre of water during the event, plus the extra I took on at the stations,  so I felt like that was a really good move.  It was amazing how re-energised  I felt after a brief stop at each water station.  I also took on fuel during the race and made sure to adjust my expectations due to the weather.  I set my target pace at 1 minute per kilometre slower than I had at Dereham 10 Mile race a month before.  As it was I managed a lot quicker, but I had taken the mental pressure off by giving myself permission to run slower if I needed to and that really helped.   

The hardest part for me was the hill at around 13.5K.  I slowed right down, tried to remember what the coaches say – pumping arms, smaller steps – and was glad to make it to the top without walking.  Another runner overtook me on that hill and when I caught up with her I complimented her on how strong she had been.  She told me she had cried on that hill the year before and wasn’t going to let it beat her this year, which I found inspirational.  I’d only trained to 10 miles and I did find my legs getting tired towards the end, but I still had energy left for a bit of a sprint finish which pleased me.  Despite my worries I really enjoyed the event and the sense of satisfaction at completing this distance again was fantastic.  Well done to everyone who took part in such difficult conditions and a big thank you to all the supporters too.


Official Results

Kyle – 1:38:44
Kevin H – 1:45:02
Tara – 1:49:31
Shane – 2:00:27
Stuart G – 2:02:08
Gemma – 2:04:23
Laura W – 2:19:43
Marie – 2:25:21
Vikki – 2:31:38


Liam, Michelle, Lorraine & Mark

Fantastic RntS turn out at Holt 10K

Brilliant performance from all the 23 RntS members at today’s Holt 10K.  This was a club champs event and there were lots of supporters on hand too.  Thanks to Malcolm for the race report.  

Organised by the North Norfolk Beach Runners the annual Holt 10K starts and finishers in the Gresham School in Holt. The school’s former pupils include Benjamin Britten and Sir James Dyson (vacuum fame- they have a building named after him) amongst many others.

Arrived in plenty of time to park, there were ample car parking in the school grounds, and collected my number. Met with the rest of the RntS for club photo.

Good running weather, 15 degrees at the start with a gentle breeze from the north east and overcast.  The course started and finished on the school sports field but was immediately onto the narrow quiet country roads but NOT CLOSED to traffic.  Not all the cars that passed were pleased to see a line of runners, the marshals doing a good job of traffic control and support.  The first 2k was out towards Kelling and the coast, then a short trail section to start a loop before retracing the 2K back to the school.  The trail section was very rugged and I manged a dive to the dusty path but pushed onto the finish.  A big thank you to RntS runners and supporters that were encouraging as I turned onto the field at the end.

There was a nice glass award for first 3 in each age group.  Congratulations to Tara, Ant, Liam, David C and Malcolm who won prizes.

Official chip times:

Position Forename Surname Chip Time Age Category
20 Anthony Cude 40:32.9 3rd
22 David Coslett 40:50.2 3rd
47 Liam Dawson 43:40.0 3rd
71 Tara Betts 45:44.1 2nd
78 David Ralph 45:56.8
103 Rob Jackman 47:43.3
107 Stuart Williams 47:49.5
110 Stuart Gollands 48:03.8
113 Paul Woodhouse 48:13.5
149 Alex Wray 50:25.8
153 Andrew Tuckett 50:40.6
159 Gemma Pickering 50:56.6
176 Roland Bewick 51:35.5
181 William Ayley-Dodd 51:58.0
182 Malcolm Senior 51:58.5 2nd
210 Rachel Dawson 53:30.2
244 Chris Lubbock 56:13.0
245 Teresa Futter 56:13.6
270 Laura Watson 57:59.1
301 Vikki Powles 1:00:12.6
314 Michelle Finnegan 1:01:28.4
341 Mark Riseborough 1:04:47.6
372 Jenny Watson 1:10:59.4

And with special thanks to the amazing support crew:

Gill; Francesca; Kerrie; Cat (and family); Libby; Marie and Hazel

Help choose a charity to support for the Wells Carnival Fun Run

Every August Runners-next-the-Sea helps to organise the competitive run and fun run that takes place as part of Wells Carnival celebrations.  Monies raised are split between the club and a local charity.  We would like members to help choose the charity to be supported this year from the shortlist below.

