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ATHLETICS: A YouTube challenge proved inspirational for young Renegade Runners couple Mitchell Bunn (18) and Cassie Moden (16). 

It showed someone running a mile every hour for 24 hours and the pair encouraged each other to take part in a similar challenge of their own. 

They ran their miles at Sutton Bridge, plus one during the Renegade training session on Tuesday evening at The Walks in King’s Lynn.

Once the challenge was finished, all they wanted to do was sleep but described their achievement as the hardest thing in running they had done.

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λ As races have been cancelled across the board since the outbreak of coronavirus and the subsequent social isolation measures, runners have been becoming accustomed to testing themselves against each other in a ‘virtual’ forum. 

One of the latest in the county was the Virtual Worsted five-mile race, in lieu of the popular and sociable Friday evening event run annually in the village outside Norwich. 

However, in a most ironic turn of events, the online race itself was affected by a virus, or at least some sort of technical glitch, and the submission, sorting out, and publication of results has had to be delayed for a week.

This could be bad news for Ryston Runner Nic Bensley who had been holding top spot during the week of the event with a time of 31.19. 

He did not realistically expect this to be top of the results list by the end of the event, although he should end up as fastest in the M50 category and would have been even more delighted if he had achieved the time the computer had given him at one point, a world-beating 23 minutes!

On the list as it appeared when the original date for submitting times had passed, Kevin Farquhar was in second place with 32.54.

Those awaiting a decision about the fate of the 2020 London Marathon had been told to expect an announcement at the beginning of this week, and thus it was, but not the one they had been expecting as a final decision has now been postponed until August 7.

Meanwhile, Athletics Norfolk is going ahead with its first competition of the 2020 season on August 15. 

Within very strict parameters, there will be competitions in shot, discus and 100m, entry by ticket by August 3 from: www.tinyurl.com/ANAugust15 

All relevant information is available on the Athletics Norfolk website – www.athleticsnorfolk.org.uk – and their Facebook page.