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Hunny Bell Cross Country 2019

It was another incredible turn out for the annual race.

The annual Break Hunny Bell cross country run, which attracted more than 500 entrants. Photo and story by Karen Bethell.

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Mud, bitterly cold wind and driving rain failed to deter more than 500 runners, who turned out to take part in an annual cross country event held in aid of Norfolk-based charity Break on Sunday.

Held on the Stody estate at Hunworth, near Holt, and sponsored by local pub the Hunworth Bell, the annual five-mile Hunny Bell run raises up to £7,000 a year for Break, which supports vulnerable adults, children and young people across East Anglia.

Now in its 14th year, the event attracts running club members from as far afield as Norwich, Wymondham and Swaffham, with dozens of North Norfolk Beach Runners members and Break staff and supporters turning out to help with marshalling, mapping out the route and serving up refreshments.

Runners, who paid £15 to enter, registered at Hunworth village hall, with 70 under 14s kicking off the programme with a 2.4 mile trek around the picturesque estate.

Vikki Wakefield, who is a teaching assistant at Sheringham special school Woodfields, took part with her friend Julie Long, from Whissonsett, and her colleague Iwona Litniniec, who is a teacher at Woodfields.

She said: “The run is a real challenge, obviously there is a connection with work and as I have a daughter with learning disabilities as well, I am very keen to support Break.”

Gillian Lincoln, from Brundall, who took part for the fourth year running with her friend Lindsay Maclean, from Castle Acre, said she had not been put off by the weather – in spite of seeing snow coming down near Fakenham on her way to the race.

“It’s a lovely event that raises so much in such a short space of time,” Ms Lincoln said. “It is really well organised and the key thing is that it is supporting a local charity, which is so important.”

Thanking all those who supported the event, including the North Norfolk Beach Runners, the Stody estate and the Hunworth Bell pub, Break fundraising manager Martin Green said: “The run is part of our wider fundraising programme, it’s a long-running event and because Break has been going for 50-plus years and has its roots in north Norfolk, it is an important event for us.”

Race winners were:

Overall, Men

Hunny Bell Male Winners 2019

First: James O’Neill (Ryston Runners), second: Ben Rivett (Wymondham AC), third: Mat Porter (Norwich Road Runners).

Overall, Women

Hunny Bell Female Winners 2019

First: Rachel Miller (Norwich Road Runners), second: Elizabeth Goodliffe (North Norfolk Beach Runners), third: Debbie Schwarz (West Norfolk AC).

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