You can find out more about each cause by clicking on the names in the poll before casting your vote.  Please only vote once per member.  Poll closes 11.59pm on Saturday 25th March.

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Which local charity would you like Runners-next-the-Sea to help raise funds for as part of the Wells Carnival Fun Runs?

Horsford XC Series & the British Masters Championships in Sheffield

Well done to Cam who took part in race 3 of the Horsford XC series.

Cam has taken part in all three races, with great results.

Official Result - 47:25 finishing 8th in his age group.

Cam also achieved first place for his age group overall.  Well done Cam.

Congratulations to Chris Palmer who took part in the British Masters Championships in Sheffield at the weekend.

It was his first time running 200m and 400m indoors on a banked track.

He finished 5th in the 200m, 6th in the 60m and 4th in the 400m - gaining a new pb.

Fabulous work Chris

A busy weekend for RntS

Exeter Half Marathon

Hayley Eyre travelled to Exeter taking part in the Exeter half marathon.  A great run from Hayley

On Sunday I ran Exeter half marathon during a trip to beautiful Devon visiting my daughter. The weather was perfect for me, cold and overcast with no wind. The course is two laps mainly in the quayside area of the city. The race is run over two days, Saturday for sub two hour runners and Sunday for everyone else! We started really promptly at 9am with short five minute briefing, mainly to say try not to fall in the river and let’s all cheer for the man running with an ‘actual’ fridge on his back!
It was all very relaxed and I definitely benefited from the chilled out atmosphere, just enjoying another Sunday morning long run of marathon training and forgetting it was a race. My loose plan was to see where the tough bits were on lap one so I knew how to pace lap two. I quickly realised that it was tough as soon as we left the quayside to gradually climb through woodland paths and a residential area. It was steadily undulating for the first 5k with one steep but short hill. We crossed the Countess Wear bridge running alongside the main road and it became flatter. We made our way down to a small industrial area, where we could run on wide traffic free roads. Here I gained pace benefitting from the flatter ground and continued at a faster pace back to the quayside. Mat was waiting at the turnaround point to cheer me on and I felt good knowing I was halfway. The second lap felt easier with less runners now on the narrow paths. I took 10-15k steady and sped up for the last bit back to the finish. Whilst happily taking in the riverside views of fishermen, herons, happy cyclists and squirrels, I suddenly became a bit competitive! I realised I could actually run a faster than anticipated time! I finished happy, strong and proud in 2:07:07, with ‘man with fridge’ crazily only 13 minutes behind me!
Official Result:-

Marriott's Way Marathon

Andy, Kirsty & Nur ran the full Marriott's Way marathon on Sunday.

Report by Kirsty:-

I signed up for this event as I wasn't sure whether Brighton marathon would be going ahead and I didn't want my training to go to waste; it looked a lovely route and I wasn't disappointed.
On the day we drove to Aylsham to catch the bus which would take is to Norwich which is where the race started from. Once on the bus I sat with Nur and Andy and we chatted which passed the journey really quickly. We got our numbers and after a quick briefing by one of the Positive Steps guys we walked down to the start. In the briefing they said out of the entry money not only had they donated the £5 per person to East Anglian Air Ambulance but also some money to the Turkey earthquake appeal. 
During the briefing the organiser joked about how he'd organised perfect trail weather running; he wasn't joking - it was dry, warm enough without being overpowering and a slight breeze. There were hardly any muddy bits on the whole run and lots of dry leaves as a carpet to a tree lined tunnel. 
We started the race by heading towards Norwich and then doubling back to pick up the Marriott's Way. On this part you could see all the others, some were really quick runners and others were choosing to walk due to the generous cut off time. One was using it as kit testing for another, longer race so she had a solar panel on her kit!
It was a lovely route, there was three checkpoints along the course which had drinks and snacks; I didn't use the first one as I had enough with me but I needed to fill up drinks as a 'just in case' on the second and third. 
Along the route you get to see all the old railway stations which breaks up the scenery. This is a very popular stretch for walkers (with and without dogs), cyclists and other runners, so although on some stretches you may not be able to see other runners ahead or behind you there's always someone not far away. 
Thank you to the RntS who popped up along the way for support and it was really lovely to be able to run part of the route each with Nur and Andy, especially as we'd done some training runs together. 
Getting closer to the finish I realised that I'd been a bit quicker than previous long runs and was awarded with a marathon PB, actual finish time was a little more due the route being extra! No need to run in circles to round it up 😂 

