Cross Country

Reepham Runners Cross Country 2020


Sunday 19 January saw the annual Reepham Runners Cross Country take place from Whitwell & Reepham Station.


This year it was a sell out with over 250 runners signed up for both Seniors and Juniors


Sunday was a beautiful winter’s morning cold but sunny and blue skies.  Perfect for the run


The run starts along Marriott’s Way, turns off the railway track, running along a water and mud filled ditch, out through a stream, across water meadows with further ditches, over fencing by steps, tracks and a further stream crossing, eventually returning via tracks to Whitwell Station.  The lap is approximately 5k.  The Seniors ran two laps and the Juniors did one lap.  


All the runners came back wet and muddy but the majority had huge smiles from achieving a challenging run, especially the Team Dunerunner and Ryston Runners who mainly ran in together in their two groups and enjoyed rolling in the mud on the way round!


The first man past the finish line was Trianglia’s Daniel Simmons, in a time of 38.31, second was Wymondham’s David Houghton with 39.50 and third was Trianglia’s Pieter MacKeith with 40.15.


The first woman to finish was Alice Horney in a time of 44.46, Wymondham’s Caroline Houghton was second in a time of 47.18 and third was Coltishall Jaguar’s Ellie Young in 48.16.


The first junior male was Reuben Houghton and the first female was Esme Abbott


Looking at the results it appears the Houghton family did extremely well!


Age category prizes were given out with the fastest over 40s being Jason Corner and Alison Riches; over 50s were Mick Glynn and Ness Browne; and over 60s were Nigel Horney (for second year running) and Eve Osborne


As is the normal with this race we also had prizes for the muddiest which were won by Michele Alexander and Darryl Ainslie.  Last but not least was Ashlea Reuben


Full results are available from


One of the main aims of the event is to raise funds for charity.  This year the charities chosen are:


·                YANA, which gives help for those in farming who may be affected by stress and depression.

·                TimeNorfolk offers free, face to face support to men and women who have experienced pregnancy loss.

·                Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Cares for over 50 nature reserves and other protected sites encompassing wetland, heathland, woodland and coastal habitats and provide education services


We would like to thank all the Reepham Runners who helped marshal, Jon from Total Chip Timing, Broadland First Responders and Whitwell & Reepham Station for their support, without whom the event would not be possible


Reepham Runners Cross Country Charity Race 2018

posted 4 Oct 2017, 13:15 by Greg Pearson   [ updated 4 Oct 2017, 13:28 ]

The ever popular Reepham Runners Cross Country Charity run will be taking place this winter, on Sunday 14 January 2018.

There will be mud, water, dykes, gates and railway track as usual for you all to enjoy!

The race starts at 10.30 am  at Whitwell & Reepham Station, about 1 mile outside of Reepham

This is a good event to bring your family to as they can watch from the station platform as you run past them doing the two laps and then as you sprint finish to the end!

After the race there is a good selection of cakes, beer and other food  and you can enjoy the delights the Station has to offer.

It is two laps for adults (over 15 years) and one lap for the 11-15 year olds.

We will be having the usual prizes for the ‘muddiest’, fastest dog and quickest junior.  As well as a memento for all runners.

The Charities the run is raising money for this year are: 

  • Nancy Oldfield Trust ( The Nancy Oldfield Trust offers disabled and socially disadvantaged people excitement, freedom, adventure and provides wheelchair access on the Norfolk Broads.
  • And in memory of Becky Arthurton, who was well known and much loved from Reepham - The Priscilla Bacon Centre for Specialist Palliative Care Services provides specialist advice and support for any patients with life limiting illness and those close to them 

So if you fancy blowing away the cobwebs after eating and drinking too much over Christmas and  New Year then come and join us.

Online entries available here or download the application form  

If the maximum number of entries is not reached then there will be entries on the day.

Any queries contact Nick Bowden, Race Director at

Charity Giving to Nelsons Journey

posted 4 Oct 2017, 12:55 by Greg Pearson

Charity Giving to Nelsons Journey

On Tuesday 25 April 2017, Lisa from Nelson's Journey visited the Club to receive a cheque for £965 raised from this year's Cross Country Run. This was an amazing achievement, due to the hard work of the Club, especially Nick Bowden and Leigh Nobes and all the runners who entered.  This was the biggest field we had run this race ever.
So lets see what we can do next Winter!

Reepham Cross Country Results 2017

posted 9 Jan 2017, 06:44 by Carl Willimott

On 8th January 2017 Whitwell Station (hosts of the Reepham Cross Country) witnessed over 170 runners experience water, mud, more mud, even more mud and lots of smiling faces in aid of Nelsons Journey. It was a sight to behold as everyone, including those taking part with their dogs, took to the boggy fields, streams and dykes that make up this cross country course. 

