Fenland and March teams smash Round Norfolk Relay target

Jevan Robertson coming home on the last leg 17 Stowbridge to Kings Lynn ,11.73 miles and winning 1st Junior Prize
Jevan Robertson coming home on the last leg 17 Stowbridge to Kings Lynn ,11.73 miles and winning 1st Junior Prize

March AC took part in the Round Norfolk Relay, a 24-hour race covering 197 miles over 17 stages around the Norfolk coast, at the weekend.

With 17 members of its club each running a leg, of distances from 5 to 20 miles, plus cycle and support vehicles following the whole route. The club had predicted a time of 23 hours 39 minutes but managed to beat that with 23 hours 26 minutes which is a club record. Each member put in a star performance, Jevan Robertson running the last leg to win 1st junior prize at the age of 17 at a pace of 6 minutes 5 seconds per mile.

FRC at RNR: Paul Griffin Mixed Team captain on his way on Stage 2 to be 3rd on that Stage overall

FRC at RNR: Paul Griffin Mixed Team captain on his way on Stage 2 to be 3rd on that Stage overall

n Fenland Running Club pulled out all the stops by again fielding two teams.

With 54 teams competing, the first FRC team knocked off the previous FRC best-ever time by three minutes to make the record now 22 hours 51 minutes and 43 seconds, and finished sixth overall. They also won the Mixed Team category for the second year in a row, setting a new RNR record for this category.

The second FRC team finished 30th in 26 hours 16 minutes 49 secs and were 12th in their category. The best placed runner for FRC was Paul Griffin, who finished third overall on the Stage at a pace of 6:54min/mile.

Results: Stage 1, 16.3 miles Andrew Plume 6th 1:47:59; Tim Chapman 15th 1:59:37; Stage 2, 14.1 miles Paul Griffin (team captain) 3rd 1:36:56; John Chapman 23rd 1:50:01; Stage 3, 5.8 miles Katie Ward 18th 0:45:58; Denise Griffin 43rd 0:54:15; Stage 4, 11.1 miles Maire Irlam 18th 1:25:50; Alan Bird (capt) 23rd 1:29:43; Stage 5, 10.8 miles Ryan Jones 8th 1:20:10; Stuart Follen 21st 1:28:16; Stage 6, 7.9 miles Nicky Jennings 15th 0:58:46; Larissa Follen 39th 1:09:35; Stage 7, 9.2 miles Graham Milham 13th 1:04:12; Paulina Zub 38th 1:16:11; Stage 8, 7.5 miles Ellen Drew 18th 0:55:21; Neil Bailey 41st 1:05:34; Stage 9, 17.9 miles Sean Connolly 6th 1:59:22; Dan Wate 38th 2:24:13; Stage 10, 14.7 miles Martin Jennings 5th 1:31:36; Tom Richards 28th 1:50:51; Stage 11 12.5 miles Melanie Trayford 15th 1:28:52; Stewart Harrison 24th 1:33:04; Stage 12 19.7 miles Shane Draper 11th 2:13:49; Andre Pittock 27th 2:26:52; Stage 13 13.3 miles Rod Sinnott 14th 1:29:19; Marc Martin 47th 1:52:29; Stage 14 7.3 miles Jay Gilbert 15th 0:55:15; Ramune Raicheleine 35th 35th 1:00:16; Stage 15 10.6 miles Richard Hammond 6th 1;07:29; Jane Greenwood 47th 1:33:54; Stage 16 5.5 miles Claudia Milburn 18th 0:40:45; Julie Garner 40th 0:48:52; Stage 17 11.7 miles Sarah Gauvin 31st 1:30:31; Ian Milburn 36th 1:33:06.