many other athletic events this year, the Norwich Pride 5K race will be a
Because of restrictions on mass events, the popular race – organised by EPIC – will be rebranded as #RunWithPride event, with all profits being granted to LGBT+ charities across the UK.
Anyone wanting to take
part can complete the course at any time during July – as teams or as
individuals – and choose from 5k, 10k, 25k, 50k, or 100k challenges.
The whole distance does not have to be run at once – you can split the
distance over the month – and participants are being encouraged to share their
efforts by using the hashtag #RunWithPride via Strava, Facebook or Instagram.
Some clubs have entered teams of 31, with each member taking
responsibility for one day of the month, and others are pooling resources to
provide moral support.
Taking part costs £10 per person, plus a booking fee. All entries
include a bespoke #RunWithPride race medal.
North Walsham Town Football Club and North Walsham Youth
Football Club have announced that they will be consolidating all youth, women’s
and men’s teams into one organisation.
After much discussion and concerted effort from both clubs, all football within North Walsham will be under one umbrella for the first time in history.
This merger should allow greater security and increased
opportunity for football across the community among all age groups and
abilities. The club will now host:
of youth age groups (girls and boys)
First, Reserves and A Team
Men’s Veterans (Over 35s)
jointly on the merger, outgoing NWYFC Chairman Nick Hindle and current NWTFC
Chairman Craig Brown said: “It is fantastic to think that during these very
difficult times both parties have been able to come together for the greater
good of the community to provide a single organisation focused on an all-inclusive
setup to encourage and grow wider football participation.
is a very proud moment for all those connected to both clubs as this has not
been an overnight process and many obstacles have been overcome.
future for football related activity in North Walsham has taken a giant leap
forwards and now it is for us to grow.
We will continue to foster our good relations and support from North
Norfolk District Council and Norfolk FA.
is important to stress that we cannot rest and must continue this momentum with
the help of volunteers, parents and schools within and around the town.
club is always looking for more people to help with all aspects – coaching, assisting
with refreshments, admin and committee roles.
If you wish to get involved, or are an adult or parent with a child who
wants to give football a go, then please get in touch. If we don’t have a team then come forwards
and help us found one.”
The Epic Aylsham and North Walsham 5K races will take on a
different form this year so they can still go ahead despite the restrictions
Participants will be able to complete the Aylsham race any
time between August 1 and 31, and those wishing to do the North Walsham run can
complete it any time in September.
The races raise money for projects in both towns which are organised by Exercising People in Communities Norfolk (Epic) an organisation dedicated to improving lives through physical activity opportunities.
Organiser Steven Hitcham
said: “2019 was the first year we organised these races and both were very
popular, so we didn’t want to cancel the races this year. The profits from this
year’s races will mainly go to providing physical activity provision for older
people in Aylsham and North Walsham.”
Last year’s races generated
more than £2,000 profits which were used to provide the set-up costs for
Aylsham Runners, bought a bench for Aylsham Bowls Club, provided outdoor
equipment for Aylsham Rec, gave sponsorship to one of the Aylsham Football
teams, helped pay for the Aylsham Netball competition, adapted sports equipment
for Your Choice day centre and adapted sports equipment for Barrington Farm day
Steven added: “Despite the races not going ahead as planned in June this year, we hope we can still hold successful events and support both towns in becoming more active.”
There will be medals for
participants as usual and they can be collected from Coxford’s Butchers in
Aylsham and Papworth Butchers in North Walsham. They can also be posted.
Runners can complete the
official routes or choose their own 5K route. It costs £13 to enter and
entrants must be 11 or over. Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult when
they complete their run.
The event is being sponsored and
supported by Coxford’s Butchers, Clarion Futures, Aylsham Growers, Ben Burgess
Aylsham, Aylsham Runners, North Walsham Community Shop, Co-op, Waitrose, Dewing
Grain, Cecil Amey and Papworth Butchers.
For more information visit the Epic Facebook page, on @epicnorfolk and by using the #epic5k.
While most 12-year-old boys were playing motorsport games on their PlayStations, Keenan Tully was out driving the real thing as he got a taste for motor racing at an early age.
