The purple army were out in force at Snetterton on Sunday (21st January) when team Rushmere Community Runners turned out to compete in the Inspire Races, Snetterton Track event.
The team ‘garage’ was full of excitement as the day’s proceedings got underway with the 5K event, a race taking in one full lap of the track – a racing circuit usually reserved for racing vehicles!
Although the weather was chilly, it was sunny with hardly any wind, making for perfect running conditions.
The winner of the 5k race was Matt Pratt of Dereham Runners with a chip time of 16.30! First home for Rushmere was John Farthing, who narrowly missed out on a sub 20 crossing the line at 20.01. John was then closely followed by Dave Robinson at 20.06.
Next, it was time for the 10K, and with over 65 runners from RCR there was plenty of purple to be seen at the start line.
Ipswich Jaffa runner Helen Davies won the 10K race in a time of 33.41.
RCR’s first runner to the finish was Paul Cooke in 42.21, followed by Terry Spurgeon at 44.46 and John Farthing was the third RCR runner to the finish at 45.25.
RCR runners, John Farthing, Mark Skinner and Lee Cornwall all competed in both the 5K and the 10K events, with all three completing the ‘double’ with respectable times.
RCR has become well known in the area for the encouragement and support that the ‘folk in purple’ give to one another, and this Rushmere Community Runners’ team spirit was there to be seen in abundance as Justin Brace crossed the line, with cheers, whoops and high fives from his fellow team mates.
The RCR family also gathered round Hannah Clayton, who is a relative newcomer to the purple family. Hannah had struggled round the 10k course but did not give up and crossed the line in 1.28 with a group of Rushmere Runners joining her on the home straight and supporting her to the finish.
Pictures by inspire races
Full race results can be found here –