Official Results:-

Kirsty Lack - 05:25:13 - pb

Nur Hooton - 05:30:02

Andy Payne - 05:32 :13

Valentines 10k

A group of RntS travelled to Easton to run the Valentines 10k hosted by The Gazelles.

Perfect running weather for the Valentine 10k.  A  good warm up of a 3/4 mile walk to the start.  We all met at Easton college to collect our bib numbers, admire the heart shaped trophies on show and head to the start for the race briefing.
The route was undulating and such a lovely run along country roads around Easton.
The marshals were great, so supportive and encouraging with lots of support along the way was very welcome.
The medal at the end was nice to receive - a wooden heart. 
Official results:-
Ant Cude - 41:26
Tara Betts - 44:14
Cam Raven - 46:30
Sarah-Jane Smith - 46:51 - pb
Stuart Gollands - 47:28
Paul Woodhouse - 48:39
Paula Smith - 48:39
Lucy Mccallum - 54:49
Will Ayley-Dodd - 55:41
Kerrie Coslett - 58:45
Vanessa Green - 01:08:12
Angie Barker - 01:18:12

Run for Cake

Michelle and Marie took part in a challenge run at Brandon Forest.

Marie and I went to Brandon forest to do a challenge run, as many laps as you like in a six hour event. We both did 4 laps for a half marathon distance.

It was a challenging off road course with lots of ups and downs and tree roots to contend with. Super refueling station and cake afterwards though. Another friend took a few pictures but sadly didn't get any of Marie running

Meet the Events Team

Meet Cat Foley-Wray & Liam Dawson.

They both spend a great deal of time behind the scenes organising various events for the club - specifically The Beach Run and the Presentation evening.

Cat Foley-Wray

How long have you been running for: Over 25years

Favourite distance to run,

Depends on the surface-, ultimately prefer xc and distances for XC races vary between 8-10k. On the road I prefer 5k-  I never seem to be able to keep a decent pace going past 5k in road races- I think I start to panic! On the Track I prefer 1500 and 3k although I`ve only raced on the track once in  the last 6 years.

What made you join/create the events team:  

I saw Kevin`s post seeking someone to develop Events for the club and after having a chat with him and learning that it was as much social events as running based events, I felt I could fulfil the role as I had done the same at my previous club and that it would be a good way to get to know people more. Also I like a challenge, so with the intention to host our own Beach Race, this excited me.

 A large part for me signing up, which perhaps sounds selfish, was I wanted to do something for me, for my own personal interest. Most people will know I am a mum to 3 wildly wonderful boys who are now 6, 4, and 2. I was made redundant from my role as an Adoption Social Worker in July 2016, it was a brilliant job which kept me busy and challenged me in so many ways. My eldest, Charlie was born a few months later in October and we were lucky enough to be in a position where I didn’t need to return to work so I chose to be a stay-at-home mum. Our family then grew with Seth arriving in 2018 and Rupert in September 2020 and I remained able to stay at home with them rather than seek employment. We then moved to Norfolk in November2020, a few weeks after lockdown 2 was introduced and Rupert was just 8weeks old. It was a bit of a mad time! We didn’t know anyone in Norfolk at the time which didn’t really matter as you weren’t able to go and meet up with people due to the Covid restrictions but as things started to open up, and both Alex and I joined the club, I was keen to get to know more people and have another role, bar being `Mum`, and the role of Events seemed perfect as it was something new for the club and something for me to get stuck into without a kids toy in sight!

