Iona Lake cruises down the home straight on her way to winning the senior women's race at the Norfolk Cross Country Championships inThetford. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Archant There were some outstanding performances at the Norfolk Cross Country Championships last weekend. Dani Nimmock took the runner's up spot in the senior women's race at the Norfolk Cross Country Championships. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYI’d been looking forward to the event for a while, particularly the men’s and women’s senior races and neither disappointed.But it was the junior races that left me particularly humbled.I didn’t really like running as a child – it was just something I had to do to kick a football.As a teenager, if I had taken part in a cross country race then I would have set off like it was a 100m race and retired with a stitch. Logan Smith, right, leading the senior men's race at the Norfolk Cross Country Championships in Thetford ahead of Ben Spratling. Picture: DENISE … [Read more...] about Running column: Norfolk XC Championship showed there’s plenty of talent for our young athletes to look up, says Mark Armstrong
Video PUBLISHED: 17:19 06 January 2019 | UPDATED: 17:19 06 January 2019 Logan Smith celebrates winning the senior men's race in the Norfolk Cross Country Championships at Thetford. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Copyright: Archant 2019 City of Norwich Athletic Club locked out the podium in both the senior men’s and women’s races at the Norfolk Cross Country Championships held at The Charles Burrell Centre in Thetford. Logan Smith was in a class of his own in taking victory in the men’s race, completing the 10.6km course in 34:38 ahead of CoNAC team-mates Piers Arnold in 35:51 and Ben Spratling in 36:36.Smith, 20, has been tipped for a big future in the sport and is looking forward to now targeting the Armagh 5K International Road Race next month.“I’m happy to get the win, that’s what I came here for,” said the former Reepham High School student. “I had two races in mind after Christmas, the county champs being one of them and then the … [Read more...] about Great Day for CoNAC at Norfolk Cross Country Championships as Logan Smith and Iona Lake take victories
The cross country season is in full swing. Picture: Archant ARCHANT EASTERN DAILY PRESS (01603) 772434 Could Norfolk lead the way in giving women the chance to race the same cross country distances as men? I love how inquisitive children are.Sometimes it can drive you crazy and I’ve even surprised myself a couple of times at how quickly I can think on my feet when my daughter, Lara, asks me a particularly difficult question.‘Why this…?’, ‘Why that…’ Sometimes she doesn’t have the best of timing and trying to explain to a four-year-old that you have to pick your moments when to ask a question is a waste of time. Asking why she can’t have a jacket potato for her tea tonight just as we are about to leave for school is not perfect timing (we were having cottage pie in case you’re interested)…But as she grows older the questions are going to get harder and at some point very soon she is going to realise that her mummy and … [Read more...] about Running column: Mark Armstrong discusses whether Norfolk could lead the way on equalising cross-country distances?
Opinion The City of Norwich Athletic Club dominated the Trowse 10K last month. Picture: Sonya Duncan ARCHANT EASTERN DAILY PRESS (01603) 772434 Run Anglia editor Mark Armstrong discusses why competitive running standards appear to be in decline There they were, a vision of red and yellow, arm in arm, with huge smiles on their faces.Ben Spratling, Piers Arnold and James Senior had locked out the podium at the Trowse 10K – the last event of the Sportlink Grand Prix series this year. The female trio of Mabel Beckett, Leanne Finch and Emma Risbey had done exactly the same.The City of Norwich Athletic Club (CONAC) group were in a class of their own and it got me thinking… if you really want to take your running to the highest level, is CONAC the only place to go in Norfolk?I suppose for many it comes down to what you want out of running.For the majority, it’s the social aspect of being in a running club. Yes, they want to get a few miles in but then it’s … [Read more...] about Running column: Can our running clubs harness Norfolk’s top runners?
CONAC athlete Nick Earl was in fine form at the Melbourne Marathon recently. Picture: ANTONY KELLY Archant Norfolk 2018 City of Norwich AC athlete Nick Earl once again produced a super performance when finishing in fourth place in the Melbourne Marathon, recording a time of 2-18:52. I stand to be corrected, but I think he is only the fourth person from Norfolk to break the sub 2-20 barrier in a marathon. Needless to say there is also the truly great Paul Evans, but I am never 100 percent sure if he was regarded as a Suffolk or Norfolk athlete. Perhaps we can both claim him especially what with him also still being ranked fifth on the all-time UK list with his amazing 2:08:52 clocking in 1996 whilst winning the Chicago marathon. However and 30+ years ago, I remember having a conversation with Brendon Byrne and the late Ed Comber where they told me the only person to have broken 2-20 from Norfolk was the great Mike Tagg, who had ran a marathon in South Africa in 2:19:50. With that I … [Read more...] about Neil Featherby: You can have all the technology you want but there’s no substitute for hard graft as Nick Earl would testify