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Record entries for Bespak GEAR and mini GEAR

GEAR winner

On Sunday, 4 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 and Mini GEAR takes place with more people than ever set to take part this year.

Around 2000 runners are expected to take part in the main event with a further 750 entries for the Mini-GEAR Fun Run, figures that surpass entries levels for all previous years.

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.

Borough Council Cabinet Member Elizabeth Nockolds, said: “It’s brilliant to see that so many people have entered this event. It has just gone from strength to strength and I am particularly pleased to see such a strong entry for the Mini GEAR. I hope that the weather stays fine and that residents and visitors will come out in force to cheer the runners on, as they make their way around the course.”

“There is plenty to enjoy in the town too, so I am hoping that spectators will watch the race and then make the most of the shops and restaurants while they are in King’s Lynn.” Elizabeth added.

Sports Development Manager and Race Director, Roger Partridge, said: “We’re set for a really exciting event this year. We are going to get some excellent competition and we are hopeful that someone will get a sub 30 minute time, breaking the record, set by Tedele Geremew, from Elswick Harriers, of 30 minutes and 18 seconds.”

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. Details of all road closures can be found on the race website www.grandeastangliarun.co.uk.

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 accesible throughout the event.

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, Scotties Little Soldiers, Your Local Paper, RAF Recruitment and RAF Aux Recruitment, Race for Life. KLFM will also be broadcasting live from the event. Springwood High School’s top musicians will be near Argos in the town centre to entertain the runners as they go by.

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.

 

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King’s Lynn GEAR – May the 4th be with you!

GEAR 10K

King’s Lynn town centre will be buzzing on Sunday, 4 May, with over 1800 runners lined up ready to take part in the the 9th annual Bespak Grand East Anglia Run.

At 10.30am on the Tuesday Market Place, runners of all ages and abilities, many of them in colourful costumes, will set off on the fast 10k road race through the historic streets of King’s Lynn.

The Mini GEAR 1.2-mile Fun Run will take place just after the start of the 10k race at approximately 10.35am. So far there are over 750 entrants in just this part of the event!

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The main event is an exact 10-kilometre road race (6.2 miles). The one-lap, traffic-free course takes in the town centre, the River Ouse pathway, the award-winning town centre park (The Walks) and a number of iconic, historical buildings such as the Red Mount, the Custom House and Greyfriars Tower.

The varied and picturesque course will be complemented with musicians and dancers, helping to create a lively atmosphere.

Although the event is not specifically supporting any one charity, many local charities use the race as a way of raising money, and there will be bucket collections on the streets.

The course is ideal for spectators with safety barriers lining the course through the Town Centre, and although road closures will be in effect on the day, many town centre shops and food outlets will be remain open.

The event is organised by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk with the help and support of many local volunteers and organisations.

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Join in the fun at King’s Lynn Sport Relief

Sport Rerlief 2014

It’s time to to dig out that running kit and join in the fun and games as King’s Lynn Sport Relief returns for another year.

On Sunday 23rd March the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile will be setting off from Lynnsport at 10am, with hundreds of locals getting on their marks, set and go. Super sprinters and willing walkers will all feel at home with a choice of one, three or six miles.

You can enter now at sportrelief.com, get sponsored and help transform the lives of people living here in the UK and in some of the world’s poorest countries, while being part of an incredible nationwide event.

Cllr David Pope, Cabinet Member for Assets, said: “This is the third time the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile has come to Lynnsport so I hope people will get training and show what we can do in King’s Lynn. Last time our event raised over £1,500 and we would like more of you involved to get that total even higher; so don’t forget to rope in your mates, family, partner and colleagues too!”

The event starts with a warm up led by one of the Fitness Consultants at 9.30 in the Sports Barn followed by the start of the race at 10am.

