The runners who have completed ten GEAR runs.

Heavy rain didn’t deter the biggest turn-out of runners for the Bespak Grand East Anglia Run in King’s Lynn on Sunday.

A record number of runners took part in the main race of the day and a further 800 ran in the mini GEAR.

“Everyone has been brilliant today. The weather was apalling  but the marshals, the runners and the spectators just took it all in their stride and helped us to create yet another fantastic event,” said race director Roger Partridge.

Sunday was the tenth time the race has been held in Lynn and there was a special photo-call for memebrs of the Ten Club, those who have taken part in every event.

“This is definitely a community event. So many people get involved and there is no doubt that it has encouraged regular running in this area. In Norfolk alone, 2,000 people take part in a 5k Park Run on Saturday morning, which is quite astounding, and it’s because of events like this. Long may it continue,” said former Olympian Paul Evans who has been involved with the event since the start.

Winner of the men’s race was Alistair Watson from Notts AC, with a time of 30:53.

It was the first time he had taken part in the race and said he had been very impressed with the marshaling and support from the crowd.

“Definitely hope to be back next year to defend my title,” he said.

“Coming back into the town centre you just hit a wall of noise, it was really good,” he said.

For the full results click HERE