This year 369 runners braved the downpour for Broadland District Council’s annual Marriott’s Way 10K yesterday (Sunday 6 October). The race, now in its eleventh year, saw runners gather to make their way along the bridle path raising money for charity and challenging themselves despite the torrential rain.
Broadland District Council Chairman, Cllr Karen Vincent, started the race in Aylsham. The runners raced along a 10 kilometre section of the 26-mile long Marriott’s Way footpath, bridleway and cycle route, and were met by a cheering crowd in Reepham market place.
Cllr Vincent then congratulated the winners and awarded them their trophies. Each runner was also received a medal.
The race raised money for Norfolk Trails, with £1 of every runner’s entry fee being donated to the Marriott’s Way so it can be maintained and enjoyed for years to come.
After listening to feedback from runners last year improving the sustainability of the race was something that was very important to runners and the organising team. This year saw Broadland District Council introduce several green initiative for race day, including medals made from sustainable wood, a paperless booking system for runners and donating all jumpers and sweatshirts left at the start line to Big C.
This year was also the third Marriott’s Way Children’s Fun Run, sponsored by the Bure Valley Railway. Around 20 children and young people took part in the free, one-mile run, some while wearing their favourite fancy dress outfits. All participants were awarded a Children’s Fun Run medal.
Cllr. Justine Thomas, Member Champion for Sport said: “Every year, the Marriott’s Way 10K is popular with runners and spectators across Broadland and beyond. It is always a fantastic day and it was wonderful to see such an excellent turn out despite the challenging weather.
A special mention must be made for all the volunteers who braved the conditions and ensured the event was such a resounding success.
“It was also brilliant that so many young runners want to get into exercise and don wonderful costumes in the Marriott’s Way Fun Run for the third year.”
For a full list of results, visit www.broadland.gov.uk/mw10k