It’s not just the public taking on the fundraising challenge. Daring Davina McCall has gone the extra mile in the BT Sport Relief Challenge, travelling across the UK, all under her own steam in the name of Sport Relief. By running, swimming and cycling for seven solid days, Davina hit the streets – and waters – of the UK in a bid to raise as much cash as she could and inspire the great British public to take on their own challenges, sporty or not.

On Friday 21st March the BBC will treat the nation to a super special night of Sport Relief TV, with presenters including Gary Lineker, Gaby Logan, Claudia Winkleman, Jack Whitehall, Clare Balding amongst others, hosting a star-studded show full of celebrity performances, comedy sketches, highlights from this year’s challenges and films about the incredible work Sport Relief supports.

Del Boy and Rodney will also be back on TV screens after 10 years with a special Only Fools and Horses Sport Relief sketch. Strictly host, Tess Daly, will reveal the judges’ favourite partnership from Sport Relief Does Strictly, where four Paralympians and their professional dance partners, will have taken on a group dance challenge, hoping to impress the judges and take home the Sport Relief glitter ball trophy on the night.

Then on Sunday 23rd it’s over to you King’s Lynn to come together and take part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games.

To enter The King’s Lynn Mile visit sportrelief.com.

Entry fees for the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games:

Event Adult Children (under 16) Family (2 adults, 2 children)
The Mile £6 £3 £15
The London Mile at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park £10 £5 £25
25 Mile Cycle £35 n/a n/a
50 Mile Cycle £35 n/a n/a
Family Cycle (3 Miles) £10 £5 £25

Concessions available.

OFFICIAL MERCHANDISE
Available from Sainsbury’s, sainsburys.co.uk and sportrelief.com

• Headband – £2.50 with at least £1.25 going to Sport Relief (also available at participating Oxfam shops)
• Adult unisex T-shirt – £10 with at least £4 going to Sport Relief
• Children’s T-shirt – £6/7 with at least £2.40/£2.80 going to Sport Relief
• White unisex T-shirt – £10 with at least £4 going to Sport Relief
• Sweatband – £1.50 with at least 75p going to Sport Relief
• Wristband – £1 with at least 50p going to Sport Relief
• Pin Badge – £1 with at least 50p going to Sport Relief
• Water Bottle – £1.50 with at least 75p going to Sport Relief
• Socks – £2.50 with at least £1.25 going to Sport Relief
• Soft Ball – £1 with at least 50p going to Sport Relief
Deeley Boppers – £2 with at least £1 going to Sport Relief
• Sports Bag – £3 with at least £1.50 going to Sport Relief
• Air Freshener – £1.50 with at least 75p going to Sport Relief
• Dog Toy – £3.25 with at least £1.30 going to Sport Relief

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Save our Lifestyles Festival!

Matti and the BMX riders.

Matti Hemings and the BMX riders.

Campaigners are hoping to raise £50,000 to bring back Hunstanton’s ‘extreme sports and culture’ Lifestyles Festival, which was cancelled last year due to a lack of funding.

Supporters of the festival came together at the Shed Skatepark in King’s Lynn on Wednesday to mark the official launch of the 2014 festival appeal. The not-for-profit community group behind the festival, Lifestyles Association, hope to either bring back the annual event to Hunstanton for 2014 or retire it from the Norfolk events calendar forever. They also need to recruit 40 new volunteers, by April.

The message from organisers is clear – help now, or lose the festival forever. Losing such a popular event in Norfolk’s calendar would be a real blow to the community.

Professional BMX Flatland rider and Guinness World Record holder Matti Hemmings was the special guest at the launch, and joined those backing the campaign. During an interview with BBC Radio Norfolk – who were in attendance to find out more – Matti explained how he first got into BMX at an event like Lifestyles, and said ”Lifestyles is clearly beneficial to the local community, showcasing extreme sports as a good way of life and inspire young people to take part”.

The first new sponsor, Norfolk based technology firm ‘New IT’ came to the event and pledged their support, following which, Lifestyles Association hope that other companies will follow suit.