Favourite parkrun course:

I`ve only done it once when staying in the area and it was many years ago, but Clumber Park, as it was all woodland and trail

What do you enjoy most about organising events:

I like the fact I can see a project through from start to finish,  its satisfying, I like seeing things come together at the end. Certain events have been stressful but the stress has been totally outweighed by the satisfaction at the end. I have got to know more people in the club through organising the events which has been lovely. It has been fun working with Liam, we are both very sarcastic people and the banter kept us sane at times! However, he does love a spreadsheet which did cause a few tensions.

Favourite time of day to run:

If it’s a run on the beach I will be there any time of day and in any weather! If it’s a session, then later in the day / evening- I need to wake up first if I am going to be doing anything hard! If its an easy run- I can just roll out of bed and go.

Fav part of organising the beach race:

I enjoyed planning the whole event, it was an interesting learning curve and has given me a lot of confidence in terms of organising something on such a scale. Although it took over a year to pull together, it didn’t seem a chore as it was easy working with Liam as we get each other’s sense of humour and working style, we were able to have a laugh yet still get the job done and when we didn’t always see eye to eye, it was never a big issue. (Liam soon learnt its probably easier to agree with me than not.) Race Day was great, although I was nervous, I remember standing at the start with Kerrie Cosslett and Kirsty Lack watching everyone lined up ready to go and feeling overwhelmed with emotion that I was welling up! It was a great feeling seeing everything had come together and the support from all the club members was brilliant. I felt a bit sad in the period after the race as so much time had been invested into establishing it, that it was all then over and done with. However, that didn’t last long as we are already in full swing for planning Dec 2023! we really are so lucky to have such a lovely club, I’ve said it before but it really is the most friendliest and welcoming club both Alex and I have been part of.

Why did you start running:

Initially because I enjoyed running at primary school, however my reasons for carrying on running have changed over the years as I have changed as a person. Now it is more because it is my escape and to have some time where I can just focus on running without having to worry about anything else. Now we live by the coast, I love to run on the beach its so beautiful, I cant get enough of it!

Best advice to runners:

It is ok to take a break even if you aren’t injured.

As mentioned above, my reasons for running have changed over time, as I have changed as a person. The latter half of 2022 I found really stressful for a range of reasons and usually running would be my `go to`, but that also was becoming stressful! We were due to move house in July (the 3rd house move in 18 months!) however the date kept changing and we didn’t move until September. The last few weeks before we moved were full on and on reflection, I should have taken a break from running as that was stressing me out too. I remember being on a run on my own one evening and saw some of the Thursday Night Runners go past and I felt like bursting into tears as I had just stopped before I saw them and I felt as though I couldn’t run anymore. I wasn’t in pain or anything I just couldn’t seem to run without stopping, I was only running 4 or 5k which was making me more stressed out! Anyway, it has taught me that sometimes you just need a break and that’s ok, and to be kind to yourself. So I took myself away from running for a while whilst things settled down, but made sure I still did something to `look after myself` and enjoyed walking along the beach and yoga which I still make sure I do. So, look after yourself, and its ok to take a break from running.

Liam Dawson

How long have you been running for?

About 37 years – if you’re trying to do the maths, I was about two when I started

Favourite distance to run?

I used to love doing ultras – I loved the idea that all you had to do that day was run and you got to eat loads and chat to loads of runners en route – its pretty much a long distance jog and jabber session (but with more food).  Peddars Way was probably my favourite (well done to Lucy for completing it in January).  Other than that 10k – my first load of races were 10k and always enjoy them (a few hours after finishing).

