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Hopkins smashes Scores Race record

PUBLISHED: 10:25 15 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:17 05 July 2010

IT must be one of the steepest racecourses in the country, but that did not stop 130 keen runners putting themselves to the test on Sunday.

The Scores race in Lowestoft is 4¾ miles long but includes 409 steps in the narrow passageways called the Scores leading from the High Street towards the beach.

IT must be one of the steepest racecourses in the country, but that did not stop 130 keen runners putting themselves to the test on Sunday.

The Scores race in Lowestoft is 4¾ miles long but includes 409 steps in the narrow passageways called the Scores leading from the High Street towards the beach. Crowds gathered to watch the runners dash up and down the steps and steep slopes.

The winner was Craig Hopkins, 20, from Hemsby, who won in 2005 but this year set a record-breaking time of 24 mins 47 secs. He smashed the record set by former Olympian Paul Evans, of Lowestoft, who did it in 25 mins 37 secs in 2003. In second and third place were last year's winner Luke Allen and Carl Prewer, with times of 25m 56s and 26m 41s. The ladies' race was won by Karen Archbold from Lowestoft Road Runners in 35m 28s.

Race director Adrian Sadler said: “Numbers are down this year, which is a shame, but it is still competitive and if you beat the course record you can't argue with that.”

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