Muddy Ruddy

Muddy Ruddy

Local artist Ruddy Muddy – another new supporter of the event – who is famed for his art on muddy vans showcased the kind of art workshop planned for the festival, with his charcoal sketch of Matt Hemmings, which was donated to the event and will be auctioned off to the highest bidder at the supporters evening.

The next supporters evening is being held on the 6th March in King’s Lynn’s new Rathskeller wine bar, and anyone interested in volunteering, supporting or sponsoring, is invited to come along.

A kickstarter campaign – which is a way of ‘crowd funding’ – will be starting on the 1st March. Anyone who would like to back the campaign is asked to follow Lifestyles via facebook facebook.com/lifestylesfestival or twitter twitter.com/lifestylesfest

Donations and Sponsors are welcome, either via online donations through the Association website, or through contact with the sponsorship team info@lifestylesfestival.co.uk.

The Lifestyles Festival offers free access to sports and culture for young people, in addition to which, the organisers use the event to provide work experience for young people, offering a unique opportunity to train in exciting and different event, entertainment and sports based skills. Up to 12,000 visitors came to the event in 2012.

Extreme sports activities at the event include BMX, Kitesurfing, Windsurfing, Skateboarding, Parkour, Climbing, Scooter/In-Line, Climbing, Power Kiting, Wakeboarding, SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) and Kayaking.

Culture activities include Live music, Classic VW show, Street art installations and workshops, Street dance performances.

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May the 4th be with you! Launch of Bespak GEAR 2014

Two Star Wars characters have cheekily reminded everyone that this year’s Bespak GEAR race takes place on May the 4th, which happens to coincide with Star Wars Day.

The 9th annual Bespak Grand East Anglia Run was launched on Tuesday by Bespak Managing Director Keyvan Djamarani, who was joined by Race Director Roger Partridge, Assistant Race Director Peter Duhig and Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds. The costumed characters were a reminder that whilst this is a serious athletics event, it is also an opportunity for fun runners to raise cash for local charities.

This year the event takes place on Sunday, 4th May 2014. Starting at 10.30am in the newly-revamped Tuesday Market Place in King’s Lynn, the fast, flat course takes runners on a loop through the town centre, through The Walks and along the waterfront, showcasing some of the town’s key heritage and retail areas.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The event just seems to go from strength to strength. We are hoping for even more entries this year and have already had 160 entries prior to our publicity launch. And with the date coinciding with Star Wars Day, we are also looking forward to seeing lots of Star Wars fancy dress in the fun run and the light-hearted side of the main event.”

“We have completely refreshed the website to make it even easier for people to find out the information they need and to enter online.”

The event, which first took place in May 2006, was designed to encourage people to get into running as part of an active, healthy lifestyle, as well as to showcase the shopping centre and heritage areas to new visitors. In 2010 the Mini GEAR fun run was introduced to broaden the appeal of the event to younger people and beginners. It is now a popular fixture on the athletics calendar and regularly attracts around 2,000 runners.

Borough Council Sports Development Manager and Race Director Roger Partridge, added: “Last year’s event was our best yet and I’m hoping for even more entries this year. With a fast, flat course and a choice of distances, the event really is suitable for people of any age or ability. This year we are proud to be hosting the British Masters National 10k Road Championships, which we hope will bring some new names to the event”.

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.

For all the latest information you can follow GEAR on Twitter @GEARKL or like them on Facebook

Listen to interview:

Video and Interview supplied by Alan T Shearer.

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VIDEO ~ Snail Racing from Congham

A report from Alan T Shearer, and the commentary team!

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Push the Boat Out weekend in Norfolk

Looking to try sailing or windsurfing? Want to get back out on the water? Fancy trying something new with the family?

The Royal Yachting Association Push the Boat Out on the 18-19 May 2013 is a fantastic opportunity to experience sailing and windsurfing.

RYA clubs and centres across the country are offering a range of ‘have a go’ and taster sessions on Push the Boat Out Weekend so getting involved could not be easier!

