Wymondham 20

In it’s 22nd year, this is a medium sized open race is used by many runners as a training or fine tuning event for London, others taking on the unique challenge of a 20m road race.

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In it’s 22nd year, this is a medium sized open race is used by many runners as a training or fine tuning event for London, others taking on the unique challenge of a 20m road race.

Parking is dotted around town in public car parks, none too far from the ex serviceman’s club HQ. The HQ itself not far from the start line at the historic Market Cross, scene of a comprehensive and authoritative pre race briefing. Weather was sunny and mild at the 10am start, temperatures rising to mid teens later, with a moderate breeze noticeable on the exposed parts of the course.

After the start, runners weave through closed roads in town then lanes for 2 miles out onto an 8 mile rolling rural loop which is completed twice (no road closures on the loop). Road surface is good with varying scenery to amuse, from woodland to farmland and villages. There are a few falling undulations, one of which drags up for approximately 1.5 miles from Doepham to Morley via Wicklewood. There is a steep niggle of a hill around the 19 mile mark. There are plenty of aid stations (4 per lap) serving water, jelly babies and jaffa cakes. Marshals were effective, friendly, informative and supportive as you would expect from this runners club.

ER Alan Darby took the race to popular local triathlete Joe Skipper and they worked well together to distance the pack by 4 mins until close to the end, when Joe forced a small gap prior to the final hill, ‘fearing strength would out’, and held on for the win. Ciaran ‘renaissance’ Murray continued his sterling spring with another confident and powerful distance run, leaving him pondering what to target next. Zoe ran her trademark controlled race, finishing strongly to force clear water between herself and the chasing pack of ladies. Richard and Laura both took on 20 mile racing for the first time, Richard hit his pre-race target with 10 seconds to spare, and Laura exceeded hers by 19 mins!

Entry included a purple technical t shirt.

Results:

  • 1st Joe Skipper 1:54:23
  • 2nd Alan Darby 1:55:12
  • 15th Danielle Nimmock 2:12:43 (1st lady)
  • 38th Ciaran Murray 2:25:52
  • 40th Zoe Shackleton 2:26:44 (3rd lady)
  • 51st Richard Hill 2:29:50
  • 189th Laura Leach 3:11:01

Official results can be viewed here.

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