Click here for photographic evidence! Also, a great GoPro video by Paul Terreros can be found here, thanks Paul.

Although not a competitive race we known you're all keen to see what time you did it in so herewith the (un)official times.

A big thank you to everyone who took part and for helping us support such a worthwhile charity.

Entries open for the Reepham Cross Country 2017

posted 4 Oct 2016, 03:29 by Jon Beverley   [ updated 9 Nov 2016, 02:38 by Carl Willimott ]

Once again we will be organising the infamous Reepham Runners Cross Country run on Sunday 8 January 2017.

It will have the usual mixture of mud, water, dykes, gates and railway track that you have all come to enjoy about our race.

We will be having the usual prizes for the ‘muddiest’, fastest dog and quickest junior.

The race starts at 10.30 at Whitwell & Reepham Station and finishes at exactly the same place. There will be free tea and biscuits for each runner and a selection of cakes, beer and other food as well, sorry these are not free!

So if you fancy blowing away the cobwebs after eating and drinking too much over Christmas and start your New Year the way you want to carry on then join us.

Online entries available here or download the application form Cross Country application form 2017 (1).pdf

If the maximum number of entries is not reached then there will be entries on the day.

Any queries contact Nick Bowden, Race Director at

Entries open for 2016

posted 9 Nov 2015, 04:15 by Jon Beverley

Entries are now open for the 2016 Cross Country race. It will be held at Whitwell Station, Reepham on 3rd January 2016.

Entry form is available here

Cross Country 2015

posted 24 Mar 2015, 02:03 by Jon Beverley

Well what a beautiful day for the cross country - milder, sunny - not sure that made the water any warmer though!

We had a great turnout and everyone seemed to prefer the new route.

Andy Mulligan, Coltishall Jags, who was first at the last cross country we organised in February 2014, won again in a time of 37:07, closely followed by our Nick Caley in time of 37:12.  Third man was Carmine De Grandis, North Norfolk Beach Runners, who after a 16 mile bike ride, completing it in a time of 38:22, then cycled home!

Our Pippa Crosby was the first lady in an excellent time of 40:02, four minutes ahead of Ellie Bye, Coltishall Jags, who completed in a time of 44:18.  Third was Nicola Baker, Gt Yarmouth Road Runners in a time of 46:56.

After the first three ladies and gentlemen we did random prizes as usual. 7th man was Trevor Wood (who had left before prize giving, so Trevor please contact us for your prize) in a time of 39:06 and 7th woman was our Jo West in a time of 55:40.

15th man was John Gay, North Norfolk Beach Runners, in a time of 42:22 and 12th lady was Amelie David in a time of 1:04:38.

The mudiest (and best impression of a dog - especially the sniffing and cocking leg!) went to Mike Jolly.

The first dog was Stella (accompanied by her owner, Jamie Mack) in a time of 51:54

Last, but definitely not least was Joanne Smithson, who did an absolutely brilliant run accompanied by Phil Cooper in a time of 1:10:10.

A Big Thank you to all our Marshals without whom the race would not take place, Whitwell & Reepham Station for allowing us to hold the race (and cover their marquee in mud!) and especially to Nigel Carey for allowing us to run over his land.

Here are the photos - click here

Charity Donations from Cross Country Run Series 2013/4

posted 24 Mar 2015, 01:59 by Jon Beverley

As usual the majority of the profits from the cross country runs were given away to Charities as agreed by the Club's AGM.  This year £200 was given to Target Ovarian Cancer, as this is the charity that Mr & Mrs Cary support, who kindly allow us to run the cross country course over their land.  £200 was sent to the Farmers Fund for the Somerset Flood Appeal and £100 was given to Sam Barratt, Club Member, for running the Race for Life, who also suffers from cancer herself.

So thank you to everyone who ran and helped allow us make these donations

Reepham Runners Cross Country - 9 Feb 2014

posted 24 Mar 2015, 01:53 by Jon Beverley

Not such a sunny day for the last in the series of three.  However, it was dry - in the air anyway, if not under foot, or in stream.

A good turn out with the event being well supported, as ever, by the Reepham Runners and friends, who marshalled to make this event possible - so a big Thank You to all of them.

The route had been changed to add a slight detour as Nick, the Race Organiser, didn't believe it would be quite muddy enough, so an extra field was added. 