Clubs participating in Norfolk are:

Brancaster Staithe Sailing Club bssc.net
Hickling Broad Sailing Club hicklingbroad.com
Norfolk Broads Yacht Club nbyc.co.uk
Snettisham Beach Sailing Club snetbeach.co.uk

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VIDEOS ~ GEAR 10k Run

GEAR 10k RESULTS and PHOTOS

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Tadele Geremew – Wins GEAR 2013 in a time of 30:47

2nd

2nd: Mathew Almond from Kettering, representing Birchfield Harriers

3rd

3rd: Steve Robinson from Brandon representing Saint Edmund Pacers

Incredible sight of 1700 runners stretching back down the quay.

Incredible sight of 1700 runners stretching back down the quay.

Sambas Dancers

King’s Lynn Samba Band spur the runners on their way.

Winner of the Womans

Winner of the Womans: Faye Fullerton from Hornchurch representing Havering Mayesbrook AC

2nd in the Womans

2nd in the Womans: Nicole Roberts from Kettering representing Birchfield Harriers

3rd in the Womans

3rd in the Womans: Nicola Rogers from Colchester representing Run Evolve

Fastest Over 40

Fastest Over 40

Photos: Alan T Shearer and John Beck

VIDEOS ~ GEAR 10k Run

First 100

1 30:45.5 Tadele Geremew Elswick Harriers Male Senior 1 30:45.5
2 31:36.6 Mathew Almond Birchfield Harriers Male Senior 1544 31:36.6
3 31:59.5 Steve Robinson Saint Edmund Pacers Male Senior 1012 31:59.5
4 32:20.8 Sullivan Smith Cambridge & Coleridge AC Male Senior 5 32:20.8
5 32:29.4 Ashley Sabin Leicester Coritanian AC Male Senior 1352 32:29.4
6 32:44.9 John Pike Newham & Essex Beagles AC Male Senior 1303 32:44.5
7 32:53.3 Andrew Inskip Bedford & County AC Male Senior 811 32:53.3
8 32:57.8 Paul Holley Newmarket Joggers MV40 1788 32:57.8
9 33:22.7 Tom Bracegirdle Muddy Mucky Munkeys Male Senior 645 33:21.7
10 33:28.7 Stu Huntington City Of Norwich AC Male Senior 1810 33:28.7
11 33:47.4 John Battrick Male Senior 1791 33:47.4
12 33:55.1 Jack Bowden Cambridge & Coleridge AC Male Senior 1453 33:54.8
13 34:13.1 Mark Grubb Norfolk Gazelles AC Male Senior 925 34:13.1
14 34:20.9 James Cordwell Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets AC Male Senior 1438 34:20.9
15 34:30.3 Stuart Nelson Wellingborough & District AC Male Senior 1136 34:29.9
16 34:39.2 James Oneill Ryston Runners Male Senior 1424 34:39.2
17 34:49.0 Chris Merrylees North Norfolk Beach Runners Male Senior 1658 34:48.2
18 34:55.9 Jonathan Laybourn West Norfolk AC Male Senior 436 34:54.6
19 34:57.8 Michael Eccles Norfolk Gazelles AC Male Senior 1296 34:56.8
20 34:59.2 John Uff Huntingdonshire AC Male Senior 187 34:58.0
