ATHLETICS: Ely Runners claim top 10 finish at gruelling 200-mile Round Norfolk Relay

25 September, 2017 - 14:36
The Ely Runners B team and Lee Thomas.

The Ely Runners B team and Lee Thomas.

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Ely Runners are celebrating tackling a 200-mile challenge earlier this month.

Barry Graves and Charlotte Cook in action at the Round Norfolk Relay earlier this month.Barry Graves and Charlotte Cook in action at the Round Norfolk Relay earlier this month.

The local club took two teams of athletes to the Round Norfolk Relay, and one of those claimed a top 10 finish.

The A team completed the 198-mile multi-terrain trek – which started and finished in King’s Lynn – in just 23 hours and two minutes, while the B team finished in 49th overall in 27 hours and 57 minutes.

The club’s A team captain, Stephen Howard, said: “The team was all set for a top three finish when a puncture en route to the start of his stage put one of our runners out of the race.

Justin Smith.Justin Smith.

“We had to take a time penalty in lieu of that run, putting us out of the medals this year.

“This was a serious setback but the team soon recovered their fighting spirit.

“To claim seventh position in these circumstances is very impressive, and everyone can be proud of their strong performances.”

Steve Starr and Andy Thompson of Ely Runners at the Round Norfolk Relay.Steve Starr and Andy Thompson of Ely Runners at the Round Norfolk Relay.

The ‘A’ team members (stage order): Robin Webb, Gordon Irvine, Stephen Howard, Ross Payne, Alex Metcalfe, Ben Cook, Richard Hill, Rob Pope, Alan Darby, Craig Holgate, Lee Tatum, Kieren Drane, Peter Royle, Jason Mann, Alex Tate, Lee Thompson, Paul Waggitt and support crew Jon Evans, Steve Presland, Nick Dowdy and Martin Courtney. (Runners Ross Payne and Stephen Howard also doubled up as part of the crew).

The ‘B’ team members: Samantha Collins-Shirley, Sarah Starr, Steve Starr, Charlotte Cook, Barry Graves, Caroline Brown, Andy Thompson, James Lee, Cara Macfarlane, Jason Fretwell, Amy Southward, Emma Greaves, John Foster, Lauren Thomas, Pete Wood, Anne Booth and Justin Smith (with runners Sarah and Steve Starr, Caroline Brown, Andy Thompson and James Lee also forming the support team).

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