We had a different field finish than the last two races for the men.  First was Andrew Mulligan, Coltishall Jag, in a time of 44:10, second was Edward Foster with a time of 44:49 and third was Jason Mountain, Wymondham in a time of 45:01.

For the ladies we had Ellie Bye, Coltishall Jags, who has been placed in all three races - third in the first race and first in the last two - in  a time of 50:09.  Second was Rowena Leary, Norfolk Gazelles, in a time of 53:26 and third was Kate Scotter, Tri-Anglia, in a time of 53:53, who also came third in the second race.

For the alternative prizes we did 7th Man, who was Shaun Webb, Reepham Runners in 48:31 and 7th Woman, who was Angie Bear, Wymondham, in 1:01:50.  We also did 15th Man who was Ben Gaskins, Tri-Anglia in 53:02 and 12th Woman who was Martha Davies, in her first ever race, in 1:13:21.  Last but definitely not least was Dan Edge in time of 1:17:55.

Baz Hipwell had competition this event for the muddiest, as you can see from the picture above, Ivan Colman made a very good effort, so we had to do a joint prize.

The first dog was owned by Dean Blake in a time of 53:53.

For photos - click here

Reepham Runners Cross Country - 5 January 2014

posted 24 Mar 2015, 01:48 by Jon Beverley   [ updated 24 Mar 2015, 01:58 ]

A lovely Winter's Day again for the second of the series of three!  Although the recent rain added an extra bogginess and dampness for the run.

Another excellent turn out which was well support by the Reepham Runners and their friends who marshalled to help make this event possible.

The Reepham Runners Champion, Dominic Blake, blazed home first in a time of 39.54, not bad after our Club Christmas meal the night before and full English breakfast as race preparation (picture above). First lady was a Coltishal Jag, Ellie Bye in a time of 48.40, beating her time from the last race and improving her placement from third to first!

Second man was Damian Rogers, a CONAC runner in a time of 42.30, and second lady was Penny Edwards, Tri-anglia, with 52.22, improving her place from 5th at the first event.

Third man was Richard Johnson, Norwich Road Runners, with 43.08, who also improved his time and his placing from the first event.  Third Lady was Kate Scotter, another Tri-anglia, with a time of 53.09, improving her placement from 6th.

As usual we had our other prizes:  The 10th lady was Jude Durrant, unattached, in a time of 59.39, and 10th man was Ashley Gilbert, Dereham Runner in a time of 46.46.  The 17th lady was Karen Emery, North Norfolk Beach Runner, in a time of 1.27.35 and the 20th man was Ben Gaskins, Tri-Anglia, in a time of 53.34.

The mudiest once again was Baz Hipwell, Norwich Road Runner and Last but not Least was Rodney Freeburn, Wymondham, in 1.29.54

The first dog was Barney, a Coltishal Jaguar.  

A big thank you once again to all the Marshals, without whose support the event would not be possible and to everyone at Whitwell & Reepham Station, who provide a great venue and refreshments!

More thanks to Martin Brooks who also took these action packed photos - click here

For Chris Edwards photos - click here

Reepham Runners Cross Country - 22 December 2013

posted 24 Mar 2015, 01:45 by Jon Beverley

First Cross Country in Series of 3 completed - Excellent Race!

Although the day had started with rain, the sun broke out and it turned out to be a lovely Winter's morning for the first race.  We had an excellent turn out for the Sunday before Christmas with 75 runners.

This year's new course ran well with lots of positive feedback - even for the bale, ditch jump and the stream wade! Sean Atterwill from Dereham did a blazing time of 39.22 - over a minute ahead of the second runner, who was Iain Robertson, CONAC, with a time of 40.45.  Ben Moon, all the way from Cardiff came in third with a time of 41.10. The first lady was Rachel Gillings, Norwich Road Runner with a time of 48.12, shortly followed by Alice Ambrose, CONAC, with a time of 48.32, then Ellie Bye, Coltishall Jaguars, with a time of 50 minutes.

As usual with our Cross Country we then had the other prizes which included 10th man and woman, who were Jason Mountain, Wymondham, in 45.13 and Melaine Burch, Coltishall Jaguars, in 58.29.  20th man and woman, who were Eddie Carman, North Norfolk Beach Runners, in 49.33 and Patsy Bradley, Wymondham, in 1:01:27.  The first dog went to Bella - sorry no time! and the Muddiest was easily won by Baz Hipwell - we are still not sure how he got that muddy - I think they are still trying to clear the mud from the Race HQ!   Last but definitely not least, were Jenny Welsh and Sonya Wragg, who ran and finished together.

Thank you to Martin Brooks for the photos available here

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