21 35:05.0 Lee Martin Springfield Striders RC MV40 1695 35:04.7
22 35:06.8 Gary Wilberforce Ely Runners Male Senior 315 35:05.6
23 35:14.8 Faye Fullerton Havering Mayesbrook AC Female Senior 1144 35:14.0
24 35:24.2 Michael Bridgeland Chelmsford AC MV50 1650 35:24.2
25 35:32.3 James Senior City Of Norwich AC Male Senior 1796 35:32.2
26 35:35.1 Mark Thompson Great Yarmouth Road Runners Male Senior 1069 35:35.1
27 35:57.6 Nicole Roberts Birchfield Harriers Female Senior 914 35:57.4
28 36:04.9 Iain Wood Cambridge & Coleridge AC Male Senior 1079 36:03.6
29 36:11.6 Andrew Larrington 4Life Triathlon Club Male Senior 1593 36:11.4
30 36:11.8 John Oakes Cambridge & Coleridge AC MV50 1124 36:09.6
31 36:24.0 Simon Mead Ramsey Road Runners MV40 1525 36:22.0
32 36:30.0 Adam Bamford City Of Norwich AC Male Senior 1103 36:27.2
33 36:30.2 Adam Matthews Ryston Runners Male Junior 1335 36:28.5
34 36:34.8 Stephen Pettit Ely Runners MV40 224 36:32.3
35 36:44.8 Michal Wegrzyn Male Senior 1645 36:43.8
36 36:47.7 Jack Trow Male Junior 1617 36:46.9
37 36:48.6 Robin Parker West Norfolk AC MV40 1477 36:47.0
38 36:50.3 Andrew Terry Wymondham AC MV40 937 36:46.7
39 36:52.2 Stuart Clarke Male Senior 1528 36:50.4
40 36:54.1 Nicola Rogers Run Evolve Female Senior 971 36:53.3
41 36:57.2 Chris Mooney Nene Valley Harriers MV40 1768 36:55.8
42 36:59.4 Che Plant Ryston Runners Male Senior 1439 36:56.7
43 37:12.3 Philippa Taylor Nene Valley Harriers FV40 854 37:11.1
44 37:16.4 Joseph Kirton Thetford AC Male Junior 883 37:15.5
45 37:20.3 Justin Kinsey Ryston Runners Male Senior 1018 37:17.5
46 37:31.0 Roger Holliday BRJ Run and Tri MV40 1198 37:28.9
47 37:34.9 Samuel James Sleaford Striders AC Male Junior 1108 37:31.6
48 37:37.3 Matthew Wortley Ryston Runners Male Senior 1731 37:34.4
49 37:39.2 Paul Lyon Lowestoft Road Runners Male Senior 819 37:39.2
50 37:39.6 Iwan Walters ANN*S-ARMY Male Senior 223 37:32.5
51 37:40.5 Bryony Proctor Aldershot Farnham & District Female Senior 1106 37:40.5
52 37:42.8 David Howard Male Senior 768 37:40.7
53 37:46.4 Ivan Holroyd St Neots Riverside Runners MV40 222 37:44.3
54 37:52.3 Marcus Hawkins Ryston Runners Male Senior 57 37:52.3
55 37:57.1 Mark Garrett Norwich Road Runners MV40 998 37:50.6
56 37:57.3 Ryan Honeyman Male Senior 997 37:55.6
57 38:09.6 Jo Coates Saint Edmund Pacers Female Senior 944 38:07.7
58 38:15.3 Benjamin Collison West Norfolk AC Male Senior 236 38:13.3
59 38:19.1 Sian Khan Birchfield Harriers Female Senior 880 38:18.6
60 38:19.9 Lynton Battrick North Norfolk Beach Runners Male Senior 1738 38:17.6