What made you join/create events team?

I wanted to support the club in some way and Kevin mentioned that the Committee were considering organising a race in 2022 that he’d want to host for a few years.  My thought was ‘how hard can that be?’ - now I know!

Favourite parkrun course

Holkham without a doubt - great place, great people (maybe the old course as I got my pb there).  Other than that, Tring in Buckinghamshire, near where I used to live, more like a cross country with proper hard hills (I may have a chance against Ant on that course!)

What do you enjoy most about organising events?

Working with Cat (I have to say that or she’ll make my life a misery – but don’t tell her).  Also, that we’re arranging events for friends and the running community that we hope they’ll enjoy!

Favourite time of day to run?

Depends on what I’m training for – if it was an ultra, it would first light (running at ultra pace you get to see how beautiful it is around here).  Anything quicker, late morning when my legs have woken up.

Favourite part of organising the beach race?

I have three stand out moments

  1. 8:20 on race day when all the marshals had turned up and everyone was smiling – it reminded me how great Runners-next-the-Sea is
  2. Talking to runners at the end and listening to them talk about how amazing the marshals were and how beautiful the course was
  3. The sign of relief when standing by the car on Lady Anne’s Drive at the end of it all, after everyone had gone home, thinking that we hadn’t massively mucked it all up
  4. (I know I said three but….) Getting a message from Kevin telling me he felt the race had been a success (phew!)

Why did I start running?

I remember sitting on a bus to a school swimming session and it was the week after the first London Marathon.  A friend and I were talking about it and we both decided we were going to do it (as you do when you’re 10).  Unfortunately he passed away when he was 18, but I went on and did it in 2000.  I remember sprinting down The Mall thinking of that conversation.

Best advice to runners:

Speed is relative and no one really cares how fast or slow you are - runners just love other runners!

Anything else?

At times, being a runner, you can take running for granted.  However, every now and then (usually when I’m injured) I’m reminded how lucky I am to run, how lucky I am to run where I do (especially around the Holkham estate and the beach) and how lucky I am to be part of such a friendly and supportive club.  Proud to be a Runner-next-the-Sea.

Mad Hare 15 & London Winter Run 10k

Mad Hare 15 mile

Hayley, Kerrie & Lucy took part in the Mad Hare 15 mile run at the weekend hosted by Ryston Runners.

The start times for the run were staggered based on your running time.  This was a great way to have runners finishing at around the same time.

We started at 9, with others starting at 9:30 and 10.

It was a beautiful morning and discussions were had about what we should wear, we all decided for shorts and tshirt and were pleased we did, the sun was lovely and warm on route.

The run started at Beachamwell, a lovely little village which sadly had a fire in the thatched roof of the 11th century church last year.

The run started off with a 9 mile loop which took us towards Gooderstone, then through Cockley Cley and back to the village hall at Bechamwell for a quick snack and drink.

We continued on for the second loop and went along what felt like the longest and straightest road ever!  Hayley had already experienced this road when she ran the Wissey half, she had some demons to settle and felt glad when this stretch of road was finished.

This was followed by a shorter loop back to the village hall and the finish.

It was such a beautiful run around lovely countryside.  The event was very low key and organised by Ryston Runners to coincide with those doing marathon training, perfect for Lucy and Hayley.  The reward at the end was some delicious cake - perfect after a 15 mile run.

The marshals were very enthusiastic and friendly.  Such a lovely run to be a part of.

Official Times:-

Hayley Eyre - 02:37:50

Kerrie Coslett - 02:37:54

Lucy Mccallum - 02:37:55

London Winter Run - 10km

Well done to Angie, Shirley & Teresa who took part in the London Winter Run on Sunday.

Official Results:-

Angie Barker - 01:29:15

Shirley Browell - 01:29:15

Teresa Abel - 01:29:15