Lowestoft Road Runners thrive in BUPA 10K run

PUBLISHED: 13:56 31 May 2012

Lowestoft Road Runners at the BUPA 10K

Lowestoft Road Runners at the BUPA 10K


Four runners from Lowestoft Road Runners Club ran in the BUPA 10k at the weekend.

This hugely popular race run through central London’s streets passing all the famous landmarks and attracting the world’s elite runners.

Conditions were blisteringly hot and runners of all levels found the conditions tough. First home was club chairman Shaun Lark in 40:00 soon followed by Jonathan Meadows in 42:05.

Next was Mark Elflett in 46:02 followed home by Elayne Hilton in 55:20. Despite the hot conditions all four enjoyed the weekend, and are signed up for next year.

Husband and wife Simon Bunting and Karen Archbold, both members of the Lowestoft Road Runners took a trip up north to run The Edinburgh Marathon. On a glorious sunny day with temperatures peaking at 28 degrees all runners found conditions incredibly tough.

Not only was it blisteringly hot but a late start meant runners were out in the worst of the conditions and many required medical attention and were forced to retire.

The course is relatively flat but the field of 12,000 still outnumbered the supporters who although enthusiastic, were at times few and far between.

Karen finished in a time of 3-33:51 (eighth in her age group) a staggering time in the conditions, and agreed that this was by far the hardest of her nine marathons.

Coming home some time later and not designed for running, running marathons, nor running in the heat, was Simon Bunting in 5-05:24 just gaining a “good for weight time” and earning him some distinctive sunburn patterns.

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