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Another Successful Reepham Cross Country - 20th January 2019

posted 25 Jan 2019, 00:53 by Greg Pearson

Sunday 20 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 both Seniors and Juniors – great achievement from humble beginnings when the first races only had about 60 runners!

Sunday was a beautiful winter’s morning which felt extremely cold when we arrived at 8 am with the car reading -3.5oC, to start setting up.

Nick Bowden, Race Director, was joined by Nicky Smith, from Nicky’s Foundation, (which is a Norfolk based charity, which aims to improve lives of vulnerable people and people with disabilities living in South West Cameroon, Africa) to start the race.


The run starts along Marriott’s Way, then turns off the railway track, running along a water and mud filled ditch, out through a stream, across water meadows, over large straw bales, 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.  However, there was at least one junior who enjoyed the mud and water so much he did a second lap!

All the runners came back wet and muddy but the majority had huge smiles from achieving a challenging run.

The first man past the finish line was Reepham’s own, Dom Blake, in a time of 36.54, second was Howard Bailey with 39.07 and third was Mat Porter with 39.39.


The first woman to finish was Juliette Watkinson in a time of 41.32, Rachel Miller was second in a time of 44.39 and third was Ellie Young in 45.43.

The first junior male was Billy Life and the first female was Memphis Symonds.

Age category prizes were given out with the fastest over 40s being David Houghton and Reepham’s Paula Lawson; over 50s were Andrew Preston and Vanessa Duffy; and over 60s were Nigel Horney and Diane Bunch.

 As is the normal with this race we also had prizes for the muddiest which were won by Andrew Smith and Louise Franklin.  Tallulah Houghton was the muddiest junior.  Last but not least was  Craig Hall.

The event raised funds for charity.  This year, as well as Nicky’s Foundation, the local Nursery will be given funds to buy much needed equipment and the Allotment Scheme at Reepham High School which will be using the funds to set up bee hives.

The results can be found here

We would like to thank all the Reepham Runners who helped marshal, Jon Beverley from Total Chip Timing, Broadland First Responders and Whitwell & Reepham Station for their support.