Now 20, Keenan is an established race car driver on the local circuits, with big plans to make it big in the American sport of Nascar racing.
“I didn’t have any roots in the sport,” said Keenan, who
lives in Aylsham. “I’m a first generation fan, my dad was never into it, he
preferred football. My friend was already racing and I watched him and it sort
of started from there. I started racing in the Junior Formula and then moved
into adult racing when I was 16.”
His first race, aged 12, was in a full size car and spent a lot of time at the race car track at Swaffham, which held test days most weeks.
“You pay to have the track to test and to practise and learn,” he said. “I have raced at Yarmouth, Ipswich, Swaffham, Birmingham and Essex and won 17 trophies.”
The former Reepham High School pupil also drove in the USA
when his family lived there for a time, which is where he discovered Nascar,
the most popular motor sport in the states.
“We lived in California a couple of years ago and I got
found out by a team, which was incredible. My dream is to race there full
Nascar has a long and proud history, but despite its 100
years of popularity it has remained an American sport, which is why Keenan and
his brother, Zach, are moving to North Carolina so he can follow his dream.
“North Carolina is where about 90pc of the Nascar teams are
based, so that’s the place to be,” said Keenan. “
He hopes to attract a sponsor once he is there so he can
compete professionally – and he wonders if the novelty of being a British
driver might be a help.
“My mum is from California, so I have an American passport,” he said. “When I was racing there, people loved that I was British and fans would come round and ask me to talk just to hear my accent!”
All racing including stock car and hot rod racing is currently paused in the UK, and Keenan had his last race back in February.
Shortly after lockdown he broke his kneecap and he is working hard to get back to racing fitness for when the season begins with a behind-closed-doors meeting at Swaffham on July 18 – no mean feat with gyms also closed.
At the moment everyone is equal in the league table of
drivers but in the past Keenan has come second and third, including a second
place in the East Anglian Championship in 2018 and was third in the national
standings in the year before.
“I will carry on racing between now and my move and save up
so I can buy my own car or find sponsorship,” he said. “It’s not a cheap sport
and the only way to get into it is to hope a team sees you and supports you.
Right now I am self-funding.”
With a full time job as a mechanic for Lotus Racing Team in
Long Stratton and his own mobile car valeting business, Keenan is working hard
to support his racing, to fund his move overseas and to get fit after his
His determination even saw him shed six stone in order to
get into racing shape when he weighed in at 18 stone in 2016.
“It’s all I’ve ever really wanted to do, and I’ll work hard
to get there,” he said.
Keenan is looking for partners who could help him with
his adventure. If anyone can help they can email him at email@example.com
or visit his Facebook page.
magazine publisher which refused to let the pandemic stop it getting the local
news out has received a grant from Google.
Regional, an organisation which produces 10 news magazines in Norfolk, received
the grant from the technology giant’s relief fund – a scheme designed to help news
titles through the coronavirus crisis.
Bagshaw said: “This is amazing news. It has been well documented that some
large organisations have felt the pinch, but small organisations such as us
have also had to adapt to survive, and it’s great to see that effort recognised.”
paused printing its monthly magazines in March, mainly to protect its team of
more than 100 delivery boys and girls, turning its attention to putting stories
online via its website, Facebook and Twitter.
interactions grew up to 1,000pc in all areas as readers logged on for daily
updates, breaking news and features.
to print in June with a merged publication covering all areas. The well-received
magazine was delivered to 50,000 homes in six market towns and four Norwich
suburbs. Another edition is about to be delivered, with a further one in
production later this month.
“We never stopped
during the lockdown as we were determined to keep giving people a mix of vital
information, local news and some of the more heart-warming moments which were
going on in our communities,” said Tracey.
Just Regional has been producing popular hyperlocal magazines for 12 years. Owner Lee Todd said the importance of local news could not be overestimated and he was thrilled that it had been recognised in this way.
“Google, this massive international company, has backed us – a company based in Aylsham, a small Norfolk market town – because it believes in what we are doing,” he said.
impressed how we kept going through the pandemic and that we are rising from
the ashes, unlike some bigger publications which are struggling all across the
and advertisers have stuck with us throughout this and we are grateful for
their loyal support.”
