Relay proves big challenge

Fenland Running Club took on the big challenge of the Birkets Round Norfolk Relay again over the weekend with a team of 17 runners and back-up members who cycled and drove support vehicles with the runners around the 195.34 mile endurance course.

Starting from King’s Lynn at 10am on Saturday and finishing with the anchor leg of Mel Murdoch, the team finished back at King’s Lynn after 23hrs 22mins 27secs, having averaged a pace of 7.10 min/mile overall to be some 7 min 33 sec within their predicted time.

Fortuitously the start time meant the runners missed the worst of the torrential rain and thunderstorms around Caistor and Great Yarmouth early evening but the cold during the night and early hours of the morning was draining for the really long distance stages.

The club finished in 11th place overall in a field of 57 teams and sixth in their Club Class.

Four runners finished their stages inside the top ten (Jack Trow and Robin Parker, 2nd, Ady Martin, 7th and Sean Connolly 9th) and Lisa Jermey was 2nd Senior Lady on her stage. An ecstatic team cheered home Mel Murdoch to break the tape at the finish.

Full results (Stage position; Time; Pace min/mile): Tim Chapman, 23rd, 2.03.05, 7.19; Ady Martin, 7th, 1.34.13, 6.42; Jack Trow, 2nd, 0.35.20, 6.08; Keith White, 33rd, 1.27.38, 7.52; Robbie Howlett, 17th, 1.22.40, 7.38; Dan Wate, 14th, 0.56.41, 7.10; Andre Pittock, 22nd, 1.08.10, 7.22; Sean Connolly, 9th, 0.48.01, 6.23; Richard Dix, 22nd, 1.21.23, 7.12; Paul Weigand, 38th, 2.44.03, 8.10; Justin Kinsey, 11th, 1.37.48, 6.41; Paul Arnold, 25th, 2.23.38, 7.18; Robin Parker, 2nd, 1.23.51, 6.19; Dave Webster, 16th, 1.01.27, 6.59; Aaron Parker, 20th, 51.49, 7.11; Lisa Jermey, 13th, 0.38.04, 6.56; Melanie Murdoch, 26th, 1.24.36, 7.12.