61 38:20.8 Matthew Parker Derwent Runners (Derby) Male Senior 1801 38:18.1
62 38:32.2 Lawrence Wade Coltishall Jaguars RC Male Senior 1766 38:30.5
63 38:44.6 Shane Draper Fenland Running Club MV40 850 38:43.0
64 38:46.3 Chris Tye Ipswich Triathlon Club MV40 871 38:43.3
65 38:50.7 John Lawlor Sleaford Town Runners MV50 367 38:49.5
66 38:53.2 Melissa Neal March AC Female Senior 8 38:52.1
67 38:55.8 Pete Johnson Norfolk Gazelles AC MV50 992 38:54.0
68 39:00.3 Shaun Kavaney TEAM BODYWORKS – DOWNHAM MARKET LEISURE CENTRE Male Senior 234 38:41.4
69 39:03.3 Tom Bobbins Terrington Tigers FC Male Senior 1514 38:57.8
70 39:04.7 Marie French Ryston Runners Female Senior 4 39:02.4
71 39:09.3 Jason Mountain Wymondham AC Male Senior 491 39:05.4
72 39:09.4 Steven Rix Dereham Runners & AC Male Senior 1077 39:07.8
73 39:12.1 Stewart Robins Ryston Runners MV40 755 39:07.7
74 39:13.6 David Fenton Stowmarket Striders RC MV40 973 39:10.1
75 39:14.7 James Goddard Jolly Sailors running crew Brancaster Staithe Male Senior 775 39:03.0
76 39:19.4 Richard Hammond Fenland Running Club MV40 1176 39:16.6
77 39:22.1 Wendy King Chelmsford AC FV40 1649 39:17.4
78 39:23.1 Ken Addis MV40 1071 39:18.9
79 39:24.5 Charlie Parr Cambridge Triathlon Club Male Senior 773 39:17.2
80 39:31.3 Sharon Elder Aldershot Farnham & District FV40 1631 39:29.9
81 39:35.1 Joshua Holman Male Junior 1570 39:20.6
82 39:37.1 Matthew Parr-Burman Jolly Sailors running crew Brancaster Staithe MV40 802 39:32.4
83 39:39.5 Daniel Guppy Kings Lynn Triathlon Club Male Senior 1409 39:37.8
84 39:41.8 Malcolm De Silva MV50 734 39:39.8
85 39:44.9 Steven Bowerman Ryston Runners MV40 1319 39:40.5
86 39:46.9 Martin Fox Thompson & Morgan Male Senior 724 39:42.6
87 39:48.5 Stephen Manning MV40 612 39:46.2
88 39:48.9 Michael Howlett Ryston Runners Male Senior 1651 39:44.3
89 39:52.6 Ruth Jones Nene Valley Harriers Female Senior 808 39:49.3
90 39:55.7 Richard Flutter Harwich Runners MV40 744 39:54.2

91 39:56.5 David Bowker Fairlands Valley Spartans MV50 1328 39:53.4
92 40:01.4 Mark Bredin TEAM BODYWORKS – LYNNSPORT MV50 759 39:52.4
93 40:04.0 Steve Childerhouse Wymondham AC MV40 1767 39:54.1
94 40:07.8 Sze-Ming Cheung Coltishall Jaguars RC Male Senior 1410 40:01.5
95 40:10.4 David Burton Sleaford Striders AC MV40 741 40:06.4
96 40:13.2 Andrew Shelton Skegness Coasters MV40 1576 40:07.8
97 40:18.2 Stephen Church City Of Norwich AC MV50 1164 40:15.1
98 40:19.1 Rebecca Rowley Lincoln Wellington Athletic Club Female Senior 1358 40:17.9
99 40:28.0 Adam King Ely Runners Male Senior 1332 40:23.9
100 40:31.0 Lucy Chessor Ryston Runners Female Senior 1526 40:28.5

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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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Bespak GEAR Continues to Attract Charity Fund Raisers

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Every year, hundreds of runners take part in the Bespak Grand East Anglia Run in order to raise money for charities. Tapping House, Mind and The Purfleet Trust are just some of those that have seen the opportunies and have promoted the race as a way to raise sponsorship.

A charity new to the race this year, is hoping to raise funds as well as awareness of their organisation. FAN (Families Against Neuroblastoma), have recently opened a shop in Hunstanton to support their work, and this year, six families affected by this devastating disease haveentered either the Bespak GEAR orMini GEAR fun run on 5 May 2013. Children and parents will be dressed as superheroes, so people will be able to spot them on the course.