Gingras, vice-president of news at Google, said: “Local news is a vital
resource for keeping people and communities connected in the best of times.
plays an even greater function in reporting on local lockdowns or shelter at
home orders, school and park closures, and data about how covid-19 is affecting
“But that role is being challenged as the news industry deals with job cuts, furloughs and cutbacks as a result of the economic downturn.”
Traders in North Walsham launched a protest in the town centre today, saying the new traffic restrictions have pushed them back into a new lockdown.
The Market Place was closed to all through traffic from today, with the loss of parking spaces and through traffic adding to concerns of businesses which have already been closed for around six months – first because of gas works and then again covid-19 restrictions came in.
The protest was organised by Bob White, who owns the
Showcase Gallery, who said the closure was unnecessary and could be the final
nail in the coffin for some businesses.
“Just as the town
was getting back to life, we are hit with a brick wall,” he said.
protest had the support of around 20 businesses as well as shoppers and
residents who say that shopping will be made difficult because of the lack of
parking spaces and changes to the bus routes.
They all held banners made by Mr White which read “No traffic, no custom, no future”.
Norfolk District Council has said the measures will be under frequent review
and were brought in to comply with regulations and keep shoppers safe.
White and his fellow protesters believe that they are bringing in “pedestrianisation
by stealth” which is not what any of them want.
all experienced businesses, and this is not what we want and not what North
Walsham needs,” he said.
One of the area’s leading live-music venues believes that a campaign to raise money for grassroots venues hit by the sudden loss of revenue from gigs is vital for its survival, writes ADAM AIKEN
#saveourvenues, which is being run by the Music Venue Trust, has been backed by a number of high-profile brands and artists, including Dereham rockers Bad Touch, whose latest single has been adopted to help the campaign.
One of their first live gigs was at the Brickmakers and B2 Venue in Sprowston Road, Norwich, and co-owner Charley South said the lockdown had been “financially crippling”.
During normal times, the venue offers live music every night, with more than 100 bands performing each month, but that has all changed during the pandemic.
“With landlords only
deferring rent, and no sign of rescue from the government, the future looks
bleak,” she said. “Already we owe our landlords £28,000 in rent from March to
date, and the debts keep accruing every day.
“The Music Venue Trust is working tirelessly to try to secure a rescue package from the government for us and other grassroots venues across the nation. This campaign is vital for our survival. Without it we are just one of many venues that face permanent closure.”
Marshall Amplification – a brand known for the iconic music equipment used by some of the world’s leading artists – has launched a T-shirt as part of its support for the campaign.
The “I’ve Got the Music in Me” T-shirt is inspired by the new single from festival fixtures Bad Touch. The Dereham band included their cover of the 1974 Kiki Dee hit on their fourth album, Kiss the Sky, which was recently released by Marshall Records to widespread critical acclaim.
Frontman Stevie Westwood said: “What is a band without a venue?
We’ve been together a decade now, and over that time we’ve been very fortunate
to play in some awesome venues – not just the ones with the big stages or
professional sound systems but some that had next-to-nothing and were still
electric to play in.”
Bad Touch had already shown their support for #saveourvenues by recording an isolation song, Keep On Smilin’, in support of the campaign.
“Sadly, many of these culturally integral places, both big and
small, have now shut their doors for good,” said the singer. “Some have been
holding on by the skin of their teeth and with the support of their local
gig-going community for years. With the added weight of the lockdown, the
pressure for some has proven too much to bear. So when the chance for us to
work with the Music Venue Trust came up – an excuse to make a noise, share some
love and smiles, and hopefully prevent some more doors from closing – we jumped
at the opportunity.”
Charley, who is a musician
herself and who played her very first gig at the Brickmakers 30 years ago,
said: “Our venue is just one of many around the UK where musicians cut their
teeth and hone their craft. Without small venues such as ours, there are no
bottom rungs on the ladder. Bands need to have somewhere to start out, to
learn, to make mistakes and to improve and then to grow.
“Without these fundamental
starting points there will be no future Rolling Stones, Oasis or Ed Sheeran.
All those legendary artists started out in grassroots music venues and Ed
Sheeran played B2 Venue several times when he was starting out.”