Runners finish race faster than steam engine

WHILE it may not have been the biggest race of the day, the third annual Chase the Train was, for many people, the most interesting. Moved to an afternoon start because of the London Marathon, the North Norfolk race from Aylsham to Wroxham had its largest

WHILE it may not have been the biggest race of the day, the third annual Chase the Train was, for many people, the most interesting.

Moved to an afternoon start because of the London Marathon, the North Norfolk race from Aylsham to Wroxham had its largest field to date, with 123 finishers. Among them were two Ely Runners.

Natalle Coles was the third Senior Woman to finish the 8.9 mile course, and was 52nd overall, in a time of 1hr 8sec, and Adam Etches was the seventh finisher overall in 55min 51sec.

The runners raced a steam train along scenic footpaths next to the Bure Valley Railway.


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Technical problems ensured that, for the first time, all the runners finished ahead of the train, before being taken by it back to the start.

Coles said: "It was a beautiful day and I was happy with the time, especially because of the heat."

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Coles, 32, and Etches, 35, are always keen to take on interesting challenges.

They ran in Europe's highest race last year, the Swiss Alpine Marathon, and will be running a 30km race in the Alps from Italy to Switzerland, when they take part in The Sixth International Sky-Race on June 10.

Coles said: "It will be extremely tough with the amount of climbing we will have to do in that altiitude, but we both prefer personal challenges to racing aagainst a clock.

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