Waveney Valley runner Tim Earl so close to breaking four-hour barrier

PUBLISHED: 16:48 04 October 2012

Waveney Valley Athletic Club’s long distance running expert Tim Earl took part in the JW Ultra Run, an annual 30mile event, and produced a gritty performance to finish in an excellent eighth place.

The race, from Stratford-upon-Avon to Birmingham, started on a short section of the River Avon before entering the heart of Stratford then followed the towpath of the Stratford Canal to Birmingham.

As Earl, competing at this event for the fifth time, approached the finish he realised only a sprint finish would get him a time of under four hours but, after 30 miles of running, this extra effort proved too much and he crossed the line in a never-the-less praiseworthy time of 4-00:39.

Last Sunday, Bill Kingaby took part in the Coltishall 10k, the final fixture in this years Norfolk Runners Centre Grand Prix Series. After recent successes competing in the Men’s 60+ age group, on this occasion he had to settle for second place – 52nd overall from a field of 156 runners – in a time of 43:44, his fastest this year over the distance.

At the Gorleston 5k parkrun on September 22, Paul Harrod finished in 26th place in a fine PB time of 22:06, a just reward for his increased level of training over the last few weeks.

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