Bespak Grand East Anglia Run 2015

Sunday 3rd May 2015 - Tuesday Market, King's Lynn, Norfolk.

Last Update: Sunday 3rd May 2015.

All Photographs taken by John Barrett LRPS © Copyright dates as shown.

Grand East Anglia Run (GEAR) - Bespak Grand East Anglia Run 2015, King's Lynn - Sunday 3rd May 2015

GEAR 10K: 10:45AM

The 1000th entrant signs has signed up for King's Lynn 10k race. The 1000th entrant is Emma Cuthell, a member of the Lynn Triathlon Club. This will be the fourth time that Emma, a radiologist at Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, has taken part in the event. To mark her being the 1000th runner, she was presented with a special 10th anniversary T Shirt by Race Director Roger Partridge. More than 3,000 people have signed up to take part forcing organisers to close entries for the first time ever.

Mini GEAR: 10:00AM

This year the event takes place on Sunday, 3rd May 2015. The main race will start at 10.45am in the Tuesday Market Place in King's Lynn, with the mini-GEAR fun run starting at 10am. The fast, flat course takes runners on a loop through the town centre, through The Walks and along the waterfront, showcasing some of the town's key heritage and retail areas. The course is suitable for runners of all abilities, including wheelchair athletes.

Photographs (2015) on display below :-

Over 440 Photographs of the Event now on display. last updated on 3rd May 2015.

(a)(GEAR) 2015. 224 x Photographs 10k Race - King Street.

(b)(GEAR) 2015. 139 x Photographs 10k Race - Tower Street.

(c)(GEAR) 2015. 38 x Photographs Mini Race start - Tuesday Market Place.

(d)(GEAR) 2015. 144 x Photographs Mini Race - King Street.

(e)(GEAR) 2015. 16 x Photographs Wheel Chair Race - King Street.

(f)(GEAR) 2015. 12 x Photographs Sundry images

Results in Brief.

10th Anniversary GEAR - the biggest and the wettest yet.

Despite it being the wettest race in its 10 year history, runners and spectators still turned out in their droves to take part in or support the Bespak Grand East Anglia Run.

A record number of 1881 runners took part in the main race, with a further 800 in the mini GEAR. The wet weather didn't seem to dampen the spirits either and whilst the course record remains intact, runners were still reporting personal bests.

Alive Leisure Race Director Roger Partridge said: Everyone has been brilliant today. The weather was appalling but the marshals, the runners and the spectators just took it all in their stride and helped us to create yet another fantastic event. We had a great atmosphere, more runners than we've ever had and some great performances. And to be honest we must have set a course record for the number of umbrellas held by spectators.

Winner of the men's race was Alastair Watson from Notts AC with a time of 30 mins and 53 secs. It was the first time he had taken part in the Bespak GEAR. Speaking after the race he said how impressed he was with marshaling and the support from the crowd. Coming back into the town centre, you just hit a wall of noise, it was really good, he said. The course is flat, yet interesting and I'm really pleased because I have achieved my season's best. Definitely hope to be back next year to defend my title.

First place in the women's race went to Elizabeth Janes of Herts Phoenix AC with a time of 35 mins and 19 secs. Elizabeth, another first-timer for the Bespak GEAR, thanked the crowd for the amazing support and said it was a lovely event which she thorough enjoyed. I'd love come to back, as long as the weather is better, she said.

Matt Pyatt of Ryston Runners won the Duncan Gooderson trophy for the second year running. The trophy is awarded to the best performance from a runner living within the borough of King's Lynn & West Norfolk. His placing of ninth with a time of 33 mins 56 secs was an excellent performance.

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