A grand effort by runners in King’s Lynn gives charities a cash boost

The streets of King’s Lynn were a riot of colour today as thousands of runners turned out for the 13th running of the Asda Foundation Grand East Anglia Run (GEAR).

And it was a case of lucky 13 for a host of local good causes handed a cash boost thanks to the efforts of all those who took part.

There was a fantastic atmosphere as hugely-supportive crowds cheered the runners around the route, which featured the town centre, River Ouse pathway, The Walks and a number of historic buildings including Red Mount, the Custom House and Greyfriars Tower.

The field included Jenny Johnson, 36, of Upwell, who was taking part in the event after losing 6st over the last nine months. She was raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

First across the finish line was William Strangeway in a time of 33mins 19secs. Danny Rock took second place in 33mins 19secs with James O'Neil third in 33mins 34secs.

Laura Thomas was the first woman home in 38mins 29secs followed by Faith Viney who clocked 39mins 36secs for second spot and Lucy Mapp who took third in 40mins 17secs.

There was plenty of friendly rivalry in the Bespak GEAR 10K Corporate Challenge – a new feature introduced last year – in which teams battled to be crowned fastest team in the race. The results will be announced soon.

Also popular was the Bespak Mini GEAR - a 1.2-mile fun run for people of all ages and abilities, with every finisher receiving a Mini GEAR medal and a goody bag to show off their achievements.

Keyvan Djamarani, Bespak Managing Director said “We are delighted to see the great response the race has received this year and to see the Mini GEAR go from strength to strength.  The whole event helps to encourage more people, especially young people, into taking up running as part of healthy lifestyle.

Tristan Batley-Kyle, head of events at Run For All, which organises the event in partnership with Alive Leisure and King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council, said: “We are delighted with the success of today’s GEAR’s 10K. It was wonderful to see so many runners and spectators turning out for an event that supports the work of some great causes.

“We are particularly grateful to the excellent volunteers who gave up their time to ensure everyone enjoyed a safe run.”

Mandy Rivett, Co-ordinator of the Asda Foundation said: “The way people across East Anglia get behind this event is a joy to see. We are delighted to be associated with it and congratulations must go to everyone – runners, supporters and volunteers – who come together to make it such a success.

Keyvan Djamarani, Bespak Managing Director said “We are delighted to see the great response the race has received this year and to see the Mini GEAR go from strength to strength.  The whole event helps to encourage more people, especially young people, into taking up running as part of healthy lifestyle.

The event’s partner charities were Jane Tomlinson Appeal, West Norfolk Mind, Big C and The Purfleet Trust.

It was supported by the Asda Foundation, Alive Leisure, King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council, Bespak, Your Local Paper, Lynn News, KLFM, Up & Running, Runderwear, Aftershokz, bananakick and Arla Protein.

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