Saturday was the seventh anniversary of the Gorleston Cliffs parkrun and on a chilly bright and breezy morning, 210 runners took part in the event which included five of the original ten runners who lined up for the very first run back in April 2009, Sean Jermy, Linda Phillips, Janet Sanderson, Peter Smith and Peter Westgate.
It being St George’s Day, the event took on a patriotic flavour with many participants wearing red and white and waving the flag of St George. There was only one “George” among them, junior runner George Brownsell (JM 15-17) of GYDAC. Who completed in 28.10. A number of runners were in fancy dress,, notably a husband and wife couple , Adrian Penn in a green dragon outfit chased by Louise Penn draped in a large St George flag.
In the men’s event Nick Roper (VM40-44) of Bungay Black Dog RC, crossed the line first in a new PB of 18.13, followed by unatt. runner Darren Barnes (VM40-44) IN 18.26. Third was Marc Evans (VM35-39) of GYRR in 18.30.
In the women’s event, Joanna Andrews (VW40-44) of BBDRC crossed the line in an outstanding 18.59, 4th place overall. Unattached Danielle Sullivan (JW15-17) was next in 22.10, and Holly Bunn (JW11-14) of BBDRC was third in 22.31.
The final positions in this year’s annual points competition were: first Darren Barnes with 4855 pts, second Kai Beadle with 3618 pts and third Gary Pillar with 3592 pts. In the women’s competition, Zarina Hampton was first with 4198 pts, next was Julie Ann Webster with 3955 pts, and third Maria Ball with 3934.
The best Age Grade scores were by :Joanna Andrews (VW40-44) graded 81.65% for her time of 28.59, Diane Crosby (VW70-74) graded 77.31% for 28.48, and Nick Roper (VM40-44) graded 72.22% for 18.13.
Finally, many congratulations go to unattached runner Maria Ball who completed her 250th parkrun. The following runners have now all completed 50 parkruns, Rod Cooper (VM45-49) in 24.46, William Jenner (SM30-34) in 26:37, Liam Nudd (SM25-29) in 22:00 and Victoria Collins (VW40-44) in 42.22.
Report by Ken Overy