Neuroblastoma is an aggressive form of children’s cancer. Around 100 children a year are diagnosed, and more than half of those are diagnosed before they are two years old. There are three categories of the disease, low risk is often treatable with good outcomes expected, but the high risk category is much more difficult to treat and there is an 80% chance of relapse. The cancer is fairly symptomless and therefore most children are diagnosed at a late stage when the chance of survival is greatly reduced.

Many treatments are not available in this country, so the work of FAN is to raise money to help make the child’s life more comfortable or to find ways to enable their families to access further medical treatment.

Charlotte Rham, Fundraising and events manager of FAN, said: “This is a devastating disease, which has a huge impact on the whole family. We offer support and advice for affected families, but the most important thing we can do is help them to raise money for whatever it is their child needs. We felt that the Bespak Grand East Anglia Run and Mini fun run was the perfect opportunity to raise awareness of our charity and to raise some much-needed funds for these children.”

Henry Allen,will be taking part in the fun run with his mum and dad, who areraising funds for FAN and Henry. He is superhero mad and is the inspiration for the superhero-themed costumesthat the FAN team will be running in.

Roger Partridge, Borough Council Race Director, said: “Entering the Bespak GEAR or mini-GEAR is a great way to raise money for your favourite charity. If you don’t have a favourite charity our website features charities that runners have supported in the past, which you may wish to support, you can even download a sponsorship form. There is still time to enter the Bespak GEAR.

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Music and Samba Dancing at the GEAR 10k

There will be music and dancing to entertain visitors around the GEAR course on Sunday 5th May.

Springwood High School’s top musicians will be spreading themselves around the route. A string quartet in The Walks, a swing band in the Vancouver Centre and possibly something rockier too. We are told to wait and see!

And runners should watch out near the Bank House on the South Quay where the King’s Lynn Samba Band will be going full tilt to spur them on their way. An all-round great day of artistic and sporting activity is in prospect for 5th May!

For further information about musical opportunities at Springwood High School go to www.springwood.norfolk.sch.uk And for more on the KL Samba Band: www.deepmusic.co.uk/samba

1,000+ GEAR up for 10k race

Why we love the Grand East Anglia Run

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West Norfolk MIND GEAR up for 10k

West Norfolk MIND runners

West Norfolk Mind are looking for people to help them celebrate Mental Health Week (13-17 May) by taking part in their ‘Miles for Mind’ events which will raise much needed funds by supporters taking part in a physical sponsored event. They are gathering a team for the first time in this years’ Grand East Anglian Run on 5th May 2013 and would love more runners to be part of the West Norfolk Mind Team.

Team member Peter Holman who works for Norfolk County Council said, “I have chosen to run for West Norfolk Mind because there are so many people struggling with mental health challenges these days (at least 1 in 5) it is very important to help mental health charities raise awareness of what help may be available.”

If running is not for you but you still enjoy a challenge you are invited to consider the 13 mile Sponsored walk organised from Downham Market to The Vancouver Quarter, King’s Lynn on 17th May. It is also possible to enter and walk half of that distance. West Norfolk Mind’s Bridge Builder Chris Cullen will be the walk leader and for further information and a sponsorship pack, please email zena.penty@westnorfolkmind.org.uk.

Zena Penty, Volunteer Co-ordinator said “We would love the local community to get on board with supporting our events, which will help improve their fitness and wellbeing and raise much needed funds.”

An interactive promotional day will be held in the Vancouver Quarter, King’s Lynn on 17th May in conjunction with Time to Change to raise awareness and await the arrival of the brave sponsored walkers. Anyone able to provide sponsorship for the event, tombola prizes or bandstand entertainment please contact Zena on 07585279215

West Norfolk Mind are a local organisation who have strong links with local communities, being based in King’s Lynn but with centres in Downham Market, Swaffham and Heacham. Their services are used by people young and old, employed and unemployed, and by people either relatively well or sometimes very ill.

Many workshops and activities are available to try. Anyone can attend and details of prices and recovery services can be found by visiting www.westnorfolkmind.org.uk or phoning 01553 776966.

