Tedele Geremew returns to GEAR

 Tadele Geremew

Tadele Geremew sets new record at GEAR

On Sunday, 5 May 2013, the streets of King’s Lynn are once again set to be filled with runners and spectators as the annual Bespak Grand East Anglia Run takes place and last year’s winner of the men’s race, Tadele Geremew, returns to defend his title.

Last year the Ethiopian runner broke the course record, by winning in an amazing time of 30:18 beating the course record of 31:06 set by Paul Miles two years previously.

Around 1700 runners are expected to take part in the main event with a further 550 entries for the Mini-GEAR Fun Run, figures well above last years entries.

The race will set off from the town’s historic Tuesday Market Place at 10.30am and the course will take runners on a loop through the town centre, through The Walks and along the waterfront, showcasing some of King’s Lynn’s key heritage and retail areas.

Sports Development Manager and Race Director, Roger Partridge, said: “We’re set for a really exciting event this year. Tedele Geremew, from Elswick Harriers, who will be wearing Number 1, is back to defend the course record he set last year. Bryony Proctor from Aldershot Farnham & District AC is back to defend her ladies title too, with 32:51 being the time to beat in the ladies race set by Gemma Steel in 2011.

“The number of entries for GEAR is bigger than it’s been in the last four or five years, and combined with the amazing entry for the fun run, we’ll have the largest number of runners yet.

“Entries for the event are coming from all over the country, so GEAR is definitely building a big reputation. We’ve also got some strong corporate entries this year, who will no doubt be giving the Terrington Tigers a bit of a challenge..”

Roger continued: “We’ve had marvellous support from the community generally, with many local companies providing items for the goody bags, and of course the event would not be possible without the help and support of all the volunteers behind the scenes and on race day itself. The responses we’ve received to requests for help this year have been outstanding. We are so grateful for everyone’s generosity

GEAR 10k Runners in The Walks

Bespak’s new Managing Director Keyvan Djamarani said: “We are delighted to see the great response the race has received this year and to see the Mini GEAR Fun Run 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 Tuesday Market Place will be buzzing with stands and stalls, including Pilch Sports from Norwich, who are also donating spot prizes for the event, Charming Rewards, Norfolk Hospice, Macmillan, Benjamin Foundation. Scotties Little Soldiers, King’s Lynn Rotary and RAF Recruitment. KLFM will also be broadcasting live from the event. Springwood High School’s top musicians will be spreading themselves around the GEAR course to entertain the runners as they go by. A string quartet in The Walks, a swing band in the Vancouver Centre and possibly something rockier too.

The King’s Lynn Samba Band will be going full tilt outside the Bank House on the South Quay to spur the runners on their way.

Roads, including London Road, King Street and Queen Street, will be closed from 9.45am until 12.30pm while the race is in progress. The Tuesday Market Place will be closed to vehicles from 8am until 2pm.

All car parks in the town, except Tuesday Market Place and Common Staithe Quay (behind the Corn Exchange), are open and can be accessed while the roads are open. Visitors planning to arrive after 9.45am or leave before 12.30pm should use the Multi-storey, Albert Street Car Park, Austin Street, Austin Fields, Old Cattle Market (Sainsbury’s), Blackfriars Street or Juniper car parks as these will all be accessible throughout the event.

It’s not too late to enter the event. Entries must be online and can be submitted until Friday, 3 May. The cost of entry is £17 for affiliated runners and £19 for unaffiliated runners. To enter, runners must be aged 15 or over on race day. The Bespak Mini GEAR is open to anyone over 6 years of age (under 8s must be accompanied by an adult). The cost of entry for Bespak Mini GEAR is £6.00 for adults, £5.00 for under 16s and £4.00 for under 8s.

There are generous cash prizes for Bespak GEAR category winners and everyone taking part will receive a quality medal and goody bag.

Runners can enter online now at www.grandeastangliarun.co.uk.

 

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