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The sun shone for runners in Hunstanton

Hunstanton Beat the tide 2024

Published: Wednesday, 5th June 2024

Nearly 150 runners took part in the Borough Council’s Beat the Tide charity run on Sunday 2 June 2024 to raise money for Hunstanton RNLI.

Organisers were blessed with calm and sunny weather as the runners took on a challenging 10k or 5k set in the beautiful coastline of Hunstanton. Carolyn Flowerdew from Alive Oasis conducted a mass warm up before the participants got ready on the starting line. The RNLI’s mascot, Stormy Stan, started the event.

A small organising team of Richard Dickson, from West Norfolk Athletic Club, Kate Dunbar and Michael Shaw, from the Hunstanton Parkrun, and Roger Partridge from the Borough Council planned and organised the event.

Roger Partridge, Hunstanton events organiser for the borough council said:

“The event used to be run by the Stroke Association a number of years ago and we decided it would be good for the town to re-introduce it. The weather was good so the tide behaved just as expected and it meant that the runners could run in good conditions. You could tell that so many runners were thrilled at their achievement afterwards and It was an overall great atmosphere.”

The event was run in aid of the RNLI in its 200th anniversary year. Jacqui Merralls from the RNLI commented:

“What a super event. The weather was glorious, and it was fabulous watching as around 150 participants warmed up on the beach prior to setting off for their run. A massive thank you to everyone who took part in the organisation of this event, as well as a round of applause for all the entrants. Thank you so much for this fundraising in aid of the RNLI event.”

Crowds of people watched from the prom and live radio coverage was provided by KL1 radio.

10k Results


  1. Michael Cook: 39.40
  2. Brian Corleys: 41.37
  3. Paul Kearney: 43.29


  1. Victoria Seeley: 55.45
  2. Lucy McDowie: 56.08
  3. Sammy Stringer: 56.41

5k Results


  1. Andy Williamson: 21.58
  2. Nikita Celinskis: 25.13
  3. Owen Williamson: 25.37


  1. Bethany Willox: 26.11
  2. Erin McNeil: 28.24
  3. Alicia Pentelow: 29.35

At the end, all entrants received a special Beat the Tide medal on completion of their run and the Borough Council thanked everyone who came out. A special thanks went to West Norfolk Athletic Club and staff from Hunstanton Promenade parkrun for helping to plan and organise the event plus all the volunteers staffing and marshalling the event on the day.

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