Like many other charities, West Norfolk MIND had a really difficult 12 months with significant cuts to their funding. Because of the economic climate a significant number of vulnerable people are likely to experience a deterioration to their mental health if they cannot access the essential services. MIND’s aim is to provide these essential services but they cannot do this without adequate funding and the help of the community.

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Nordic Walking comes to Lynn

Borough council Sports Development Manager Roger Partridge, Instructor Mark Richardson and Active Norfolk’s Rural Development Officer Amy East at Lynnsport.

Borough Council Sports Development Manager Roger Partridge, Instructor Mark Richardson and Active Norfolk’s Rural Development Officer Amy East at Lynnsport.

Mark Richardson strides out at Lynnsport.

Trainer Mark Richardson strides out at Lynnsport.

The latest Get Into programme from Active Norfolk and the Borough Council is due to start in mid April and this time will feature the new fitness activity which is sweeping the country – Nordic Walking.

Nordic Walking originated in Finland in the 1950s but really took off in 1997 with the invention of carbon fibre poles. The Nordic walking poles were developed from Nordic Ski-ing poles.

Now, in a population of 5m people, over 1m take part in Nordic Walking in Finland and the activity is fast growing all across Europe. It’s a gentle activity with less strain on the knees and back than with jogging and it burns a high level of calories which helps people in the battle to lose weight. It strengthens breathing and heart function and of course it’s very sociable and accessible for all.

Mark Richardson is the local qualified coach who will be leading the 6-week course:

“I have been involved with outdoor activity all my life” said Mark. “Nordic Walking is a great activity which is easy for everyone to do and it brings so many health benefits. All you need is a set of poles and you’re off! I’d love to see a local Nordic Walking Club evolve just like the many ramblers clubs that exist.”

Mark will have poles available on the course for participants to use.

Demonstrating the 'Nordic Skip'

Demonstrating the ‘Nordic Skip’

Get Into courses are for adults and aim to entice people to try out a new activity or come back to one they may have participated in some years ago. The up and coming programme has activities taking place across the whole borough with Basketball and Nordic walking at Lynnsport, Golf at King’s Lynn Golf Club, Archery in West Walton, Tennis in Leziate and Heacham and at Marshland High School and Netball at Smithdon High School in Hunstanton.

Borough council Sports Development Manager Roger Partridge said: “we are really pleased with this latest Get Into programme. There’s a great range of activities spread across various locations, which we hope will make it easier for people to participate.”

The Nordic Walking sessions will be on Saturdays at 11.30am starting 20th April at Lynnsport. To register on this or any other Get Into course book online at www.activenorfolk.org/getinto or call Active Norfolk on 01603 732334 or 732333.

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1,000+ GEAR up for 10k race

GEAR 10K 250

The Grand East Anglian Run is looking good for a large turnout on 5th May, with over 1,000 runners now entered.

Mini GEAR entries are also past 200 with still 4 weeks to go.

The Bespak GEAR is a 10 kilometres one lap course around the centre of King’s Lynn, starting and finishing in the town’s historic Tuesday Market Place.

The Mini GEAR Fun Run is 1.2 miles and for veteran runners (35+) this year sees the addition of the EVAC Championships.

Anyone wishing to take part in the GEAR must be 15 years of age on or before the 5th May 2013. Entries can be made online at grandeastangliarun.co.uk

GEAR 10K

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Basketball team take to the streets

Members of the CWA Fury basketball team, with their cheerleading squad, the EA Earthquakes. Photo: Alan T Shearer

Members of the CWA Fury basketball team, with their cheerleading squad, the EA Earthquakes.
Photo: Alan T Shearer

Members of the College of West Anglia Fury Basketball team took to the streets of Lynn on Saturday to showcase some of the rising stars of local Basketball. Local youngsters were invited to come on down and shoot some hoops and slam some dunks with the Pro’s.

Free tickets for the evenings match at Lynnsport were awarded to those who won the ‘3 pointer’ competition.

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