Audrius sets course record

Some of the March AC team members along with their mascot Stig the dog.
Some of the March AC team members along with their mascot Stig the dog.

The two local running clubs took part in the annual 24-hour Birketts’ Round Norfolk Relay over 197 miles of continuous multi-terrain.

For the second year running Fenland Running Club entered both the Open and Mixed categories. The Open team finished in 11th position overall and the Mixed 44th.

There was an epic encounter between Fenland and March AC Open who both started at 09.00 Saturday and swapped positions on numerous occasions and it took until leg 13 out of 17 for FRC to finally pull clear and finish 35min ahead of March. Sean Connolly and Michelle Gilbert brought the batons home for the Open and Mixed Teams for the 11.7 mile leg from Stowbridge to King’s Lynn.

Newcomer Audrius Kilmasauskas finished fourth on the leg between Wissey and Downham Market for the Open but he was also 1st Junior Male and set a course record for his age group. Andrew Plume came back from a broken toe and completed 19.6 miles of leg 12 from Scole to Thetford in 2hr 24mins, 17th. Highest placed runner of the two days was Richard Hammond, 7th fastest Senior Male on the 13.25 mile Stage 13.

All 17 March AC runners completed their legs supported by cyclists and a support vehicle.

Debra Wait won 2nd lady prize for leg 11, a 14.7 mile route from Bungay to Scole. Jevan Robertson (15) took part for the first time and ran leg 3, finishing 6th overall. The team finished in 24 hours and 3 minutes, 12th overall in a field of 54 teams from all over the country.

Times: Leg 1, 16.8 miles Pete West 2.10.17, 23rd in stage, Leg 2, 14.06 miles Mick Stacey 1.40.34, 13th in stage, Leg 3, 5.76 miles Jevan Robertson 40.09,6th in stage, Leg 4, 11.14 miles Simon Render 1.23.48, 19th, Leg 5, 10.81 miles, Jason Perring, 1.17.30, 10th, Leg 6, 7.9 miles, Mark Salmons, 54.04,9th, Leg 7, 9.24 miles Andrew Larham 1.01.38, 13th, Leg 8, 7.52 miles, Geraldine Emmins 55.17, 20th, Leg 9, 11.30 miles, Wayne Stimson 1.20.30, 23rd, Leg 10, 20.06 miles, Lee Carey 2.30.58, 29th, Leg 11, 14.6 miles Debra Wait 1.42.32, 17th, Leg 12, 19.67 miles Rik Ware, 2.25.31, 20th, Leg 13, 13.25 miles Harry Littlemore 1.45.36, 36th, Leg 14,7.27 miles Karen Patterson 54.52, 23rd, Leg 15, 10.59 miles Tim Boyd 1.18.51, 22nd, Leg 16, 5.49 miles Fred Amps 42.10, 29th, Leg 17, 11.73 miles Simon Oldfield 1.18.50, 15th.