Wymondham AC out in force at Reedham 10-mile race

Members of Wymondham AC were out in force at the Reedham 10-mile road race on Sunday.

The event was the first of the Runners' Centre Grand Prix series with a field of well over 400 athletes.

The hard winter training paid off for WAC's athletes with several of them qualifying for individual trophies and an impressive 18 members producing personal bests.

Spencer Goodall, the only member beating the one-hour mark, stormed around the undulating course. His time of 58:52 was not only a personal best, but also placed him third M40. He was followed by Ed Greenland reaching the finish line in a PB time of 1-03:02. Ed was rewarded with second prize in the M45 age band. Further personal best times were achieved by Jason Mountain (1-03:53), Andrew Terry (1-05:57), Ian Crutchley (1-09:46), Mark Tufts (1-09:56), Gerry Watson (1-11:39), Kevin Garwood (1-11:56), Graham Coleman (1-12:29), Keith Hood (1-22:03) and Tim Johnson (1-28:27).

A solid run by Terry Epps placed him second in M55 in 1-07:50. Mike Smith (H), who recently moved up an age group, made the most of his advantage to win the M70 category. His time of 1-21:05 is also an all-time M70 club record, beating the record held by club-mate Rodney Freeburn.

Further good performances were achieved by Andy Preston (1-03:43), Ian Sturgess (1-10:48), Mike Smith (W) (1-23:56), Robert Scarfe (1-27:52) and Dennis Wells (1-36:15).

Three individual prizes went to Wymondham ladies. Jenny Christian (1-17:31) was third in W55 and Patsy Bradley third in W50 in a PB time of 1-23:23. Anne Martin walked off with first prize in the W65 age band. With her time of 1-33:52 she set an all-time W75 club record, improving her own record by over four minutes.

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An excellent run by Kim Reader placed her first amongst the Wymondham ladies in a PB time of 1-14:33. Additional best times were achieved by Vikki Bradley (1-18:53), Joanne Jesney (1-19:35), Louise Freestone (1-20:06), Sue Stirling (1-20:49) and Cassie Barker (1-22:35).

Further good times were produced by Angie Bear (1-20:22), Tracy Stevens (1-22:02), Jen Rudd (1-22:54), Rachael Lockwood (1-24:35) Sarah Bradley (1-28:27) and Wendy Larke (1-45:05). The mother and daughter team of Cindy and Wendy Burgess did well in their first 10-miler, finishing in 1-40:34 and 1-33:52 respectively.

'With so many members running personal best times this is again a fantastic outcome for the club,' said chairman Ian Sturgess. 'Credit must not only go to the runners but also to the club coaches for their dedication and commitment.'