Garden City Runners enjoy latest Round Norfolk Relay outing as one of 'best ever'
PUBLISHED: 16:20 24 September 2018
Garden City Runners enjoyed one of their best ever Round Norfolk Relay outings as they made their 14th appearance at the event.
A squad of 17 tackled various distances as the route covered nearly 200 miles around the county perimeter, starting and finishing in King’s Lynn.
Paul Guy led them off, but was left to run an extra half-mile due to a change in the stage one route and left his squad playinng catch-up.
GCR clawed back the lost seconds over the next few legs, before Rob Casserley completed stage 10 at Earsham before midnight to get the team inside their target.
John Davis brought the baton home at 9.32am on the Sunday morning as GCR finished in 24:32.50, making them 14th fastest of 60 teams and bronze-medal winners among teams affiliated to the Association of Running Clubs (ARC), co-founded by GCR chairman Dick Meredith.
Team manager Sean Bowen said: “We weren’t quite as strong as the world-beating 2017 team, but if you measure success in terms of good vibes flowing throughout the weekend, this has to be our best-ever RNR!
“We had four runners making their debut and four of the support crew doing their first RNR and they were all full of praise.”
Tom Wackett ran the fourth-fastest stage 14 leg, with Neil Hume third fastest on stage nine, as chairman Brad Smith ran his first-ever night-time leg of 12.5 miles along the A143, while Wayne Aylott returned after a break to run in twilight.
Davis, the oldest runner on stage 17, was a survivor of the first GCR team in 2004 and ran a respectable pace alongside the River Ouse as Ricardo Gregorio shone on his first outing.
Bowen added: “What made this one extra special was the dedication and sheer enthusiasm of our wonderful support team. Everyhing great about GCR was condensed into one crazy, beautiful weekend!”
Results: Paul Guy (16.32 miles) 1:51.11; Richard Somerset (13.75) 1:37.21; Johan Preis (5.76) 49.39; Alan Routledge (11.14) 1:39.12; Russell Casey (10.81) 1:20.49; Ricardo Gregorio (7.90) 1:04.12; Sean Bowen (9.24) 1:01.17; Wayne Aylott (7.52) 1:11.09; Neil Hume (16.60) 1:43.39; Rob Casserley (18.13) 2:01.41; Brad Smith (12.45) 1:40.13; Paul Davies (19.67) 2:07.20; Michael Paine (13.25) 1:43.54; Tom Wackett (7.27) 46.02; Gary O’Leary (10.59) 1:17.52; Jacky O’Leary (5.49) 45.11; John Davis (11.73) 1:52.08.